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Reagan’s Rainbow Blocks

I am so excited to finally be sharing my December Island Batik Ambassador project, on this last day of 2018, AND as an added bonus ~  I've created a PDF tutorial for Reagan's Rainbow Blocks! Oh, but I'm getting ahead of myself as I know you are hungry for "the rest of the story" in… Continue reading Reagan’s Rainbow Blocks

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Let’s Talk Feathers

Friends don't let friends be featherless especially if that friend happens to be a longarm quilting friend - and one with a new machine learning new skills! Time to pull out my teacher hat and share how I make free flowing formal feathers...won't you join us? Over The Causeway To Gloria's House We Go! My… Continue reading Let’s Talk Feathers

Summer Lovin X and O pillows
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Summer Lovin – X’s and O’s

By far, summer is my all time favorite season. It's a good thing since I live on the Texas Gulf Coast where we have several variations: "almost summer", "summer", "still summer", and then a short break before "summer again" which translates to the rapid succession of fall, winter, and spring in a race to get back… Continue reading Summer Lovin – X’s and O’s

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What’s Old is New Again – Vintage Family Quilts

The April Island Batik Ambassador challenge is to "Look Back" and allow vintage quilts to inspire new creations. I am blessed to own over 30 vintage family quilts and they are all so inspiring. Most were made by either my grandmother, Mary Brown Pliler, or my great aunt, her sister, Effie Brown Barker. Each of… Continue reading What’s Old is New Again – Vintage Family Quilts

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Mini Lemoyne Love

February is traditionally known as the month of love. The Island Batik Ambassador challenge for the month was to make a mini quilt, measuring 24" or less with the fabrics and supplies provided in our ambassador shipment earlier this month. If you know me, you know I love Lemoyne stars, so it was only fitting… Continue reading Mini Lemoyne Love

Shortcut Binding Tool Review
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Shortcut Binding Tool – Product Review

Day 2 of the 31 Day Blog Writing Challenge Today's blog is brought to you in black and white because it is also a blog containing secret sewing!   Secret Sewing I have been working secretly for the past few weeks, in between customer quilts, to meet a fast-approaching deadline (12/15) with Island Batik for… Continue reading Shortcut Binding Tool – Product Review

Using a 20+ year old pattern The Quilt Rambler has made a fresh modern table runner. using the quilt as you go method
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Quilt As You Go Table Runner

The August challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to create a "Quilt As You Go" project. I have to admit as a longarm quilter this didn't thrill me. But a challenge is a challenge. I was pleasantly surprised that the end results were very satisfying. Perseverance paid off! Remembering a time BLA (before longarm),… Continue reading Quilt As You Go Table Runner

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Melon Dramatic – A Curved Piecing Challenge with Island Batik

Challenge Accepted One thing I have enjoyed about being an Island Batik Ambassador this year is the creative monthly challenges! This month's theme was Curvacious  Quilts. Originally I had planned on pulling out the Go!Cutter and using my Drunkard's Path die, but realized that really wasn't a challenge since I've made several quilts using both… Continue reading Melon Dramatic – A Curved Piecing Challenge with Island Batik

Curved Piecing Without a bunch of pins
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How to Sew a Drunkard’s Path Without All Those Pins

 Watch Out Curves Ahead Generally when sewing curves for a Drunkard's Path block assembly there are multiple pins involved as you carefully pin all the fullness of the bias curve of the "pie" shape to fit the "L" shape of the units. I'm going to show you an easier way without all those pins! It Only… Continue reading How to Sew a Drunkard’s Path Without All Those Pins

Quilted covers express creativity in the various designs used to cover a humble composition notebook
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How To Make a Quilted Composition Notebook Cover

As part of the Island Batik Ambassador program, I was challenged in March to make a mini quilt using paper piecing or foundation piecing. I got a little carried away and turned my paper pieced block into a quilted cover for a composition notebook and haven't looked back since! They are multiplying like rabbits over… Continue reading How To Make a Quilted Composition Notebook Cover