Christmas Table Topper

An Island Batik Adventure

Table Top


The Island Batik Ambassador project for December is a scrappy table topper. Oh good – I have been wanting to do a Christmas table runner – perfect opportunity! I wanted something festive yet peaceful. Not the usual red, whites and greens. I pulled out all the blue Island Batiks, mostly from the Blue Moon collection and was taken in with how pretty they all were! And doesn’t the touch of purple compliment it all so well?

This was going to be a project to be sewn at retreat, so it couldn’t be very complicated. A string quilt seemed the perfect answer. I chose to do four large rectangles and used muslin as a base. Then the fun began – First, I cut various size strips, half inch to one and one half inches. I sewed, and sewed and sewed! There are times I just love mindless sewing. I find it so relaxing!

blue Batik strips

After some simple quilting, choosing an applique design was next. Christmas trees, snowflakes, stars, snowmen or ornaments? Nothing seemed right. Snowmen would work, but I was going for peaceful, not cutesy. At Thanksgiving my daughter brainstormed with me, we auditioned fabrics for the applique, and with her help –  Ah ha! White Poinsettias! After fusing all the Poinsettia leaves, I stitched and quilted using silver threads.

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I loved the look. The centers of the poinsettias needed berries. I hunted through all my beads but nothing seemed quite right. After a lot of time at the bead shop, I found the silver disks and Swarovski crystals. Nothing like crystals to brighten up a piece!

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This table runner is now on my dining table and I absolutely love it – a wonderful representation of the Joy and Peace of Christmas.

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Not much time left to finish up projects – am really pleased with the progress to date!

December Projects

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Lucky Thirteen

 

That’s how many quilts will be making it out the door for Hospice next week! Add that to the works of other quilters in our little group, and we are donating 24 quilts this year! A week ago they were dedicated at a church service.

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Blurry pic, but does show how great they all looked together for dedication!

Making quilts for Hospice has been a passion of mine for several years now, but I certainly don’t do it alone. I have incorporated sewing blocks into my quilting retreats.  All attending have the option of making blocks from “kits” that have been prepared.  This fall blocks were sewn for 5 quilts!  During the year I will sew the blocks together and complete the quilts. The old adage “many hands make quick work” is so true!

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Even better, others have jumped on the wagon to help. Last Spring Cindy donated several quilt tops. Beverly has donated several quilt tops and surprised me at Fall retreat with a complete quilt! In the spring Tina was so very generous to take blocks home, sew them together and quilt two quilts. What a great army of generosity!

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I have a bin dedicated to this project.  It holds some backing fabrics, completed blocks to be pieced, a few tops that need borders and several quilt tops that need to be quilted. I love knowing that the completion of some of next year’s donations is not far off.

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Beverly’s Quilt

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The two quilts that Tina Pieced and quilted.

 

A preprinted label is added to the back of all the quilts. Rather than trying to come up with a name for each quilt, I have decided to name each one “Comfort and Prayers” for that is truly what these quilts are all about.

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I strongly encourage any quilter who is presented with the opportunity to work on a donation quilt to do so – the rewards are great for all involved.

Quilt & Sew-In Fall II

For one hour, there was silence in the retreat room on Wednesday and then…the magic began again. Attendees of Fall II arrived! Once again there was so much creativity, productivity, conversation and laughter. For me it was double the fun, double the laughter and a little more exhaustion! For the whole week I even got to meet 8 quilters I had never met before which is just awesome.

What can I say about this one except that it is exceptional! Dolores took scrappy to the next level. Even the back is scrappy strips. That is a LOT of sewing!

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At the Spring 2017 retreat, Tina took some of the charity blocks home, squared them, and put them together for two quilt tops. At this retreat she quilted them. (Both are the same). Won’t this bring joy to someone in Hospice care? Thank you Tina – having to just bind these quilts made life a little bit easier for me and gets these quilts to Hospice a lot sooner.

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Two retreats, Double the fun – thank you all for the memories!

Two Fall Retreats – Fun, Fun, Fun!!

Usually I post retreat fun immediately after returning.  Having done two retreats back to back, I was totally pooped!! I always love being with these creative souls, and this year was no different – just double the fun and productivity. (Click on each pic to see captions)

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Fall II to be posted soon! (And yes, lots more pics!!)

 

 

 

Paper Pieced Veggies

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Last year I was asked to do a quilt to be hung at a farm stand. It’s for a dear cousin, so I said “yes.” Having sketched out my design, I was all ready to go until I came across some paper pieced veggie patterns (Quiltmaker “Garden Patch). And yes, into it I jumped – finally!

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They were not difficult and I do like the way they look. Now for putting it all together. I have somewhat of a plan, but it hasn’t fully emerged. I need to also put the name of the farm on the quilt. Setting this aside for now waiting for a rainy or cold day which we are promised very soon.

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October is now at an end so I’ve updated my project listing.

Fall I & Fall II Quilt and Sew-ins are next week, so I’m hoping to accomplish a fair amount there. The biggest benefit of my retreats for me is the great creative souls I get to spend time with, laugh with and share in their always amazing talents.

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Leftover Blocks = Another Quilt

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Some time ago when cleaning out my fabric closet, I came across leftover blocks from a quilt I had previously gifted. There was enough leftover fabric to make a couple of more needed blocks and add a border.

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It went together quickly, and I sent it off to the longarm professional. Back into the fabric closet for another year! A couple of weeks ago I told myself – enough of the so-close-to-be- finished projects.  The binding went on quickly and now I have another finish!

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This quilt will probably make its way into someone’s home as a gift. For now, it is in another closet!

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Color, Design and WOW!

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This past week hubby and I went to Jonesborough, Tennessee for something quilty for me. I have been a long time fan of Kaffe Fassett and Brandon Mably. Their colorful fabric designs and quilt designs wow me. Meeting them in person was going to be another Wow! Monday night was a lecture by Kaffe and he did not disappoint. He captured the audience with his creative journey and process along with lots of humor and a beautiful slide presentation. Hubby even enjoyed the lecture!

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The next day the workshop was at Tennessee Quilts. This is one fabulous quilt shop – 2 floors packed with fabric and the back wall is all Kaffe Collective! Sooo much color! The owners and staff are so personable, friendly and helpful. It may be a good thing I don’t live closer to this shop!

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I did bring some fabrics with me. Brandon told me which would work with the design we were putting together and which would not and why they would not.

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I understood the concept immediately and went downstairs to shop. Kaffe was there to help. He got really excited when he saw I was using reds and started pulling out bolt after bolt of fabric that would work with my quilt. It was like watching a dance. And, he didn’t just pull his fabrics – he went all over the store pulling out what worked!

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Fun 50’s and 60’s music was played and we cut our diamonds and placed them on the design boards. Kaffe and Brandon came along to help and critique. Even though there were 30 in the class, they were always there when needed.

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Sadly, this quilt is now in a project box to be worked on at a later date. Coming home all pumped from the workshop would have been the ideal time to get to the sewing, but, sigh, there are commitments and obligations. It will be joyful, though, when those reds come bursting out of the project box.

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