It's a new year with new Island Batik challenges ahead. I'm so excited. I have been watching our new Island Batik Ambassadors as they unpack their boxes of supplies for the next six months and start off running with their first challenge. The creativity of this group is amazing, and inspiring! I will be posting… Continue reading Placemat Challenge
I have thouroughly enjoyed my time as an Island Batik Ambassador this year. The monthly challenges have been good for me in "expanding my borders" and getting to know other quilters and designers has been inspiring. The fabric from Island Batik, needles from Schmetz, dies and cutters from AccuQuilt, thread from Aurifil, batting from Hobbs… Continue reading Medallion Quilt
This month's challenge was about the beautiful Aurifil thread colors and of course, the also beautiful Island Batik fabrics. We were to use the Aurifil for quilting, shading, dimension, and just general fun. I decided to start with an appliqué shape and see how I could enhance with the thread. The fabric I choose for… Continue reading Thread Painting
This month our challenge was to make a quilt using the Studio 180 Design tool that came in our second Island Batik Ambassador box. I was given the Star 60 tool, Studio 180 Design's newest tool, used to make 60 degree quilt designs with 17 size options! If you have been following me, you would… Continue reading Try a Tool by Studio 180 Design
This month's challenge was to make a quilt with creative borders and and binding. I wanted to use the Whispering Feathers 2 1/2" strips that were designed by Kathy Engle. In order to do that, the main fabric in my borders could not be wider than 2 1/2". No limits however on the background fabric.… Continue reading Creative Borders and Bindings
"The Journey", is a quilt designed for my son-in-law when he entered medical school. It was his dream to become a doctor of medicine from the time he was a little boy. When he was accepted in the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) it was the beginning of a long awaited for… Continue reading The Journey
Do you doodle or do you draw? How seriously do you take the need to draw to improve your quilting? Recently I took a class from Jamie Wallen who challenged us to draw three or four times a week. Jamie said that drawing for 45 minutes is like three hours of machine quilting,… Continue reading Doodling or Drawing?
My husband is putting a hydraulic lift on my quilting machine for which I am one thankful lady. So while my machine is tied up I decided to go ahead and quilt my one and only "mini" I made. I used Studio 180 Design's Love Link Pattern and the Wing Clipper tool to make 1/2" x… Continue reading Love Links and Polka Dots a Good Combination