Back to School With Island Batik

Oh goody!!!! It is time for another Island Batik blog hop! I always enjoy participating in these. It is so wonderful to see so many talented people come together and share not only beautiful work, but beautiful fabric as well. This hop's theme is Back to School and today's fabric line is Empress Garden.

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Piece and Quilt with Precuts Blog Hop: Twinkling Diamonds

I'm thrilled to be a stop today in the celebration of Christa Watson's new book, Piece and Quilt with Precuts. She is a very talented quilter, and great at writing instructions. My first taste of her instructional style was The Ultimate Guide to Machine Quilting, which she co-wrote with Angela Walters. I was hooked, and when she asked for participants for this hop I jumped at the chance.

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Oh Baby!

It has been quiet on here lately, I know, but what better way to get back in the swing of blogging then showing off a project made with beautiful Island Batik fabrics! This month's event was to create a crib quilt, and of course I knew just what design to use.

Since its creation, I've wanted to make a version of Playful Pachyderm in batiks, but of course I couldn't decide on a single color way so.........I made 3. Yes, you read that right, I made 3 different color ways. 

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A Much Needed Finish

Have you ever just needed to finish something for your sanity? Like the projects just keep piling up but nothing seems to get finished? This is the state I found myself in when starting the March Island Batik Ambassador project. The theme, like last year in March, was Mini Madness. It had to be smaller than 24" x 24", and had to be foundation pieced or english paper pieced. 

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Island Batik New Beginnings Blog Hop

Today is my day to showcase the Island Batik Blushing Blooms collection for the New Beginnings Blog Hop. Now when we were told the theme, I sighed so hard my mom heard me on the other side of the city. New Year's Resolutions, and New Year New Beginnings, and anything along those lines, that happens around the beginning of the year doesn't jive for me. 

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News & Christmas in July - Part 2

Now, I know it is not July, but I’m going to pretend it is, because where in the world did this year go? Has it gone by fast for anyone else? Either way, I had originally hoped to get my Ambassador Christmas in July project quilted before the end of July, but oh well. This is why I start my Christmas projects in July. That way I may actually get them done in time to use for Christmas. What time of year do you work on your holiday projects?

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Pumpkin Fest

Happy Halloween! I'm cutting this Island Batik Ambassador event pretty close (it is still October where I am). I guess it is appropriate that my project theme is Midnight at the Pumpkin Patch! We were asked to create something with pumpkins in it, or using the colors of the pumpkin patch.

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Making All the Pretty Things

Lately I have been suffering from a severe case of writer’s block when it comes to blogging. I sit down and stare at the screen, and stare, and stare, and stare. I want to be more active on the blog so I’m going to show a couple of small things I worked on, current news, and eventually put up posts about the mini swaps I’ve been participating in.

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Folk Art Quilted Traditions Blog Hop

Today I have the honor of participating in the Folk Art Quilted Traditions Blog Hop to celebrate the release of Suzy Webster's new book. Her Folk Art Quilted Traditions book is applique designs based off of Hungarian embroidery. Today is the 3rd day of the hop so if you've missed the first 2 days the links are located at the bottom or the post along with a giveaway from Suzy.

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Frequency Reveal

Introducing my new design, Frequency! It was inspired by the oscillation of electrical currents so I thought a picture near power lines would be fun. My husband was a great sport and let me drag him around to hold this quilt. Thankfully it was overcast which is great for pictures!

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Christmas in July - Part 1

This month the Island Batik Ambassador theme is Christmas in July. Rich foods, warm snuggly quilts, hot beverages, fires in the fire pit. Those are all things that the Christmas season brings to mind, so it is not at all surprising that, with temperatures of 110°+ I wasn’t feeling particularly inspired to make something Christmas related.

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Blossoming Batiks

Oh,  hi there! It has been a while since I’ve posted. Much longer than I had hoped. So let’s talk about that for a second. For a little over a year I’ve been struggling with back issues. I took a tumble down the stairs and that highlighted an injury in my back from my time in the Marine Corps. Healing has been slow because of my natural affinity to find, and trip over, just about anything.

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Chevron Baby Quilt Tutorial

This post has been a while in the making, but I really wanted to do this as a tutorial using the Creative Grids 45/90 Triangle Ruler. Making Half Square Triangles (HST) the traditional way is on my list of loathed activities, this ruler makes them super quick and easy. As an added bonus you can cut your strips 1/2" larger than the finished size of your block (as opposed to 7/8"). This makes it very useful for precuts, and means you can use a slotted strip ruler for faster strip cutting.

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April Showers Challenge

We often hear that April Showers bring May flowers, but I live in the desert, so when we were told to do something that was rain related, or spring themed, I had to google what rain is. Apparently, in some places, water falls from the sky and makes things wet, and helps flowers and plants grow. I'm envious because I would love to see it myself. 

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A long time ago, In a blog far away...

There lived a commander and his 3 furry minions. Their evil overlord was plotting great quilting feats to unleash on the world. Always pressing to the dark side, they were relentlessly pursued.

Ok, so it wasn't A LONG time ago, but wow how this year has flown. Today is the one year anniversary of Desert Bloom Quilting! I had no idea when I wrote my first blog post where I would be today, or that the year would pass by so quickly.

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Phoenix MQG Vitamin D Bee

Yay! I'm finally getting to blog about a few things on my list that have been pending for a while. 

November of last year I finally made it to my first Phoenix MQG Meeting after not making it for almost a year. At that meeting I decided to join for 2016. With a new year starting there were activities to participate in.

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