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!