Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Sunday, December 20, 2020

Wednesday, December 9, 2020

Love and Kisses Blog Hop!

I am thrilled to be a part of Sherry from Powered by Quilting's first blog hop for her signature collection Love and Kisses designed by Kathy Engle from Island Batik! Be sure to check her website for two giveaways!

She sent me these gorgeous fat quarters.  My original plan was to do some blocks with pink blocks on a blue background.  But after playing around I just wasn't getting anything to work the way I wanted it to.

So I started over and came up with this design.  I am really happy with how it turned out.  I love the way that dark pink really pops.
After I finished this far, I decided it really needed a border...

Much better.  It needed that white solid Island Batik fabric around the edge.

Time to quilt!  I had fun with feathers on this one.  I can never quilt too many feathers and the border was just screaming for them.

Here are a few closeups:

Be sure to check out the other bloggers on the hop!
December 1 - Sherry Shish of Powered By Quilting 
December 2 - Jen Strauser of Dizzy Quilter
December 3 - Laura Piland of Slice of Pi Quilts
December 4 - Jessica Caldwell of Desert Bloom Quilting
December 5 - Trisch Price & Jenifer Dick of Everyday Stitches
December 6 - Leanne Parsons of Devoted Quilter
December 7 - Andi Stanfield of True Blue Quilts
December 8 - Becca Fenstermaker of Pretty Piney Quilts
December 9 - Suzy Webster of Websterquilt
December 10 - Sally Williams of Paleofish designs
December 11 - Joanne Kerton of Canuck Quilter
December 12 - Andrea Arledge of Little Life of Mine
December 13 - Sarah Vanderburgh of Sew Joy Creations
December 14 - Kate Starcher of Katie Mae Quilts
December 15 - Linda Bratten of Linda B Creative
December 16 - Anja Clyke of Anja Quilts
December 17 - Marian Pena of Seams To Be Sew
December 18 - Sherry Shish of Powered By Quilting

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, December 7, 2020

Island Batik Ambassador's Medallion Quilt Challenge

I LOVE MEDALLION QUILTS!  I was so excited that this was the Island Batik Ambassador challenge for December.  I started working on this project in August as I'm a teacher and I knew this year was going to be full of busyness.  (And it so has been...)

This quilt uses the Mandala Magic by Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works. I started with this 10" square stack.  Yes.  That's it.  All I used was this precut stack and about 4 yards of Island Batik solid black fabric!  I challenged myself to see if I could do it.  I even added the extra half-triangle border to use up the final bits!  
I have been making medallion quilts for years.  They are truly one of my favorite kind of quilt to make.

Here is my inner block and first border.  I had a lot of fun using my Accuquilt 8" Qube to cut all the pieces for this quilt.  The best part?  Cutting it with my Accuquilt made my piecing so precise I didn't have any trouble adding borders.  They all fit on perfectly and I didn't have to adjust at all!  AMAZING.

It was all stitched with Aurifil 50 weight thread in white. I know that was risky with a black background, but it's what I chose to do.  You can always use a black sharpie to color the thread if it shows.  I also used fabulous Schmetz microtex needles.

Here's the second border added.

And here is third border added and the start of the fourth border.  I have no idea why I have gray Island Batik solid fabric hanging here.  It's a mystery!  

And the final beauty!  This quilt is about 72" square and it's the largest quilt I've done yet on my Handiquilter Capri that I've had for about a year.  

I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting in black.  It's absolutely fantastic to work with and perfect for a quilt with a dark background like this one.  (On a silly note, I was trying to trim the excess batting at 10pm at night in the winter with little light and it was quite challenging to tell the difference from the black fabric and the black batting.  I had to hold my phone under my chin with the flashlight feature on to be able to tell where to trim! It was quite the adventure.)

And the final beauty.  I am so glad I added the half square triangle border.  I think it makes the quilt.

For the quilting on this quilt I decided to use motifs from the prints of the fabrics.  In each black background I picked a different motif to use.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, December 5, 2020

Modern Mini Applique Block 91

I can't see anything other than the letter R reversed in this one.  Okay or maybe bunny ears?

I hope you get to quilt today!

Thursday, December 3, 2020

Virtual Cookie Exchange and Blog Hop

My mom just bought the Storm at Sea Block on Board Accuquilt Die.  I of course had to play with it and try it out.  What better than to make a simple and cute Christmas block that will make a wonderful gift this holiday season?! I of course used my favorite Island Batik fabrics.

I always love Just Let Me Quilt's Virtual Cookie Exchange.  This year I went online searching for a new and different cookie to make with my sons.  I found it...

Monday, November 30, 2020

Modern Mini Applique Block 90

If you look at this one upside down the pink fabric looks like antlers.  Or high heels?  I dunno.  But I like it!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, November 23, 2020

Island Batik Ambassador's Inspired by Nature Blog Hop

I am so excited to share my quilt made with Island Batik's new Tiki Punch collection. It is designed by Kathy Engle for Kate Colleran of Seams Like A Dream Quilt Designs. This collection reminds me of being on a tropical island. It made me smile the whole time I was working with it. I received a bundle of half-yards of this collection and I decided to make a quilt for my bed for the first time ever as an Ambassador. It was a personal challenge to try to use up as much of the fabric from the collection as possible and I'm happy to say that I did in this 90 inch square quilt.

I had a blast sewing with these gorgeous tropical fabrics and my favorite Aurifil thread!  I quickly got to work cutting pieces mostly with my Accuquilt Go.

When I realized how BIG this quilt was going to be I enlisted the help of my mother Kathy who has a long arm business.  I am so glad I did.  She had fun quilting butterflies and feathers all over my quilt using Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Poly batting of course.

My neighbors just put in this new light post....I may be borrowing it a lot for picture taking!

Island Batik is giving away two bundles of gorgeous fabric this week!  Click below to enter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I hope you get to quilt today!

Be sure to check out all the other new collections shipping in December from Island Batik!

Week 1:November 9
Jennifer Fulton – Bliss
Carla Henton – Bliss
November 10:
Denise Jackson Looney – Coco Cabana
Carolina Asmussen – Coco Cabana
November 11:
Alison Vermilya – Heart to Heart
Janet Lael Pedersen Yamamoto – Heart to Heart
November 12:
Megan Stanionis Best – Just My Type
Jennifer Strauser – Just My Type

Week 2:
November 16:
Joanne Hart – Love & Kisses
Maryellen McAuliffe – Love & Kisses
Jennifer Schifano Thomas – Love & Kisses
November 17:
Gail Sheppard – Ohana
Mania Hatziioannidi – Ohana
November 18:
Sharon Riley – Sweet Hearts
Sandra Walker – Sweet Hearts
November 19:
Carol Moellers – Tickled Pink
Emily Leachman – Tickled Pink

Week 3:
November 23:
Connie Kauffman – Tiki Punch
Suzy Webster – Tiki Punch
November 24:
Pamela Boatright – Tread Brightly
Michelle Roberts – Tread Brightly
November 25:
Vasudha Govindan – Tropicana Twist
Leah Malasky – Tropicana Twist
November 26:
Sally Manke – Venetian Marble
Gail Renna – Venetian Marble