‘Tis the Season – with Island Batik

We Island Batik Ambassadors are very privileged! We have the joy of working with their beautiful fabrics and also the pleasure of getting to know and keep in touch with all the wonderful and talented Ambassadors.

This year, as you Dear Readers have realized, we’ve been given a new assignment every month. This month’s is truly appropriate for this special time of year. It’s about the spirit of giving and it truly ‘Tis the Season!

In the past, I have mostly quilted for family and friends and knitted warm winter hats for Street Kids. However, thanks to The Quilt Pattern Magazine’s Kennel Quilt Program, I have also made and donated some Kennel Quilts and have a few dozen tops ready to layer, pin baste, quilt, and finish in the New  Year.

At this time of  year, many quilt groups make placemats for Meals on Wheels to distribute at Christmas time. Having a friend who is a volunteer for Meals on Wheels serving the Jewish community, I was happy to make and donate some Chanukah placemats for the past 2 years.

Thanks to Island Batiks December assignment, I began searching for a cause with the plan of continuing with it throughout the coming yeear. There are so many worthy places and people in need that it can be a difficult decision. After looking through them all, I chose the Canadian branch of Project Linus. (For those of you in the U.S. there is, of course, a Project Linus for you, too.) For those in the Oakville and surrounding area of Southern Ontario, contact Margaret Martingano for more information. Phone: 905-829-2819  Email: mmartingano@cl-na.com

There are many reasons why I like Project Linus, just a few of which are:

  1. It is run entirely by volunteers.
  2. Volunteers are known as blanketeers. They donate new, handmade, washable blankets which are given as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children from newborns and preemies through the age of 17.
  3. Not only quilters can create and donate. Those who knit and crochet can, too.
  4. Quilters can make quilts for them in a variety of sizes. Examples are:
  • 15 to 20 inch squares for newborns and preemies.
  • 20 to 24 inch squares for babies from newborn to 6 months.
  • 24 inch and up to 35 inch squares for babies from 6 months to 1 year.
  • 35 x 45 inches or approximate sizes like 40 x 50 inches for toddlers
  • 40 x 50 inches or approximate sizes for ages 5 to 9.
  • 40 x 60 inches for Tweens or approximate sizes.
  • 40 x 65 to 70 inches for teens in the 14 to 17 year-old category, or approximate sizes.

The smaller sizes are quickly and easily done. The larger ones are very easily doable sizes as well, so be sure to click on the links above to learn more about Project Linus, to find your closest chaper, and to start quilting and giving (or knitting and crocheting – or if, like me, you also knit and crochet, why not do all three!)

Because December is such a busy month, I started small by making a quilt for a baby boy and another for a baby girl in the 20-inch-square sizes for preemies and newborns. Before working with Island Batik fabrics, I had never used a precut. It was great fun to start using them now!
I chose some for each quilt and finally got to use a pattern I’d seen and long wanted to try.
Here they are.

I also made the toddler size in another pattern I’ve seen, liked, and have wanted to try. It’s not finished. It is spread over an armchair because you see, I wasn’t fast enough. My husband started Christmas decorating right after I took the first two photos, so now there is no place to hang the quilts for photos. He has “dibs” on all the walls! – This next quilt and the one below it are just quilt tops at the moment. I’ll finish them as quickly as possible, then donate, them.
Aren’t the Island Batik Charm Packs delightful? The ones I used are all 42 pieces from the Seashore Collection. Finished, it will be the 35 x 35 inch size for babies from 6 months to 1 year of age.

This quilt top is in the teen size. I used a variety of strips from Island Batik’s Strip Sets.
One of them was the French Roasted line. The large squares with sea and fish are from the Island Batik Gone Fishin’ Line. Be sure to click on the link above and view all of the luscious precuts! If your local quilt shop doesn’t have them, ask them to order for you. Of course,  you can also shop for them at your favourite online shops, too.

Do you quilt, knit, or crochet for charitable purposes? Tell us about what you do and for whom, along with your stories about them. Provide links if you can. I’ll choose 3 winners. After the winners are announced, they can tell me whichever of my patterns in my Craftsy Pattern Store they would like, after which I’ll email the patterns to them. Winners will be chosen on December 30th, so be sure to tune in then!

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Christmas in July (in December)

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Christmas in July? I can hear you saying, “But it’s December!”

You must be wondering what I am thinking!

Those who read, subscribe to, and follow my blog may remember the reason. For those who don’t know, both my sewing machines failed me that month (tension gone so I couldn’t complete my Island Batik Ambassador projects for July). By the time my machines were back and in working order, it was difficult to find the time to complete the projects missed. This is my first “catch-up” session.

I had worked on 2 projects for Christmas in July. One was a Kennel Quilt for which only the top had been done. Here it is again completely finished. It’s hard to tell the difference between that earlier photo and this one. I assure you though, it is finished and quilted. (I decided to quilt-in-the-ditch for this one.) Those beautiful batiks you see are part of the Holiday Happenings line from Island Batik.  –  Be sure to click on the links provided to learn more about The Quilt Pattern Magazine’s Kennel Quilt Program. You will enjoy participating!

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The second project, seen back in July, was just the center of my Merry Christmas wall hanging. Here it is all done.

merrychristmasIn finishing it, I appliquéd a cluster of holly leaves and berries to the bottom right corner. My quilting is outlines of holly in green thread, as you can see.

I’ll catch up with my Bountiful Table Topper – August’s project – after Christmas.
Right now, I’m busy finishing up this month’s project, which I hope to blog about later this week. Stay tuned!

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Quilts for Sales’ Last Few Hours of Black Friday & Cyber Monday Sales!

There are only a few hours left on our fantastic sales with quilts up to 50% off!

Don’t lose the chance for these tremendous bargains!

Click here to view our extended Black Friday Sales.

Click here to view our extended Cyber Monday Sales.

The quilts on sale for Cyber Monday and Black Friday are different from one another, so be sure to look through both!

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Island Batik’s Winter Wonderland

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Welcome to Island Batik‘s Winter Wonderland!

This month, we Island Batik Ambassadors were given it as our theme. Of course, Winter Wonderland conjures up many images. First, for me, is one of snow covering the ground and tree branches laced with the fluffy flakes and evergreens dressed in their beautiful best. Snowmen too, of course! However, winter and Christmas always go together for me, so although we already had Christmas in July, Christmas is what came immediately to mind for me.

Island Batik Ambassador, Nan Baker of Purrfect Spots, and I were talking about, and looking at, Christmas decorations when I spotted one I’ve wanted to make for  years, but just never did get around to doing – Folded Fabric Ornaments.  Perfect, I thought, for my Winter Wonderland assignment! I have finished 5 of them and have 4 more partially made. Here are the finished ones. I must say that I love them. They quickly become addictive! They are very pretty in Island Batik‘s Winter Collections. I used the option of sewing some special buttons to their centers – a snowflake, a heart, an evergreen, etc. Here are some photos and if you scroll all the way down, you will find a video instruction on how to make them.

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Here are some closeups.

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Here is another ornament – a lovely Cathedral Window Ornament by Jane Lay.
I added a button to it, too. As you can see, it’s a little evergreen tree.
You will find the pattern in the December 2012 issue of
The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) where you can purchase it as a back copy.

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Be sure to visit all our other Island Batik Ambassador’s pages! Scroll through their blog entries for this month to see their special designs for Winter Wonderland. You’ll be inspired by everything elsee on their blogs, too!

Beaquilter

Bejeweled Quilts

For Quilts Sake

Freemotion by the River

Fun Threads Designs

Happy Cottage Quilter

Kauffman Designs

KISSed Quilts

Lemon Tree Snippets

Made In Scraps

Mary Mack Made Mine

Moose Stash Quilting

One Quilting Circle

Pamela Quilts

Patchwork Breeze

Purrfect Spots Designs

Tamarinis

The Fit Quilter

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A Tutorial from The Quilt Show – Mitered Bindings with Ricky Tims

Ricky Tims demonstrates another method for mitered bindings which I can hardly wait to try!
I especially like the fact that it eliminates stitching the miters closed by hand.

(Please note that if you subscribe via email, the video will not play. Visit Maria’s Quilt Scraps to view it.)

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Black Friday Sales – Quilts for Sale – 25% & 50% Off!

25% – 50% Off! – Plus Many Lowered Prices!

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Click here
to check them out!

Sale ends at midnight EST, November 27th, 2016.

 

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Black Friday and Cyber Monday Sales

blackfridaycyber-mondayQuilts for Sale is about to start its 12th year!

We are celebrating with 2 firsts – next week’s Black Friday Sale (November 25th through the 27th) and the week after, our Cyber Monday Sale (November 28th through December 2nd)!

Shopping online is quite convenient because you can “Skip the lines and shop from the comfort of home!” – And we have real bargains for you, with some of our quilts selling for as low as 50% off! Now is definitely the time to buy the quilts you have been wishing for!

Remember, when you give a quilt made by our individual quilters – not factory-produced – you give a gift lovingly made – one that can be passed down generations by following the care instructions.

Mark the dates on your calendar and this year and give a gift that lasts!

Go to our Quilts for Sale home page on the 25th and again on the 28th for our sale links. Each sale will offer different quilt bargains, so if you see one you want, don’t wait until it’s too late!

With 110+ Quilts to Choose From:

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Island Batik – Pumpkin Fest

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This month’s Island Batik theme, naturally, is Pumpkin Fest.

Some years ago, I was contacted by a distributor of Simply Plaid fabrics. He wanted quilters to see the value of using plaids in prints and asked if I would design some quilts using their fabrics. One of the ones I came up with, I named, A Simply Plaid Halloween.

Since this month’s theme includes pumpkins, I remembered that quilt and immediately wanted to see it in Island Batik‘s wonderful fabrics, so I recreated it. Below, you will see the original and below it, the Island Batik version, with which I am so very pleased!

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A Simply Plaid Halloween

I enjoy my husband’s artistic talent, so whenever possible, I use his art work. He likes drawing Halloween pumpkins and ghosts, so I took several of them and arranged them to create this wall hanging. I added the moon, a bat, and autumn leaves.

I just had to see how this design would look in the gorgeous Island Batik fabric lines I was given. I must say that I absolutely love the way it turned out! You may notice just a few, very minor changes to the origianl design – more leaves, for one. Also, in the first one above, I actually cut out those very small ghostly facial features and fused them to the ghosts’ faces. This time, with Island Batik’s Sprinkles, I used a fabric marker to draw them. Those ghosts are cute, aren’t they? The pumpkins and the ghosts look like they are all having fun! I wonder if the bat will frighten them off? You think?

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An Island Batik Halloween – Click here for the pattern.

All the appliques were fused to the background. I left the edges raw. To quilt the background, I followed the swirls in the fabric. I did the same to the borders following irregular triangular lines in the fabric. Irregular lines seemed just perfect for Halloween.

The fabrics used are a mixture of Island Batik‘s newest, plus some of those used in previous projects. – the leaves, ghosts and borders.  The pumpkins and the background are all from their newest fabric lines. Look for them on their website.

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Three of the Pumpkin Fabrics I Used.

My Luscious Island Batik Fabrics

My Luscious Island Batik Fabrics

You won’t want to miss any of the great patterns our Island Batik Ambassadors have created for Pumpkin Fest!  Here’s a list. Be sure to visit them all to see their creations!

Beaquilter

Bejeweled Quilts

For Quilts Sake

Freemotion by the River

Fun Threads Designs

Happy Cottage Quilter

Kauffman Designs

KISSed Quilts

Lemon Tree Snippets

Made In Scraps

Mary Mack Made Mine

Moose Stash Quilting

One Quilting Circle

Pamela Quilts

Purrfect Spots Designs

Tamarinis

The Fit Quilter

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Book Review: Aunt Dimity & . . .

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The Aunt Dimity series of books written by Nancy Atherton are sheer delight! I have read every one of them, including Aunt Dimity & the Buried Treasure published this year. I just finished it today and, as always, was sorry to have to close that back cover!

They don’t need to be read in order, but I strongly advise it. That way, you will get to know Lori Shepherd and all of the interesting people who live in the village of Finch. Then, you can then follow Lori from the beginning of her journey and accompany her along the way.

Look for Nancy’s books  on Amazon, at your local book store, or via Kindle, Kobo, or your favourite place to buy good books. Visit Aunt Dimity’s World online for photos, the great recipes in these stories, to meet Nancy Atherton, and more. Unlike most of the books I  review, these are not based on quilting. However, they take us to a  charming gentler place – a small, rural village in the English Costwolds.

Once you begin reading them, be sure to leave a comment. I’d like to know that you enjoy them as much as I do. I can’t wait for the next one!

In order of publication, they are:

1.   Aunt Dimity’s Death
2.   Aunt Dimity and the Duke
3.   Aunt Dimity’s Good Deed
4.   Aunt Dimity Digs In
5.   Aunt Dimity’s Christmas
6.   Aunt Dimity Beats the Devil
7.   Aunt Dimity: Detective
8.   Aunt Dimity Takes a Holiday
9.   Aunt Dimity: Snowbound
10. Aunt Dimity and the Next of Kin
11. Aunt Dimity and the Deep Blue Sea
12. Aunt Dimity Goes West
13. Aunt Dimity: Vampire Hunter
14. Aunt Dimity Slays the Dragon
15. Aunt Dimity Down Under
16. Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree
17. Aunt Dimity and the Village Witch
18. Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince
19. Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well
20. Aunt Dimity and the Summer King
21. Aunt Dimity and the Buried Treasure
22. Aunt Dimity and the Lost Prince
23. Aunt Dimity and the Wishing Well
24. Aunt Dimity & the Buried Treasure

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Happy Thanksgiving

A Happy Thanksgiving to all of us Canadians celebrating today!
May we all feel the joy as we count and give thanks for our blessings!

Our family has a great deal for which to be thankful for this year, first and foremost
that our son and his family, along with their home, came safely through Hurricane Matthew.
Thanks too, for you who follow my blog.

As we are all quilters, and as many of us knit, crochet, and are skilled in other crafts as well, let’s
find ways to help those in need after the hurricane. Quilters can find many charities through
their local quilt guilds and through Project Linus. Animal lovers can also make and donate Kennel Quilts to their local shelters and those shelters in need after Hurricane Matthew by joining The Quilt Pattern Magazine‘s Kennel Quilt Program.

Due to many circumstances, the only Thanksgiving decoration visible in our home this year is my wall hanging. Did you decorate this year? If so, tell us how by leaving a comment. I always love hearing from you.

If you like the pattern and want it for next year, or for American Thanksgiving, click on its photo.

A Simply Plaid Thanksgiving Silhouettes

A Simply Plaid Thanksgiving Silhouettes

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