Sunday, January 19, 2020

3-D Challenge

Yes, I know it's January 19th and I'm just now sharing my final project as an Island Batik Ambassador for 2019.  I started it in 2019, so it still counts, right?  :)  I've had it done for about two weeks, but I couldn't decide how to bind it.  It still doesn't have a binding, so if you have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.  One thought I've had is matched binding like I've done previously.  If you haven't seen matched binding, check out the tutorial by A Quilter's Table. It's a little time consuming, but fun! 

Our guidelines were to "bring your inner artist out by using optical illusions, textures, trapunto, whatever else will make you quilt pop into life!"  

The fabric, thread, and batting in this post were provided to me by Island Batik, Aurifil, and Hobbs.  

I chose to make a wall hanging using the Tumbling Blocks (no Y-Seams!) tutorial by Teresa Down Under.  The only tool you need is a 60-degree triangle ruler or a square ruler with 60-degree marks.  I used one of my many Omnigrip rulers with 60-degree marks.  
I quilted it on my brand new Janome Memory Craft 6650 that I got from Santa using Aurifil 50 wt thread in a light gray with the Hobbs Thermore batting again because I just really like that stuff for wallhangings!  I haven't tried much free motion quilting since I sold my longarm last year.  As you know, FMQ on a domestic machine is VERY different from FMQ on a longarm!  I'm sure I'll get the hang of it eventually...or maybe I won't.  ha ha!  It doesn't really matter as long as I'm having fun and doing what I want to do!  
This year of challenges with Island Batik went by really fast!  I appreciate the opportunity to participate in the ambassador program with Island Batik, Aurifil Thread, Hobbs Batting, and Accuilt!  One last project that I didn't get to show (because it was going to Quilt Market in Houston) is this adorable stuffed animal.  The pattern is from Funky Friends Factory and his name is Larry the Lion.  Let me tell ya - sewing stuffed animals is hard!  But his cuteness is worth the work!