Saturday, November 18, 2017

Quiltmaker 100 Blocks Vol 16 Winners!

Thank you to all of you for the wonderful and delightful comments on yesterday's blog post on my block in the QuiltMaker 100 Blocks Volume 16 Magazine.  If you miss yesterday's post click on the link Here.

Today, I would like to announce the three lucky Winners of the free copies of the magazine.

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Thank You to all of you that entered!


Friday, November 17, 2017

QuiltMaker 100 Block Volume 16 Road Rally!

Welcome! Thank you for stopping by and visiting with me on the QuiltMaker’s 100 Blocks Volume 16 Road Rally! 

Let’s start by getting to know a little about me.  The rally is bringing you to my home and studio of Quilting Affection Designs in Waldorf, Maryland.  Located about 25 miles south of Washington DC in Southern Maryland.  Quilting Affection Designs is a small pattern design company owned and operated by myself, Tina Dillard.  I have been designing patterns since 2011, when I took the plunge and gave up my Washington DC government job to develop patterns full time, with the support of my husband and sons. 

I have had patterns represented in both Timeless Treasure and Island Batik Fabrics.  Also, I have been working as an Island Batik Ambassador and designer for the last couple years, which I am very grateful.
Double X Block - Orginal

Well, that’s enough about me, for now, so let’s get back to showing you My Road Rally Block #1562 “Double X.”  The block uses a combination of Half Square Triangles and Flying Geese, creating a very versatile block.

 The fabric used in the original block was from the Island Batik “Drizzle” Collection.  You can play with it by adding any assorted colors and fabric combinations.

Island Batik "Blender" Fabrics
This block is great to work with; you can use just two colors, or you can add up to 5 assorted colors.  
New Island Batik "Autumn Grace" Collection
Design and make it for the particular person in your life.

You can also arrange the blocks different ways to make it a little different each time.
Island Batik "Drizzle" Collection
Playing with the colors will give you different layouts and designs.
Island Batik "Blender" Fabrics with only 3 colors.
Island Batik "Autumn Grace" Collection
There are so many possibilities for this block. More than I can ever show you in this blog post.  So let your imagination soar.

Thank you for coming by and visiting for a while.  I love designing great patterns for you quilters out there.  Be sure to check out my website and check out my patterns.
I would not give this job up in any shape and form.  I love sharing my love of quilt patterns with all of you,  but, there are days I wish I were a superhero in a movie to get all my work done. So, If I could be in the movie of my choice, I would be in the Avengers as the “Black Widow.”  She is a determined and tough lady and gets her work done.

To three lucky winners, I’m giving a copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 16 that will be sent by me. So I have given you three ways to enter.

 Be sure to read the rules and guidelines below.

Entry #1 – One Copy of Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks, Volume 16 magazine.   Just fill out the Rafflecopter, below. This will be directly sent directly to you from me.

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Entry #2 – Visit my Facebook page and fill out the Entry under the Giveaway Tab (left side) on Quilting Affection Designs facebook page. 

Entry #3 – Sign-up for my newsletter, just click on the link in the Rafflecopter entry below.

Quilting Affection Designs Guidelines and Rules for this give away.
  • No purchase necessary. Open to residents of the USA only.
  • While we hope you will leave a comment on the post of the day because we love comments, we want no reply bloggers to have a chance at winning also. Rafflecopter will collect your name, country, and email. 
  • One copy of the Quiltmaker 100 Block Volume 16 magazine will be given away to three lucky winners.
  • The Winners picked at random via Rafflecopter at the end of the day on November 17th. Winner will be drawing be on November 18th receive notification via email. 
  • Winner will have approximately five days to claim their gift, if five days pass, the gift will be offered to another eligible entrant. Winner must provide name, address, city, state. 
  • Only US Address, please
  • Winner will be announced on this blog and in the Rafflecopter window here on this page. Winner agrees to allow their name, city, state to be publicized.
  • Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of Rafflecopter entries.
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See you at the Winners Announcement on November 18th.


Monday, October 30, 2017

Island Batik Challenge: Borders and Binding

Well, I can't believe its almost the end of October this month has gone so fast.  It's time to get my Island Batik Ambassador project posted.  This month the Ambassadors were challenged to make a quilt with some creative borders and bindings.

So, I decided to use the Island Batik Pumpkin Patch Collection that I received in my latest Ambassador Box.  The fabrics give a great fall feel to any project you are working on.   

  After playing with a couple of designs for a couple weeks,  I finally decided on a design that would make a great table topper for any table.


The center was fun to make using my Studio 180 Design rulers.  I used the Wing Clipper, Corner Pop and the Tucker Trimmer 1 to make the center.

Now it's time to add the border, which starts with a thin border strip to finish the center.

Now here is how I finished the quilt. The second border was adding flying geese units in the middle with outer squares to ends.  The final border was a repeat border of the first border in size to finish the whole quilt off. 

This Table Topper that measures 27 1/2" x 27 1/2" finished,
 will also work as a wall hanging.

This was a fun and fast project to complete, and with out the creative borders, I feel the quilt would not be complete.  


P.S. Be sure to check out the other Creative Borders and Bindings from the other Island Batik Ambassadors.

Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marian from Seam to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

New Pattern "Ramblin' Star" Block of the Month

Update: Due to the Island Batik "Plum Delicious" Collection that is used in this quilt will not be able until April 2018.  This pattern shipment has been pushed back to March 2018.  The videos and tutorial will start in April also. Please watch for further posts on this Block of the Month.

Today, I'm very excited to introduce you to my newest pattern and making its public debut at Quilt Market this week in Houston.

Drum Roll, Please!

Introducing, my first block of the month program!

"Ramblin' Star" Block of the Month

“Ramblin’ Star” is a bold and elegant quilt that will liven any room highlighting the Plum Delicious collection by Island Batik.

This 8-Month Program features a combination of various sized blocks and fillers, comes with two bonus blocks, and one 18” x 18” popular Medallion center block to complete this 60” x 60” beautiful quilt.

This traditionally piecing pattern is excellent for the Intermediate to Advance Beginners comes complete with fully colored illustrated instructions and templates to complete each month’s block.  

Also, the pattern is excellent for your Bloc_Loc® Rulers or Studio 180 Design Tools.

Check out my new video ad for this beautiful quilt.

Beginning in January 2018, Blog and Video tutorials will be posted highlighting each month's new block starting with the first month.  Be sure to follow Quilting Affection Designs on Social Media.

Additionally, there will be a Ramblin' Star page posted on the Quilting Affection Designs Website that will provide links and additional tutorials, for those of you that need the extra help.  

Retail customers, I'm now excepting orders for the first month's block.  The block will begin after November 15th to be ready for the launch of the blogs and video tutorials. The first month will include block 1, bonus block 1, and general instructions. So be sure to follow my blog and Newsletter to get the latest information on ordering your blocks.

To Pre-Order your pattern, visit Quilting Affection Designs, HERE

Wholesale customers, If you are interested in purchasing this Block of the Month program, you may place orders through your Island Batik Sales Representative, from Island Batik directly, or at

Be sure to follow Quilting Affection Designs on Facebook, Instagram or Sign Up for the Newsletter and Blogs to get the latest on this pattern.

I would like to thank you my testers for helping prepare the pattern.

I hope you enjoyed this sneak of Ramblin' Star and would love to hear your comments on this design.


Monday, October 23, 2017

New Pattern "Entangled Paths" Coming Soon!

The next couple days, I'm going to introduce you to my newest Fall/Winter 2017 patterns that will be launched at Quilt Market this week.  I'm so excited about these designs.

Today I would like to introduce you to "Entangled Paths."

This eye-catching lap size quilt measures 64" x 76" would be great for the particular person in your life.  This exciting pattern uses a combination of the drunkard's path and rail fence blocks.  

The pattern was designed with the 6" Drunkards Path Bloc_LocⓇ Ruler, but the pattern does include templates for completing the blocks.  The pattern also includes thoroughly and carefully illustrated pattern instructions to help make this generous lap size quilt easy to achieve.

The cover image above uses the Island Batik "Autumn Grace" collection, featured in the Island Batik Fall/Winter 2017 Catalog.

Retail customers wishing to purchase this pattern, can do so on my website, Quilting Affection Designs.  Now taking Pre-Orders, with the pattern starting to ship on November 1st.  

Wholesale customersyou can buy my pattern through your Island Batik Sales Representative, from Island Batik directly, or at

Thank you to all my testers for their excellent help in getting this pattern ready.

I would love to hear your comments on this pattern, just comment below.


Monday, October 2, 2017

Island Batik "Bonsai" Collection!

Over the next couple weeks, Island Batik is Introducing there Spring/Summer 2017 Fabric Collection through their blog posts.  I'm so happy these have asked me to join in the fun of writing blogs for my newest patterns that are featured in the Spring/Summer 2017 Catalog. 

This week's featured collection is called "Bonsai."    

"Octagon Gems"

Introducing my newest pattern "Octagon Gems" this quilt will add glamour to any room in your house.  This quilt measures 56" x 56" when finished.

The quilt uses 5 fabrics from the "Bonsai" Collection. Plus adds Island Batiks Basic "White" batik to the quilt. Which you probably didn't know that there was just a Basic "White" Batik.  This is lovely white batik to add to your collection.

"Octagon Gems" is an intermediate pieced pattern that uses a combination of flying geese, half square triangles, and half rectangles triangles to make up the two-block combinations.  The only difference between the blocks are the color combinations.

The pattern was written and designed for the following Bloc_LocⓇ Rulers. 
- Half Square Triangle Rulers 2 1/2"
- Flying Geese Ruler 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
- Half Rectangle Triangle ruler 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" 

Note: the ruler's list above is only suggestion for this quilt but not required to complete the quilt top. To purchase these rulers see your local quilt store or visit Bloc_LocⓇ website, HERE.


The "Bonsai" Collection is a beautiful collection available now at your local quilt store.  The fabric in this collection is also available in Precuts.

If you love this collection be sure to contact your local quilt store and ask them to carry this gorgeous collection for you and your quilty friends.

If you are interested in purchasing "Octagon Gems" pattern, please visit my website, HERE.  While you are visiting my site be sure to get my newsletter, signup of my blog and check out my other patterns.

Also for you store owners, I also sell my patterns wholesale or contact your Island Batik Sales Rep.   


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Island Batik Blog Hop Winners

Today, is the day for the big announcement of the Lucky Winners are of the Two - 5 "Beaujolais Fabric Bundles from the Island Batik Back to School Blog HopEach bundle contains 44 - 5" strips of various fabrics from the "Beaujolais" Collection.

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I will be emailing the both you shortly to get your information. Please remember you have 5 days to claim your prize.  

Thank You to all of you that entered!


Tuesday, September 26, 2017

REI Outessa what a great experience!

This past weekend was a powerful weekend for me, and over 250 participates in the last REI Outessa of the year in Waterville Valley, New Hampshire. 

Let me tell you all about it.  

Before I start, I would like to let you a few things about me.  First, last year was a big transformation year for me, I lost over 50lbs, gaining my self-confidence, my love of the great outdoors back, and so much more.  Secondly, you need to know that I'm not a highly sociable person, takes me a long time to get my nerve to up to talk to people.  

So last Wednesday, I started a two-day driving trek to New Hampshire.  I arrived on Thursday afternoon at my destination the Waterville Valley Resort located in the White Mountain National Forest.  The area was just gorgeous with the Fall foliage starting to come out in the Mountains.  When I arrived I a solo traveler and absolutely knew no one who was attending.  I arrived a little early, so I had a short time before registration began.  So as I was walking in, I overheard two ladies talking at a table outside one of them introduced them self from the Washington DC area.  So, I had to go over and introduce myself and let them know I was from the same area.  So, I was introduced to Ambreen (Maryland), and Mary Ellen (Long Island).  So we just started talking and walks up Sarah (Pennsylvania), and she was introduced by Mary Allen to all of us.  This is how our little tribe was formed.  

Once Registration was opened, received out camp bracelets, information about DIY camping and given a nice swag bag of goodies.  Sarah and I were the last ones to finish our registration.  So we decided to camp together, so we walked over to the DIY camping area, and started to pick out campsite.  We noticed that Mary Ellen and Ambreen where already starting to set up, so we decided to camp next to them.  So we got our packs and began to set up camp for the next three nights in the DIY Camp City.  The first night after registration we had a happy hour and campfire with Smores.

The next day, I was awake at 6am.  So I got up prepared for the day of hikes and classes.  Mary Ellen was awake also when I crawled out of my tent.  So we walked over for coffee from the Allegro Coffee Bus and breakfast started by the time we arrived over to the building.  The breakfasts for all the days were just excellent.  Sara and Ambreen joined us shortly after.  We then all split up for the day, due to we all had different events and classes on our schedules, but we would meet up for lunch and dinner.

My first event of the day was the Mountain Steam Hike at Cascade Falls Trail. We had to guides and one particular person on our trip.  Diana Van Deren, an Ultrarunner, sponsored by North Face who has won various races over the years and overall lovely lady to talk to.  Anyway, she made the 5-mile hike memorable with tips and socialization did with all of us.  The hike had great views and beautiful waterfall to take pictures of.

We got back for lunch which was make yourself sandwiches or salads, plus brownies for dessert.  Then it was off to afternoon classes that included Map and Compass Basics, and Outdoor Tool Maven with Leatherman.  

After the class, I went back to camp and repacked my backpack with jackets for the evening.  I tell you that the meals at this whole event were excellent and nutritious. Made of organic and whole foods.  Dinner the first night was Sirloin Beef sliced for you, salads, and vegetables.  The dessert was a pumpkin mousse that was yummy.  

Saturday, I woke up early on a cold morning to rise and shine yoga, then off to eat a quick breakfast and was off to get ready for my day.  My day started out with another hike this time I was doing Mount Tecumseh Scenic Hike a beautiful 3-mile hike.  We were supposed to summit but the groups the day before finding out it was too much for the morning session, so they cut it in half.  I was thrilled with myself; I was able to keep up with the leader the whole way through.  I wouldn't even able than a year ago; I was so happy with myself. We came back in time for lunch, and then off to our afternoon classes.  The temperatures were already in the 80's.  Drinking a lot of water and trying to stay cool the whole time.  My class in the afternoon was Wilderness Survival.  After my class, I decided to go ahead a get ready for dinner with a nice shower.  They provided us with portable showers for us to use.  I felt so much better and refreshed.  

Dinner was a surprise for all of us that night.  We were told to be in Outessa Village by 6 pm due to we go to dinner together.  We walked around the pond to our dinner location.  Were we found bowls of Clam Chowder waiting for us.  We were having a New England Clambake.  I was so excited, but also little bummed due to I know it was the last meal for us all.  But we made the most of the evening, eating the great food and enjoying the social time with everyone at tables.  The night ended back to the village with music and dancing.  What a night and will never forget it.

The next day, I was up for the rest of the ladies, so I thought, Mary Ellen was at a table eating breakfast the time I got there.  My day started with Kayaking.  I loved being on the water in my kayak.  After my kayaking, I was heading back to camp to break down my camp before my next class. But I ran into Ambreen and Mary Ellen.  Ambreen was getting ready to head back to the real world.  So we said out goodbye so she could catch her flight.  So Mary Ellen and I walked over and broke down camp and walked around the Village before we split up for our next classes.  My class we Hydration 101 class with Osprey.  Great Class and useful information.  After lunch, I had my last class, First Aid in the Wilderness.  Sarah then said her goodbyes to both Mary Ellen and myself.  Shortly after that Mary Ellen and I said our goodbyes and off we were off.  

What a fabulous weekend and great friendships that were made, I the only thing I was thinking about on my long drive home yesterday.  I feel my transformation last year has made me a new person and this Outlessa weekend made me even stronger.  I will never forget my tribe (sisters) and this weekend. Love you, ladies, a lot all ready.  Sweaty, Dirty, and happy we all were.