Wednesday, August 16, 2017

QUILT AS YOU GO ISLAND BATIK AUGUST CHALLENGE (QAYG)

                                          

                                            As stated above, this month is QAYG challenge.

We have some amazing Island Batik Ambassadors, we even had a few do their QAYG on their longarm, can you believe that?

Here is mine


Since the challenge said 36" x 36" or larger, I cut out the backing and batting at 36" x 36", sometimes life calls for just doing enough.
                                                                     


                                          I found this Bumble Bee in Quilt World, April 2008.


 I blanket stitched through all three layers of fabric at the last.  I like doing this in a lot of my toppers and wall hangings, saves on quilting and time.

I think seeing this now, I would have done things differently.  Trust me, this sat for days.


I did the flip and stitch by taking my 2 1/2" strip and placing it right side down and stitch.
Then I flip it over and iron down.



             Sorry for the horrible picture.  I continued to flip and stitch the top and bottom.


As you can see I just continued going around the square, doing the sides first, then top and bottom...in that order.



I was at this point two weeks ago.....it sat at the thinking stage.  I had so many ideas but today I said...just DO IT!!!!  GET ER DONE!!!  So I threw away the ideas in my head and just continued on.


I used several greens for the binding, a few parts of this binding were left overs from other quilt bindings.

Notice this wall hanging below.  This is one example where I blanket stitched through all layers of the quilt to save on time and had to use very little quilting.


Here is another one of my toppers that I blanket stitched through all layers of fabric so that it needed very little quilting.  I actually like the look on the back when I am done.  This topper is 30" x 30".



Now on to Sept Challenge, we are having a blog hop so be sure to visit.


I think I bit off more than I could chew for this challenge but I love how it is turning out.  Actually it has been sitting for a few months but with Sept right around the corner I best get busy.  When finished this quilt will be a king size quilt.  I have the border left to put on then I need to get busy and quilt it.  Lucky for me my blog hop day is not until the end of Sept.  

I am adding the Island Batik Ambassadors just in case you want to go by and visit.





Thursday, August 3, 2017

WORKING WITH RAYON

            As some of you may know, we received 2 1/2 yards of rayon fabric from Island Batik.

                                              Here is the fabric that was sent to me.


Can I say LOVE IT!!!

Rayon is quite slippery so I looked on line and came across this blog

Megan Nielson, DESIGN DIARY.


That is just what I need.

I had actually thought about starching it up real good, still might.

In the mean time, this is what I am working on between keeping my man fed, mowing the lawn, and putting up a fence....a three acre fence.


Saturday, July 29, 2017

FABRIC AND MORE FABRIC!!!!!!


The fun part about being an Island Batik Ambassador is twice a year we get the most fantastic fabrics ever!!

This box is no exception!




Notice the black fabric to the right?  That is rayon, I have an idea of what I am going to make with it....so stay tuned.

Aren't these fabrics just out of this world?  These are the Fall/winter collection of 2017!

If you are wondering where to buy Island Batik closest to you go to their website and up top they have a store locator.

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My husband and I have been putting fence up in the pasture....oh my stinking gosh, I have not worked this hard in forever.  I have bruises, cramped hands, and aching bones and in 103 degree weather to boot.  I have to admit, I do love helping him.

Today we were putting post in the ground for more fencing but lucky me we had a son come to help.  My job is tying the fence to the metal post...I can do that!!!  Once I got the hang of it, it went pretty quick.....

Thursday, July 27, 2017

FREE AWARENESS RIBBONS - 8 MACHINE EMBROIDERY DESIGNS

I am so glad that a few months ago I had some free time to get some sewing done because the month of July is practically nil in that department.

My daughter in law came to stay a month, my son and his wife came with baby Gene for a few days (they came sick, when they left, they were well but I was sick).  Poor me....for a week and a half I was no good to anyone.

Now we have our grandson....no complaints here.

But........in the meantime I found these awesome Cancer Awareness Ribbons....can I say AWESOME!!!


What is even more AWESOME is that they are free!!


I have found that my machine loves Gutterman, Connecting Threads, Aufil, and some Superior Threads.  These threads are the only ones that will allow me to leave the room.  How else can I get these done????


Aren't these gorgeous?  After each one I go...oh I love this one too!!!




I am doing eight of each.  There are eight designs.  I still have two more designs to do and four of another one...so almost there!!!




I am trying not to use the same thread twice.  My other threads I have to sit and watch them for breakage.
 I have actually come to the conclusion that I need 50 wt threads so it isn't the name brand it is the weight.  I keep saying I am going to take the time to learn about threads...have I???  NOPE!!!


I love these designs, Craft Stitch has done a wonderful job digitizing them.  I hope you have a chance to go over and check out their other designs.

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Now in case you are wondering if I got my husband's Chicken quilt done....NOPE>>>>NADDA...we are going to shoot for Christmas...HA!!!

Still don't have my Sept project for Island Batik finished...the border is still waiting....

Also, it is hotter than Haties here in Texas, only go out if you have to.

In case you haven't had time to check out all the wonderful baby quilts that Island Batik Ambassadors have done this month I have given you the links below.


Desert Bloom Quilting
Freemotion by the River
Seams Like a Dream
Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Quilting Affection Designs
Inquiring Quilter
Bejeweled Quilts
Sally's Quilting Corner
Inch Worm Fabrics
Kauffman Designs
Moosestash Quilting
Needle & Foot
Beaquilter
Cheryl Lynch Quilts
MaryMack's Blog
heARTs Creations
Kissed Quilts
The Quilt Rambler
Seams To Be Sew
Inspired Layers
Vicki's Crafts and Quilting
Masterpiece Quilting
Fun Threads
Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Little Bunny Quilts
Webster Quilt
Sophie Junction
Kathy Kwilts and More
Slice of Pi Quilts

Sunday, July 2, 2017

FREE TUTORIAL ON HOW TO MAKE A PINWHEEL OUT OF THE SUN BONNET SUE Dress USING YOUR ACCUQUILT GO CUTTER.

This month's theme for Island Batik Ambassadors is:





                                                   What a fun theme this month.

                                                    Who doesn't love babies?

                                                 Who doesn't love baby quilts?

                                                  and using the Island Batik Fabrics??

                                                           Accuquilt Go cutter?

                                                     What a combo, what fun!!

                                                  enough of the hype...already!



This is my baby quilt for the Month of July, using my Island Batik scraps and my sun bonnet Sue die.

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                     You need about a 10" square of fabric (preferably Island Batik) (shamelessly smiling here).    Put your fabric adhesive of choice on the wrong side of fabric.


                                                                            Fold it in half.



                                                               Fold in half again.


Then you take the folded edge as you see above and place  it between the top of the Sun Bonnet Sue Dress.  Cut...

This is what you get.  Iron on to ten inch square and blanket stitch down.  You will need nine of these.

Now you can put a small circle in the middle of the pinwheel or leave it alone as I have done.

Then I took the cut out and placed it on my printer at 45% to get the smaller pinwheel.  You will need 28 of these (sorry, you have to cut these out by hand, be sure to put your fabric adhesive on the back before cutting out).

You will need six 10" x  3" for the sashings between the rows.
As you can see, you have three pinwheel rows with a sashing between the three squares in each row.
Next you will measure your rows and come up with the length you need for the sashing going across.

You will need Two  28 1/2" x 3" for the sashings going across (your measurement might be different).

For the first border you will need two 1 1/2" strips measuring 28 1/2" for the top and bottom,
29 1/2" for the sides.
The last border 4" x 29 1/2" for the top and bottom,
4" x 33" for the sides (remember to always measure your quilt from top to bottom for the side borders and across from side to side for the top and bottom borders, we all sew differently).

Then you will place your pinwheels in between each square as shown on the sashings.

Then seven on the top and bottom and five on the sides.  Starting from the middle and working out centering them as you go.  Blanket stitch them down.

Quilt as desired.

Bind.

If you are interested in last months curvalicious quilts, you ca go and visit them below.

Desert Bloom Quilting
Freemotion by the River
Seams Like a Dream
Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Quilting Affection Designs
Inquiring Quilter
Bejeweled Quilts
Sally's Quilting Corner
Inch Worm Fabrics
Kauffman Designs
Moosestash Quilting
Needle & Foot
Beaquilter
Cheryl Lynch Quilts
MaryMack's Blog
heARTs Creations
Kissed Quilts
The Quilt Rambler
Seams To Be Sew
Inspired Layers
Vicki's Crafts and Quilting
Masterpiece Quilting
Fun Threads
Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Little Bunny Quilts
Webster Quilt
Sophie Junction
Kathy Kwilts and More
Slice of Pi Quilts


                                                   

Monday, June 26, 2017

WHAT DOES "FAT CAT PATTERNS" AND ISLAND BATIK HAVE IN COMMON????

CHICKENS!!!




                                                 LOTS AND LOTS OF CHICKENS!!!


          If you have read any previous post, I am doing a (secret) chicken quilt for my husband)

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Hence the bad quality photos, had a piece of material to throw over them in case he came in.


 Which he did while writing this post...causing me a heart attack.....not good when one is over fifty....



Some of them need eyes but I so love them.  I love using the Island Batik fabrics (of course you do Barbara, of course you do......smiling shamefully here).  Here is the link to Fat Cat Patterns, she has a lot of free patterns that You will totally love.

I have been doing these after he goes to bed, make sure he is snoring, and then I drown myself in my Island Batik Scrap bin.  It takes more time prepping these chickens than it does to blanket stitch around them.

Seven more to go.....  Probably won't have these done by his birthday in a few weeks but that is ok.....

Friday, June 23, 2017

APPLIQUE PANSY QUILT.


I don't believe that I have shown this quilt to you.  Maybe on Facebook???

This quilt has a history.

Way back in the olden days .....  Okay,,,not really

but a while back when I first started quilting

(Self taught here),

I started this quilt.

I am guessing I started this anywhere from ten to fourteen years ago.  Maybe I should start putting dates on the quilts I start (maybe not, it would shame me too much).  Not quite old enough to be considered an antique.....





I loved applique from the very beginning.  Most of these are done by hand and then later, much later after seeing the squares sit in the drawer for so long I did some on the machine and they still sat.

My mother saw them and loved them so much that I gave her the squares and the fabrics to finish the top.

She finished it about a year ago...at age 79, the top that is.

I just finished quilting it and put the binding on.

I love love this quilt....if you could see it up close and personal you would too.  Well...now it is my quilt.)

My mother lives in a small trailer off my car port and has no room for any more quilts ( ya me!!)....

I have been relieved of a lot of responsibilities that take me out of the home which means I get to sew more.  My major objective is to get a lot of these tops finished and hopefully, on the frame.  I hope I can keep up the momentum.