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Monday, December 23, 2019

Island Batik Ambassador Final Post!

Today, Is my very last Island Batik Ambassador post. It's hard to say goodbye to a good thing, now that it is time for me to step aside and let others have a chance to enjoy the pleasures I had over the last couple of years. 

When I started out as an Island Batik Brand Ambassador in 2016, I was just trying to figure out the pattern design business and get my name out there. Over the last several years, the hard and fulfilling work I put into being an Island Batik Ambassador has paid off. Oh, don't worry, I plan to continue designing with Island Batik Fabrics. 

There have been so many highlights over the last 4 years of being an Island Batik Ambassador. Starting off with the biggest highlight, which is the opening of the First and Second box of the gorgeous, yummy, and fun goodies.  Some other highlights are planning your project every month with all the fun and exciting fabrics, learning new tools and techniques that you have not tried before. 

Over the years, several projects that I developed for Island Batik became a published pattern. Such as Beneath the Waves, Welcome Home Pooch, Keeping Watch, Getaway, and Mountain Snowfall.  Check out my website for more information about these patterns.



Let me show you some of the projects I have completed over the last couple of years.

2016


2017


2018


2019


Before I leave, I would like to give Island Batik a huge thank you!  It was a pleasure to serve as one of your Ambassadors. I would like to thank the following Sponsors for the great products they provided us over the years.



I hope you all continue to follow me as a designer and watch as the 2020 Island Batik Ambassadors give us all new and exciting projects.

Tina
"Designs to Inspire"

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Island Batik Ambassador: Happy Galentine's Day!


Happy Galentine’s Day!  The Island Batik Ambassadors are celebrating this holiday with our projects of the year.
  

Galentine's Day was created on a TV series “Park and Recreation” by the Character Leslie Knope.  We are celebrating the love that we have for our girlfriends.  The best day of the year.

Old Picture of the Three of us! Love these Ladies!
I have two beautiful, caring and nurturing best friends in my life.  Lynn and Jean Marie, we characterize ourselves as three witches, because we are always up to something mischievous when seeing each other.
 

Several years ago, I developed two patterns called “Three Witches Brew” and “Road Trip.”  These patterns were inspired by my two best friends.  Each Witch represents us by our favorite colors.


So, when I received the assignment to make a Galentine’s Day project again this year.  I decided to bring the Girls back to celebrate the day.


My Galantine’s Day project measures 12” x12” and uses scraps of Island Batik fabrics from past years; since I still haven’t opened my Ambassador Box.  I plan to open it live on my Facebook page this afternoon (12 February).  Check out the box opening, HERE.



This project was so much fun and easy to make. It will hang on my bulletin board to remind me each day that I'm fortunate to have great friends in my life.  Love you Ladies!!

Happy Galentine's Day everyone!!!

Also please remember to check out the other great Island Batik Ambassador posts from the list below, plus we will be posting another great project this month so keep your eyes for our posts.




Tina

"Designing to Inspire"


Monday, October 30, 2017

Island Batik Challenge: Borders and Binding

Well, I can't believe its almost the end of October this month has gone so fast.  It's time to get my Island Batik Ambassador project posted.  This month the Ambassadors were challenged to make a quilt with some creative borders and bindings.


So, I decided to use the Island Batik Pumpkin Patch Collection that I received in my latest Ambassador Box.  The fabrics give a great fall feel to any project you are working on.   


  After playing with a couple of designs for a couple weeks,  I finally decided on a design that would make a great table topper for any table.

 

The center was fun to make using my Studio 180 Design rulers.  I used the Wing Clipper, Corner Pop and the Tucker Trimmer 1 to make the center.


Now it's time to add the border, which starts with a thin border strip to finish the center.


Now here is how I finished the quilt. The second border was adding flying geese units in the middle with outer squares to ends.  The final border was a repeat border of the first border in size to finish the whole quilt off. 


This Table Topper that measures 27 1/2" x 27 1/2" finished,
 will also work as a wall hanging.



This was a fun and fast project to complete, and with out the creative borders, I feel the quilt would not be complete.  

Tina

P.S. Be sure to check out the other Creative Borders and Bindings from the other Island Batik Ambassadors.



Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
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 Seam to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Blogger's Quilt Festival 2017: Entry #2 Octagon Gems



This week September 18-25, 2017, is the Bloggers Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side. My first entry, A-Mazed! has been already been posted this morning, so now I have finally decided on my second entry for the Festival, so here it is.

What to add glamour to any room in your house then check out my latest pattern "Octagon Gems," my second entry in the Bloggers Quilt Festival at Amy's Creative Side


"Octagon Gems", 56" x 56"

This 56"x 56" quilt is featured in the Spring/Summer 2017, Island Batik Catalog.  The image above uses the Island Batik "Bonsai" Collection.

This intermediate pieced pattern uses a combination of half rectangle triangles, flying geese, and half square triangles to make up the two blocks in the quilt. 

Block 1

Block 2
I used the following Bloc_LocⓇ Rulers to make this quilt.  Half Square Triangle Rulers 2 1/2", Flying Geese Ruler 2 1/2" x 4 1/2", and the Half Rectangle Triangle ruler 4 1/2" x 8 1/2". 

Bloc_LocⓇ Ruler: Half Rectangle Triangle

Fun Fact: When I designed this quilt, I had never made a Half Rectangle Triangle in my life.  Yes, I did make one as a test before submitting the quilt design to Island Batiks.

The fabrics in this quilt make the quilt glamour. What color schemes would you use to make this quilt. I would love to hear, please comment below.

Be sure to check out the other great quilts and my first entry in the Bloggers Quilt Festival 2017 at Amy's Creative Side.

Tina


Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Octagon Gems, by Quilting Affection Designs
Size: 56" x 56"
Fabrics: Island Batik "Bonsai"
Quilted By: Tina Dillard, Quilting Affection Designs
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner, Intermediate

Blogger's Quilt Festival 2017: Entry #1 A-mazed!



My first entry for the Blogger's Quilt Festival 2017 is "A-Mazed!". During my first year as an Island Batik Ambassador, I able to start designing with Island Batik fabrics catalogs.  A-Mazed! was one of my first quilts I designed with Island Batik Fabrics and was first released for the Island Batik Fall/Winter 2016 Catalog. The quilt measures 59" x 59" when completed. The fabrics used in this picture are from the Island Batik "Drizzle" Collection.


A-Mazed! 59" x 59"
This amazing quilt may look complicated but it really it isn't hard at all.  This modern pieced pattern uses a combination of half square triangles and flying geese. There are four different blocks that you make from the half square triangles and flying geese units. For this quilt, I used the following Bloc_LocⓇ Rulers Half Square Triangle Ruler - 4 1/2” or larger
Bloc_Loc Rulers® Flying Geese Ruler - 3 1/2” x 6 1/2”. 

Example of the first block below:

Block 1 - Example
This was a fun quilt to design in EQ7.  I would play with the blocks and the colors until they flowed together.  I love to play with colors a lot with my designing, here is a couple of alternate color schemes. 


Alternate #1

Alternate #2

Alternate #3

I hope you enjoyed my introduction to A-Mazed! An amazing quilt that looks complicated but really it is not.  

Be sure to check out the other great quilts on the Bloggers Quilt Festival 2017 at Amy's Creative Side.

Tina

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: A-Mazed! By Quilting Affection Designs
Size: 59" x 59"
Fabrics: Island Batik "Drizzle Collection"
Quilted By: Tina Dillard, Quilting Affection Designs
Skill Level: Advanced Beginner, Intermediate




Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Island Batik Ambassador Curvalicious Quilts.

June is the month of Curves for the Island Batik Ambassadors.  The goal for everyone was to make a Curve Piecing project of any size.  

Curves wow, there are lots of ways to make curves.  I have three different rulers that can make Curves and probably a few more if I looked around my sewing room.  I have the Leaves Galore rulers by Sue Pelland, Bloc_Loc® Drunkards Path rulers, and Quick Curve Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful. 

I decided I wanted to play with something new, so I chose the Sew Kind of Wonderful Quick Curve Ruler.  Then I went to the Sew Wonderful website and watched a couple videos on how to use and sew the curves, which are great videos. Then I started playing with EQ7 and came up with an idea.

My project uses the remainder of the Pressed Petals strips used in the Modern Challenge the month before.  I also used the accent colors that came with the strip collection. So I went with a modified melon shape, by cutting the melon in half and adding another strip set in the middle. The quilt measured 35” x 30” when finished. 

Well here is the ending result of my first attempted using the Quick Curve Ruler. 



I found the ruler easy to use and the sewing was not difficult because there was no pinning or extra clipping needed.  Just make sure you go slow at first. 


Have you used the Quick Curve Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful? What is your favorite curve ruler?  I would like to hear.


Also, make sure you check out the other Island Batik Ambassadors Projects:

Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
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 Seam to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore

See you next month for another great challenge.



Sunday, April 30, 2017

Adventurous Applique

I just finished my Island Batik project for April just in time.  This month's theme was "Adventurous Applique".  I started this project earlier this month and I finished quilting and binding this project this week.

In February, I picked up a new ruler set, with project book, for the Bloomin' Cogwheel Rulers. So I wanted to try something different this month to make a couple plates with the new rulers.  I had no real plan, just started looking at some of the plate designs in the book.  I knew I wanted to make something that was small, maybe something for a table.  After, deciding on a idea from the book, I needed to pick the fabric, which is very hard at times for me.  


Once my fabric was picked out I made a couple strip sets out of my Island Batik Stash builder rolls.
  

Using the grooves in the cogwheel rulers, I began cutting all my blades.  


Then I began to make the points on the alternating blades, and rounded the ends of the other blades. 


Once the points were made I started sewing all the blades together to make partial plates.  Which is a little different.  Each plate was made different, then placed on a piece of background fabric for the applique part.  


Using Superior Threads, Fantastico multi-color thread, I machine appliqued the plates and extra blades to the fabric.


The finished project looks like this, just little sample of what I can make from the Bloomin' Cogwheel Rulers.  I'm looking forward to getting away from applique, and getting back to piecing next month for May's Challenge.

Make sure you check out the other Island Batik Ambassadors fantastic projects for this month.

Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
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 Seam to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore 


Also, make sure you check out my first appearance in the QuiltMaker's 100 Blocks Vol 15, magazine due in the stores tomorrow May 1st. I have a cute little bear for you.  I will be blogging and giving away of one copy to one lucky person starting tomorrow.

Tina

#adventurousapplique #islandbatik
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