Monday, October 9, 2017

Creative Borders and Bindings

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors have been playing with creative borders and bindings.

Flutter shown in the Spoolin Around collection.

Creative Borders and Binding Graphic

Don’t be afraid to play with your borders!
You might just find something fun along the way.

My go to for border play is Electric Quilt. It’s so easy to change things in real time. My other favorite border references are The Border Workbook by Janet Kime (ISBN 1-56477-184-9) and Pieced Borders by Judy Martin (ISBN 0-929589-03-3).

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Come play along with my Flutter block…
I started with simple plain borders. It’s just OK. Nothing exciting.


Hmmm, how about some border blocks. Wow big change ~ right.


Maybe some inside blocks too. Umm NO. Way too distracting.


How about circles instead of blocks…Hey, I like it!!!


How about something a little more soothing.
Shown in the new Autumn Grace collection.

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But why stop there….

Don’t be afraid to try your borders at a different angle too.


Amazing how different it looks ~ right!

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         Tulip Time featured in The Quilts from Quiltmaker’s 100 Blocks magazine vol. 13. Shown in blenders and basics.

Be sure to visit all the Island Batik Ambassadors for
more border and binding fun.

Nan from Purrfect Spots Designs
Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Anna from Ark Angel Creations
Kathy from Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Sharon from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Tina from Quilting Affection Designs
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Sally from Sally’s Quilting Corner
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Joan from Moosestash Quilting
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marian from Seams to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts  DON’T MISS THIS ONE
Linda from Inspired Layers
Vicki from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Terri from Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Suzy from Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore

Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Look What They Made….

Some very talented ladies from The Fab Friends Facebook group are ENJOYING a lovely retreat at the YMCA of the Rockies Long Peak Lodge. What a view while sewing!!!

ymca of the rockies taken by sandy farquharA view of The Mummy Range in the Rocky Mountain National Park taken by Sandy F.

Sadly, I wasn’t there but guess who was…Mr. October!

Made by Cindi Y.
She added a little spider and cobweb dangling on his hat for extra fun.

Cindi Y

Made by Lucy J.
She finished both of my Mr. October designs.
Hmmm, the “strip search” sign is kind of conveniently placed. LOL.

Lucy J

Made by Maureen E.
She added lots of extras…cobwebs, spider, bats, and a pumpkin face.
The pumpkin face made me giggle.

Maureen E

THANK YOU for sharing your fun photos!!!

Monday, September 25, 2017

STBS Christmas Caroling Row Along and Give Away

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Welcome back to the Christmas Caroling Row Along! This is my second row.
You can find my first row HERE if you missed it.

Family traditions, do you have them? 
We always have fish on Christmas Eve, festa dei sette pesci or feast of the seven fishes, and cannoli’s for desert on Christmas day. Now I’m not talking any ol’ cannoli, I’m talking about a cannoli from Termini Bro in Philadelphia. Anybody know what I mean? My mouth is watering…

This image is not a Termini Bro Cannoli


Can you guess the song I picked this time?
It’s not as popular so you have to REALLY know your songs.

dominick row

Did you guess Dominick the Donkey?
If you did you’re a holiday song super star!
If you’ve never heard it you can listen
HERE ~ warning you’ll be humming it all day

Finished row size is  12” x 30”

Download the FREE row from my Craftsy shop HERE.

 Dominick the Donkey - FunThreads Designs
Sorry I didn’t get the binding on…


Background fabric for this row is Northcott’s The Magic of Christmas collection,
sku# 21701-44

A huge THANK YOU to Northcott for generously providing all the designers in this hop, and there are a lot of us, with their row fabrics. Be sure to thank all our sponsors for making fun events like this possible for you.


Helpful Tips

The pattern includes placement guides for the donkey and Santa. I suggest sliding it under an applique pressing sheet like I previously demonstrated with the elves. That way you can pre-fuse your donkey and Santa into one unit which makes placing them on the block much easier.


If you made something from one of my rows I’d love to see and share it on my blog. We all hope you’ve enjoyed this year’s hop!!

Give Away

Michael Miller Llama Navidad Bundle to one random winner.
Enter the Rafflecopter below for a chance to win….

Michael Miller Llama Navidad

Shipping Is Anywhere / Shipping Cost must be paid by winner.
Value $40.00
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a Rafflecopter giveaway

For more great give aways hop over to Seams To Be Sew blog and the other designers listed below.

Guidelines and Rules provided by Seams to Be Sew for give aways. Please take the time to read it.

  • Give away is for a Martelli Rotary Cutter and 5 Blade Pack to one winner chosen at random.
  • Giveaways offered by sponsors are assigned to the various bloggers for their featured day. There are no prior announcements on who is doing which sponsor except to the sponsor themselves.
  • You'll have to visit the blog or the featured blog to enter the giveaways. Not all giveaways can be entered at Seams To Be Sew.
  • I will start announcing winners on September 12, 2017, and finish announcing winners on October 12, 2017. In most cases, the blog where you won at also will announce their
  • Winner picked at random via Rafflecopter at the end of the day October 3. Winner will receive notification via email. You must give a valid email address when you enter the giveaways, any email returned to me, loses the ability to win automatically.
  • You are given 3 days to answer the email, if you do not answer within 3 days a new winner will be drawn. Check those spam/junk mail folders, you may miss that winning email if you don't do so because there are no exceptions to this rule.
  • If you are notified that you are a winner, in most cases, you will need to provide your name, address, city, state, zip code, country, telephone number, and email address.
  • With the exception of Show and Tell Day, all giveaways run for approximately one week.
  • In some cases, you will be asked to comment on the blog to enter the giveaway... do the right thing and thank them for the time it took to create the pattern, thank them for the pattern and...
  • Thank the sponsor by buying their products for the giveaways. This helps them continue to offer great prizes for these types of events. You can also comment on their social media pages. Even if you don't win, letting them know you love their products is a huge incentive and they really do love hearing from you.
  • No purchase whatsoever is necessary.
  • You must be 18+ in order to win a gift.
  • You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win. Prizes valued at $500.00 should be claimed.
  • All winners are chosen at random.
  • All winners will be announced on the blogs via the Rafflecopter entry form and/or post by the blogger at the site where they won and here at [Seams To Be Sew](  All winners must allow for their first name and first initial of their last name to be announced on this blog.
  • Odds of Winning a prize are based on a total number of rafflecopter entries during each week and in total for all giveaways.
  • This giveaway is void where prohibited by law.
  • Participating bloggers may enter any of the giveaways.
  • The word giveaways in the rules and guidelines are also known as sweepstakes.
  • Most of the giveaways are international shipping this year
    in some cases, you will be asked to pay for shipping your giveaways. I am not rich and I do not ask sponsors for money, they provide prizes only. If they shipped the prize to me, you will be asked to pay for shipping
  • All giveaways will be shipped that are in my home within 48 hours of my having heard from you.
  • An invoice will be sent to you via Paypal, and shipping will take place via Paypal, so your Paypal email will be needed to send the invoice. You will receive a tracking number except for overseas shipments. All shipping will either be first class which averages out at 2.77 to 4.00 up to 13 ounces. Paypal fees are added to that amount to cover that fee. All fabric bundles from Michael Miller, Hoffman, and Moda will be shipped via Priority Mail to protect the fabric itself.
  • Please note, every effort is made to protect the prizes. They go into a plastic bin when I receive them, and it is covered by an air tight cover. I have a dog in my home and I have a smoker in my home, so I do everything possible to protect the prizes.
  • Most companies are very good about getting prizes off to customers quickly also, but some companies are overseas, so please allow all sponsors a 2-week time period before you report to me that you still haven't received your prize. When the company is overseas, it can take 6 weeks to 90 days for an item to also arrive.
  • Whether or not you read the above, the rules for giveaways are in place to protect everyone. I do not want to hear you didn't read them, they will be posted on my blog daily during each featured day. There is no excuse for not reading them.

    Please visit all the wonderful blogger/designers
    Some rows will only be FREE during it’s featured post time.

    Tuesday, September 5, 2017
    Quilting Affection
    Any Pattern
    Just Let Me Quilt
    Quilt In Piece
    Kissed Quilts

Thursday, September 7, 2017
Daydreams of Quilts
Seams To Be Sew
Be A Quilter
Creatin’ in the Sticks
Fun Threads

Tuesday, September 12, 2017
Sew Incredibly Crazy
Masterpiece Quilting
Sugarlane Designs
Happy Sewing Room

Thursday, September 14, 2017
Barbara Dieges
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
The Quilted Snail
Ms. P. Designs USA   (sponsored by Just Let Me Quilt)

Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Jaded Spade Creations
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
UlaSewing / SzycieUli
From Blank Pages

Thursday, September 21, 2017
Martina Latimer
Quilt Fabrication
Patchwork Breeze
Patti’s Patchwork
Miss Loreen’s Schoolhouse

Tuesday, September 26, 2017
Cheryl LaPlante  (sponsored byQuilt In Piece)
Morning Glory
Pampered Pettit
Fun Threads

Thursday, September 28, 2017
Mountain Meadow Designs
Quilt Art
Made By Marney
Renee’s Quilting Addiction

Tuesday, October 3, 2017
MaryMack’s Blog
Kathys Kwilts and More
Pamela Quilts
Duck Creek Mountain Quilting
Heleen Pinkster

Thursday, October 5, 2017
Seams To Be Sew
A Dream and A Stitch
Upstairs Hobby Room
Words & Stitches