Day #5 of the Island Batik Blog Hop

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Wasn’t yesterday’s quilt a great design? Loved the background and those cute vehicles?

Today’s, using the Island Batik Florida Oranges fabric line are inspired and there are 3 great designers to visit!

 If you’ve missed any of the stops along the way, don’t worry. You can go back and see every one of them. The sehedule follows below.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, February 15 – Caribbean Splash 
Bejeweled QuiltsPamela Quilts

Tuesday, February 16 – London Fog
Moose Stash Quilting

Wednesday, February 17 – French Roasted
KISSed Quilts
Made In Scraps
Happy Cottage Quilter

Thursday, February 18 – Crystal Cove
Freemotion by the River

Friday, February 19 – Florida Oranges
Fun Threads Designs
Kauffman Designs
Tamarinis

Monday, February 22 – Coral Reef
Mary Mack Made Mine
Purrfect Spots Designs

Tuesday, February 23 – Sweet Georgia Peach
One Quilting Circle
KISSed Quilts

Wednesday, February 24 – Hollywood Hills
The Fit Quilter
Maria Michaels Designs – My Turn!

Thursday, February 25 – Desert Rose
For Quilts Sake
Lemon Tree Snippets

Friday, February 26 – Sea Salt Sandy
Tamarinis
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting
Pamela Quilts
Bejeweled Quilts

Monday, February 29 – Jersey Shore
Beaquilter
Lemon Tree Snippets

Tuesday, March 1 – Tuscany Sun
Tammy Silvers

Wednesday, March 2 – Lavish
Freemotion by the River
Moose Stash Quilting

Thursday, March 3 – Fire Island
KISSed Quilts

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

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Day #3 of the Island Batik Blog Hop

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Today is an exciting day for the  Island Batik Blog Hop because there are 3 designers to visit!
You will enjoy each of them, so be sure to view the schedule and links below to visit KISSed Quilts
Made In Scraps and Happy Cottage Quilter!  

Enjoy!

 

Planes, Trains & Automobiles Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, February 15 – Caribbean Splash 
Bejeweled QuiltsPamela Quilts

Tuesday, February 16 – London Fog
Moose Stash Quilting

TODAY! – Wednesday, February 17 – French Roasted
KISSed Quilts
Made In Scraps
Happy Cottage Quilter

Thursday, February 18 – Crystal Cove
Freemotion by the River

Friday, February 19 – Florida Oranges
Fun Threads Designs
Kauffman Designs
Tamarinis

Monday, February 22 – Coral Reef
Mary Mack Made Mine
Purrfect Spots Designs

Tuesday, February 23 – Sweet Georgia Peach
One Quilting Circle
KISSed Quilts

Wednesday, February 24 – Hollywood Hills
The Fit Quilter
Maria Michaels Designs – My Turn!

Thursday, February 25 – Desert Rose
For Quilts Sake
Lemon Tree Snippets

Friday, February 26 – Sea Salt Sandy
Tamarinis
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting
Pamela Quilts
Bejeweled Quilts

Monday, February 29 – Jersey Shore
Beaquilter
Lemon Tree Snippets

Tuesday, March 1 – Tuscany Sun
Tammy Silvers

Wednesday, March 2 – Lavish
Freemotion by the River
Moose Stash Quilting

Thursday, March 3 – Fire Island
KISSed Quilts

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

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Day #2 of the Island Batik Blog Hop

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Some Sneak Peeks

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I’m sure you’ll enjoy these Sneak Peeks as much as I do!

Today’s quilt is exceptional! You won’t want to miss it!

Be sure to visit Moose Stash Quilting!


Planes, Trains & Automobiles Blog Hop Schedule

Today! Monday, February 15 – Caribbean Splash 
Bejeweled QuiltsPamela Quilts

Tuesday, February 16 – London Fog
Moose Stash Quilting

Wednesday, February 17 – French Roasted
KISSed Quilts
Made In Scraps
Happy Cottage Quilter

Thursday, February 18 – Crystal Cove
Freemotion by the River

Friday, February 19 – Florida Oranges
Fun Threads Designs
Kauffman Designs
Tamarinis

Monday, February 22 – Coral Reef
Mary Mack Made Mine
Purrfect Spots Designs

Tuesday, February 23 – Sweet Georgia Peach
One Quilting Circle
KISSed Quilts

Wednesday, February 24 – Hollywood Hills
The Fit Quilter
Maria Michaels Designs – My Turn!

Thursday, February 25 – Desert Rose
For Quilts Sake
Lemon Tree Snippets

Friday, February 26 – Sea Salt Sandy
Tamarinis
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting
Pamela Quilts
Bejeweled Quilts

Monday, February 29 – Jersey Shore
Beaquilter
Lemon Tree Snippets

Tuesday, March 1 – Tuscany Sun
Tammy Silvers

Wednesday, March 2 – Lavish
Freemotion by the River
Moose Stash Quilting

Thursday, March 3 – Fire Island
KISSed Quilts

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

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Day #1 of Island Batik’s Planes, Trains & Automobiles Blog Hop!

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How very exciting! The Island Batik Planes, Trains & Automobiles Blog Hop has begun!

Start today by hopping on over to Bejeweled Quilts and Pamela Quilts!

 

Planes, Trains & Automobiles Blog Hop Schedule

Today! Monday, February 15Caribbean Splash 
Bejeweled QuiltsPamela Quilts

Tuesday, February 16 London Fog
Moose Stash Quilting

Wednesday, February 17French Roasted
KISSed Quilts
Made In Scraps
Happy Cottage Quilter

Thursday, February 18Crystal Cove
Freemotion by the River

Friday, February 19Florida Oranges
Fun Threads Designs
Kauffman Designs
Tamarinis

Monday, February 22Coral Reef
Mary Mack Made Mine
Purrfect Spots Designs

Tuesday, February 23Sweet Georgia Peach
One Quilting Circle
KISSed Quilts

Wednesday, February 24 Hollywood Hills
The Fit Quilter
Maria Michaels Designs – My Turn!

Thursday, February 25Desert Rose
For Quilts Sake
Lemon Tree Snippets

Friday, February 26 Sea Salt Sandy
Tamarinis
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting
Pamela Quilts
Bejeweled Quilts

Monday, February 29Jersey Shore
Beaquilter
Lemon Tree Snippets

Tuesday, March 1Tuscany Sun
Tammy Silvers

Wednesday, March 2Lavish
Freemotion by the River
Moose Stash Quilting

Thursday, March 3Fire Island
KISSed Quilts

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

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Sign of Spring? – Not Yet!

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What a surprise this was! Our snowdrops bloomed during the first week of February – the earliest ever! They usually bloom in mid March and as early as the last week of February. We immediately hoped it was a sign for an early spring this year.

Poor snowdrops! Our temperatures have dropped to zero and below zero fahrenheit. We wonder how they can possibly survive such freezing temperatures. However, we’ll have to wait until the snow melts to see. Fingers crossed that they are hardy enough to have survived!

Hope everyone with these drastically cold temperatures is keeping warm!

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Tomorrow! – Day 1 of the Island Batik Blog Hop

Set your alarm clock or electronic device for tomorrow!

Why?
To remember that it’s the exciting first day of the Island Batik Blog Hop!

You won’t want to miss a day! Travel along with us!

Look for lots of great quilt designs using Island Batik fabrics and some giveaways, too!

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Dresden Plate Baby Quilt – Finished!

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This one was a long time in the making, but was finally finished and given to the darling little one it was meant for. The reward was in seeing her attracted by the colours, batting at it with her hand, and smiling. What more could I possibly ask for?

I have always loved mixing fabrics and colours in the spirit of the pioneer women who had to use every available piece of fabric. Of course, nowadays, we use new fabrics in the same way and the effects are wonderful. Sometimes, I’m sorry that they are known as “scrap” quilts because the word doesn’t have a good connotation to non-quilters. For those not in the know, today a scrap or scrappy quilt is one made up of a variety of fabrics, colours, and prints – and all new fabrics. Often fabrics are purchased specifically for the quilt, or as in this case, made from small pieces of leftover, new fabrics from other quilt projects. We quilters don’t like wasting the smallest pieces of good fabric!

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Coming Soon!

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A Thank You

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We all know that there are many wonderful, attentive, kind people in this world. I had the privilege and special experience of meeting one today.

My turn had come to apply for a new health card. Upon leaving the desk, I thought I had left my credit card with the person who had served me. Naturally, as I couldn’t find it, I had to go back to check. I took my place at the end of a lineup which had become quite long in the interim. To my surprise, the woman whose turn it was at the desk, motioned me to come forward. I did so, all the time wondering what her reason could possibly be. I was further surprised when she said, “Go ahead. I saw you in line ahead of me, so know you have need of something.” Naturally, I thanked her and expressed my appreciation.

Wasn’t that wonderful? What a kind and special woman she is! With how busy it was and being unable to take up her time at the desk, I thanked her again upon leaving. I just wish there had been enough time to speak to her, tell her how special she is, and thank her more thoroughly. There are many caring, generous people like her whom we have the privilege of meeting, however briefly. We need many more like her and like them.

My thanks and appreciation to all who take the time to be kind and caring. Even though I may never meet her again, you can be sure that I’ll be paying it forward.

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Dresden Plate Baby Quilt – Part 3

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It’s been a long while since I started this quilt. It had to be set aside to meet other deadlines. In my last post about it, I showed a photo of the wedges sewn together. Next, it was time to create the blocks.

I decided to try the Quilt-As-You-Go method shown by Susan ClaireThe Gourmet Quilter, on her YouTube channel. Her video is included in that last post.

Above is a photo of one of my blocks with a Beatrix Potter print added to the center and the quilting mostly done. The Dresden Plate wedges are appliqued to the quilt block sandwich and serve as the quilting as well. I stitched-in-the-ditch between all of the wedges, then topstitched along the wedge points. The center print is also topstitched around the circle’s edges. The rest is echo-stitched. I like the way it is turning out!

Coincidentally, there has recently been exciting news about Beatrix Potter. More than 100 years ago, she wrote. “The Tale of Kitty-in-Boots” and it was just discovered in her archives. The story  is to be published towards the end of this year.

Also, coincidentally, the Pantone Colours for this year are Rose Quartz and Serenity – a lovely rose tone and an equally lovely blue. I happened to have used both in this quilt. Serendipity! Actually, credit goes to Nan Baker of Purrfect Spots for noticing this coincidence. We were discussing and sharing photos of our quilts at the time.

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