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My name is Sally Johnson and I adore quilting... I have lived on Cape Cod since 1974 and I am married and have two sons...

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Thrilled to Announce my Fellow Island Batik Ambassador's Accomplishment


Morning Quilters and sewers alike. I am pleased to announce that my friend and Island Batik Ambassador Suzy Webster has released her first book

Suzy Webster has been a quilter since age eight when she arranged some scrap triangles and told her mother, “You should sew it like this.”  She’s been designing quilts from a young age and enjoys being creative.  One of the things Suzy loves about quilting is that the possibilities are endless.
            Suzy lives in Apple Valley, Minnesota with her husband Andrew, two sons (both of whom have already made their first quilts), and two birds.  She teaches fifth grade and enjoys teaching quilting locally. 
She has been entering competitions since college and has many quilt show ribbons to her credit including Road to California, Machine Quilter’s Exposition, The American Quilter’s Society Shows, and International Quilt Festival.  Suzy has also become an Island Batik Ambassador for 2016.
            Suzy loves applique and machine quilting.  They are her favorite parts of quilting.  She even started a blog about applique and quilting to explore new ideas.  Visit Suzy and check out what she’s learned and what she’s working on at her blog:  She loves to see your finished quilts!

Her work is unbelievable. I am excited and cannot wait to receive my copy so I can make some of her projects...

As an Island Batik Ambassador she share with her fellow ambassadors her projects and is always available to chat when we have questions. We currently as ambassadors are doing a Seaside Summer Blog Hop and her work is something that is hard to compete with. This link will bring you to her award winning quilts so head over and check out Suzy's Award Winning Quilts . You won't regret it...

One of my favorite pieces Suzy did was her Floral Kaleidoscope Quilt. Click to see part one of the process as she made her Floral Kaleidoscope Quilt then there are the other 5 steps listed on the right side of her page to view how this quilt grew into a vision of beauty.

One of the items on my bucket list is to meet Suzy and see her work in person. She should be proud of herself, especially in this day in age knowing the up roar of what has happen in the quilt industry lately. So many things are so uncertain in this industry and Suzy didn't let that stop her... She is a power house with her talent...

Congratulations Suzy your fellow ambassadors at Island Batik are proud of you and your accomplishments...

Friday, August 26, 2016

Island Batik Seaside Summer Blog Hop

Why are we just Spoolin' Around!!! Island Batik couldn't have described this line any better:

Grab those buttons and threads and get ready to get silly with the Spoolin’ Around collection by Kathy Engle! Mocha browns, bubblegum pinks and peony purples are only the beginning. There are soda pop bubbly greens and spinning button teal blues just waiting to be paired with a yarn filled macaroon cream or even a swirled watermelon red. You’ll be tied up before you know it with all the possibilities this collection has to offer

Here is the sample of fabric I received in my box and I can't get over how luscious this line really is.
My project for this blog hop is a sewing machine cover for my newly acquired Bernina Activa 131. 

I never made a cover before so I thought I would give this a try. The colors surprisingly are coordinated with a sewing machine mat I am making to go with the cover. Stay tuned for photos in a future post.

The side sewn to the top.

So I took strips of fabric, batting, and a piece of fabric for the back or the inside part of the cover and quilted as I go. I don't have a pattern for this as I kind of made it as I sewed. But I do hope you all like it... 

The side with the cord.

The front of cover.

And as an Endorsed Designer with Sulky Thread this project was sewn with 30 weight Cotton Cream colored thread. And the binding was sewn with 40 weight Polylite thread. 
I just love being an Ambassador with Island Batik and an Endorsed Designer with Sulky, because I get to share my projects that I make using product these two companies send me... 

And with as hot as it has been here in Massachusetts I thought I would share my all natural salsa recipe.

This recipe is all natural because it has no preservatives and I can it. twice a year my sister and I get together to can tomato sauce, dill pickles, bread and butter pickles, apple sauce and salsa.

Black Bean and Corn Salsa

A huge basket of plum tomatoes
jalepino peppers
black beans
And then you will need the stuff like mason jars and a canning kit to can jars of this wonderful stuff. I do a ton of canning and enjoy doing this with my sister Cathy...
Now I hope you all enjoy the remaining blogs:

Friday Aug. 26 Spoolin' Around

Monday Aug 29 - Tide Pools

Tuesday Aug 30 - Wind and Sea

Wednesday Aug 31 - Spring Zing

Thursday Sep 1 - Splash

Friday Sept 2 - Landscapes

Until next month when you see another great Island Batik post. Keep smiling and Keep Quilting from Sally's Quilting Corner

Thursday, August 4, 2016

See What's New With Sulky Thread!!!

Check out the exciting new things happening this month with Sulky Thread:

Check out this video to see what is in store for you when you join in on this class on: