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My New Bag – Quilt As You Go

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An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

Intimidation! That’s what I experienced when I saw the August Ambassador assignment. I have never done a quilt as you go, and did not want to begin another quilt, table runner or pillow. After recently sorting through my handbags and tossing and donating a few, I decided it was time for a new one! I used a free pattern off the internet – The Phoebe Bag, and adapted the pattern to quilt as you go.

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I pulled and pulled fabrics from my Island Batik bin. Purples won! Instead of batting or stiff interfacing, I used foam! In the fabric store it’s located with the interfacings and you can get it plain, fusible on one side or fusible on both sides. I chose the fusible on one side. Much to my delight it was a dream to sew!

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I placed a rectangle in the center of the main part of the bag, and then placed another on top. I then sewed the two fabrics together, directly on the foam. I pressed open and quilted on top. I repeated that around and around until the bag piece was covered, then trimmed. I repeated for the back. For the straps and closure flap I used interfacing.

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Following the pattern, I added a pocket to the lining, and then a second pocket sized for my cell phone. I have a feeling this will be a favorite for a while. No doubt I will be using this method for another bag soon.

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This August be sure to check out what the other Island Batik Ambassadors are creating for their Quilt as You Go projects.

Linking up with: Em’s Scrapbag.

Three Hospice Finishes & July Round-Up

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One of my goals the last couple of weeks has been to move along the Hospice quilts I have to be completed.  The bright one above is a smaller lap quilt. The blocks in this next quilt were all pieced at a retreat by all those in attendance and I put the blocks together at my residency in June. This week I finally got it quilted and bound and am quite pleased with the results. I’ve also been working on my free motion quilting and think I’m finally getting the hang of it with simpler designs. Yes, I know, “practice, practice, practice!”

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The third quilt top was donated by a reader and quilted by a friend on her long arm. Thank you so much Cindy B – it is such a time saver for me and she does such a great job!

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My big goal for August is to just enjoy working on some of my many projects.  I reduced my list quite a bit, only listing those projects I have been working on or will work on in the next month. The others are still in their boxes on the shelf and will be gotten to eventually. Up to now I have never minded having so many projects in the wings. Lately they have made me a bit anxious and other than the monthly Island Batik Ambassador projects, I will not begin any new ones until the number is greatly reduced. A by-product of getting older maybe? This has been the case in my whole house. Every closet, cupboard, drawer and storage space has been cleaned out and many, many things donated. It has been VERY freeing! I will not stress about completing the projects, however, I will continue to enjoy the process.

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Linking up with Jo’s Country Junction  and Needle & Thread Thursday

A Quilt for Love

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A couple we are quite fond of are getting married this fall and I was so excited to make them a quilt. Did you get that – they are getting married this October and the quilt is done!! Not only did I really want to make them a quilt, but I was excited about the design I chose and the colors to go with their décor.

There were quite a few gray fabrics in my stash and I had fun picking out several more. The oranges were a little more challenging. I didn’t want a “Halloween orange,” but more of a tangerine orange. These colors are out of my usual range, but I knew it went with their décor and I love the result!

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It was a lot of half square triangles, so I took a shortcut. I cut triangles on my Sizzix. The fabric had been starched so I didn’t worry about stretching on the bias. It was so much easier than putting two squares together, marking a line and then sewing two seams. It worked perfectly!

            I’m planning to see the couple soon to gift this quilt to them, and my hope is that this quilt adds warmth to their lives together.

 

Support to Another Quilter

IMG_1723 (Medium)Recently a quilting friend was going through some medical difficulties.  As a show of support, a call went out for 12 inch finished blocks. Within just a couple of weeks the blocks were assembled and a long arm quilter, who also made a block, quilted it. As soon as it was bound it was quickly delivered. The recipient is such a kind, warm and generous person and is also a very talented quilter. Below is the portion of the label with a message. The names of all who participated were also listed on the label.

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Here are just a few of the blocks. So fun to see all the different blocks everyone came up with. There were also a few placed on the quilt back.

I had the privilege of delivering it and the joy on her face when she pulled the quilt out of the gift bag was priceless. This was our way of letting her know we cared, and whenever she wraps herself in this quilt, we hope she feels our warmth. Blessings to her for a full recovery and much joy.

And here is my June wrap-up. There was so much Hospice sewing done while I was at my week in residency, I chose to just group them. Hopefully next month I’ll see a few of those quilted and bound!

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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

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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!

 

 

 

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!!

A Quilter’s Generosity

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I was going to wait until this quilt top was quilted, but I am so overwhelmed with the generosity of having received this quilt top, I needed to do it now. Recently Jo’s Country Junction added a page to their blog for charity projects. I posted that I would receive quilts, quilt tops and/or blocks for the Hospice group I quilt with. I immediately heard from two quilters and very quickly received this quilt top. A very big thank you to Jackie who sent it all the way from Canada!

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I really like this pattern and am going to do a pencil sketch for a possible future quilt. It is lovely and I am so looking forward to seeing it quilted and bound. The generosity continues as a friend has offered to quilt the quilt on her long arm.  This week when I get together with the hospice sewers I will look for a backing from our stash and cut the batting. Even better, I imagine the comfort and warmth it will bring a patient!

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