A published quilt designer, author of two articles, pattern writer, teacher, lecturer, and all things quilty. I love the act of supporting my local charities, creating my quilts and sharing my techniques I've learned and adapting them to an easy way of doing things.
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Hi ambassadors and quilters, it is wonderful to be back in the swing of things this month. I missed participating last month and I was incredibly lucky to hear from all of my fellow ambassadors. This month's Island Batik Challenge is Christmas in July. I want to begin by saying how wonderful it feels, as hot as it has been in the northeast to sew and machine quilt this project.
I decided to go through my stash that we had and that were labeled "share in July"
I looked through my stash and decided to do a table topper with Christmas Bells and Holly leaves.
Picking Stash for the project...
Laying out the design.
Fusing, applique, and quilting the table topper.
Sewing of the binding.
Finishing touches for the binding with some hand work.
Table Topper without the candle...
Winter candle display on the table topper.
I hope you all enjoy this months project and feel free to view posts from my other Ambassadors:
Let be told that it isn't a secret that I am a huge fan of Generation Q Magazine. Jake Finch - Publisher, Co-Founder, Melissa Thompson Maher- Editor-in-Chief, Co-Founder, and Community Editor Teri Lucas and the entire staff are what I would call as pretty neat people. As I went today to get the mail from the mailbox, I was completely surprised to see some yummy mail. Yup, it was my Summer 2016 issue of Generation Q Magazine. It is usually mailed in a plain gold envelope. When I opened the envelope to see my yummy reading material for tonight, I had a smile from ear to ear.
Then I decided to peak through and take a peak at what was in store for me. Then as I was flipping through, I stumbled upon this beauteous photo.
Yup wanna know how psyched I was to see this, I am still jumping around my house with excitement!!!!! See this quilt was in the September/October edition of Generation Q last fall and was shown all over Quilt Market. That quilt is mine, all mine and I am in awe with the fact that the cover of that issue is in a current issue. I was told my Jake Finch that she was blown away when she saw this design and many others were taken aback by the fact I came up with this. Let be said I can surprise when needed...
So I just wanted to share a little eye candy and to send a special thank you to all who follow me and to Generation Q Magazine for showing off this quilt... You all just rock!!!
Evening my quilt peeps. I have to say of all the things I have ever done, being an Island Batik Ambassador is one of my favorite positions I have ever had!!! Being that we get to see what is new and exciting via email makes it more of a treat because we can drool over all the beauty that will be available for sale withing the next few months... Usually fabric & patterns that are featured at Spring Quilt Market will usually be available in the fall and with fabric & patterns shown off at Fall Quilt Market is available late winter early spring. So having the advantage of seeing all the glorious lines of fabric is a definite advantage for sure. This new line of fabric is making me drool uncontrollably. I must admit being a batik hoarder of sorts, makes it hard not to want to order this and every line of fabric. So with this I also want to share with you a few projects from Lunch Box Quilts and Kissed Quilts
About Trout by Lunch Box Quilts
So if you love what you see like I do and you want this check with your local quilt shop to see if they will be getting this in... I think I will have to have a few bolts of this lusciousness in my fabric stash... I may just need a vault for all this fabric I want....
Good afternoon everyone I am thrilled to pieces to share with you the first of three exciting things happening here at Sally's Quilting Corner. As Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City, Utah comes to an end with me back north home in Massachusetts, waiting with baited breath to see all the photos people take and post onto social media. I am especially anxious to see the AccuQuilt Booth #1643. I am happy to announce that AccuQuilt asked me to make a quilt for them and in their booth where they displayed with their Go! Cubes. Woot Woot!!! This quilt named The Cutting Edge!!! was a quilt designed for AccuQuilt. It was displayed at Spring Quilt Market in Salt Lake City. I made this quilt with fabric provided to AccuQuilt by Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
The picture is being shown by AccuQuilt's Project Merchandising Coordinator Loretta Pinkard is a lady I met last October at Fall Quilt Market in Houston, TX. I introduced myself to Loretta and since then I have been collaborated with her on some designs that I soon hope to be accepted. As soon as I hear about an accepted design, I will soon be sharing...
I hope all of you who went to International Quilt Market in Salt Lake City Utah had a successful Market and I do hope you all had a glorious time... For those who will be going to Fall Market in October, I hope to see you there...
May's Challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was Playful Paper Piecing. We had so many ideas that we could have designed from. I decided to do a foundation paper piecing project, though I might embellish my project for a bit of fun. I decided on creating a mug rug, which is a fitting because I drink a ton of coffee and do use mug rugs. However with this project I had some all natural iced tea.
I am pretty happy at how this came out considering I just had surgery a week ago today. The fact I can even sit at a sewing machine after double meniscus repair surgery is wild and I am thrilled I was able to complete this...
This project was named Playful Paper Piecing so who can't have fun playing with shoes.
The fabric I chose for this project just screamed pumps. A shoe I haven't even thought to wear for close to thirty years. But I saw this and just had to make...
Check out the other blogs from other Ambassadors and check out what they have to share.
Well quilters, I am here again to share with you a turning point in my business life. Where would I be if I didn't have the tenacity or drive to go forward. Where would I be if I didn't forge ahead or knock on doors. Many of the people I have run into in life have told me I have been pushy, rude, bothersome, and intimidating. I am blessed to know many of you in this business. I think I have gained great respect from many of you. And I think unless I am completely crazy I think many of you think of me as a down to earth individual.
Today on Facebook, there was a photo with a statement on it that said today is the Close Friend Day"
I am blessed because I received this back to me from one of my Facebook Friends Januari Rhodes. She is a quilter that I met on Facebook and she has given me a ton of guidance with regards to my quilting questions. With many early coffee chats that Januari and I have had, she and I seem to get along quite well here and I hope I get to sometime meet her in person. She seems to be quite down to earth herself.
After chatting today with her and with other people on Facebook I have decided to create a new banding and logo for my quilting business. This will include a new logo, new business cards with new logo, and the logo will follow brochures and post cards. And if that isn't enough maybe a banner will be done sometime. One of my goals is to teach at national shows. I am keeping fingers crossed for AQS week for 2017. I keep my fingers crossed and dreams within reach as I accomplish my goals... I did reached one of my goals this year which I was skeptical that it may even become reality. I hosted my own weekend Spring Quilt Retreat. I have to say it was a huge success and the hotel treated us with 5 star patrons. I can't say enough for the Hampton Inn in Yarmouth, MA. The General Manager of the hotel is the sweetest person I know and making bags for her charity was an easy task, and not a requirement by any means but I was happy to help her out, as I have done in the past... So here goes the grueling task. I will be sharing on social media and posting an update frequently here on my blog. and spreading the word on my newsletters. If you don't already subscribe to my newsletter and want to email me at: email@example.com and in the subject line write Newsletter. Also if you want to see something for sale on my online store. Email me about that too, I would love to hear from you. So I am reaching out to all of you who know and respect me. I am seeking ideas for a new logo. Want this journey to be that of a positive one. I want to hear from you... Give me your thoughts ideas and concerns. I really want to hear from you.... As I will often say to you all stay happy keep smiling, and keep quilting!