Pixelating Blog Hop

I am a nerd by nature, and making a pixel quilt has always been on my list of things I want to make so when Quiltoni asked me to be a part of her blog hop to showcase her new book I jumped at the chance. She has written a book called Designing Block Quilts that will help anyone make their own pixel quilt from scratch. It contains methodologies, tips, and tricks to help you make your own unique creation from start to finish.

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Creative Spaces Blog Hop: Week 6

Wow! I can't believe we are already on week 6 of the Creative Spaces Blog Hop! Where did the time go? This really has been a fun blog hop to participate in. It has been nice to learn from other designers and have a chance to share my space with everyone! A big thank you to Cherry Blossom Quilting & Tamarinis for organizing such a great hop! This, our final week, we are talking about rulers and tools!

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Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop - Eclectic Garden

Oh, the great outdoors. This time of year in Arizona we only dream of going outside and experiencing this. Thankfully this blog hop not only lets you enjoy the beauty of the great outdoors from the air conditioning, but we also get to drool over beautiful Island Batik fabric! What can get any better than that?

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Creative Spaces Blog Hop: Week 5

Thread, thread, and more thread (and I guess buttons, zippers, and ribbon too) is the theme for this week on the Creative Spaces Blog Hop. A year or so ago I would have thought this was a strange topic with not a lot to show, but of course as time goes on my thread collection grows. Not only in color, but in spool size and different thread weights as well. As far as thread brands go I am pretty much a 1 trick pony though. I pretty much sew with Aurifil thread. 

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Creative Spaces Blog Hop: Week 4

Fabric, fabric, and more fabric. There is no such thing as too much fabric, right?! This week's topic for the Creative Spaces Blog Hop is Fabric & Scrap storage. This is something I have struggled with in the past. Mostly, I had bins of folded fabric all throughout and a basket to throw my scraps in, but recently it has become more organized.

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Solar Flare - Secondary Pattern Challenge

This month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge is Pattern Play - Secondary Pattern Challenge. The whole idea behind this challenge is to create a quilt where, when the blocks are put together, an unexpected pattern emerges. This by far has to be my favorite challenge of all, because it is one of my favorite things to do in design, and fundamental to creating any mystery quilt I run on my website (because it makes it harder to guess the finished design).

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Creative Spaces Blog Hop: Week 2

Welcome to my post for Week 2 of the Creative Spaces Blog Hop. Our theme this week is Favorite Tools. Can there be a harder topic to write about? I mean really, aren’t all our tools great. Personally, I find it hard to pick a favorite, so I narrowed it down to 5.

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2018 Island Batik Ambassador Box 2

It is that time again! The second box of goodies arrived from Island Batik. It actually arrived last Tuesday, but I was in the middle of cleaning up for the Creative Spaces Blog Hop, hosted by Cherry Blossoms Studio Tamarinis. Since I had a lot to do I decided to wait to open it till I had gotten some semblance or order. 

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Creative Spaces Blog Hop: Week 1

This is the first week of the Creative Spaces Blog Hop and our topic for this week is Studio Cleanup. The hop will go for a total of 6 weeks and will cover a good variety of topics around our creative space. There are a lot of talented creative professionals participating. There are also some really great giveaways so be sure to visit everyone!

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Island Batik Ambassador Event - Playful Pillows

Pillows, pillows everywhere. This month in the Island Batik Ambassador world we are making Playful Pillows! Any size and shape would do. They are so much fun to make, but I always seem to have a hard time squeezing them into my sewing schedule.

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Go With the Flow

Did you know there are only 28 days in February? I mean, I'm sure we all know there are 28 days (29 in a leap year), but does it really register until it is the 28th and the next day is March? For me the answer is no. In my mind, somehow, I thought I had at least 2 more days for the monthly challenge. Thank goodness I didn't leave it till the last day!

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Island Batik Ambassador Unboxing

So, I applied to be an Island Batik Ambassador again in 2018 and was happy when I found out that I was accepted back! It is such a fun program and I find my fellow Ambassadors wonderfully creative and inspirational. The monthly challenges also help me to exercise my creativity in ways I would have never thought of without the monthly challenges.

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Gifts and Goals

Last weekend was the Arizona Quilter's Guild Fall Meeting. For those that aren't familiar with AQG, it is HUGE. The guild spans the state with chapters that meet all over the place. Because of the size of the guild, there are only 2 meetings a year that encompass all the chapters. One in fall, and one in spring. This one was close, and I was asked to be there to vend for Bernina Connection. Since I wanted to attend this worked out great.

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Sand Crabs - Blogger's Quilt Festival

It is that time of year again. The Blogger's Quilt Festival over on Amy's Creative Side is happening!

If you are new to this event, it is totally worth hopping over. Each year she hosts the festival, and there are tons of amazing quilters that link up and add their wonderful creations all in one place. Each quilt blogger can enter up to two quilts each festival.

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