Saturday, February 25, 2017

INSIGHT IN THE CREATIVE PROCESS

Several months ago a friend emailed me and asked me to do a baby quilt.

She gave me a rough draft of the beach, banana tree, monkey, lion, and wanted me to add a turtle.

The rest was up to me.

Since she lives in Amerika Samoa I felt that you have to have a lot of sun.  If the sun is not shining it is raining.

For me, nothing is better than Island Batik Fabrics for blending and applique so I went to my scrap ben of Island Batik fabrics.

As you can see here I have done a sun with rays.  I used paper piecing for this. 

 Actually I just got a piece of paper about the width I wanted and then started from the middle.

  I worked from the inside out  with the middle strip, then placing right sides together I sewed a 1/4" seam down one side...flipped it over, ironed down....sewed another piece of fabric onto that one and just continued on that way to one side then I repeated the same process on the other side.  I would just cut the strips the way I wanted them.....if it was not slanted enough...I would just cut away.



I auditioned fabrics for the ocean.

Then sand.



If you will noticed the finished product, I cut down the light blue waves, didn't like the look of it so I cut it before I sewed it down.



Here we are auditioning for border fabrics, this is where I let my friend decide on what fabric she wanted for the border (notice the smaller light blue waves).


I went to coloring book pages online...  I would write in monkey coloring book page.  Did the same thing for everything else.

I had two monkeys I was torn between, finally decided on this monkey.
I can draw but there are some things I can not.  If I do take from coloring book pages for a quilt I do not make it a pattern to sell.


Here I am trying to decide on the fabric for the lettering.

Using my Cricut I cut out the letters in cardboard and then drew the letters backwards on the Heat N Bond.  Then ironed onto the backside of the fabric, then cut.



Finally finished.  This process took me about 3 months.  I was stumped for a while and sick.

I wasn't sure about the background so I let it sit hanging from my longarm so I could see it and think.

Lots and Lots of thinking.

My friend wanted a pink turtle for a sibling that was lost before birth.

I hope she likes it.  I do believe thinking is the major part of the process....

Thursday, February 9, 2017

KENNEL QUILTS

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 " In 2016, Island BAtik joined forces with an existing group of industry partners and supporters of the Pedfinder Foundation to create the Piece for Shelter Pets (PFSP) initiative.  The initative supports the Petfinder Foundation, a "Public Charity" that works to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets by assisting animal shelters and rescure groups across North America through financial contributions made possible by the sale of fabric, thread, and other quilting related products.  PFSP sponsors include "The Quilt Magazine, Island Batik, Aurfifil Threads, QuiltyBox, Benartex, and Hancocks' of Paducah."

The TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team is a volunteer organization sponsored by "The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) that springs into action(or should we say "Stitches" into action?) when disasters strike, sewing small kennel quilts for animals in need while they are separated from their humans and possibly injured.  Creating kennel quilts is a way for quilters to help our animal friends in times of need by doing what we love.  TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team supplies kennel quilts to shelters across the United States.  Want to know more go here."

I took that directly off the email that was sent to the ambassadors for Island Batik, didn't want to leave anything out.  So our challenge this month is to make kennel quilts.  I am sending mine to (as soon as I finish washing them:


Bark and Roll Rescue Companions
310 Shadows Lake Drive
Batton Rouge, LA  70816



Wonderful Island Batik Fabrics.  I was just lucky enough to have enough of this cute fun fabric in my stash to make five
little Kennel Quilts.



As soon as they are finished washing and drying....off they will go.

There are two other blogs that have posted so far, 




Wednesday, February 8, 2017

HEART BE STILL ME NOW!!!!

                                                          I knew the box was coming.

                                                            Just didn't know when.

                                                            The dog was barking!!!
 




                                                                 Sound of a vehicle!!
   
                                                                    Image result for cartoon fedex truck

                                                                    still not registering

                        until I heard the door bell ring did my brain come into focus!!!

                         My pluse increased, my mouth went dry just in the anticipation of my box....



                                                     


                                       Yes, my Island Batik Box
                                                             Here is a peak inside


Oh......what lovelies.....
Oh.......what fun I will have



Oh....did you want to see more?

You will have to come by my blog for the next six months to find out what all was inside.

BAHAHA!!!!

Friday, January 13, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!! STARTING OFF WITH A NEW BEGINNINGS ISLAND BATIK BLOG HOP

New Beginnings Blog Hop
Island Batik Ambassadors were asked to do a project with the theme "New Beginnings" for the month of January.  What a perfect theme for this month.

For many people "New Beginnings" is starting over, or the birth of a child, or a new life in a different place but for me it is starting off the New Year doing something I have wanted to do for a long time.

Many years ago I purchased the Accuquilt Go die "Ring of Oak" # 55378.  I have stared at it many a time thinking that one day I am doing to do a quilt using that die.....the days came and went.

So when this "New Beginnings" blog hop came up I thought there you have it.  I am going to start the New Year out doing something I have wanted to do for a long time and stop putting it off.

Using the Fresh Catch Fabric.....you can find the whole line of fabrics here:
                                                                                   you can find a store locator here





I love love this quilt and love love these fabric.  This one is 54" x 54"

But

I did not stop there

I loved these fabrics so much and there were some that I did not want to cut into or at least I wanted to have a large enough square so I could see the cute fish.

I used the book "Sew One and You're Done" by Evelyn Sloppy.





I have to admit that I had to adapt the quilt to the amount of fabric I had.  There were some miscuts (yes.....so frustrating).

 I had to rearrange my thinking but I think it turned out pretty good.


                      See the awesome fabric???This one is about the same 54" x 54" as the one above.


So much fun.

Now we have some fun for you.

Two winners will win a Batik bundle just use the rafflecopter below




a Rafflecopter giveaway
If you want to view the line up for this "New Beginnings" Blog hop just click on this sentence.


Now for my part of the giveaway, I am giving away this pattern  "Gecko Invasion"  (actually I had decided to give this pattern away to anyone who says Gecko in their comment.....with their email address).


Just leave a comment for this pattern but do the rafflecopter for the Batik Bundle. This is a pdf pattern and so it will come to you instantly.





Saturday, January 7, 2017

NEW BEGINNINGS BLOG HOP




New Beginnings Blog Hop
Join us throughout January as our Ambassadors share their projects and host giveaways! Find the schedule below, and don’t miss the Island Batik giveaway of two batik bundles – enter via the Rafflecopter widget under the schedule! Winners will be selected at the end of the hop.

Friday, January 6 – Hop Introduction!
Island Batik (you’re here)!
Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist
Stone Cottage Quilts
Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt
Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection
Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs
Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River
Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angle Creations
Jennifer Sewing
Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting
Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs
Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
The Patchwork Pearl
Beaquilter
Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts
Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake
Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Connie Kauffman
Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting
Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner

Friday, January 6, 2017

FABRIC BOWL POTHOLDERS MADE EASY


I have had a lot of request for these fabric bowl potholders.

If any of you have made these, you will know that it requires a lot of marking.

I hate marking and it takes so long.

There are a few ideas of marking several at one time but I never mastered that.





So this little piece of cardboard is going to make your life easier (leastways it has mine)

It measures 2" x 1"



After I take my ten inch square and mark a criss cross on it.  You really do need this because you are going to put a piece of 10" batting on a piece of 10" fabric and sew as shown here.  You do this to both sides.  This just helps the batting stay in place.


Before I was marking each piece on all four sides two inches up and one inch over.

NO MORE!!!!

That is a lot of work.

You will fold your fabric in half...



Then I just take my trusty cardboard....place it on the edge of the folded fabric and place a mark up 2" and then to the side on the bottom 1".  Sew from the bottom which is the one inch across to the top mark, making a triangle.

   I know you say...well...Barb you are marking it....Yes I am but I don't have to use a ruler and I don't have to make lines.  Just two simple dots right there at the machine before I get ready to sew it..
                                     
                                             Below is a picture of all four sides done.





 I keep my little piece of cardboard and pen right on my sewing machine....so simple and so easy.  I have found that the measurements are more accurate as well.


Now I am ready to sew them together.  Right sides together....leave an opening to pull through.


I glue the opening shut and now they are ready to iron and top stitch down.




Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Memory Doggies


Several yeas ago my sister gave me four shirts of her husband who passed away.  I told her I could make some doggies for her grandchildren.  I can't find the pictures of the doggies I made but all together I made five doggies.  
Like this one you see here made out of Island Batik Fabrics



She didn't know I was making this for her for Christmas but here is a pillow for her bed, the buttons and applique are off his shirts.  She was really touched by this.


Then they have a grandson that is named after her husband and he worked for the Railroad, so I made this quilt.  The applique is out of his shirts using the Accuquilt Go Train die.


So out of four shirts I got 5 doggies, one quilt, one pillow, and one pincushion made from his cuff.

You never know what is going to happen so I had a week to do whatever I wanted at the beginning of Dec. so I rushed and got all of this done plus a round table cloth for my son and his wife which I can't find the picture.....too lazy to go and get.

Thanks heavens, we ended up keeping our grandson for a week, my mother fell and was in the hospital, and then m sons came for Christmas which I was running to and from the rehab for my mother.  She was in the hospital for four days and then was taken to rehab and then....guess who gets sick?  You guessed it...no fun during this Christmas season.  It was good to see the boys and their wives.  My fifth son and his wife cleaned the house before they left....I thought that was so sweet.  Am I luck or what?