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...