Tuesday, June 29, 2021

Island Batik Ambassador's June Challenge: Spread Love and Joy with Accuquilt

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to use a Block on Board Accuquilt Die and a block made using the 8 inch Qube.

For my Block on Board I received was Morning Star.  It makes a 12 inch block.

I chose to use black, two gorgeous new greens from the Vincent's Garden Collection and a gorgeous lavender.  These blocks were so slick to put together!  I LOVE Block on Board dies.

For the other block I chose to use a block very similar to the double T block.  I can't remember the exact name of it.  It is a 12" block in order to fit well with the morning star block.  I simply used more of my units made with the Qube.

I had fun quilting straight lines on interior white spaces and feathers all around the edges.  After all, you can never have enough feathers.  I used Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Poly batting and my favorite Aurifil threads of course.  The Schmetz Microtex needles slide through the batiks like butter!

Island Batik and Accuquilt are such fun to work with!

Part of this challenge is to give the quilt to someone to help spread love and joy.  I will definitely be doing that, but it's a secret for now.  So you'll have to wait a bit until it can be given.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Fairy Tales Blog Hop

I must admit I was having trouble deciding what fairy tale to pick.  Then I walked out of my sewing room and found the answer to the question: Rapunzel!  This quilt was actually made when I was in college and is probably 22 years old and hangs on the wall in my basement.

I had a lot of fun picking out fancy looking fabrics to make it just perfect.

I vividly remember picking out the dark blue for the roofline so I could cut out the fancy edge.  The border fabric started it all because i thought it looked very regal.  I also found the hair fabric in my mother's stash.

I added the quilt blocks to make it look like a quilter's tower.  And found a cobblestone fabric for the entry path.  I also had fun trying to match the stripes for the bottom section of the tower.

Here's a close look at Rapunzel.  I so love the hair fabric and the roof.  I also cut out some birds from a bird fabric to add to the piece.

I am unsure why I chose to make the prince green, but I like it.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Be sure to check out all the other amazing bloggers on the hop:

Monday, June 21, 2021

Plum Pudding Blog Tour

I am very excited to be participating in my friend Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting's Plum Pudding Blog Tour today!  Sherry and I met a few years ago when we were both Island Batik Ambassadors living in the same metropolitan area.  Now she has her own fabric lines with Island Batik.  Let me introduce you to Snowflake made with Plum Pudding!

Here is the entire collection!  SO pretty.

Here are the three fabrics I had to work with.  I knew I wanted to make a big white snowflake on the gray pinecone background with pretty pink binding.

I had fun doing wavy quilting and topstitching my binding.

I chose to do a double blanket stitch around the edges of all my pieces.

I also had fun doing some detail quilting around the snowflake.

Project complete!

I hope you get to quilt today!

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

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

Pickle Dish!

 I have always wanted to make a Pickle Dish quilt.  However, sewing curves has always been challenging to me.  But not with the new Accuquilt Block on Board Pickle Dish Die!  It's absolutely fantastic.

I started with sewing curves using a beautiful blue Island Batik and a few grays from Claudia Pfeil's Venetian Marble collection.

Then I pinned like a crazy woman.  I actually found this was too many pins.  They got in the way.  So finally I used only about half this number of pins pinning the triangle points and the midway points.

The final block.

Then I combined four blocks together.

It was such fun I had to make more.  However, I didn't have enough of the purple background fabric.  So, I played around and used some red too.  I'm quite happy with the final results.

Then I started thinking about a border.  You can see it on the left.  I knew I had to do it.

Top complete!  Now to layer and pin the quilt.  

I hope you get to quilt today!