New Beginnings! – An Island Batik Blog Hop!

Island Batik‘s New Beginnings Blog Hop started yesterday. New Beginnings – a perfect theme for the first month of a New Year! We Ambassadors were given the theme and the direction to interpret it in any way we wished. It’s going to be an amazing month of gorgeous fabrics and quilt projects!

Don’t miss the first day of the Hop! Barbara Douglas of Stone Cottage Designs started us off with a great project yesterday! Be sure to click on that link to visit her.

Several quilters participated in today’s Hop. Be sure to check the schedule below and visit them, too! Check our schedule on a daily basis. You won’t want to miss a single one! You won’t want to miss the chance to win some wonderful prizes, either! I will see you here on January 23rd which will be my turn.

Hop Schedule & Fabric Lines

January 9  – Coastal Mist
Stone Cottage Quilts 

January 10 – Dotalicious

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting


Inchworm Fabrics

January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt

January 12 – Fifi and Fido plus Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection

January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs

January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River

January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angel Creations
Jennifer Sewing

January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting

January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs (That’s me!)

January 25 – Surf and Sand
Linda Pearl


January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts

January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake

Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Connie Kauffman

January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting

February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze

Sally’s Quilting Corner

The Winners!

The Winners of our Island Batik, ‘Tis the Season Blog Post are:

Barbara Winkler and Vicki in MN!

Congratulations to you both! Please visit my Craftsy Pattern Store where you can each choose the pattern you would like. Leave a comment here indicating your choice and I’ll email them to you.

Thank you for taking part in the contest!

The Winners!

The Winners of our Island Batik‘Tis the Season Blog Post are:

Barbara Winkler and Vicki in MN!

Congratulations to you both! Please visit my Craftsy Pattern Page where you can each choose the pattern you would like. Leave a comment here indicating you choice and I’ll email them to you.

Thank you for taking part in the contest!

The Winners

The Winners of our Island Batik, ‘Tis the Season Blog Post are:

Barbara Winkler and Vicki in MN!

Congratulations to you both! Please visit my Craftsy Pattern Page where you can each choose the pattern you would like. Leave a comment here indicating you choice and I’ll email them to you.

Thank you for taking part in the contest!

‘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:

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!

Christmas in July (in December)


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!


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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Island Batik’s Winter Wonderland

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.


Here are some closeups.



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.




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!


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


The Fit Quilter

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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