Wednesday, April 20, 2022

Wonderful World of Color Blog Hop


Welcome! It's day three of the wonderful World of Color Blog Hop and today I'm showing off some colorful Wonky Hearts.

This wonky heart die from Accuquilt is perfect for 10 inch squares and my Island Batik Ambassador box came with the perfect stack of Island Batik Contempo - by Kathy Engle for Kate Colleran Designs LLC.

These hearts sewed up super quick.  
The longest part was deciding which colors to pair with each other.

I really like the look of all the hearts together without sashing, but then quilt would have been super small.  The blocks come out to 6 inch finished.

So I fiddled with some sashing.  I used the Island Batik foundation print called Heavenly.  At first I cut a 2.5 inch strip, but I wasn't quite feeling it...

So I took off an inch and made it smaller... much better.

For the outer border I used the Island Batik Foundation called Twilight.

For the back I used another Island Batik foundation print called Ivy in Tourmaline with a strip of left over Island Batik Butterfly print running down the middle.

This quilt is loaded with color from front to back.

I quilted it with yellow thread.  It popped just right on everything.

Be sure to hop on over to the other blogs check out all the other creations today!

Sunday, April 17, 2022

A Herd of Mini Mooses

It's a herd of mini Mooses!  

This month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge was to use one of the patterns by Funky Friends Factory.

I chose the Mickey Moose Pattern.

I knew right away I wanted to make four for a mini herd.

But when I was finished with the four I started stacking them and thought to myself, "If I a make two more I can have a moose pyramid."  So I made two more.

I pulled out some of the Island Batik foundations that came in some of my Ambassador boxes. The first moose used the basic foundation called Tourmaline and I added some purple antlers and blue feet.  For moose two and three I used the foundation basics blue bubbles and green netting.  I had some left over fabric from the Mandala Magic fabric line and I choose the pink and green splat print for moose number four.

This pink one was the 5th one I made and I used another older Island Batik line called Sweet Hearts,  you might can still find some of this in shops.

These were all sewn together with Schemtz chrome Microtex needles.  
I really love these needles for the Island Batik fabrics.  Everything sews together so smooth.

We found the perfect field for them to graze.

I made the brown one last.  I found a perfect left over piece of brown in my Island Batik scrap pile and added some different Island Batik Blenders for his nose, belly, hooves, and Antlers.

These moose were fun to put together.  The pattern is nicely written and it even has link addresses for visual photos and more tips on how to put everything together. Those helped out a lot. 

It was fun going through the different Island Batik fabrics coming up with different color combos.

Be sure to check out the Funky Friends Factory and see all the fun patterns they have.  There are so many cute animals to make.

Happy Sewing!


Thursday, March 31, 2022

Dolomite Mountains with Aurifil


This month Island Batik Ambassadors got to play with some colorful Aurifil threads from their Italian Color Builders collection.

I choose to work with the Dolomite greens.  I had not heard of the Dolomite mountains before, but when I googled it and saw those pretty green hills and valleys in front of the gray mountains I knew I wanted to play with some lush green thread and green fabrics.

Most of the fabrics I used are from Island Batik's foundation line along with a couple scraps leftover from other projects. You can find a foundation print to go with almost any Island Batik collection coming out. They are so versatile.

Now I had the thread and I had picked the fabric, all I needed was a pattern idea!  

Then March came...  and kept going... and I still didn't' have a pattern idea.

I spent most of the month mulling over different ideas of what to create.  I originally envisioned making a landscape quilt, but I couldn't settle on a layout I really liked.  Finally as the end of the month was nearing the idea came.

Something a little more blocky than curvy.

I jotted it down.  A rough sketch on a very small piece of paper.  This was my working pattern. I even taped it to the sewing machine so I could look at it for reference as I put the quilt together.

Since the challenge this month was to be a small wall hanging I went with small pieces.  The small squares measure 1 inch finished.  The rectangles measure 1 x 2 inch finished.

The quilting was fun.  Even though the pattern was blocky, I used the thread to add some curves.  

The curves and waves contrast quite nicely with the sharp edges of the squares and rectangles.  

To me the thread has created movement of rolling hills, climbing mountains, and a windy sky.

I added some extra Aurifil colors to finish out the quilting.

I had the perfect size scrap of Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Bleached Cotton Batting for this project.  

It shows off the quilting beautifully.

And of course, sewn together and quilted with a Schmetz microtex needle.

Happy Sewing!


Thursday, March 17, 2022

Time in a Bottle Blog Hop


Welcome! Today I am showing off my creation for the Time in a Bottle Blog Hop.

And since it is also St. Patrick's day,  I went for a green color pallet.

For this hop we were challenged to use at least one hourglass block in our project.

I knew immediately I wanted to make Ohio Star blocks as they have four hour glass blocks inside them. I initially was going to make the traditional two colored hour glass blocks, but then I saw some Heather Ross frog fabric poking out of my stash and decided they needed to be in the center with a tad more green in the block.  So I guess you can call it an hour glass with a green shadow.

After I had the Ohio Stars made, I wasn't sure how I wanted to lay them out into a quilt.  I thought about separating them with sashing, but then I thought they needed to be surrounded by more shapes and color. Of course more green.

  Then the double Irish chain quilt popped into my head.  Again perfect for St. Patrick's day.  So I made a bunch of four patches.

This is Boonky, trying to be a quilt Supervisor... falling asleep on the job.

I added some extra pieces to the four patches and had block A for my Double Irish Chain.

I had to add some extra side pieces to my Ohio Stars too to make block B.

Again... Boonky falling asleep on the job.

I alternated blocks A and B together to make the top.

The frogs are so cute!  I almost went with shamrocks, but I am glad I picked the frogs.

Now I need to decide if I want to custom quilt this one or do an all over design.

Make sure to check out the other Blogs today to see what everyone else made with their hour glass blocks!

Happy Sewing!