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.


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)


Put it on your calendar and bookmark this page.
Here's the schedule...

Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist
Stone Cottage Quilts

Tuesday, January 10 – Dotalicious
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Inchworm Fabrics

Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt

Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection

Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs

Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River

Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angle Creations
Jennifer Sewing

Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting

Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs

Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
Linda Pearl

Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts

Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake

Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Connie Kauffman

Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting

Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner


Golden windows glowing through the snow filled air.  This evokes memories of walking home from the bus stop in the cold winter evening. Seeking the lights glimmering through the trees. HOME!  It was a cottage on the frozen lake rather than a cabin in the words but we usually had the requisite snowman in the yard and hot chocolate by the fire.

This month my Island Batik Winter Wonderland project is a scrappy version of my pattern Cabin in the Woods!  Cabin in the Woods is available on December 1 at  The Quilt Pattern Magazine , click to get your subscription and your copy of Cabin in the Woods.




autumnisintheair  pumpkin-festMy October Pumpkin Fest piece for Island Batik.  I can't sneak by the fact that today is November 1st.  Autumn is in the Air!  wallhanging/tabletopper was finished - Completely Finished - on October 29, but after traveling most of the month of October, the last 2 days just sort of slipped by with work deadlines and laundry!  Subscribe and leave a comment by November 7th for a chance to win a copy of the digital patter #islandbatikpumpkinfest

To purchase Autumn is in the Air! see Stone Cottage Designs-Quilts Craftsy Shop



Amber's Leaves

One thing that we have bountifully, this time of year. is leaves. On a good year, our beautiful state of Michigan will dress herself out with reds, yellows and amber gold. Every year when she is tired of her finery she just sheds them on our yard. And, so starts the yearly clean up.

Amber's Leaves was inspired by a series of paintings by my niece. It seemed only fitting to name this little 12" x 42" table topper after her.


Trees near our home.


Seaside Summer Blog Hop

Just a note: Keep your comments coming until the September 7 drawing. If your comment doesn't appear its because I might not have any internet at THE LAKE this holiday weekend!

Growing up living on one of Michigan's most beautiful lakes - Higgins,  surrounded by the massive in-land seas of the Great Lakes, summer seemed forever and childhood seemed idyllic.  A move as a young adult  took me to the shore of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia and the peace of crashing waves continued.

I could say the sand, water and seashore are just in my blood.




The Sea Foam collection by Island Batik is so very, reminiscent of the varied textures and colors of growing up in a cottage, with its homey unmatched furniture and covered cushions




Wave with its beadboard-like, straight-line echo quilting, was tentatively designed as a prototype of a very large wall hanging, but grew organically out of the sea of these lovely batik fabrics into a table mat. 24" x 46"



Give-Away: September 7 drawing

Leave a comment for a chance to receive a scrap bundle of  Island Batik Seam Foam Collection  Sorry, Island Batik Ambassadors are exempt from the give-away. -USA only due to postal rates.

A most favorite 'seaside' snack:

1 hotdog, grilled over an open fire + 1 hotdog bun + Condiments to taste. Assemble carefully and sit on the dock with the water lapping at your feet. Repeat as desired! Ahhh! Childhood memories.


Follow the Island Batik Ambassador's blog hop schedule below for more Sea Side Summer Creations

Summer Blog Hop Schedule

Monday Aug 15 - Rain Forest  KISSed Quilts

Tuesday Aug 16 - Red Tide

Free Motion by the River

Mary Mack Made Mine

Wednesday Aug 17 - Sand Dune

Purrfect Spots

KnitBug 2

Thursday Aug 18 - Seashore

Tammy Silvers

Pamela Quilts

Maria Michael Designs

KISSed Quilts

Friday Aug 19 - Surf Squirt

Quilting Affection

Archipelago Quilting

Monday Aug 22 - Tradewinds

Arkangel Creations

Bejeweled Quilts

Tuesday Aug 23 - Equinox

Kauffman Designs

Adele Mogavero * Del~Lillian's

Wednesday Aug 24 - Sea Canyon

Lemon Tree Snippets

Bea Quilter

Thursday Aug 25 - Sea Foam

Stone Cottage Quilts

Sew Supportive

Friday Aug 26 - Spoolin' Around

Sallys Quilting Corner


Monday Aug 29 - Tide Pools

Inchworm Fabrics


Tuesday Aug 30 - Wind and Sea

For Quilts Sake

Patchwork Breeze

Wednesday Aug 31 - Spring Zing

Desert Bloom Quilting

Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Thursday Sep 1 - Splash

KISSed Quilts

The Patchwork Pearl

Friday Sept 2 - Landscapes

For Quilts Sake