Category Archives: Island Batiks

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.

A Box Full of Treasure!

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

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Being an Island Batik Ambassador has been such a fun adventure and a valuable learning experience. Late yesterday afternoon it got even better! The second shipment of glorious fabrics arrived! Many of the other ambassadors had already received their boxes (we post on a private FB page). I was SO sure I’d have to wait until Monday, but this treasure was on my front porch when we got home!

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I’m not one to wait and look at an unopened gift or box. Tearing into this box certainly did not disappoint.

Here is an always useful neutral and a bonus pack. In my opinion the whole box is a bonus! There is also yardage of a polka dot rayon (ha, ha, more polka dots!) I haven’t garment sewn in forever, but this will definitely be a must do.

The next 3 batches, which includes a pack of 10 inch squares, can only be peeked at as these fabrics have not been released yet. Of course I have been through all of them just marveling at the beautiful designs and colors.

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And finally, and I think my favorite, are the packs of five inch strips. There is such a wonderful variety there and makes for such happy choices when designing a quilted piece.

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Now to put it all away. Problem is, my Island Batik bin is full. Such a problem, right? Ha – I’ll need to do some rearranging and empty another bin, aka happy work!

Baby Bear Baby Quilt

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

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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!

Be sure to check out all the Island Batik Ambassador creative projects.  #islandbatiks

Mountain Bear 2 (Medium)

Linking up with Em’s Scrapbag

Fun with Curves Challenge!

 

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

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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

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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.

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.

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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.

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

Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation, Silly Mama Quilts

Sew Much Sewing, Sew Much FUN!!!

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Just back from the Quilt & Sew-In Spring Retreat and WOW! It was such a good time. I am always impressed with the fun attitude and amazing camaraderie at retreat. I am also always wowed at how much everyone accomplishes and their exceptional talents. There is so much to show, I will do this in two parts.

Our Venue:  The Meadowbrook Inn, Blowing Rock, has been home to the Quilt & Sew-In Retreat for five years. The sewing room is bright and each sewer gets their own table. There are 3 pressing stations that are counter height, and 3 cutting stations counter height. Each day we start out in the pretty windowed breakfast room.

Thank you Island Batiks for the pretty charm packs for everyone!

Free Spirit and Rowan Fabric also generously donated hexie charm packs with Kaffe Fassett, Joel Dewberry  and Denyse Schmidt fabrics. Building up our stash!!

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The “Mad Button” game was played and lasted 24 hours. It was brutal! If someone said “quilt” or “fabric,” one of their red buttons would be taken – she with the most red buttons won. (Thinking about how often you say those two words? ) Cindy played with a fun and ferociousness that couldn’t be beat – 21 buttons gave her the win! She scored  a ceramic magnetic pin dish with pins.

Quilt! – the Quilt & Sew-In’s very own first cousin to Bingo, was played several times over the weekend. Winners enjoyed the new Oly Fun craft fabric by Fairfield. Great opportunity to try something new!

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Whew! There’s LOTS more to share – tomorrow. Visit again to see the amazing creative projects by all who attended! Sorry, I have to use this word again – “WOW!!!”

Adventurous Applique

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

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Our April IBA project was “Adventurous Applique.” This played perfectly into a little project I have been wanting to do – a little project tote bag. I pulled out a number of the six inch strips from the rolls we received from Island Batiks, cut them into various strip widths and sewed two sets together. I sewed those to a neutral top.

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I pulled out my bag of IB scraps and cut a bunch of long skinny flower petals. I fused a stem and then fused the petals. I did the flower as a raw applique and added a center.

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A lining was added and voila! A cute little project tote bag that’s full of color, color, color!

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Linking up with:  My Quilt Infatuation, WIPS on Wednesday,  Let’s Bee Social

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