A loooong overdue WRAP-UP: Island Batik/Creative Quilts Blog Hop

Hello Friends, I hope you are doing well, and have had a great weekend!  My little family struggled to get our inner clocks adjusted back to the US local time this past week, with only a bit of success.  For most of last week, Miss Baby would go to bed at 4pm after school, and wake up at midnight/1am wanting to be fed — because it is lunch time at the other side of the globe!  How about doing her music practices at 4am because she couldn’t go back to bed? Hahah – totally lopsided, to say the least! :)  And I find myself sending emails to editors at 3am in the mornings because that’s when my mind functions the most coherently.

All that to say… we are still on the path of normalcy at Ivory Spring.  So I will be spending a few posts catching up on things I should have shared back in April.  First up is…. the Island Batik/Creative Quilts blog hop that happened back in March!

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A huge shout out of THANKS to Island Batik for coordinating the hop with their amazing Ambassadors.  I am most appreciative to these ladies for participating in the hop, and have totally admired the “Creative New Quilts” quilts they made with the Island Batik batiks!  I am showing you in one post all the batik quilts made, in comparison to the original quilts in my book Creative New Quilts & Projects.  You may click on the quilt name to go to the specific hop post for the particular project.  The moral of the story is obvious in this case – it’s the “Precuts” fabrics that make the quilts since my book targets fun quilts you can make with the precuts you have stashed away. :)

#1.  Counting my blessings 

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Batik version done by Lemon Tree Snippets.

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#2.  Stars Over Columbia

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Batik version made by Mary Mack Made Mine.  

#3.  Winter Blues

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Batik versions made by  Freemotion by the River and  KISSed Quilts.

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#4.  Childhood Memories (Girl)

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Batik version made by BeaQuilter.

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#5.  Birds of a Feather Runner

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Batik version made by One Quilting Circle.

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#6.  Birds of a Feather Placemats

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Batik version made by Bejeweled Quilts.

#7.  Care for a Cuppa?

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Batik version made by MooseStash Quilting.

#8.  Flight of Colors Pillow

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Batik version made by Pamela Quilts.

#9. Crossings

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Batik version made by The Fit Quilter.

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I hope you have enjoyed the eye candies presented by these talented quilters.  I am experiencing the aftermath of a personal loss, and more so than ever before, I have experienced the sweet sense of community within the quilting world.  Quilters always reach out, always encourage, and always step up to lend a hand…. THANK you to all my quilting friends — you know who you are!

Till tomorrow.

Island Batik & Creative New Quilts Blog Hop Day 10

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Hello Friends,  I am a little sad we have come to our last day of the Island Batik & Creative New Quilts blog hop.  I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing my book projects being made with batik fabrics.  I am immensely appreciative of all the talented quilters who have contributed to the hop!

Monday, March 14 – Island Batik Intro – be sure to stop by for the giveaway of a free fabric bundle! You will also see what outfit I wore to church yesterday when you visit Island Batik’s blog today.  Totally unplanned… I chuckled when I saw the picture!

Tuesday, March 15 – The Fit Quilter – Adele is using the Desert Rose collection to make her version of Crossings! You have got to pop on over to see her quilt – simply gorgeous! Adele is a quilt designer herself — check out her work, and the patterns she has for sale!

Wednesday, March 16 – Pamela Quilts — Pamela gives a batik-y twist to my Flight of Colors pillows. Pam is also a Craftsy Designer, as well as Etsy Shop owner.  Do take a moment to check out her offerings!!!  And there’s a giveaway of a copy of my book!

Thursday, March 17 – MooseStash Quilting — Today featured hop project is one that is near and dear to my heart!!!  Joan made my quilt with the BUZZ – my coffee cup quilt! You simply have to head over to her blog to see her quilt.  I am tempted to reveal the colors of Joan’s quilt here, but I shall refrain!  And of course, as for the entire blog hop, a free copy of my book is given away by all the hop contributors.

Friday, March 18 –  Bejeweled Quilts — Barb is a talented designer, and I am thrilled to see her version of my Birds of a Feather placemats! Barb is also a Craftsy designer.  I hope you will check out her many best-selling patterns!

Monday, March 21 –  One Quilting Circle — Last Friday you saw the placemats, today Linda is sharing the Birds of a Feather runner with Island Batik’s Sweet Georgia Peachfabric lines.  The fabrics gave the runner a mosaic look!  You have to check it out.

Tuesday, March 22 –  BeaQuilter — Check out how Bea, an amazing quilter and designer, has given my Childhood Memories girl quilt a very elegant look!  It has red and black in the colors – two of my favorites!!!

Wednesday, March 23 – Freemotion by the River (Connie) and KISSed Quilts (Marlene).  These two ladies did a fantastic job with my Winter Blues quilt.  You have to check out their quilts, as well as their blogs – as there is a LOT of talent on those blogs.  Of course, enter the giveaway for a copy of the book that has instructions on how to make myWinter Blues quilt.

TODAY!!!  Thursday, March 24 – Mary Mack Made Mine — I think of Maryellen as one of my late night friends! There have been numerous times she and exchange emails during the night when I am burning midnight oil.  I am really excited to have Maryellen make one of my quilts with Island Batik’s London Fog fabrics.   I love that Maryllen also increase the size of her quilt but making more blocks than my original quilt.  Please head on over to her blog to see her version of my Stars Over Columbia quilt!  While you are there, check out Maryellen’s Etsy shop as well.

Friday, March 25 – Lemon Tree Snippets — Today’s hop featured project is my Counting My Blessings banner quilt.  It is one that has received sweet and warm responses!  Hop on over to Pat’s blog to see the blings she has added to the banner.

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So this is my original Counting My Blessings.  

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The pagoda birdhouse is a nod to my Oriental heritage.

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You may click here to view more pictures of the banner.  The book also includes an autumn version of falling leaves (and the full size template).

I hope you have enjoyed this 2-week long hop.  A HUGE thank you to Island Batik for coordinating the hop, and Landauer Publishing for sponsoring the book giveaway.  I hope you will remember check out the products of these wonderful companies for your next quilty purchase – just sayin’! :)

And I hope you have a most blessed weekend as we celebrate Easter/Resurrection of Christ.

Island Batik & Creative New Quilts Blog Hop Day 8

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Friends today is an exciting day on our hop, as we have two very talented quilters contributing to the featured hop project!

Monday, March 14 – Island Batik Intro – be sure to stop by for the giveaway of a free fabric bundle! You will also see what outfit I wore to church yesterday when you visit Island Batik’s blog today.  Totally unplanned… I chuckled when I saw the picture!

Tuesday, March 15 – The Fit Quilter – Adele is using the Desert Rose collection to make her version of Crossings! You have got to pop on over to see her quilt – simply gorgeous! Adele is a quilt designer herself — check out her work, and the patterns she has for sale!

Wednesday, March 16 – Pamela Quilts — Pamela gives a batik-y twist to my Flight of Colors pillows. Pam is also a Craftsy Designer, as well as Etsy Shop owner.  Do take a moment to check out her offerings!!!  And there’s a giveaway of a copy of my book!

Thursday, March 17 – MooseStash Quilting — Today featured hop project is one that is near and dear to my heart!!!  Joan made my quilt with the BUZZ – my coffee cup quilt! You simply have to head over to her blog to see her quilt.  I am tempted to reveal the colors of Joan’s quilt here, but I shall refrain!  And of course, as for the entire blog hop, a free copy of my book is given away by all the hop contributors.

Friday, March 18 –  Bejeweled Quilts — Barb is a talented designer, and I am thrilled to see her version of my Birds of a Feather placemats! Barb is also a Craftsy designer.  I hope you will check out her many best-selling patterns!

Monday, March 21 –  One Quilting Circle — Last Friday you saw the placemats, today Linda is sharing the Birds of a Feather runner with Island Batik’s Sweet Georgia Peachfabric lines.  The fabrics gave the runner a mosaic look!  You have to check it out.

Tuesday, March 22 –  BeaQuilter — Check out how Bea, an amazing quilter and designer, has given my Childhood Memories girl quilt a very elegant look!  It has red and black in the colors – two of my favorites!!!

TODAY!!!  Wednesday, March 23 – Freemotion by the River (Connie) and KISSed Quilts (Marlene).  These two ladies did a fantastic job with my Winter Blues quilt.  You have to check out their quilts, as well as their blogs – as there is a LOT of talent on those blogs.  Of course, enter the giveaway for a copy of the book that has instructions on how to make my Winter Blues quilt.

Thursday, March 24 – Mary Mack Made Mine
Friday, March 25 – Lemon Tree SnippetsFirst of all, the original Winter Blues quilt that I made is a shout out to Island Batik as I had used their fabrics.  Over the years,  I have made friends with the wonderful people at Island Batik, and am always appreciative of their generosity with sponsoring fabrics for my projects!

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Secondly, this quilt is a nod to my past, my former life, my college life in Engineering school.  For some reason,  the images of I-beams in the pages of one of my college textbooks had been swirling in my mind when I was working on designs for my Creative New Quilts & Projects book.  That’s why some of the blocks have the look of I-beams.  I thought it was cute when Marlene of KISSed Quilts picked Winter Blues as the project she would re-make with Island Batik’s fabrics.  I guess once an engineer, always an engineer — even if those calculations are quite rusty right now (at least for me!).

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Bygone engineering days aside, this design is great in showcasing any novelty prints you might have in the bigger and the solid square blocks!  Take a look at your stash, and you might have just found your next project!

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Thirdly, this quilt also shows my love for blue and white!  2016 is my blue and white year!  If you have followed me on Instagram, you have probably seen this blue and white project I started.  I will share more about it on the blog.

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Here are couple of pictures showing the quilting.  I will have more pictures of the quilt to share in the near future!

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For now, please visit Connie and Marlene and see their Winter Blues quilts, would you?!  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a most lovely of days.  I will catch up with you again tomorrow.

Island Batik & Creative New Quilts Blog Hop Day 7 / This or That #14

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Monday, March 14 – Island Batik Intro – be sure to stop by for the giveaway of a free fabric bundle! You will also see what outfit I wore to church yesterday when you visit Island Batik’s blog today.  Totally unplanned… I chuckled when I saw the picture!

Tuesday, March 15 – The Fit Quilter – Adele is using the Desert Rose collection to make her version of Crossings! You have got to pop on over to see her quilt – simply gorgeous! Adele is a quilt designer herself — check out her work, and the patterns she has for sale!

Wednesday, March 16 – Pamela Quilts — Pamela gives a batik-y twist to my Flight of Colors pillows. Pam is also a Craftsy Designer, as well as Etsy Shop owner.  Do take a moment to check out her offerings!!!  And there’s a giveaway of a copy of my book!

Thursday, March 17 – MooseStash Quilting — Today featured hop project is one that is near and dear to my heart!!!  Joan made my quilt with the BUZZ – my coffee cup quilt! You simply have to head over to her blog to see her quilt.  I am tempted to reveal the colors of Joan’s quilt here, but I shall refrain!  And of course, as for the entire blog hop, a free copy of my book is given away by all the hop contributors.

Friday, March 18 –  Bejeweled Quilts — Barb is a talented designer, and I am thrilled to see her version of my Birds of a Feather placemats! Barb is also a Craftsy designer.  I hope you will check out her many best-selling patterns!

Monday, March 21 –  One Quilting Circle — Last Friday you saw the placemats, today Linda is sharing the Birds of a Feather runner with Island Batik’s Sweet Georgia Peachfabric lines.  The fabrics gave the runner a mosaic look!  You have to check it out.

TODAY!!!  Tuesday, March 22 –  BeaQuilter — Check out how Bea, an amazing quilter and designer, has given my Childhood Memories girl quilt a very elegant look!  It has red and black in the colors – two of my favorites!!!

Wednesday, March 23 – Freemotion by the River and KISSed Quilts 
Thursday, March 24 – Mary Mack Made Mine
Friday, March 25 – Lemon Tree Snippets

You know that I have a young daughter, and therefore, I am all about childhood memories.  To me, childhood ought to be simple and sweet.  It’s with that sentiment in mind, I designed the following quilts, girl and boy versions. All you need for these quilts are some precuts 2 1/2″ strips and fat quarters!

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Today, I have had a bit of fun over at Instagram with a very important question.  I thought I would do it here too as our #14 installment of our THIS or THAT question. [If you are on Instagram and want to search for me, my handle is ivory_spring — VERY original, eh?!]  Ready – MILK or DARK Chocolate Bunny for you?!

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Thanks for stopping by.  We have sunshine today – I am really happy and grateful!  I shall catch up with you later.
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You may click the following for our previous THIS or THAT posts.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #1. Click here for Vicki’s follow up post.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #2.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #3.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #5.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #6.

Click here for Quilty THIS OR THAT #7.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #8.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #9.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #10.

Click here for non Quilty (aka Pointless) THIS or THAT #11.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #12.

Click here for Quilty THIS or THAT #13.

Island Batik & Creative New Quilts Blog Hop Day 6

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Happy Monday, Dear Friends!  I hope you had a good weekend.  We remembered Palm Sunday in our family, and look forward to our Easter week.

Meanwhile, our blog hop is still growing strong at Day 6!

Monday, March 14 – Island Batik Intro – be sure to stop by for the giveaway of a free fabric bundle! You will also see what outfit I wore to church yesterday when you visit Island Batik’s blog today.  Totally unplanned… I chuckled when I saw the picture!

Tuesday, March 15 – The Fit Quilter – Adele is using the Desert Rose collection to make her version of Crossings! You have got to pop on over to see her quilt – simply gorgeous! Adele is a quilt designer herself — check out her work, and the patterns she has for sale!

Wednesday, March 16 – Pamela Quilts — Pamela gives a batik-y twist to my Flight of Colors pillows. Pam is also a Craftsy Designer, as well as Etsy Shop owner.  Do take a moment to check out her offerings!!!  And there’s a giveaway of a copy of my book!

Thursday, March 17 – MooseStash Quilting — Today featured hop project is one that is near and dear to my heart!!!  Joan made my quilt with the BUZZ – my coffee cup quilt! You simply have to head over to her blog to see her quilt.  I am tempted to reveal the colors of Joan’s quilt here, but I shall refrain!  And of course, as for the entire blog hop, a free copy of my book is given away by all the hop contributors.

Friday, March 18 –  Bejeweled Quilts — Barb is a talented designer, and I am thrilled to see her version of my Birds of a Feather placemats! Barb is also a Craftsy designer.  I hope you will check out her many best-selling patterns!

TODAY!!!  Monday, March 21 –  One Quilting Circle — Last Friday you saw the placemats, today Linda is sharing the Birds of a Feather runner with Island Batik’s Sweet Georgia Peach fabric lines.  The fabrics gave the runner a mosaic look!  You have to check it out.

Tuesday, March 22 –  BeaQuilter
Wednesday, March 23 – Freemotion by the River and KISSed Quilts 
Thursday, March 24 – Mary Mack Made Mine
Friday, March 25 – Lemon Tree Snippets

The original runner looks like this in the book:bird runner

And I also showed an autumn colorway in the book:

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I think it can be said about today’s hop project is that fabrics really make the runner! :)

Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you will check out Linda’s blog — don’t forget to leave a comment on her blog for your chance to win a copy of my book!

I shall check in with you later — for now, I have a few sets of pattern instructions to rush out — and I’d better get going!  Love to you all!

Island Batik & Creative New Quilts Blog Hop Day 5 / Aurifil DOM Block #3

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Happy Friday, Friends!!!  I want to thank you all for following this first week of Island Batik’s blog hop using projects from my Creativew New Quilts & Projects book!  I hope you have enjoyed visiting the talented quilters who have put in the time and effort in giving my designs batik-y makeovers!

Monday, March 14 – Island Batik Intro – be sure to stop by for the giveaway of a free fabric bundle! You will also see what outfit I wore to church yesterday when you visit Island Batik’s blog today.  Totally unplanned… I chuckled when I saw the picture!

Tuesday, March 15 – The Fit Quilter – Adele is using the Desert Rose collection to make her version of Crossings! You have got to pop on over to see her quilt – simply gorgeous! Adele is a quilt designer herself — check out her work, and the patterns she has for sale!

Wednesday, March 16 – Pamela Quilts — Pamela gives a batik-y twist to my Flight of Colors pillows. Pam is also a Craftsy Designer, as well as Etsy Shop owner.  Do take a moment to check out her offerings!!!  And there’s a giveaway of a copy of my book!

Thursday, March 17 – MooseStash Quilting — Today featured hop project is one that is near and dear to my heart!!!  Joan made my quilt with the BUZZ – my coffee cup quilt! You simply have to head over to her blog to see her quilt.  I am tempted to reveal the colors of Joan’s quilt here, but I shall refrain!  And of course, as for the entire blog hop, a free copy of my book is given away by all the hop contributors.

TODAY!!!  Friday, March 18 –  Bejeweled Quilts — Barb is a talented designer, and I am thrilled to see her version of my Birds of a Feather placemats! Barb is also a Craftsy designer.  I hope you will check out her many best-selling patterns!

Monday, March 21 –  One Quilting Circle
Tuesday, March 22 –  BeaQuilter
Wednesday, March 23 – Freemotion by the River and KISSed Quilts 
Thursday, March 24 – Mary Mack Made Mine

Friday, March 25 – Lemon Tree Snippets

Today’s featured hop project is my Birds of a Feather placemat – super easy and quick to make!!!  My original placemats are shown below.  The instructions include the applique and non-applique version.  This is also a great project for teaching a class on easy piecing, as well as easy machine fusible applique method.  So, quilting teachers out there… just sayin’! :)

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Barb has incorporated both Batik and quilting twists in her placemats, and that’s all the spoilers I will reveal.  Head on over to Barb’s blog to see her pretty placemats!

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Meanwhile, I am not sure if you knew Block #3 of Aurifil’s Designer of the Month program is out?  This month’s featured designer is Christa Watson.  Check out Christa’s block here.  Remember, by posting your block (any block) on Pat Sloan’s website, you will be entered in the giveaway of a box of 12 Aurifil’s large spool thread!!!

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Here are what I have so far,

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And that rounds out our week, Dear Friends!  I will be making my Block #3 this weekend.  I hope you have a most lovely weekend.  See you next week!  Hugs to you all.

Island Batik & Creative New Quilts Blog Hop Day 2

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Hello Friends!  I am excited to see what the Island Batiks ambassadors have done with my Creative New Quilts & Projects projects!  Today’s feature is my Crossings quilt (cover quilt)!

Monday, March 14 – Island Batik Intro – be sure to stop by for the giveaway of a free fabric bundle! You will also see what outfit I wore to church yesterday when you visit Island Batik’s blog today.  Totally unplanned… I chuckled when I saw the picture!
 

TODAY!!! Tuesday, March 15 – The Fit Quilter – Adele is using the Desert Rose collection to make her version of Crossings! You have got to pop on over to see her quilt – simply gorgeous! I won’t show her whole quilt here, but this peek of the fabrics should make you curious. :) Adele is a quilt designer herself — check out her work, and the patterns she has for sale!

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Wednesday, March 16 – Pamela Quilts 
Thursday, March 17 – MooseStash Quilting
Friday, March 18 –  Bejeweled Quilts
Monday, March 21 –  One Quilting Circle
Tuesday, March 22 –  BeaQuilter
Wednesday, March 23 – Freemotion by the River and KISSed Quilts 
Thursday, March 24 – Mary Mack Made Mine
Friday, March 25 – Lemon Tree Snippets

Of course, the cover quilt looks like this on the book cover:

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And here are a few additional shots of the original quilt:

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Crossings was designed as my tribute to the friends I have made within the quilting community – we are all so different, and from different backgrounds and walks of life, and yet, our lives have crossed paths through the love of threads and fibers!  Quite astounding when one really ponders it.

Enough rambling from me – would you check out the Island Batik’s version of Crossings here? There is a giveaway as well in Adele’s post today.

Thanks for stopping by.  An extremely stressful and busy next 48 hours for me… pray for me, and wish me well!

Island Batik & Creative New Quilts Blog Hop Day 1 / Misc

Happy Monday, Friends!  Today kicks off Island Batik’s blog hop on my book Creative New Quilts & Projects using Precuts or Stash.  Remember, it is a 2-week long hop!!!  I hope you will be sure to stop by Island Batik’s blog everyday to check out the happenings!

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TODAY!!!!  Monday, March 14 – Island Batik Intro – be sure to stop by for the giveaway of a free fabric bundle! You will also see what outfit I wore to church yesterday when you visit Island Batik’s blog today.  Totally unplanned… I chuckled when I saw the picture!
Tuesday, March 15 – The Fit Quilter
Wednesday, March 16 – Pamela Quilts 
Thursday, March 17 – MooseStash Quilting
Friday, March 18 –  Bejeweled Quilts
Monday, March 21 –  One Quilting Circle
Tuesday, March 22 –  BeaQuilter
Wednesday, March 23 – Freemotion by the River and KISSed Quilts 
Thursday, March 24 – Mary Mack Made Mine
Friday, March 25 – Lemon Tree Snippets
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Linda F and Pamela R have won the giveaway of the McCall’s Quick Quilts (April/May 2016) magazine copies.  An email was sent to you – please respond with your mailing address so that I can get the magazine for you!  My Big Time quilt was featured in the very issue.  You can read more about it hereand here (McCall’s).  You still have time to win a free signed copy of my book Creative New Quilts & Projects using Precuts or Stash by clicking on the McCall’s link. They are giving away 3 free copies!

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Meanwhile, I have been making house block upon house block!  I think the quilt will be a statement maker once it’s done, but there is A LOT of piecing going on, like a lot!  You know how I feel about piecing! :)

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I am already the overqualified maid and underpaid chauffeur at my house, and now I have taken on being a construction worker!!!  Seriously, I have done it all.  Haha!  Thanks for stopping by.  I hope you have a most lovely week!  I will chat with you again tomorrow.

Creative New Quilts Blog Hop — Save the dates…

… and mark on your calendar!

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Something exciting is (has been!) a’brewing over in the sewing rooms of the amazing Island Batik’s Ambassadors! They are contributing to a 2-week long Creative New Quilts blog hop that is going to be happening at Island Batik’s Blog, giving my original book projects total makeovers with totally batik-y twists!  So far, I have only seen a sneak peek or two.  I love what I’ve seen so far, and I am excited (super excited!) to see what these wonderful Ambassadors have done!

Among all the quilty eye candies, you will get to see versions of my Winter Blues quilt done in new and upcoming Island Batik lines.  The original quilt (mine) is also made with Island Batik’s fabrics.  This quilt is actually a nod to my “former life”, more details on that later!

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So, here are the dates!  Be sure to visit these very talented ladies not just on the scheduled dates, but how about now…. to get to know them? :)  Each as something to offer!

Monday, March 14 – Island Batik Intro
Tuesday, March 15 – The Fit Quilter
Wednesday, March 16 – Pamela Quilts 
Thursday, March 17 – MooseStash Quilting
Friday, March 18 –  Bejeweled Quilts
Monday, March 21 –  One Quilting Circle
Tuesday, March 22 –  BeaQuilter
Wednesday, March 23 – Freemotion by the River and KISSed Quilts 
Thursday, March 24 – Mary Mack Made Mine

Friday, March 25 – Lemon Tree Snippets

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And I am grateful to all who have taken part.  Anything something like this happens, so often, we overlook the time and effort in coordination to make everything come together.  The idea of the hop happened sometime late summer last year, if I remember correctly, and then, it was pounding out the general idea, and then all the work at Island Batik’s end in finding out who wants to tackle which projects, and what fabrics, and how much fabric etc?  You get the idea. So, a huge shout out to Island Batik for supporting the quilting community!  One way to show our appreciation is to check out some Island Batik fabrics the next time we are shopping for fabrics?

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That’s all for now, Friends.  I need to get some sewing done today before it’s time to pick up my precious cargo from school.  You all have a most lovely and blessed day!