Saturday, May 27, 2017

ANTIQUE QUILT TOP and another top finished

If you saw the post below, you will know that I was auditioning border fabric.

I chose none of them.  I chose a fabric that would match the middle circle.

I wish you could see it up close, the colors are muted in this picture.  I really do love this.



I had acutally thought I would put pink circles in between the sashings but I am kinda liking it how it is.

Next is a quilt I started in Amerika Samoa.  It is funny how you really like something and then take it out years later and your taste has changed.



                    Very very busy quilt.  I was going to put a green border between the top and the border but I knew that if I spent time trying to match fabrics that I would just put the quilt away again....  I put caution to the wind and just put the border on and called it done.



This quilt I just go..."INTERESTING".....  Do I love it like I did in Samoa, NO but it draws me in.

I hope you all have a wonderful week-end.

Friday, May 26, 2017

ANTIQUE SQUARES

I don't know if any of you have been following my post since we moved into this house.

At the risk of repeating myself, when we moved in this house the people before us left us an attic, huge room, and out buildings with all of their stuff in it.

We waited months before we dove into them giving the previous owners time to come and get what they wanted.  They never came and my husband got tired of asking them.

So in the attic were a lot of quilt squares.

I gave some to my sisters and mother but kept these:



There were forty of these but my one sister, Jeanette, just came for a visit and we split them up.

So...............I took mine and got some iron on "lite" interfacing. 

 I place the right side to the iron on side of the interfacing and sewed all around the circle.  

Then  made a split in the back of the iron on and pulled the circle to the right side out.  Does that make sense.

Next I ironed the circle to a 10 1/2" beige fabric as shown below. 

Then I blanket stitched around the first one.




              Didn't like that so the next one I just took a very scant 1/4" top stitch around the circle.


                           I liked the top stitched one better so now, I have 20 circles all top stitched.

                                      The next issue is finding some old fabric that might work.

                                                               Here are a few of my choices.




I think I like the first one, what do you think?


Thursday, May 25, 2017

FUNKY FRIENDS AND ISLAND BATIK


A while back of few of us Island Batik Ambassadors were asked to make some funky friends with the Spring/Summer Collection for the St. Louis, Mo, Quilt Market.

Now I must confess, I nabbed these off of facebook because for the life of me I can not find my pictures of the ones I made.

So here goes.

Here are some funky gecko's chilling at the Island Batik Booth. 



My sweet lion



                                                         My hippo is on the right....

                                                Don't you just love these awesome fabrics?


Can't seem to find the elephant I did....I am sure he is in there hiding somewhere.

Now these Funky Friends are not for the faint of heart, she might have some beginner patterns.

She has some amazing patterns as well as a few free ones.  She provides tutorials for those of us that need a little extra help.  I find that my biggest problem were that my fingers were not small enough.

This month I have been working on some more funky friends for Fall market.  I seek perfection but rarely obtain it....so I keep trying.







Monday, May 22, 2017

MODERN BATIK CHALLENGE - What is your favorite Thread?

                                          Modern Batik

I must confess that I am not the modern kind of gal, I am country at best.  These modern challenges are hard for me but they do stretch my imagination so that part I do like.  I hope you all get a chance to go over and see all of the fabulous designs the Island Batik ambassadors have made.  If you look at the post below this one, there is a list for you.

So......drum roll....

Here is my modern design for this month.


I used all Island Batik Fabrics except for the binding.


I used Aurifil thread  #5001 for the blanket stitching.   Have any of you used Aurifil threads before?
What is your favorite thread?

I do love the Aurifil threads, the threads that were sent to me by Island Batik are sooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo awesome.


As you can see a lot of them are still in the wrapper.....why?  I am waiting for a special project to use them on.  

Here is some Superior Threads......  Now I love these threads as well.


I love the Fantastico line for sure,  I did a project using that line of thread and loved it so much that I went on their website and ordered me some more....these that you see here were sent to me by Island Batik.  Superior Threads sends out a newsletter giving you all kinds of useful information about needles and threads as well.

I had used Connecting Threads for a long time and loved how sturdy it was to quilt with, very little needle breakage but a lot of fuzz on the needle and in the bobbin casing.



I use Sulky, Gutermann, Coats & Clark, and Needle Art for my embroidery machine.  I have used Superior Threads on my embroidery machine as well and it worked our really nice.

So, my question to you is what is your most favorite thread?  Is there one that you like that is not listed here?



Monday, April 24, 2017

ISLAND BATIK ADVENTUROUS APPLIQUE

                                                           This month

Using these awesome fabrics!!!!
     


More awesomeness


                                                             and MORE!!!!!


Just can't get enough of these fabrics.

I did have to dip into some of my Island Batik Stash to be able
to have enough fabric of the same colors.



The Kitties are paper pieced but they are appliqued down to the background fabrics.  

I love being an Island Batik Ambassador, not only two boxes of fabric a year but it stretches my imagination.


I was not happy with the binding so as of right now, the binding is off.  I just need to get with it and redo it but I do like the outcome of this quilt and hope you do too.




Saturday, April 22, 2017

ASSISTED LIVING QUILT


A while back I was trying to think of something to do with the ladies at the Assisted Living (still would like some ideas).

As I mentioned before, they have an auction twice a year.

The auction is next week.

The last auction I donated a panel quilt which went for 270 dollars (paper money they earn through out the year at bingo and various activities).

My mother was so excited and proud and I really wanted to do another one but this time I involved the ladies from the Assisted Living.




I have an iron on transfer book (really out dated as far as pictures but it works).

Kathy, the director of activities, told me to expect maybe 10 people.

I made enough for 15 just in case.

I had about eight  show up and a few just sat there.



                                         I think this lady did a fabulous job on the bird house.


This one lady was so sweet, she said she would give it a try but she couldn't see....I came home and tweeked it a bit.



                                                      This flower pot my mother did.



                                              I really like this one, I don't know why but I do.


This lady sat by me and was so sweet.  I enjoyed talking to her and the other ladies.

We did this yesterday, the auction is Tuesday so I came home and began constructing this quilt because who knows what tomorrow brings and I just gotta get ur done!!

What amazes me, usually when I am rushed things happen, needles break, thread breaks, have to rip something out but things went smoothly......and I am surprised but happy surprised.

So if any of you have any ideas of what activities that might be fun for these ladies, please comment.

My mother is leaving assisted living and is going to reside in a small trailer next to our house but I still want to do something with these ladies.