Friday, January 13, 2017


New Beginnings Blog Hop
Island Batik Ambassadors were asked to do a project with the theme "New Beginnings" for the month of January.  What a perfect theme for this month.

For many people "New Beginnings" is starting over, or the birth of a child, or a new life in a different place but for me it is starting off the New Year doing something I have wanted to do for a long time.

Many years ago I purchased the Accuquilt Go die "Ring of Oak" # 55378.  I have stared at it many a time thinking that one day I am doing to do a quilt using that die.....the days came and went.

So when this "New Beginnings" blog hop came up I thought there you have it.  I am going to start the New Year out doing something I have wanted to do for a long time and stop putting it off.

Using the Fresh Catch can find the whole line of fabrics here:
                                                                                   you can find a store locator here

I love love this quilt and love love these fabric.  This one is 54" x 54"


I did not stop there

I loved these fabrics so much and there were some that I did not want to cut into or at least I wanted to have a large enough square so I could see the cute fish.

I used the book "Sew One and You're Done" by Evelyn Sloppy.

I have to admit that I had to adapt the quilt to the amount of fabric I had.  There were some miscuts ( frustrating).

 I had to rearrange my thinking but I think it turned out pretty good.

                      See the awesome fabric???This one is about the same 54" x 54" as the one above.

So much fun.

Now we have some fun for you.

Two winners will win a Batik bundle just use the rafflecopter below

a Rafflecopter giveaway
If you want to view the line up for this "New Beginnings" Blog hop just click on this sentence.

Now for my part of the giveaway, I am giving away this pattern  "Gecko Invasion" to three different people.

Just leave a comment for this pattern but do the rafflecopter for the Batik Bundle. This is a pdf pattern and so it will come to you instantly.

Saturday, January 7, 2017


New Beginnings Blog Hop
Join us throughout January as our Ambassadors share their projects and host giveaways! Find the schedule below, and don’t miss the Island Batik giveaway of two batik bundles – enter via the Rafflecopter widget under the schedule! Winners will be selected at the end of the hop.

Friday, January 6 – Hop Introduction!
Island Batik (you’re here)!
Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist
Stone Cottage Quilts
Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt
Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection
Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs
Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River
Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angle Creations
Jennifer Sewing
Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting
Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs
Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
The Patchwork Pearl
Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts
Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake
Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Connie Kauffman
Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting
Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner

Friday, January 6, 2017


I have had a lot of request for these fabric bowl potholders.

If any of you have made these, you will know that it requires a lot of marking.

I hate marking and it takes so long.

There are a few ideas of marking several at one time but I never mastered that.

So this little piece of cardboard is going to make your life easier (leastways it has mine)

It measures 2" x 1"

After I take my ten inch square and mark a criss cross on it.  You really do need this because you are going to put a piece of 10" batting on a piece of 10" fabric and sew as shown here.  You do this to both sides.  This just helps the batting stay in place.

Before I was marking each piece on all four sides two inches up and one inch over.


That is a lot of work.

You will fold your fabric in half...

Then I just take my trusty it on the edge of the folded fabric and place a mark up 2" and then to the side on the bottom 1".  Sew from the bottom which is the one inch across to the top mark, making a triangle.

   I know you say...well...Barb you are marking it....Yes I am but I don't have to use a ruler and I don't have to make lines.  Just two simple dots right there at the machine before I get ready to sew it..
                                             Below is a picture of all four sides done.

 I keep my little piece of cardboard and pen right on my sewing simple and so easy.  I have found that the measurements are more accurate as well.

Now I am ready to sew them together.  Right sides together....leave an opening to pull through.

I glue the opening shut and now they are ready to iron and top stitch down.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Memory Doggies

Several yeas ago my sister gave me four shirts of her husband who passed away.  I told her I could make some doggies for her grandchildren.  I can't find the pictures of the doggies I made but all together I made five doggies.  
Like this one you see here made out of Island Batik Fabrics

She didn't know I was making this for her for Christmas but here is a pillow for her bed, the buttons and applique are off his shirts.  She was really touched by this.

Then they have a grandson that is named after her husband and he worked for the Railroad, so I made this quilt.  The applique is out of his shirts using the Accuquilt Go Train die.

So out of four shirts I got 5 doggies, one quilt, one pillow, and one pincushion made from his cuff.

You never know what is going to happen so I had a week to do whatever I wanted at the beginning of Dec. so I rushed and got all of this done plus a round table cloth for my son and his wife which I can't find the picture.....too lazy to go and get.

Thanks heavens, we ended up keeping our grandson for a week, my mother fell and was in the hospital, and then m sons came for Christmas which I was running to and from the rehab for my mother.  She was in the hospital for four days and then was taken to rehab and then....guess who gets sick?  You guessed fun during this Christmas season.  It was good to see the boys and their wives.  My fifth son and his wife cleaned the house before they left....I thought that was so sweet.  Am I luck or what?

Friday, December 9, 2016


I am a fly by nighter.....

My mother always said that I run around like a chicken with my head cut off.

I don't like to pin.


I decided that I should really start.

for some reason it makes it easier if you pin.

I never wanted to take the time but for some reason things go together easier.

Go figure.

I am how old am just now figuring this out????
Should I be ashamed?

My sewing room has been humming.  I wish I could show you all of the things I have been doing but it will have to wait til After Christmas.

I actually had a full day of nothing to do...well I had things to do but nothing I had to get out and do.

So I had a blissful day yesterday.

My daugher in law has our round table....and the top is kind ugly so I made her this.

She loves purple and yellow...these are the colors she wanted.


I was in the store the other day and saw a table runner with reindeer on the ends like this but different reindeer.  I came home and thought about it....remember the hand towel.

I just love this little guy.

Anyways.....I just enlarged him and used my awesome Island Batik Christmas fabrics.

I just love it.....looks more fun up close and personal but this picture will have to do.

I hope all of you are getting ready for a wonderful Christmas.  Most of my gifts will be handmade.

I have another day in my sewing room.  Count me lucky!!!!

Everyone was so sweet to comment on my naked reindeers.....

A little cosmetic surgery and now they have ears????

Silly me!!

Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Fidget Blankets or Sensory Blankets

Have any of you heard of fidget blankets?

I only heard about them today.

In case you have not, these blankets are for people with brain injuries, dementia, Alzheimer's, and Autism.

Memory Fidget Lap Blanket Dementia Alzheimer's Autism Stroke Patient Sensory Busy Elderly ADD


Dementia / Alzheimers activity mat/sensory activity/ therapy present for elderly

Alzheimer's Fidget Blanket Cowboy / Horses / Dogs  Alzheimer's / Dementia / Autism / Restless Fingers Sensory Blanket


Here are just a few of them with the link underneath.  You can certainly look it up on pinterest or etsy.  I didn't realize there were so many out there and to be honest.....didn't have the slightest clue as to what they are.

My mother was diagnosed with Dementia at the beginning of the year, although, I don't think she has progressed to this point yet.  I did noticed that when I took her to the Dr. today she was twiddling her thumbs for the hour drive there and back.

So a wonderful idea and a great idea to make and give to hospitals.


On another note....I got my embroidery machine back yesterday.  I did make a hand lazy to take a picture...busy day today...but I did walk out with both legs but had a slight hobble (didn't have to give an arm and a leg away when I went to pay for the repairs)

Friday, December 2, 2016


This month's challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is to make something (anything) for Charity.

When I think of Charity as in giving I am thinking of like March of Dimes, the Hospitals, Linus etc...

I was lazy, I wanted something near enough to me that I could take it straight over and not have to worry about forgetting.... 

So the thing that popped into my mind was the Wesely House where my mother is living.

It is an assisted living place.

When they get enough items they have an auction.

The residents get paper money throughout the week.

Winning at Bingo, Finding the Elf on the shelf are just a few ways to earn this money.

Then they have an auction.

All the ladies love my mother's little puppy.  So I decided to make a puppy and donate it to the auction.

I was so hoping you would not notice the dust on the table (blushing here)...I guess I could scoot the dog over the top and take care of that table.

I just love the various Island Batik fabrics and who doesn't love pink???

I am sure there is a store near you that sells Island Batiks to find out just go to their site and click on find store.  I know you will love the fabrics like I do.