Wednesday, April 17, 2019

More Units Made

The Daisy Chain Quilt Along is still going strong.  Monday, Alison released the instructions for Unit D.  This involved sewing some strips together and sub-cutting them before joining them to other strips.
Here are the strip sets that I sewed.  I chose to use three Island Batik fabrics in each set, along with one solid in an aqua color.  I did not use the same three batiks in each set, but I aimed for a nice scrappy variety but using the aqua in each set added a bit of consistency.
Here are some of the strip units.

As you can see I did repeat some of the batiks, but I also mixed it up so that there was a planned randomness.
Those strips were cut into two and a half inch sections and sewed to the  background strips.
 Finally those needed to be pressed open to finish unit D.

Since I am making the throw sized quilt, I  constructed a total of 24 of these units.  According to the schedule we will begin using the various units to start constructing our quilt tops on May 6th.  I am really looking forward to seeing exactly how these units will go together to become a quilt.
This has been a fun quilt along for me so far.  I really think that I will love the finished quilt.

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Monday, April 15, 2019

April Challenge: Island Batik and Accuquilt Go!

The Island Batik Ambassadors were given an Accuquilt Ready, Set, GO! package this year as part of an industry partnership with Island Batik.  For the April Challenge we were asked to make a baby quilt using the Go! cutter and the 8" Qube set that are included with the package.
This is the point where I confess that this was actually the first quilt top that I made as an Island Batik Ambassador.  I could not resist playing with the dies and experimenting with the blocks in the Eleanor Burns book that came with it.  I wanted to try every block in the book, but I managed to limit myself to only enough to make the quilt.  Since it is an on-point layout, that came to thirteen blocks.  I chose to use black, gray, and white as the setting triangles and sashing.

There are four of the "Sawtooth Star" blocks in this quilt. There are two "Old Maid's Puzzle" blocks, two "Frayed Four-Patch" blocks, two "Broken Sash" blocks, one "Whirlpool" block and one  variation on it, where I just changed the construction - I am calling it a design choice.  And in the very center there is a "Dutchman's Puzzle" block.

The Accuquilt package also came with a 2 1/2" strip die.  I used that die to cut the sashing strips and cornerstone squares.

This quilt measures 42 inches square.  The batting is Hobbs Premium Cotton batting.  The quilting was done with Aurifil threads in black and gray.  I decided to do a casual quilting that is less dense than my usual quilting as I wanted the baby quilt to be soft and snuggly.  In these photos the quilt has already been washed to produce the "crinkle" effect that I find so appealing in a quilt that will be used and loved.

I decided to do a two color binding in blue and red in order to echo some of the colors in the quilt.

Here is a cute photo with a couple of teddy bears from Mom's collection.

The fabrics were provided to my by Island Batik as an Island Batik Ambassador and the Accuquilt Ready, Set, GO! cutting system was also provided as mentioned above by Accuquilt in partnership with Island Batik. The Hobbs Batting was also provided as a part of the Ambassador program.  The Aurifil thread was in my stash although other Aurifil threads were also provided by the Ambassador program.  My sincere thanks to Island Batik and all of the partners/sponsors of the program.

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Saturday, April 13, 2019

A Little Construction

Over a month ago, I had the blocks made for the LHQSQ 2.0 quilt along.  Then life got in the way.
Early in April I was in an accident and was diagnosed with a cervical injury.  I will be fine, but it has certainly slowed me down.  I am doing physical therapy and trying to regain my strength fully. (That means doing the therapy exercises daily. And I am being compliant.)

For now I can only do so much at a time to avoid causing a flare up in the neck and shoulder. But enough "whining."  I did manage to cut some sashing strips and setting triangles for the top.  I also sewed all of the rows.


As you can see, I still need the other sashing strips and cornerstones to complete it. But, I have learned when to say "That is all I can do today." and then stop.
My plan is to use leftover pieces of the Kaffe fabric for the cornerstones.  I love the bright and happy feel that the combination with the turquoise fabric gives it.  I am undecided about adding an outer border at this point. Once it is all together I can make that decision.

I don't think I will ever get tired of making sampler quilts.

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Sunday, April 07, 2019

A Sneak Peek!

I know I haven't posted in over a week.  I am sorry.  There have been several things that have happened in my life that I just can't talk about right now.   Just know that I am still here.

Now,  Let me give you a bit of a sneak peek at a quilt that will be my April Island batik challenge quilt.  The fabrics were all provided by Island Batik as a part of the Ambassador program.

This is a baby quilt but it has a more modern aesthetic.  The sashings, cornerstones and setting triangles are in gray, black, and white.  Since it is a baby quilt I did more casual quilting on it also.  I really like the two color pieced binding in red and blue.  It adds a nice pop of color to the edges. 

Hopefully in a few days I will be able to get good photos of the quilt and post them for your enjoyment.

Have a great week.


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Friday, March 29, 2019

Watercolor Fabric Painting

On The Quilt Show,  I saw something that intrigued me. MJ Kinman demostrated how she paints fabrics to get exactly the colors she wants for her signature quilts.  She was using Jacquard Dye-Na-Flow paints.  I thought that I had a pack of the smallest bottles of it. So, searching through my supplies I found the fabric paints I remembered.  But, they were not Dye-Na-Flow paints, they were Jacquard Traditional Textile paints.  Hmmm.... I have never let something as silly as not having the right supplies stop me. 

Kinman had stretched her fabric on artist stretcher bars.  She was working with a big piece of fabric.  Wait - why not use an embroidery hoop since I will be working rather small anyway? 

Following her basic steps I started painting my hooped fabric - a simple off-white cotton. I noticed that these paints are not quite as intense as the Dye-Na-Flow she was using.  But I carried on and here it is wet.
While wet it still had a nice intensity.  I just left it sitting on my worktable to dry and went about my day. 

The next day I saw that it was dry.  Having read the instructions (yes, I really do read instructions!) I knew that it needed to be heat set for permanency.  I chose the hot iron method and ironed it probably more than necessary. 

Here is the dried and heat set fabric.
Watercolor effect on painted fabric.
While I was expecting a richer more saturated color,  I really love this. Oddly, I never got such a great watercolor effect when I was painting with watercolors. 

You may notice that I casually wiped my brush on the edges as I was painting.  I was thinking "this is just an experiment."  Now I wish I had not done that.  I also really love the way using the embroidery hoop gave a nice edge to what is a very nice circle shape.
Now I am thinking that I could use different size hoops and make a variety of circles to sew into a quilt.  I have multiple sizes of hoops for some reason.
But now I may have to invest in some Dye-Na-Flow paints for this.

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