Friday, August 2, 2019

Christmas Collection Blog Hop - Finale

On our last day on the blog hop, we're featuring the Christmas Friends Throw. This quilt uses the 'friendship star' block as it's primary focus.

Thermore batting and some custom quilting on this little 'mini' quilt which is just one block from Nancy's design.

Had to show you the back too!

All Island Batik fabrics. #islandbatik

Note: if you want to make the whole quilt, the last two cutting instructions aren't both 'white'; one set should be green. The result was this simple mug rug using all Island Batik fabrics that will be a
perfect gift for a friend.

And a tip:  Half Square Triangles (HSTs) - once you sew both sides of the diagonal, cut down the center and then trim the triangle so that the seam lines hit 2.5". The sizes given, if you sew a perfect scant seam, should be correct--but if you oversize it to start with you'll need to trim it down or if your seam got too small you'll need to trim it down. If you oversize your seam, the square will be too be careful!

You may have seen I also did the Mistletoe Magic Pillow earlier this week, but I really wanted to show you a project I did some time ago using the friendship star block.

While in temporary housing before moving to our current home, the guild I would be leaving had a block lotto of the Friendship Star. I made a couple of sets and won the drawing so ended up with even more. I made a few more to make up this quilt, worked in EQ to come up with a design and found various pine fabrics to use in the sashings, cornerstones and setting triangles in my stash and finally purchased fabric for the border. #electricquilt

 Notice that the red and green have such similar values that they both can be used as the 'alternate' block to the light backgrounds. I did try to set the actual blocks with some symmetry. Some had fabrics that were the same motif but different colors.

 hanaging off the porch at our new place before quilting!

The leftover border gave me this little runner using the 'one block wonder' technique with filler triangles to set them apart:

While looking for a picture of this last one, I found several other Christmas themed pieces I've made so thought I'd share them as part of this 'finale'.

A mystery from the Walla Walla Valley Quilt Guild and an early 'quilted on my domestic' piece.

Mug rugs for a guild swap

My first Island Batik Ambassador Blog Hop ....Christmas Hay Stack (ornaments can be changed to other seasonal items) was a 'Country Summer' but the fabrics I was given were a lot of Christmas theme, so tried to come up with something that would work.

Another Island Batik Ambassador Challenge - adapted from EQ Heidi Kory - Heartfelt Holiday

Poorhouse Designs Wreath using Island Batik fabrics.
 Poorhouse Designs Ornament (pattern and forms available in the shop for various designs)

A simple ornament wallhanging - from Christmas Caroling RAL. Digital Download available.

A few other Christmas themed recent finishes:

Holly Berries in the Snow - out my back deck, a block lotto win from years ago required a few more to be made. I got inspired last Dec. when I needed some of the fabric curated for these 'extra' blocks, so cut out the blocks and was able to use the remaining fabrics for the next project.

This was the result of using the fabrics, the Peppermint Table Topper. Here you can see my edge to edge within the pinwheels stitchout

I also taught a class late last year to make this table topper or tree skirt (add a slit).

And the I Wish You a Merry QAL from 2017
...finally got it quilted last week and bound this week in time to show you!
I'm calling it Stars of the Season. This uses all Island Batik fabrics and was quilted with the Dancing Snowflakes pantograph design. I am a hand guided Gammill Opt+ quilter.

Lots of ideas for Christmas themed items that can be used around the house. I hope you're inspired!

How to find me?
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Check out other project versions today at

             Anorina Morris Samelia's Mum
             Ellen Ault  Handmade 3d
             Maryellen McAuliffe Mary Mack Made Mine

Thanks to Nancy at Masterpiece Quilting for putting this bloghop together! Check out her post for a giveaway!

#islandbatik #EQ

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Christmas Collection Blog Hop

Today I'm featuring Masterpiece Quilting's Christmas Collection Mistletoe Magic Pillow.

This is part of the 'lovely living room' collection of patterns in her book.

I recently got into my shop (KISSed Quilts) the beautiful In the Beginning Fabrics - A Poinsettia Winter Collection.

I am working on the Quilt BOM that is from this collection and had these fabrics leftover from the kit (I have one left in my shop).

I selected these greens and reds for the pieced parts and the snowflakes on cream for the background.

I thought I'd share a few extra tips if you decide to make this simple project.

If you want your snowball points to match to your 9-patch piecing, I think your snowball 'green' squares should only be 2 5/8" square.

Nest your seams when constructing the 9-patch block. This then facilitates the ability to 'fan' the seams at the intersections, minimizing the bulk.

When making the snowballs and sewing the corner to corner you could mark the line or use TheAngler2 (seen below but out of print) or a similar product. 

The flange is a lovely 'finish' addition to the piece and I like how it is bordered which makes quilting the pieced parts a bit easier. A 'flange' is typically not easy to work with when quilting so I was a bit nervous about that, but it worked out fine with the borders on both sides.

I sandwiched the top with a piece of cotton and leftover fabric behind it to do the quilting. I put unique designs inside each snowball -- holly, mittens, ice skates and an ornament. I also did a simple crosshatch in each 9-patch. Per Nancy's instructions for the envelope back I used the cream tiles fabric which means I could use the backside throughout the year and turn it over for a fun christmas pop.

Hope you enjoyed my version of this project.

If you'd like to get these fabrics, stop by my shop and use the code JULY20 to get 20% off through July 31 on all 'seasonal' fabrics.

How to find me?
Instagram @marlene.kissedquilts
Facebook /kissedquilts
website - signup for my about monthly newsletter
blog - -- following?

Check out other project versions today at
            Rohn Strong
            Pam Morgan Sweet Little Stitches
            Andi Stanfield True Blue Quilts
            Tammy Silvers Tamarinis
            Sherri Noel  Rebecca Mae Designs
            Sherry Shish Powered by Quilting

Thanks to Nancy at Masterpiece Quilting for putting this bloghop together! Check out her post for a giveaway!

Thursday, June 20, 2019

More recent finishes

I had to post about this quilt as I helped the customer find this pattern and adapted it from AlyciaQuilts - QuiltyGirl to fit her wishes.  With all the fussy cutting it ended up much harder than she probably thought it would be, but she is persnickity about using those prints and it turned out really nice!

This is adapted from 'Rotation' from Wilmington Prints using Bohemian Dreams 10" mini-stack, cut in half and bordered with 3" cut strips of Toscana-Vanilla fabric. I fussy cut the medallion border and used other coordinating fabric for the backing and the coordinting stripe for the binding. Vogue panto and Vanilla Milkshake YLI thread with 80/20 batting. All is available in the shop. Original Rotation pattern is free when purchasing sufficient fabrics to make this.

The Beach is my Happy Place ....two versions

Thursday, June 13, 2019

Row by Row - 2019 - Taste the Experience!

This year's Row by Row Experience(tm)'s theme is 'Taste the Experience'.

I wanted to come up with something that seemed local to the area and still had a bit of me in it. So these ombre fabrics seemed to fit the bill for making a tall cool drink. Who doesn't need a cool drink in the coulee on a hot summer day?

This is my 'Drink of Choice' design, using 2 ombre fabrics. One for the background and one for the contents. The placement of elements does all the work. I've added three sheer pieces to lighten the ice near the top even more just for fun.

Quilting: straight lines horizontally in the background, curved lines at the rim of the glass and jagged lines in the glass to represent the ice.

Customers will have the option to make it their personal drink of choice by selecting an appropriate ombre color.

Stop by the shop ...if driving from a distance, please call ahead. I generally will be in the shop Monday-Friday 10am-5pm. Some Wednesdays we will be open until 7pm during our summer kids time which will take place across the street from me this year on Wednesday evenings starting July 10 and going through the end of August.

I'm happy to take appointments on Sunday. Always closed on Saturday for Sabbath Observance.

To check out other Row by Row items available, you can always check here, including prior year fabrics and kits.

Thursday, June 6, 2019

Some recent finishes worth sharing

A former student of mine and his wife recently had a baby. They met at a school with green and orange school colors and he works in construction now I thought these fabrics were very appropriate. A simple zig zag using my WW Baby #2 design.

This is a Triangle Frenzy design using Catalina fabric available currently from my shop. My mom put this together for me as a sample.

This was a 'quick commission' request and went together in no time! Side borders on a panel, quilt and bind. All available in my shop. Here is a link to the kit.

This was a long time in the making ....a Gen. Physics College professor of mine from many years ago moved near me in retirement. I got reacquainted with he and his wife but he later lost her to Parkinsons. Some time went by and he got reacquainted with his grade school sweetheart. After many notes were passed, one that said 'Will You Marry Me' was intercepted by the teacher. Many years later he wrote it again and she said Yes. So, I thought this "Paper Obsessed" fabric line was perfect for me to make up an envelope-like quilt. In the spring this year my husband and I were able to visit them and present them with this quilt, "That Note". This was adapted from several envelope-like quilts that I have seen. I added a bit of additional fabric for the large envelope (red "Letters from the Heart" and insert - "I Do"), but otherwise I used a FQ pack of Paper Obsessed and yardage of the notebook paper fabric and Eclectic Elements Postal Stripe for the binding. I used the Envelopes fabric on the back.

I had the opportunity to go out to the Root Pickers, which are within a few miles of the shop, and take a photo of the Tahoe quilt. All 3 wishes fabrics available at the shop. Separator diamonds and background are both Northcott-Toscana also available.

My Quilt InfatuationLinking up with My Quilt Infatuation - Needle and Thread Thursday

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Time for an Update on my last WIP post

Lots of finishes coming together and I realized that it has been several months since I shared some of them, so decided I should put a set of blog posts together to document and talk about a few of them in particular. This post I'll focus on the finishes from the last 3 quilts I was posting about. Come back soon for more!

After quilting this one, Holly Berries in the Snow, I threw it out over the snow in front of my shop!
bad lighting, but you can kind of see the quilting....

After binding it was still snowy outside and I was able to hang it from a pole at my house with Grand Coulee Dam in the background.

My 2015 "WATER" Row by Row Experience quilt, A Columbia River Story, is now complete and hung at the Tri-Cities Quilt Show in March and received an Honorable Mention ribbon too!


Also got a special ribbon for Fly Free at the same show. 

I was also working on a "Sew Musical" 2018 Row by Row Experience Quilt ...which I have now named Tribute to RB (my dad). This has been donated to Monterey Bay Academy as a fundraiser for roadworks in memory of my dad. I'll post more later about this quilt and 2 or 3 others that are being donated with information about how you can help out in the fundraising and perhaps be able to get these quilts into your own possession! Stay tuned.

Both of these have also been donated and there will be possibly one more.

Linking up with Wednesday Wait Loss - Thanks Jennifer!
Brag About your Beauties-a pageant of finishes!

and Monday Making