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After Quilt Market

Always in Stitches, the quilt store where I work, recently held an After Market event to introduce customers to our new offerings and it was fun!

First, refreshments were served and wish lists were passed out. Then one by one, we were introduced to the latest goodies from Fall Quilt Market. Every once in a while, the presentation was paused while another goodie from Market was given away to a delighted crowd.

So what were some of the trends? Cats seemed to be everywhere—in quilts and in fabric, including an awesome collection from Island Batik called Feline Fine.

Wovens (homespuns) are hot again, and they’ve gotten a fresh look with bright colors and gorgeous coordinates.

Deb Strain is back with a new Bee fabric collection.

Apparel fabrics and Cuddle (Minky) were once again pretty popular. You can’t believe how cute the Funky Friends patterns are in Luxe Cuddle fabric!

After the event, customers were given the chance to purchase products fresh from Market before they hit our sales floor.

Island Batik Challenge: Update

As you know, this month’s Island Batik challenge is to make a star quilt. The challenge is called Starstruck.

I’ve been working on the challenge since early in the month. First, I created a design, then I calculated the yardage to see if I could make my quilt. I wanted to use the layer cake of Paisley Dot that I got in my recent shipment from Island Batik, but I wasn’t sure if it would be enough.

It was enough, but just barely. Last week I cut my fabrics and started making the four-patch units. This week I made the flying geese, using the No Waste Method.

As you can see, this is going to be a very scrappy quilt!

Along the way there have been little challenges. Like when I miscut a few squares and had to substitute a bit of yardage from another collection. And when I sewed the second side of the flying geese before pressing the first side, trapping first side down. That resulted in some unsewing, resewing, and pressing again. Ugh. It seems this quilt just doesn’t want to be made!

It will get made however, and before the end of the month. So stay tuned!

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The Great Outdoors Blog Hop Week 5!

My fellow Island Batik Ambassadors are celebrating August with the Great Outdoors Blog Hop, and that hop finishes up this week.

if you like batiks, you don't want to miss this hop because each host is having a giveaway. By visiting the Ambassadors featured this week, you'll see the latest batik collections from Island Batik, and get a chance to win some great fabric, patterns, and other goodies!

My day on the hop was a few weeks ago and I created a wall hanging using the Dear William fabric collection. Click here to enter my giveaway and to see my quilt.

Here's the schedule for this week.To see the full schedule for the hop so you can catch up, click here. Remember...visit each Ambassador to enter their giveaway, then visit Island Batik's blog to enter theirs!

Monday, September 3 - Sweet Tweets - Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing and Suzy @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Tuesday, September 4 - Whatnot - Joyce @ heARTs Creations and Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts

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The Great Outdoors Blog Hop Week 4!

My fellow Island Batik Ambassadors are celebrating August with a blog hop!

The Great Outdoors Blog Hop continues this week and if you like batiks, you don't want to miss it! There are giveaways of batik fabrics, cute patterns, and well, lots of things! By visiting the Ambassadors featured this week, you'll see the latest batik collections from Island Batik, and get a chance to win some great fabric!

My day on the hop was last week and I created a wall hanging. Zora helped me...<grin>

This is just a sneak. If you'd like to see my blog hop quilt and read all about it, click here.

Here's the schedule for this week. I hope you'll return next Monday, for the final week's schedule. Remember...visit each Ambassador to enter their giveaway, then visit Island Batik's blog to enter theirs!

Monday, August 27 - Globetrotter - Pamela @ PamelaQuilts and Jennifer @ Curlicue Creations

Tuesday, August 28 - Jungle Cruise - Vicki @ Vicki's Crafts and Quilting and Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

Wednesday, August 29 - Lavendula - Carole @ Carol Lyles Shaw and Nancy @ Masterpiece Quilting

Thursday, August 30 - London Calling - Anita @ Quilt in a Not-Shell and Terri @ Lizard Creek Quilts

Friday, August 31 - Spirit Rhythm - Steph @ Steph Jacobson and Janet @ Whispers of Yore

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