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We are heading to France soon and I was sorting through embroidery thread, thread, buttons and needles to fill a sewing kit to take along. While trying to find the bigger eyed needles that I seem to need these days, I found not one, but two containers of rotary blades in my stash. One had seven new blades and the other six new blades. I had been ready to order some new blades because I thought I was out!                                It really does pay to shop in your own stash!

Botanicals BOM and Embroidery Workshop begins May 1 in the May issue of The Quilt Pattern Magazine.  www.quiltpatternmagazine.com.  For Stone Cottage Design-Quilts followers use secret code: SCD to receive a special subscription price. www.quiltpatternmagazine.com/program/S/?D=SCD.

This is a 12-month appliqué BOM combined with a home sewing machine embroidery workshop using Presencia™ Perle Cotton #16 in the top of the machine. While the embroidery accents may be accomplished using ordinary thread, the #16 perle cotton will add textural dimension to your blocks and also add a new tool to your quilting toolbox. See the Materials List for information on where to find Presencia™ Perle Cotton #16. You may also choose to add the embroidery by hand if so desired. Showcased are two quilts, each using nine of the twelve blocks.  Find Presencia™ Perle Cotton #16, 5 gm balls, at www.redworkplus.com/

Reminiscent of vintage watercolor floral prints from the 1800s, Antique Botanicals uses a warm, creamy batik for the background with earth tone batiks for the frames. Tropical Botanicals uses a watery, aqua batik for the background with the bright, cool colors of the tropics for the frames.

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After working 5 months on a bathroom renovation, we are finally seeing some light at the end of the tunnel.  This has left little time for sewing, so I am happy to finally have something to post. This is Modern Spaces in blue and white. It is now available in the April 2017 issue of The Quilt Pattern Magazine.  Check it out!  TQPM is once again available to our European subscribers!

Modern Spaces Quilt
Modern Spaces Quilt

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New Beginnings

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Island Batik asked their Ambassadors to interpret the New Beginnings theme in any way they desired. The name of the January Blog Hop evokes so many ideas.

I had the privilege to use Island Batik's Coastal Mist Collection. These misty sea colors were perfect for interpreting the the theme with a New Beginnings Baby Bag for that precious new beginning.

Every new parent needs all the storage they can get. The pieced chevron panel was fun to make and creates four pockets on the outside of the bag by the placement of the comfortable handles. The inside of the bag sports another pocket and plenty of room to carry all those baby necessities.

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See the New Beginning Blog Hop list below for more wonderfully creative ideas from Island Batik Ambassadors

To win a sampling of Island Batik Fabric, subscribe to Stone Cottage Designs-Quilt Blog AND leave comment.  (Drawing for fabric sample will be at the end of January) Already a subscriber?  Just leave a comment. If you want to enter to win some Island Batik fabric from Island Batik go to their blog HERE and enter using the Rafflecopter.

New Beginnings Baby Bag pattern to come and one lucky subscriber will have the chance to win a free pattern for it as well! ( Drawing for New Beginnings Baby Bag will be after the pattern is ready)