Friday, February 16, 2018

Island Batik box of goodness!

Last week the Fed Ex guy was highly sought after all over by women waiting for a 22 pound box of fabric from Island Batik.  If only he knew...right?  It's like Christmas, but even better in my opinion.

“The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik.” 

The box of goodness included fabric from Island Batik, batting from Hobbs Batting, and thread from!  See what I mean?  Better than Christmas!  I pulled out the beautiful pinks and reds for my Mini-Love project and I hope to share with you soon.  I'm having a hard time deciding what to create.

This year I am proud to be an Island Batik Ambassador again.  This is my second year.  I had so much fun last year, and I am thrilled to be chosen to represent Island Batik again.  Sewing with their fabric is a delight.  The fabric are designed by their lead designer, Kathy Engle, along with additional fabric artists and designers.  All of the fabrics are handmade in Bali by skilled artisians.  Every yard of fabric is created using a wax resist method, and laid out in the sun to dry. 

Check back to see my mini-Love project! Several of the other Ambassadors are quick and have started to post their projects, so check them out here:

Island Batik Ambassadors

Barbara at Bejeweled Quilts
Bea at BeaQuilter
Carole at Carole Lyles Shaw
Connie at Kauffman Designs
Dione at Clever Chameleon
Geraldine at Living Water Quilter
Janet at Whispers of Yore
Jeanette at Inchworm Fabrics
Jennifer at Curlicue Creations
Jennifer at Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer at Inquiring Quilter
Jessica at Desert Bloom Quilting (you are here!)
Joyce at heARTs Creations
Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing
Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts 
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Mania at Mania for Quilts
Maryellen at Mary Mack Made Mine
Michelle at Creative Blonde
Pamela at PamelaQuilts
Sally at Sally Manke
Sandra at MMM Quilts
Stephanie at Steph Jacobson

I'm a bit slow, because I am on Winter Holiday for 3 months in the Rio Grande Valley of Texas...I miss my sewing room!  Sewing in an RV is not impossible, but a challenge at times!

grace and peace....

Saturday, January 20, 2018

It's a bit fishy to me.....

This week has been a good week to stay in and sew....I think all over the country, even in south Texas where its supposed to be nice and warm!  Let's hope that the freeze warnings are a thing of the past now!

So...this is what I am working on.  A good friend of mine asked me to make a quilt for her new grand-baby coming in March, and the nursery has an underwater theme.  So of course I said yes!  A few weeks later she sent me a copy of the sonogram...there were 2 little beans.  Twin boys!  And of course I am happy to make 2 quilts...why not?  So far, this is what I have:

Today I will applique around the edges by machine.  I think it is pretty cute!  Still need to add some seaweed and maybe a lobster or a crab or a starfish.....what do you think?  You can find the pattern here on Craftsy.  Very simple and you can put whatever you want in the white space.  I have EQ 8 and was able to print off applique templates from there and draw some on my own.

Then I will go for a walk in the sun and sit in the sun to finish a book I am reading.  "Before We Were Yours" is what I am currently reading.  It's fiction, but the events are true.  It's amazing story so far.

Hope your weekend is shaping up with some sewing, and don't forget to continue on the Island Batik Four Seasons blog hop next week.  Last week was Spring...this week Summer.  Here is the schedule for you to follow:


 And, you can still comment and win a prize from me if you go to my previous blog post.  My patterns will continue to be on sale for $5 until the end of January, too.

Grace and Peace....Sharon

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Four Seasons Blog Hop

Today is my day to show off some gorgeous fabric.  I was so excited to open my box of fabric from Island Batik and receive a large bundle of Southern Blooms, which should be arriving in stores very soon.   You will want to follow the Four Seasons blog hop and feast your eyes on beautiful quilts, and a chance to win prizes.

I wanted to make a quilt that really showed off the beautiful colors and how well they all play with each other.  So I designed a quilt using 2 simple blocks, the uneven 9 patch and a friendship star.  In my minds eye, I could see a quilt that looked like a beautiful spring day.  Spring is one of my very favorite seasons....I love the awakening of colors and new life.

It became a challenge to get this quilt finished in time.  I wanted to have it done by Christmas, but that did not happen since I came down with a virus that lasted 3 weeks.  Not only did that virus take away my voice, but my energy and mojo!  Then we headed for Texas and once we got settled in I started working away.  Normally I can go over to the Community Building and sew, but sometimes there are other activities going on and I have to make do and sew in the RV.  Machine quilting in the RV on my little Janome was a bit of a challenge, but i got it done just in the nick of time!

Can you find the little friendship stars scattered about in the quilt?


The quilting on this is my go to quilting when I need to get something finished quickly....wavy plaid.  This time I did it with my free motion foot and it worked out great. (could not find my walking foot...didn't get packed!)  On the border is just some loops and paisley designs.

Now on to the fun stuff!  Prizes! Be sure to head over to Island Batik and get in on the prizes there.  And check out the other bloggers as they have a give away happening on their blogs.  
I have a bundle of fabric for you...5 fat-quarters of the Southern Blooms from Island Batik and the pattern for Awakening.

To win, please leave a comment as to your favorite season of the year.

And one more thing....all of my patterns are on sale for $5 at Craftsy until the blog hop ends!

Thanks for stopping by today!

Monday, January 8, 2018

Four Seasons Blog Hop has begun!

Today the Four Seasons Island Batik blog hop has started, and I know you will want to visit the bloggers for some wonderful eye candy and prizes!  Check out this link to Island Batik for the schedule. 

I am still sewing away on my blocks.  Now that we are here in Texas and the weather is so beautiful, it makes it very hard to stay inside and sew! What a difference a week can make!  When we arrived in Brownsville it was freezing cold, and 30 minutes after we arrived, the electricity went out.  The grid is not set up for the demands of cold weather.

  I really love this line of fabric that Island Batik sent to me...Southern Blooms.  Gorgeous fabric, and I love sewing with it.  Here is a sneak peek of the blocks I am making......

Southern Blooms

Consider visiting the bloggers that posted will be inspired!  Both quilters used Blue Moon....a beautiful line of blue batiks.

Inquiring Quilter

Cheryl Lynch Quilts

Grace and peace......Sharon

Friday, January 5, 2018

One Monthly Goal for January

This year I decided to join the One Monthly Goal over at Elm Street Quilts, I need all the motivation I can get sometimes.  I am really, really awesome at STARTING......but finishing?  I get side tracked so easily!

Island Batik sent me a beautiful batch of fat quarters that I have started playing with.  They are from the Spring Blossoms collection which you can find in stores now.  So I am sewing away to get ready for our Four Seasons Blog Hop with the Island Batik Ambassadors which begins next week. So here is a sneak peek of my springtime quilt.......

Isn't this fabric yummy?

Be sure to come back next week for our blog hop!

Friday, December 22, 2017

Charcoal Mittens for you----it's winter here!

This month I really looked forward to the project for Island Batik....Table Scraps. When I saw the Alpine Ice fabric in my box, I knew that would be my winter table topper. The blues and grays are perfect for the winter season that is upon many of us.  I hate putting away my Christmas decorations, so I always leave out all the snowmen to brighten up January.
What about you?

Charcoal Mittens

As you can see, I need your help and advice!  I have been sick with some kind of throat virus, so it has slowed me way down, and I have an un-quilted quilt here.  Plus my brain is in a bit of a fog, so I need some ideas on how to quilt this.  

Here is the basic square that this quilt starts out with.  I found the idea in the 2016 BHG Christmas Quilts and More, and it was made up into a lap quilt.  I want to share the pattern with you, but cannot find an online version to link you to, so I will give you some measurements and let you take it from there.  

Cutting instructions for the 15" square.

I made four of these and placed them together as shown below.  You could also make 3 and make a long table runner.

For the border, I cut (64) 2 1/2" squares, and sewed together in 2 strips of 15 and 2 strips of 17.

I am not sure how to give you a download of the applique pieces here, if you have EQ you will find mittens and snowflake patterns there.  And, maybe other patterns or a childs coloring book would be of help.  I am going to see what I can do to upload the applique pieces this week, or I can email to you if you send me a note.

Wishing you a blessed and peace filled Christmas with those you love.....


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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Granny Stitch Triangle shawl

It feels great to be getting some gifts finished and wrapped up!  My mom is 93 years old, and in a nursing home, so I crocheted this warm, comfy shawl for her to throw over her shoulders.

I love this variegated yarn and it did work up fairly quick.  I used the Hobby Lobby "I Love This Yarn!" super soft, with a size I crochet hook.  I did my own thing with the edging....I think I got carried away...but Mom will love it!  Check the tutorial here if  you might want to make one.

Grace and peace....Sharon