Saturday, December 21, 2019


                                         Here are my little puffer fish, aren't they cute????

                                                              Not to late to join!!

My little puffers have been sitting under, over, and through fabric for the last few days.  They are probably sea sick from traveling to one spot to another.  Didn't even give them a decent iron or brushoff to show them off......what is up with quilters these days?

I used Island Batik Fabric scraps

I have been busy cooking, cleaning (especially my sewing room), and goofing off but I did get these little puffers done....

                     Have a very very Merry Christmas!!!

Monday, December 16, 2019


How many of you have made a quilt and had a lot of scraps left over, I mean sewn together scraps?

This quilt here I made in 2014, I had so many  beautiful Samoan  scraps left over that I saved in a box knowing that I wanted to make another quilt.

This was a charity quilt.

                                                   Here is the Sister Quilt to the one above

                                                                           80" x 80"

                                                        Finished this one in November of this year

                This one is also a charity quilt for a friend that has a rabbit rescue in Idaho.

                                 I do not have room to lay this all out for you to see but I truly love it.
                        One day I will get my sewing room back!!

This quilt here was made with oriental fabrics from Inchworm Fabrics.  My sister Jeanette and I ordered the Quick Curved Ruler and then I purchased us both the "One Wonderful Curve" book.  We decided to do this quilt together.  She has hers and will be showing it as soon as it is quilted.   I have had this quilt done for sometime now.  I wish I had room to show you the whole thing.

         72" x 84"
 I have shown this quilt before but it is the Sister quilt to the one above.  There were so many curved scraps  from the quilt above that I decided to keep them and make a quilt out of them.  I used the Orange peel Accuquilt Go die for this one.  The orange peel die was perfect and trust me there was very little scraps.

So I guess you could say that I got two quilts for the price of one.

I love doing sister quilts, what about you?

Friday, December 13, 2019


This will be my last post as an Island Batik Ambassador.  I have been an Ambassador since 2014,  one of the first of many Island Batik Ambassadors.

I have enjoyed every minute of it.  Sometimes stressfully enjoyed.

I will continue to love and use their products.

I love Hobbs Batting, which I have a huge roll in my sewing room as we speak.

I love Aurifil Threads as well and I appreciate having the opportunity to use all of these products.
I have had an Accuquilt Go cutter since 2009 (guessing here).  I love my Accuquilt Go cutter and do have a few patterns on the Accuquilt site as well.


Sometime around 1995 (guessing here again), I was given a partially constructed quilt top from my best friend.  Her mother had started it but passed away.  I was very close to her mother.  Her parents were like grandparents to my sons.

At that time I was just dabbling in quilting.

I didn't know anything about the 1/4 inch seam allowance but I went ahead and put this quilt together.  When I got the top finished I realized that one side was longer than the other.

So I put it away in the closet to never bring it out again until two years ago.

I decided to go ahead and finish it for my oldest son for Christmas two years ago.  I knew this would be very special to him.

I don't know what happened to the pattern.

Fast forward to 2019.

At the time of finishing the quilt I made this drawing. I had wanted to make this quilt again.


Here is the quilt I made using Island Batik Fabrics.  The green and Black/purple fabric is Magical Reef and the turquoise is from Island Batik as well but not from the Magical Reef Fabric line.

I decided that I wanted to make this quilt using the Accuquilt Go cutter.  I used the Accuquilt Go 8" Cube, from that I used the 2 1/2" square, 4 1/2" rectangle, and the half square triangle.  Boy did it make fast work!!!


When I had finished this quilt for the first time, I noticed something was wrong....OOOPS

I had to take the rows apart, just the rows, the blocks were sewn together right but I had to take the rows apart and flip every other one. one point I had just wanted to scrap this quilt but Gene Black another Island Batik Ambassador convinced me to continue on.  I knew that if I didn't the quilt would just be in the closet for another 20 years or so.....  I am so glad it is done.


                                             I used Hobbs Batting as you see here and Aurifil #2810.

One thing I loved about being an Island Batik Ambassador is that I actually finished things as well as it stretched my imagination and had me doing things that I would not have done otherwise.  It was fun being a part of such a creative group of Quilters, artist, and designers, I will truly miss that but so grateful to Island Batik for the opportunity.

Monday, December 9, 2019


I have to tell ya, nothing like losing your cut out blocks pieces!!!

I have searched high and low!!

But no blocks.


I just cut out some more.  As sure as I am living and breathing, those cut out blocks pieces will show up now.

I guess if you were to see my sewing room you would go....

No stinking wonder she can't find her blocks, look at the mess.

No, I am not going to show you a picture of my sewing room.

                                     Here is block one of "Awesome Ocean" the sea kelp.

   Kathleen McMusing Awesome Ocean Block 1 and her linky party

I am not using a certain fabric line, I am just using Island Batik Scraps.  In the case of the kelp, I do have yardage.

                                                     Block 2 of "Awesome Ocean"

         Kathleen McMusing Awesome Ocean Block 2 and linky party

                                               I am totally using Island Batik scraps here.

We will see how my quilt turns out using scraps. If you were looking close you could see where I sewed two pieces of fabric together to get the pieces I needed.

It is not too late to join us......

Saturday, December 7, 2019


                                 AWESOME OCEAN

                                      by Elizabeth Hartman


Thank you Kathleen for allowing me to join you on this "Awesome Ocean" sew along.
Kathleen has put together this sew along and I have to tell you she is so organized that she puts me to shame.  Every two weeks she will show another block or have a guest show theirs and a few tricks and hints a long the way.
                  Kathleen post on fabric selection here

                   If you have missed block one,you can go here:

When I was doing the actual "Awesome Ocean", I had a hard time with direction, I guess you can call me directionally challenged.  Trust me when I say, you do not want to travel with me....thank heavens for GPS!!!

                                                Awesome Ocean - Block 2

              It takes about 15 minutes to do this bottom section of the octopus block - the tentacles.

First I lay out all of the strips for the tentacles as I would want them sewn together

You actually have two sections - four each, the section to the right will have all the lines sewn in the same direction and opposite of  the left section.


So.....I took the right section first and sewed all four from the top left to the right bottom as you see above.
Then I sewed the left section from the top right to the bottom left.


                                             Here it is as it comes off the machine


                                   Here it is when I have cut the threads and have them lined up.

HINT:  Never and I repeat never cut off the excess fabric until you are sure you have the part that folds over going in the right direction.  Don't ask me how I know this.....

I see here that all of my seams are going in the right direction so I am good to cut off the extra fabric.

Then I stack them in sections as well...with the end on top and the center on the bottom so I work my way in - sewing the end to the next to the next and then the center.  I will do the other section as well..working from the end to the center and then sew the centers together.  It was just easier for me, you can work from the center out, no matter.

As for the head, it is pretty straight forward.  It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to make as well, so you are looking at about 30 minutes a block after it is cut out.


Here is the Octopus quilt I made using Island Batik's Magical Reef as well.  I love these little octopuses that I just had to make a quilt.

If I were to do this quilt over, I would make the sashings 2 1/2" wide, unfortunately I was running out of my variegated fabric so I did a 1 1/2" sashing, even then I was cutting it pretty close.

As you can see, I put a 1-1/2" square in between the sashings, did a 2" border then a 3 - 1/2" border.

Can't wait for the next block, thanks so much Kathleen for having me do this and for all of you joining in.