Monday, February 18, 2019

3 More Sampler Blocks

Today was pretty but cold. I did all my chores and then after supper I made three more blocks for the LHQSQ (Sampler Quilt.)

I am not sure I can tell you the names of these. I know the first one is Thrifty.
The next one she has listed as Double X No. 1

Then there is this one,  a Four-Patch Chain


But this last one is not in the Quilt Along at all.  Rather I took the leftover pieces and decided to make my own block.  So, unless someone knows a "proper" name for it I am calling it "Monday Leftovers."

Honestly, I really like this little block. The quarter-square triangles combine with the half-square triangles to make an interesting block.

Do you ever create your  own blocks just for fun? I find it entertaining. For me it is like playing with some of the tangram puzzles I did as a pre-teen.

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Saturday, February 16, 2019

LHQSQ Blocks

I made two more blocks for the LHQSQ 2.0 quilt along.   A Left-Handed Quilter posted two more blocks this morning and I decided to use those two in my sampler also.  The blocks are the Hourglass and the Attic Window blocks. This is not the Attic Window that immediately comes to my mind, but it is called an Attic Window in Electric Quilt.
While looking at her blocks I saw that I could combine a couple of shapes and cut pieces with my Accuquilt Go! cutter.  One of those shapes is the chisel for the Attic Window.
Unfortunately, I neglected to pay attention to the orientation of the chisel shape.  So, my attic window block is a mirror image of hers.  I also mirror imaged the Hourglass block just because. Ha ha.

I am slowing accumulating enough of these blocks that I should soon get to start on the sashing and joining.
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Thursday, February 14, 2019

A Little Love

In honor of the day --you know February 14th - today......that mushy love day,  I spent a little time sewing and practicing my free motion quilting as well as some straight line quilting.  I used an orphan block that had a little heart appliqu├ęd on it as part of the design.  So here is my little table mat.  It is a bit bigger than a placemat.

You can see that I echo quilted that little heart applique.
The original block was part of a jelly roll race quilt that I started and realized that I didn't like all that much. I prefer the back of this more.
It is always good to make a small simple piece to practice your free motion quilting before you jump into quilting a project.  Normally I just do a practice sandwich, but this works well also.
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Monday, February 11, 2019

A New Video -Accuquilt Go! Cutter

Over the weekend,  I was planning to cut some 2 1/2" squares from some layer cake and charm pack squares.  So I decided to do a video showing my method using the Go! cutter and the 2 1/2" strip die as well as the Go! Qube die for 2 1/2" squares.

This video has also been added to the Tutorial Video tab so that you can find it again easily.
You can also subscribe to my YouTube Channel to be notified when I have new videos.

I have added social media buttons on the left hand sidebar for your convenience.  I hope you like the blog redesign.

I have also added a page tab with all of the current Island Batik Ambassadors and blogs/websites.
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Friday, February 08, 2019

Sampler Blocks

The  Left-Handed Quilter Sampler quilt along is moving along and I have made a few blocks.
This sampler is based on the nine-patch grid so each block is a type of nine-patch. In honor of that, I have included a basic nine patch with the other blocks.

From left to right the top row is: Friendship Star; Blue Chains, Aunt Malvernia's Chain Variation
The second row is: Greek Cross Variation,  Basic Nine Patch, Contrary Wife.

So, for this I have only nineteen blocks left to go.  Actually, I did make a Churn Dash. It seems I never get those to come out correctly.  After ripping out seams several times, the fabric frayed and distorted so that it is a quarter inch small in some areas. I will put it in the sad orphan blocks for future use.  Maybe I will try again on the churn dash for this little quilt.


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Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Oh My Stars

For February the Island Batik challenge is called Magnificent Minis.
After some deliberation, I decided that I would do a field of wonky stars.   Then I looked at the fabrics I was given to work with and decided to make it a little more interesting by dividing the field into four colors.  Of course, I didn't want to do it as four squares, so I thought a while longer and decided that I could divide the square in two diagonals.   Making one diagonal - that was an easy thing to do.  But on the other, it took some planning and careful fabric choices.

Here is one of the photos I took of this mini quilt. In case you are wondering this little quilt is 22 1/2 inches square. Each star block is 3" finished - so each star point section is started with a 1 1/2" square and finished at 1" - that is possibly the smallest piecing I have ever done.

But since we had a sunny warm day, I decided to go on a photo "safari" with the mini quilt of stars.  My location of choice was a local park that has a lake.  There is also an old covered bridge there.  So I put the quilt against the wall just inside the bridge, hanging it over one of the boards.
Wow, I love how that shot came out. 
But there are more photos.  

I stepped to the back of the bridge and put the quilt on one of the guard rails.  Before I could take the photo,  a visitor landed on top of the bridge, so I included this photo-bomber. 
Do you see that lovely gray heron?
I tried to get a photo of the heron sitting on a small ?rock? in the lake but he flew as I snapped the photo. 

There is also a nice spraying fountain in the lake. 
I think it made a nice backdrop also. 
And a couple more shots taken in a friend's yard. 
The fabrics are all Island Batiks.  The batting is Hobbs 80/20 Heirloom. The thread is Aurifil for both piecing and quilting. 


Of course I am required to tell you that I was provided the fabrics and the batting for making this quilt by Island Batik and Hobbs Batting at no charge to me.  I also used Aurifil thread in the construction and quilting, but that thread was already in my stash.  

I would like to thank Island Batik,  Hobbs Batting, Aurifil Thread and Accuquilt for being sponsors of the 2019 Island Batik Ambassador program. 

Throughout the month, the Ambassadors will be sharing Magnificent Mini quilts.  Here is a list of other Ambassadors with links to websites for each. Enjoy the journey with us. 

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black (you are here)
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Creatin’ in the Sticks
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack's Blog
Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki's Crafts and Quilting
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Anita Skjellanger ~ Quilt in a not-Shell
Laticia "Tish" Stemple ~ Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
(Debora) Anne Wiens ~ Seams like a Plan
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore
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Tuesday, February 05, 2019

Fabrics for the Daisy Chain QAL

As I told you about the Daisy Chain Quilt Along,  I have picked my fabrics for it and they are separated from my "stash" so that I don't accidentally use them in something else.

Here are my selections.
The orange will be my background fabric. The yellow with multicolor circles will be my focal fabric.  I will be using both the purple and aqua as my accent fabric (because I couldn't choose just one.) The strips will be my assorted scrappy or coordinating fabrics.

But if I change my mind about the assorted scrappy strips or need to supplement them, I can also use the black version of the circle print!  That might be more fun.  What do you think?

Are you going to join in the Daisy Chain Quilt Along?


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Monday, February 04, 2019

Island Batik Ambassador 2019 Unboxing

As I have mentioned previously,  I applied to be an Island Batik Ambassador for 2019 and was accepted to the program.


Island Batik is "The best from Bali."  The fabric is outstanding. In a few days I will be showing you my first project as an ambassador.

Full Disclosure:  Island Batik along with partners, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil Thread and Accuquilt have provided the items I received free of charge as an Ambassador. 

I will also say that I have purchased and used products from all of these companies prior to becoming an Island Batik Ambassador. 

So now, enjoy watching as I unbox the lovely items I received from  these sponsors.



I also have some nice still photos of my amazing "haul."
The table is FULL of happy possibilities. 
Bright Colors and more



Go! Cutter, Go! Qube, Island Batik Fabric, Aurifil Thread.

Another view of the fabrics and that lovely Hobbs Batting

Surprise!  The contents of this package
 will be part of my August Blog Hop post. 

Neutrals in Gray/Black/White and more.
Look at the lovely red rayon scarf. 

Batting Galore from Hobbs Batting. 

This year should be a time of productivity and growth for me as a quilter. I hope you will come along for the ride.


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Saturday, February 02, 2019

Two Blocks -LHQSQ 2.0

For the Left-Handed Quilter Sampler quilt along,  I have made my first two blocks.  Since there are 99 blocks to choose from and we are only making 25 of them, we can choose which ones we want to make.
My fabrics for this will be mostly Kaffe Fassett by Free Spirit.  The 10" squares and some charm packs were on sale and I couldn't resist the colorful delights.

The pieces were cut with my Accuquilt Go! cutter using the 8" Qube set.  These are 6 inch finished blocks, but the 2" square and 2" half-square triangles from that set were perfect for cutting these.

The Contrary Wife is the first block I chose to make.
These two blocks are in the "not too hard" category, in my opinion.  They are simple half square triangles and simple square fabric units.

For the second block, I chose an old favorite - the Friendship Star.
This block can be arranged to rotate either direction.   These fabrics certainly change the look of the blocks.  One of those yellow HSTs has blue right along the edge of the star point which seems to change the shape just a bit.  The center square has a pink burst that is seven pointed.  It is actually the veins of a leaf, but it has a nice "starburst" feel in the middle of my star block.  This was completely serendipitous - but I love it.

Only 23 more blocks to go...but I will be taking this one slow and easy.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2019

A Couple of Quilt Alongs

Two of my friends are starting quilt alongs and have asked me to join.  One has not started yet, but I have been asked to blog and share my journey on this quilt along. I think that is a great idea, so I will be sharing Little Bunny Quilts Daisy Chain Mystery Quilt Along.


 The link takes you to her announcement of the quilt along.  Sometime next week I will be sharing my fabric choices.  Some of you know that I don't do "mystery quilt alongs" very often.  But, perhaps I should be more brave about it.  I am hoping to have fun with this one.

The other quilt along I am doing has already started. A Left Handed Quilter is hosting the LHQSQ 2.0 Quilt along.  In this one we will be making 25 blocks (or more if you prefer) for an on-point sampler quilt.  For a long time setting a quilt on-point scared me.  But then I did one and saw that it was easier than I thought.   One of those was my Crumb Quilt - also inspired by "A Left-Handed Quilter."
 This one has yet to be quilted but I really love this quilt top. 

So if you are looking for a project or two - join up with one of these quilt-alongs and let's see what magic we can make.

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Saturday, January 26, 2019

Lemonade Squared and Pinwheels

The "Lemonade Squared" blocks are fun and easy to make so I made several and mixed them up with the pinwheels I had already made.
I am sure that I will make enough of these to make a baby quilt eventually. I love the way they play together.

Have a wonderful weekend and a great week!

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Tuesday, January 22, 2019

More Fun Blocks

The method I was using for the pinwheels was not making me happy.  Thus, I decided to make different blocks.  The pinwheel blocks will still be used in the quilt, but I have to decide how I will use them.

The new blocks came about after I messed up an attempt to find another way to make pinwheels.  Let me just say I wasn't quite ready to start making 3D blocks- and those were 3D.   Some quality unsewing, frogging, seam ripping helped. But what to do with the pieces at this point? I had what was essentially two triangles that made a half square.  But if I just sewed them together each color was beside its like color....Hmmmmm.

What is that old saying? If life hands you lemons, you make lemonade.  I have no clue if this is a traditional block but until I learn better, I call it "Lemonade Squared."

After making the first one "the hard way,"  I figured out the easy way to make the block.  I used my Accuquilt Quarter Square cutting die that makes a 4 inch finished block.  I sewed two of the pieces together on the sides to make a half square triangle. Then I used those  triangles to sew to the sides of a square.  It makes a "Square in a Square" but with fancy corners.

These blocks are fun and easy for me to make. But the best part is that every one of them has come out great every time.  I may take a pinwheel and trim it from 5 1/2" down to 5" and use those as centers.  It will use up the pinwheels and add a few surprise blocks into the final quilt.

I am wondering if any of you do what I call "experimental piecing" as you make quilt blocks.  As my longtime readers know,  I love to say "what if????" ---and of course give it a try.


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Monday, January 21, 2019

Playing with Pinwheels and Dual Feed


The weather is very cold here in Alabama.  At least we think it is cold!  Monday morning I woke up to a BRRRRR temperature of 22 degrees Fahrenheit.   Luckily,  my heat is working fine and I didn't have to get out except for one trip in the middle of the day. 

I decided to just play for a bit.  After watching a tutorial from Missouri Star on making pinwheels, I decided to try that method.  I pulled out a charm pack of bright lively prints and some solids.  There is a lot of the charm pack left, but I am not sure I want to make enough of these for an entire quilt.
Perhaps I can do some other blocks too and have a fun scrappy unplanned quilt.

Another fun thing that I tried is "walking foot quilting."  I watched a class on BluPrint with Jackie Gering to learn the basics.   My Janome 6600 machine doesn't have an actual walking foot, but it does have an integrated dual feed which is just as good.
A few curved lines and  a few straight lines later,  I realized that this could be very useful for some of my quilting.

That gives me three options for quilting methods:  free motion quilting, ruler quilting, and walking foot quilting. 

If it stays this cold who knows what I will try next.

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Saturday, January 19, 2019

A little Sneak Peek

The project that currently has my attention is a challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors. 
(Full disclosure: Island Batik and Hobbs Batting provided fabric and batting for this project.) 

I started by making a test block - just to get myself ready to start.  
Then I made some wonky star blocks. 

Over a few days it progressed along and I am at the quilting stage. 
Here is a little sneak peek - but the backing is mostly what you can see. 
The backing fabric did not come with the Ambassador program - it was in my stash.
Wait?  Are there white pieces in my blue blocks??
Do I need to rip that out? 

All of the ditch quilting is done and now the question:
Do I quilt more on it or just trim and bind it?  
For now, it will sit while that decision is being made. 

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