Monday, September 18, 2017

Monday Morning Star Count

Good morning all!

Happy Monday!

These stars are for my English Paper Piecing Quilt #5. 

Jessica from LifeUnderQuilts has motivated me to get back into the groove of
English Paper Piecing & Blogging!

 On Mondays I will be posting my star counts and  I would love to see your stars and progress,
so if you would like to play along please use the hash tag #MondayMorningStarCount  and/or #60degreediamondQAL

Happy Stitching!

Monday, March 14, 2016

Blog Hop Winner and Creative New Quilts/Projects Blog Hop

And the winner is.......Annmarie! 

Annmarie from Wisconsin has won 4 gorgeous Island Batik FQs from the French Roasted collection which is available now. You can find Island Batik at many great online shops, but please ask your favorite shop to carry Island Batik fabrics.

(I used to pick my winner for the Planes, Trains, & Automobiles Blog hop.)

Thank you Annmarie for hopping along with the Island Batik Ambassadors!

The Ambassadors are participating in a blog hop featuring projects from Wendy Sheppard's new book called "Creative New Quilts and Projects from Precuts or Stash".

The blog hop starts today and goes through to March 25.
Each Ambassador has a copy of the book to give away. You can also purchase of copy of the book here.

And you can listen to Wendy's brief interview with Pat Sloan about the book

The Ambassadors will be featuring one of the projects from the book using Island Batik fabrics.

You can find the schedule for the blog hop below:

Monday, March 14Island Batik Intro

Tuesday, March 15 - Crossings - Adele Mogavero, The Fit Quilter

Wednesday, March 16 - Flight of Colors Pillows - Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts 

Thursday, March 17Care for a Cuppa - Joan Kawano, MooseStash Quilting

Friday, March 18 -  Birds of a Feather Placemats - Barb Gaddy, Bejeweled Quilts

 Monday, March 21 - Birds of Feather Runner - Linda Pearl, One Quilting Circle

Tuesday, March 22 - Childhood Memories - Bea Lee, BeaQuilter

Wednesday, March 23 - Winter Blues - Connie Campbell, Freemotion by the River
                                                                  Marlene Oddie, KISSed Quilts 

Thursday, March 24 - Stars Over Columbia - Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

Friday, March 25 - Count My Blessings - Patti Bochey, Lemon Tree Snippets

I hope everyone enjoys hopping!

Keep sewing!

Thank you for visiting!


Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Island Batik Blog Hop

Welcome to the Planes, Trains and Automobiles Blog Hop by the Island Batik Ambassadors! I am honored to be an Island Batik Ambassador. The hop started on February 15 and goes until March 4.

Today is my day to show you the absolutely lovely French Roasted collection by Kathy Engle, so grab your passports and come with me to Paris where we can have coffee at a French café. Please bring your coat for it is a chilly 42 degrees F.

To enjoy our stay at a Paris Café fully, you must understand the rules of the café culture.

Sitting and sipping is the point.
Smoking is prohibited
To call the waiter, say Monsieur!

Sit, sip and enjoy! 

The pattern for the coffee cup blocks can be found at Connecting Threads. I added 2 1/2" sashing and  cornerstones. 

The French Roasted collection is available now, check with your favorite quilt shop.

I also made a table runner for a blog hop back in October which I also used the French Roasted collection. You can find the post about this table runner here .

I am having a giveaway of 4 fat quarters from the French Roasted collection. Please just leave me a comment and let me know if you have ever been to Paris or your favorite place to visit. 

Here is the schedule for the rest of the blog hop. Each one of these ladies are very talented and their projects are just wonderful to see.

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

Island Batik is also having a giveaway for a French Roasted Fat Quarter Bundle here:

Rafflecopter Giveaway



Monday, February 1, 2016


Yesterday was the first day of the Birthday Floss Exchange Facebook group SAL. 

We will be stitching a Charting Creations design called "Big Eyed Owl Silhoutte" 

Isn't it cute! 

I will be posting my progress here! 

Time to start stitching! 


Friday, January 29, 2016

Small SAL January 2016

It is time for the small SAL check in for January. 

You can join this SAL hosted by Heather at Stitching Lotus.

I enjoy seeing what others have stitched this month.

Next month's check in is Thursday, February 25. 

Happy Stitching! 


Sunday, October 18, 2015

You Can Quilt Blog Hop

Happy Monday!
Welcome to the You Can Quilt Blog Hop!
Skill Builder Set 5
Wonky Blocks

I am so happy to be part of the You Can Quilt Blog Hop that is to introduce everyone to a fantastic new book written by Marlene Oddie (a fellow Island Batik Ambassador) and Leila Gardunia called You Can Quilt - Building Skills for Beginners. You can find the book at or on Marlene's Blog.

I volunteered to make the 3 blocks from Skill Builder 5, Wonky Blocks.

I used gorgeous earth tone Island Batik fabrics from the Fall/Winter 15 Collection called French Roasted to make my blocks. These fabrics will be presented at market so this is a sneak peak.

These blocks were very fun to make. I have never made wonky blocks before and being somewhat of a perfectionist when it comes to my quilting it was an interesting process. The directions were so easy to follow, they were clear, well written and the illustrations were perfect, The blocks came together quickly.

Wonky Long Cabin Block

Wonky Star Block

Wonky Nine Patch Block

These blocks are going to make a beautiful fall table runner. I need to pick up some more of the border fabric to finish my table runner.

I would recommend this You Can Quilt - Building Skills for Beginners for both new quilters and experience quilters as a great resource.  I used one of the foundation pieced blocks from the book for the Teal Mini Swap.  And look forward to making many of the other blocks from You Can Quilt - Building Skills for Beginners too!

Please check out the other bloggers to see more details about the book.

Oct. 9 – Ch. 1. Basics - Leila Gardunia
Oct. 12 – Ch. 2. HST - Tammy Silvers
Oct 14 – Ch 3. QST - Connie Kresin Campbell
Oct. 16 – Ch 4. Flying Geese - Maryellen McAuliffe
Oct 19 -- Ch. 5. Wonky - Christine McCrann Martinez
Oct. 21 – Ch. 6. Improvisation - Connie Kauffman
Oct. 23 -- Ch. 7. Foundation Paper Piecing - Joan Kawano http://
Oct. 26 – Ch. 8. Curves - Marlene Oddie
Oct. 28 -  Ch 9. One-Patch Blocks - Bea Lee
Oct. 30 – Ch. 10. Applique - Barbara Gaddy
Nov. 2 – Ch. 11. Inset Seams - Pamela Boatright
Nov. 4 – Ch. 12. Challenge Blocks - Linda Stewart Pearl http://
Nov. 6 – Ch. 13. finishing – Marlene

 Click on the Rafflecopter link below to enter to win one of 4 books and some great fabrics.

Rafflecopter Giveaway

I am having a giveaway for those who like, leave a comment and share my Facebook page post of You Can Quilt Blog hop post. The giveaway is for 3 fat quarters from Island Batik.  Please go like my Facebook page, Christine McCrann Martinez Qults.

Thank you for visiting!

Enjoy the You Can Quilt Blog hop!


Monday Morning Star Count

Good morning all! Happy Monday! These stars are for my English Paper Piecing Quilt #5.  Jessica from LifeUnderQuilts ha...