Thursday, May 18, 2023

Rose Colored Glasses Blog Hop

Welcome to the last day of the Rose Colored Blog Hop posted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt

The challenge was to have one or more of the following:

Rose/pink fabric - Check!
Roses - Check!
Positive Words

I saw this rose pin cushion on Instagram by Berry Birdy and wanted to make one.

It uses small scraps and was quick to make.
I used different Island Batik prints from one of my Stash Builder rolls.

My petals didn't turn out as close to the center as the sample on the Berry Birdy's Instagram page, they ended up more relaxed and open. 

The relaxed petals actually give it a whole different look. It kind of reminds me of a pink decorative cabbage.  I might glue the petals closer to the center in the future, but for now I like it this way. 

And Boonky approves. 

Be sure to hop on over to the other participants today. And be sure to check out any others you may have missed earlier in the week.


Monday, May 15, 2023

Island Batik Tool Craze Blog Hop


It's the start of week three for the Island Batik Blog hop  "Tool Craze"!

And Island Batik is having a giveaway,  check out their blog post for details or use the Rafflecopter at the bottom of the post to enter.

I am also having a small giveaway. Check out the end of the post for more details.

Today I am showing off the quilt I made using Summer Twilight, an original Island Batik collection by Tammy Silvers (Tamarinis), and the Tucker Trimmer ruler by Deb Tucker of Studio 180 Designs.

This fabric line is heading to shops soon!  
Below are just a few shops near my neck of the woods that will carry it:

Angel Oak Stitchery, LLC  Harleyville, SC
People, Places, & Quilts  Summerville, SC
Foust Textiles-NC King's Mountain, NC
Quilt 'N Kaboodle Cleveland, GA

The guidelines for this challenge were the following:

Make any size project we would like. - Check! Work with two or more different size units    - Check! Make at least 30 units total with the ruler we received. - Check! Encouraged, but not necessary, was to use another tool from Studio 180 Design if you had one. - Check, Check, ChecK!

I started with the Tucker Trimmer ruler, this is the ruler that came in my ambassador box in January.

First I made 3 inch Quarter Square Triangles.  I made 16 of these.

Next was some three patch quarter square triangles.  I made 36 of those.

I made even more for the border.  72 to be exact.

To meet the challenge of using two different sizes, I made these rectangles with purple half square triangles on the end.  These are just like Half Square Triangles, except the other half is way longer and yep, the Tucker Trimmer worked great to trim down that purple triangle.  The angle lined up perfect for a 1.5 inch HST.  These units give me the second size unit with the ruler for this challenge.

The purple fabric is part of the Island Batik Foundations. It is called Plurble.
The gray solid is also Island Batik!

The last part of the challenge was, if you had some, to incorporate more Deb Tucker rulers into our project.  I love these rulers.  My whole quilting life, sewing triangles have always turned out wonky, no matter how perfect I think I am cutting or sewing, so years ago I started making them a wee bit bigger and trimming them down to have nice crisp points.  I have used several different types of rulers for this, but these Deb Tucker Rulers are my favorite.  The extra lines on the ruler for trimming individual units are wonderful and make everything so easy!

The first extra ruler I used was the V Block ruler.  I received this in a previous ambassador  box. I love this block and try to squeeze into my quilts when ever I can.  Again three are three inches.

I made 104 of these.

The next part of the design used corner triangle blocks.  So I bought the Corner Beam Ruler to help with those.  Again, the extra marks on these rulers are wonderful for trimming down and getting nice crisp blocks.

I made 68 of these units.

Finally I used the Diamond Recs ruler.  I had purchased this one myself  a couple years ago and have used it several times for different projects.

  I made 24 of these.

All the different units came together nicely.  Each ruler has several different sizes that all coordinate with each other.  I used variables of three for this quilt but the rulers could easily change to a 4 inch variable to make the quilt bigger.  

All of the tools and Technique Sheets for the Studio 180 Design rulers have online instructional videos you can access through Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design YouTube channel. Check them out. They not only give you visual instructions on how to use the rulers, but they give you some Quilting inspiration as well!

Once the top was done, it was time to quilt it.  I used a nice teal thread color from Aurifl.  I love how it pops on the gray and pink fabrics.

The quilt was pieced and quilted using Schmetz universal 90/14 needles.
I've been using these needles for years. They fit perfect in my machine and always work well with my thread.

I wanted this quilt to be light weight and fluffy for the summer so I used Hobbs Poly Down Premium Batting.  The Island batik fabrics combined with the Hobbs Polyester batting makes the quilt soft and cuddly.


The quilt measures 63 x 63.

Boonky always likes to help out with the photo sessions.

Be sure to hop on over to Victoria and Maryellen's blogs today. They are also working with the Summer Twilight fabric line and some Studio 180 Design rulers.

Victoria Johnson, Forever Quilting for You
Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

Give Away Time!

There were a couple prints in the fabric line I did not use and I offering them to one of you!  These two green prints are two half yard cuts that didn't make it into this quilt.  If you want a chance to win both, leave a comment and let me know if you use quilts in the summer.  I'll pick a winner this weekend.

We don't use quilts outside here in the south to cuddle under, it's just too hot, even in the evenings. But sometimes the AC is blowing so strong that some of us in the house need a quilt all year long to snuggle under while we watch TV.

You can also enter the Island Batik Giveaway for a chance to win one of these two Island Batik Bundles.   You can enter using the Rafflecopter below and you can read more about their giveaway on their blog:

Happy Quilting!


Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Say What? - Crazy Quilting with Island Batik and Aurifil

Say What? ... I say, it's day three of the Say What? blog hop. There have been some great projects and stories shared so far and today I am excited to show off my project. 

I went with actual words on my project for the challenge theme, some inspirational words in the corner of these Piecekeeper Project Bags.  I made one of these a few months ago and decided I needed a couple more. This is a free pattern from ByAnnie and is a good starter project if you want to start using some of her other patterns.

Also, for the month of April, Island Batik Ambassadors were asked to work with Aurifil Thread and incorporate Crazy Quilting into their project.

I was sent an Aurifil color builder set in the green color way. It is called Walking Palm. I have lots of Island Batik scraps, but I knew the Sunshine Garden scraps left over from my February Puff Quilt project would go perfect with these threads.

And the back of these Piecekeeper Project bags from ByAnnie are the perfect place to show off some crazy quilting! 

I had a good time playing with the different stitches on my machine. They all sewed up really nice with the Aurifil thread and my Schmetz needle. 

I even threw in a couple other Aurifil colors thread to complete the look.

The Walking Palm Color Builder set comes with three greens, two light greens and a variegated green. I added an orange and a light teal. They all blend well together.

The blue and the dark pink Aurifil colors were used to construct the bag.

Some of these thicker stitches turned out fantastic.

I like the little hearts too.

The thread and the fabrics look so well together.

These are such fun stitches. I would like to use them more, but I'm not sure know what projects 
to put them on. 

Say, what other projects can I use these fancy stitches for? If you have some suggestions let me know!

Enjoy all the other Say What? projects by following the links below.

Happy Quilting!


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