Saturday, September 19, 2015

My Winner

And the winner is ......


My winner was picked by

Janie won three beautiful Island Batik fat quarters. They are gorgeous! I hope she enjoys them as much as I do sending them to her. 

Thanks again to Island Batik and the other Ambassadors for making this such a fantastic blog hop! 

Thank you for visiting! 


Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Summer in the Country Blog Hop


 Welcome to my day on the Summer in the Country blog hop with Island Batik. This is my first official Island Batik Blog Hop as an Island Ambassador. I am so excited to have been given the opportunity to create with these beautiful fabrics from the Wishing Well Collection. 
My passion is English Paper Piecing (EPP), so I thought I would share how I EPP  this Hexagon Table Runner which is inspired by Charming and Cheerful from Designer Sherri McConnell (

Hexagon Table Runner

40 - 5” squares assorted prints
40 - 2" hexagon templates (2" is the side length) 
2 – 1 ¼  x 28 ¼” inner border strips
2 – 1 ¼ x 15 ¾” inner border strips
2 – 3 ½  x 29 ¾” outer border strips
2 – 3 ½  X 21 ¾”outer border strips
3 – 2 ½  x 42” binding strips
7/8 yard for backing
28 x 42” batting

First I needed to baste and whip stitch together my 40 hexagons. 
This is how I baste my hexagons, I use plastic templates, but paper ones are just fine too. I like to use coated paper clips to hold the fabric in place while I bast around the hexie to hold the shape. 

Tiny whipstitch the hexagons together about 20 stitches per inch.

Trim the table runner center and stay stitch 1/8" from raw edges. (When I trim the edges, I sew the cut hexie to the other side, to keep the length.  

Add borders.

Layer, quilt and bind. 

I can't wait to hand quilt this! 

My Summer Recipe

Banana Bread


2 cups of all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon salt
½ cup butter
¾ cup brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 1/3 cup of mashed overripe bananas
Optional - walnuts and chocolate chips 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Lightly grease a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan
Combine flour, baking soda, and salt in a large bowl
In a separate bowl, cream together the butter and brown sugar
Stir in the eggs and mashed bananas until well blended
Stir banana mixture into the flour mixture; stir just to moisten.
Pour the batter into the lightly greased loaf pan.
Bake in preheated oven for 60 to 65 minutes.

If you have missed any of the stops on the hop, here is the list.  (There is a lot of eye candy (gorgeous fabric) to see and delicious recipes at each stop.) 
8/17 – Island Batik
8/18 – KISSed Quilts – Part 1
8/19 – Kauffman Designs
8/20 – Adele Mogavero
8/21 – MooseStash Quilting
8/22 – Pamela Quilts
8/23 – Freemotion by the River
8/24 – The Patchwork Pearl
8/25 – Fun Threads Designs
8/26 – For Quilts Sake
8/27 – Lemon Tree Snippets
8/28 – Bejeweled Quilts
8/29 – Tamarinis
8/30 – KISSed Quilts – Part 2
8/31 – Beaquilter
9/1 – Purrfect Spots Designs
9/2 – Maria Michaels Designs
9/3 – Mary Mack Made Mine
9/4 – Made In Scraps                  ME!!!
9/5 – Happy Cottage Quilter

I would like to thank you for stopping by so I am having a giveaway of three Island Batik fat quarters from the Wishing Well Collection. 

To enter the giveaway please leave me a comment telling how your summer was. I will pick a winner at the end of the blog hop. I would also love it if you would like my Facebook page, Christine Mccrann Martinez Quilts.
Thank you to Island Batik for arranging such a fun hop! 
Thank you for visiting!



Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Monday Morning Star Count August 10, 2015

A Monday Morning Star Count on a Tuesday! I have been stitching some 1 inch Hexie flowers for swapping on Facebook and Instagram. 

These 3 are ready to be mailed out. (I mailed out 3 on Saturday but forgot to take a picture before mailing) 

It is a great way to use up some scraps! 

I am linking up with Jessica over at Life Under Quilts

Thank you for stopping by. 


Monday, August 3, 2015

Monday Morning Star Count August 3, 2015

Happy Monday!

Here is my progress on my baby quilt.

I am linking up with Jessica over at Life Under Quilts

Thank you for visiting! 


Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Wednesday Morning Stitching July 29, 2015

Hello everyone!  

Here is an update on my Lizzie * Kate "Forgive Quickly". The design on the left needs to be stitched on the right side but I ran out of the floss, "Cupid" from Classic Colorworks. I see a trip to my local needlework shop in the near future.

Thank you for visiting! 


Monday, July 27, 2015

Monday Morning Star Count July 27, 2015

Happy Monday!

Here is my progress on my Hexie baby quilt. 

I have 80 more hexies to go! 

I am linking up with Jessica over at Life Under Quilts

Happy stitching! 


Monday, July 20, 2015

Monday Morning Star Count July 20, 2015

Happy Monday! I hope everyone had an excellent weekend. It was hot and humid here. 

Last week,  while I was clean my sewing area for the My Favorite Things Blog Hop, I found a package of 40 pre cut Hexies. I just forgot I had them, so I decided to bast them this past Saturday. 

Now to find some fabric to match from my stash so I can put them together for a cute baby quilt.  Fun! ( I love looking through my stuff.) 

I also sewed another row of flowers to my Grandmother Garden quilt. I am trying to sew a flower a day with the hope of getting it finished by the end of the summer. 

Thank you for visting.