Sunday, February 17, 2019


Dust off a quilt book blog hop

Bea Lee is hosting a blog hop this week called “Dust off a Quilt Book” Blog hop
The idea is to find an old (to you) quilt book on your shelf and make something from it which can be anything.

I can't wait for my day!

Here’s the line up

Monday Feb 18th
Turid at densyendehimmel
Pamela at Pamelaquilts
Selina at Selinaquilts
Kathleen at Kathleenmcmusing

Tuesday Feb 19th
Jennifer at curlicuecreations
Stephanie at stephjacobsondesigns
Kathy at Kathysquilts
Shasta at high road quilter
Theresa at bumbleberrystitches

Wednesday Feb 20th
Sharon at Vrooman’s quilts
Suzy at Websterquilt
Nancy at patchworkbreeze
Karrin at karrinscrazyworld
Denise at craftraditions

Thursday Feb 21st
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Jennifer at Dizzyquilter
Lee Anne at Podunk Pretties
Lyndsey at Sew Many Yarns

Friday Feb 22nd
Bea at Beaquilter
Barbara at Bejweledquilts
Marian at seams to be sew
Brenda at songbirddesigns

Tuesday, February 5, 2019


If you have been with my blog and reading for sometime, you would know that I am an island girl at heart.

I have always said I was born in the wrong place.

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View off our porch in Amerika Samoa

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view of the balcony in Hawaii

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                                        Oh....I can certainly smell the ocean looking at this picture

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Before we left Samoa I had planted a little pineapple plantation (that is what I called it)
Here is a little picture of my pineapples which I never got to pick.

It has been nine years and I still miss my friends and the little island out in the South Pacific.

That is why for my mini challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors 

I chose to do a little Island Mini.

I knew immediately what I wanted to do.

So I searched the internet for Island pictures.

Here is the one I chose.

drew the pieces I needed

cut around the outlines

Arranged the pieces how I wanted them.

Then did a little thread work.

put on a sleeve, and there you have it.


I used mostly Island Batik scraps but did open a roll or two of my new stash builders.

Monday, February 4, 2019

THE REST OF THE STORY - "THE BOX" (be warned, photo intensive)


I am giddy just writing this post.

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Oh yes, they decided to keep me for another year!

The box is my first box of the year of Island Batik Goodies.

As an ambassador, we get two boxes of Island Batik fabric, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil threads.

We are asked to do a certain challenge each month with what has been sent and post about it.

Love the surprise packages, which will be revealed in July and trust me when I tell you that Island Batik knows me all so well when they sent me these fabrics.

Will you look at all of this?

Flea Market...oh my gosh....yummy!!

Stash builders - 5" wide the length of the fabric strips.

I have already open these puppies up and started using them.

                                      Island Batik Rayon and scarf.

                                            The scarf has been worn!!  Can I say that I love it!

The yellowish on the right - GONE ...all used up

Yes, already!!

Black, White, and Gray Bundles (3 yards each)...
Neutral yardages (5 yards)

Can I say double yummy?

Oh my stinking gosh.....  look at all of the Hobbs batting!!

Can I say triple yummy???

                                 Then this foundation bundle....have I told you that I looooove
                                         LIME GREEN and PURPLE together???

             I am making a long story longer here.  The day before I got the BOX,  

I am minding my own business, walking out the door and low and behold this is at my door!!

Can I say double excited?  I had the eyes of an owl when I saw this box.

Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System
                                                        This is what was in the box.

                                I was so excited about the QUBE that I immediately started playing.

To be honest, I was not familiar with the QUBE and was not that interested until I got one.
All I can say is that it makes it so much easier to piece.  I don't consider myself to be that great of a piecer but this QUBE has made it simple and easy.

So, I kept playing

                                                                   and playing

                                                                    I played in my sleep

                                                   I played all day!!

                                                    and  played all night

until I came up with this

I can think of nothing better than Island Batik Fabric,

Hobbs Batting a left over piece from a previous project)
We do not waste anything....


A big thank you to Island Batik, Hobbs batting, Accuquilt, and Aurifil Threads!!!

Sunday, February 3, 2019


See my husband's office?  We call it his shed but he has his computer etc in there.

When you come out of my house you look to the right and there is my husband's shed.
My sewing room was (moved now) off of the back door.

One day as I was looking out my window.

I saw IT!!

I saw the FED X truck.

All of a sudden my head gets light and I get giddy.

I start running out the door.

I see my husband coming out of his shed.
(must beat husband to FED X truck)

He sees me running, jumping, and carrying on like a lunatic.

Oh yesssss....we were is here, it is I am jumping and running.

My husband said later that I was a sight to behold.

What you see now is the bumper of my husband's truck...yep...that is where the FED X guy backed up to give my my B0X.

My husband knew not to even go up to the truck and retrieve my BOX.

Trust me, it was a heavy box but you don't hear me complaining.

Then as my husband was going back to his shed, I called out to him.

Do you see how big this box is????

He was probably thinking, will she ever grow up?

Stay tuned tomorrow to find out what the BOX is and what is in the BOX

Friday, February 1, 2019



                                                I want to fly where the Reindeer Fly.
                                                Over mountains, hills, valleys, and skies.

                                                I want to see what the Reindeer See.
                                                Vast oceans, canyons, pyramids,
                                                 and Seas.

                                               I want to hear what the Reindeer hear,
                                              The silence of the night,
                                               tinkling of  the bells,
                                              Up Up and away we go!


This is my day and final day for the Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop.  There are some amazing designers out there. They have done some awesome quilts, techniques and wonderful giveaways.  If you have time, it would be well worth your while to go and visit them.
Here are the Ladies that share my day if you want to go and visit to see what they have created with Candy Cane Lane and Icicle

Anne Wiens- Icicle - Sweetgrass Creative Designs

I have had these quilts done for a while and it has been so hard not to show them especially at Christmas.

What wonderful Border fabrics.

                  My plans were to make a king size quilt but sometimes things do not go as planned.

                             Wonderful Aurifil Thread, as you can see this color is my favorite.  I have gone through a bigger spool and several smaller ones.  I truly do love Aurifil, I have purchased some from Missouri Star Quilt co.

Make up this awesome quilt!

I call it "Where the Reindeer Fly"

94 x 94

Then because my plans got foiled, I made this second quilt.

54 x 64
Makes a nice throw for sure.
The colors show up better in the second quilt.  

Got in another pickle and you can see above, I used the Accuquilt go heart die to fix my one problem.  Which made an amazing border.

 Now it is time to snuggle down with some cookies, cocoa, and my Kindle light.

What better way to fly where the reindeer fly than in the imagination.

Don't you just love all the awesome fabrics Island Batik creates?

Two people have a chance to win

Just click on the above link and you will be transported to the Island Batik site where you can enter to win.  Doesn't hurt to try, right?

For my giveaway, I am giving away to one person two of these patterns of choice, they are PDF so it would come to you in your email.

 Just leave a comment.

Below is the list of ambassadors, if you have time to go and visit. 
 We all know how busy we are but when you go to  Island Batik"s Blog you will find the ambassadors and the fabric line, you can pick and choose that way.  Either way, have fun and Enjoy!!

Getaway Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, January 7 - Crystal Ball

Tuesday, January 8  - Ditty

Wednesday, January 9 - Elk Lodge

Thursday, January 10 - Feline Fine

Friday, January 11 - Flea Market

Monday, January 14 - Fortune Teller
Jennifer Fulton- The Inquiring Quilter

Tuesday, January 15  - Gypsy Rose

Wednesday, January 16 - Paisley Park

Thursday, January 17 - Soul Song

Friday, January 18 - Twilight Chic

Monday, January 21 - Winter Park

Tuesday, January 22  - Bazaar

Wednesday, January 23 - Blossom

Thursday, January 24 - Boho

Friday, January 25 - Brookview

Monday, January 28 - French Blue

Tuesday, January 29  - Midsummer Night

Wednesday, January 30 - Oh Deer

Thursday, January 31 - Snow Berry  

Friday, February 1-  Candy Cane Lane and Icicle
Anne Wiens- Icicle - Sweetgrass Creative Designs

Barbara Gaddy - Candy Cane Lane  -Bejeweled Quilts by Barb