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Planes, Trains and Automobiles - an Island Batik Blog Hop

February 19, 2016


It's (fabric) Love Month!

Hello again!  Just dropping by to let you know about what's going on with Tamarinis!

It's been a while.....

And I have been sadly neglecting you.  My apologies!  I hope to bringing you interesting and informative newsletters on a (much more) regular basis.  And I would really love to hear what you would like to know about - so let me hear your suggestions for future newsletter articles!

Workshops, Classes and Demos:

Check out my Craftsy!  Quick Quilted Gifts (hint - the link has a discount!!) Just in time for the holidays, the class not only has a play-at-will and repeat online class, but also includes FOUR different patterns that are great gift options

Contact me if you are interested in a workshop or class at your shop or guild!

 Planes, Trains and Automobiles
A Travel Blog Hop with Island Batik

The wonderful folks at Island Batik are hosting another fun blog hop, and I wanted to let you in on it.  My offering this week is below.  And check out the other talented quilters' posts, and don't forget to enter the drawing for a free stack of fabric (the Rafflecopter drawing is available on all of the blog posts).


If you are just joining the Planes, Trains and Automobiles Blog Hop with all of the fabulously talented Island Batik Ambassadors, welcome!  And if you've been hopping already, I'm so glad you hopped on over to Tamarinis.  As you may have already gathered, the blog hop loosely interprets the idea of travel through the use of the always gorgeous Island Batik fabrics (I still have to pinch myself - I almost can't believe I get to create with these luscious fabrics every day!!!).

Your stop today?  The sunny southern coastline of Florida, and the brilliantly bright Florida Oranges line.  Now, in all fairness, I have to admit more than a passing affinity for this line - because Island Batik pulled it together for me AND I got to create a thread collection to coordinate with it through Aurifil - yummy!

So would you like to see some of the projects created with this line that is the very essence of fun summer days?  Of course!

Ashley Elayne LSAshley Elayne:  This is actually a refresh of a popular pattern.  

And a little bit of a back story for you - this was originally made as a gift for a former student and current friend as a graduation present - in her chosen scheme of pinks with some gray and black.  So very "Ashely"!

So of course I had to turn the perfect dorm quilt into a pattern, right?!              


Catch a Falling StarCatch A Falling Star gave me a chance to play with almost all the colors in the collection (just look at 'em!) because it is a stack friendly pattern.  I love how those soft pastels and wonderful brights really twinkle against that rich indigo!

And here's Tidbits, a nice companion piece to Catch a Falling Star. Tidbits is a table set of placemats and table runner (pictured below):



Pick Up Sticks: There's a softer side to Florida Oranges that evokes early mornings, when the sun is soft and the water laps gently against the sand.  That's the colors in Pick Up Sticks.

Almost hard to believe this is all the same line, isn't it?  But then, what are brights without soft pastels?

This quilt is - I know, I know, it sounds like hype.....- fun to make.  It is surprisingly quick and easy to achieve the woven effect with some basic piecing.  Hmmm...another great dorm or gift quilt......?


Christmas Cactus FO


Christmas Cactus:

And then for something kind of in-betweenthe brights and the pastels, here's Christmas Cactus, another project refresh (just ignore the threads on the design wall, please).

This little paper pieced wall hanging is still a personal favorite!







Juxtaposition - another personal favorite, this quilt uses stamps (5" squares) and two backgrounds (dark and light) to play up the lovely textures and prints in the line.  What fun!





Samantha Paige

Samantha Paige: 

This is my second Block of the Month, but this time done row by row style.  I love the fresh, crisp colors in this one.

And....this one was named after my daughter, my favorite female ever!  It is as fun and energetic as she is!





Florida oranges thread collectionIsn't this a great collection of fabrics, with a terrific range?  Oh - and don't forget, there's a quilting thread weight collection to coordinate, so your projects can be finished perfectly!



Thanks for letting me share my obsession with Island Batik and the Florida Oranges line.  Oh, if only there were more hours in the day.  Then I could make even more lovely projects......

By the way, all of the new Florida Oranges patterns above are available on my website or through Island Batik.

Don't forget to check out the other fabulous projects by the Island Batik Ambassadors.  And enter for your chance to win a gorgeous stack of fabrics too!  Happy hopping.....


Here’s the blog hop schedule:

Monday, February 15  – Caribbean Splash
Bejeweled Quilts
Pamela Quilts

Tuesday, February 16 – London Fog
Moose Stash Quilting

Wednesday, February 17 – French Roasted
KISSed Quilts
Made In Scraps
Happy Cottage Quilter

Thursday, February 18 – Crystal Cove
Freemotion by the River

Friday, February 19 – Florida Oranges
Fun Threads Designs
Kauffman Designs

Monday, February 22 – Coral Reef
Mary Mack Made Mine
Purrfect Spots Designs

Tuesday, February 23 – Sweet Georgia Peach
One Quilting Circle
KISSed Quilts

Wednesday, February 24 – Hollywood Hills
The Fit Quilter
Maria Michaels Designs

Thursday, February 25 – Desert Rose
For Quilts Sake
Lemon Tree Snippets

Friday, February 26 – Sea Salt Sandy
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting
Pamela Quilts
Bejeweled Quilts

Monday, February 29 – Jersey Shore
Lemon Tree Snippets

Tuesday, March 1 – Tuscany Sun
Tammy Silvers

Wednesday, March 2 – Lavish
Freemotion by the River
Moose Stash Quilting

Thursday, March 3 – Fire Island
KISSed Quilts

Friday, March 4 – Tinsel, Holiday Happenings
Purrfect Spots Designs
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Can't find the new patterns in the Online Shop?  While it is being updated, email me to place the order!  The shop will be updated over the next few weeks to reflect all new patterns.

Some old favorites get a new look!

FYI: if you liked the old version, you can still order that one as well.  Please advise when ordering if you want the old/original version.

Thanks for sharing the quilting passion with me.  Happy stitching!


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