WOW!!!!!! I have been going to sit and write this post all day – but it’s been such a crazy, hectic day – which of course is a good thing when this is your business….but…I just had to stop for a moment since I didn’t realize how late it was I am still working…it’s 9:51 p.m. on Monday evening…..I need to touch back on today’s tutorial before tomorrow’s session.

So, the FB LIVE this morning with the “STITCHER’S TRIO” Tutorial #1 was wonderful – a great attendance by so many of you – wonderful messages received after the tutorial….I am so excited to be able to share with you like this – and to have you participate in these projects with me.

I wanted to do the tutorial live for a couple of reason – but the main reason that I felt the live video was best was because of this…. so many of us are spending these days alone…many not able to see anyone – for this half hour or so this week….as we are all sharing in these projects, we are live….you are seeing me, I am seeing you all participate with your comments and message…we are a community sharing together and for that instant – we are not alone…and it remind us just that – that we all 1 big stitching family – and as the tutorial ends and you go back to your sewing room to work on your projects, think about that – and remember that well all be back together in the morning.

So, if you are seeing this post for the first time – and missed today’s tutorial…. you can still catch up by heading over to my Facebook page and checking it out. https://www.facebook.com/bill.locke.96

So….I hope that you’ve all had time to finish stitching your 2-1/2″ strips to your background/lining fabric.

I want to mention that once you have all 14 strips sewn down, you will have some area on both ends of the panel that will not have any of the 2-1/2″ strips.

Before moving any further in the project, I want you to hold the panel as if we were an apron – with the strips running vertically, and see if the 14 strips are going to be ok for the width of your apron. The extra on each side is a safeguard so that if you feel you need another stripe or 2 to make it a bit wider, this gives us that advantage to do that now.

If you do need to add a couple of strips, now is the time to add them before you move to the next step.


With the 2-1/2″ strips all sewn in place and pressed open, the 2 outer strips are not stitched along one end. For these 2 strips, we want to stitch along that open edge, stitching the strips to the background fabric, using a scant or even 1/8″ stitch.

Stitch the outer edge of the last 2 strips added to your panel using a scant 1/4″ or 1/8″ seam allowance.

I want to give you a couple of more things to do but I think it would be best that we just leave it at this for this evening – and we can catch up again tomorrow at 11 a.m. where well continue to the next step – we are moving along quite quickly – with this panel almost complete – this is the base of all 3 projects – now it’s a matter of fun assembly – just want and see how much fun we are going to have!

Wishing you all a good night – we’ll see each other tomorrow in virtual class!

Happy Stitching!

“STITCHING WITH BILL” Material List for Mar 30th

Tomorrow, Monday, March 30th will be the first installment of our “STITCHER’S TRIO” Project.

The first of 5 fun stitching days!!!!!!

I want to remind everyone that tomorrow at 1:00 p.m. EST (Montreal/New York), (10:00 Pacific, 2:30 Newfoundland), I will be doing a Facebook Live so discuss the beginning of the project and the first steps to mover forward in our fun creative projects.

Meanwhile, I wanted to take a few moments to give you the Material list of what you need to gather for the project; keeping in mind that we will be completing all 3 of the projects in this pattern; the apron, the travel project portfolio and the pin cushion.

The Material list will be giving the day prior to my next Facebook Live so that will have the necessary items ready for the next step in your project.

NOTE: If there is something that is being used that you do not have or cannot find; you can order any of the projects from the Studio.

A reminder that we are working out way though the complete STITCHER’S TRIO Pattern over the next 5 days. It may be possible that some of you may not have all of the materials that I have used for the completion of the projects, but that’s ok. We will do what we can each day; and the FB Live Videos will be uploaded and published each day to Facebook and YouTube so that you can go back and use them has a reference to completely any portion of the project that does not get completed during this week.

Of course, I am always just a message away to answer any of your questions and to provide direction.


14 assorted/Coordinated 2-1/2″ strips + 2 yards of a coordinating fabric

* This is what we’ll be using all week to complete all 3 of our projects.

You will need your 24-1/2 ruler or other long ruler

Quilting pen/pencil


I’m going to be stitching along and making my STITCHER’S TRIO in the KEEPING YOU IN STITCHES JELLY ROLL!!!

“Keeping you in Stitches” Collection by Bill Locke for River’s Bend/Midwest

I’ve broken the projects this week into 5 sessions because I want to have smaller portions of homework for each day – so that everyone can work at a good comfort level; whether beginner, intermediate or advanced….and together we can all work on these fun projects and complete them by the end of the week.

I hope that you’ll join in on the fun….if you are working this week; it is because you are a part of our essential team and for that I do want to take this moment to say a heart felt thank you!


Beginning on Monday, March 30, 2020, I am offering a free, fun stitch-a-long featuring my pattern the “STITCHER’S TRIO”, that will offer 3 fun projects:

Travel Stitching Portfolio
Pin Cushion

I’ll be sharing FB LIVE videos to share tutorials as we work though the projects…..

Monday, March 30th to Friday, April 3rd.
LIVE VIDEO TIME: 1:00 p.m. EST (Montreal/New York)
(10:00 Pacific, 2:30 Newfoundland)

It’s a 5-day stitching party – let’s all have fun and create a gift for ourselves – what a wonderful way to share in some stitchy
isolation time.

NOTE: The pattern is not needed for these tutorials as I’ll be sharing everything with you as we work our way though the project. But, if Patterns are available for $12.00 should there be someone who would like to have a printed version.

If you’d like to carry BILL LOCKE DESIGNS Patterns in your shop, please message me: billlocke@billlockedesigns.com

Island Batik’s “BEAT THE HEAT” Blog Hop

It’s been quite hot here in Montreal these past days and weeks….but the heat of Summer is going farther than the Sun this month – because across the miles and over the big pond, Island Batik Ambassadors whipping up fun projects in new Island Batik Collections in order to showcase these fabulous new fabrics to you in the exciting BEAT THE HEAT Blog Hop.


Be sure to hope over to Island Batik and check out the schedule of the upcoming collections, and get a chance to win some wonderful fabric for your own stitching…how great is that! Just click the link above!!!!!

The collection that I had the privilege of playing with for the Blog Hop was CLOCKWORKS by Kathy Engle. Anyone who knows my favorite color story will know that this collection really spoke to me because when it comes to earthy colors…I’m all over it – and let’s just say YUMMY!!!!!! I knew that I was going to have fun with these.


I played with many an idea; new designs, older ideas….but in the end, I felt that the fabrics were so beautiful – that I really wanted to do something that I loved that would showcase each of the fabrics in the collection. I therefore opted for my favorite quilt pattern of all time..the Log Cabin.

CLOCKWORKS Log Cabin Quilt by Bill Locke, 46″ x 58″

Having had to deal with a broken finger of the last weeks – and still dealing with limited use of the finger; this was the first project that I’ve stitched since that time. But, for the log cabin blocks, I cut 2-1/2″ strips….and guess what…Accuquilt has the perfect die for that with the ACCUQILT GO CUTTER….cut all of your strips quickly and perfectly…and have even more time to quilt. Thank you Accuquilt!!!!!!

As you can see in the quilt, there’s a row of assorted blocks at the top and bottom of the quilt. While making this project to be a nice lap/throw size, I wanted the quilt to be rectangular but I wanted to showcase the center design that I created with the 16 log cabin blocks. Once my blocks were complete, I used all of the remaining fabrics from the collection and created this top and bottom border which I felt brought that extra burst of CLOCKWORKS to this project.

NOTE: All borders and sashing strips are cut 3-1/2″ wide. The assorted blocks at the bottom are 3-1/2″ squares.

For the batting, I’ve selected HOBBS HEIRLOOM NATURAL Cotton Batting…. Thanks HOBBS!!!!

This has been a really fun project and it was so exciting to be a part of ISLAND BATIK’s BEAT THE HEAT BLOG HOP…..

Thank you to ISLAND BATIK, ACCUQUILT and HOBBS BATTING for all of the products used in this creation.



Well, another month is almost over…..and it’s time to get the new project posted for the ISLAND BATIK AMBASSADORS program!!!! YEAH…I actually have 4 more days so I’m ahead of the game.. not an easy feat considering that this last couple of weeks have been so hectic…and that I am just getting back from the International Quilt Market in Kansas City. But…. I have been stitching quite a bit since I returned from Market…and one of the project was this May project for the Ambassador program.

The Theme this morning is MAKE IT MODERN WITH HOBBS….and the project requested was a crib size or larger quilt using Hobbs batting.

The first thing that I wanted to confirm was what would be the standard size for a crib quilt…well….that wasn’t going to be an answer that one would find quickly or ever. Every website that I checked had a different size for a crib quilt; so I opted to kind of average it out and make the size that best fit the idea that I had in my head.

My project for May is entitled “MODERN SAFARI”, 35″ x 45″

The quilt top is complete; although not yet quilted; with just getting back from the quilt market – and catching up on all of the deadlines, I felt that I’d get the top completed and then send this one off to my long arm quilter so she can work her magic on it over the next couple of weeks. My Quilter,Shelly Wicks of HALFYARD QUILTING STUDIO is the cat’s meow and will put another spin on this one with her quilting……then I’;ll be back with an update once the quilting is done and the the quilt has it’s binding.

Modern Safari, 35″ X 45″

Now, those of you who know me will know that there are really not a lot of modern bones in my creative mind or body…..if there is one, I’ve yet to find it. 🙂 But, with this challenge set forth in our Ambassador guidelines, I was very much looking forward to stepping out of my comfort zone to create my version of what I feel modern would be for this project.

The one thing that I new I wanted to do was to use something that was fun like these animal print fabric…..and I had the perfect ones in my Island Batik stash in lovely 5″ strips.

Island Batik assorted animal print fabrics

I knew that a modern quilt needed to have one of the characteristics defined by the modern quilt quilt…. I thought that perhaps I covered the bold prints (kind of)…although I aimed for print style rather than bright colors. But, I saw a snippet of that blue shade coming though in one of the animal prints and decided that a vertical strip of that blue would make a splach of color in the quilt; and well, adding the red appliqued heart kind of gave it a double splash. Since it is a child’s quilt, I thought that the heart was appropriate.

Graphic area of solid color was another option – I used a lot of solid black – I am hoping that that will count towards this feature.

Minimalism is another modern feature. Perhaps with the very few pieces uses and the way that I’ve pieced this one, that may fit into the minimalism category.

This one will be quilted using the HOBBS 80/20 BLACK BATTING; the perfect batting for a quilt with a lot of black in the quit top/backing.

This easy and fun designs allows you to make an adorable quilt in a couple of hours….. all of the prints used in this quilt are 5″ wide x 31-1/2″ long.

Except for the top and black strips which are cut 3-3/4″ x 31-1/2″, the balance black strips are cut 4-1/2″ x 31-1/2″ long.

You’re simply sewing all of the strips together; then cutting 9-1/4″ from the right side of the quilt once the quilt top is complete.

The vertical stripe is a 2-1/2″ blue strip, with 1-1/5″ of black added to each side, then the quilt top pieces are stitched to this vertical strip. Once that is complete, the only other step was to applique the heart.

Now, how easy can making a child’s quilt be……VERY SIMPLY WITH LOTS OF IMPACT….you gotta love that. 🙂

Be sure to check out ISLAND BATIK on Facebook and see lots of other fun designs that are being presenting this month by all of the ISLAND BATIK AMBASSADORS. https://www.facebook.com/islandbatik/

I would like to also invite you to come over and visit me on Facebook and Instagram:



I would like to take ISLAND BATIK For the beautiful fabrics that were supplied to make this fun quilt top and to HOBBS BATTING for so generously supplying the batting to complete the project.

Happy Stitching everyone!


Island Batik & AccuQuilt Ready. Set. GO! Baby Quilt Challenge

As an Island Batik Ambassador, this month’s challenge was to use my AccuQuilt GO! Machine and dies to make a fun baby quilt that features Island Batik fabrics; and let me tell you – what a fun project this has been.

The Island Batik Ambassador Challenge for April 2019

As I was getting ready earlier this month to place a new design for my monthly challenge, the idea of child’s quilt bring many different mental images of various designs and themes but I wanted to take this challenge a little outside the design box and do it a little differently….. and well….I was thinking, who says that a baby quilt has to be rectangle or square….it can be any fun shape right? Well…the challenge this month was that the baby quilt needed to be 40″ to 48″ “SQUARE”….but in the excitement of working with this stunning fabrics and this magnificent AccuQuilt Cutter, I just missed the word SQUARE altogether – and well, the result is in another geometric chapter! 🙂

A lot of my customers are so into the QUILT-AS-YOU-GO type projects; and just as excited about SCRAPPY PROJECT that I wanted these 2 feature to be focused in this month’s challenge project.



“RING AROUND THE HEXAGON” Baby Quilt/Play Mat, 40″ diameter

This whole project started with a simple 5-1/2″ cut hexagon that I wanted to use for a focus center in my quilt…..and from there, the rest is history.

The starting point to this fun creation was to cut a piece of HOBBS HEIRLOOM PREMIUM COTTON BATTING. Hobbs supplied us with a group of battings for our projects; this one is from the CRIB SIZE 45″ x 60″ which was perfect for this project. I was aiming for a 40″ finished project.

I cut my batting to be 45″ square, found the center point and drew the 5-1/2″ Hexagon as my jumping off point for the quilt. Since this is a QUILT-AS-YOU-GO project, I also cut a piece of backing fabric the same size. The Backing fabric was laid on my work table wrong side up with the batting on top.

I then pinned my center Hexagon in place.

With the center Hexagon anchored, I had fun with the AccuQuilt cutter. I knew that I really wanted to focus on one particular die this month – the 2-/2″ width strip cutter….it’s just the cat’s meow and I love it so much….so it makes sense that my first AccuQuilt project would feature this die. Cutting the 2-1/2″ strips for this project was amazing…everything was cut and complete in around 10 minutes….how awesome is that…and without any extra laying out of fabrics, etc. I could easily layer my fabrics, and cut them so quickly.

I could have just keep on stripping…. (cutting strips 🙂 ) but I knew that I had plenty for this project. What a super way of using up some of those smaller pieces because the strips used closer to the center of the quilt are quite short compared to the ones used near the outside.

An assortment of 2-1/2″ strips cut with my AccuQuilt Go! Cutter…… a varied assortment that will marry together so well for a fun blend of colors and prints; what baby wouldn’t look even more cute wrapped up in these?

With the fun 2-1/2″ strips at my disposal, the fun part of selected each of the strips to sew around this Hexagon project had just begun. Strips were added 1 at a time, in a quilt as you go method; until I achieved the desired size of my baby quilt; which would mean adding 9 rows of strips around the center hexagon.

Adding the 2-1/2″ strips one at a time……watching this fun RING AROUND THE HEXAGON take shape.

And here it is….. “RING AROUND THE HEXAGON”


Size: 40″ diameter

I would like to just take a moment to thank ISLAND BATIK for supplying all of these wonderful fabrics for our creative projects; to AccuQuilt for supplying the wonderful GO! Cutter which made this and will make so many more projects so much more enjoyable to create, and to HOBBS for their gift of fabric batting that gives this project such a wonderful handfeel.

To see more wonderful fabrics, projects, products… perhaps start by checking out the sponsor’s Facebook pages…. there’s so much to see there….. see what other Ambassador’s are creating and get inspired to stitch!




Have a very blessed and stitchy kind of day!


“VINTAGE REIMAGINED” with Island Batiks

As an ISLAND BATIK AMBASSADOR, this month’s challenge was to creative a project under the topic if “VINTAGE REIMAGINED”.

As a traditional quilter, I have always loved the idea of trying to use my Island Batiks in a traditional way to bring a kind of new look to traditional projects. With “VINTAGE REIMAGINED”, it was the perfect time to do that once again.

When I first sat to think about what I’d like to do for this month’s challenge, my first idea was to center the project around a star. I thought about doing something along the lines of a crazy quilt; I considered another Quilt-As-You-Go method quilt….but in the end, the star won.

I would like to mention that the beautiful fabrics used in this project were given to me by Island Batik; batting provided by Hobbs Batting.

A couple of years ago I designed a fun star themed table topper with 4 large star blocks with sashings and a border…. I entitled that project “DINING WITH THE STARS”. For this months ISLAND BATIK AMBASSADOR project, I’ve taken one of those start blocks; changed it up a little – and creating a single star table topper entitled “A STAR IS BORN”. Measuring 36″ x 36″, it is the prefect size to fit the 36×36 required size for this month’s challenge.

The quilt top is one that you can make up in a couple of hours…perfect for when you want to start/finish/enjoy a project the same day.

OH….and I know it’s March and Spring…. but for this project, I’ve decided that I’m going to get a head start on another fun Fall display project for my home.

“A STAR IS BORN” started with a center 8″ block……and there are 8 blocks surrounding that center block that also measure 8″. 4 of those blocks were snowballed with 4-1/4″ squares to coordinate with the center.

Snowball blocks are trimmed 1/4″ outside of the stitched line; triangle is this flipped towards the outside corner and pressed

The snowballed squares became the points of my star.

4 snowballed blocks for the star points

Stitching the 9 blocks together to make the center star is always fun. I love stars in my projects; and this one is no different. Working with the larger pieces also makes this project go together much faster.

When stitching together the star block, I stitch the blocks together in 3 rows, then join the rows. The seams in the first and third rows are pressed towards the outside blocks; the seams in the center row are pressed towards the center. Pressing the seams alternately allows you to really lock those seams when stitching your rows together.

9 blocks make up the center star

Note: When pinning your rows together, match seams well…and pin just before the seam so that your needle will arrive at the pin before the seam. The pin will anchor the seams as the foot moves towards the seam.

Completed center star block

With the center star block complete, I decided to add a smaller sashing, using 2-1/2″ width strips and corner squares. Corner squares are cut from the same fabric as my outer border.

I finished with a 5″ border – but of course, to make this project a little bigger, simpler make the sashing and border wider.

“A STAR IS BORN” Table Topper, 36″ x 36″

This project will be completed using my HOBBS Heirloom Cotton Batting; the Crib Size format. Hobbs batting is the prefect batting for my projects. I love the feel of my project once it has been quited; the handfeel is just the weight that I love to achieve.

Hobbs Cotton Batting, Crib size

With the quilt top complete, it is now getting ready to travel to Western Canada where my long arm quilter will work her magic to breathe even more life into this project; then it’s back to Montreal so that I can add the binding and put it aside in anticipation of finding a special spot to display it in my home this Fall.

Please take time to visit the Island Batik and discover more about what’s happening in their batik world; check out the wonderful creations by so many wonderful Island Batik Ambassadors; and get inspired by all of the fun designs and colors brought to us by Island Batik.

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February 1st marked a new fun time in my quilting…since it was the start of my ISLAND BATIK AMBASSADORSHIP 2019.

Many of you watched the unveiling video where I shared so many wonderful things that were sent to the Ambassadors this year to use in the creation of wonderful, fun projects to showcase the ISLAND BATIK Fabric, HOBBS Batting, AURIFIL Thread and as well the ACCUQUILT Go Cutter.

For February, the challenge for all Ambassadors was to create a “MAGNIFICENT MINI”.

In 2012, I designed a pattern for a “VINTAGE MINI RUNNER” but have put it aside to recreate in a different style/theme at a later date; I knew that when I started to work on my “Magnificent Mini”, my mini runner was going to be the base on this project.

I love taking the more modern batik prints and introducing them to a more traditional approach of quilting. This new version of the “VINTAGE MINI RUNNER” is an extension of that idea. Measuring just 10″ x 23″, it is the prefect size for a fun afternoon project; and definitely an adorable “Magnificent Mini”. For this project, I dug into my delicious Island Batik stash to find a mix of cream background strips for my base; and then from my new Ambassador Box, I found these special prints for my appliques and binding. The prints all beautiful but I especially love the one that I found for the flower basket binding – One 5″ stripe was enough to complete this part of the project.

The “Vintage Mini Runner” is made up of an assortment of 1-1/2″ strips that I used to prepare the base of my project in a QUILT-AS-YOU-GO (QAYG) Method. The QAYG method is a wonderful way to complete a project more quickly and easily since the project is quilted once you finish the runner top.

Project features the QUILT-AS-YOU-GO Method

The applique technique that I used is one that I call “APPLI-SIMPLE” where the appique pieces are backed with a very light-weight interfacing. In additional to using the “APPLI-SIMPLE” method, I’ve also done this project in a 3-D effect with the petals of the flowers having some depth in the applique process. The Appliques were completed by hand.


Learn more about my “APPLI-SIMPLE” technique here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nAGBygBkzc8&t=39s

The batting used in this project is the HOBBS CHIEIRLOOM PREMIUM Cotton Batting, 80/20 Cotton/Poly. This batting has the perfect weight and drape quality that I enjoy for my table runner and other simpler projects.

I’ve had a lot of fun with this project; and am already thinking about the March project for our Ambassadorship……. be sure to subscribe to my blog; and remember your comments are very welcome.

Happy Stitching!!!!!!!!

Please check in at the be sure to check out the other Magnificent Minis from all of the Island Batik Ambassadors

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen

Gene Black ~ Gene Black

Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts

Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River

Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts

Tina Dillard ~ Quilting Affection Designs

Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney

Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon

Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts

Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts

Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II

Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts

Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts

Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks

Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting

Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter

Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter

Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff

Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke

Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights

Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke

Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog

Kathleen McCormick ~ KathleenMcCormick

Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs

Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created

Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk

Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts

Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail

Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting

Anita Skjellanger , Quilt in a not-Shell

Laticia “Tish” Stemple ~ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland

Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter

Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations

Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts

Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts

Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts

Suzy Webster ~ Adventerous Applique and Quilting

(Debora) Anne Weins ~ Sweetgrass Creative Designs

Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter

Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore

Now’s that’s a good thing………

It seems that today our days are just so full of “stuff”… there’s this and that and everything else and we are wishing that the days were longer, etc……

Well, every now and then I will come across an article that just makes me smile – and this is one of those articles….and I just had to share the link with you. https://www.boredpanda.com/good-news-beds-for-animals-amarildo-silva/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=organics

What a wonderful way to recycle, add a little sewing – and make a difference….this guy is rocking his part of the world…. it certainly is a good thing!!!!!!!

FIFTY 2019 Island Ambassadors to visit today!!!!!!!

Good Morning,,,
Here’s a little something for you to do while you are enjoying a cuppa today…. click on the link below to visit ISLAND BATIK and check out the 2019 ISLAND BATIK AMBASSADORS,,,, check out their links, follow their blogs, lots of great creativity in our 2019 group of 50 Ambassadors.

And….while you are there – discover the wonderful world of Island Batik. 🙂

Happy Stitching everyone!!!!!!!