Tuesday, October 19, 2021

Island Batik Ambassadors Endangered Species with Aurifil

This month's Island Batik Ambassador's Challenge was to make a quilt inspired by Aurifil's 2021 Color Builder's Endangered Species Collections.  I received some gorgeous 40 weight yellow threads inspired by the African wild dog. 

I had heard of the African wild dog before, but had not really examined what they looked like closely.  I adore their ears!  So fun.  But every time I started drawing the they looked like mickey mouse ears.  What to do?

I searched up a tutorial on how to draw an African wild dog and drew my own version.  I decided to place him in front of a bright yellow sun made from the yellow solid from Island Batik.  I also found this great dot print to make the dog itself with.

For my three Aurifil 40 weight threads I decided to quilt the yellow sun in thirds to show the difference in the thread colors.  Would it work?  I had no idea.  I do know that quilting fabrics in different threads can affect the way they look  and that is what I was hoping for.

I also grabbed a 50 weight brown to stitch down the African wild dog.

Now look at the finished product which of course has Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting inside.  Can you see the difference in the three threads?  Not too much.  Not what I wanted to achieve.  So, what to do?  Add more of course!  The sun need some coronal ejections after all...now you can see the three yellow threads better.

I used the lightest thread right around the edge and the darker two for the outward lines.

My son also insisted that I needed to add some shading lines on the African wild dog so he was more well defined.  I used a Pigma pen to do this and he was totally right.  He looks much more three dimensional.  

It was so fun to work with amazing Aurifil thread.  Especially the 40 weight which I haven't used that often.  I put used my favorite Schmetz Microtex needles and it worked quite well even with all the dense stitching.

I hope you get to quilt today!
Be sure to check out all the other Island Batik Ambassador's Endangered Species with Aurifil Projects!
Megan Best – Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright – PamelaQuilts
Elizabeth DeCroos – Epida Studio
Jennifer Eubank – Archipelago Quilting
Jennifer Fulton – The Inquiring Quilter
Preeti Harris – Sew Preeti Quilts
Joanne Hart – Unicornharts
Mania Hatziioannidi – Mania for Quilts
Jane Hauprich – Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Connie Kauffman – Kaufmann Designs
Emily Leachman – The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney – For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky – Quilted Delights
Sally Manke – Sally Manke Fiber Artist
Maryellen McAuliffe – Mary Mack Made Mine
Claudia Porter – Create with Claudia
Gail Renna – Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts – Sew Cute and Quirky
Michelle Roberts – Creative Blonde
Gail Sheppard – Quilting Gail
Jennifer Thomas – Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster – Websterquilt
Janet Yamamoto – Whispers of Yore

Ghostly Ghouls Blog Hop

I love the colors of Halloween.  When Carol of Just Let me Quilt announced the Ghostly Ghouls Blog Hop I knew I wanted to participate.  And of course I had to make a pumpkin...

 I started by digging in my scrap bin for oranges.  I found some lights and some darks and cut 2 1/2" half triangles on my Accuquilt cutter.  Then I sewed them together as shown below.

Next I traced a pumpkin outline onto Steam a Seam 2 fusible webbing and stuck it to the back.  then I cut out the outline edge of the pumpkin.

After that I added some black shapes for the face and quilted it to look like a pumpkin.  I didn't want to use more black for the binding and I already had some white binding made so I went with it.  I like that it contrasts.

I hope you get to quilt today!


Be sure to check out the other amazing bloggers on the hop!

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Accuquilt Blog Hop - GO! Gnome Tea Towels

Gnomes are so cute!  Accuquilt makes the CUTEST die for gnomes.  I was thinking about what to put them on and it occurred to me that Tea Towels would make a great gift or holiday decoration.

My husband picked up some tea towels at Target for me and I got started quickly!

Here's a few pictures in progress:

For complete directions click here to find the pattern on the Accuquilt website.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Accuquilt Circle Die No Sew Christmas Ornaments

I love working with Accuquilt and being one of their GO! Getters.  Accuquilt dies have totally changed the way I quilt.  They make cutting so easy, fast, and accurate.

Some of the GO! Getters have created projects for holiday projects and quick gifts.

My first project is GO! No Sew Christmas Ornaments using the circle die.  They were really easy to make and fun to decorate.  It would be a great project to do with kids.

You can find the directions for the ornaments here

Here is the Blog Hop Schedule:


October 4: GO! Gnome Kitchen Magnets – Katy https://katyquilts.net/

October 5: Build A Snowman – Vicki https://knitbug2.blogspot.com/

October 6: Felt Pieces – Katy https://katyquilts.net/

October 7: GO! No Sew Christmas Ornaments – Suzy https://websterquilt.blogspot.com/

October 8: GO Christmas Tablecloth – Denise https://fortheloveofgeese.com/

October 11: GO! Gnome Tea Towel – Suzy https://websterquilt.blogspot.com/

October 12: Mini Monthly Calendars – Laura https://orangeblossomquilt.com/

October 13: Pennant Projects – Terri https://lizardcreekquilting.com/blog

October 14: Flutter Pillow – Melanie Call https://abitofscrapstuff.blogspot.com/

October 15: Ricebag/ Cube – Jennifer Strauser https://dizzyquilter.com/

October 16: No Sew Magnets – Melanie Call https://abitofscrapstuff.blogspot.com/

Be sure to check out all the fun projects!

I hope you get to quilt today!


Sunday, September 19, 2021

Island Batik Ambassador's Byannie Challenge

I love making By Annie bags!  Her directions are superb and her materials are great to work with!


I chose to make the Open Wide 2.0 bag in the largest size.  I love that it stands up and is huge.  I also picked this pattern because it has Add On videos.  Annie shows you the trickiest parts!  It is really helpful to me as I am a novice bag maker.

I chose these gorgeous fabrics from Island Batik!  The light lavender is called Opalescence and is one of my favorite of their foundations fabrics.  I adore the peacock fabric for the main body of the bag. 

Here is my bag "in the wild" while I was sewing during my son's birthday party with his friends.

Check out how much space there is inside this bag!  It is currently holding my newest Island Batik project's pieces.  And I love the inner mesh pockets for holding notions or pattern directions.

I have used this bag so much and I'm already planning another. 

I hope you get to quilt today!


Sunday, August 29, 2021

Passionflower Quilt Part 3 - The Flower Beginning

The flowers for this quilt have ten petals and I knew I wanted them to be somewhat organic instead of perfectly symmetrical.  I cut some out of white paper first to determine size and placement.  The first silk I tried frayed a lot and just didn't work, so I switched over to a radiance fabric (half silk, half cotton) and it worked perfectly.

 Final placement before applique.

Stitching complete.  

If you've ever looked at passionflowers, you know they have these amazing purple tendrils.  I decided the easiest way to create this feature of the flower would be to add paint.  I pulled out my favorite Lumiere metallic paints and went to work.  I love how they turned out.

All three flowers painted.

If you look closely at passionflower tendrils they appear striped.  I didn't want to try to paint that so I decided to add silver metallic rhinestuds to the final project to get the effect.

Believe it or not there's even more in the center of these flowers.  Stay tuned!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, August 23, 2021

Passionflower Quilt Part 2 - The Leaves

 It's time for the leaves!  

To figure out placement I used some construction paper and printer paper to figure out where to put my flowers and leaves.  I knew I wanted an odd number of flowers because it's more pleasing to have an odd number.

In trying to decide what fabric to use for the leaves I figured out quickly that it needed to contrast well with the background.  I decided on a darker blue-green color for this reason.  And what fabric is it?  Taffeta.  Yes, you read that right.  It's shimmery and fun and slippery, but it worked well.  

I started with some Appliquick fusible and created my shapes which I fused to the back of the taffeta.  That is if taffeta has a back as it's hard to tell!

I used my Appliquik tools to turn the edge and then quickly ironed the glue dry so the fabric wouldn't move.

Slow but steady progress.

One beautiful finished leaf.  Only 8 more to go!

Here's what the back looks like.

I added a layer of stabilizer behind the leaf and then did a double blanket stitch around it's edge.

To reduce bulk I cut away behind the leaf.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, August 20, 2021

Passionflower Quilt Part 1 - The Background

I love the passionflower.  If you've never seen one before Google it.  They are very unique.  I decided to create my passionflowers on a trellis like background.  In order to do this I made wonky four patches.  The light colors are all specialty fabrics: velvet, silk, satin, etc.  The greens are all batiks.  I then sewed them together to form my trellis.  I added a satin stop border (never again....it ravels so) and a green outer border.

Squares all cut ready to make my wonky four patches.  You can see that I varied my lights from white to cream to blush to gray.  The greens also vary in tone and value.

First square complete!

Laying out the first few blocks to see what it looked like.  Yes, I currently have leftover John Deere flannel as my ironing board cover.

Here you can see me arranging blocks on my design wall.

This is the second larger top.  What I had planned for this one didn't pan out.  So it is waiting patiently for the day I do figure out what to put on it!

Stay tuned for more posts about this quilt in the days to come!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Island Batik Ambassador's Try a Tool Blog Hop

This month the Island Batik Ambassador's got to play with new collections and Deb Tucker's Studio 180 tools.

I received the Split Rects tool to try.  I have always loved this particular quilt unit, but have had a hard time getting them to turn out as nicely as I would like.  This tool solved that problem!  I was astounded with how well it worked and it will definitely be used again soon.

My new collection for this blog hop is called Free to Fly by Kathy Engle and features butterflies!

The included directions with my Split Rects tool were great and I had no trouble figuring out how to use the tool properly.  Here I am cutting my beautiful Island Batiks!

Over 200 Split Rects units ready for assembly!  Sewn with Schmetz Microtex Needles of course.

Here's a few peeks at the quilting done with my favorite Aurifil thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting.  I had fun making a feather design in the dark green area.

I wanted to unite these two different green fabrics so I made another spray of feathers in their combined area.

The large orange areas near the corners also got feather sprays.  This fabric is a combination of yellow and orange and it's interesting how the yellow stands out more because the area was quilted in yellow thread.

The finished project!  It needs a name....feel free to leave an idea in the comments!

Island Batik is giving away two precuts this week as part of the Try a Tool Blog Hop!  To enter click here:

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I hope you get to quilt today!

Follow my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors for maximum quilting inspiration, here:

Megan Best ~
Pamela Boatright ~
Elizabeth DeCroos ~
Epida Studio
Jennifer Eubank ~ Archipelago Quilting
Jennifer Fulton ~
Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Joanne Hart ~
Mania Hatziioannidi ~
Emily Leachman ~
Denise Looney ~
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~
Claudia Porter ~
Gail Renna ~
Brianna Roberts ~
Michelle Roberts ~
Gail Sheppard ~
Andi Stanfield ~
Jennifer Thomas ~
Janet Yamamoto ~