Wednesday, May 19, 2021

Born to be Wild Blog Hop


Hey everyone! Thanks for joining me for day three of the Born to be Wild Blog Hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. Today I am showing off my Leopard One Block Wonder Quilt.  I showed this quilt to my daughter as I was in the process of making it. The first thing out of her mouth was, "Dibbs!"  So this one will be going to her.



I love playing along with these blog hops, they get me inspired to create something new or finish up something old.  This project falls into both categories: a new project that has been waiting for me to cut into.  I saw these leopard panels on sale for $4.50 in the fall of 2018 and couldn't pass that up, but they always got put on the back burner for other projects.


This hop got them out of the bin and into a finished quilt.


You need 7 panels to make a One Block Wonder like this: 6 to cut cut up and one to show off.  


That comes to $31.50 of fabric for this quilt top.  That's a pretty good price!


 This is the final layout on my design wall before the rows were sewn and before I added the blue background.  


Used up some of my older fabric for the backing.  Great way to bust the stash is with pieced backings.




Halfway through I had a quality inspection done by my own "wild" animals.




Eh, they aren't so wild... and they love each other.


I love making One Block Wonders, they turn out different every time.
This is the 6th one I have made and there are more in the works.


Make sure to visit the other Blog Hoppers today to see what wild creations they have made.




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Tuesday, May 4, 2021

Island Batik Quilt Modern Blog Hop



Welcome to day two of the Island Batik Quilt Modern Blog Hop. 





Today I get to show off my Mountain Rain quilt I made with the new Island Batik fabric line called Forecast by Ebony Love of Love Bug Studios. It should be hitting shops this month! You can also scroll down below (or go to the Island Batik blog) to enter to the giveaway sponsored by Island Batik to win some of your own Forecast fabric!






When I got this stack of weather themed prints all I could think of was rain on mountains, so I drew an abstract a pattern and sewed it up. 



Good old graph paper for the win!





I wanted two different kinds of rain. Diamond rain and long straight rain.






For the diamonds, I used the Diamond Recs tool by Studio 180 Designs.
I really like this tool. It cuts the center diamond perfect and the outer edges just a wee bit bigger than needed and then you trim it down to a perfect rectangle. 



The mountains and the clouds were improve paper piecing, sort of. I drew the shapes right then on paper then sewed them out. There was definitely some improve piecing in between the rain and the mountains to get everything to come together. That should qualify as modern, right? I hope so. Either way, it was a fun project to work on and I used every fabric in the Forecast bundle for this quilt.



This one was quilted with Hobbs Premium Polyester. batting  I quilted all over wavy lines and it tuned out so soft and fluffy.







I used White Aufil Thread for the quilting on this one. Since the dark prints also have some light in them the white blended perfectly.





And of course I used a Schmetz needle. They always have the perfect needle for my projects.





Make sure to check out my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors Joan Hart of Unicornharts to see what she created with Forecast.




Happy Sewing! And May the 4th be with you!!










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