Fabric Scraps Obsession, What's on the Design Wall

Update on Batik Scrappy Table Runner

Here is a quick update to my post Starting Something New (and Scrappy).

I’ve made quite a bit of progress on the table runner I was making from my collection of batik fabric scraps using the pattern Bamboo Shade by Aardvark Quilts:

Here it is up on the design wall as I tested the layout and built it to the desired length:

And here are a couple photos of the pieced table runner which is nearly 72 inches long and used quite a bit of my batik fabric scraps (yay!):

It is nearly ready for me to machine quilt. I’ve already made the “quilt sandwich” of batting and a dark cream color batik backing. I just need to pin it down for quilting.

Oh and here are some photos of Mike the Miniature Schnauzer hanging out under my studio table (providing crafter emotional support, ha) while I put the table runner quilt sandwich together:

Fabric Scraps Obsession

Heirloom Batik Scraps in the Mail!

It is day 7 of my fifth blog anniversary celebration goal to post daily for the 31 days of October. So far I still have new material and have not resorted to reposting old posts…yet…

Surprise Goodies in the Mail

During the past couple of months, crafting related treats/surprises keep appearing in my mail (it’s a pattern, and I like it!).

First there was yarn from Iceland and Ireland from my friend Michele from her honeymoon in Iceland and Ireland (see post Small World with Awesome Yarn):


Then in the mail appeared a surprise of a collection of wool scraps from the Isle of Harris from my friend Kathy’s trip to Scotland (see post Scraps from Scotland):

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Well a couple weeks ago, my longtime blogging buddy, Cindy of A Quilter’s Corner with Cindy Anderson (inastitchquilting.com) surprised me with a collection of Heirloom Batik scraps that she picked up at a quilt show!


Heirloom Batik

As it mentioned on their website handloombatik.com, Heirloom Batik batiks are exquisitely handmade batik fabrics. They are exotic and beautiful fabric that begin with ,with Indian block prints; and many are one of a kind.

They are only available at craft shows/festivals, you cannot purchase them directly online.

I first learned about them when Cindy was using them in her amazing improvisational quilts such as in her piece Bits & Pieces which you can view on her 09/13/18 post FUZZY, AP # 62.

I’ve admired the fabrics she uses in her pieces for a long time and asked her what specific fabrics she was using and she told me about Heirloom Batik.

I was so disappointed when I learned I could not order them online and they did not appear to come to quilting shows/festivals in Oregon. So you could imagine my surprise and utter delight when a collection of Heirloom Batik scraps showed up in my mailbox!

The scraps are amazing and I unfolded each scrap and pressed it out, then reorganized it by color into the bag. Here is a photo of all the scraps laid out for me to admire and daydream about using in a future project:


.Cindy also included a lovely handmade card by a fiber artist featuring the State of Wisconsin (her home):


I felt very very very lucky to have received such a thoughtful surprise.

Surprises Continue!

The surprises in the mail are not over, tomorrow I will share the 4th mind blowing craft related surprise that arrived in the mail earlier last week!