Saturday, July 31, 2021

Island Batik Ambassador's Never Too Early Challenge

It's time for Christmas in July!  This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to create a project fit for an end of the year celebration.  I chose Christmas and decided to play around with red and green scraps.  

I recently received the new 4 inch Qube from Accuquilt and I'd been dying to try it out.  So I made one big block for the center using my 8 inch Qube and then four half blocks to go around the edges using my 4 inch Qube.  It is a wonderful addition to the Accuquilt Qubes!  It works like a charm.  I was amazed how well those tiny blocks turned out!  They were pieced using my favorite Microtex Needles from Schmetz.



The trickiest part of this project for me was figuring out how to quilt all the white space in this quilt.  I decided to make strings of beads with pine needles like extensions coming out on both sides of them.  I really like the way it turned out using my favorite Aurifil Thread of course and Hobbs 80/20 cotton/poly batting.



In the green areas I quilted a ribbon like motif and in the red I did a simple continuous curve.


For the outside white I decided to quilt a mostly circular string of beads and then continue the pine needle extensions even though some of them were going to be really long.  I'm thrilled with the way it turned out!


I hope you get to quilt today!

Suzy

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Elizabeth DeCroos ~
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Tuesday, July 27, 2021

Island Batik Ambassador's Box 2 Reveal!

Check out what amazing products I'll be working with as an Island Batik Ambassador for the second half of 2021!


Lots of fun from Schmetz Needles, Aurifil Thread, Hobbs Batting, By Annie Patterns, and Studio 180.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Suzy

It's A Guy Thing Blog Hop

I was thinking about what to create for the It's A Guy Thing Blog Hop for Carol of Just Let Me Quilt and couldn't decide what to make.  Finally, it hit me...bugs!  Getting rid of bugs is for boys!  I don't mind getting rid of ladybugs or flies or those kinds of things, but creepy bug removal is definitely a guy thing.


I had a great time playing with colors for my creepy bug.  I found a great Island Batik background and fabrics.  And leftover Tula Pink piping.


Ta da!  Bug done.  I am excited to hang this cute little guy in my first grade classroom and see what they have to say.  


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Be sure to check out the other bloggers on this hop!

 July 26

Creatin' in the Sticks

Storied Quilts

Quilted Delights

Samelia's Mum

Vroomans Quilts

Karen's Korner

 

July 27

 

MooseStashQuilting

Inflorescence

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Websterquilt

Words & Stitches

Days Filled With Joy

 

July 28

 

Ms P Designs USA

Beaquilter

Lianne Makes Stuff

For The Love Of Geese

Domestic Felicity

 

July 29

 

Scrapdash

That Fabric Feeling

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Quilt Schmilt

The Colorful Fabriholic

Songbird Designs

 July 30

Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Fabrication

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Patchouli Moon Studio

Food for Thought

Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Island Batik Ambassador's June Challenge: Spread Love and Joy with Accuquilt

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to use a Block on Board Accuquilt Die and a block made using the 8 inch Qube.

For my Block on Board I received was Morning Star.  It makes a 12 inch block.


I chose to use black, two gorgeous new greens from the Vincent's Garden Collection and a gorgeous lavender.  These blocks were so slick to put together!  I LOVE Block on Board dies.


For the other block I chose to use a block very similar to the double T block.  I can't remember the exact name of it.  It is a 12" block in order to fit well with the morning star block.  I simply used more of my units made with the Qube.


I had fun quilting straight lines on interior white spaces and feathers all around the edges.  After all, you can never have enough feathers.  I used Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Poly batting and my favorite Aurifil threads of course.  The Schmetz Microtex needles slide through the batiks like butter!


Island Batik and Accuquilt are such fun to work with!

Part of this challenge is to give the quilt to someone to help spread love and joy.  I will definitely be doing that, but it's a secret for now.  So you'll have to wait a bit until it can be given.

I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Fairy Tales Blog Hop

I must admit I was having trouble deciding what fairy tale to pick.  Then I walked out of my sewing room and found the answer to the question: Rapunzel!  This quilt was actually made when I was in college and is probably 22 years old and hangs on the wall in my basement.

I had a lot of fun picking out fancy looking fabrics to make it just perfect.

I vividly remember picking out the dark blue for the roofline so I could cut out the fancy edge.  The border fabric started it all because i thought it looked very regal.  I also found the hair fabric in my mother's stash.

I added the quilt blocks to make it look like a quilter's tower.  And found a cobblestone fabric for the entry path.  I also had fun trying to match the stripes for the bottom section of the tower.






Here's a close look at Rapunzel.  I so love the hair fabric and the roof.  I also cut out some birds from a bird fabric to add to the piece.


I am unsure why I chose to make the prince green, but I like it.


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Be sure to check out all the other amazing bloggers on the hop:

Monday, June 21, 2021

Plum Pudding Blog Tour

I am very excited to be participating in my friend Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting's Plum Pudding Blog Tour today!  Sherry and I met a few years ago when we were both Island Batik Ambassadors living in the same metropolitan area.  Now she has her own fabric lines with Island Batik.  Let me introduce you to Snowflake made with Plum Pudding!



Here is the entire collection!  SO pretty.
 

Here are the three fabrics I had to work with.  I knew I wanted to make a big white snowflake on the gray pinecone background with pretty pink binding.


I had fun doing wavy quilting and topstitching my binding.


I chose to do a double blanket stitch around the edges of all my pieces.


I also had fun doing some detail quilting around the snowflake.


Project complete!


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Be sure to check out all the other amazing blog hop participants!