Category Archives: Fabric

Two Projects Ready to Sew!

It’s time to pack up and head to Blowing Rock for the Spring retreat. I’ll be setting up our sewing room for the Thursday morning start when I’ll greet all the happy, ambitious and anxious quilters as they gather to sew until Sunday!

I have several projects ready to go. The first one I will be doing as a leader/ender project. It is just a simple four patch with a one patch sewn in between each. It will be colorful and fun and fairly mindless – the kind of project I need when I lead a retreat.

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In my stash I had a pile of little triangles that I’ve looked at several times wondering, “what should I do with these?” Then when I came across 1 stack of 2 1/2 inch squares, it all came together! These will make a cute wall hanging or table topper – I’ll decide as I progress.

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There are a few more projects prepped, but as they are Island Batik Ambassador projects, I won’t be showing those to you just yet. I am excited about working on all of these and hopefully will get much accomplished!

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And here it all is – the pile of retreat goodness ready to go!

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Sew Many Goodies!

The Spring Quilt & Sew-In is this week and many goodies have arrived from several generous sponsors. I can’t thank these companies enough for their generosity which lends to the fun and creativity of the retreats.

A HUGE thank you again to Island Batik. How generous to have sent several “Fifi and Fido stamps” (five inch squares) and City Culture II fat eighth stacks. The colors and designs of these beautiful fabrics will make some quilters very happy!

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Once again Dritz has sent an amazing prize – this beautiful sewing basket and a pile of sewing notions – such goodness!

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Pineapple Fabrics is a faithful supporter of the Quilt & Sew-Ins.  The box of fabric they donated is especially useful for the charity blocks that are constructed at retreat. The blocks are then pieced and made into quilts donated to Hospice. Thank you Pineapple for a wonderful assortment!

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Colonial Needle is back again with their Turn Sharp rotary blade sharpener and their beautiful Presencia Thread which is virtually lint free!

Clothworks Textiles sent these beautiful fat quarters. Fun prints and solids to compliment them – how wonderful!

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And where would our quilting be without Olfa mats and rotary cutters – in two fabulous sizes!

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Martelli has also returned this year with one of their ergonomic rotary cutters. Truly, these are life changing in the quilt studio! And, a pack of rotary blades is greatly appreciated.

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Quilters Dream has added to the retreat goodies with wonderful battings for our precious quilt projects.

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Inch Worm Fabrics sent these lovely fabrics. Soft and rich colors will truly delight a lucky quilter.

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June Tailor donated these cute mug rug quotation panels. These will definitely make some cute and thoughtful gifts.

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Hobbs donated a wonderful batting – a must product for quilters.

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Thank you doesn’t even begin to communicate how grateful I am – these prizes add so much fun to the Quilt & Sew-In and certainly enhance each quilter’s supply of goodies.

There are still openings in the Fall Retreat! November 4 thru 8.  More info and registration form are here.

 

 

 

Old Made New

An Island Batik Adventure – Vintage Quilts Inspiring New Creations

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I scoured my books, patterns and the internet for hours trying to come up with the project I really wanted to do for this challenge. Then it came to me – an apron! How vintage is that?! I did find a pattern for a half apron that was very vintage looking, (Sewing Geek Harlequin Apron pattern) but with these amazing Island Batiks I knew it would immediately be new and exciting.

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I did a little altering to the pattern: one row less from top to bottom and one more row added to the side. I also gathered it at the waist a bit so it wasn’t just straight across. It is fully lined, and I straight line quilted the whole apron.  A pocket was needed, so I sketched several: rounded, rounded gathered, rectangle. Mimicking the pattern of the apron was definitely the answer. Once the pocket was on I was absolutely giddy about this project. Don’t you just love when that happens – not just being okay or pleased with your creations, but super happy?

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My new vintage apron now hangs in my kitchen, adding a burst of color and soon to be worn when having friends or family over for dinner.

 

 

Looking Back Vintage Quilt

Koi Pond Quilt

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On July of 2016 I posted about a quilt top I designed using Kaffe Fassett fabrics and was finishing it up.  I did and had it quilted and then it just sat in my quilting closet. When the quilt top was finished, I thought it looked  like a pond of water. I even had the quilting design to look like ripples of water. Finally, a year and a half later, the Koi Pond Quilt was born!

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The pattern for the koi fish is from the book (I cannot find the book anywhere and really want to give the author/designer credit.  As soon as it’s found, I’ll update this post!) From my small stash of silks and other fine fabric, I began to piece the fish together as an applique.

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I am very pleased with the outcome, and even more pleased that after all this time, the quilt is complete! It’s a lot easier than tending an outdoor Koi pond! Hmmm…why did I wait so long?!

 

What I’ve Been Working On

I’m a planner. It seems to be my nature. Some of it probably comes from years of administrative work and deadlines. I’m the one when going on a retreat or trip is packed days ahead of time. (Spring retreat is in four weeks and my projects are packed!) I do think it’s a good thing although it tends to make a few folks think perhaps I’m a bit off balance!

As an Island Batik Ambassador, we’re sent the year’s calendar events with project themes.  I’ve combined getting ready for retreats with my Island Batik Adventures – I’ve sketched, written plans and cut fabrics. My April project, “Vintage made New” is done and here are the fabulous fabrics I used. I can’t wait for my reveal very soon! I am ridiculously giddy about this one.

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“Playful Pillows” is the May event, and I’ve got a real cutie planned for a much needed new pillow for our sofa in our TV watching area. Here are the fabrics all ready:

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June’s event is “Modern Batik Challenge.” I have a really fun baby quilt planned, combining a scrappy modern look with applique. It will make a terrific baby gift using these fabrics:

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I found July to be somewhat challenging. Not so much in finding a pattern, but finding one I wanted to use. The challenge is “Pattern Play, Secondary Pattern.” These too are all cut and ready to sew at retreat:

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August is our Great Outdoors Blog Hop. This is when all the ambassadors reveal a newly released fabric line using a Spring/Summer 2018 bundle. I was so excited about the beautiful fabric line I received I went right to work. I had an idea all sketched out, but one evening I went through my pattern bin and found a pattern I’ve had for years and have always wanted to do. Yup – next day I had it all cut out and it is now nearly done! Just a bit more quilting and binding!

There may not be a lot to show here, but you can see I have been busy planning and prepping. I have a few ideas for the rest of the year, but will hold off as we’ll receive a new shipment of fabric in July and the fabric will be part of the inspiration. Now I can go ahead and pull out a work in progress bin and make some progress there. Should have something to share soon!

New to Me & Different Technique!

An Island Batik Adventure

Try a TechniqueFor the month of March we ambassadors were asked to try a new technique – something we had never done before. The list we made amongst ourselves was endless:  binding techniques, different types of applique, specialty rulers, clothing construction, art quilts, and the list went on and on. There were so many more things to consider, many of which I have done at least once. Maybe not perfected, maybe not well, but I had done it. Hmmmm. Then I saw a pic of a fabric vase type of structure. Okay! Here I go!

After sketching and cutting out a shape from paper, I played with it in a standing up position. I then cut that shape out of a heavy stabilizer. Having chosen several bright batiks, I began to cut them into random rectangular shapes, join them and place the piece onto the stabilizer securing it with basting spray. I also added another bright batik as the backing. I chose several of my Aurifil threads and quilted all the sections and then trimmed around the outer edge. I finished the edge with satin stitching and yes, this part was tedious.

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Now the vase needed some life, some dimension. I covered a thin piece of rope with fabric and zig zagged it onto the base. I cut out a front and back for two random shaped flowers from a bright pink batik and sandwiched them with a leftover piece of some Thermore batting pieces I had, giving them dimension. This is a wonderful light weight batting to work with. I machine quilted each flower and added some beads in the center of each and then went on to make three leaves using the same method. After arranging the flower and leaves onto the base, I stitched each piece onto the base.

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I then put the piece on end, made it into a cylinder and hot glued it together. And there it is! A glass vase hides inside nicely tucked away. It’s perfect having a yard full of daffodils this week – in the vase they went. So much color and the promise of Spring!

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Linking up with: NTT, One Monthly Goal

 

 

Mini-Love Table Topper

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Mini quilts are fun to create and are usually a quick finish. A table topper seemed in order for me and I decided to stay with the same theme as my Galentine’s card. In the last two years I have gone from having no table runners or toppers to several including many which are seasonal. Now I have one for Valentine’s!

My table toppers are all square so I changed it up a bit and went round. I pulled pinks and purples out again to make it an obvious Valentine. All the fabrics used in this project were supplied to me by Island Batik.

Hubby has this really cool compass that I used to draw a large circle onto lightweight paper. Using the crazy quilt block method, I began with a five sided shape, then began piecing around it somewhat randomly.  Hearts were then appliqued all around.

Once it was as big as the circle pattern, I sandwiched the top with batting and a backing. All the seams were stitched with a decorative stitch. I trimmed it to the circle shape and did an overall loop-de-loop quilting. For the piecing and quilting I used Aurifil threads.

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Time for binding! Because it was a circle, I knew I’d need to cut the binding on the bias but didn’t really want to cut into that much fabric. I’d never used rick-rack as a binding before and thought it would look cute. Hubby even went out to buy the rick-rack for me – now that’s a good Valentine!

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All done and I really like the way it looks on the dining table. One more holiday table topper in my collection!