Monday, July 25, 2016

Island Batik Christmas in July

Welcome to the Island Batik Ambassadors' Christmas in July Blog Hop! I posted a Contemporary Christmas quilt earlier this month (and I will get it quilted this week) but I have been working on a more traditional Christmas project  that I wish to share.

Ok just so you know I love Christmas music and I listen to it year round, so to get you in the mood for my blog I am sharing this video. There is a clue here.


O Tannenbaum or O Christmas Tree. I don't know about you, but I love Christmas trees so I decided to make one with a quilt. Last fall at Quilt Market, I took a class from Jodi Barrows.
She is the one who created the unique method of Square in a Square quilting. She has written many books and has several rulers just for her technique. She showed the cutest Christmas Tree that she made and it is a free download from her website. It is called "All Spruced Up". I fell in love with it and knew that I had to make it. Well fortunately for me, Island Batik gave me this wonderful opportunity with Christmas in July to do just that.

I started with this gorgeous collection called Holiday Happenings! You can see all the fabrics here. Aren't they fun?

I auditioned the different colors to see what would look best for my Christmas tree. I had to have the green, the red and the gold. But what about decorations?

This piece of fabric was just "purrfect" for the decorations and there is even a star for the top. Do you see it near the bottom?

Per the directions from Jodi's video and the Square in a Square Reference book, I started on my Christmas tree journey.

My pile of little squares kept piling up and they looked so pretty. 
I was so excited and couldn't wait to sew them together.  And I was not disappointed when I did.

What do you think? Now Jodi has presents under her tree, but I have even started Christmas shopping yet, so my tree is bare right now.

This will be a lovely wall hanging and I wouldn't be surprised if it ends up in a care package to a special young lady who will be going to Florida State University in the fall. This will be a little Christmas from home, made and sent with love. 

I hope you have enjoyed my Christmas in July as much as I did. Thank you for stopping by. Be sure and check out the other Island Batik Ambassadors Blogs as there are some great Christmas projects!
Until next time,

Thursday, July 7, 2016

Modern Christmas - June/July Island Batik Challenge

The June Challenge to Island Batik Ambassadors was to design a Modern Quilt. However during the month of June I was busy making Island Batik Quilts for Fall Market and I ran out of time. 

My Island Batik fabrics were chosen. They are from the Sand Dune Collection.
This collection has some of my favorite colors and I love the name of the collection as well as there are sand dunes very close to my house and they are beautiful. But I ran out of time! And now it is JULY.
However, the July Challenge for the Ambassadors is a Christmas project and as hot as it is, what a wonderful idea!
We always need a little Christmas no matter what time of the year.  

So with that in mind, I combined June and July. I made a Contemporary Christmas Quilt!
I did add one splash of red for traditional Christmas Colors! This is a very small quilt and is more like a wall hanging as it measures 23" x 22". It is not quilted as I want to try some new techniques and I don't want to rush. I will have it quilted by the end of July and will share it then.
Also I will be making another Christmas project so look for that sometime this month too.
Be sure and check out the other Island Batik Ambassors blogs for their Christmas projects. There are some great ones. What a host of talented friends I have!

Thank you for stopping by!