Category Archives: Stash

Creative Borders – Fall Table Topper

An Island Batik Adventure

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October’s assignmentBorders and bindings. There was no specific IB group required, so I pulled out my bins of Island Batiks and chose a few fall colors.  Just having finished a Round Robin, and loving it, I decided to do my very own little Round Robin!  I started with a very simple center.

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Then one by one, the borders got added.

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No, I did not sketch this out or put it on EQ – sometimes I just like to move ahead as I’m led. I did need to stop and do math, however (ich). After seven (7) borders, some wide open spaces were needed, so I added the large yellow triangles. Yes, I took the “border” assignment quite seriously! The appliqued pumpkins are perfect for a fall table topper! Aren’t they just so cute?!

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Two more borders then quilting. I’m working on my machine quilting skills and am really happy with how it turned out on this project. Admittedly, a small table topper is SO much easier to manage than a full quilt! A plain binding and – Done! It looks great on my dining table, although I still find it hard to believe that it is fall already. And yes, Christmas will be upon us before we know it.

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There have been some great October projects by the other Island Batik Ambassadors. You can find their links here – check it out for some great eye candy! [Note: There will not be an official November Island Batik Ambassador project.)

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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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Quilt As You Go

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 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!

Boredom and Polka Dots

Boredom – something I do not experience. Except for yesterday. Oh my, it hard! Way too hot to go outside. Wasn’t feeling the sewing vibe which resulted in unsewing. Became a couch potato for a while and that was really not fun – increased the boredom a gazillion percent! Cleaned up my studio – oh boy, that took all of 30 minutes! Couldn’t work on the computer because Hubby was rebuilding it. Finally, I pulled out my bin of polka dot fabrics.

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And do have a fair amount of polka dots because I really love them. I laid them all out by color. Most were 6″ wide strips so I rolled up each color. The fat quarters were stacked together at one end. Oh how much nicer it looks. I should have taken a before pic – it was pretty bad (worse than that actually). The colors were all jumbled up and nothing folded nicely. I like the finished bin much better. And YES – I plan to do a polka dot quilt. A wild Dresden Plate maybe? A Scrappy Trip Around the World? Just not sure – any suggestions??

Where Did April GO?

It has been a beautiful Spring here in the Piedmont. A few really hot days, but mostly seventies with sunshine and just the right amount of rain. I have been more motivated than I have been in several years to work in the yard. There is a mighty lot to catch up on! The daffodils were spectacular, the azaleas were joyous and now we are awaiting the next blooms. I planted several annuals in pots – no longer do I plant masses of begonias or impatience in the ground (too much work!) And, what I used to spend on plants I now have allocated to quilting!

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I did manage to spend a good amount of time sewing and April certainly produced positive results. The above quilt for Hospice was made from bright random strips of batiks donated by Robert Kaufman. (I’m working on using the Ipad camera, so sorry it’s a little fuzzy.) To date this year, six donation quilts are completed. I also completed a top that is going to be a wedding present for a special couple (I’ll save that for another post). I’ve got some things ahead of it before I quilt it, but am planning on doing that in August. The wedding isn’t until October so I should be safe – hopefully!!

April Project List

How was your April? Did you spend it in the garden? Did you do sewing or work on a different hobby? Read some good books? I love to hear how others spend their creative and/or down time.

Colorful 16 Patch

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Daffodils and so much more are in bloom, temps have been very moderate for spring, all of which makes staying in the studio a little tough. I also was gone for a week to Florida in January and last week four days to Charleston, SC. I did, however, manage to complete a 16 patch that was started two years ago! I love the brightness of this quilt. All shot cottons were used. These fabrics were a bit challenging to use especially when quilting. I found a secret to using shot cottons is to starch, starch, starch!

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It was an appropriate finish for this early Spring – I couldn’t resist a pic with the daffodils. When it was complete, I looked at all the finished quilts in my home (no, I won’t try to give a number!) and decided this quilt was better designated as a Hospice quilt. It should bring some brightness to a patient or family member.

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Today’s link-ups:  WIPS on Wednesdays, Em’s Scrapbag, Let’s Bee Social