Monday, June 12, 2023

Blocks of the Month Programs

 At Island Creations by Louise we have been introducing Block of the Month Programs.

We usually cut the full kit for you!

I know some may feel that can be pricey, but if you have the full kit, you can work at your own pace.

Just my thoughts.

Some of the kits we currently have ready for you to start your adventure are listed right below.

Later on we will have the new kits that will be coming in shortly.

And finally we have the Banner of the Month Club kit for 2024 that we are taking pre-orders for at this time.

First of all, current kits include the following.

"Buttermold Sampler" (Only three left)

This newest project from Bonnie Sullivan features 30 different scalloped circle vignettes in Woolies Flannel and Color Wash Flannel. The finished kit is 60 inches by 70 inches.  This kit features Precut and Prefused applique pieces.  The kit includes all of the appliques shapes, backgrounds, border and binding.

From Twister Sisters come "Twister Menagerie"

Perfect for batiks, solids, blenders, or small prints. This full color intermediate level pattern is divided into 10 parts so it is perfect for a Block of the Month (BOM) program, or create full quilt kits. Packaged in a large bag, the pages can be easily separated for monthly handouts if desired. The Mini Twister tool by Twister Sisters is required to create the easy pinwheels by simply sewing squares together! Small traditionally pieced blocks made with squares and rectangles are placed inside the twister blocks to create a fun combination. Requirements for 1/4 to 3/4 yard cuts of 16 fabrics are shown inside the pattern (3 shades each of green, yellow/gold, purple, & red, and 2 shades each of aqua/green & blue), plus background fabric yardage. Choose background color you like best! 

Quilt is 81in x 81in. Make as small as 74in x 74in using thinner background border, or enlarge as desired with additional borders.

We now have "Vintage Sampler" a nine part Block of the Month Quilt Pattern by Nancy Rink Designs.

This Quilt features the Vintage Charm Fabric Collection by Judie Rothermel for Marcus Fabrics.  For this 95 inch x 95 inch quilt, you will make 25 traditionally pieced blocks and place them in an on-point setting with sashing. All fabrics for the top, and the binding are included in the kit.  The pattern is listed and suitable for the intermediate quilter

We will only have ten kits available, so sign up now for your kit.

Other kits we have include the following - additional pictures coming soon!

"Summer Fun" from Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life Designs

This Intermediate Skill level sampler quilt includes 12 blocks made with various techniques including Applique, English Paper Piecing and Standard Machine Sewing. The finished quilt measures 57.5 inches by 72.5 inches.  The kit includes all fabrics for the top and the binding. Our shop sample features fabrics from the Seashore Drive Collection by Sherri & Chelsi for Moda Fabrics

Now available is is

"Sentiments" from Wilmington Prints

Kaye England's new "Sentiments" fabric collection is featured in this beautiful new 10 month Block of the Month program.  This sampler style queen sized quilt finishes at 97" square and has an on-point layout of 9" blocks, 3" sashing and pieced setting triangle.  The fabric palette features dusty colors with great neutrals.

Sign up now for this intermediate level quilt.

Coming in September is 

"Daydream Garden" from Wilmington Prints

Coming in October is

"Dawn's Light"from Wilmington Prints

Coming in November is 

"Classic Reflection Sew Glass" from Wilmington Prints

"Dawn's Light" from Wilmington Prints

Coming in December is 

"Blue Smoke" from Wilmington Prints

Coming in January 2024 

is "Au Natural" from Wilmington Prints

Woodland Wonderland

This quilt started off as a special Block-of-the-Month program where each customer received a set of patterns and fabrics each month. The layout of the book remains the same, as if you were part of a block of the month program, so that it is easy to separate out your work into months or weeks, or however you would like to do it. Whether with a group of friends, your local quilt shop or on your own in the comfort of your own sewing room, this quilt will build week by week and month by month until you have a fabulous woodland wonderland! Size: 52" x 60 3/4"

Seeing Stars from the "Turning Twenty" 

This pattern is written as a Block-of-the-Month to be completed at your own pace. Written so that each month one page of the pattern may be handed out to the customer. Setting and finishing instructions on separate pages, making this an easy to run Block of the Month program! It is a scrappy star pattern with 2 different layout options.
Fabric requirements for both options are clearly listed and the cover is even reversible so the shop can choose which quilt they would like to show! 76in x 96in is the finished quilt size.

"Sew in Love" by Edyta SItar of Laundry Basket Quilts

Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts is thrilled to be able to share her love of quilting with fellow quilters by introducing her latest book with It’s Sew Emma. She has fashioned twelve sweetheart blocks into a breathtaking 75.5in x 75.5in block-of-the-month sampler quilt (choose from a pieced or applique version), as well as a whole candy box of tantalizing quilts to take each block further!

"Cream and Sugar" by Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts

Add some rich browns and soft creams to your next quilt with Cream & Sugar Book published by It's Sew Emma! Inspired by Edyta Sitar's latest fabric collection, Sonoma, you will fall in love with the gentle neutrals! 80.5in x 80.5in Finished Quilt

From Charisma Horton, we have


Fabulous is a BOM quilt featuring Michael Miller Basics. This pattern uses 10 fabrics is easy to kit and there are monthly handouts. There is also a series of video tutorials to be released starting in January 2022 on the Making it Fun YouTube channel to support this quilt.

New Block of the Month Programs are coming soon.

They Include:

"Twilight TIme" from Sarah J

"Farmhouse Fancy" from Sarah J

"Reunion Rainbows" from Sarah J

From Quilt Moments and Marilyn Foreman, we have

"Calm and Bright, Block of the Month"

"Ribbon Rainbow"

Ribbon Rainbow is a full color, 20 page pattern divided into 9 parts so it is perfect for a Block of the Month program. The quilt is fat quarter friendly and is prepared in rounds starting in the center. Detailed fabric requirements for a rainbow of 28 fabrics are shown inside the pattern. Also includes a listing of suggested fabric skus from 6 different basics fabric collections: RJR Hopscotch, Maywood Studio Shadow Play, Timeless Treasures Solid-ish; solid collections: RJR Supreme Solids, Kona Cottons, and Bella Solids.
Includes 2 sizes: Full/

"Sweet Dreams"

Fun way to feature a large square panel or yardage of a large scale print fabric. The pattern is divided into 6 parts so it is perfect for a block of the month (BOM) program. Detailed fabric requirements for all the quilts on the cover and back are shown inside the pattern with a listing of the Hoffman Fabrics skus. Includes instructions for 3 sizes: 67in x 67in, 89in x 89in, and 96in x 96in. Perfect for Hoffman Fabrics Dream Big Leaf, Dream Big Floral, and Dream Big Dance square

From Sherry Shish, we have

"Wave Pool"

"Barn Quilt"

"Lucky Stars"

From Krista Moser


From Inspiring Stitches

"Heartland Heritage Block of the Month Program"

Heather and Amy have designed this block of the month project to inspire your shoppers, and build confident sewing skills as they sew! Individually printed patterns put you in charge of the information flow, and keeps your shoppers coming back each month.
Pattern details:
Each block pattern is printed on it's own postcard
12 blocks included and Lay out guide
Printed on 5-1/2in x 8-1/2in card stock
Simple instructions with illustrations
Hole punched for easy organization

"The Sew Hometown Postcard Block of the Month"

The Sew Hometown Postcard BOM pattern is designed to inspire your shoppers, and build confident sewing skills as they sew! Individually printed patterns put you in charge of the information flow and keep your shoppers coming back each month.
- Quit finishes 67in x 79in
- Each block pattern is printed on its own postcard
- 12 blocks included

From Joanna Figeroa and Fig Tree Quilts

"Medallion Sampler"

Four amazing medallion block of the month samplers in one book! The unique thing about this book is that it has 4 different covers, one right after the other, simply flip the rings over to see the next cover version and set of materials required for that version. Choose Summer Solids, Christmas Halloween or Scrappy Fig Tree Vintage. Quilt consists of a center medallion and a collection of 6in blocks that go around the outside. Choose your favorite season or your favorite set of solids to create this heirloom in the making. This is definitely one of those projects that looks so much more involved than it is. As we have broken up the blocks into manageable portions and used simple piecing techniques for all of them... even we have been pleasantly surprised at how quickly and easily this quilt has come together! Quilt Size: 72.5in x 72.5in

"Halloween Figs Block of the Month"

A classic Halloween Sampler in the Fig Tree & Co tradition… full of classic blocks in a variety of sizes from 6” to 15” blocks. All blocks pieced with our simple straight forward piecing techniques with no templates or fancy rulers. Applique instructions provided for the starch method of appliqué for the big chunky appliqué pieces make your instroduction to appliqué simple and seamless. This sampler is created with our halloween collections for MODA fabrics, ALL HALLOW’S EVE and full color information for the fabrics are given inside the pattern. However, any good grouping of blacks, creams, oranges and grey can be used to make this heirloom project. Pattern has been broken down into 12 monthly installments and can easily be used by a store or friendship grouping for a BOM program. Size 66 x 72

From It's Sew Emma and Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts

The Christmas Figs Block of the Month Quilt

Joanna Figueroa of Fig Tree Quilts has created a beautiful sampler quilt to spice up the holidays in her first book with It’s Sew Emma! The Christmas Figs Block of the Month quilt is layered with 10 lovely traditional quilt blocks and finishes at 78-1/2 in x 96-1/2 in. Each block is paired with an extra project to add even more warmth to the winter season, such as table toppers, pillows, mini quilts, tree skirts and more!

From Fig Tree Quilts and Joanna Figeroa

"Stitchery Sampler"

We are so excited to share the Stitchery Sampler with you. For a while now, I have wanted to design a sampler where the quilts blocks themselves felt like embroidery stitches and this is that quilt for me! Some are more "true" to actual stitches and some are just my imagination but the result is a fun sampler where each block uses a slightly different technique, for a slightly different effect. Size: 50" x 60 3/4

From It's Sew Emma we have "The Peppermint Lane Quilt"

The Peppermint Lane quilt gets us giddy for certain beloved Christmas traditions! Hanging stockings, stringing lights, baking cookies, trimming the tree, and more are celebrated with pretty picture blocks in this 12 month quilt. With full color illustrations and clear instructions, this book is great for classes, retreats, and casual sew-ins with friends. So cuddle up with a cup of cocoa and get ready for the happiest Christmas quilt ever! Plus, enjoy a beautiful bonus quilt 

From Kate Coleran Designs and Seams Like A Dream, we have 

"Road Trip"

From Elizabeth Hartman, we have a number of her patterns, including

"Spectacular Savannah"

From Vanessa Goertzen and It's Sew Emma

"Rose in Bloom" book

Enjoy an eternal spring with Rose in Bloom Block of the Month Quilt by Vanessa Goertzen of Lella Boutique! With ten enchanting quilt blocks arranged into a floral-inspired setting, this quilt is a veritable garden party. Rose in Bloom will be the scintillating centerpiece of any home! The quilt finishes at 84.5in square and features a bespoke pieced backing.


"Cadence Court"

adence Court is a fresh take on a popular Block of the Month style quilt. This quilt book features 12 unique wedge designs, each repeating twice, that make up a modern circular design. Included in the book are full size foundation patterns and templates, paper-piecing instructions, a coloring sheet, swatch sheet, 8 different quilt color ways to give you endless ideas and more!

It's a Snow Day but UPS still delivers!


It's a Snow Day but UPS still delivers!

Three Boxes came today while I was at home having a snow day!

It is wonderful to have an assistant who likes to drive in the snow!

Scroll down to see what came today.

Two boxes of Moda precuts and fat quarters bundles and see the box on the left?

That box is full of Hoffman Batik precuts - both fat quarter bundles, ten inch squares or “crackers” and “pops” or 2.5 inch strips.

The Moda boxes included fat quarter bundles of their newest batik collection, Mambo Batiks, as well as precuts from the Ruby Star Society and designer Melody Miller’s newest collection called “Curio”.  

AND by the way, I am back!

Surgery was three weeks ago and I am healing nicely.  

Not fast enough for me - but the team is happy with my progress.

It is nice to be back (except for today - I don't do snow yet!)

So I hope to see you soon!

Louise, on the island, NOT quilt binding on the deck today

Tuesday, January 31, 2023

One More TIme!

 Getting Ready for surgery ONE MORE TIME!

February 8 is the date!

In the meantime...

Classes will be scarce during the month of February.

But Open Sew sessions will be available.

Unfortunately, I will not be around much until cleared by my ortho team.

But I will be available by email or text.

Paul and Cindy will continue to take care of the store and the quilts you trust to us to long arm.

I am hoping I will be back as quickly as the last time, but you never know.

So cross your fingers and toes and hope everything goes well so I can re-join you quickly.

Louise, on the island, planning for round two