Friday, May 31, 2019

Make it Modern with Hobbs

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik and Hobbs Batting


Welcome back!  I can't believe how fast time is flying this year!  Our spring here in the Pacific Northwest has been really nice, but I'm really looking forward to the summer months -- My favorite time of year! 

And it's the last day of May, so it must be time (just in time!) to share my Island Batik project with you!  

This month's sponsor for the Island Batik ambassador challenge is Hobbs batting.  The theme is Make it Modern.
Hobbs provided us with SO much batting to use for our monthly projects (Thank you, Hobbs!), and this month I chose the Tuscany Silk batting, which is lightweight, 90% very fine imported silk filaments and 10% fine polyester. If you're looking for a drapey batting, this is it!

For my modern quilt, I decided to use some bright colors (not in 🌈 order😜), some negative space using a solid gray fabric, a modern font/text pattern, and walking foot quilting.    
 The bright colors are from the 5"x40" stashbuilder strips; the gray background fabric is one of the solids available from Island Batik (**Island Batik solids are amazing and do not fray!); and the pattern I chose is a new font/text pattern called Curfont from Jen Carlton Bailly

I used the book Walk by Jacquie Gering to get some ideas for quilting.  I quilted two 18" square blocks using the "shattered quilting" technique and made a smaller strip between those two blocks using just straight line quilting.  I then did some outlining and straight line quilting on the text panel.  All of the piecing and quilting was done using Aurifil 50 wt thread, #2600 using my Baby Lock Jazz sewing machine that I recently purchased. 


I used Leah Day's technique for joining pre-quilted blocks together.  If the thought of quilting a big quilt on your domestic sewing machine is overwhelming, this is a great way to start! 
Thanks so much for stopping by!  I'm planning on getting a headstart on next month's challenge using a new technique.  I have a few ideas already....now I just need to decide which one! 

Don't forget to take a peek at the modern quilts made by the other Island Batik Ambassadors! 


Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II
Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack's Blog
Kathleen McCormick ~ KathleenMcCormick
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki's Crafts and Quilting
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Anita Skjellanger , Quilt in a not-Shell
Laticia "Tish" Stemple ~ Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
(Debora) Anne Weins ~ Sweetgrass Creative Designs
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore




Monday, April 29, 2019

Ready. Set. GO!

It's April!  I'm not sure how this month flew by so fast, but it did, and I somehow managed to finish a quilt even though I was without a sewing machine for a week!  I'm excited to show you this fun quilt that I made for this month's Island Batik challenge.  
I used my walking foot on my new-to-me Baby Lock Jazz to make "organic" wavy lines using Aurifil 50 wt #2021 (one of my absolute favorite because it blends with everything!) and Hobbs 80/20 bleached batting
Our challenge was to make a baby quilt (40" to 48" square) using Accuquilt dies.  

As you may recall from a few posts back, the Island Batik Ambassadors received an Accuquilt Ready. Set. GO! package that was AMAZING!  This included the 8" GO! Qube set of dies AND the Quilt in a Day GO! Qube book full of awesome block patterns! 
Check out how the Accuquilt label matches my paint! 

I flipped through the book a million times and finally decided to go with the Susannah block.  And then I sorted through all of my Island Batik fabric to decide on which ones to use, and that always takes me FOREVER, especially with all the fabric that Island Batik sent to me!  I decided to use the solid black and white along with two of the orange stash builder strips (5" x WOF).  

I didn't set a stopwatch to see how long it took to cut these pieces, but I can tell you it wasn't long at all! 
The entire quilt....in pieces! Crazy, right? 
....and the scraps from all that cutting.  That's it! 
If you haven't had a chance to play with an Accuquilt, I would encourage you to find a sewing center or, better yet, a quilty friend who has an Accuquilt and try it out!  It's a great way to organize your scraps....or make a quilt in a day!  

Disclosure:  The products featured in this post were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, Accuquilt, Aurifil and Hobbs Batting.  

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Churn Dash Mix-Up - Vintage Reimagined

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I have been provided with some of the items mentioned in this post, including Island Batik fabric, Aurifil Thread, Hobbs Batting, and Accuquilt Go! 

Welcome back!  It's been a little bit, but I've been super busy with life stuff like applying for a job, interviewing for a job, getting an offer for that job, and then finally starting that job!  Whew!  It's been crazy, but I think I'm finally catching up, and I have a fun quilt to share with you!  

When I learned that the March challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was Vintage Reimagined, I knew exactly what to do --- pull out ALL the vintage quilts in the house for some inspiration!  I'll share the story of these quilts and some close-up shots in another blog post. In short, they were part of the package when we purchased our very first home in 1989.  While I didn't know the maker of these quilts personally, I did know that we were now responsible for taking on the "job" of using these quilts just as they were meant to be used -- to provide warmth and love. 
I chose this red, white, and blue churn dash quilt as my inspiration for this challenge.  It's one of my favorites and this is one of the quilts that we used and loved until it fell apart. πŸ’“ 
Our challenge quilt needed to be a minimum of 36" square, so I got out the graph paper and started drawing churn dash blocks and coloring them in with my colored pencils.  I went online to search for 12" churn dash blocks because I was sure that someone had already done the math for me :) and I was right!  I found this tutorial by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life.  But I needed to add a little more...something to mix it up...a churn dash reimagined.  Hmmm.....So I did a little more online searching and found several variations AND also discovered that there were different names for the same block!  Who knew???  I did some more coloring on my graph paper and eventually came up with a plan!  This pic also includes my original quilting design, which changed just a little ;) 
That took WAY longer than I thought it would, and they're not even complicated blocks!  Decisions, decisions.....πŸ™„


I got out the Accuquilt Go! (one of the many awesome benefits of being an Island Batik Ambassador!) and started cutting the pieces needed.  This is just a small set of the pieces I cut, and it all went so fast!!  I used the 4.5" die, the 5" die, and the 2.5" x 4"5 die.  Super fast! 
I used the Island Batik white solid, several of the 5 x WOF strips in shades of blue, as well as the 2.5" red strips of text fabric in the Soul Song collection.  Some of the blues - the rain drops and the trees - were perfect to represent the Pacific Northwest, where I've lived for the past 26 years.  I used Hobbs 80/20 bleached batting and Aurifil 40 wt thread, #2024 for quilting.

My dude (aka quilt holder) and I walked around downtown to find just the right spot for taking a good pic, and I think this is the perfect one!  Our downtown has some spectacular murals!  
I went with a "simple" quilting design with some stitch-in-the-ditch and echoing.  All of the quilting was done on my domestic machine -- Husqvarna Viking Scandinavia 300 -- using a walking foot. This is the first decent-sized quilt I've quilted since closing my longarming business, and I enjoyed every single minute of it.  Yes, it takes much longer, but that's okay as long as I make my deadline ;) 

I opted for a fun binding technique - matched binding.  I used this on my dude's birthday quilt a few years ago.  You can find a tutorial from A Quilter's Table here.  

There are some pretty amazing quilts from the other Island Batik Ambassadors this month!  Check them out! 


Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II
Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack's Blog
Kathleen McCormick ~ KathleenMcCormick
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki's Crafts and Quilting
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Anita Skjellanger , Quilt in a not-Shell
Laticia "Tish" Stemple ~ Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
(Debora) Anne Weins ~ Sweetgrass Creative Designs
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore











Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Magnificent Mini


As an Island Batik Ambassador, I have been provided with the fabric and batting in this post, but not the M&Ms :) 

Who doesn't love a quick mini quilt?  When I saw that my first challenge as an Island Batik Ambassador was to make a "Magnificent Mini" quilt for February, I knew exactly which one I was going to make! The LOVE quilt in the Keeping Cursive Alive mini series by Kelli Fannin Quilts.  
While it's a perfect pattern for making with scraps because it's made out of really small pieces, I decided to really challenge myself and use just four prints.   I used one of the 2.5" strips of Soul Song and three of the stash builder strips which are 5" x WOF (width of fabric).  While I didn't use all of that fabric, I did take the pink floral and the low-volume rain dot all the way down to some seriously tiny scraps!  And I got pretty crafty using up of those scraps to make this all come together!! I'll share a tip sometime soon on what I did with one of these pieces πŸ˜‰ 

Check out these tiny triangles left over from trimming! They measure 3/4" from base to point!  I'm trying to decide what I'm going to do with these.  I just can't throw them away!!
I used Hobbs 80/20 batting and Aurifil 50 wt. thread, #2026 which is pretty much my go-to color for piecing.  I used my walking foot to quilt wavy lines.  Easy peasy! Since this is a mini quilt, it didn't take long at all!  
For my mini quilts, I don't use a double fold binding like I do with larger quilts that will get a lot of use.  I just cut strips 1.5" wide and the length that I need, then machine stitch them to the front, then flip over and handstitch it to the back.  Again, super easy because it's just a mini!  

If you're ever in a funk and need to sew a little something to bring you out of it, try making a mini, even if it's just a mug rug, and I guarantee you'll feel better!  

Be sure to check out the other Magnificent Minis from all of the Island Batik Ambassadors

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II
Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack's Blog
Kathleen McCormick ~ KathleenMcCormick
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki's Crafts and Quilting
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Anita Skjellanger , Quilt in a not-Shell
Laticia "Tish" Stemple ~ Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
(Debora) Anne Weins ~ Sweetgrass Creative Designs
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore