Friday, August 19, 2016

Island Batiks "SeaSide Summer" Blog Hop - Surf Squirt

The Island Batik ambassadors are hosting a blog hop which started August 15th and runs through September 2nd. Each day we are highlighting beautiful projects made from their Spring/Summer 2016 Collections. All the Ambassadors blogs are full of giveaways and great recipes. So keep on reading!

For myself, I love spending time at the Ocean, it is so peaceful and relaxing to sit and watch people fly kites and listen to the waves coming into shore.  Recently, I got to spend a wonderful day in Ocean Shores, Washington just hanging on the beach with family.


Today, Quilting Affection (myself) and Archipelago Quilting will showing off the "Surf Squirt" Collection. Surf Squirt, is a bright fun palette of fabrics that makes you feel the warmth of summer days at the ocean. When I first saw the collection, it really got my creative designing juices going. So I went to work designing to bringing the ocean and colorful tropical fish into one beautiful and fun quilt. 

Here is what I came up with, my new (coming soon) pattern "Beneath the Waves" the pattern that measures 42" x 36" gives you the feel of swimming in the water with fishes or looking inside an aquarium. This quilt would be a lovely, wallhanging or baby blanket. 

I designed this pattern so the background water will use 2 different colors that blend together.

The 3 different sizes of fish are all pieced with a variety of beautiful colors.

I am currently working on finishing the pattern now, planning for a first of October release. Stay tuned to my blog for the specific release date.

Now on these hot summer days, it is nice to relax in the evening with a fresh salad. So how about this fast easy healthy salad dressing.

Creamy Cilantro Lime Dressing

1 cup Cilantro Leaves
1/2 cup Plain Greek Yogurt
1/2 Lime
1 garlic clove
Salt to taste

Directions: Puree all ingredients in a blender or food processor until smooth.
Taste and adjust seasoning, if necessary. Drizzle over your salad. makes about 3/4 cup.


Finally, I saved a few pieces of my Surf Squirt bundle and would love to giveaway! I will send 3 fat quarters to one lucky winner. Just enter the link below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Island Batiks is also giving away a lovely fabric bundles, enter with the link below.

Thank for visiting me on this blog hop! Below is the schedule of the hop, make sure to go to each of the blogs listed below. There are plenty of giveaways, recipes and Island Batik Spring and Summer 2016 Collection examples. Each one of the Ambassadors will inspire you to get your creative juices going.

Seaside Summer Blog Hop Schedule
Monday Aug 15 - Rain Forest

Tuesday Aug 16 - Red Tide

Wednesday Aug 17 - Sand Dune

Thursday Aug 18 - Seashore

Friday Aug 19 - Surf Squirt

Monday Aug 22 - Tradewinds

Tuesday Aug 23 - Equinox

Wednesday Aug 24 - Sea Canyon

Thursday Aug 25 - Sea Foam

Friday Aug 26 - Spoolin' Around

Monday Aug 29 - Tide Pools

Tuesday Aug 30 - Wind and Sea

Wednesday Aug 31 - Spring Zing

Thursday Sep 1 - Splash

Friday Sept 2 - Landscapes

Happy Quilting!


#seasidesummerhop #islandbatik #quiltingaffection 

Monday, August 15, 2016

Island Batik Ambassadors "SeaSide Summer" Blog Hop Starts Today!

Do you love blog hops and Island Batik Fabrics?  I sure do!!  Well you are in luck the Island Batik Ambassadors are hosting the "SeaSide Summer blog hop starting today through Sept 2nd.  Make sure you check in everyday, the Ambassadors will be covering a new collection each day.  There will also be giveaways from Island Batiks, tutorials, and summer recipes.

Below is the Blog Hop Schedule:

M 8/15 - Rain Forest

Tu 8/16 - Red Tide

W 8/17 - Sand Dune

Th 8/18 - Seashore

F 8/19 - Surf Squirt

M 8/22 - Tradewinds

Tu 8/23 - Equinox

W 8/24 - Sea Canyon

Th 8/25 - Sea Foam

F 8/26 - Spoolin' Around

M 8/29 - Tide Pools

Tu 8/30 - Wind and Sea

W 8/31 - Spring Zing

Th 9/1 - Splash

F 9/2 - Landscapes

See you on Friday when I reveal my project.


Wednesday, August 10, 2016

EQ7 - How to add a Binding to your Quilt Block!

Borders Tab

Have you ever wonder if you can add a binding in EQ7, well the answer is “YES” and it very simple to do.
Step 1: Once you get a quilt to the finishing point, go to the borders tab.
Step 2 : Highlight the last border on the outside.  For Example in this quilt it will be border 3
Move to outer border!
Step 3: Shrink last Border by ¼” (0.25).
Adjust size to remove 0.25" from last border!
Step 4: Add one more border, then resize to ¼” (0.25).
Add new border!

Step 5: Go back to Layer 1 and color in the binding.  It will be hard to see but it is there. r example has been zoomed in.

No Binding Color

Colored Border!
Adding a Binding to a quilt can be really easy, now give it a try in your next quilt top.

Make sure your check out other Bloggers Celebrating EQ7 Anniversary with themed EQ7 Blog posts, make sure to check out August prizes from EQ from Art Gallery Fabrics.

Quilting Affection (me)

Monday, July 11, 2016

Island Batiks Ambassabors: Christmas in July

July is here and we have only 166 days until Christmas.  I know its summer, the weather is beautiful outside and no one wants to start thinking about making Christmas quilts.

However, time marches on and before you know it the weather will start to change which means Christmas is really not that far away. So this month Island Batiks Ambassador challenge “Christmas in July”, will get you started thinking about those cooler temperatures and projects. We are to create a project using the “Holiday Happenings”, Fat Quarter Bundle.

It took me a little while to get in the Christmas Spirit and think of something new to make.  I finally designed this fast and easy quilt.

“Peppermint Swirl”, uses 4 fat quarters from the “Holiday Happenings” Fat Quarter Bundle and finishes at 26” x 26” to make a nice table topper or wall hanging. 

Have a great Quilting Day!


#christmasinjulyib  #ib

Sunday, July 10, 2016

EQ7 - Showing and Hiding Quilt Layers

EQ7 provides 3 separate design layers that provide flexibility and important design features in constructing your quilt layout.  With each layer serving a separate purpose in the quilt designing process.  You can locate the layer tabs at the bottom-left on your quilt worktable.

Layer 1 is for photos and blocks, Layer 2 is for applique, motifs, blocks, photos and text, and Layer 3 is for photos, embellishments, and stencils.

When a layer is selected you will notice that the tab will turn white, the rest will remain grey.

EQ7 enables you to isolate the layers you are working on by turning on the “Light Bulb” icons. To turn on the “Light Bulbs” you will have to open your Quilt Worktable Option.

Click on QUILT, then from the drop-down select Quilt Worktable Options at the bottom of the drop-down.

After you have selected the Quilt Worktable Option, will see the Quilt Worktable Option open in the middle of your screen. 

From under the Tool Options, select View Settings, which opens to View settings. 

Under the Layer Icons, you will see checkbox.  Click the Checkbox to select the option "Provide icons to show and hide quilt layers" this will turn on the “Light Bulb” to show and hide the layers.  Then Select “OK”.

You will now notice on the Layers tabs that small “Light Bulb” icons have been placed on them.

To toggle hide or turn on the visibility of the layers, just click on the “light bulb” on the layer tabs you want to make invisible.

Click on Layer 2 and 3 light bulbs and you will see only the contents on Layer 1 only.

Layer 1 Only
Turn off layer 1 and turn on Layer 2 once again you will see Layer 2 contents.  You will notice that layer 1 is now transparent.

Layer 2
Turn on all layers and you will see your design all together.

Layer 3
Quilt design process can be made easier with working with each layer independently, and being able to toggle them off makes it even easier to work with and isolate layers. I really suggest if you have not turned on this handy Icon; to do so.  Give it a try!

Make sure your check out other Bloggers Celebrating EQ7 Anniversary with themed EQ7 Blog posts.  Also visit Electric Quilt to enter their monthly giveaway from Island Batiks HERE.

Have fun Designing!