Sunday, November 10, 2019

Binding Ready to Apply

"How do you eat an elephant?" the little girl asked.  Her wise old grandfather replied, "A little bit at a time!"

This quilt is coming together "a little bit at a time."  True, there is no elephant involved.  Still, when you are so busy with other things in life, you can still fit in a creative project in the time that you do have.  For this quilt, I chose a lovely yellow fabric for the binding.  This one is called Tossed Mermaids from the Islander line by Island Batik
Isn't it fun and whimsical?
It was difficult to use this fun design and cut it up  because I know as a binding you would not see the mermaids.  But the color goes very well with my blue and yellow quilt.  So, I cut it.


The binding is rolled up on an empty Aurifil spool waiting until I have time to sew it onto the quilt.  I used the same yellow variegated Aurifil thread to join the binding as I used for quilting.
I will also be using it to sew on the binding and sew it down. I love this thread! 

Remember that you can find time to fit some creativity into your day. 

Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Friday, November 08, 2019

Checking In (Sneak Peek)

The November challenge quilt that I am making for the Island Batik Ambassador program is now all quilted.  I just need to cut binding and sew it on. 
I can't show you the quilt top just yet.   So,  I did the "swirled quilt" photo that I have been seeing on social media. 

I love the fabric and the quilt.  It will be so nice to snuggle in during the cold snap that is starting tonight here in my area of Alabama.  I need to get busy making and attaching the binding! 
But today I will be helping Mom with a financial matter and that will take some time.  Maybe I can get the binding made this weekend. 
Wish me luck.
Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Monday, November 04, 2019

Starting Quilting

Last week, I finally got my November Island Batik Challenge quilt basted.  Then I sewed some stabilizing stitches in the seams of the columns.  I confess I didn't go back and do the rows. 
Today I started quilting it.  I am using my variation of a design I learned in a Leah Day class on BluPrint.  It is called Alien Fingers, but when I do it they become Freaky Alien Fingers as I meander about with them instead of making "hands" with them. 
Seriously though, I love the effect especially after it is washed and gets crinkly.  To me that says it is a comfortable quilt.


I love this blue and yellow together. 

I am using a lovely yellow Aurifil thread to quilt it with.  I didn't realize until I had wound four bobbins that it is a variegated yellow and white.  I think it is perfect for this quilt.

It just looks yellow on the spool. 
FYI the two bobbins on top of the spool pin are for this quilt.  The two on bottom are my go-to piecing thread - a 50 weight cream/bisque.  Since I rarely use two spools at once, I use that spool pin for bobbin storage.  In my limited space, it is a perfect solution.

The photo thing wasn't working again. I hope you can see the photos. I used the solution that the blogger help community offered.

I showed my Facebook Fans the Funky Friend that I made for the Island Batik booth at Quilt Market. So I am going to show it to you here. This is Pete. He is made with a pattern from The Funky Friends Factory.   The fabric Pete is made from will be coming to stores in February.  Pete is made from the Santa Fe line of Island Batik fabrics.  Isn't he just adorable?
Puppy Dog Pete


Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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Saturday, November 02, 2019

Catching Up

***Sorry for some strange reason the photo part of Blogger is not working for me. Hopefully now you will see photos as I did some 'internet magic'***

It has been a week since I posted - mostly because I didn't have much to post. I did some stabilizing stitches on my November challenge quilt. (Yikes it is already November and I am not ready!) But that is not something that is exciting to show since it is "in the ditch" quilting - and I am not ready to show the quilt top.

One thing that I also do is weaving. And as this week has been spent more with Mom and medical appointments, I am using this 15 inch Schacht rigid heddle loom as it travels well.



This loom comes with a stick shuttle that you wind by hand. But I prefer to use a boat shuttle that has bobbins that you can wind on a bobbin winder - or  for portability,  a cordless drill.
Stick shuttle
Boat shuttle and Bobbins
For bulkier yarns, I do use the stick shuttle. But for this project I am using thread-like yarns that come on cones.
Yarn Cones on Left


I am doing one of my favorite techniques that is called clasped weft or "two color interlock."  We made a video on this technique that you can find here .



I love to unroll the cloth beam and look at my work.
Blogger is being quirky today and not allowing me to upload the photos in the usual way, so if this post looks a bit "odd" I apologise, but I am not in control of it.

I must tell you that until Mom is back to normal,  my posts may be sporadic. Feel free to email me 
photo to deter spammers. 
I must tell you about an upcoming blog hop!  The Island Batik Ambassadors who were not in the earlier blog hop this year are getting their turn in November.
So I am going to send you to the Island Batik Blog for full details AND a giveaway.
Island Batik Blog Post
The prize is this precut bundle of the new Little Sir Little Miss line
There are many delightful prints in this Batik line from Island Batik



Until Next Time,  
Stay Creative 


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