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Baby Bear Baby Quilt

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

Mountain Bear 1 (Medium)

Our Ambassador challenge for July: Baby and Crib quilts. Wonderful timing as there is a family I know expecting a baby and of course I wanted to make a quilt. I decided to go with a mountain theme, “baby bear,” and picked out some great tan, brown and green Island Batiks. The piecing was done using Aurofil Thread and for the quilting I used two Superior Threads’ Fantastico, both variegated. They absolutely quilt like a dream!

Baby quilt fabrics (Medium)

Oh Baby! Crib QuiltsThis was not looking like your typical baby quilt with bright primary colors or batiks, but I really liked the idea of keeping the mountain theme in the quilt. The body was all half-square triangles with the center being framed. The bear and pine tree are appliqued.

This was a fun and fairly quick project and best of all, I have a gift done long before the new arrival!

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Mountain Bear 2 (Medium)

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Fun with Curves Challenge!

 

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

Curvalicious Quilts (Medium)

Whew – posting this with only hours to spare! Haven’t missed an Island Batik Ambassador Challenge deadline yet, and don’t want to find out what happens if I do!

June’s challenge is curved piecing. My sofa has been crying out for a quilted pillow, so here was my chance. I chose brown and gold. One half is a checkerboard and the other side is curved piecing.

Laying one piece on top of another, gentle curves were cut, pulled apart, the two to be pieced marked, pinned, then pieced. If the curves are not too deep, the piecing is easy and smooth and I love the results.

On the checkered side, I chose a curved quilting stitch to help play into the theme. On the curved side and around the border, I chose to use my Sashiko machine and sew the simple yet elegant Sashiko stitch.

Curved quilting on squares

Sashiko quilting

SASHIKO Stitching

 

 

Full pillow cover

Confession: technically it is not completely finished – it needs a pillow form. Next trip out I promise – can’t wait to see it on the sofa!

For more Island Batik Ambassador Curved projects, please check out the links here.

Beyond Amazing – A Creative & Peaceful Week!

Last week was my residency – a truly remarkable gift. I had a beautiful cabin all to myself from Monday to Monday. Now, I love to vacation and I love to go to retreats, but this was just something else. The days floated. I was afraid they were going to go by lightening speed! There was both a serenity and creative energy in the cabin. No internet – need I say more? There was a full kitchen, although three meals a day were available to me on the main campus. Each evening another resident and I hiked the 1/2 mile up a mountain trail to dinner and I did take advantage of two lunches. The food was fresh, healthy and wonderful! Residents sit at the staff table and the staff are truly the best. They are friendly, kind, helpful, and very interesting.

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Looking up the drive from the front doorway.

 

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The front of “MY” cabin.

 

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View of the interior from the front entrance. It’s a one room, bed to the left beside dresser divider. This made for a wonderful quilting studio!

 

For the first couple of days I concentrated on quilt tops for Hospice patients. They are not complicated, are made from donated fabrics and it was fun sewing, especially knowing that they will be going to someone for comfort during a difficult time.

The strip quilt needs one more vertical row. I ran out of the paper foundation and have two more blocks to piece. The task at hand now, of course, is the quilting. Perhaps by the time I finish these and four more that are already made and also ready to be quilted, I’ll see some improvement and better comfort level in my machine quilting! (One can only hope!!)

Morning coffee and cereal on the porch – a most delightful setting. So peaceful. Cool temperatures. Just up the road a bit was a bench – a lovely spot for relaxation and reflection. Some of the views while walking down the road were breathtaking.

Lucky me! I am just so appreciative of this very, very, special time!

 

Round Robin, Round 2

Round Robin (Medium)

How exciting to see Round 2 of our Round Robin! The creativity has just blown me away. My great hope is that each of the other participants is half as happy with my contribution to each quilt as I am with what they have added to mine!

 

 

 

Judy's RR

First up: Judy’s quilt. The fabrics are so pretty and soft. Helen took the little scraps and did one inch squares. This was a lot of sewing and has added so much to this creation.

Helen's RR

Second: Helen’s quilt. Judy added the curved border which really complimented all the squares and triangles. The border of the bird fabric plays into the center block – I love these birds!

Deb's RR

Third: Deb’s quilt. This outside border was my contribution. I felt like all those geometrics needed some curves. I did improve curved piecing then the corners were a play on the center block. In person, these fabrics are truly gorgeous.

Joyce's RR

Fourth: My quilt. Last round Helen added many, many crosses. This round Deb framed the cross border with the black and whites – absolutely stunning!. The curved corners are so unique!

Our next round is our last and the plan is to meet after Labor Day. I’m not even going to look at it (I have Helen’s with the birds) for a few weeks and then look for inspiration. I have a bit of an idea, but need to let it go for now. So glad we are doing this RR – the borders have been amazing and our meetings and reveals have been a lot of fun. Thank you ladies!!

End of May – Lots of Sewing!

We had lots and LOTS of rain this past month. In one week alone we had five inches at our home! Yes, the rain is great, except it makes it a bit soggy to garden. So, what to do? Sew! I’ve also been getting my projects ready for the June week long residency I will be enjoying. Normally my end of month wrap-up’s progress list shows all. However, I’ve prepped six charity projects to bring with me for the residency, and will group them together for now. (Note: Below list updated May 31, 2017)

May 2017 Project List

Yes, I am bringing a LOT, but I would rather have way too much than not enough. I’m also bad about getting bored with a project part way through and want to move on to another. I’m also being very careful about stocking my tool box. I’ve included two full packs of sewing machine needles and a 5-pack of rotary blades. I’d rather not have to go down the mountain to get any sewing supplies. Lots of threads and two sewing machines will also be going with me.

Tribe in Progress (Medium)

Now, back to a project that will not be going with me – Tribal. I loved this pattern when I first saw it and had fabric in my stash that worked. Though not difficult, it is quite a bit of sewing. Now that it’s on the design wall, I really want to move it along, so off I go!

Charity Quilting Update

A while back I entered the Hands to Help Charity Quilt Challenge at Addictions of a Fabric Addict created by Sarah. Thank you Sarah for this opportunity and for pulling the quilting community together for several worthy causes! I’ve actually had the quilt done for some time, but this deadline got away from me a bit. The Spring Retreat and upcoming quilt show for my guild has gotten me off kilter a bit, but I am determined to get back on track.

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It is amazing how quilters swarm to such worthy charitable causes. I am sending this colorful quilt to Happy Chemo.

I spent some time recently going through a few bins in my fabric closet. You know the ones that should be labeled “what the heck is in here anyway?”! I found a few leftover batik rectangles from a quilt I made years ago. My first impulse was to throw them into the box I was donating to my guild’s quilt show. Luckily I put them on the design wall first. Behold! A table topper. Each year my guild donates table runners and table toppers to Habitat for Humanity. They in turn give one to each new home owner. Such a nice way to help dress up a new home!

IMG_1740 (Medium)I did spiral quilting which is just so easy and quick on a small piece. Funny, whenever I do a spiral on a large piece I have to stop a few times because I get motion sickness!

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There are several more charity quilts that I need to bind, a few tops to quilt and several blocks to be pieced together. I made this my focus this year and so far I am excited to be headed in the right direction.

 

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Modern Batik Challenge

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

For May, we were challenged with a Modern Batik quilt. My first choice was to do a small wall hanging – I find those a little easier for modern than a larger quilt, but then I decided it was time to break out of the mold and go bold so I chose to do a small lap quilt.

Modern Batik

I went through all my yummy Island Batiks and chose blues and greens, various neutrals for the top portion and a neutral for the section out of the main square. I love this color palette and doesn’t that make sewing them together that much more fun? This quilt is made up of all five inch squares set on point. I did do a pencil sketch, but somehow when the squares were on the design board, I was not happy. What to do? I had them all cut. Then a funny thing happened. I sat on the sofa on the other side of the room and looked over at the design wall and it appeared totally different than when I looked at it straight on! I liked it! Whew!!

Modern Batik

Lots of piecing and then straight line quilting. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know how many stitches are in the quilting? Then again…maybe not! I used Aurifil 2311 (neutral) for the piecing and Fantastico 5166 for the quilting – both a dream to work with.

Modern Batik 2

Be sure to check out all the Modern Batik creations by the Island Batik Ambassadors here.

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