Sunday, March 18, 2018


It seems all it has been doing here is raining.  We finally got a few days of sunshine but it rained last night and I hear it is going to rain tomorrow.

So I took advantage of the sunshine by doing a photo shoot with this quilt.

The quilt doesn't even have a name.  The fabrics I used were Island Batik 5" strips.

I only used five 5" strips.  Two petals were out of some scraps I had left over but the thing that I so love is getting something so simple and cute practically out of nothing but gorgeous Island Batik fabrics.

What was left over from cutting the petals out I used to make the binding.

Why did I make this quilt when I have so many other things to be doing?

All I can do is throw up my hands and say "I DON'T KNOW!"

I just had an idea, and just went for it.

This next quilt is for a fund raiser that I am having at my house, the reason is on the QT so I can't disclose the purpose, just know it is a worthy cause.

This little quilt was made with Island Batik 10" squares.

Diary of a Quilter is where I got the pattern for this quilt.

Trust me when I say, this takes no time at all to make.

If you are in a hurry and need a gift, this will do it.

This quilt had been draped on my quilting frame (quilting frame is my catch all for  all projects that are not done).  For about a month I kept saying that I need to sandwich it and quilt it.  So I finally went to it on Friday and low and behold it was already sandwiched and ready to quilt.  I thought....hummmmm If I had remembered that part was done, I would have had it quilted by now.  Since when am I prone to forgetting?


Life seems to just pass me by.  I don't know where February went and now March is running away as fast as time will allow.  I have had some time in my sewing room this month and have so loved it.

I hope that you too will find time to spend in your sewing room, good for a quilters soul.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018


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This month we were asked to try something new, different, something we have never tried before.

There were some ideas  that I found and didn't know how to do but one day in my in box I found this from Missouri Star Quilt Co.

It looked so interesting that I thought I would give it a go.  I have not done reverse applique before, nor do I think I will make a habit of doing it again.  It isn't that I didn't like it, it just is not my favorite choice.

As I have said before, I was born to the wrong family, I am an island girl for sure.

I decided to make the top of the pineapple in oranges and yellows to represent the sun.

The black is Paisley Dots by Island Batik and Island Batik scraps.

I had originally planned to make this a quilt but since I have spent so much time on it thinking, scraping ideas, thinking some more that I just decided to get her done....time is a wasting!!

I also did not use batting, I am sure it would look and hang better with a sleeve and rod.

Of course, you have to size your pattern.  I should have taken it to the print shop but decided to just resize it to 125% and then to fold it in fourths and do a fourth at a time at about 170 percent.  Then I taped it all together.

For the life of me I can not find my pictures.  I know I took pictures.

Also...the pieces I cut out, I numbered them and ironed them onto a piece of fabric making another pineapple but I didn't like the way it turned out so I scrapped it (only the pieces not the backing fabric).

I am excited about next months, it is taking a vintage quilt and redoing it, making it your own.

Thank you Island Batik for stretching me....I kept sending off smoke signals.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018


We all know what to do with a 2 1/2" strip but what about the 5" strips Island Batiks makes for us?

Lately I have been working with these strips and will show what I have been doing
when the actual projects are finished.

If you love to applique like I do, then these strips are the best. They give you a variety of fabrics and the strips are the width of the fabric.

Today I made this little hand towel from one of these strips and just a piece of another.

I have another set ready to go.

I believe you can get 3 to four of these sets out of one strip.

This hand towel is for a sweet friend but I was thinking of making more for the auction that
Wesley House (assisted living) has in March and November.

Sometimes these sweet ladies want to give a gift to someone and I think this would just be the thing, or maybe they might just want it for themselves?

Here is a sneak peak of another project using the 5" strips.

As you can see I am going to use Aurifil thread to do the blanket stitch around the petals.

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Sewing with Minky Fabrics

As most of you know, Minky is a hard fabric to sew.  I have always avoided it at all cost. 

Yesterday while in Walmart I received a call from two friends.  They were trying to sew two minky blankets but had nothing but frustration.

Their machines wouldn't work, the fabric stretched.  Fabric stretching was the main issue and both were so frustrated.

I told them that I had little to no experience with the fabric and that I have never wanted to sew with it but they said I would fair better than they have.

Forty-five minutes later they are at my door with fabrics in hand.
You could feel their frustrations, I have been in their shoes before and have threatened to throw a project away for that very reason.

Before they arrived I called my sister, Jeanette, at Inchworm fabrics, and asked her feeling about minky and how she managed to sew it.  She told me to put the minky side down when sewing so the feed dogs could ease the fabric and not pull like it would if it were on top.  She also said to pin it liberally.

I had asked her if glue would help.  She had no clue.

So...first order of business, square up the fabrics.

Sorry, I didn't take any pictures, not even of the finished items.  So I am going to assimilate it with the scraps out of the bin.


The backing fabric, placed on top of the minky with right sides together.

They were doing the pillow case method...where you sew all sides but leave a whole open to pull through.

Trusted see where I am going with this??

I had them glue the outside of the backing fabrics, not the minky and then press it down.
See here where there is a strip of glue?

Then I had them pin it just in case and for more stability.

Even if you get glue past your sew line, you can always pull it apart before you do the top 
stitching.  It pulls apart quite easily.

I had noticed in some spots the glue was a little wide but knowing what I know and if 
I were doing it by myself, I would just use a strip as you see above not a wide strip.

I have to tell you that I had no issues what so ever with stretching and it took no time at all to finish
these two blankets.

I am no longer afraid. 

Fear has left the building.

Have a fantastic day, the sun is shining here and it is almost 70 degrees...

Friday, February 16, 2018


We were asked to make a mini quilt, no larger than 24" x 24".

I have been racking my brain all week.

I settled on something this morning but as usual my idea took a turn and this is what I came up with.

My husband gives me cards and flowers through the year just for no reason.  Well....he claims it is 
his love for me (smiling).  A lot of the times when I am away from him he will send flowers or have a 
sweet card and candy on the kitchen bar when I come home.
I thought how fun would it be to have somewhere to display the card instead of in the drawer, this way I can swap out the cards if I want to.

Used my wonderful Aurifil thread and Island Batik fabrics.

I decided on how large I wanted the heart and then I quilted a square about that size and then after it was quilted I just cut out the heart.

Now you are inside how my mind works.

I have this blank heart and a few I draped some red fabric across the middle...

didn't work for me.

So I drapped it to the side...and thought...hummmm a card would look nice in there.

Ran and got a card...oh yessss.

Hemmed the draped side....and figured I needed something on the other side to help the card stay in place.

you guessed it...cut out a strip, hemmed it...and I have the other side of my
heart in place.

See how cute this grandson is in here.

Then I thought....candy...I need somewhere to place some candy if I want to.



So I drew out the shape of the heart I wanted....then used my pinking shears to cut around them.

Here is another adorable grandson.

Sewed the little hearts on.

Then I made some hanging loops.

Since I already had the quilting done and wasn't sure if I wanted to do a binding....

I decided to just make another backing, sew 1/4" around the outside, leave an opening to pull 
through and the rest is history.

This will be hanging in my pink room.  You have heard about my pink room?

As a mother of five sons having a pink room was out of the question.  Now they are gone and guess who has a pink room....oh yessss you are looking at her.

Loving every minute of it.!!

Tuesday, February 13, 2018


I have been wanting to make one of these little candle mats/wall hanging/ mug rug with my
 Island Batik scraps for a long time now.

12 1/2" x 12 1/2"

You can even use it for a mug rug.

The original design had chalk board fabric in the middle but I
wanted to see what it would look like without that and I have to say
I love it.

Here is a list of all of the wonderful Island Batik Ambassadors.

Truly amazing, creative, inspiring ladies.

We are all gearing up for another amazing year!!

Karen at The Quilt Rambler
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
Myra at Busy Hands Quilts
Nancy at Masterpiece Quilting
Pamela at PamelaQuilts
Sally at Sally Manke
Sandra at MMM Quilts
Sarah at Sarah Goer Quilts
Sharon at Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Sherry at Powered by Quilting  <--- me="" span="">
Stephanie at Steph Jacobson

<--- me="" span="">Suzy at Adventurous Applique and Quilting
<--- me="" span="">Teri at Lizard Creek Quilts
<--- me="" span="">Tina at Quilting Affection Designs
<--- me="" span="">Toby at Gateway Quilts & Stuff
<--- me="" span="">Turid at Den Syende Himmel
<--- me="" span="">Vicki at Vicki's Crafts & Quilting

Friday, February 9, 2018


As most of you know, I am an Island Batik Ambassador.  Every six months they send their Ambassadors a box of goodies.  We are to create and share what we make on a monthly basis.

This is my fourth year as an ambassador, which is hard to believe.

I have enjoyed it so much.  Sometimes I get a little stressed with life happenings but Island Batik stretches me in ways I would not otherwise be.

Needless to say I have been ill but that did not stop me from answering the door with no make-up, bed head, and I won't tell you what I was wearing.  Our Fed Ex person is a woman so I didn't mind too much.

Ooopsss we have something peaking out.

Here is the surprise fabrics....ummm ummmm good.  Can't show you till the designated time.

Oh my gosh......

The yellow is a rayon scarf....and the blue is some rayon beautiful.

Can always use some neutral fabric (notice 3 yards...holy cow).

I love these  Paisley dot fabric, in fact, I am using this for our March theme.  Oh yessssssss....gotta love dots!

Here are some 5" strips, I have so enjoyed these in the past.

This is called Mountain Majesty, just look at those yummy fabrics.

Aurifil threads.  I have said and I have heard others comment that
Aurifil threads create less lint than most threads.  Gotta love
their brilliant colors.  Can I say that I am in Heaven.

This brochure from Aurifil is full of information about what needle to use with which threads and has a chart in the back telling you which threads to use for what purpose.  

I am not familiar with Hobbs batting but am excited to use it and will be
happy to tell you of my experience.
The catalog is full of batting samples, their standard line and Tuscany Collection, along with a chart on the back telling you what batting to use and how it will perform for the purpose you are using it for..  It is interesting to read about each different batting.

Now if this box doesn't make a gal feel better, I don't know what will.


The winners of the Put a little Love in your Quilt hop are as follows:
Hearts of Plenty topper goes to:

MoeWest said...
The 'you are here' block is darling! I like your pattern called Hearts of Plenty.
Spoken Heart Pattern goes to:
Sandi1100 said...
Very cute wall hanging. I love your Spoken Heart pattern and have enjoyed your Blog.
All you need is love goes to:
tac73 said...
Love all your heart projects! All You Need Is Love is favorite now. Thank you for sharing.
Tulips goes to:
West Michigan Quilter said...
Love your quilt. Sew sweet! Love all your patterns too!
Hearts and Flowers goes to:
Home Sewn By Us said...
Hi Barb,
Since the addition of our little great-nephew, I can certainly understand the pitter patter with your grandsons. Aren't they just the greatest?! And I get to have him in my life fairly often - so blessed. Your wall hanging is so darn cute! I love the arrow pointing to the heart. ~smile~ Roseanne

What a fun hop this was, just want to thank all of you for coming out and commenting and a big congrats to the winners.