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!


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!