Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Purrfect Spots: My Signature Collection, Northern Woods

Purrfect Spots: My Signature Collection, Northern Woods: This week is very special as it is the Aurifil/Island Batik Week and I am so excited to be sharing my Signature Collection, Northern Wood...

My Signature Collection, Northern Woods

This week is very special as it is the Aurifil/Island Batik Week and I am so excited to be sharing my Signature Collection, Northern Woods, by Kathy Engle for Island Batik Fabrics. These are my favorite colors - Fall Colors and I was delighted to have the opportunity to work with such lovely fabrics. 

I used Aurifil Threads on all my quilts as they blended together beautifully with the fabrics. Aren't all the colors just "purrfect"?

Here are my quilts.                       Blueberry Cheesecake

Butterscotch Ripple

Chocolate Caramel Swirl

Morels & More

Fruit Salad

But there is more as I asked some of my fellow designers if they wanted to design a quilt using these lovely fabrics. They of course were delighted.

Here is Prisms by Maria Hrabovsky of Maria Michaels Designs.
 And then here is Yorkshire Pudding Table Runner and placemats by Margaret Willingham of Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design.

 and Mint Chocolate Chip by Karen Overton of The Quilt Rambler.

And of course my collection would not be complete without Kennel Quilts.  So I made two Kennel Quilts using all the colors from the collection. My rescue kitty, Gibbs is enjoying sleeping on these! Can you blame her?

I am also happy to say that both Aurifil and Island Batik are partners with The Quilt Pattern Magazine in the TQPM Kennel Quilt program which helps animal shelters and pets that have been affected by disasters. Since Hurricane Sandy almost 20,000 Kennel Quilts have been made and donated to help our furry friends.

Now you may be wondering how my quilts got their delicious names. Well you can read all about it on the Island Batik and Aurifil blogs today as  both are talking about this wonderful collection.And did I mention there will be some great giveaways so be sure to visit their sites.

I hope you have enjoyed seeing my Signature Collection, Northern Woods. Please leave me a comment and let me know which is your favorite quilt as I will be giving away a free pdf. pattern to one lucky reader.

Thank you for stopping by.
Until next time,

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Four Seasons Blog Hop with Island Batik

Welcome to the Four Seasons Blog Hop featuring Island Batik's newest collections!
As an Island Batik Ambassador, I was sent lovely fabrics showcasing the latest collections that were introduced at Fall Market in Houston, TX. Each ambassador got a different collection and it was so much fun to see what was in the box when it arrived! I was so excited when I saw my collection. It is called Alpine Jingle. Look at these wonderful fabrics!

Aren't they happy and fun?

It just makes me smile looking at them. With all the little patterns of trees and diamonds and stars, I knew immediately what I had to do! Sweaters or cardigans as they are called in England!


A dear friend who just happens to be a former Island Batik Ambassador gave me more encouragement to make this design by knitting this cute little sweater and sending it to me. I just love it! Thank you, Maria!

One of the dogs from my dalmatian collection thought it was a "purrfect" fit! Doesn't he look sporty?

This a normal size coat hanger so you can see how tiny this little sweater is.

And so I introduce to you "Christmas Cards"! Isn't it fun?

Here is another view!

Here is the little sweater with my quilted sweaters! I used Aurifil Threads for all my applique and quilting!

I am having trouble picking out my favorite sweater!
Which one do you like? One of these or.......

or one of these or......................

Or maybe one of these! It is really hard to choose, isn't it!

I had so much fun making this pattern and it will be available early February. But before you go, there are lots of giveaways from the Four Seasons Blog Hop! I am going to give away several rolls of gorgeous Island Batik Fabric! (This is only good for those in the US.) All you have to do is let me know which is your favorite sweater in the comment box. Please leave your email address as well. I will pick a winner using Random.org.

For those not in the US, I don't want to leave you out, so if you are the lucky winner,  I will send a pdf. file of one of my latest patterns with Island Batik introduced at Quilt Market. It is from my Signature Collection, Northern Woods by Kathy Engle. I call it Blueberry Cheesecake! 

But wait there is more. Island Batik is giving away four precuts from the collections you’ll see featured throughout this hop! You can enter here.

All the Island Batik Ambassadors are "hopping" this month with lots of beautiful quilts and great giveaways! Be sure and check out each and every one. Here is the list:

Jan 8th
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Jan 9th
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Tina from Quilting Affection Designs

Jean-Sophie from 
Sophie Junction
Jan 10th
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Jan 11th
Jan 15th
Jan Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Linda from Inspired Layers
Jan 16th
Jan 17th
Stephanie from Quilt’n PartyJessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Jan 18th
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Jan 22nd
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Jan 23rd
Jan 24th
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Jan 25th
Terri from Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marlene from 
Kissed Quilts
Jan 29th
Anna from Ark Angel Creations
Marian from Seams to be Sew

Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Jan 30th
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Bea from Beaquilter
Jan 31st
Feb 1st
Joan from Moosestash Quilting
Vicki from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Thank you so much for stopping by and Good luck!  Have a great year!

Until next time,

Thursday, December 28, 2017

Purrfect Spots: Scrappy Table Toppers with Creative Borders

Purrfect Spots: Scrappy Table Toppers with Creative Borders: For the month of December the Island Batik Ambassadors were asked to do  a Scrappy Table Topper. As I had not finished the October chall...

Scrappy Table Toppers with Creative Borders

For the month of December the Island Batik Ambassadors were asked to do  a Scrappy Table Topper. As I had not finished the October challenge which was Creative Borders, I decided to combine the two challenges. (There was no challenge for November.) 

I had started on a quilt for the October project before I went to Quilt Market. I was not able to get back to it until December.  
Here is the quilt top I made in October with a mixture of fabrics from the Happy Hounds Collection and the Blue Moon Collection.

 I started adding borders and borders and borders and below is the final product.
I am quite pleased with the way it turned out. It is a great size for a card table!


 But I didn't stop there! For more scrappy table toppers, I made placemats! With my little silver tree, they are "purrfect".

And I am not finished yet. I just started a table topper yesterday with hexagons using a method from Mary M. Hogan - Fast-Fold Hexies from Pre-cuts & Stash.

I am having so much fun with this as I can sit and fold while watching all the Bowl games over the New Year's holiday. Yes, I do love football.

Here is one of the hexies that I have made. I am going to make a table runner. As you can tell I am trying to make up for lost time. I will share that picture when it is finished.

Thank you for stopping by and I wish each and every one of you a Happy New Year!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Purrfect Spots: Back to School with Island Batik Blog Hop

Purrfect Spots: Back to School with Island Batik Blog Hop: As an Island Batik Ambassador, we are sent a box of yummy Island Batik fabrics and we have to create different projects each month. For...