Sunday, August 31, 2014

August in Review

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August Projects at Freemotion by the River
The end of August seems to mark the end of summer. The kids are back in school and the days are getting shorter....it is still hot and humid but pretty soon we will be burning wood to keep warm.

I was busy this month completing 2 quilts for Island Batik that will be shown at Fall Market and I also finished patterns for both of them. There is a big difference between writing a digital pattern and a paper pattern but I got them completed, printed, stapled and put into their cute little ziploc bags and samples sent off.

Then it was time to relax a bit and then get ready for a couple blog hops and also design another pattern you can find here.

There were a couple posts this month to update you on Pelly. This is one of my favorite photos of him and the visitor he had for a short time.
 I also got a call last week that he has finally been taken to the St. Louis zoo. The zoo was excited to get another White Pelican. He will have a 30 day quarantine before he will be put with the other pelicans. They will clip his wings so he can't fly away this year but next year if he chooses to leave he can. He will also get to be around visitors in the zoo. I am so happy and thankful that life has turned out so well for this beautiful bird.

 AccuQuilt Dancing Umbrellas
Free motion quilting table runner at Freemotion by the River 
 Quilt Art Designs free PP pattern
 Pelly News
Ice Cream bucket of fish at Freemotion by the River
 Spring Flowers table runner
Batik Tablerunner at Freemotion by the River
Pelly becomes a pattern
Quilt as you go Patchwork Bag progress
Tinker Tote at Freemotion by the River
Fun Size Quilts book review
Design wall and Island Batiks
Island Batik Espresso wall hanging at Freemotion by the River
Aurifil August block
Aurifil BOM for August 2014
Tinker Tote
Showing off the Tinker tote at Freemotion by the River
Design wall Pelly
Poinsettia batik block
Serenity center block at Freemotion by the River
 BOB Blog Hop
Batik Bath Runner at Freemotion by the River

Batik Log Cabin with a Lama in the center at Freemotion by the River
 New pattern - Serenity
Serenity wall hanging at Freemotion by the River
 Serenity in orange
Serenity in orange at Freemotion by the River
 Saturday fun with AccuQuilt
AccuQuilt Bowtie die at Freemotion by the River
 Flowers and Bowties flimsy
Bowtie and Fun Flower AccuQuilt dies for quilt
 Coffee Koozie with Fat Quarter Shop
 Vintage Singers
15-91 Singer on a frame at Freemotion by the River
Seasons Greetings Scraps
Satin stitch on the edges of mat at Freemotion by the River
Island Batik fabrics
Island Batik Fall fabrics at Freemotion by the River
Four Linky Tuesday parties this month
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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Island Batik Stash Builders

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Island Batik Stash Builders at Freemotion by the River
I did a little shopping last week and found these beautiful Island Batik Stash Builders at Fort Worth Fabric Studio. I had never seen bundles like this and had to buy them!

Each package contained 5 bundles of 4 - 5 inch strips the width of the fabric (approx 42 inches).
Right away I opened them up and undid the bundles! Fort Worth Fabric Studio even sent me a little packet of Wyler's Light Pink Lemonade......she must have known I would be thirsty after opening all those bundles!
These were on sale and unfortunately it looks like there aren't any left. Hopefully they will get more in as there is so much you can use these for!

I did find some at a shop I am going to have to go visit!  Crazy Redhead Quilting is actually a shop in Newton, IA which isn't that far away, I can see a day trip coming up.

I could cut them up and have a ton of 5 inch charms or get 2 - 2 1/2 jelly strips or a 3 inch and a 2 inch strip.......maybe I'll just leave them as they are until I decide what project I'll use them in. This is a perfect addition to my stash of Island Batik fabrics!

Speaking of Island Batik......I received a big box of the new Fall batiks and here is a little sneak peek. I am already working on a project with the Quilted in Honor bundle and have a little table runner almost done using one of the little strip bundles.
Island Batik Fall fabrics at Freemotion by the River
Freemotion by the River is now a Island Batik Ambassador

Take a look at this beautiful Free pattern that is available at Fort Worth Fabric Studio!
Free quilt pattern at Forth Worth Fabric Studio

I'm linking up with Fabric Frenzy Friday!
Fort Worth Fabric Studio Blog
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Friday, August 29, 2014

Seasons Greetings Scraps

Pin It Sometimes I can't resist playing with scraps that I should really throw away.
Seasons Greetings mat at Freemotion by the River
When I made Serenity with the Seasons Greetings fabrics from Island Batik I kept all the little corners that I trimmed off. The other day I pulled out a piece of fusible batting and just laid all the pieces on top of it.
Laying pieces of batik on fusible batting
Here you can see all the pieces covering the batting. Many of them are over lapping so I had to be very careful when I took it to my sewing machine and quilted some straight lines.
Seasons Greetings scraps at Freemotion by the River
Doesn't look too bad after it is all quilted and the best thing....it was a fast project!
Seasons Greetings scraps all quilted at Freemotion by the River
I decided to just zig-zag around the edges 2 times instead of putting on binding. This is something I will only put out for the holidays. Are you wondering how it will wash up? Well I am using batiks which don't fray at bad as regular fabrics but....I didn't catch every little part. I am not planning on washing it often and will probably hand wash it.

If I did plan on washing it I would have stitched rows in the opposite direction so I would be sure of catching everything. For me, this is fine and the best thing.......I didn't throw away those scraps of beautiful fabrics!

Now tell me.....do you hate to throw away little scraps too? 
Satin stitch on the edges of mat at Freemotion by the River
I think it will look nice with my Serenity wall hanging.
Serenity wall hanging at Freemotion by the River
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