Friday, April 26, 2019

Island Batik Giggles.....


As part of the Island Batik Ambassador program this year, the Ambassadors were sent an AccuQuilt Ready, Set, GO! package--a super deal if you are looking to get started with this cutting system--it includes a GO! cutter, 8" Mix & Match Qube, 2 1/2" Strip Cutter die and mat along with getting started instructions!! Pull it out of the box and start a new quilting adventure!! The assignment this month is to make a baby quilt featuring the sponsor AccuQuilt.


Since I do a bit of freelance trade sample designing with AccuQuilt, I was given the option to choose any other product as a replacement to the Ready, Set, GO!. You can read about that in my unboxing post HERE.


Let's get started. The first thing I do when getting new dies, is to draw lines 1/4" away from the blade on all sides of the shape. I have seen some use a specific silver sharpie marker for this step--I just use whichever one I pull out of the can first.


It should look like this when finished.


These marked lines will now give me boundries when placeing the fabric over the blades on the die board. On the AccuQuilt site you can find a Fabric Reference Chart HERE that will tell you the size of strip to cut for every die the company has. I highly recommend this reference!!!


Such a happy assortment of colors!!!! I also used the Grey solid from the Foundations line. LOVE this fabric!! Nice tight weave with virtually no fraying with cutting!!


When die cutting applique shapes, it is helpful to place the fusible to the wrong side of the fabric strips before die cutting the shape.


Then is it important to place the fabric on the die board correctly!! Ask me how I know this?!? Place fabric right side down over just the letters needed--remember that the fusible count as a layer--so 3 rectangles per letter max!


All the pieces ready to GO!--lickety split!!


Loaded the quilt top on the long arm....added the 80/20 batting provided to me by Hobbs....


...threaded the long arm with 40wt Aurifil #6724--Moonshine--provided by Aurifil in a previous Ambassador box....


....and quilted lots of happy little loops!! I call this design--One Way Loops--as I try not to change the direction of the loop.


I like to secure applique shapes with what I call--Snapliquilt--because it is a Snap to applique and quilt at the same time!! As I am quilting the background, I will just sneak onto a letter, quilt a squiggly line around the shape 2 or 3 times and then sneak back off the applique and continue quilting the background. Super fast and easy!! Don't you just love the definition of the stitiches with the 40wt Aurifil!!


And such great definition from the batting!! A quilter's dream--to see the pretty stitches!!


And here it is...Giggles with Island Batik!!


Thank you to Island Batik, AccuQuilt, Aurifil and Hobbs for provided the products to make this quilt!!
It will soon be in the mail to a dear friend of the family who just added another little girl to their family!


Thursday, April 18, 2019

Planned Improv Baby Bib....Accuquilt project


Aren't these little floating pandas just the cutest thing ever?!?!


You can view and purchase these Dear Stella flannels at Fat Quarter Shop --not affiliated just an enabler!!


I just had to do one more!!!


I forgot to take photos before I sent adorable bibs off to AccuQuilt--so this is captured from their site.
You can find the free pattern I designed and wrote for these adorable bibs HERE on the AccuQuilt site.



They were super fun to design and even easier to sew with the new GO! Bib die!!
I am an AccuQuilt affiliate--you can use the Shop Now button in the sidebar to purchase the dies needed to make these little cuties--GO! 8" Mix & Match Qube #55776, GO! Circles #55864 and the brand new GO! Baby Bib #55864.

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Vintage Reimagined.....Island Batik Ambassdor Assignment....


....Vintage Reimagined...."Take something from the past and give it a personal touch that is yours. Inspiration can come from anywhere!" A quote from our assignment the month of March.



My Mom gave me this scrapbook that was found in my paternal Grandmother's things after she passed away. Inside are Kansas City Star newspaper clippings that my paternal Great Grandmother cut out and pasted in the book. Every page has 2 clippings. The page edges are getting brittle, but the binding is still intact. The scrap book lives on a book shelf in my long arm studio. How cool is that--it now lives in a studio with a quilting machine that wasn't even invented when these clippings where so lovingly cut out and saved.

To my knowledge my Grandmother did not quilt---but she could do amazing mending on Grandpa's bib overalls!!! I also don't know of any surviving quilts from my Great Grandmother. I don't even know where my Great Grandmother lived---oh if I didn't have a quilting addiction I would so enjoy doing geneology!!


The clipping dated February 10, 1937 from the scrapbook caught my eye for this month's challenge. Here is what The Kansas City Star says about The Nosegays, "This is an excellent design to try when you desire to make use of odds and ends in your scrap bag. All diamonds and squares may be made of prints. The pattern was contributed by Mrs. Anna A. Threlkeld, Waynesville, Mo." Copywrite 1937.  There are no further instructions than what you see here. The templates do not include a seam allowance--I read that on another clipping. So I guess you just dive in and do it!!


I can say that this Nosegay block has always intriqued me. So much so, that when I designed 72 blocks for the AccuQuilt Angles Qubes in 2017 I had to include an easier but similar looking block. 
The block is called Splendor. 
Squares, half square triangles, kite shape and side triangles all cut with the 10" AccuQuilt Mix & Match Qube and Angles Qube.


Here is an Electric Quilt drawing of the two blocks side by side. The same, but different. Simplified.


A tip when pressing the kite shapes. I like to first set the seam by pressing the unit before opening the seam. Finger press the seam open. Then I lay the unit straight horizontally on the pressing mat so the iron can just simply set down on the seam to press open. 


Long wavy quilting lines seem to be my go-to lately!!


Aurifil Light Orchid #2515 was the perfect blend of pinky purple color!!


The snow has all melted!! Can't wait for the world to start greening up again!!!


“Give of your splendor to everyone.
Like the sun.” 
― Emmanuelle Soni-Dessaigne

Thank you to Island Batik for the fabrics, Aurifil for the piecing and quilting threads, and Hobbs for the batting in this project.




Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Hustle and Pray with Text It by Sherri Noel...


Hello and welcome to the blog hop for Text It....Quilts and Pillows with Something to Say!!!


First off--don't you just love the name--and then just look at the cover!! The colors in this book are so amazingly happy that a smile was on my face the whole time I read it!!! Sherri picked just the right colors for each project. If you want to get your very own autographed copy from Sherri HERE. 
The book can also be found on AMAZON.

There are also amazing giveaways, but that will come later...first let's get to the project I selected for the hop.


I started with these soft and cheerful colors from Island Batik's line called Ditty!! 


Such pretty shapes all ready to sew!!!

 
Did some chain piecing on a blustery and snowy day in March!!


....just for fun!!!


All the pretty colors!! Sherri's directions were very clear with easy to cut pieces. I tend to be an AccuQuilt quilt cutting type gal--so that is what I used.


As my readers are well aware, I tend to be a procrastinator with most all of my projects!! Silhoutte to the rescue for cutting the letters!! I like to use batiks for letters when using the electronic cutting machine as they have a tighter weave so the cuts are nice and clean!!


Found this fun piece that I tried snow dyeing with last winter--great for the back!!


The neat thing about Sherri's book--Text It--is that she includes the whole alphabet for each font used in it!! So you can personalize each project with whatever works for you!!! I chose to add the & PRAY to my project.....


....and turn it into a wall hanging. I am planning on hanging it over a door in my sewing studio. Just the reminder I need!! Sherri's project in the book is a pillow--and it was super cute!! I just doubled the amount of X blocks, trimmed the word space down a bit and basically just sewed two pillow tops together to make the wall hanging!! I love it---thanks so much Sherri for the inspiration!!!


Now for some extra fun!! Aurifil has graciously donated 2 large spools of thread--color will vary from photo--to one of my readers. 
Oh, but there is more, Martingale is offering a hard copy of this lovely book to one of my U.S. readers. 
Leave a comment on the blog with your favorite spring flower and any memory that it might spark!!


But wait--there is still more!! Sherri is haveing an amazing giveway of all the products above on here blog--find it HERE

Below is the complete list of participants...there may be more giveaways there too!! Grab a cup of tea and sit for a while!!!

MONDAY MARCH 4 – BEE HAPPY

PAMELA JANE MORGAN –MYSWEETLITTLESTITCHES                      
SHARON LILABELLE LANE – LILABELLELANECREATIONS

TUESDAY MARCH 5 – INFINITY Quilt

LAURA PILAND – SLICEOFPIQUILTS
LEANNE PARSONS – DEVOTEDQUILTER
KATIE MUTER STARCHER – KATIEMAEQUILTS

WEDNESDAY MARCH 6 – PILLOW TALK

KATE COLLERAN – SEAMSLIKEADREAM
CHERYL DAINES BROWN – QUILTERCHIC
DORIE HRUSKA – FOREVER-QUILTING

THURSDAY MARCH 7 – FREEDOM Quilt

JEN SHAFFER – PATTERNSBYJEN
TARA MILLER – QUILTDISTRICT
LYNN KANE – PUPPYGIRLDESIGNS

FRIDAY MARCH 8 – LOVING YOU Wall Hanging

ELLEN AULT –HANDMADE3D
SHERRI NOEL – REBECCAMAEDESIGNS

MONDAY MARCH 11 – COUNTING SHEEP Baby Quilt

DEANNE EISENMAN – SNUGGLESQUILTS
RAEWYN BARGE – STITCHINGFARMGIRL
SUSAN PELLAND – SUEPELLANDDESIGNS

TUESDAY MARCH 12 – HOME PILLOW

JOANNE HARRIS – QUILTSBYJOANNE
PATTY DUDEK – ELMSTREETQUILTS
ANDY KNOWLTON – ABRIGHTCORNER
SANDRA STARLEY – UTAHQUILTAPPRAISER
CINDY PIETERS – STITCHINATHOME

WEDNESDAY MARCH 13 – LIFE IS SHORT Wall hanging

BECCA FENSTERMAKER – PRETTYPINEY
KATIE BOCK – SEWINGWITHKATIE
ALLA BLANCA – RAINBOWSBUNNIESCUPCAKES

THURSDAY MARCH 14 – HUSTLE PILLOW

TERRI BANDEN BOSCH – MEANDERINGSALONGLIZARDCREEK
WILLOW OLSON – BEARPAWDESIGNBLOG
ERIN SAMPSON – AURIBUZZ

FRIDAY MARCH 15 – SEWING MACHINE MAT

LAUREN WRIGHT – MOLLYANDMAMA
SANDRA HEALY – SANDRAHEALYDESIGNS
CHERYL KRISEL LYNCH –CHERYLLYNCHQUILTS

SATURDAY MARCH 16 – WRAP UP

SHERRI NOEL – REBECCAMAEDESIGNS




Sunday, February 24, 2019

Another round with Island Batik!!


Super excited to be selected as an Island Batik Ambassador for 2019!!! This box--all 42 pounds of it arrived at my door the middle of January!! So yes I am a bit late in posting the "unboxing".


On the day set up for the "unboxing" posts to happen--I was in Carlsbad, California at the actual Island Batik home office!!


Caleb Willis, pictured here with me, gave my husband and I a personal tour of the facilities. OH WOW that was super super cool! So glad that my husband was along as he asked the best questions!! And Caleb graciously answered all of them!! I was enjoying myself so much that I forgot to take any other photos!! The place is meticulously organized. Rainbows of colors line the towering shelves holding the bolts of fabrics. Oh the quilts waiting to be made in that warehouse!!


From the Island Batik home office--Quilt in a Day is just a short 10 minute drive--so the first day of our winter get-away in California became a quilt shop hopping day!! Eleanor Burns pulled into her special parking spot just as we were walking up and she suggeted a quick photo op!! Too cool!


I have to admit that I did open the box before we left--but just now took the time to photograph all the lovely for you to view!! Lovely threads from Aurifil they are a sponsor again. Watch for a Thread Play challenge later this year.


...so many pretty colors!! The purple/blue piece is a 2 yard cut of rayon--I am thinking that some kind of kimono might be in my future sewing plans.


The much loved Twilight Chic line for Deb Tucker!!! Might have to try using one of her rulers for a project with these!!


You have to wait until August to see what was in these packages--but I can tell you this--the colors will electrify you!!!


All these amazing battings were supplied by Hobbs!! In all the years I have been quilting, I have never tried black batting. Now I can!!


AccuQuilt is a new sponsor to the Ambassador program this year! Super cool!! I do some freelance designing with them, so I was given the opportunity to choose which dies I would like sent as part of the Ambassador program. I went with the newest Qube Companion sets--for a 10 inch 4-grid block. Most of the other ambassdors were sent the Ready, Set, Go--a great beginner package!!


I just had to add this photo of the Qube jackets. Eleanor Burns again!! The brightly colored sampler quilt at the bottom of each photo was made by me and uses some of the 72 Angles  and 24 Corners blocks that I designed for the Qubes. Way cool!!


I will leave you with this beautiful sunset over the Pacific Ocean from our last night in California!

Check out the link HERE for all 50 other Ambassadors for 2019!! So many great ideas coming your way this year!!!