Monday, October 9, 2017

Fall Harvest....Creative Borders and Bindings

For October, Island Batik challenged the Ambassadors to create something with creative borders and bindings.  It was a great creative challenge for me! I dug through my beautiful Island Batik scraps, got into my EQ7 program, and came up with a new fall wall-hanging.

Fall decorating with Pumpkin Harvest

Fall Harvest

I love using my Split Rec tool by Deb Tucker.  It made this quilt a breeze to make!  In the borders I used my V Block tool, also a ruler by Deb Tucker.  These easy blocks are scattered randomly around the border with some Prairie Points.  Running out of fabric for binding caused me to be thankful for needing a creative I stitched various lengths together to create a fun scrappy binding!

Being an Island Batik Ambassador is really a fun gig!  We get to play with gorgeous fabrics and meet lots of new friends! 

It's a gorgeous fall day flower beds are calling me to come give them some much needed attention.  But I really want to go start my next Island Batik Challenge!  What should I do?????

grace and peace....Sharon

linking to: Main Crush Monday  Free Motion by the River

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 pattern for you....and a winner

Our Island Batik blog hop is over, and it was so inspiring to check in with all of my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors.  I hope you all felt the same way! And I do have a winner for the patterns and Abalone fabric....Allison CB has won.  I thank all of you for your comments and follows, it makes my day!

This week I finished a little quilt to add to my existing pattern...Fall Frolic.  I decided to add a baby quilt to the pattern, so now it contains instructions for a baby quilt and a table topper or wall hanging. 

Fall Frolic  
38" x 38"

This is Fall Frolic made from some wonderful fabric from Island Batik...this is from the beautiful line of fabrics by Kathy Engle called Bonsai.  I love sewing with batiks, the thread count is great and the colors are always bright and beautiful.  This fabric is on the shelves in fabric stores now. 

38" x 46"

Don't you love how the monsters frolic across this quilt?  I can see so many sweet fabrics in this pattern....would love to see what you come up with! The pattern is available on Craftsy and Etsy....just click on the side bar to find them. This week the pattern is on sale for $ better go grab one to make for yourself and your favorite little one.  

Hope all of you are enjoying some beautiful fall weather now.  It's my favorite time of year!  except for the allergies.....

Grace and peace.....Sharon

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Back to School Blog Hop and Giveaways!

I don't know about you....but where did the summer go?  I always loved going back to school, but it seemed like the kids just got out of school one week and were going back the next.  The good thing is that my grand kids like school just like I did.  And Fall is my favorite season of the year!

Island Batik sent me the gorgeous collection of fabric called Abalone.  I was so excited to see it in my box of fabrics as it was my absolute favorite in the 2017 lineup of fabrics.  The pastel hues are so soft and beautiful...perfect for a baby quilt!  I chose a simple pattern to show off the fabric against an off white background.  Time was my enemy, so I had to choose something simple.  I have another quilt designed to use this luscious fabric in soon!

The pattern is called Come Together, and it is free when you sign up for Gudrun's mailing list.  

Come Together

For quilting, I used my quilting foot on my Janome 7700....super easy! To get ready for machine quilting, I like to spray baste with 505.  Usually I will iron the quilt back and front to hold it together better. NO Pinning...yay!

 First I stitched in the ditch down the rows.  Then I went back between the rows with a modern zig-zag.  No measuring or marking required!

Please go visit the other fabulous bloggers, I know you will be inspired!  And of course you want to win a prize, right????

  Island Batik has a wonderful give away here....Giveaway details

We will be giving away three gorgeous fat quarter bundles at the end of the hop! Three different winners will be randomly selected to win bundles from the Captain’s AnchorBatiks Go Retro, and Abalone collections. Enter by using the Rafflecopter widget . There are many ways to enter!  Follow the link above to enter.
Most of the bloggers will have their own giveaway, so check those out as well. Today another ambassador is showing her Abalone creation at Pamela Quilts.
And last of all, I do have a give away for you as well!  If you will follow me on Instagram @punkydoodle53, your name will be added to the drawing.  I would love it if you would follow me on Bloglovin' too! I will draw a winner and you will receive a digital pattern (PDF) of my quilt, Carnival....and one other of your choice.  Also, I would love to send you some fat-eighths of Island Batik's Abalone collection.  


Have a great week and I hope you are able to enjoy some quilting time!
grace and peace....Sharon

Linking up to: Midweek Makers   Freemotion on the River  

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Back to School!

As you can see, it's back to school time here! My awesome grandsons started back to school
 and we went to Alaska!  So not much sewing has been done lately!  The trip was awesome, and I am resting this week, and getting ready to start quilting on my quilt that I made for the Island Batik Back to School Hop.  It has started, and it is not too late for you to join in.  Please consider visiting all the wonderful blogs to see what new fabrics will be coming to a quilt shop near you this month! And there are prizes! 

Blocks of beautiful Abalone fabric....

Bella has had to be content 
with just chewing on a piece of fabric while I was gone...poor baby! 
 I know she will be happy with me back in the sewing room today!

Look what I found in The Quilted Raven in Anchorage!
Island Batiks!

Please join in on the blog hop, there are some fabulous quilts to view, prizes to win and new fabrics on display...don't miss it!


Tuesday, September 5 – Country Dozen
Cheryl Lynch Quilts • Inspired Layers
Wednesday, September 6 – Bonsai
Little Bunny Quilts
Thursday, September 7 – Sakura
Masterpiece Quilting


Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins
KISSed Quilts
Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms
Kathys Kwilts and More
Thursday, September 14 – Rise & Shine
Den Syende Himmel • Sally’s Quilting Corner
Friday, September 15 – Diner Days
Ark Angel Creations • The Quilt Rambler


Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed Quilts • Whispers of Yore
Tuesday, September 19 – Vineyard
The Inquiring Quilter - Inchworm Fabrics
Wednesday, September 20 – Abalone
PamelaQuilts • Yellow Cat Quilts....Here is my day!
Friday, September 22 – Captain’s Anchor
Purrfect Spots Designs • Beaquilter


Tuesday, September 26 – Lobster Bake
Seams to be Sew
Wednesday, September 27 – Solstice
Bejeweled Quilts • heARTs Creations
Thursday, September 28 – Sour Apple
Seams Like a Dream • Kauffman Designs
Friday, September 29 – Zen
Lizard Creek Quilting • Quilt’n Party

I won't bore you with lots of pictures...but this is so beautiful!  
Praying for the people that are being affected by all the flooding and fires in our country. 

Friday, August 18, 2017

Piece and Quilt with Precuts Blog Hop

I am delighted to share Christa's newest book with you!  It was hard to decide which of the eleven delightful quilts I wanted to make for this blog hop...I really love all of them.  So, I decided on Squiggles, and imagine my delight to find a Sunday Drive layer cake on the shelf in my fabric closet...that clenched it for me as that is what Christa used in her book.

Love Sunday Drive by Pat Sloan!  I had been saving this to use and this was the perfect quilt for the layer cake.  What is your favorite pre-cut?  I think mine are layer cakes and fat quarters.

I believe that wavy line quilting is my new favorite "get it done" quilting that I have been using on charity quilts and grand-kid quilts, etc.  Not every quilt needs a lot of quilting, sometimes time is just not on my side!  This is a great walking foot design to add to your quilting skills. 


Here is my finished quilt....I love it!  Not giving it away....unless someone thinks they need to take it home.  You daughter, my sister, or a grand kid...they have a way of absconding with a quilt quite often!  I'm happy that they love and cherish them!

If you want a signed copy of Christa's book, click here on this link.  I have all of Christa's books and I like her teaching style.  Also, check out her Craftsy class, she is a thorough and easy to follow teacher.   It is worth every minute and no matter where you are on your quilting journey, you will learn something new and helpful.  I have been doing this for many years, and always learn something new in a class or in a book.  In Piece and Quilt with Precuts, you will find eleven quilts to choose from, as well as eighteen machine quilting designs using free motion quilting, walking foot, and a combination of the two.  You can easily build your machine quilting skills on your domestic machine using Christa's easy to follow directions and inspiration. more thing!  I am giving away an e-book of one of Christa's books, Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting.  Please leave a comment to be entered. You can also go to my Instagram account and follow me and leave a comment for another chance to win. 

For more inspiration, please check out the rest of the bloggers on this blog hop!


Here’s the schedule of bloggers to follow with their names, links to their blogs, plus their Instagram handles so you can follow them there. After all, this is a talented bunch who you will want to get to know better!


Kathy Bruckman Blog: Kathy’s Kwilts and More IG: @kathyskwiltsandmore
Kate Colleran Blog: Seams Like a Dream IG: @seamslikeadreamquilts
Sharon Parcel Blog: Yellow Cat Quilt Designs IG: @punkydoodle53


Sandy Maxfield Blog: Sandy Star Designs IG: @sandystardesigns
Joanne Harris Blog: Quilts by Joanne IG: @turtlequilterjo
Teresa Mairal-Barreu Blog Sewn Up: IG: @teresadownunder


Nancy Scott Blog: Masterpiece Quilting IG: @masterpiecequilting
Jenny Wilding Cardon Blog: Stitch This! IG: @martingaletpp
Lorinda Davis Blog: Laurel Poppy & Pine IG: @laurelpoppyandpine


Sherry Shish Blog: Powered by Quilting IG: @poweredbyquilting
Michelle Bartholomew Blog: Michelle Bartholomew IG: @michellebartholomew
Allison Dutton Blog: Allison Sews IG: @allisonsews


Lissa LaGreca Blog: Lovingly Lissa IG: @lovinglylissa
Sherri Noel Blog: Rebecca Mae Designs  IG: @rebeccamaedesigns
Sandra Healy Blog: Sandra Healy Designs IG: @sandrahealydesigns


Laura Piland Blog: Slice of Pi Quilts IG: @sliceofpiquilts
Cheryl Brickey Blog: Meadow Mist Designs IG: @meadowmistdesigns
Jen Frost Blog: Faith and Fabric IG: @faithandfabric


Jessee Maloney Blog: Art School Dropout IG: @jessee_artschooldropout
Jessica Caldwell Blog: Desert Bloom Quilting IG: @desertbloomquilting
Anjeanette Klinder Blog: Anjeanette Klinder IG: @anjeanetteklinder


Terri Vanden Bosch Blog: Meanderings Along Lizard Creek IG: @lizardcreekquilter
Suzy Webster Blog: Webster Quilt IG: @websterquilt
Katie Joy Church Blog: Wild Prairie Studio IG: @katie_joyquilts


Pam Cobb Blog: The Stitch TV Show IG: @thestitchtvshow
Jen Rosin Blog: A Dream and a Stitch: IG: @adreamandastitch
Rashida Khanbhai Blog:  No. 3 Quilt Studio IG: @no3quiltstudio


Lynn Kline Blog: Monkey Needle IG: @monkeyneedle
Kathy Bruckman Blog: Kathy’s Kwilts and More IG: @kathyskwiltsandmore


Jen Shaffer Blog: Patterns by Jen IG: @patternsbyjen
Sandra Starley Blog: Textile Time Travels IG: @textiletimetravels

Linking up with:  Needle and Thread Thursday

                                    Can I get a Whoop! Whoop!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

When it's done it's done!

I have not done the quilt as you go method since the 80's when I taught the lap quilting method pioneered by Georgia Bonesteel.  So it was fun to try a different method of this technique, and I found that there are many out there.  First I made 12 blocks using scraps from my Island Batik stash.  This can be a quick and easy stash buster quilt of any size you wish.  

You need:Four 4.5" squares for each 12" block.
                Four  4.5" x 2.5" rectangles for each 12" block.
                Four  6.5" x 2" rectangles for each 12" block.  

Then I layered each block with batting and a backing piece that were at least and inch larger all around.  I did not pin or spray baste and it was ready to begin quilting.  This was a perfect opportunity to practice some walking foot quilting using Superior Threads it!

Once I had all of my blocks quilted, it was time to trim and sew all of them together.  My top connectors are 1.25" wide by 12".  My bottom connector strips are cut 1.75" wide by 12" and are pressed wrong sides together.

Layer the pieces as shown and sew with a 1/4" seam through all layers.  Flip and press, add another block to the top piece this case the purple 1.25" strip.  Keep the folded piece free for now.

Once you have sewn your blocks together, you are ready to stitch the back strips down.  I chose to hand stitch just like a binding, but you can also stitch down with your machine.  
Now sew the rows together using the same steps as above.  
And Bind it!  When you are done you are done!  Now how easy was that??? Hope you try it soon and please share it with me on Instagram @punkydoodle53

 Another finished quilt for Project Linus!

And of course, Bella must add her seal of approval!

Linking up with:  Midweek Makers
                         Freemotion by the River
                         Let's BEE Social

Be sure to come back on Friday for a very fun blog hop and prizes!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Making Cat Faces

Last Friday, our Kansas City Modern Quilt Guild had a great time in class with Melissa Alverino making cat faces.  It was such a relaxing, freeing process for me.  Just needed a glue stick, a pair of scissors and scraps of fabric, with a bit of imagination.  Here is what I came up with.....

In the planning and playing process with scissors, glue stick and fabric...Island Batik to be exact!

And I finished one of my cats into a 16" pillow...Meet Bailey.  After designing and glueing down the fabric pieces, I layered the piece with a backing and batting, dropped the feed dog and did free motion quilting to stitch the pieces down.  My grand daughter is here at Camp Gramma...I think we will give it a try tomorrow and see what she comes up with!

And I am participating in Angel Gnome's Gypsy Wife Sew Along, I have long admired this quilt, so thought I needed to join!  I doubt that I keep up...too many things going on, but I will try!

 I really do not have a plan for the fabrics I will that a bad thing?  I have put several of my favorites in a box and just go with it...hope that works out!

Hope your week is amazing and filled with grace and doing what makes you happy!
grace and peace....Sharon

Linking up to:  Needle and Thread Thursday

                               Lets Be Social

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Oh Baby!

Our project for July was to create a baby quilt out of Island Batik fabric.  I chose to use a package of pre-cut 2 1/2" strips of Drizzle for this sweet little quilt.  The package came with 42 strips and I only had to use 21, so another little baby quilt is in the making.

Here is the link to the tutorial to make this quilt by Amy Gibson....To The Point.
It's a pretty easy quilt to make.  I picked out 21 strips of fabric and sewed them into strips of three.
I measured the width of this strip and came up with 6 1/4", it's best to use your own personal measurement.  Then I cut the strips into 6 1/4" squares and I cut my background white fabric into 6 1/4" squares.  Mark a diagonal line on the white square and lay it on top of the pieced square, sew 1/4" on each side of the drawn line. 

 Cut on the drawn line, open and press.  I like to square up my blocks so that they are all the same.  

I wish I had a baby to put in the middle of this quilt!  I plan on giving it to Project Linus, I know some little one will love to snuggle up in it.  

As you know, with half square blocks like this, there are a multitude of ways to set them into a quilt.

To quilt this, I used my favorite quick and easy walking foot and wavy quilting.  In August I will be reviewing Christa Watson's new book, and this is one of the techniques she will teach you.  You can also go to Craftsy and take her class, which is full of both walking foot and free motion quilting lessons.  Would you like to take it for half price???  I thought so!  Use this link and you will be able to get the class for 50% off.  The class is The Quilters Path with Christa Watkins.  Here is the code which expires on October 5.   Enjoy!  and stay tuned for more about this fun class as I explore more techniques with Christa in the coming days.

Here in Kansas City we are having excessive heat...actually ludicrous heat, so I plan to stay in my sewing room after I run a few errands.  Thank goodness for the nice breeze coming off the lake during my morning walk!  Hope you are planning on some sewing today!

grace and peace....Sharon

Linking to: Needle and Thread Thursday
                   Let's Bee Social  Wait until you see her adorable monkey quilt!!!

                 Free Motion on the River  and Midweek Makers


Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Curves Ahead!

Curves are not my thing!  Not sure why...guess I have not tried to sew a curved seam that much.  So....this month our Island Batiks challenge was to use curves in our project.  Fortunately, I had just taken a class from Sue Cleveland....Piping Hot Macaroni quilt block.  It was a blast taking a class with Sue, she is full of information, and just plain fun!  Let's face it...anyone that can make curves fun is awesome!  If you ever have the chance to take a class from Sue, take one and you won't regret it!

I dug through my Island Batik Stash builder bundles and came up with these yummy pinks to make the macaroni block.  The piping was easy to make and added just the right contrast.  The machine quilting was done using Superior Fantastico 40 weight thread.  I also tried out a Superior Titanium Coated #14 Topstitching needle in my machine...loved it!  I think this will be my first choice of needle for my machine quilting on my Janome 7700.

Do you have a favorite curved piecing method?  I see rulers out there on the market...what do you think?

grace and peace....Sharon

linking to: Midweek Makers
                 Let's Bee Social

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Celestial Voyager ... my modern batik challenge

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to make a Modern Quilt.  What is a modern quilt?  For me it has a lot of negative space and uses a traditional block in a less traditional setting.  Looking at the definition from the modern quilt guild, I looked at my quilt to see if it fits.
  • Minimalism and negative space-yes
  • High contrast-yes
  • Graphic areas of solid color- batiks can read solid in my opinion
  • Use of bold colors and prints-Not so much
  • Improvisational piecing-nope
  • Modern traditionalism - yes.  The block I used is a Classic Priscilla block called Hummingbird.  
  • Alternate grid work-yes
What do you think?

It is easy to paper piece with two different sized blocks. I went through my lovely Island Batik fabrics and put together this colorway of blues, aqua, teal, and purple.  The background is Island Batik Frost, a beautiful fabric that worked so well with the colorway I chose.
After I finished piecing the blocks, I discovered the Tucker Corner Beam ruler and decided I could easily cut and sew this block with this cool ruler! Then it was time to quilt it on my Janome 7700, which I LOVE! I did ruler quilting in the blocks then a free motion filler in the background. I think this would make a darling baby quilt with fewer blocks to make it smaller....actually I have one started!

Thank you for stopping by today!  Hope you are finding time to stitch today, even if it is just for 30 minutes.

grace and peace....Sharon

p.s.  be sure to visit the other Island Batik Ambassadors for some wonderful modern quilts!

Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marian from Seam to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction

Janet from Whispers of Yore