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!

Suzy

Thursday, May 20, 2021

Born to be Wild Blog Hop

When I started thinking about what I wanted to make for my project for the Born to be Wild Blog Hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt I remembered this 5 inch strip of Island Batik leopard print batik I had.  I never had any idea of how to use it because I'm not really into leopard print.  

The obvious choice would've been to make a leopard...but I really didn't want to.  I wasn't in the mood to make a cat.  So what to do?  Well...I had this gorgeous sunset fabric which would be perfect for a background, but what wild animal to put on it?  

A flamingo!  Of course.  I love flamingoes!  But what about incorporating the leopard print?  Well...you can guess what rabbit hole I went down.  So here you have them....my WILD leopard print flamingoes!
I hope you enjoy them and they make you giggle like they do for me.

 
They really cute!  


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

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

Saturday, May 15, 2021

Modern Leaves Block 4

This one reminds me of a tiara?  I love the colors.

I love how double blanket stitch looks!


 I hope you get to quilt today!

Suzy

Monday, May 10, 2021

Flower Inspiration

It's flower season...so here are a few more for inspiration.  The first is my birthday roses from my husband.

Bee!

One of my mother's beautiful tulips.


 I hope you get to quilt today!

Suzy

Friday, May 7, 2021

Modern Leaves Block 3

Block three reminds me of a mask...no not the Covid kind...the African art kind.  Look at the long skinny orange oval.  That's the nose.  Then the two small yellow circles are eyes and the big yellow circle is an open mouth.  I didn't see it at first, but now I can't not see it.  LOL.

 

I love how the blanket stitches really add to the leaf.  It reminds me of the outlines around shapes in coloring books...but in this case to match the fabric.


I hope you get to quilt today!

Suzy

Thursday, May 6, 2021

Island Batik Ambassador's Quilt Modern Blog Hop

I received the gorgeous Harvest Blue collection from Island Batik to make my Quilt Modern Blog Hop quilt with.  It has all sorts of gorgeous yellow and blue prints inspired by harvest time.

 



I decided that I wanted to play with circles to create my modern quilt.  So I pulled out my Accuquilt circle die and put fusible on the back of all my fabrics.  I then cut a 2, 3, and 5 inch circle of each fabric except the plaid I saved for binding.  Can you see the wheat, grapes, pumpkins, and corn in the collection?

Then I grabbed some solid white Island Batik fabric (the BEST solids to work with) and started playing with different layouts.  You will see I went through quite a few before I finally came to a final design.

When I started I was so sure this was going to be the layout....nope.


I like this, but not quite what I wanted still.


I love this idea, but I had too many fabrics for it to work as a baby quilt.


This didn't seem modern enough for me.


Finally!  I LOVE it.

All complete!  I quilted my quilt with Aurifil thread, Schmetz Needles, and used Hobbs 80/20 cotton/poly blend batting.  After quilting the project I washed the whole quilt with Synthrapol and happily sent it off with to the new mom to be!


For the circles I simply quilted around the edges.  All the white background got big swirls.


Plaid binding!  Gotta love it.

My son insisted that it needed to be photographed in his favorite climbing tree :)


Click the link to enter a chance to win a Forecast collection strip or square stack!


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Be sure to check out all the Island Batik Ambassador's blogs to see the fabulous new collections coming to quilt stores soon!

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Monday, May 3, 2021

Wildlower Inspiration

My boys and I went on a hike Saturday morning and came across some gorgeous wildflowers.

Bloodroot:


Dutchman's Britches:



I hope you get to quilt today!

Suzy