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!

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I hope you get to quilt today!

Be sure to check out my fellow hoppers:

February 17th

February 18th

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!