Canada Day – July 1st

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Have you begun making plans to celebrate Canada’s 149th Birthday on July 1st?

My Canadian Flag Pattern is a good way to show your patriotism and to celebrate by including it in your decorations. It also makes the perfect gift for Canadians working and living abroad.

You can also use just the Maple Leaf pattern on jackets, sweatshirts, T-shirts, tote bags, pillows, and whatever else your creativity inspires. It’s also a stash-buster needing only small pieces and strips of your red fabrics.

To learn more about this pattern or to buy it, click here. If not for the 149th, you’ll definitely want it ready for next year’s big celebration – Canada’s 150th Birthday!

Once you have made your flag, I’d love to see photos and also, if you grant permission, post them in a future blog.

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How To Fold Quilts to Prevent Creases

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A New Applique Method!

This video is by Kathy McNeil. The tools can be purchased through her website.

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Island Batik and April Showers

April-ShowersWe Island Batik Ambassadors were given a fun challenge this month – create a quilted project with an April Showers theme.

I received an absolutely beautiful bundle of fabrics – Island Batik‘s Seashore Collection. Here they are spread out in a fan shape to view and appreciate. Be sure to click on their link above – the better to see and appreciate their wonderful colours and their beauty!

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I was inspired by a stained glass project in the Stained Glass Pattern Book by Ed Sibbett, Jr. With the permission of Dover Publications, I used its flowers and leaves to create my April Showers wall hanging.

For the first time, I used fabric glue instead of fusibles to place each flower, flower center, and leaf. I just rubbed some glue into the center of each which held them down nicely for stitching around the raw edges. It was my intention to do a simple raw-edge applique, but then realized I’d prefer a very loose satin stitch.

Can you see the raindrops? For those, I did a free-motion stitch. My original intent was to use a silver metallic thread for them. However, I’d had the thread for a long time and found that with just the slightest tug, it broke. I’m assuming it simply dried up (brand name unknown). Instead, I used a light gray thread.

I love Aurifil Threads and used them for all of my piecing and most of my applique stitches, too.

Finally, it came time to decide on a border, but when doing trials, I realized I wasn’t happy with including one. Slept on it and in the morning, realized that a wide binding was just what was needed.

April Showers by Maria Hrabovsky

April Showers by Maria Hrabovsky

In the full view, it may be difficult to see the raindrops falling on the grass and some of the leaves and petals. Here are some closeups.

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The background grass fabric is from Island Batik‘s wonderful Hollywood Hills collection. The flowers, leaves, and binding are all from the beautiful, new Seashore Collection

Island Batiks fabrics are not only absolutely gorgeous, they are terrifically wonderful to work with!

You will want to see all of the other April Shower projects presented this month, so visit each of our Ambassador’s Blogs and where necessary, scroll down to find them. A few have yet to be posted, but will be by week’s end.

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March Mini Madness Links

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As promised, here are the links to tour our Island Batik Ambassadors’ blogs. Visit them and where necessary, scroll down to view all the March Mini Madness quilts that have been made! You will find an amazing variety of inspirational minis and designs!

Have fun!

Adele Mogavero
Ark Angel Creations
Bea Quilter
Bejeweled Quilts
Purrfect Spots
Desert Bloom Quilting
For Quilts Sake
Free Motion by the River
Fun Threads
Inch Worm Fabrics
Kauffman Designs
Knitbug 2
Lemon Tree Snippets
Maria Michaels Designs (You are here.)
Moose Stash Quilting
One Quilting Circle
Pamela Quilts
Patchwork Breeze
Purrfect Spots
Quilting Affection
Sally’s Quilting Corner
Stone Cottage Quilts
Webster Quilt

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March Mini Madness

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We Island Batik Ambassadors were given a March Challenge – Mini Madness! Our task was to create a mini quilt no larger than 24 x 24 inches.

Challenges are fun! Naturally, I had to think a while and plan. Finally, while looking at the Sweet Georgia Peach line, which I planned to use, an earlier pattern came to mind.

Years ago, when embroidery machines were just becoming popular, there were many quilters who wanted to use embroidery in quilts, but who didn’t have these specialized machines. Looking through my husband’s drawings, I found a perfect one to use.

He enjoys drawing mushrooms and had several to choose from – drawings that is, not mushrooms – and this is what I came up with. He got to choose the name – Not Mushroom – which many quilters questioned. That meant having to explain his strange sense of humour. Explanation: There’s a crowd of mushrooms here so there’s Not Mush (Much) Room. And yes, I can hear you all groaning!

Not Mushroom by Maria Michaels Designs

Not Mushroom

This embroidered 9 x 9 inch design does not require a special machine, only a straight stitch. I used my window (my substitute for a light box) to trace my final pattern onto the white background fabric. Then, I simply stitched over the lines. Those with free-motion experience can use that method, but it isn’t necessary.

The mushrooms on the borders were traced onto 4 strips of tracing paper and/or light newsprint, pinned into position, and stitched over in the same way. The paper tore away easily afterwards.

Looking at my Not Mushroom mini made me realize that the Sweet Georgia Peach was perfect for recreating Not Mushroom as an applique. I used it for all of the mushrooms. The white background is Sprinkles from the Neutrals Collection. The sky, grass and border fabrics are from the fabrics I had left over from Island Batik’s Summer in the Country Blog Hop and a different Ambassador project I’ll share with you another day. Hop back and see if you can find them.

Still Not Mushroom

Still Not Mushroom

Nan Baker of Purrfect Spots shares the same type of humour as my husband. As you can see, she carried on with his theme by naming this one! It’s absolutely perfect! However, is that more groaning I hear?

This one is 15 x 15 inches. The mushrooms in the border were done the same way as for Not Mushroom. I used fusible applique for the mushrooms, but stitched over the raw edges as well. The grass is free-motion embroidered. As you can see, I used echo quilting for the white Sprinkles background.

I like to use my stitching over raw edges as my quilting stitches. That way, two things get done at once. It makes for an interesting backing.

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Still Not Mushroom – Back

All the piecing and most of the embroidery threads I used were my favourite Aurifil Threads. As I finish with other threads, I am replacing them all with Aurifil. If you haven’t tried them yet, make sure you do! They are wonderful to piece and quilt with!

All of us Island Batik Ambassadors have been sharing our Mini Madness projects. You’ll want to see them all, so stay tuned! I’ll present a list of them soon!

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Winners of the Island Batik Blog Hop!

Island Batik will post the winners of their beautiful fabrics.

From among those who entered my giveaway by answering all 3 questions, 6 winners were chosen.

Congratulations to our winners!

  1. LJ
  2. Lori S
  3. Rina M.
  4. Celeste P.
  5. Sheila I.
  6. Jackie M.

To Claim Your Prize:

1. Visit my Pattern Store at Craftsy.

2. Choose the pattern you would like.

3. Email me with your name and the pattern you have chosen.

To email, copy the following, eliminating all of the spaces and changing “at” to “@”.  –  maria at mariamichaelsdesigns . com
Thank you for helping to eliminate the spam I would otherwise get!

A Bonus for Everyone Who Reads Maria’s Quilt Scraps!

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My readers can subscribe to The Quilt Pattern Magazine for only $13.95 instead of the regular price of $16.95!
Simply click here and use the secret password – qfs.

Enjoy!

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Last Day of the Island Batik Hop!

Today is the last day of the wonderully exciting Island Batik Hop – Planes, Trains & Automobiles!

If you have missed it, scroll down to my turn where you will find a list with all the necessary links. Visit each stop along the Hop and enter to win the various giveaways including free fabrics from Island Batik.

Here are today’s stops. You won’t want to miss them!

March 4 – Tinsel, Holiday Happenings
Purrfect Spots Designs
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting

I will be announcing the winners of my giveaway tomorrow, so stay tuned! You have until midnight EST tonight to enter.

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March – In Like A Lion!

March has definitely come in like a lion this year. Hope it really does go out like a lamb! Fingers crossed!

Although we want to see the end of winter, blue skies and snow are beautiful to look upon! I especially love it on evergreens and trees.

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A sign of spring! The crows are back. Poor timing for them though.

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The moon is out, too. I love blue and white together!

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Last Week of the Island Batik Blog Hop!

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We are already into the last week of the Island Batik Blog Hop – Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!

My turn was this past Wednesday. If you didn’t read my blog on that day and enter for free prizes, do so now. Scroll down to view it and scroll even futher down to view the events of the Blog Hop. If you are just joining in now, you’ll want to see everything you’ve been missing and to enter the draws which have yet to expire. One of the prizes is fabric and another is a quilt pattern, and there are more! – Go! Have fun! – Be inspired! – Enter! – Win!

Click on the Blog Hop image above to go there. We are already into the last week.

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