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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.

Vase base heartscreations.com

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!

Vase w flowers heARTsCreations.com

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Christmas Table Topper

An Island Batik Adventure

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The Island Batik Ambassador project for December is a scrappy table topper. Oh good – I have been wanting to do a Christmas table runner – perfect opportunity! I wanted something festive yet peaceful. Not the usual red, whites and greens. I pulled out all the blue Island Batiks, mostly from the Blue Moon collection and was taken in with how pretty they all were! And doesn’t the touch of purple compliment it all so well?

This was going to be a project to be sewn at retreat, so it couldn’t be very complicated. A string quilt seemed the perfect answer. I chose to do four large rectangles and used muslin as a base. Then the fun began – First, I cut various size strips, half inch to one and one half inches. I sewed, and sewed and sewed! There are times I just love mindless sewing. I find it so relaxing!

blue Batik strips

After some simple quilting, choosing an applique design was next. Christmas trees, snowflakes, stars, snowmen or ornaments? Nothing seemed right. Snowmen would work, but I was going for peaceful, not cutesy. At Thanksgiving my daughter brainstormed with me, we auditioned fabrics for the applique, and with her help –  Ah ha! White Poinsettias! After fusing all the Poinsettia leaves, I stitched and quilted using silver threads.

Poinsettia Table Runner 2 heARTsCreaitons.com (Medium)

I loved the look. The centers of the poinsettias needed berries. I hunted through all my beads but nothing seemed quite right. After a lot of time at the bead shop, I found the silver disks and Swarovski crystals. Nothing like crystals to brighten up a piece!

Poinsettia Beads heARTsCreations.com (Medium)

 

Poinsettia Beads closeup heARTsCreations.com (Medium)

Poinsettia Beads heARTsCreations.com (Medium)

This table runner is now on my dining table and I absolutely love it – a wonderful representation of the Joy and Peace of Christmas.

Poinsettia Table Runner heARTsCreations (Medium)

Not much time left to finish up projects – am really pleased with the progress to date!

December Projects

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Reach For The Sun

ReachforSun heARTsCreations (Medium)

Sunflowers are one of my favorites. They are so big, sunny and cheerful. And in the midst of the beastly cold snap we’re experiencing in the NC Piedmont, they are a welcoming sight.  I’d wanted to do this wall hanging for some time and started it about 4 or 5 years ago. Thought I’d never finish it! The background is various sunflower fabrics sewn together in uneven strips. It was then quilted and bound. I wanted the sunflowers to make a BIG statement so I decided to do a dimensional applique.

ReachforSun on bench heARTsCreations (Medium)

All the petals and leaves were sewn right sides together then turned. The stems were cut on the bias, machine sewn down on one side then hand stitched on the other. The petals were put in place and machine quilted.

Reach4Sun Center heARTsCreations (Medium)

The centers of the flowers were fun to construct. Three quarter inch strips were sewn together, cross cut, then sewn together again to make a checkerboard. This project was definitely consuming me at this point! There was no way the centers could be sewn down by machine – too thick. I chose brown pearl cotton and a hefty needle, but still could not easily sew. Pliers to the rescue! This turned into work and made my hand ache, so I attacked it little by little each evening.

Beaded Bee heARTsCreations (Medium)BeeinFlight 2 heARTsCreations (Medium)

The centers still needed something so I added some beads. Then hubby suggested that the quilt needed a bee. I just stared at him for a moment and then declared, “you are so right!” A few sketches later and a trip to the store for yellow and black beads, the bee was taking shape in my head. It took a whole evening to stitch that li’l critter and I love him! Thanks hubby! After I added the bee’s “flight pattern” it was definitely time to celebrate – “Reach For The Sun” was complete!

ReachforSun hanging heARTsCreations (Medium)

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The date on the label should be February 2017 – when I made the label and quilted it in, I was SO sure the quilt would be done last November!!

 

Linking up with Em’s Scrapbag, Let’s Bee Social, WIPS on Wednesdays, Super Mom No Cape and My Quilt Infatuation.