September challenge…

Ever had a challenge put to you, that you were unsure you could manage, one of those that plays on your mind, that you should crack on with, but you keep putting it off… well I have to admit the Island Batik September challenge was one of those moments!

I have made a few bags, but not one so advanced as this…

ByAnnie has generously provide all the Island Batik Ambassadors with a pattern and all the necessary hardware to make a bag of my choice!

There were so many to choose from, and all really practical and useful, I finally decided on the Round Trip Duffle Bag… thinking next time I go away for the weekend, Il be prepared 🙂

I chose the stunning Spiral Surf, Feather in Mauve, and Peacock Waterfall from the Fancy Feathers collection, and Branch in Blue from the Blenders collection

With all the pieces laid out in front of me and 10 pages of instructions, I was ready to begin make a cup of tea…

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I began working my way through the step by step instructions, which are really clearly written, even a bag novice like myself could get my head around them

I cut and quilted all the pieces, and was loving the fabrics combo I had chosen. (blues and purples are my favourite). The pattern also comes with REALLY handy printable labels for each piece, which I strongly recommend using, this keeps everything in order.

SOOOOOOOO many pieces right?!!! and they just keep coming!

Lots of straps are needed for this bag, so I would recommend an ‘Easy loop turner’ makes this process a breeze. I love adding the metal catches, I think it starts to make the bag feel like its coming together

Pockets were up next, I love a bag with lots of pockets, and this one has 9 (Cool huh!) and a really useful trolley sleeve which slips over the handles on your suitcase/trolley

The front and back were created next, along with the centre panel.

I was getting excited by this point, and all my worries of not being able to do it, were disappearing – I almost had a bag in front of me! Your patterns are genius ByAnnie.

I used Aurifil thread and Schmetz needles to create this bag, and they were amazing considering the layers I was sewing through.

Joining the final pieces of the bag and binding the inside, was made so much easier with the help of my Hemline Gold quilting clips

And with that my bag was complete… here is the inside

Drum roll…

Here is my finished weekend bag, I’m really pleased with out it turned out, and I can seriously recommend ByAnnie patterns

Huge thanks to Island batik, ByAnnie, Aurifil, Schmetz for supplying me with the accessories to create my bag for the September challenge, and my amazing Brother sewing machine – we did it!!

A few more photos, just in case you just cant get enough of this super gorgeous bag 🙂

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Have a lovely weekend

Michelle x

welcome to my Island batik Blog Hop day…

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors are show casing lots of new fabric collections, so be sure to check them all out. Head over to www.instagram.com/island_batik, to see the stunning quilts that have been created so far this month.

I got to play with a super gorgeous new collection called ‘Plum Pudding’its been designed by Kathy Engle for Island Batik, they are such beautiful modern colours and prints which are available to purchase in shops from May.

Plum Pudding Collection

I have created a 50″ x 50″ modern quilt, using these stunning fabrics, Aurifil thread and Hobbs batting.

Here are a few little sneaky peeks of the quilt, arent the colours just beautiful?

This quilt is made up of 16 blocks, but its when you bring the blocks together, is when the magic appears, I really love the fun, super charged pin wheels in this pattern.

This quilt is also one the first quilts to have one of my new labels sewn on…

As you know an Island Batik blog hop doesn’t come without an amazing giveaway, and this week they are giving you the chance to win a 2.5″ Strip Pack and 10″ Stack of the Island Batik Glacier Bay collection by Kathy Engle! Two winners will be chosen for this giveaway, so don’t delay, enter now!

Click Here To Enter

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Thank you to @aurifilthread@hobbsbatting@schmetzneedles, and @accuquilt for sponsoring this giveaway and Island Batik!

This giveaway ends on May 14th at 11:59 pm PDT. Two random winners will be notified by email on May 15th and announced on our Facebook page on May, 18th. If the winners do not respond within the first three days after being notified, two new random winners will be chosen.

This pattern is available to purchase from here on my blog, and is also available to purchase via my Etsy store www.etsy.com/uk/shop/creativeblondegifts along with lots of other Island Batik patterns.

Plum Pudding Quilt Pattern PDF

A stunning 50″ x 50″ quilt pattern, designed using the new ‘Plum Pudding’ collection from Island Batik. This quilt is bursting with purples and creams and has an amazing super charged pinwheel design.

£7.20

Thanks for stopping by, good luck, I hope you win the gorgeous fabrics

Michelle x

Island Batik August challenge…

This months challenge was really exciting, we got to try out our new tool from Studio 180 Design that we received in our second Ambassador box. 

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I received the Corner Pop 3 ruler,  the challenge was to make any size quilt.

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I used the stunning stash builder packs I received in box 2, purples and teals are my favourite colours

Is used Hobbs 80/20 black cotton batting

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Quilted using Aurifil threads and backed with Island Batik Tossed feathers in midnight blue.  I used Mosaic Burst to bind this quilt, as I wanted the teal stars to really burst with their colour

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Michelle

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Island Batik June Challenge…

Can you believe its June already…

If I’m honest everyday seems to feel the same at the minute, but today I will celebrate June by sharing with you my Island Batik June project

6 - Free Theme

This months challenge was a ‘free’ theme, that meant we could make anything, using any fabric from box 1… I couldn’t resist using more fabrics from the stunning ‘Northern Lights’ collection from Kathy Engle for Island Batik.

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I had been given a sample of Vlieseline R200, a new thermo insulating wadding… Its is lush. Vlieseline have developed two new thermo-insulating waddings made using 100% recycled polyester: R80 and R 200. These exceptional waddings have a high migration resistance so they will retain their shape and smooth handle, even after washing. They are suitable for use with all fabrics and are great for quilts, patchwork, bag making and garment applications. R200 is a more substantial, extremely bulky wadding with a soft handle.  It can be hand sewn and is washable to 40°

I chose to make a cat bed, I have four cats, and they love to sleep on my quilts (usually when I’m trying to quilt them), so this one could be theirs…

I made a row of 6″ hearts using different fabrics form the collection

I quilted the row of hearts and this created the surrounding edge for my cat bed

I self covered 4 small buttons, and these were added to the base of the cat cushion

I hand sewed the surrounding edge to the base, and the cat bed was ready for its first guest…

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One very happy and comfy mog

I couldn’t resist sharing a few more photos of my cat making herself comfortable

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Michelle

Borders and Binding challenge…

Welcome to April’s Island Batik challenge – Creative Borders and Binding…

I completed this challenge just in time (she checks her watch, yep with hours to spare), we have certainly all found ourselves in different and sometime difficult times over the last few months, but we are all a little bit closer to getting back to ‘normal’ times.

I know one thing, I could never be a school teacher – hats off to all teachers out there!

Just this week alone, I’ve revisited the history of the Civil War, Oliver Cromwell, Food chains, Probability and Fractions…

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This months challenge was to get creative with borders and binding, some examples of these were… Easy Braid, Prairie Points, Piping, Yo-Yos, Scalloped Edges, Log Cabin Spiral, Flying Geese or Double Sawtooth

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I was super excited to work with my pack of 40, 2 1/2″ strips of Ancient Etchings designed by Jackie Kunkel for Island Batik

I graded the colours of the strips as they cascaded their way through the quilt

I kept the darker colours to the one side, to create the borders, and teamed them with Island Batik solid black…

It was time to bring it altogether, to create a 60″ x 60″ quilt…

I may go back and add a silhouette or two to the centre piece, I’m thinking a lizard, a tree or a couple of love birds , would love to know your thoughts…

I quilted using Aurifil threads, Schmetz needles with Hobbs cotton batting inside. The yellow binding really popped against the black border.

I backed the quilt with Island Batik Marbles from their basic range, and Cherio in Lemonade

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Thanks for stopping by to see what I’ve been up to this week, hopefully this bright, colourful quilt has made you smile…

Next months challenge is to create something for the home, using a new line of fabric – I’m so excited as I haven’t even opened the ‘surprise’ fabric bundle yet… be sure to keep an eye out to see what all the Island batik ambassadors make next month

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Stay safe, stay strong

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Happy Sewing

Michelle

Island Batik One Die Wonder challenge…

Hey, I really hope this post finds you safe and well…

March’s Island Batik challenge was called ‘One Die Wonder’, and was all about using the truly awesome AccuQuilt Ultimate cutting machine and one die from our first Ambassador box to make a quilt 45″ x 60″ or larger.

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I’m been bursting to using the pack of 10″ squares I have from the kaleidoscope collection, and here in the UK, people have been drawing rainbows and putting them up in their windows to show support for all the amazing NHS staff who put their own lives at risk every single day to help others during this Coronvirus outbreak, so these rainbow fabrics seemed just perfect to be working with during these times.

 

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The Die I chose was called ‘Chimney sweep’ and is part of the Accuquilt BOB dies collection, this set came with all the pieces I needed to make this block, and with the specialized dog-ears and 1/4” seam allowance for easy alignment and piecing, it made making this block really easy. I love the crisp finish I have on each and every seam.

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I made 12 blocks to create my quilt, and I just have to show you each and every one, I simple love Island Batik fabrics

I added strips of white sashings to emphasize each block, and found inspiration for the quilting from wallpaper. I used Aurifil threads and Hobbs cotton batting.

I used Aurifil thread and Island Batik strips of fabric to bind this quilt by hand

Head over and visit all the Island Batik Ambassadors on the Island Batik Facebook page to see which dies and Island Batik fabrics they used – full of inspiration and eye candy

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Michelle

Island Batik February Blog Hop…

Hello… I’m so excited you’ve joined me on this very exciting blog hop, at the end of this blog post you will find an amazing giveaway i’m hosting, head to

https://www.islandbatik.com/log-cabin-blog-hop-and-giveaway

to see all the beautiful quilts so far and to enter the giveaways.

2 - Log Cabin Blog Hop

The challenge was to use the classic Log cabin block, but which will we choose… curved, triangle, wonky, star, twisted, classic?

The 25 Ambassadors are showcasing twelve new Island Batik lines that will be available in your local quilt shops this month, and they are all beautiful.

I cant decide if i like the prints or colours better in this collection, they are all simply gorgeous… il let you decide

My collection is called ‘Forget-Me-Not’ designed by Kathy Engle for Island Batik… these fabrics have had me day dreaming of warm days spent at the beach, beautiful golden sands and blue seas… look closely, the prints are stunning…

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The cabin log block is simple and fun, perfect for all abilities, and there are so many different designs, the possibilities are endless

The prints in this collection are beautiful, so i wanted to create a design that included some large pieces a well, so i turned my cabin log to enable me to add some HST

Take a look at these beautiful prints up close

My quilt is made up of sixteen 14 1/2″ blocks, so each block really shows off the gorgeous fabrics, sewn together using Schmetz needles and Auriful threads from the Sicily Yellow collection.

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To quilt I’ve used Hobbs Cotton Wool Blend, throw size from the Hobbs Tuscany collection

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The backing is made up of a piece two pieces from the collection

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GIVEAWAY GIVEAWAY GIVEAWAY

I’m giving away 3 x 1/2 yards of Island batik Forget-Me-Not fabrics from this gorgeous collections, I just love the names; Star – Dark Lagoon, Check – Sunflower, and Check – Lemonade.

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Enter Here…

 

Good Luck, the winner will be chosen at random and announced Sunday 1st March

Congratulations to Cathy Wilson who was chosen at random and has won this beautiful bundle of fabric

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Happy Sewing

Michelle

Check out all the 2020 Island Batik Ambassadors below…

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen

Megan Best ~ Best Quilter

Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts

Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts

Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts

Mania Hatziioannidi~ Mania for Quilts

Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Denise Looney ~For the Love of Geese

Leah Malasky~Quilted Delights

Sally Manke ~Sally Manke

Maryellen McAuliffe ~Mary Mack’s Blog

Carol Moellers ~Carol Moellers Designs

Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads

Sharon Riley ~ Sew Riley Designs

Michelle Roberts ~Creative Blonde  that’s me !

Gail Sheppard ~Quilting Gail

Jennifer Strauser ~Dizzy Quilter

Jennifer Thomas ~Curlicue Creations

Alison Vermilya ~Little Bunny Quilts

Sandra Walker ~mmm! quilts

Suzy Webster ~Adventerous Applique and Quilting

Janet Yamamoto ~Whispers of Yore

Island Batik Ambassador Unboxing Video…

Its my third year as an Island batik Ambassador, and I’m super excited to of been chosen again…

Every year we receive two boxes of goodies, the first arrives in January and the second have way through the year. Its filled with Beautiful Batik fabrics, and other amazing products from their industry sponsors ; Accuquilt, Schmetz, Auriful and Hobbs.

There are 25 Ambassadors this year, so be sure to follow us all, as we bring you the best from Bali… its sure going to be a year packed full of inspiration and amazing fabrics…

 

Sit back and enjoy my short video – The best from Bali

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Check out all the 2020 Island Batik Ambassadors here…

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen

Megan Best ~ Best Quilter

Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts

Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts

Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts

Mania Hatziioannidi~ Mania for Quilts

Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Denise Looney ~For the Love of Geese

Leah Malasky~Quilted Delights

Sally Manke ~Sally Manke

Maryellen McAuliffe ~Mary Mack’s Blog

Carol Moellers ~Carol Moellers Designs

Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads

Sharon Riley ~ Sew Riley Designs

Michelle Roberts ~Creative Blonde  that’s me !

Gail Sheppard ~Quilting Gail

Jennifer Strauser ~Dizzy Quilter

Jennifer Thomas ~Curlicue Creations

Alison Vermilya ~Little Bunny Quilts

Sandra Walker ~mmm! quilts

Suzy Webster ~Adventerous Applique and Quilting

Janet Yamamoto ~Whispers of Yore

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‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle

Island Batik January Challenge…

January’s Island Batik Ambassador challenge is called ‘Let’s get scrappy’

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So what do you make when life gives you scraps… A table runner of course, using the beautiful lattice pattern, its a fantastic way to use up all those cute bits and pieces of fabric you couldn’t bare to throw away.

This table runner is 90″ x 18″, its designed for a 6ft dining table. Its made up of 22 blocks made with the four 2″ squares joined together, and 23 blocks made from four 2 1/2″ blocks separated by the 1″ white strips.

I added a point to each end, and a hand made tassel

I quilted flowers on each block using a bold red thread

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Some of these reds and purples were taken from my last years Ambassadors box, and some from this years… I cant wait to show you what arrived in Box 1… be sure to join me here on the 29th January to see my un-boxing video

Check out all the 2020 Island Batik Ambassadors here…

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen

Megan Best ~ Best Quilter

Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts

Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts

Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts

Mania Hatziioannidi~ Mania for Quilts

Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Denise Looney ~For the Love of Geese

Leah Malasky~Quilted Delights

Sally Manke ~Sally Manke

Maryellen McAuliffe ~Mary Mack’s Blog

Carol Moellers ~Carol Moellers Designs

Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads

Sharon Riley ~ Sew Riley Designs

Michelle Roberts ~Creative Blonde  that’s me !

Gail Sheppard ~Quilting Gail

Jennifer Strauser ~Dizzy Quilter

Jennifer Thomas ~Curlicue Creations

Alison Vermilya ~Little Bunny Quilts

Sandra Walker ~mmm! quilts

Suzy Webster ~Adventerous Applique and Quilting

Janet Yamamoto ~Whispers of Yore

Follow me here on my blog, you can also find me on Instagram and Facebook

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle