Monday, February 8, 2016

Big and Small

Pin It I think I am really starting to like mini quilts! Here is the original size of Scattered without a border and then the mini I showed the other day. 
Scattered quilt pattern in batiks and also a mini quilt
What I like about miniatures is that you can put quite a few quilts up in the same amount of space that would only be able to show one regular sized quilt.
Scattered quilt pattern in batiks and also a mini quilt
This is another mini Scattered with a border on it. I bet you are surprised to see a quilt that doesn't have batiks in it! I pieced this back in September and blogged about it here when I was experimenting with the pattern.
Mini Scattered quilt in Origin prints
Here it is with the other mini so you can see it with or without a border.
Mini Scattered quilt with or without a border at Freemotion by the River
One more....because I couldn't resist....
Scattered quilt pattern in batiks and also a mini quilt
On Saturday we did a road trip with friends. We ate at Go Fish Marina Bar & Grill in Princeton, IA and also Manny's Too in Fulton, IL.......thank goodness I did a 5 mile Walk Away on Friday! I did a 3 mile one yesterday.
Eating at Go Fish in Princeton Iowa with friends

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Saturday, February 6, 2016

Mini Scattered

Pin It  I had fun making a miniature Scattered quilt. This is the same quilt that is in my header.....just a little bit smaller. It is made with batiks and they are all from my "batik" scrap box.
Scattered quilt pattern redesigned as a miniature quilt in batiks is a little it is on the outside steps.
Scattered quilt pattern in batiks
This photo of the Scattered quilt hanging on my design wall will give you a better idea of the size which is about 23 x 26.
Quilts hanging on my design wall in my new studio
I haven't shown you my desk yet that we finally got moved downstairs. It is right behind my sewing machine.
Quilt studio with design wall and a 8 foot desk
Here is my desk. It is 8 foot long and gets used a lot. See me in the mirror.....I took the photos in my studio last night around 10:30 and didn't use a flash......I never use a flash so this gives you an idea of how much light Builder Bob put in for me. I can't wait for my granddaughters to come over and play Wii here. The large screen is used for Wii, my Walk Away dvds, an occasional movie and also as a screen for my laptop.
8 foot desk in my quilt studio for Wii, exercise, movies and screen for my laptop
Tomorrow I'll pull out the large batik Scattered quilt and try and get a photo of them together. I also finished another miniature one that I'll share.
Soma from Whims and Fancies has started a new linky party called Wandering Camera where you share photos you have taken recently and she also will be sharing tips as her photos are always beautiful. Check it out.

Camera And Photography Linky Party

Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Linky Tuesday

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Today is Linky Tuesday
Sara from My Sewing Room shared these neat blocks for a quilt she is working on and asked for comments on whether or not to use sashing. It is always fun to ask for help from others! Like most I went with no sashing. Thanks for sharing and please grab a Featured button!
My Sewing Room quilt

Texas Quilter from Chopin - A Passionate Quilter shared a fun post talking about football, her troubles with black cats and also showed some beautiful blocks as well as this sewing machine cover. Thanks for sharing and please grab a Featured button!
301 sewing machine cover

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Monday, February 1, 2016

January in Review

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January was a crazy month! Not as many posts as usual and I thought this pile of quilts for Island Batik and Spring Market 2016 was the extent of my finished quilts this month.....until I went back through my posts and found out I had actually made other quilts, blocks and of course works in progress (WIPS). Thank goodness for commitments or who knows what I would have to show!
Sneak peek at my batik quilts for Island Batik's booth at Spring Quilt Market
January was also the month that I moved into my new sewing room or as I refer to it... my quilt studio. Down at the bottom of this post are some photos from blog posts over the month. We are still working on my studio but eventually I will do a complete post on it. Over the weekend I emptied out a storage room, reorganized, cleared things out and refilled it. A lot went into my new room and I am already redoing what is on the shelves at the back of the room. I haven't even shown you my desk space yet! Coming soon!

February will be a busy month with a Island Batik blog hop with lots of giveaways - I will do 2 posts, my AccuQuilt guest post and of course continuing work on the studio! I know there is more but just can't think of them at the moment. Thanks for continuing to follow my ramblings.

Machine Quilting Block Party
Machine Quilting Block Party with Leah Day using Island Batik fabrics
Crystal Cove Swirl Away
Aurifil free January quilt Block of Month made with batiks from Island Batik and the Crystal Cove Collection
Ironing Board Station
DIY ironing board station made from kitchen upper cabinets
Linky Tuesday
Ear plugs used for quilting
Design Wall
Batik Twinkle Stars
free Twinkle Stars quilt block pattern made with batik fabrics
Linky Tuesday
Free Bull quilt pattern from Maartje Quilts in Amsterdam
Ice and Batiks along the river
Island Batik batiks used in Leah Day's Machine Quilting Block Party block
Wall hangings in my new studio
DIY hanging wall hangings in the studio of the covered boards
Linky Tuesday
New DIY quilt studio with White board and shelves
Joyful Jelly Roll
Beautiful batik quilt and Iggy on the deck
Roasted Coffee Table Runner
Roasted Coffee free tutorial for a table runner by Connie Kresin Campbell
Layers of Charm free pattern
Layers of Charm quilt top in the snow free pattern
Carpet is coming
New Quilt Studio getting ready for carpet DIY
Linky Tuesday
Charm Box Free Pattern

Charm Box quilt at Freemotion by the River
2015 in Review
Tutorials, patterns and projects done in 2015 by Freemotion by the River
Moving into the new studio
Moving the cabinets to the new craft room
December in Review
December projects at Freemotion by the River

The Studio - a work in progress - always

Studio - January 29, 2016
DIY Quilt studio design wall with a variety of quilts and projects on it
January 13, 2016
DIY peg board wall for patterns, templates and rulers in my studio

Using the Ikea Algot storage system to hold my AccuQuilt Go! Electric Cutting machine vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine in a table

January 6, 2016
shelves for fabric and books in my quilt studio 8 foot cabinet in my quilt studio for batiks, cottons and books
Carpet is installed in the new quilt studio Installing the carpet in the new quilt studio
January 2, 2016
DIY temporary setup for vintage Singer sewing machine

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