Tuesday, February 23, 2021

Show Your Stripes Blog Hop

I was trying to decide what I wanted to do for Carla of Creatin' in the Stick's Show Your Stripes Blog Hop.  I was looking through my batiks and I didn't have something that definitely screamed stripes.  But I did have a curvy stripe print (you see it in the big flower) that I thought would be fun.  So I designed a tall skinny flower.  I wanted to hang it in a narrow spot in my hallway.  I of course went digging in my Island Batik stash.

I also decided it would be fun to put some stripes on the vase and use stripes as a quilting pattern.  If you look closely you can see how the block is separated up into sections of different background fillers.

Take a close look at the fun curvy stripes!

Stripes can be such fun. 

I hope you get to quilt today!

Check out all the other amazing quilters on the hop!

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Thursday, February 18, 2021

Island Batik Ambassador's Create for a Cause Blog Hop

This month's Island Batik Ambassador Challenge is to use their fabulous new collections to create quilts for a cause.  I have been a member of Minnesota Quilters since I was in high school.  As soon as I saw this challenge I knew that I wanted to do this year's president's challenge for my charity.  Each year for our annual show (virtual this year) the president picks an organization to donate quilts to.  For this year's challenge Tummy Time quilts for the Nurse-Family Partnership was chosen.  Their mission is to transform the lives of vulnerable babies, mothers, and families.

For this month's challenge I received the Vincent's Garden collection which is a signature collection by Kathy Engle for Karen Overton of The Quilt Rambler.  It's a gorgeous collection that reminds me a ton of Vincent Van Gogh and his gorgeous artwork.  

These fabrics are just so gorgeous.

I decided to make two tummy time quilts since they are small and I wanted to show all the gorgeous fabrics.  I chose to make a bargello quilt and started by cutting 3 1/2" strips of the fabrics on my Accuquilt Go BIG.  I find the easiest way to make these is to sew the fabric strips into a strip set and then to sew them into a tube.  Then I cut strips off the tube.  Next, I separated the tube pieces into strips by undoing the seams where I needed as I designed the patterns.  I laid them out row by row to design the quilt.    

I decided to offset the strips so I didn't have to pin all the intersections.  It saves so much time!

Here are the two quilts I created for this wonderful organization!  I know they're not quilted yet.  I got sick last weekend (thankfully it wasn't Coronavirus, but I just didn't have any energy at all)...which resulted in them not quite being done.  Hopefully this weekend!  The of course were sewn with my favorite Aurifil thread and Schmetz Needles.  I look forward to layering them with Hobbs Cotton Batting too.


ISLAND BATIK GIVE AWAY - Two lucky people have a chance to win a 2.5″ Strip pack of the new Island Batik collections that will be featured this week: Starry Night, designed by Kathy Engle, or Painted Blossoms, designed for Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs by Kathy Engle. Head over to the Island Batik website to enter their giveaway.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Be sure to check out all the other wonderful new collections and projects!

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Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway

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Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway

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Saturday, February 13, 2021

Modern Mini Applique THE TOP COMPLETE!

When you forget to take a picture of the top before you layer the quilt!  But here it is!  I decided to put the blocks together by color group to create a wavy rainbow effect.

My design wall wasn't big enough...but I did the best I could.  It was fun laying them all out.

Sewn together they still were too big for the design wall. 

Now on  to the quilting!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, February 8, 2021

Modern Mini Applique Block 100

THE LAST BLOCK! #100!  Stay tuned for the layout...

This one feels Irish to me.  I'm not sure why.  Maybe because it's green?

I hope you get to quilt today!

Thursday, February 4, 2021

Modern Mini Applique Block 99

I don't know what this is?  Two dragonflies?  Z's?  Cut Z?  Only one more...

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, January 29, 2021

Class with Cindy Lohbeck and Kyra Reps

January has been quilt class online month for me!  I took two classes this month.  The first was from Julia Quiltoff who taught me the doodle quilting I used on this project.  The second was from Cindy Lohbeck and Kyra Reps who taught me how to do dotting on fabric.  They were WAY too much fun and I highly recommend Zoom classes!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Island Batik 2021 Ambassador's Unboxing!

It's always exciting when my boxes from Island Batik come in the mail!  Watch the video to check out what was in my box or scroll through my post. 

Hobbs Batting has a partnership with Island Batik and sent us FOUR queen size batts this year!  WOW.  

Cotton Batting which is one of my favorites and I love to use it in bed and throw quilts.  This one is natural, so it is light tan in color.

Black batting which is 80 percent cotton and 20 percent poly.  This is a favorite of mine in all colors, but the black is especially nice for working with dark colored or black backgrounds.  I most recently used it in my December 2020 project and it's awesome to have black batting in a quilt with a black background.

Another great cotton batting.

Polydown batting is something I haven't used in a long time as I usually prefer cotton in my quilts, but I am excited to try it out again.

Accuquilt sent me the Morning Star die.  I can't wait to try all the possibilities with this one!  Can you see it with a gradation of fabrics?!

Buttons!  So fun to wear Island Batik swag!

Aurifil threads sent 7 spools of their amazing cotton thread.  Four on the orange cones are 50 weight cotton and the 3 on the green cones are 40 weight cotton which is a little thicker.  I like to use 40 weight for quilting and 50 weight for piecing.  I'm really excited about the green variegated thread.  it's going to be such fun to play with.

Schmetz Needles sent us three packages of their Chrome Microtex Professional Needles.  These are my absolute favorite needles.  They leave tiny holes and I use them for just about everything.

Now it's time for the FABRIC.  Island Batik fabric is my favorite fabric.  I use it constantly.  The thread quality and density are fantastic.  

These fabrics are from the foundations collection.  Foundations are basic fabrics that are available at all time.  They include luscious Island Batik solids, blenders, and basic batik colors.  

This is a 10" stack of Melody by Claudia Pfeil for Island Batik.  It's just GORGEOUS.  It might be my favorite collection I've ever received.  It definitely will have to be something special, but I am not sure what quite yet.  I received two yard cuts of the pink and green foundations fabrics to coordinate with the collection.

This 2 1/2" strip collection is called Farm Fresh.  I love the warm colors.  It too came with two different 2-yard cuts of foundations fabrics to coordinate.  

We also received 4 yards each of light gray, black, and white Island Batik solids.  I couldn't wait to cut into the gray.  You'll have to stay tuned for what I've started...

I also received 6 yards of this neutral called "Moo Milk."  Isn't that just the best name?  I love it and it's gorgeous.

These are called Stashbuster rolls.  They are 5" strips meant to be used in scrappy quilts.  One collection I received was grays and the other tans.  They are going to make excellent scrappy backgrounds!

This collection is called Vincent's Garden for the Quilt Rambler and will be featured in my February project.

I also received 2 yards of gorgeous Island Batik rayon!

I also got another surprise collection for use in May, but you will have to wait until then to see it!

It's always like Christmas when my Island Batik box comes in the mail!  I hope you enjoyed the preview.

I hope you get to quilt today!

For a list of all the Island Batik Ambassadors and their blogs check out the right side of my blog where you will find links to all their amazing blogs!