Friday, January 31, 2020

Island Batik Ambassador Unboxing!

I am so excited to share that I am an Island Batik Ambassador again for 2020!  Island Batik is such a great company to work with and we have some amazing products to play with this year.

Thank you so much to the following sponsors of the 2020 Island Batik Ambassador Program!

Stay tuned for more to come...

I hope you get to quilt today!

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Island Batik Ambassador's Lets Get Scrappy Challenge

Scraps.  Every quilter has them.  Some of us have mountains, some have them color coded by bins.  I have a small 6 inch square cube (it's actually a Missouri Star cardboard box) that I only keep my Island Batik Scraps in.  When the occasion calls I use them and create!  Or when it overflows...

I must admit that I only save my Island Batik scraps (I love being an Island Batik Ambassador).  They're so precious!  My other scraps are often donated to friends who like scraps, but my Island Batik scraps are saved and cut. 

It all started when I got my GO! Cutter from Accuquilt.  Suddenly I could cut fabric like never before.  I discovered that cutting 1 1/2" squares using my strip cutter was slick!  And so began the obsession.  I now cut them all the time from all my Island Batik scraps.  I have cut THOUSANDS.  I'm not exaggerating!  It's just too easy and too fun to play with.  

The one exception is neutral fabrics.  I don't always want squares, so I cut these down into 1 1/2" strips that I can subcut later once I know what size I will need.  I'm proud to say that the ONLY fabric I cut that wasn't in my scrap bin for this quilt was the border and the dark blue squares!  Like I said, it's become an obsession.

I started with some blocks.

That got made into larger blocks...

That got sewn together and quilted! I decided all those thin 1" finished areas need large circles so you could see how thin they were.  I then filled the larger open squares with feathers and left the blue and colored squares alone.

I can never get enough feathers.  Or enough Aurifil Thread and Hobbs 80/20 Blend batting!  They're the best!

Scrap quilt complete.  The problem?  I used less than half the squares I cut!  Oops.  I guess I'll have to design another quilt using small squares soon.

 I hope you get to quilt today!

Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Winter Blues Blog Hop!

I love blue!  And I love math and that's what lead me to this design.  When I was a kid I love to connect straight lines to make them appear to be curves.  I drew this pattern up in Electric Quilt and then went about paper piecing it.  This quilt uses an Island Batik collection called Indigo Morris.  It of course has my favorite Hobbs Batting inside (80/20 blend in this case).

Thanks Carla for getting me enthused to make this project!  Your blog hops are such fun.

I decided to use this beautiful blue variegated Aurifil that I've had for a long time, but still had a wrapper on it.

I love to free motion machine quilt. I can't seem to stop once I start.

Feather fun.

Continuous curve on some interesting angles.

Here's the back!

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I hope you get to quilt today!

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

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Thursday, January 16, 2020

Clamnation - Construction

I had a blast taking my second class from Karen K. Stone in Houston this year.  It was called Shellfire and Clamnation.  It was such fun learning how she creates clam shells and appliques them together.  

I started out with a pack of Island Batik 10 inch squares called Pressed Petals.  I made these fun clam shell starters.

Then she taught us to add a 1/4" flange on the clam shells.  In my infinite wisdom (or not) I went down to the show floor in Houston and bought a bunch of silk to use as the flanges and some for the background too.  When in Houston after all...

Later at home I started playing with different arrangements for my clam shells.  I wanted to do a modern take on clam shells.

The silk is a dark, dark blue.  So luscious.  I sprayed LOTS of starch on it to keep it stiff for working with.

It's getting assembled.

Here's me and Karen in class.

And my final top before basting.  It's a bit sunny in this picture so the colors are a bit brighter than the actual quilt.

Come back soon to see the quilting!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, January 13, 2020

Whirl Complete!

I had a blast making this Whirl quilt!  It is my own design and I like the unusual spinning symmetry it has.  Such fun.

The background quilting was fun to do.

Wavy curves were my quilting choice for the green.

Here you can see my swirl with petals I used as my background filler.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, January 6, 2020

Handi Quilter Capri -- My first quilt is done!

I just got a new Handi Quilter Capri and I'm loving it, but it is a bit intimidating to learn.  Tonight I tried stippling for the first time.  I learned a couple of things.  First, you need to set the stitches per inch to a higher number to get tighter curves.  Second, I can do it!  No microscopic stippling yet, but I'm happy with the results.

I also finished my first quilt!  The fabric is Island Batik's Enchanted Forest Collection.

Here you can see my stippling.  I'm having fun which is the goal, right?

I'll post a better picture once I get the binding done.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, January 4, 2020

Handi Quilter Capri Learning for the Day

I finally had the time to really sit down and play with my Handi Quilter Capri today.  It can keep up with me when I do big swirly feathers which is just fantastic and I don't have to worry about stitch length when I'm in regulated mode!  So freeing.  

That being said, it's still a HUGE learning curve.  Here's what I've learned so far:

1.  Keep the bottom and top thread the same.  I tried to use some thread that came on one of the bobbins and my tension went crazy, so I went back to the same thread I was using before.
2.  You have to wind the thread around the bobbin winder tension disk TWO times and make sure their is a LONG thread tail wrapped around the bobbin before it winds nicely.
3.  I like the foot pedal better than the go button.  I didn't expect this, but it's true for me.
4.  I'm still not sure how to adapt to not being able to make the tiny locking stitches I'm used to doing on my Bernina.  Time will tell how this one shakes out.  For now, I'm not doing show quilting on it, so it's fine, but we shall see what happens as I get used to my Capri.
5.  I love that it can keep up wiht me!
6.  I like a speed of about 375 so far.  
7.  It's fun!

Here's what I've been working on (the fabric line is Enchanted Garden by Island Batik)

Used up my first complete bobbin!

My lovely machine got some new artwork I purchased from Helen Godden hanging on the wall next to her.  It's so beautiful and such great inspiration!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Thursday, January 2, 2020

2019 Goal Check and 2020 Goals

My Goals

1.  Continue to be an Island Batik Ambassador and write another pattern for them.

Done!  Being an Island Batik Ambassadors continues to be a blast.

2.  I'd love to do another mystery quilt for Minnesota Quilters next year as it was such fun this year.

Done!  I've written and people are starting the 2020 Mystery!  Such fun.  You can still sign up here.

3.  Submit at least 2 quilt proposals to magazines.

I submitted one, so half way there!

4.  Finish two show quilts that are ready for quilting.  Well, maybe one is more realistic.  We'll see.

I finished one and have two in progress.  Pretty good!  They are surprises until their first show, so you will have to wait and see.

5.  Submit another quilt for the National Quilt Museum's Wheel of Fortune contest this year.

This one fell off my radar as I was finishing a show quilt instead.  They're redesigning the contest and I'm curious how it will change.  I have to be honest that the required 50 x 50 inch factor and not having a spark of an idea was what caused me to drop this thought.

6.  Finish and submit my blue quilt for IQA Houston's Sapphire Exhibit.  It's made from all Island Batik Fabrics.

Done!  It was so fun to see it hanging in Houston with all the other amazing blue and white quilts.

7.  Have something printed by Karlee Porter and Honest Fabrics and quilt it.

Well, I did dad's quilt, but that was in 2018 and it was Spoonflower printed.  I haven't gotten around to doing another, but I have thoughts.  We shall see what happens.

2020 Goals:
1.  Continue to be an Island Batik Ambassador and write another pattern for them.
2.  Propose my 2019 Mystery quilt to magazines and/or other guilds.  Something...
3.  Submit at least 2 quilt proposals to magazines.
4.  Finish ONE show quilts that is ready for quilting.  Well, maybe two.  We'll see.
5.  Start working on a new quilting book.  Subject to be determined. 
6.  Have a quilt juried into QuiltCon in 2021.  It's a goal.  It make take a few years.
7.  Have a blast with my new Handiquilter Capri!  (And learn not to be afraid of it at times - LOL).

I hope you get to quilt today and Happy New Year!