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.