Christmas Pillows

image9.jpegChristmas in March! That’s a new one for me! A couple of years ago I purchased “The Quilter’s Snowman” by Mama’s Quilts. I hadn’t done redwork in ages and thought how much fun it would be! And it was – for the first block.  The second block was okay. When it was finished, I knew there wouldn’t be a third being stitched.  The novelty wore off.

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What to do with just two blocks?  Christmas pillows of course! Not long after they were completely stitched, I pulled out some Christmas fabric pieces and did  simple borders and a pillow back. They are now snug in a closet waiting for Christmas when they will adorn the sofa. AND…an empty project box.  Woo Hoo!!!

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New Machine & Feb Wrap-Up

February? Really? I’m quite a bit behind as everyday life took a turn recently. A loved one was in the hospital for several days. The good news is that all is now well but it does take me a while these days to get back to normal – whatever normal is!

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Now for my good news! A new machine – the Bablock Jazz! I will be using this primarily for free-motion quilting. Look at all that room! It even has 27 stitches and does 1,000 stitches a minute. That’s fast! It’s also very smooth. (Please note: I am in no way connected to Babylock; this is just a personal review.) The LED lighting is also quite wonderful.

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I’ve played on it, but haven’t yet tackled a quilt. I’ve got some smaller must do’s first. There are ten charity quilt tops waiting to be quilted, so I’ll definitely have lots of opportunity!

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Here is my February project listing. Some progress is definitely better than none!

Feb listing

 

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

Mini LoveAn Island Batik Adventure

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!

 

 

Happy Galentine’s Day!

Galentine's DayAn Island Batik Adventure

Galentine’s is all about celebrating our girlfriends, with a dash of glitz and glamour.

Today, Island Batik Ambassadors are celebrating Galentine’s Day with a post card or rug mug for their “gal friends.” My choice was to do a card sized piece to attach to the front of a card. First, I chose a selection of pinks and purples. (The fabrics featured in the post were given to me by Island Batiks)

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Next, I cut a piece of stabilizer the size of the front of the card. Then the fun began! I cut some strips and shapes from the various pinks and reds and placed them on the stabilizer, securing them with an adhesive basting spray and then sewed over the seams with a decorative stitch. Having chosen two of the purples, I cut out two hearts with the centers cut out. I placed them so they would intertwine and did a zig zag stitch all around each one.

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Instead of a traditional binding, I twisted two lengths of red yarn together and zig zagged it onto the edges of the card. I then glued the piece to the front of the card.  A quick, creative and one of a kind card! And there I have it – a Galentine card that went out to my very own special gal – my daughter!

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Happy Galentine’s Day to all my “Gals” out there!!

 

Let the Adventure Begin!

An Island Batik Adventure

My second year as an Island Batik Ambassador has begun! Each month the ambassadors make a project using these beautiful Island Batik fabrics and share on social media. I loved doing this last year and am really excited about this year’s opportunity. On Friday this huge box was delivered. Wow – it was packed full! (The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik)

This surprise package is packed with fabric not yet released – take my word for it – it’s gorgeous and you’re going to want some when it’s released!

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What a bonus – Aurifil threads (a cone and six spools!)  and Hobbs batting – a cotton batting and a Thermore (a lightweight batting that is a dream to work with.)

There’s a fat quarter pack of fabrics for Valentine projects and a beautiful rayon perfect for making a garment. I haven’t done that in a while – this fabric certainly inspires me! And a personal bonus – a beautiful rayon scarf!

Blue Moon is a fabulous collection and designing with this strip pack and light and dark yardage will be such a treat.

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Foundation fabrics – yikes – what a great selection to choose from to build a design. Stash builders – my fave go to for that one fabric I need to complete a design.

Last, and very amazing, is this collection of Plum Delicious – a fat eight collection and yardage. I have all sorts of visions popping in my head for this pile of wonderful!

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Please join me and the other Island Batik Ambassadors for our monthly adventures filled with inspiration, creativity and beautiful Island Batik fabrics!

Ten Hour Block

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As an Island Batik Ambassador, each year we reapply and this year we were required to submit a block of our choice. Yes, the block from you know where. Actually, it wasn’t the block – it was me! I chose a paper pieced block pattern from the book Grandma’s Best Quilt Blocks. I needed to enlarge it so I did so by drawing it on paper piecing paper and then copied it as needed. Having completed one full block (4 sections), I realized it was not to size – my copier had enlarged it by 1/4 inch. I know, I know – I should have checked before sewing.

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Hubby to the rescue. Rather than me having to hand draw the parts, he put it on EQ and printed copies exactly to size. Unfortunately, the stage was set!  One section, I realized, had two fabrics reversed. On another, one of the long skinny pieces did not go all the way to the end. I so needed to walk away so I cleared leaves for two hours and it really helped!

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It was a Saturday and I originally wanted to get it in the mail at 2:00 PM. Now my new goal was 10 PM that night! Including taking the paper backing off, I finished two hours earlier than that. Obviously, it is not an advanced block, nor a beginners block. On a normal day, under normal circumstances, I should have done everything within two hours. I won’t be getting this block back – good thing because it would never be made into a quilt – One and Done! (it is a pretty block, though)