Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Island Batik Ambassador's One Die Wonder with Accuquilt Project

Welcome to my March Island Batik Ambassador Project!  Our challenge this month is in conjunction with Accuquilt.  We were each sent a Block on Board Die from Accuquilt to create with.

I received the Chimney Sweep Die.  It will always remind me of the classic album quilts where people signed their names in the X in the center.  I made one of these quilts when I was in high school for graduation.  All my friends and teachers signed it.  It still hangs on the wall in my entry way of my home.

So, for this quilt I wanted to try to do something a little different with the block.  I wanted to see if I could make a modern quilt with it.  Yes, I'm not kidding!  I wanted to go outside the box.

Here's my fabric pull on my cutter all ready to go!

When I first opened the die and looked at it I realized that not only did the triangles have the dog ears cut off, but the squares and rectangles did too.  At first I couldn't figure out why that was...but then it came to me.

This purple square is lined up with a green triangle.  Do you see how the square and triangle have the same dog ears cut so they line up perfectly?!  Brilliant!  It made sewing this block a snap.

Here you can see adding the wee corner triangle.  Again, lined up perfectly.

Now let's look at some quilting!  I did straight matchsticks in the green to make the other areas pop.  In the purple and lavender I chose to do continuous curve quilting.

Here's the back.  It of course uses my favorite Aurifil threads and Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/poly batting.  I also used Schmetz microtex Chrome needles to sew with.  They slide through the fabric like butter.

Big swirls fill the cream areas and I had fun with the largest purple square adding a flourish to my continuous curve.

All done!  Very modern and using the Chimney Sweep block.  Mission accomplished!

I hope you get to quilt today!  And I hope you are staying safe and healthy.

Monday, March 23, 2020

Claudia Pfeil's Corona Mystery

The truly amazing and talented Claudia Pfeil has started a Facebook Group and is doing a mystery quilt for this challenge period in time.

I am a Claudia Pfan for sure and I joined.  Check out what I've done so far!  I'm bringing spring into my house in Minnesota where it snowed a little this morning.  It's certainly given me something to do and enjoy.

I might've gotten TOTALLY carried away.   But it's been a blast!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Quilt Qwazy Queens Making Us Laugh Blog Hop

It's been an emotional last few weeks for me for personal reasons and with COVID-19 it has only gotten crazier!  What makes me laugh?  As of Sunday (three days ago) I still had no idea.  I asked my fifth grade students (who I miss already!) and my own kids.  None of their ideas jelled.  

I finally decided on a silly shoe because they always make me smile.  Did you know any shot from Star Wars with Admiral Tarkin where his feet don't show he was in bunny slippers?  Cracks me up.  And my sister has Monty Python Killer Rabbit Slippers.  

So I went to good old Google and searched silly shoes.  I finally came upon someone with what looked like a high heeled roller skate.  I couldn't stop laughing.  That was it.  So here is my quilt!  Made with all Island Batik fabrics of course!

Could my son's Koala wear it?!

I love this amazing purple and black print!

And if that didn't make you laugh...

My son and I have been doing silly drawings.  He has stomach flu (not corona) and I've been trying to entertain him.  I draw the first half of the picture and then he has to finish it.

So here's a lightsaber handle.  It got turned into a toothpick dispenser.

And a hot dog...that got made into soy sauce.  Check out the sodium nutrition facts he included.  The kid has the best sense of humor.

I hope I made you laugh today.

I hope you get to quilt today.

Check out my fellow Bloggers for more giggles!

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Wednesday, March 4, 2020


Exciting news!  My new show quilt Reverberations took first place at Indiana Heritage Quilt Show!  And Best Edge Finish.  So exciting to see my new baby do well.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, February 17, 2020

Color It Red Blog Hop!

It's always such fun to participate in Carol from Just Let Me Quilt's blog hops!  This time the theme is color it red.  Simple....just has to be red.  I decided to play with this theme and create an all red flower.

I've been playing a lot lately with using nontraditional fabrics in my applique.  It's fun to try something different and to get different effects.  This flower has two different kinds of velvet (see the light orangey petals with the curves?  Velvet. 

I also has a bunch of different kinds of leather.  Look closely below.  You can see the curvy velvet.  The triangles just below it are leather as is the curve at the top.  The big dark piece in the flower?  Suede leather.  In fact, I think there are six different red leathers in this piece.  Can you tell I've been collecting? LOL..

Look many different fancy fabrics can you spot?  I also had fun doing all the blanket stitching in the same red thread.  That saved so much time!

Follow me in all my adventures in my Facebook Group Machine Applique Adventures.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Be sure to check out my fellow hoppers:

February 17th

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February 19th

February 20th
February 21st

Thursday, February 13, 2020

Island Batik Ambassador's Log Cabin Blog Hop

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to use some gorgeous new collections to make Log Cabin quilts!  I received the amazing Color Pop collection designed by Kathy Engle.

I immediately knew I wanted to make four HUGE log cabin blocks.  Each of these measures in at 30 inches!  I had nine colors planned for my center star, but I needed to fit in the blues so some of the strips got cut shorter and blue squares were added to the ends.  Thank goodness I had my Accuquilt GO! Big to help me cut all the 1 1/2 and 2 1/2 inch strips.

The fabrics are so luscious!

I made some four patches and slowly started building my blocks...I used Schmetz Chrome Microtex needles for the first time.  WOW.  They slid through the batik like butter.

Then my Handi Quilter Capri and I had some fun.  This is only the second quilt I've completed on my new machine.  I had a lot of fun quilting huge white feathers on the stars.

I was struggling with deciding what color to put on all those skinny 1 inch strips when my mom, who is a long arm quilter, suggested white as it would look like a large snowflake.  I'm so glad I took her suggestion.

In the background white areas I quilted large spiral centered flowers.  A fun and easy fill as the flowers were 6-8 inches across.  I had a lot of space to fill.  This quilt of course use Aurifil Thread and my favorite Hobbs 80/20 batting.

It's hard to get outdoor pictures on cold snowy Minnesota days where the sun goes down shortly after I have returned from work.  I was able to snap this one on our snow pile on the side of our driveway.  We got 7 inches of snow last weekend so things are looking pristine right now.


Island Batik is having an amazing giveaway on their here to enter and scroll down to the bottom of their post!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, February 10, 2020

Enchanted Forest Quilt Complete!

It's done!  My VERY FIRST quilt completed on my Handiquilter Capri is finally finished.  It took me a while to get around to binding it.  It features Island Batik's Enchanted Garden collection

I had a blast quilting.  I did swirls, mushrooms, arches, continuous curve...

I used Glide thread and Hobbs Batting (my favorite 80/20 blend). 

Oh how I love that my machine can keep up with me!  And I can do huge swirls and not have to overworry about stitch length.

I hope you get to quilt today!