Thursday, July 4, 2019

DREAM, CREATE, INSPIRE - Artsy Fartsy Challenge

(nice little wind going)

I had actually picked out the theme of my quilt several months ago.

I searched my mind and the internet for an idea for a house for my Bejeweled Sewing room.

Then one day it hit me.  My idea of retirement, happiness, freedom is on a beach, living in a hut.

Sometimes a gal has just gotta dream!

One of my most happy times was the three years we spent in Amerika Samoa and three years on the island of Oahu.

I have said this a thousand times "I am an island girl!"

So this month's challenge is to create a project using three different weights of Aurifil threads.

Aurifil 50 wt. threads

Accuquilt Go circle die.

What inspires me?

Color, beauty of this world, friends, and having the right tools.

"A Thing of Beauty is a Joy forever" John Keats

Aurifil 40 wt. thread.

I love this quote and when I think of the Islands, the joy still lives in my heart.

As I think of quilts, the beauty  just lives on forever and if we care for them they will live long after we are gone.

The orange is Aurifil  40 wt. and the cone is  Aurifil 50 wt. (notice I am almost out).

I decided to use Hobbs batting logos for my clouds.

Aurifil 50 wt.

I should have picked a darker thread for my Bejeweled Quilts but in person it is darker.

Aurifil 50 wt. thread

Isn't it amazing that Island Batik can find you anywhere?

Even on a small island out in the pacific!

So if you were stranded on a deserted island, what would  you most want to have besides food?

What about a sewing machine (the machine had to go in front of the window)?  A package from Island BatikAurifil Threads?  Notice the Accuquilt Go cutter?  Hobbs batting?

If you look close enough at the top shelf, that is a picture of my last Island Batik box....ummm ummmm good.  

Here are seven Island Batik challenges and projects that I have done in the 4 1/2 years I have been an Ambassador.

Aurifil 28 wt. thread

I have to tell ya, I am in love with the 28 wt. thread, it is great for machine applique.  I see a collection coming on.

I used Hobbs 80/20 cotton batting.  Notice how the wrapping is all messed up (that was me cutting out the logos for my clouds).

I used Avery Fabric Transfers, which was a breeze compared to what I had originally.

                                        Here are just a few of the pictures around the quilt.

I have enjoyed being an Ambassador, as I was trying to find some of my favorite quilts to put on this quilt, I was amazed at how many projects I have completed in the past 4 1/2 years.
Many of the quilts I still have, a few I have sold (but not many), gave some to friends and family. and charities.

I look forward to putting this quilt on my sewing room wall.

It is fun to create when you have such wonderful tools to work with.

Island Batik fabric inspires me with the vibrant colors along with the Aurifil threads.

The Accuquilt Go is an amazing tool that makes life less complicated and the cutting process to go a lot faster.

Hobbs batting is just a dream in the clouds.

As most of you know, all of the items have been given to me through Island Batik and I have enjoyed every minute of it and just want to take a moment to thank Island Batik, Aurifil Threads, Hobbs batting, and Accuquilt.


Gene Black said...

Island Batik is the best from Bali - so it has Island roots. (grin) I love this so much.

Websterquilt said...

So creative! I love it

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

This is amazing! Great job.

Pamela said...

What an awesome quilt! I love it, isn't being an Island Batik Ambassador the best? What a great way to remember all your great projects.

Carol said...

This is a really neat quilt! I especially like the pics of quilts in the border. Sew creative!

Jan said...

You did such a great job!

Kathleen said...

What a great quilt! So much fun to see what you have on the island! How many years have done the Ambassadors gig?

Anja @ Anja Quilts said...

What a fun project. You did a great job.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

I love your quilt. Always was my dream too, but I am too poor to go. I would have to have my husband and dogs on an island. I have to sew. If there is no electricity on that island, I'd do it by hand.
xx, Carol

Needled Mom said...

That would SOOOOO be your house! You did a great job. It turned out beautifully.

Sally said...

What a fun little beach retreat with all the quilting goodies. This creates PARIDISE!

Emily said...

Wow, I want to live there! What an amazing beach hut and so well stocked with quilting goodness! Fantastic!

JJ said...

You did a great job and used a wide variety of techniques and resources. Love it.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

This is truly amazing, Barb; this is the desert island I want to be marooned upon! Bravo!!

Anita said...

Your Island is awesome!

Vicki in MN said...

Your project brought back my own Hawaii memories and we were only there 11 days but so awesome! Great project.