Monday, July 2, 2018

Petal Perch....June assignment

Island Batik's Ambassador assignment for June--Modern Style and larger than 36" x 36". It should include open negative space, high contrast fabrics and strong graphic appeal.

Now, those requirements are quite far to the left of what I usually design!! But I do love a challenge!!

I started with inspiration from a traditional pattern of mine--Mixed Bouquet--you can find that pattern here on Craftsy.

Using the Orange Peel die #55455 from AccuQuilt. I cut out several petals from the Plum Delicious line by Island Batik. These are leftover fabrics from the Mixed Bouquet quilt.

I really did not have a plan at all when I started this morning!! I cut out the petals and had some left over backing strips of Heather--Eclectic Garden--then just started sewing.  And then some ripping--until a plan started to present itself!!

After trying 3 different colors for the "perches" I finally came to the perfect choice.

I used a Frixon pen and the 45 degree line on an acrylic ruler to make an X for petal placement.

I also peeled apart some scraps of Steam A Seam Lite 2 and placed them on the X.

Violla!! Perfectly easy placement for the petals!! I choose not to cover the backs of the petals with fusible web to keep the applique shapes soft and flexible as this quilt might end up to be a baby gift.

Loaded up the little quilt on the longarm and went to quilting. Since I am thinking it will be a baby gift for a sweet little girl I decided to go with ribbon meander freehand quilting. And then when I came to the petals I could sneek right in and do a double line of doodle stitching to applique and quilt at the same time!! Win for the time column!!

Strong south winds are never good for taking outdoor photos when living on a hill.....

 ...and trying to take photos by myself---there were several failed attempts!!!

 So lay on the grass it is for this photo shoot!!!

 Petal Perch!! Strong graphic appeal!! Super cute and super fast!!

 Thank you to Island Batik for supplying the fabrics for this project and to Aurifil for the thread!!

Sunday, June 17, 2018

The Quilter's Planner.....block 6....

....what a fun and easy block this was!!! Only 2 shapes needed...sqaure and half sqaure triangle.

The 12" GO! Mix & Match Qube will have the right dies for block #6.

Die #2 is the square--will use 6 background
Die #5 is the HST--will use 2 HST of 5 colors and 10 HST of background

If I don't use the seam guide that came with the 97D Bernina foot--I will washi tape an angle guide to the sewing table and then can just chain piece those HST in no time!!

Oh so pretty....those fabrics from the City Culture 2 line of Island Batik!!!

Have you heard all the hype about the wool pressing mats?? Well, I caved in to buying one....and guess what--they do really work nice. The wool retains heat from the iron so I will arrange the pressed pieces and leave them on the mat until it is full. The residual heat does it's job in giving a nice crisp press!!

The great slatey blue colors in this block have a galvanized steel look to me... off to the farm I went. These are the big gray grain bins that are seen all around the Midwest farming country. Grain is stored in the bins until it is sold by the farmer.

Wow!! How different it looks set on point!! Still in the thinking stage for how to set all these blocks--but on point is really starting to look like a winner here!!

My dear farmer husband is taking a well deserved couple of days off. Fishing in northern South Dakota with our son. That walleye should make for some good eating!!

While he is gone...that leaves me in charge of the chores. Here are the building on the farm. Isn't that sky just gorgeous?!? Actual color--no photoshopping here!!

And the other set buildings were we raise hogs.

Thanks for stopping in and can't wait for the next Quilter's Planner block in this sew along!!

Sunday, May 27, 2018

Reading pillows...Island Batik Style

Island Batik Ambassadors were given the challenge of pillows for the month of May. Pillows are something I have not explored in quite a while, but have been seeing more and more of them. So I accepted the challenge...times two.

AccuQuilt is celebrating it's 10 year anniversary this year. They reissued a few dies to commemorate the anniversay. I had no idea why I would need an elephant die--# 55373 or the airplane die--#55366, but the pretty blue tray these special issue dies came with won me over. I put them in my "basket" and hit the "buy" button!!

So the challenge was on--how to use the new dies--and maybe make a pillow at the same time!! A search on Amazon for children's books was just the right inspiration needed for these projects.

I mean just look at how great these three work together. The story book, the die, and the deep saturated colors of Island Batik fabrics!!

Staring with a few 2 1/2" strips from the Elementz line--a great colorful modern feeling line of fabrics.

I stacked 12 colors into 4 rows of 3. Cut off a 2 1/2" square--subcut each 2 1/2" sqaure into 4--1 1/4" sqaure.

Sewed them randomly together.

Then kind of randomly pieced a five row little fabric mini quiltlet--approximately 5" x 4 1/2"
Apply Steam a Seam 2 Lite to the back of the fabric mini quiltlet...and watch the magic happen.

I was just a little excited to see just how cute this elephant turned out!! With directional applique designs-- just make sure to figure which direction the elephant needs to face before cutting!!

Again with those deep saturated still my heart!!

I have recently started using the Steam A Seam 2 Lite and am really liking it. The needle did not get gummy when using my longarm on a another project. Nor did it when using my regular sewing machine to "Snappli-quilt" these pillows.

Making a score line on the paper backing really helps with the paper removal.

Something else I found helpful, was to place the "pocket" part of the reading pillow on the actual pillow form to help with applique placement. The sticky back of the Steam a Seam makes placement a breeze!!

Super sweet clouds were made with the Rose of Sharon die #55045.  I was just having too much fun.

Fun interrupted to make noon dinner--bacon, lettuce and tomatoe wraps with fresh picked from the road sides wild asparugus. YUM!!

Playing with applique placement for the elephant pillow.

Doing a little "Snappli-quilt".  Quilting around applique shapes of a quilt top layered with batting and backing, to finish it all in just one step.

Doodle like Snappli-quilt lines for a whimsical effect.

Bind the pocket top edge.

Use the envelop technique to finish off the pillow. Sew around perimeter. Turn right side out. Enjoy.

Such a super Saturday project. I started at 9AM and was finished by 3PM. That included about 45 minutes for noon dinner, but my amazing husband did dinner clean up for me.

Such happy colors!!

I just couldn't wait to give these to my grandkids--so we brougth the pillows over to them right after evening chores were finished. So glad they live within 10 miles of us!!

Oh what happy smiling little faces!! They share a bedroom and always read a few books together before going to sleep--now they have a special place to store them!!

A great big thank you to Island Batik for supplying the fabrics, Aurifil the thread and Hobbs Batting the the Theramore batting!! They all worked together wonderfully!!!

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go!!" --Dr. Seuss

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Block 5..The Quilter's Planner 2018 sew along...

Welocme to block number 5....where Spring did finally show up here in NW Iowa. My farmer guy has been having a hard time getting in the fields because of yet more rain--but there is a season and time for everything under the sun. Late crops in the ground are better than no crops in the ground.

The tulips in front of the studio are almost finished blooming and have faded to this glorious salmon color!!
Hidden from your eyes in this photo is the rock I needed to place on the corner of the block to keep it from blowing away!!

Doesn't that salmon color look pretty with these soft shades of blue. I am trying to stretch my color thoughts with this SAL. Trying to not go with the obvious and try something different.

The 12" Block #5 can be made with the AccuQuilt GO! Mix & Match 8" Qube.

Die #3--4" HST will use 2--5 3/8" sqaures of a light and a dark

Die #5--2" HST will use a 3 3/4" x 13" light rectangle

Die #6--Square on Point will use 1--3 3/4" sqaure of a meduim
                                                      1--3 3/4" x 11 1/2" rectangle of another medium

If making a pattern that requires many 2" finished half square triangles, I will use this die board--#55063. When cutting 6 layers of fabric it will yeild 60 HST!! That makes the cutting even faster--plus I love the accuracy!!

Now for my thoughts on the Square on Point unit. Do you dislike it as much as I do--or I should say as much as I used to dislike it.
I could never get it to come out right. Enter the die cutting system--not trying to sell it--just telling how much it has helped my accuracy!!

The points of the the already trimmed dog ear corners show right where to start and end sewing.

Then the next set of HST just line up with ease!!
So easy in fact that I am no longer afraid to use the Sqaure on Point unit....

...that I designed a new quilt---Peace Seeker---using multiple Sqaure on Point units.  Watch for this pattern to be available in late June.

The other thing I learned making this block--is to USE the notions I have purchased!!

Pressing was a bit tricky in this block--I didn't want the seam intersections to be bulky, so I pressed them open. But even with that some of the Sqaure on Point intersections still wouldn't lay flat.

Enter the pressing fleece--not afflilated--just again--great product. It does exactly what it says it will do. The heat from the iron stays in the wool and presses the block from the front and back at the same time.

I should have taken a before photo just to show the difference. It was amazing!!

Thank you again to The Quilter's Planner for hosting this great sew along!!

I am already looking forward to the next one....LOL!!!