Monday, February 6, 2017

I am one of the newest Ambassadors for Island Batik Fabrics.

Yes. You read the title of this post right. I am an ambassador for Island Batik fabrics. In a few days I should be getting a box full of beautiful fabrics from them. I am so excited for this adventure. One of the best things for my readers is I will be doing some fun giveaways with the fabrics. You will also get to see some new designs from myself as well as other ambassadors.

So, how did this happen?  I am glad you asked.  Back in December, someone who was an ambassador posted a link that they were accepting applications for new ambassadors.  I thought, "I have nothing to lose, why not try?" So I did.  I was so excited the day I got the email.  I really am looking forward to this journey.  As I have read through the plans for the year, I realize this is going to be a challenge at times, but a good one as it will help me grow.  A lot of the quilts that are done with the batiks seem to be more modern.  I learned to quilt 40 ish years ago, and I am more of the traditional quilter and usually go for more of the florals and calicos.  But, hey, it is good to grow and take on new challenges right?

One of the challenges this month is actually to make some Kennel quilts.  These quilts finish at 12" x 18" and fit in portable kennel cages. These are for animals that are rescued by shelters.  I am working on designs right now for some fun ones and would like to make as many as I can.  If you want to help, please let me know, and I can pass along the information.

This is a little about the Kennel Quilts program: In 2016, Island Batik joined forces with an existing group of industry partners and supporters of the Petfinder Foundation to create the Piece for Shelter Pets (PFSP) initiative. The initiative supports the Petfinder Foundation, a “public charity that works to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets by assisting animal shelters and rescue groups across North America”, through financial contributions made possible by the sale of fabric, thread, and other quilting related products. PFSP sponsors include The Quilt Pattern Magazine, Island Batik, Aurifil Threads, QuiltyBox, Benartex, and Hancock’s of Paducah.

You can donate to your own shelter, or there is this one that is in need:
Bark and Roll Rescue Companions
3105 Shadows Lake Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA  70816

If you don't sew or quilt and want to donate, please contact me at

Thanks for sharing in this new challenge with me, and please stay tuned to this blog, because I will be doing some fun giveaways.


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

2017 Q1 finish along proposed finishes

So,  in a recent post on my instagram  @kathyskwiltsandmore I mentioned that I had chosen 2, really 3 words for the year. The 2 words were organize and finish. To accomplish these 2 words, I then need to add a 3rd word and that would be planning.

You can read that post by going to my instagram @kathyskwiltsandmore.

With that brief introduction, we now get back to the 2 words of organize and finish. In trying to organize my sewing room, I started gathering my works in progress (WIPs). There are a lot. So, I am now moving to the word finish. To help me do that, I am joining the 2017 finish along.   I am choosing some of the quilts I would like to get finished. The only problem, I will lose my PhD,  because I won't have projects that are half done.  The best part is my quilts and other projects can be loved by the people who get them.

These are the projects I am aiming to work on this quarter.  There are a lot, but some of them just need  the binding and they will be done. So, here we go.

1.  The Tardis quilt. I just need to put panes on the windows and bind.

2. The Metro medallion quilt.  I have a lot of blocks made for this one, I have ideas of how I want to quilt it, so I just need to get it done.

3.  Chevron quilt for a friend. Will be done this quarter. I have to add a few more rows, then quilt. Quilting idea is in my mind and a file in my computer.

4.  This one is cut out and almost together.  Making it for a grandson.

5.  This one is have the fabric for. Making it for at least 2 grandsons, maybe 3. The 3rd grandson is due in March. Would be fun for all 3 boys to have matching quilts.

6.  Needs one more square and this one is ready to put together and quilt.

7.  My peacock quilt and quilted shams. This is going to go on my bed.

8.  Just needs a bit more quilting and then binding.

9.  Just needs binding.

10.  This one is ready to quilt and bind. I have quilting ideas in my mind.

11. The Eagle quilt.  Need to finish piecing, then quilt and bind.

12. Ready for binding

13.  Another ready for binding.

14.  Finish borders, quilt and bind. This is the humming bird quilt.

15. Just need to finish quilting and bind. For a grandson.

16. Just need to bind.

17. Need to quilt the borders and bind.

18.  Need to finish quilting and then bind.

18 projects, in about 12 weeks. Some will go faster than others. I will blog about each one as I get them done.

Thursday, December 29, 2016

2017 quilting/blogging goals

I have a hard time setting and meeting goals, however I know that if I plan then things really do go better for me. I think the reason I have a hard time planning, is because I just want to do everything.

One of my biggest goals I am working on for 2017 is to get good enough at my quilting that I can quilt for others as well as designers.

I have taken a notebook and started planning some of my goals for next year.

I want to make a metro medallion quilt by @sewkindofwonderfuljenny. I love using their quick curve ruler.

Practice quilting designs daily. One thing I will do is have a notebook handy and practice drawing quilting designs. I have a big stack of quilts to practice on.

 Another thing I will do is some whole cloth quilts. I will draw out areas on the quilt and do different designs.

Also make a notebook of quilting samples. This let's me show people what I can do and gives them a closer look at my work.

Pattern testing for designers. I did some of this in 2016 and want to do it again. I found it was hard to keep up with several at one time, along with full time work. This year I will schedule my time better. And if I know we are getting swamped at work, I know not to try to do too many.

I also want to publish 2 patterns I have been working on.

In 2016 I participated in a new bloggers hop. I had so much fun and learned a lot. I want to apply again, and really improve my blogging skills.

I will also be sharing more tips and techniques on my blog throughout 2017. And would like to do more tutorials.

I am linking up with Yvonne and her 2017 planning linky party.

Monday, October 24, 2016

4th quarter 2016 proposed finishes

Well, I didn't do so hot with finishes for the 3rd quarter. I got 1 quilt done. So, the list moves on, and I added more quilts to be done. These are in no particular order.

1. Metro Medallion by sew kind of wonderful.  This quilt is being done for a wedding at the end of the year. I am doing their wedding colors and favorite colors.

2. I call this one the Eagle quilt. Pattern being used is Frayed Edges from patterns by Jen. This is planned for a Christmas gift. 

3. Churn dash. This one is for a wedding and will be done in the wedding colors. I have just a couple of blocks cut for this one. But I will be getting more done soon.

4.  This is one of two Christmas  quilts I am working on. This one is ready for quilting. Yay!!

5. This is another Christmas quilt.

6.  This one is on the frame right now.  It is a dragon quilt, made from my own pattern. I am quilting it with stars.

7. This is a wall hanging for one of my daughters. Just needs the binding to be finished.  I may do some quilting on the dress. Binding in yellow.

cinderella wall hanging

8.  This one is ready for binding.

9.  I have those one almost ready for quilting. I just can't remember where I put it. I need to find it because it is for a grandson.

10.  Another one ready for quilting.

This is part one of my list. I have more to do, and more on my proposed list over on my instagram account @kathyskwiltsandmore.   I need to train my body for some long nights ahead of me. A lot of what I accomplish depends on work. If we have a lot of overtime, I won't get a lot done.

Linking up with Rhonda at
Monday Making
Let's Be Social

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

2016 Cloud9 new block blog hop

Earlier this year I had a great opportunity to participate in a new bloggers blog hop. Through this, I learned more about blogging. We had some great hosts Yvonne @, Stephanie @ and Cheryl @ Now they are hosting another great blog hop for us. This one is a challenge, to design a new quilt block., generously donated a bundle of fat quarters to 70 designers for the #2016cloud9newblock blog hop. They gave us all the same colors of fabrics from the cirrus collection. These are organic fabrics and they are fun to work with. 

We had to use at least 3 of the 5 colors in our blocks. The blocks will be sent to one of the hosts and they will be put into some charity quilts. It is hard to come up with new blocks. We were given some resources to help us.

 I ended up using two of my favorite blocks and my quilt block is called "Pinwheel in a snowball". I had fun creating this block, and am going to design a quilt pattern based on it. 

Click here for a free PDF download of this block from craftsy.

Cutting instructions: these are based on using fat quarters. 
4 – 4” squares of two colors. (You will need 2 light and 2 dark colors) my colors are Amazon (dark) and sky (light). 

From a contrasting color, (mine was Shadow)  cut 3 - 3 ½” strips, then sub cut the following:

2 – 3 ½” x 6 ½”

2 – 3 ½” x 12 ½”
4 - 3 1/2 inch squares from a 4th color (mine was Iris) 

Take your lightest squares and draw a line corner to corner on the wrong side of the fabric.

Put 1 light and 1 dark square rights sides together. Sew ¼” on both sides of the line. Then cut along the marked line. Press the seams to the dark side.


Take the 2 HST's (Half Square Triangles) you just made, and put them next to each other so you have a dark and light next to each other, like this:

 Put right sides together and sew with a ¼” seam allowance. Yours seams will meet at the bottom. Repeat with the other 2 HST's.

Put your 2 sections together, matching the center seams and stitch at ¼” seam allowance.

Open up the finished pinwheel. Press the seam open, so it will lay flat. 

Finished pinwheel should measure 6 ½” square.
From your 3 ½” strips of the contrasting fabric. Sew the 6 ½” strips on right and left sides of the pinwheel, using a ¼” seam allowance. Press the seams away from the center block.

6 1/2" strips being sewn on 1 side of square. Do this same procedure on the other side. 

From the 3 ½” strips of the contrasting fabric. Sew the 12 ½” strips to the top and bottom of the pinwheel. Press seams away from the center block.

12 1/2" strips being sewn to the top. You will also do this on the bottom. 

We are almost done, but we need to make our block into a snowball. Using the 4 – 3 ½” squares. Draw a line down the center of the block, and lay each in a corner of your block. Sew about 1/8” from the line, on the right side of the line, then when it is pressed, it will line up with your block.

Trim all four corners ¼” from the seam. And press. You now have a pinwheel in the snowball.

This block was made by my tester Krystal.

This block was made by tester Cindy.

These are 2 of my favorite blocks. Keep and eye on my blog, because I will be doing a pattern with this block and it will be for sale soon.

I would love to see the blocks you create from this tutorial. If you are on instagram, follow me @kathyskwiltsandmore and share there under #pinwheelinasnowball or send me your pictures in am email at or let me know your blog address and post a blog about it
A great big thank you to my testers Krystal and Cindy. They did a great job and gave lots of feedback.

To get more free patterns go to these sites:

Host: Yvonne @Quilting Jetgirl


Host: Cheryl @Meadow Mist Designs


Host: Stephanie @Late Night Quilter


Sunday, August 21, 2016

One Lovely blog award

A couple of weeks ago, I was nominated by my friend Jen over at  Jen and I met as we were doing the 2016 new bloggers blog hop. Thanks Jen for nominating my blog.

So we are supposed to share 7 things about ourselves. So, here it goes:

1. Quilting really is my passion. I enjoy all aspects of quilting. I really like testing patterns for quilt designers, and these are just a few I am doing.
This is on I am doing for Tammy at

This is the fabric selection for another quilt I am testing for

This one is for Jen at #patternsbyjen.

This is my fabric selection for a pattern test for

2. I am a professional seamstress. We make all sorts of things for events, tradeshows, etc.

3. My family brings great joy to me.

4. I am an early riser, even on weekends. I love taking a walk in the quiet, peaceful mornings.
This is a view from one of my recent morning walks. 

5. I just recently published my first quilt pattern on craftsy. If you would like to view or purchase it you can do so here.

6. When it comes to sewing and quilting, and people ask me to do something, I tend to not know the word "No". This is a dress that I will be making for one of my granddaughters to wear to an upcoming wedding.

7. I really enjoy blogging about the quilts I make.

As you may notice, I like to stay busy. I don't watch a lot of t.v. and my quilting is really very relaxing to me.

I also need to nominate some other bloggers.
These are just some of the bloggers I like to follow: