Saturday, March 17, 2018

Island Batik Ambassador's Try a Technique Challenge - Part 1

I've been a quilter for over thirty years, so thinking of a technique that I hadn't done before was a bit of a challenge for me.  But thanks to the amazing group of Island Batik Ambassadors and their brainstorming skills I finally settled on a technique...Seminole Piecing.  I've watched my mom do it, but I'd never tried.

Seminole piecing comes from the Seminole Native American tribe and you can read about it here.

I started by picking some fabrics.  The left fabric is called Blackberry and it's one of my absolute favorite solidy batiks from Island Batiks.  The other three fabrics were from stash buster rolls.  I know the far right one is from the Fire Island line a few years ago.  I love the combination of these colors.

I started by constructing two strip sets like these.  I then cut 2 inch wide pieces at a 45 degree angle.

Next I figured out how I wanted to sew them together.

And then a lot of cutting ensued...

To get them aligned just right I put some tape on my cutting mat.  The first top piece of tape is where the black and green meet on the bottom piece.

The bottom piece of tape is where the end of the black fabric is on the top piece.  This method yielded very close and accurate results. 

Here are the first two sewn together. 

Now they're a set of seven.

The last step is to trim the outside triangles so you have a parallelogram?

But it is a beautiful parallelogram!  Come back next Wednesday to see what happens next...

Be sure to check out the other amazing Island Batik Ambassadors projects!


Adventerous Applique and QuiltingArk Angel Creations
BeaQuilterBejeweled Quilts by Barb
Busy Hands QuiltsCarole Lyles Shaw
Clever ChameleonCreative Blonde
Curlicue CreationsDen Syende Himmel
Desert Bloom QuiltingDevoted Quilter
Dizzy QuilterFreemotion by the River
Gateway Quilts & StuffheARTs Creations
If These Threads Could TalkInchworm Fabrics
Inquiring QuilterKathleen McMusing
Kauffman DesignsLittle Bunny Quilts
Living Water QuilterLizard Creek Quilts
Mania for QuiltsMary Mack Made Mine
Masterpiece QuiltingMMM Quilts
Moosestash Quilting PamelaQuilts
Patterns by JenPowered by Quilting
Quilt in a not-ShellQuilting Affection Designs
Sally MankeSarah Goer Quilts
Sew Increadibly CrazySew Karen-ly Created
Slice of Pi QuiltsSteph Jacobson
Sweetgrass DesignsThe Quilt Rambler
Yellow Cat Quilt DesignsVicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Whispers of Yore

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, March 16, 2018

Free Motion Friday - Kookaburra from Helen Godden's Feather Friends BOM

I'm doing Helen Godden's Feathered Friends Block of the Month and it's a blast.  The first month we did Parakeets or budgies.  This month we did a Kookaburra.  It was such fun to quilt!  I think my favorite part is Helen's Stack of Rocks in the red at the bottom.  I know I'll be using that texture again soon!

My boys loved watching me paint on fabric and had to get in the action too...

I hope you get to quilt today!

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Quilt Qwazy Queens Blog Hop Begins Today!

Quilt Qwazy Queens 2018

Be sure to check out the hop!  Go to!  There are new giveaways each day.  I'll be posting next'll have to wait and see what I did with my UFO...

Worldwide Quilting Day 2018

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

A Little Paint and a Little Applique....A Fix for Block 3

Block three doesn't work.  It's too light compared to the background fabric.  It blends in with it too much.  I don't want to redo this block, so I decided to try to fix it instead.

First I painted the purple green.   Then I tried out different fabrics to replace the pink.  I thought I was going to like this one below, but I don't.  It has too much yellow.

Here is that same fabric compared to a more solid lime green.  I like the solid much better.  To replace the shape I simply cut it about 1/16th of an inch wider than the original and put it right on top.

Yes, the lime works well.

Now I need to fix the little purple dots.  Here are two possibilities.  I like the top one.  I think the dot in the bottom one is too big.

All fixed and read to be ironed!  I like this much better than the original pink.  It stands out more.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, March 12, 2018

Art Deco Mirror Inspiration

This week again I got busy and didn't get any inspiration pictures taken.  So I did a google search of Art Deco mirrors.  Check them out!

I love the flowy shape of this one even though it's all straight lines.

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This one reminds me of a curvy log cabin....sort of.  It wouldn't be hard to paper piece once it was drafted......hmmmmm.

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This one makes me think of a movie theater.

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I like the symmetry of this one too.

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I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, March 10, 2018

A Little Paint and a Little Applique Block 2

I decided to play with a variety of paint colors for this block.  The outer petals are burnt orange.  The inner petals and pink halo gold and the swags on the inside are russet.  All the paint is Lumiere acrylic paint.

This block reminds me off fall and the leaves we see during that season.  I stitched the central petals in a gold to help the gold in them stand out.  Then the innermost petals were stitched in a pink thread to match the dots in the fabric.

Then I decided to to stitch the outer red petals in yellow.  There was yellow in the print, right?  WRONG.  I had to rip it all out because it was just awful and stood out wayyyyy to much.  With the double blanket stitch that I use you must rip every stitch.  Yes, you read that right.  EVERY STITCH.  I was a bit grumpy while this ensued and I discovered that my Clover seam ripper was worth it's weight in gold as it did a much better job than a generic one I had.

Finally I stitched those outer petals in a light burgundy so that they had an outline, but the thread didn't stand out.  Lesson learned.  Go with your gut and don't finish the stitching.......

Then the center pink dot was stitched in a light purple thread.  I like the contrast, but it's not too much or glaring like yellow can be.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, March 9, 2018

Free Motion Friday - Filled Feathers - Idea 3

I am a doodler.  You should see the notebook I've been taking to my son's violin lessons for the last 3.5 years.  It's FULL of doodles. I had an especially productive doodle session today during his lesson.  YES, I took notes on what he was to do, but I also doodled feather ideas.  I have so many amazing ideas to show you in the coming weeks! 

This week I decided to put diamonds inside the feathers shapes.

Here's the little top one done.

Start by doing a zigzag up to the top of the feather.

Then make a point at the top.

Then zigzag back down and travel to the next feather.

Here I'm about halfway done.

And the whole feather!  Such fun.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Retail Therapy and Tula Pink All Stars!

Sometimes there is nothing like retail therapy to cheer up a happy day.  Today is one of those days for me which is perhaps why this post is so late!  

Fortunately, my good friend Rachel of SewTrendy MN (find here here on Facebook and her website) posted these amazing photos of Tula Pink All Stars still in the plastic wrap. 

I knew I needed to bust them open!  So off I went...she has the WHOLE COLLECTION except for solids!

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Here's what came home with me....

Stripes and Dots

Chipmunks and Bugs 

MY FAVORITES (and what I had to go buy) Owls and Frogs!

Retail therapy complete.  Mood lifted.  

I hope you get to quilt (or do retail therapy!) today!

Monday, March 5, 2018

Coworker Inspiration

Yes, they are used to me taking weird pictures by are this weeks inspiration!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

A Little Paint and a Little Applique Block 1

This year I joined Helen Godden's painted block of the month.  Check it out on her website!  I finished the first block and still had my paints out when I decided to play.  I designed an applique block but instead of appliqueing some of the shapes, I painted them with my Lumiere metallic acrylic paints.

Here's the painted layer

And I start adding applique.  

Appliques all on

The blanket stitching around the shapes complete.  

This process is totally addicting.  I have 11 blocks fused and ready for stitching!  Stay tuned.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, March 2, 2018

Free Motion Friday - Filled Feathers - Idea 2

I wanted to put a braid into my feathers this week.  I started with hooked on feathers.

Then I started filling the feathers with braid.

In the picture below I went back over the center of the braid so all of the lines in the braid were doubled.

Here you can see me going back over the centers.

What about a skinny braid?!  I love it.  You have to be careful to follow the feather's curve as you go.

What if you keep the braid close to one edge? This happens....

What if you curve the braid chunks.....

Or if the two braids are next to each other at the bottom of the feather...

I LOVE THIS TEXTURE!  I can't wait to play with this some more.  Those braids REALLY stand out.

I hope you get to quilt today!