Monday, May 20, 2024

Candy Corn Stars - May Island Batik Ambassador Challenge



 This month's challenge is Paper Pieced Celebrations!! A great opportunity to play with a great Halloween Collection and experiment with one of my favorite techniques. I decided to do a modern makeover on an antique quilt. 

Here's a peek at the piecing.

So here was the challenge

and the BOOTIFUL Fabrics with which I got to work. It is a fabulous Halloween Collection!!!  

I have several antique hexagon quilts but I decided to recreate this antique hexagon beauty from my sister Donna's collection. Here's when we first saw it on Instagram. Stay tuned for pictures of the old and the new together.


You can see I needed to do lots of cutting and piecing.

 I started out strip piecing - sewing on straight lines on lengths of  freezer paper and then I decided to try something new. I copied a ruler onto copy paper, taped several together, and simply sewed on the lines 

 I started out foundation paper piecing/strip piecing - sewing on straight lines drawn on freezer paper and then I decided to try something new. I copied a ruler onto copy paper and simply sewed on the lines. It was pretty easy and relaxed sewing. 


And look at the results.

Lots of points coming together for perfect paper piecing.

Figuring out the stars from my strip sets.

Playing with designs.

The black/orange star.

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And one of the purple stars.

And here's the full quilt. Taken outside in a thunder and lightning storm. Perfect Halloween weather.
Candy Corn Stars
50" x 60"
May 2024
Sandra Starley
Original pattern - an adaptation of an antique pattern

Fabrics: All 20 of the Island Batik Bootiful Collection 
Piecing Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
Piecing with Schmetz Needles
 Pressing with Smart Iron from Oliso 
Batting: I will be using Hobbs Tuscany Wool 

Visit Island Batik  for giveaways of the awesome new fabrics we Ambassadors are using and to see all our creations for the May Blog Hop

(Winter’23 collections

Week 3:


May 20:

Hatziioannidi, Mania Bootiful

Starley, Sandra Bootiful


May 21:

McAuliffe, Maryellen Snowed In

Atkinson, Renee Snowed In


May 22:

Jamieson-Hirst, Kim The Grove

Looney, Denise The Grove


May 23:

Thomas, Jennifer Woodland Holiday

Stanek, Carol Woodland Holiday



May 24: 

(Island Batik: End of Blog Hop + Final Round Up)


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Week 1:


May 6:

Boatright, Pamela Reflections

Pitcher, Sarah Reflections


May 7:

Russel, Lana Dots and Doodles

Johnson, Victoria Dots and Doodles

Webster, Suzy Dots and Doodles


May 8:

Kresin Campbell, Connie Fall Gatherings

Fisher, Brittany Fall Gatherings


May 9:

Alburl, Brenda Fire and Ice

Harris, Preeti Fire and Ice


May 10:

(Island Batik posts: Blog Hop Week 1 Round Up + giveaway)


Week 2:

May 13:

Best, Megan Lavandin

Malasky, Leah Lavandin

Kauffman, Connie Lavandin


May 14:

Pickering, Lisa Oasis

Schweri, Julia Oasis


May 15:

Leachman, Emily Peppermint Sprinkles   

Sheppard, Gail Peppermint Sprinkles


May 16:

Deshensky, Susan Prisms

Hauprich, Jane Prisms


May 17:

(Island Batik posts: Blog Hop Week 2 Round Up + giveaway)


Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Unbearably Cute - April Island Batik Ambassador Challenge

 This month's Island Batik Brand Ambassador was sponsored by the soft toy company, Funky Friends Factory. I picked Izzy the Insomniac Bear because he is super cute and I'm a night owl/bit of an insomniac. And I thought he'd be a great match for my Funky Friend from 2022 -Ollie the Owl.  I used 4 fabrics from the Flour Sack line (great blue and tan flowers). I searched through my Grandma's button box and created a perfect pair of blue buttons. The pattern shows felt for the nose but my sister had wool which worked very well. The nose and mouth really make him come alive!


Izzy the Insomniac Bear
Pattern by Funky Friends Factory
Sandra Starley 2024

Pattern: Izzy the Insomniac BearFunky Friends Factory
Fabrics: Island Batik Flour Sack Batiks: (Flour Sack Collection)
Piecing Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
Quilting Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
Pieced by Sandra Starley 

***Fabrics provided by Island Batik, pattern by Funky Friends Factory, thread by Aurifil, Smart Iron by Oliso and needles by Schmetz. ***

I enlarged the pattern a bit (112%) as he is pretty small but then that does make him cute!

I followed the pattern, step by step, and Pauline's photo tutorial and like Pauline, I used a LOT of PINS!  Here's an action shot of sewing the fussy cut foot pad.

 And if this looks like a lot - I should have taken a photo of pinning the front to the back for the final joinder - about 50 pins. This was tucking the arms and legs inside before the final join (see I'm following the photo tutorial).


He looks like a mummy or egg. Now it was time to turn it all right sides out and get a bear.


He definitely needs a lot of stuffing! Hanging out next to my awesome new OlisoSmart Iron.

Okay, lots of stuffing and now for the rhinoplasty aka nose job!

Ready for his close up with his new best friend Ollie!

The pattern is available as an immediate PDF download and so you could start on your own Izzy today! 

If you haven't done any toy or stuffed animal sewing, don't be aftraid. The pattern is very clear and easy to follow. There is even a step-by-step photo tutorial that walks you through the whole process. 

There are oodles of different toy patterns available. Visit my fellow 2024 Island Batik Brand Ambassadors to see their new fabulous Funky Friends:


Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Renee Atkinson ~ Pink Tulip Quilting

Megan Best - BestQuilter
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Susan Deshensky ~ Lady Blue Quilts
Brittany Fisher ~ Bobbin with Brittany

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts

Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
Kim Jamieson-Hirst ~ Chatterbox Quilts

Victoria Johnson ~ Forever Quilting for You
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Connie Kresin Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ A Quiltery
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine

Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Sarah Pitcher ~ Pitcher’s Boutique
Lana Russel ~ Lana Quilts

Julia Schweri ~ Inflorescence Designs
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail

Carol Stanek ~ Stitch with Color
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt


Sunday, March 31, 2024

March Madness - Fluttering Stars - Island Batik Ambassador March Challenge


March's Island Batik Ambassador Challenge was "All Up To Us". A wide open challenge with any size, any type of project, etc. I decided to play with a block I'd worked on creating in February - a variation of Carpenter's Star quilt block. 

Here's the one I made in February 

It was a reworking of my antique Carpenter's Star Quilt 

I had a grand time playing with the new Flutter Wings Collection featuring lots of butterflies, birds, and flowers. It is perfect for Spring!


I also played with the block and flipped the corners to make more of a Churn Dash Star. The quilt has 5 of the regular blocks and 4 of the Churns.


Here's the completed quilt - Flutter Stars

Fluttering Stars 
22" x 22"
March 2024
Sandra Starley
A modern original adaptation of a traditional pattern

I really had fun working with  this delightful collection and fussy cutting all the adorable details - little birds and butterflies. I will be using my beloved Hobbs batting and Aurifil thread and Schmetz needles to quilt it. 

Here's what I used to create my wall quilt.

Fuschia from Precious Pinks for star points
Batting: Hobbs Tuscany Wool and 
Piecing Thread: Aurifil #50 weight


Please visit my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors to see all the many fabulous creations they made in March. Several made or finished several projects.

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Renee Atkinson ~ Pink Tulip Quilting

Megan Best - BestQuilter
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Susan Deshensky ~ Lady Blue Quilts
Brittany Fisher ~ Bobbin with Brittany

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts

Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
Kim Jamieson-Hirst ~ Chatterbox Quilts

Victoria Johnson ~ Forever Quilting for You
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Connie Kresin Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ A Quiltery
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine

Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Sarah Pitcher ~ Pitcher’s Boutique
Lana Russel ~ Lana Quilts

Julia Schweri ~ Inflorescence Designs
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail

Carol Stanek ~ Stitch with Color
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt




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