Friday, October 30, 2020

Island Batik Ambassador's Thread Painting with Aurifil Challenge

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to do some Thread Painting with Aurifil!  What fun!

I received the gorgeous Buttercup collection to play with.  But what to do?  I decided I wanted to make some flowers and I found some gorgeous blue and yellow pansies.  For the thread painting I wanted to make them look fuzzy as that's how pansies feel.

These are the beautiful Aurifil threads that were provided to me.  I love Aufiril.

I then went into my thread stash and found more colors to add even more texture...can you tell I love Aurifil?

For my batting I chose Hobbs Tuscany Supreme 100% Unbleached cotton.  It's a thicker batt and I wanted to see how the texture played with it.

I then had a lot of fun playing with adding my texture.


On the basket I outlined all the blue dragonflies in yellow thread.

A little bit of pansies in the snow as we got a freak October snowstorm.  It makes for a pretty picture!  I had fun quilting feathers and pebbles in the background.

I hope you get to quilt today!


Be sure to check out my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors projects this month!

Carolina Asmussen ~ Carolina Asmussen

Megan Best ~ Best Quilter

Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts

Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts 

Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts

Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts

Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights

Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke

Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog 

Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs 

Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads

Sharon Riley ~ Sew Riley Designs

Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail 

Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter

Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations

Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts

Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts

Suzy Webster ~ Adventerous Applique and Quilting 

Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore

Monday, October 26, 2020

From the Heart Blog Hop

I'm excited to share my project today!  I love making projects for Carol of Just Let Me Quilt's Blog Hops.

I wanted to make mug rugs that felt like a hug.  I decided on a heart.  They turned out a little Valentine's feeling, but it's the idea that counts. (Hint....go with a different color than pink!) Oh well, I'm sure my recipients will still like them.

I started with a simple heart in a gorgeous Island Batik fabric.

Then I had a lot of fun quilting the heart and background area.

I love it when they're all squared up:

Then I did fusible binding.  I applied fusible to a large square of fabric.  I use steam a seam 2 lite so it sticks and stays.  It's much easier than other products for fusible binding.

I align it on the front side.

Then I cut it to length and flip it over to the back.  Then I iron it in place.

Be sure to make the front pieces straight and about the same width.  That's why I do this on top of my cutting matt.

Align the strips on the other two sides and trim the sides at and angle like the orange pencil.

Then fold these bits around the edge.  Then fold the binding to the back.

Ta da!

Also be sure to go back and stitch down your fused binding.  I use various stitches.  For this one I used a straight stitch.

On this one I did a wavy line to stitch down the binding.

These were really fun and quick to make.  I thought about making ones with pencils appliqued in the middle for my teacher friends.  Or you could dog bones for a dog lover, etc.  The possibilities are endless.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Be sure to check out all the other amazing participants in the hop!

October 26

Creatin' in the Sticks

Ms P Designs USA

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel


Selina Quilts

Cynthia's Creating Ark

Quilting Gail


Ridge Top Quilt

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

That Fabric Feeling

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

 October 27


Just Because Quilts

Day Brook Designs

Karen's Korner

Quilt Schmilt

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Karrin’s Crazy World

Words & Stitches

Vroomans Quilts

Sew Many Yarns

Songbird Designs

Samelia's Mum

 October 28

Just Let Me Quilt



Seams To Be Sew

Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life

Bumbleberry Stitches

Days Filled With Joy

Quilted Delights

Den Syende Himmel

Life in the Scrapatch

Storied Quilts

Kathleen McMusing

Food for Thought

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Modern Mini Applique Block 83

For whatever reason this one looks like a space ship to me.  I love these fabrics so much!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Morning Star Fun!

I started with some beautiful Island Batik background fabric, a 10 inch square stack of the Lemon Grass collection, and the Morning Star Accuquilt die.  AND OH DID I HAVE FUN!

I designed a quilt using the block.  Here is the center block of it.

And here are my leftover pieces made up into a table runner.  I know, it's done first.  I wanted to practice putting together a few blocks before I really got going.  

The good news?  IT WAS SO EASY.  And they went together beautifully.  I decided to press all the sames open and it worked like a charm.  I'm a pinner, so I pinned a ton, but I am so happy with the results.  This is such a beautiful collection form Island Batik!

I hope you get to quilt today!


Friday, October 16, 2020

Island Batik Bonus Quilt

I started with a fat quarter pack of Island Batik's Catching Dreams collection.  I made my monthly project (see below), but I still had a lot of fabric left.  I cut it up into 2" squares and played with them.  Below is the results!  It looks like one huge snowflake.  It was fun to play with color placement with darks on the inside and lights on the outside plus my favorite gray Island Batik solid.

Here is the monthly quilt I made with the rest of the collection.  It's one of my favorites!

For the quilting I just did large overall feathers all over the snowflake.  It was fun to play with different kinds of feathers.

I hope you get to quilt today!


Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Comparing Quilting Designs

I decided I wanted to play with comparing different quilting patterns in the same block.  

I started with some leftover ten inch squares of beautiful Island Batik fabric and my favorite Hobbs 80/20 batting.

Each area is quilted different.  In this one the white area has feathers, the yellow have matchstick quilting, and the blue have some fun flower like shapes.

This one has an x motif in the white, bubbles in the yellow, and stars in the light blue.

This one has swirls in the white and continuous curve in the blue and yellow.

Here are a few closeups:

Results?  I love them all! Don't make me choose!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Thursday, October 8, 2020

Modern Mini Applique Block 82

The green pieces look like stockings to me.  What do you think?  Or funky letter Z's?

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, October 5, 2020