Saturday, December 7, 2019

KATHLEEN MCMUSING "AWESOME OCEAN" SEW ALONG - OCTOPUS



                                 AWESOME OCEAN

                                      by Elizabeth Hartman

                                        



Thank you Kathleen for allowing me to join you on this "Awesome Ocean" sew along.
Kathleen has put together this sew along and I have to tell you she is so organized that she puts me to shame.  Every two weeks she will show another block or have a guest show theirs and a few tricks and hints a long the way.
                  Kathleen post on fabric selection here


                   If you have missed block one,you can go here:


When I was doing the actual "Awesome Ocean", I had a hard time with direction, I guess you can call me directionally challenged.  Trust me when I say, you do not want to travel with me....thank heavens for GPS!!!

                                                Awesome Ocean - Block 2
                                       


              It takes about 15 minutes to do this bottom section of the octopus block - the tentacles.

   
First I lay out all of the strips for the tentacles as I would want them sewn together

You actually have two sections - four each, the section to the right will have all the lines sewn in the same direction and opposite of  the left section.

                                           


So.....I took the right section first and sewed all four from the top left to the right bottom as you see above.
Then I sewed the left section from the top right to the bottom left.

                                                

                                             Here it is as it comes off the machine

                                        

                                   Here it is when I have cut the threads and have them lined up.

HINT:  Never and I repeat never cut off the excess fabric until you are sure you have the part that folds over going in the right direction.  Don't ask me how I know this.....

I see here that all of my seams are going in the right direction so I am good to cut off the extra fabric.

Then I stack them in sections as well...with the end on top and the center on the bottom so I work my way in - sewing the end to the next to the next and then the center.  I will do the other section as well..working from the end to the center and then sew the centers together.  It was just easier for me, you can work from the center out, no matter.

As for the head, it is pretty straight forward.  It takes about 10 to 15 minutes to make as well, so you are looking at about 30 minutes a block after it is cut out.



                                                   

Here is the Octopus quilt I made using Island Batik's Magical Reef as well.  I love these little octopuses that I just had to make a quilt.

If I were to do this quilt over, I would make the sashings 2 1/2" wide, unfortunately I was running out of my variegated fabric so I did a 1 1/2" sashing, even then I was cutting it pretty close.

As you can see, I put a 1-1/2" square in between the sashings, did a 2" border then a 3 - 1/2" border.


Can't wait for the next block, thanks so much Kathleen for having me do this and for all of you joining in.

Monday, November 25, 2019

FALL QUILT - FALL WEATHER....JUST HOW I LIKE IT!

       I didn't think I would be posting again until after Thanksgiving but here I am!  YEAH YOU!

I forgot I had to post the winner of my table runner from the "Piece of" Island Batik Ambassador Blog hop.

The winner is:

cghundley said...
Your table runner is awesome!
Loving the blog hop.
Carla from Utah


Now that I have your attention!  Here are a few pictures of our place in the great state of Texas.


                                              

                                                   I just love walking the property. 

                                               


           Sometimes when life is taking a downward spiral, this is where I find peace.

                                               

I haven't posted this quilt.  Last year I was making this quilt for an Island Batik Challenge and then the thought came to me to see if Island Batik would like it for their catalog.  They did.  so I made another one out of the fabrics they needed for the Catalog.  I used Island Batik Scraps and Aurifil thread to quilt it.



Here it is for the catalog.  Island Batik Brookview fabrics....don't ya just love them?

I really think FAll is my favorite time of year....and so now...I am going to go walking.  Later!!!

Saturday, November 23, 2019

CHRISTMAS LOG CABIN QUILT


                               

I have always loved the look of the Log Cabin Quilt but have never really wanted to make one.  For one, cutting all those strips was daunting to me.

Last year for the month of November the Island Batik Ambassadors were given the challenge of making a log cabin quilt.  You can find the post here

Sooooooooooo not looking forward to cutting out all those strips I purchased the Accuquilt Log Cabin Die.  Yeah me!!  or LAZY ME!!


                                               ACCUQUILT LOG CABIN DIE
                                     GO! Log Cabin-12" Finished Square by Leslie Main Die

Trust me, this made the process so much easier.

After I made the log cabin quilt for the November challenge of last year, I decided to make a King size log cabin quilt for my bed.  I had been carrying around with me for YEARS (I know that most of you never do that) some fabric I had purchased from Connecting Threads, two of the same kit and about four yards of the red fabric that was included in the kit.

Unfortunately, I didn't have enough to make a king size quilt but I did get a quilt 100" x 100".

                                       

I was not looking forward to quilting on my domestic machine but I am not able to get to my longarm.
Doesn't look so hard starting out???

                                   

                                                        Decided to do loops.

                                                Using Aurifil Thread #2870

                      Hobbs Batting Cotton 80/20, did I tell you how much I love this batting?

                                              

Getting closer to the middle and is getting kinda crowded under the neck of my machine.
I only had difficulty when I got to the middle width way and length ways, other than that all went well.

                                    

                                                   Here it is on my king size bed.

Doesn't look to bad at the end but on the sides it is a little short for my liking but I have a solution and when I finish what I have planned in my head, I will show you.


                                              
With the weather being so ugly outside I can not go and lay it out flat so you can see the whole quilt.
                                             

Here it is on a double bed and boy am I ever thrilled with it.  Drapes
 so nicely on the sides and back but my husband loves this quilt so much that it only going on our bed.

I can't believe we are already in November.  If I don't get another post up by Thanksgiving, do have a wonderful one!

If you are looking for a fun project, Kathleen McMusing is having a fun "Awesome Ocean" sew along.  Her first blocks came out today!

                               won't you join us?

Monday, November 11, 2019

A PIECE OF........BLOG HOP and GIVEAWAY

                             
                                         AWESOME OCEAN

                           
                                                               45" x 50 1/2" 


             Aren't these fabrics BEAAAUUUTTIIFFFUL?????

            Don't they just stir your soul?

            Make those creative juices flow?

       I can never get enough of Island Batik Fabrics.  

                                         

A piece of my heart belongs to the Ocean, I just know I was born to the wrong family, I truly am an island girl.  I love the smell, sounds, and the peaceful feeling of the ocean,especially the ocean mist.

When I found out about "Awesome Ocean" by Elizabeth Hartman, I just knew that I wanted to make it for this "A Piece of...blog hop"

                                           
I just love her little book.  She gives great detail and wonderful pictures.  I personally am a picture person and will read the direction if I get into trouble, which is semi often.....Yes, you would think I would learn!!!!

I don't know if this quilt was easier than her Fancy Forest but this quilt was easy and went pretty fast.


I used Hobbs Tuscany Collection Cotton Wool Blend and it feels awesome to the touch and is smooth as butter to quilt on.  I am sure you saw my post but I love Hobbs batting so much that I purchased a whole roll of it.  Even tho Hobbs has partnered with Island batik and has given the Ambassadors samples such as you see above, I had to buy the roll because I love it that much.

                                         
                  I quilted this quilt with Aurifil #2605.  I love the grey thread for sewing and quilting.



                                                   A beautiful Fall day.

   Jennifer over at Inquiring Quilter is showing her project today using Magical Reef as well, if you have a chance go on over there and say hey.
                                     
Funky Friends Octopus, she has some wonderful patterns and some free ones as well.



Want to make this quilt?

Kathleen over at Kathleen  McMusing is doing An "Awesome Ocean" Sew along. Just click on her name and it will take you to her blog where you can learn all of the specifics and tell her that you want to join in the fun.  The party starts Nov. 23rd.  I will be showing an Octopus quilt using the Island Batik Magical Reef fabric on Dec. 7th and maybe show you a few tricks.


The fabrics, featured in this Blog Hop, are from the stunning Summer 2019 Collections, that will be coming to fabric stores very soon! Be sure to ask your local quilt shop if they are stocking one or, better yet, all these incredible collections. To find your local Island Batik shop, visit the Store Locator on the Island Batik website, plug in your zip code or state, and your local shop will appear on the map! Super easy and helpful!

Now for the fun part:

Island Batik is giving away every week a precut bundle


Last week the giveaway was - A Precut Bundle of Little Sir Little Miss collection, designed by Bella Nonna Design Studio for Island Batik, I think you can still enter.

This week is giveaway is:

A Precut Bundle of Island Batik Sand Bar collection, designed for Kari Nichols of Mountainpeek Creations by Kathy Engle

Which you can enter here to find the rafflecopter.



                                     My giveaway is this table runner

                                 
                                                         14 1/2" x 30"

    The petals are Magical Reef fabric, the rest is Island Batik Scraps.
    Aurifil Thread #2810,  Accuquilt Go Cutter Kite Die, and circle die
Just leave a comment, it would be good if you followed me.
You can find me on instragram #barbofbejeweledquilts  and facebook Barb of Bejeweled Quilts.
If I announce a winner and  you don't respond, I will pick another winner.  I will pick a winner on November 22nd.

Thanks so much and please visit all the other Island Batik Ambassadors this week, you can find the listing here:

By the way, thank a Veteran today!  I am grateful for the freedom I have and it is because of them.

Saturday, November 2, 2019

PRIMO OF THE CROP

My husband came home last week and asked if I would make a quilt for him.  He knew this young gal that was pregnant and working so hard to help provide for her family.

So I went to work on this quilt.


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                                                               44" x 44"


Notice the two different borders, well...that is a mistakooooo.  When I was cutting I thought I had enough strips of the lighter color.  SOOOOO when it came time to sew the side borders on....OOOPS, someone was not paying attention and didn't have enough.

Oh well...I just went with it and did what you see here

Friday I made up these cute cute cars.  I used the Accuquilt Go cutter and the car die, along with Marjorie Busby's embroidery design.


                                               


                                                 

Aren't these adorable?????

Here is her website:  Do check it out, you can still do up her designs without the Accuquilt Go cutter.

I used Island Batik scraps, Ebony Love's (Lovebug Studio) Island Batik Primo.  Oh these fabrics are so out of this world.  Hummm do I say that about all of their fabrics?
These fabrics will not be in stores til January or February, I was disappointed because I had wanted to purchase more of these fabrics.

You can take a look at these gorgeous fabrics HERE


Since Saturday I have been going back and forth to the Hospital in Texarkana to visit my mother, about a 35 minute drive which isn't bad but....I haven't had much sew time.

My mother went in Saturday and then my daughter in law went into the hospital Sunday morning before the cocks crow.  My husband had to go and fetch our grandson (2 hours away) and so we have had him as well.

I got up early one morning before I went to the hospital to put the rows together and that evening I finished her up...ahhhh it feels so good to that that done.


Now for the exciting part.
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A PIECE OF......BLOG HOP 

Here is the line up.  It starts next Monday!  Look at all the fabulous fabrics, so bright and fun.  I want them all.  There will be a giveaway each week and on some of the blogs.  The best part is these ambassadors are so amazingly talented, I promise you, you will be so inspired!!!!


Monday, November 4:Janet Yamamoto
Emily Leachman

Tuesday, November 5:Dione Gardner-Stephen
Laura Piland

 Wednesday, November 6:
Anja Clyke
Lori Haase

Thursday, November 7:Suzy Webster
Alison Vermilya
Monday, November 11:Jennifer Fulton
Barbara Gaddy
Tuesday, November 12:Sarah Goer
Stephanie Jacobson
Wednesday, November 13:Anita Skjellanger
Kim Lapacek
Monday, November 18:Denise Looney
Geraldine Wilkins
Tuesday, November 19:Jackie O’Brien
Sally Manke
Wednesday, November 20:Jennifer Thomas
Leah Malasky

Monday, October 21, 2019

PLEASE JOIN ME IN MY SCRAP BIN DIVING!


So as I stated in one of the post below, I wanted to do something that was quick and didn't want to really start anything new...

so join me in my scrap bin diving!



Fabrics left over from Candy Cane Lane


I had wanted to make this one a king size quilt for the blog hop in January but ran out of the yellow Island Batik Fabric and could not find any of it online at all, just my luck!


So I made a second quilt since I had made all of these curves from the Quick Curve Ruler by Sew Kind of Wonderful.


So here comes the extra projects from my scrap bin diving



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I just finished this small quilt 49 1/2" x 49 1/2".  I had several checker board blocks, so I just added them together.  I had fussy cut the quilt bove to get the reindeer just right so I had some fussy cut strips left over so I just used them here.  Since they were left over scraps from the fussy cut the reindeer just don't quite line up which gives the illusion of a wonky quilt.



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What to do with all of the extra curved pieces?????    I decided to just blanket stitch them together, I guess I could have sewn them together and have gotten the same thing.  Added the reindeer and there you have it.  Love the curved ends.




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Here is a table runner with more curved blocks, trust me, this runner looks way better in person than here.

There projects were so fun and it certainly emptied my scrap bin of some unfinished blocks.  I still have curved blocks left, if you are reading them and want them, I would be happy to send them to you.  I think there are around 24 left.  That being said, I have just about used up all of the fabric line of Candy Cane Lane. 

Did it make a dent in my scraps?  NOOOOOOO but it was oh so fun!





I had almost purchased this book on Amazon but lucky for me my Sister Jeanette sent me this book for my birthday.  YEA ME!!


                                             Love this flower block!  Loved making it.


Love this Bee hive, someone on instagram said it looked like stairs but I didn't ask for her critique but I love this anyways.


Boot


                                                                       Crossstitch block


Pumpkin



                                                                Pie and oven mitts

I just love this book, you have the option of 6" or 12 " blocks or both, also I love that you can make this quilt anyway you want.