Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Island Batik Ambassadors Make It Modern Challenge

Before I became an Island Batik Ambassador I had never made a modern quilt.  Now I have made many and they are some of my favorites!  I love having lots of negative space to quilt.  This month's challenge is Made it Modern with Hobbs Batting.

This month I started my challenge with my Accuquilt Go BIG! cutter.  It is so nice to be able to cut all my pieces accurately and quickly.  I decided to use to fun oranges and a teal Island Batik for my project.  I also used the black solid batik.  It doesn't fray easily and is so amazing to work with.

After sewing the main section together this is what happened!  I'm so happy with how it turned out.  

Since my quilt has a black background I had to use a black batting!  Hobbs black batting is terrific and worked amazingly well in my project.

Time to pick thread colors!  I dug into my Aurifil thread stash.  I have a that a stash?   I dunno.  I love it either way!  Here are the two I picked for the light orange and teal.  You can see that I quilted some feathers in the teal.

This is how I pick thread for my background.  I knew I didn't want to use black as it's hard to see for my eyes, so I usually pick a gray or a dark purple or blue to quilt large black areas with.  I laid a bit of each color gray on the quilt top to see how they would look.  I decided the purple was definitely out.  The two grays are very similar, but the top one in the photo is easier to see, so that's the gray I chose. 

You can see that when I'm quilting with this gray it's easy to see the feathers I was making.

You can see that in the whole quilt you can't tell that the thread is gray, and it certainly made it easier on my eyes since I quilting the entire background in feathers.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, May 13, 2019

Paducah Inspiration

A few of my favorite quilts from Paducah a few weeks ago.  I love the quilting on this first one.

The next three are from Japan.  They're amazing.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, May 10, 2019

Free Motion Friday - Tula Pink Kaleidoscope with my Mom

This was a quilt I just wasn't sure how to quilt.  So I handed it off to my mom to longarm.  She had a lot of fun.  More pictures next week!

Look at the stripes.  See the little extra detail she put in?  It's fabulous!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Ziggedy Zaggedy

This quilt has been done for awhile, but I've neglected to post about it.  It's a modern mini and is made of course with my favorite Island Batiks and Hobbs batting.  I was in the mood to make a modern mini one day, so I did!

Did you know Island Batik is now making a gray solid?!  It's fabulous to work with.

Each shape is a different red or red-orange Island batik.  It's subtle but you notice it when you look closely.

Starting to mark with my favorite Clover White Pen.  It irons off and is fantastic.

Stitching the baselines.

Adding the red diamonds.  They don't pop as much as I want. What to do...

Bubbles down the center!

Here's the back at this point.

Adding red stippling.

Look carefully at this next picture.  The bottom two diamonds on the left have a thicker red line.  And extra step, but worth it as it makes them pop more.

With all the extra red thread added.  Worth it!

All done.  TA DA!  Ziggedy Zaggedy named by my amazing son Roland.

A close up of the finished quilt.

And the back!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, May 6, 2019

Flower Inspiration

How do you capture a flower in a quilt?  That is an interesting question.  But here are some flowers to inspire you today.

And a good giggle from a sign above the register at Hancock's of Paducah.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Free Motion Friday - Quilting a Unicorn

Sometimes I get myself into trouble by volunteering to do things.  Fortunately, it wasn't the case this time.  I had such fun quilting this unicorn for my friend Ann!  It's a gift for a friend of hers who is 8.  

I started with wavy lines in a variegated thread for the mane of the unicorn.

The horn itself got some elongated bubbles.

I stippled the unicorn's body and did swirls in the background.

It was such fun!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Just Wanna Quilt's Green Project

Just Wanna Quilt is working on a Green Project.  Volunteers were sent either a Kaffe or Tula green fabric and we were to make with it what we chose.  I used my Accuquilt to cut all the pieces for this block I designed.  It was such fun to just play.

My fabric pull.

Pieces are cut.

Some detail shots of the quilting.

All done!

I hope you get to quilt today!