Back to School & Giveaway!

Back to School Blog Hop GraphicBack to School time has been a bittersweet time for me. The weather starts to cool which is a good thing, but reminds me that our yard will soon be thickly carpeted with leaves and acorns (we live in the woods) that take many, many hours to clear. Also, when my children were school age, I was never one of those parents who celebrated going back to school. I loved having them home! As the temps get increasingly colder, however, I spend more time in my studio – a great thing!

Island Batik Solstice

This month as part of the Island Batik Blog Hop,  I had the joy of working with the Island Batik Solstice. The colors are so rich and I love the geometrics. I knew immediately the quilt I would make with this line. I’ve made this quilt several times before and knew I needed one for myself! I first made this quilt at a workshop and unfortunately, after contacting the workshop leader, she informed me that she has chosen not to publish the pattern, but there is a similar pattern available on the net, “Bento Box.”

Solstice I heARTsCreations.com

This would make a perfect quilt for a college dorm room. No, I don’t have any college student in mind – this one’s for me!

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To celebrate this fabulous collection, I am giving away a stack of 60 – 5″ squares and coordinating Superior Master Piece thread.

Two chances to win – (1) leave a comment telling me what you like about fall; (2) Follow this blog. Winner will be chosen randomly on Wednesday, October 4.Note: for this giveaway, comment must have name and email on comment form (won’t be published publicly) so that I may notify the winner! Open to continental USA only.)

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Black and White Beauty

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Black and White fabric – love, love, love! Because of that love, I have had lots of scraps. I’ve used B & W in lots of quilts, as an accent, but wanted this one to be just B & W and began cutting lots and lots of 2 1/2″ squares. Luckily, I have a cutting machine!

buckeye beauty block

I chose the Buckeye Beauty block – simple but dramatic, especially with this color choice. For the half square triangles, I used a white on white polka dot and plain black. Two four patches and two half square triangles = great effect!

Interestingly enough, towards the end I needed a handful more of B & W that read light. Great quilt friend to the rescue (thanks Jean!).

 

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I was all set to do a black border and binding until I ran across the black and white large polka dots in one of my bins – and I love it! I pulled a black and white piece of yardage out for the binding and my Black and White Beauty is complete.

B&W heartscreations

Side Note:  No, the black and white bin is not empty. It’s also no longer stuffed full!

Lots of Prepping

12687[1]Finishes – I’ve had a couple but they are “secret” for now. I am also spending much time prepping – prepping for the Fall retreats and what I’ll be sewing at those retreats.

First up is my December Island Batik project. Yes, I work ahead – it’s just my nature. I actually have September’s project done (to be posted on September 27 with a give-away), October’s project done and just need to quilt January’s project. We have the month of November free, with no project. I’m so thankful we are given our full list of projects in the beginning of the year. Without revealing too much, I’ll just say that I cut all these most gorgeous blue, purple and silver batiks into strips. It will be such fun, easy sewing at retreat!

blue Batik strips

Project Boxes (Medium)

Secondly, I am doing a scrappy quarter square log cabin. I was inspired by Stitched in Color. This is so truly scrappy – I went through each of my six scrap containers and cut, cut, cut. The sashings are with a turquoise grunge. I know I will love this quilt!

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Do you work ahead? Do you plan your projects or work purely by inspiration?

Round Robin – The Last

Round Robin (Medium)

RR Brunch (Medium)

Oh how bittersweet to do our last reveal. We gathered at my home to enjoy some social time and brunch. A home can be so much more conducive to chatting and visiting than a restaurant. Oh boy, we quilters sure can talk!

After our meal, we ventured down to my studio to reveal each quilt one by one. I can’t begin to tell you how humbled I am by the talent these 3 ladies possess. First up:

Judy's Round Robin

Judy’s quilt. When I saw this reveal, I immediately thought it had to be my favorite of all of them. The various rows are so different and interesting. And those 3-D blocks in the last round – Wow!

Helen's Round Robin

Helen’s quilt. Okay, now it’s obvious that there won’t be a favorite for me. I love this one too. The colors are like a great party – and if she gets it quilted soon, it will be ready for Christmas – another Wow!

Deb's Round Robin

Deb’s quilt. Now do you see what I mean? This too is great! And the fabrics, oh the fabrics. Deb did the 365 quilt (yes, the whole thing pieced and quilted) from this line for her bed and the Round Robin will hang on the wall in her bedroom. Wow yet again.

Joyce's Round Robin

My quilt. Oh the creativity. A small border, quilting and black and white binding and she’s done. Well, not that easy because the quilting will be quite a challenge for me but am looking forward to it. And yes, once again – Wow!

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I just loved being part of this Round Robin. I would definitely do one again – in a few years that is!

Linking up with Off the Wall Friday

Blog Hop & Give-Aways!

Back to School Blog Hop Graphic

Back to School – that’s the theme for the Island Batik Ambassadors in September and we’re doing a month-long Blog Hop!

We’ll be introducing the newest fall lines and as a bonus, each ambassador will be doing a giveaway and…so will Island Batik!  The schedule for the blog hop is below. I’ll be back with my hop and give-away on September 27. I can’t wait for you to see these beautiful fabrics!

WEEK 1

Monday, September 4 – Beaujolais
Quilting Affection DesignsFunThreads Designs

Tuesday, September 5 – Country Dozen
Cheryl Lynch QuiltsInspired Layers

Wednesday, September 6 – Bonsai
Little Bunny Quilts

Thursday, September 7 – Sakura
Masterpiece Quilting

Friday, September 8 – Empress Garden
Dessert Bloom QuiltingSlice of Pi Quilts

WEEK 2

Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins
KISSed Quilts

Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms
Kathys Kwilts and More

Wednesday, September 13 – Olivera
Joan KawanoVicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Thursday, September 14 – Rise & Shine
Den Syende HimmelSally’s Quilting Corner

Friday, September 15 – Diner Days
Ark Angel CreationsKaren Overton

WEEK 3

Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed QuiltsWhispers of Yore

Tuesday, September 19 – Vineyard
The Inquiring QuilterInchworm Fabrics

Wednesday, September 20 – Abalone
PamelaQuiltsYellow Cat Quilts

Thursday, September 21 – Batiks Go Retro
Adventures in Applique and Quilting

Friday, September 22 – Captain’s Anchor
Purrfect Spots DesignsBeaquilter

WEEK 4

Monday, September 25 – Cherry Berry
Freemotion by the RiverMary Mack Made Mine

Tuesday, September 26 – Lobster Bake
Seams to be Sew

Wednesday, September 27 – Solstice
Bejeweled QuiltsheARTs Creations

Thursday, September 28 – Sour Apple
Seams Like a DreamKauffman Designs

Friday, September 29 – Zen
Lizard Creek QuiltingQuilt’n Party

 

My Secret “Garden”

Secret Garden I heARTscreations.com (Medium)

If you have followed me for any amount of time, you probably know that I am a huge Kaffe Fasset fan. I love the colors of his fabrics and the amazing artistry. Along with Kaffe, Brandon Mably is also on the top of my list.

Secret Garden front and back (Medium)

I started this quilt over a year ago at a retreat. It has been pieced for a while, but it was awaiting quilting. I entertained the idea of quilting it myself as I have been doing a few more than usual, but after looking at the top for a while I decided that a long arm was the way to go.

Secret Garden heartscreations.com (Medium)

I just love the vibrant colors of this quilt and it feels so good to have another finish!! In October I will have one more bonus – I will be going to a Kaffe lecture and workshop. Woo Hoo! Lucky me – can’t wait!

And, YES – tomorrow is September already so here’s my August progress:

WIPS August 2017 (Medium)

Linking up with: My Quilt Infatuation, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop!

 

 

After the Quilt Show

LKN Show (Medium)Last weekend the Lake Norman Quilt Guild had its quilt show, “Sail Into Quilting.”  I spent Wednesday with the judging and it was very interesting. I was pleased to see how positive the judges were with all the quilts, winners and non-winners alike. On Thursday we had set-up. If you have never been part of a show like this, it is very tiring. There’s a lot of physical labor that goes into it. With everyone having a positive attitude, it goes by quickly and there is much satisfaction when you see how beautiful it all looks.  Above is a pic of the show from above. The two gals who are our design team do an amazing job and have done so for several shows now. I can’t imagine. Logistics is just not in my skill set.

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I was honored and thrilled to have won ribbons. “Reach for the Sun” won a first.

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My pillow won a first and specialty ribbon for “Best Embellishments.”

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“Planetary” took second.

Kaffe whole 1 (Large)

My Kaffe striped tablerunner won a third.

Yeah! Retirement (Medium)

And last, although one of my favorites, this applique that I worked on and completed after my retirement, won an honorable mention.

It will be two years before our guild has another show. Thank goodness, can’t imagine doing one every year!