Monday, September 21, 2020

Hello Fall Blog Hop!

It's fall!?  How did that happen?  Time flies.  For the Hello Fall Blog Hop I decided I wanted to create a new pillow. Carla with Creatin' in the Sticks always has such fun blog hops.

I went digging in my Island Batik scrap bin and found some beauties leftover from a 10 inch square stack.  It was a challenge making sure I had enough of each color but with different backgrounds I was able to persevere.  

I started with some maple leaf blocks in pale green and gold.  At this point where I had all four blocks made I realized that I hadn't put on any stems...what to do?

I decided that they needed applique stems.  And while I was at it I decided to make them fancy stems.  Which ended morphing into this:

I love how the stitching adds to the design.

I was at this point where I'd added a border when it occurred to me that this would be a nice sized pillow.

It was Sunday and my preferred pillow form store was closed....but Mom came to my rescue as she had one!  Happy Fall!

Be sure to check out the other amazing Bloggers on the hop!

I hope you get to quilt today!


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Tuesday, September 8, 2020

Island Batik Ambassador's It's in the Bag Blog Hop

I'm excited to share my newest Island Batik Ambassador Blog Hop project!  It's called the Flipped Out Bag and it's a pattern from By

By Annie was amazing in sending the ambassadors the pattern, stabilizer, and all the accessories we would need for our bags!  Thank you so much!  I chose the Flipping Out bag because it looked like a great way to store some of the supplies on my sewing desk and an easy way to take them with me when I go out and about with my sewing machine....or when I will again.  I made the large size so it would fit my tall tools.

All By Annie patterns have these fabulous little labels you copy and cut out and then use to label all your pieces.  They were certainly helpful in knowing which piece was which!

The pattern also had me premake the little binding rings.  What a good idea when the binding is so small.  There were videos to go along with my bag called Add-On Videos that were well worth it!  Since this was my very first By Annie bag it was really nice to be able to see some of the steps I wasn't quite sure about.  I highly recommend the videos.  When you purchase your pattern a coupon is included for you to log into the By Annie website and get the video for free.  It was really easy to do.

Here's my bag all zipped up!  This fabric is from Island Batik's new Buttercup collection.  It's a range of soft blues and yellows and I'll show you more next month!

All done!  It will hold my spray bottle and magic wand when it closes too!  It's just what I wanted and it already sits on my sewing table.

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Island Batik is giving away a fat quarter bundle of Buttercup and on of Floralicious this week!  Check it out:

I'm also giving away four fat quarters from the lovely Buttercup collection.  Comment on my post by the end of the blog hop for a chance to win!

Be sure to check in with all the other Island Batik Ambassador's as the blog hop continues!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, September 7, 2020

Sunday, August 30, 2020

Island Batik Ambassador's Try a Tool Challenge

This month the Island Batik Ambassador's were challenge to try out one of Studio 180's amazing rulers!  I received the Wing Clipper ruler to make flying geese.  I must admit that flying geese are something I rarely make because I find them frustrating.  Not anymore!

For my project I used the Catching Dreams collection from Island Batik.  It's so pretty full of soft blues and purples.

I of course cut all my pieces on my amazing Accuquilt GO! cutter.  It makes it so much faster and I love how the pieces all end up the same size.

Next it was time to use the Quilter's Magic Wand.  I fell in love with it.  It is so much easier to use than any other half square triangle tool I have used before.  The laser cut line is nice and fine which makes it easy to line up the corners accurately.  

I then trimmed up all my flying geese of various sizes using the Wing Clipper.  It worked perfectly.

All done!  I had a blast quilting this one using Aurifil Thread and Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Poly batting (my favorite!).  

The fabric collection has buffalo in one of the prints, so of course I had to quilt some buffalo in it.  The outside of my quilt has a herd of buffalo wandering through the grass.

To make the geese "fly" I quilted them all with pebbles.

Done!  So pretty.  I love how varying the background leads to a watercolor effect.

I hope you get to quilt today!


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

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Tuesday, July 28, 2020

Christmas in July Blog Hop!

I have made a lot of Christmasy items over the years.  These are some of my favorites.  They've been hanging on the wall for almost two years now without taking them down.  No one in my family seems to mind, so I keep them up!  I made the stockings for a Christmas in July Blog Hop a few years ago.  The Christmas wreath was one of Helen Godden's December sew alongs.

These are my Christmas finishes for this month.

I made this first project for Accuquilt using their circle dies.  It was such fun to make and I've never done a tree skirt before.

This second project was for Island Batik and I got to give it to my friend Karen!  Such fun.  I tend to do more Christmas sewing in July than any other time of year.  Lol.

Be sure to check out all the other fun projects on the Blog Hop!

If you're interested in being updated on all my posts be sure to find my Facebook group:  Machine Applique Adventures.

I hope you get to quilt today!