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.