Monday, February 20, 2017

Oh Scrap It’s Out of Control

Apparently ME, MYSELF and I should not be “playing” in the sewing room after midnight.

But the thunderstorm kept me up soooo I decided that the scrap binds were getting too full and stressing me out.

scrap cutting

I spent hours digging in the scrap bins, chopping, and cutting and it still doesn’t seem like anything moved out!!!

How do you get your scraps under control? At what point do you just grab a garbage bag and toss them?

scrap cutting (3)

The up side is that I now have enough strips to make a year’s worth of scrappy binding for charity quilts….and I never got to the yellow, orange, and black binsSurprised smile

scrap cutting (2)
…and enough “I Spy” blocks for at least 4 quiltsSurprised smile

scrap cutting (1)

Saturday, February 18, 2017

PG Tips Ballerina Tutorial

As promised, here’s a tutorial for the ballerina outfit for a PG Tips 6” monkey.

new cameraPG Tips ballerina (2)

This is crochet using an E needle

sl st – slip stitch
ch - chain
hdc – half double crochet
dc – double crochet
tr – triple crochet

You will be crocheting a tube. If you need detailed help here is a great photo tutorial.

1. Chain 34
2. Without twisting the chain, slip stitch in the first chain from the hook creating a ring.
3. Chain 1 (do not turn). Single crochet in each stitch around. At the end sl st in the chain 1. You will have 34 stitches in your row.
5. Repeat step 3 three more times. You will have a total of 4 rows.

new cameraPG Tips ballerina (5)after step 5 you will have this

6. Chain 1 and do the following:

1 sc in the next 13 stitches
1 hdc in the 14th stitch
1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dc in the 15th stitch
1 hdc in the 16th stitch
1 sl st in the 17th stitch
1 hdc in the 18th stitch
1 dc, 1 tr, 1 dc in the 19th stitch
1 hdc in the 20th stitch
1 sc in the next 14 stitches
sl st in the chain 1 from previous round, tie off and hide your tails

new cameraPG Tips ballerina (6)
after step 6 you will have this


You will need a 1/4 yard of tulle. You can make it all one color or alternate strips of two different colors.

1. Cut 34 strips from the tulle approximately 1 1/2” wide and 7” long.
2. Insert the crochet hook through a sc from the inside of the bodice. Fold the tulle strip in half and pull it through the sc. Then pull the “tails” of the tulle through the loop you created. Pull the knot snug.


3. Repeat for each sc around the bottom of the bodice.
4. Do a final trimming of the tulle to a skirt length that you like.

(OPTIONAL) You can add neck ties if you want the dress to stay snuggly in place.

new cameraPG Tips ballerina (12)



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Friday, February 17, 2017

Sewing Super Powers

Did you realize you have SEWING SUPER POWERS?

Those SEWING SUPER POWERS can be put to use for your community. There’re so many wonderful charities to sew for. It’s a great way to share some love and destash at the same time
Isn’t that a wonderful combination?

Kennel Quilts

When the Island Batik Ambassadors were given a challenge to make some kennel quilts I whipped out my Accuquilt cutter, scraps, and ….


…. started some chain piecing. Looks like party streamers!


In about one hour I had 12 little quilts ready to mail.

This is so easy everyone can join in!!

kennel quilt donation

How do you use your SEWING SUPER POWERS?

More Information Please

Island Batik has joined with The Quilt Pattern Magazine, Aurifil Threads, QuiltyBox, Benartex and Hancock’s of Paducah to create the Piece for Shelter Pets initiative. This initiative supports the Petfinder Foundation which works to end euthanasia of adoptable pets through financial contributions made possible by the sale of quilting related products.

The TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team is a volunteer organization sponsored by The Quilt Pattern Magazine that sews small kennel quilts to help animals when disasters strike.
You can learn more HERE.

Of course no matter what charity you decide to use your sewing super powers for be sure to read their guidelines carefully.

Perfect timing!!!
This month I was already sewing for my friend. She’s a foster mom for a local Great Dane shelter and I have 24 blankets ready to go for that too.



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