Thursday, January 10, 2019

Getaway Blog Hop with Island Batik

 It's that time of year when my husband and I take our yearly getaway to warmer temperatures in Southern Texas.  So this blog hop is the perfect venue for my quilt made with Jackie Kunkels adorable Feline Fine line of fabric. I did a huge happy dance when this fabric came in my box of beautiful fabrics from Island Batik.  I mean, I always do a happy dance when the UPS man shows up at my door with a box of fabric....but Feline Fine is so perfect for me and for the yellow cat, Bella!
Feline is so bright and cheerful, covered with all sorts of feline doodles....fishy bones, cat faces and paws, mice, flowers, kibbles....so cute!

So, here is the quilt I made with Feline Fine, using the sweet cat block by Jenny Doan at Missouri Star.  I added the heart block from EQ and away I sewed.  Very fast and simple, which it had to be as we were traveling in the RV to Texas.  Sadly, I do not have it quilted.  We have been here a week, and I just completed it yesterday with lots of oohs and ahhs from fellow RV quilters.  Oh....and Bella loves it too!




The border is made with Island Batik Checked Out which goes well with everything!  This is a great line of geometric fabric to use in your batik quilts.

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This will be my last journey with Island Batik as I have stepped down from two fun filled years of fabric and quilts. I'm sad about not being a part of this wonderful group, but I felt it was time to take a little break and have some healing time.  Everyday is better and time is a great healer of all things in our lives.  
If you can leave a comment on where your favorite getaway might be, you will be entered in my give away.  I have some 10" Feline Fine fabric squares to share with you so that you can make your own cat quilt.  Each square makes one cat block....easy!
Thanks for stopping by and be sure to visit the other Ambassador Blogs!
grace and peace....Sharon



Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Bee Report

This is my first year as part of the Stash Bee and I am part of Stash Bee Hive #3.  This month we made super simple blocks....love them and had to add kitty fabric of course!





Susan asked us to use anything we had been using in a previous project to make these fun blocks.  I raided the scrap basket and this is what I came up with.  Next month is my turn, have not decided what my block will be...too many to choose from!

This is my third year with friends in a group we call Bee Inspired.  For January, Emily is collecting blocks to make into quilts for Project Linus in her area.  Read here all about the block and if you would like to make one or two or more to send to her, you can! It is a quick, fun block!



We made it to Southern Texas about 9 days ago....finally stopped raining and went to the pool yesterday...yay! 


grace and peace....Sharon




Thursday, December 20, 2018

Wonky Challenge with Island Batik

I have had my project done since November...then I wrapped it up to gift it to my grand daughter and forgot to take a picture!!!  This is how my brain works after going through withdrawals from a medication my Dr gave me for chronic pain.  But everyday is better and I hope to get my mind back soon! I am now 15 days free of Cymbalta!!!! 

So....here is my Mini-Wonky Star quilt.  I made it with scraps left over from the Spring Blossoms collection.  The pattern can be found on the Missouri Star You Tube channel. Lots of fun to make! It uses 2 1/2" strips and your background fabric.  



That little elf sitting on the quilt is old....68 years old to be exact!  He belonged to my first husband, Jack, who died in 2000 and was a little toy his mom saved all these years.  I was so excited to get this little guy, and decided he might be one of the first Elf on the Shelf elves!  His name is Jack Ray, and I think he will have to go live with one of the grandkids someday...probably Jack.  

I backed the quilt with some Minky furry fabric....so nice and cozy!  My grand daughter is autistic, and I am hoping the texture and weight will comfort her.  


Peace and grace from Sharon and Bella the Yellow Cat

Stamp of approval from Bella :)

P.S.  If there are any of my patterns you wish to purchase on Craftsy, be sure to go there before December 28.  I am reducing all of them until that date.  Then my store will disappear from Craftsy.  


Friday, November 30, 2018

Cozy Log Cabins Challenge with Island Batik



This month, we are challenged to play with log cabins, so I had to do one of my favorite variations of a log cabin block...the pineapple block!  One of my favorite tools to make this block is Gyleen Fitzgerald's Pineapple tool.  It is so easy to use!  

I used Island Batik Alpine Jingle cut into 1 1/2 inch strips to make my pineapple, starting out with a 2 1/2" square.  Made 9 blocks and sashing is 1 1/2".  Then, with the leftover fabric, I started on my December challenge...wonky and whimsical...making wonky 6" x 8" tree blocks.  While they were on the design wall they started to mingle, and I decided I had to use them for my border.  I'm glad I did, as it turned out to be a fun quilt!  

At Thanksgiving, I gifted it to my sister, and it hangs on her dining room wall.



Stay tuned for more holiday inspiration coming soon!

grace and peace.....Sharon


Monday, November 5, 2018

Monday meanderings...

I cannot believe that I did not sew one stitch last week....not until Saturday!  Had company, then I had strep throat and was on the sofa for the rest of the week.  But I did get a little crochet blanket done for Project Linus, and some hand applique...so I feel a tiny bit productive! and I used up scrap yarn!



I'm working on my Island Batik November challenge and I thought I was working on my December challenge when I first started piecing these blocks using the Alpine Jingle fabric Island Batik sent to me.


 My pineapple blocks are made with 1 1/2" strips, the center square is 2 1/2" with a 3 1/2" square flipped on the corners.  I LOVE using Gyleen Fitzgeralds Pineapple Tool...so easy!


Then I decided to make some wonky improv trees using my left overs.  Once I got them made, I did like the idea of making a quilt, but then I thought...what if?  And tried the blocks out as a border around the pineapple quilt.  I like it! (except now I need an idea for my December challenge)

Hopefully I get this completed this afternoon and start quilting it!  What's on your Monday afternoon agenda?

A view of my back yard....we are having the most amazing display of color here in Missouri this year.  Hope you are enjoying some beautiful fall weather!




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Sunday, October 21, 2018

Candy Cat


I love paper piecing, so the Island Batik challenge for October was easy for me....until I had to pick a project!  This adorable Candy Cat has been on my list for a bit, so I printed out the pattern and used up my scraps from previous Island Batik projects.



A favorite tool of mine to use is the Add-a quarter ruler....makes it so much easier. Also, I grab my markers and make colored marks to help me remember where each piece goes.  



You can download this project here.....Unicorn Hearts.  Oh...and cute fish bones are available too!  FREE!  
Check out the #candycat on Instagram to see all the wonderful, colorful cats using this adorable pattern.  There might be a quilt in my future using this pattern!



For this project, I decided to make a pillow.  The border is fabric from Island Batik Petting Zoo...don't you love it????


I took this picture right before the freeze last week....not so pretty this week, but a bit spooky which is ok!  Hope you are having a glorious fall!

If time permits, I may have to make another paper pieced project, as I found some darling Halloween projects to make.  So many ideas and not enough time and energy!

Grace and peace....Sharon

Monday, October 15, 2018

Star Struck with Island Batik

I found this quick and easy pattern in the Missouri Star Block magazine, and decided to use the 2 1/2" strips provided by Island Batik.  I love how this turned out using the Sweet William line of fabric.  
As usual, Jenny Doan provides and easy strip quilt to make in no time!


Stars and Stripes

You can find the pattern in Block magazine, Summer Volume 5, Issue 3.  Very fun to make!  


Starstruck was the September challenge, and I am woefully behind! 



But I really have been sewing and designing, things are not so foggy anymore. Stay tuned...hopefully I can manage to show you what I have been doing once I get back from a short trip to Branson, MO.  We have been married 10 years on the 17th and decided to take a little anniversary trip.  

grace and peace....Sharon

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