Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Bound and Photographed - First Finish 2019

May I say "Hooray!"   I have my first official finish for 2019.  The Flamingo quilt is bound.  We took a trip out into the cold wind for a photo session.  The wind was blowing and it appeared that I would not get a good shot of the quilt.
But then, this isn't a bad photo of it. 

I persevered and got a photo of the back with it hanging reasonably straight. 
I love the wild stripe of pieced fabric.  I simply used the extra parts from the front.  The quilting also shows up pretty well in this photo.  I did a loose echo around the embroidery,  bit of ruler work and finished off with some meandering and wavy lines. 

Then I finally got a good photo of the front of the quilt. 
Notice that BLUE sky at the top of the photo.  That is so welcomed after several drab gray days. 

I hope you are following the Island Batik Getaway blog hop.  Here is this weeks schedule:  
Monday, January 14 – Fortune Teller
Sarah Goer –Sarah Goer Quilts
Sherry Shish –Powered by Quilting
Jennifer Fulton –The Inquiring Quilter
Tuesday, January 15 – Gypsy Rose
Jen Strauser –Dizzy Quilter
Janet Yamamoto- Whispers of Yore
Wednesday, January 16 – Paisley Park
Dione Gardner-Stephen- Clever Chameleon
Nancy Scott –Masterpiece Quilting
Thursday, January 17 – Soul Song
Carole Lyles Shaw- Carol Lyles Shaw
Toby Lischko –Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Friday, January 18 – Twilight Chic
Jackie O’Brien –If These Threads Could Talk
Tina Dillard- Quilting Affection
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Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Binding A Quilt

Today I am working on the binding of a baby quilt.  The requested navy blue is difficult for my old eyes to see. But I am winning.  I have the binding cut, pressed and rolled up.
The label is embroidered and attached to the back, but I won't show that as it contains personal information for the recipient.
As always, I watched my own video to remind myself how to cut the bias binding.  Here it is for your convenience.



Today I have Spanish class and Exercise group to attend.  Those will take up my afternoon. Maybe I can get the binding sewn on this evening.

Have a great day.  Smile at a child, smile at an older person, smile at people who just look like they need a smile.

For the left-handed quilters here is the video flipped so it "looks" left handed.


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Saturday, January 12, 2019

Classic Quilt Blocks- Unexpected Color Choices

Let's be honest here.  I have rarely made a lot of the classic quilt blocks. I am far more of an improv, or simple piecing kind of quilter.

I decided to try making some of the classic blocks. Perhaps this practice will come in handy for my first year as an Island Batik Ambassador.  We have challenges to make every month. So stepping out of my comfort zone is going to really be good for me.

Here are the three blocks that have come out from under my needle so far. I should mention that I tried an unusual color choice. 




Most of my points came out very nice.  That last block, not so much. I confess that I sewed it wrong more than once and spent quality time with Pointy the Seam Ripper.

So what do you think?  Orange and Purple?  Is it a color combo you would have thought to put together?  Do you find yourself surprised that you actually like it? (unless of course you hate it.)

Try sewing some blocks that you haven't tried before.  It is a great skill builder.

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Tuesday, January 08, 2019

Quilting and More

Yesterday and last night the baby quilt aka Flamingo Road got a great start on the quilting. I am using my new Ruler Foot and a straight ruler for a lot of it.  Here is the center of the quilt.
I really love the way this quilting emphasizes the center of  the quilt.
I am not sure that it was any faster than just doing free motion stitching, but I love the look of it. 

Now for the news!  My new year started off with quite the quilty surprise.  
I received and email stating that my application was accepted and 
that I have been selected as one of the 2019 Ambassadors for 

Island Batik

Technically it doesn't start until February.  But I am very excited to join some old friends in this journey.  Plus I am meeting lots of new  friends by being a part of this.

Right now as the 2018 Ambassador year comes to an end, the final blog hop has just started this week. And January is a great time for a Getaway.  So check out the Getaway Blog Hop.

Getaway Blog Hop Schedule

WEEK 1
Monday, January 7 - Crystal Ball
Tuesday, January 8  - Ditty
Wednesday, January 9 - Elk Lodge

Thursday, January 10 - Feline Fine

Friday, January 11 - Flea Market

WEEK 2
Monday, January 14 - Fortune Teller
Jennifer Fulton- The Inquiring Quilter

Tuesday, January 15  - Gypsy Rose

Wednesday, January 16 - Paisley Park

Thursday, January 17 - Soul Song

Friday, January 18 - Twilight Chic

WEEK 3
Monday, January 21 - Winter Park

Tuesday, January 22  - Bazaar






Wednesday, January 23 - Blossom





Thursday, January 24 - Boho





Friday, January 25 - Brookview





WEEK 4
Monday, January 28 - French Blue

Tuesday, January 29  - Midsummer Night






Wednesday, January 30 - Oh Deer





Thursday, January 31 - Snow Berry  

Friday, February 1-  Candy Cane Lane and Icicle
Anne Wiens- Icicle - Sweetgrass Creative Designs

Barbara Gaddy - Candy Cane Lane  -Bejeweled Quilts by Barb 

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Sunday, January 06, 2019

String Along - A Top is Born

After sewing ninety of the 6 1/2 inch string blocks, it was time to decide on a layout and just go with it.  I really liked the Four-patch that I had auditioned with the four similar blocks. So, I decided to use it as part of the design.  It is the only part that is different from the diagonal layout of the quilt.

I really love the way it looks.  There are so many different fabrics with only a few that repeat in a fairly consistent manner.

One fabric that is only in the quilt once showed up in the perfect place.  I promise that I didn't play this at all.

Can you see the yellow with the spider in it to the right of the diamond?  It is like the spider is crawling to the "web" created by the diamond.  That made me grin a lot when I saw it.

*** Cool hint: Save those triangles that you trim off when doing corners....they are  perfect for this type of block!

Now I have two quilts that need quilted pretty soon.
Have a great week.
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Friday, January 04, 2019

Ruling The Quilt

A friend intrigued me with the Ruler Foot for the domestic sewing machine.  This led me to watch a couple of classes on BluPrint (aka Craftsy) since I got a year of unlimited for Christmas.  I watched Angela Walters' class on "Point to Point" quilting and one by Amy Johnson.

This pretty much convinced me that "Yes, I do do that!"  so I found a good deal on a foot that came with an arc ruler.
It arrived today and I just had to play with it.  There was an interesting design on the package that I wanted to try.
I had a quilt sandwich ready to practice on - a large orphan block would work just fine. Maybe I can make something with the quilted fabric later.
I'm not sure how well you can see those curves, but the are better than I could do with free motion quilting.
Here is the back.
 That fabric is a bit too busy.... but  you can probably see the quilting lines better.


And the ruler foot and ruler are here.
I am thinking I will have a lot of fun with these new toys.
 It is a new year, and there are lots of surprises so stay tuned!


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Thursday, January 03, 2019

String Block Update

Even though I have a cruddy little cold,  I have been making a few string blocks.
Those are stacks of 10 but there are more than that now.  My best guess is about 85 at this point.

I tried making four that are very similar but not identical.
The color is truer in the top photo.  

The lower one has all the matching corners turned in. While the upper one has two in and two out. I am thinking that these would make a great pillow cover - or at least the center for one.




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