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 😉 

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


Monday, February 4, 2019

Island Batik Ambassador



That's right! I'm an Island Batik Ambassador!
I'm so excited and I can't wait to show you more!  

Check out my video to see what I've received from Island Batik and their industry partners!

Disclaimer: I'm not a professional movie producer and have no idea what I'm doing here!  You are definitely going to want to open this to full screen on a laptop (or bigger!) screen.



Check out some of the beautiful prints!


This is going to be a great year! 

Check out Island Batik's latest blog post for a list of this year's ambassadors!

Be sure to follow me here, on Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram, as well as Island Batik on their blog, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram for all the latest news, blog hops, and giveaways!

Thursday, January 31, 2019

Y-Seam Hexies?? Nope!

I'm doing my best to finish up projects that I started years ago, but new projects just keep popping up!  I'm sure if you're a quilter reading this blog, you know exactly what I'm talking about!  I finally got this quilt top finished recently. It's not quilted yet, but I'm okay with that.  

It sure helps to have a tall person (aka my dude) to help with holding up my quilts ;) 


If it looks like a hexie quilt, but not quite, there's a reason for that!!! I cut out a bunch of hexies using my Hex n' More ruler FOUR years ago.  I knew there would be Y seams involved and I was mostly okay with that, even though I hadn't attempted Y seams. However, when I sewed my columns together, I neglected to leave 1/4" at the end of each seam.  I know...you're probably thinking "If you knew you were doing Y seams, why would you sew all the way to the edge?"  🙄

After about two years, I finally started removing the threads 1/4" on every single hexie.  Every. Single. One.   And then I was done.  I put them all back in their container and shoved it back on the shelf.  

Fast forward to 2019, when I was finally in the mood to finish it! And then I attempted a Y seam, and said NOPE!  I figured it would take me six months to do it, and I wanted it done now!  I'm not afraid of Y seams, but I didn't want to spend that kind of time for this particular quilt.  So I got out the Hex n' More ruler again and decided to do half hexies.  I didn't want to waste too much of this beautiful fabric (Bijoux by Bari J) by using the next size down marked on the ruler, so I decided to make my own template.  NOTE TO SELF: Measure twice (or more!), cut once!!  They're really, really close to hexies.  Close enough for me anyway.  Or, as my father-in-law used to say....."good enough for who it's for."  

The backing will be the lovely floral brown print in the picture above.  I'm so glad I bought that at the same time that I bought the bundle!  Stay tuned for the finished quilt, sometime in the next four years :)