Wednesday, October 9, 2019

Witchy Stitchy Blog Hop

I LOVE Halloween quilts!  I think it's because of the colors.  Orange, lime green, black, purple.  Such fun.  When Just Let Me Quilt announced this blog hop I knew just what I wanted to do.  I saw a pumpkin at MQX carved with a quilt block design a while ago.  And the idea was born...

Of course I used my favorite Island Batik fabrics to do my wallhanging.

I wanted blocks that were fairly simple and easy to identify by quilters.  I pieced the blocks and then fused down all the pieces.

For the background I used Lori Kennedy's bat design.  It seemed perfect for this Halloween quilt.

Inside each black quilt block I did some fun filler pattern to flatten the black areas.

All done and sew much fun!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Be sure to check out all the other amazing projects on this Witchy Stitchy Hop!

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Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Lisa's Quilt using the Island Batik Islander Collection

My cousin Lisa happened to be here when my latest Island Batik Ambassador quilt box arrived.  Lisa is an accomplished clothing maker and embroider.  In fact she comes with us to International Quilt Festival Houston every year.  However, she hasn't made many quilts in her life.  She absolutely fell in love with the Island Batik Islander collection of strips and knew they would make a perfect quilt for above her bed.  

We decided on a simple strip pattern of Boomerang by Jaybird Quilts.  I then taught her how to use a rotary ruler to cut the appropriate pieces.

The Islander collection.  It so reminds me of being on a beach.  

It was fun watching her learn something new and seeing her have fun with the Island Batiks of course!  Pretty stacks...

Lisa is a rocket scientist (really, she is!) and she wanted each pair to two different fabrics.  Here is a picture of them all laid out on my kitchen table as we're trying to figure out a layout.

All sewn together!

Quilted!  Lisa used my mom's longarm while she was here to quilt scuba diving masks on each diamond.  She is a certified scuba instructor too.

The final quilt hanging on Lisa's wall!

Teaching someone to quilt is such fun!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Sunday, September 29, 2019

Island Batik Ambassadors September Child's Play Challenge

I was so excited when I opened my most recent Island Batik Ambassador box to find the Accuquilt Cleopatra's Fan die inside!  I knew that the challenge was to make a kids quilt using this die.  What to do?  I was scrolling through Facebook or Instagram one day while contemplating this when I saw an image of a hot air balloon.  Perfect!  I could play with the blocks and make them go across the balloon.  

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I must admit that I was a little nervous about sewing these curved seams. However, a few pins and it was slick!  And the directions that come with the die are clear and word perfectly.  I look forward to using the die again soon.

For the backdrop of this balloon I decided to use scrappy blues.  I'm just about out of blue Island Batik fabrics now!  It was of course quilted with Aurifil thread and has Hobbs 80/20 cotton/poly blend.

My mom happily quilted my balloon on her longarm.  She had fun with feathers in the yellow.  Windy lines in the background and some curls in the Cleopatra's Fan blocks.

My son couldn't be happier with his new quilt!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, September 25, 2019

International Quilt Festival Houston Auction Quilt - Part 2

Complete!  My little quilt is off to Houston to be auctioned off as part of the small quilt auction at International Quilt Festival!

I appliqued my flower down to my background fabric.  Then I started drawing some lines for the quilting.

Here's a closer look at the plan

You can see that the red stitching goes through the blue and purple fabrics.  I am into layering my quilting like this right now.

Teeny tiny hexagon cross hatching in the center hexie

A purple flower in the center

I really like how this lavender stitching pulls your eye out since it matches the purple fabric.  I want to play with this idea some more.

The purple wasn't going to show the quilting much so I decided on simple pebbles.

The back at this stage.  I love the color!

I didn't want to use plain thread for the background so I chose a light lavender to add a little pop of color.

Ta da!  All done.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Thursday, September 19, 2019

International Quilt Festival Houston Auction Piece - Part 1

My friend Kim Brunner was telling me about some paper pieces by Helen Stubbings out of Australia that are made from a product you can LEAVE IN THE PIECE!  I heard about these a year ago and recently I found them in my local quilt shop!  I had to try them!  They're called Hugs and Kisses.  I bought the 1 inch hexies.  

I then designed a pattern using them with some help from my favorite 8 year old.  Next it was into my Island Batik stash to pick some yummy fabrics.

I can't believe how easily these pieces sewed!  And it was so nice not to be hitting paper with the needle!  It was like butter.  SO nice.  I'm sure to use them again sooner rather than later.  

I love this flower.

Look how seamless they look!  And I don't have to remove paper...yay!

Big flower all done.  

This was supposed to be the runner.  Ironically, I didn't like it all together.  It was too long and too busy.  What to do?  Make two projects!

So here's the big star.  I'll be attaching it to some cream background and quilting it for my International Quilt Festival Houston small quilt auction piece.

Stay tuned!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, September 16, 2019

Wildflower Inspiration

I will always love the beauty of flowers.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop

My favorite quilt block.  I have to be honest.  It's hard to choose?  So I decided to pick one I have always liked, but never made.  This block is called Capital T's.  I of course went to my favorite Island Batik stash of fabrics and picked out two fabrics to play with.

I started by making a bunch of half square triangles.

And a few flying geese.

Here you can see my ironing surface.  It's made of flannel.  The flannel fibers stick to the fabric and help prevent stretching.

Sewing some geese together.

Almost done!

Finished.  I love the way it turned out.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Be sure to check out all the amazing blocks from the other quilters on this hop!

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