Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Black and White and Green All Over

You know that moment when you're so into a project you forget to take pictures?  Yup.  That happened.  But I adore how it turned out.  It still needs to be quilted, but I really love the color play and the swirling motion.  Enjoy!

This is the only other picture I have.  I decided to do open seams on this quilt.  It was interesting.  It's not something I usually do.  I think my preference is mostly to one side seams with open seams when necessary.  For this quilt, I wanted open seams because the white fabric is really see through.  

All the pieces were cut on my mom's Accuquilt Go BIG cutter.  It's amazing that in 2 hours I got all the pieces cut for the entire quilt.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, January 14, 2019

School Inspiration

I noticed this shape in the hall the other day.  I like how the tree is curvy.

My sons and I were also playing with shape pieces.  Here is my son's creation.

And here is mine.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, January 12, 2019

My Bonnie Hunter On Ringo Lake is Done!

Last year I fell in love with the colors Bonnie Hunter was using for On Ringo Lake - aqua, coral, brown, and cream.  I'm not usually a brown person, but I do love chocolate brown.  Okay, and chocolate too!

I kept up for most of the quilt along until it was time to make blocks.  Then I got behind.  After the reveal, I decided to change the sashing up a little.  I added an extra strip.  I love how it turned out.  It's the first bed sized quilt I've made in a long time.  And now it's binding is finally on and it's on my bed!

My mother did the quilting for me on her longarm because I did not want to try to pull a queen size quilt through my machine.  She did some AMAZING feathers that really make the quilt pop.  She didn't touch the coral and I love how that makes it stand out.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, January 11, 2019

Free Motion Friday - A Sapphire Challenge Finish and a TIP

I've been working on this Whirligig quilt using Island Batiks Indigo Morris collection for the last few weeks.  It's finally done and I'm excited to share it with you!  I've been learning to use my new Chrometab with pen and I find drawing on my quilt pictures a great way to get to know it and to sketch out quilting ideas.  

In the photo below you can see me using it to draw in the blue lines with circles I appliqued down. In addition, there are some black lines that I was planing on doing as part of the framework of the quilting.  I was excited to get started.  

And then I changed my mind.  I decided to do one fill in the background instead of the framework.  Why?  I'm not sure, but that's the way I went.  I used large swirls and bubbles.

HOWEVER....(here comes the tip)....I quilted the background before I did the quilting in the blue.  Why?  Well, I put the white thread in to outline all the pieces and then I just went for it. OOPS!  DO NOT QUILT THE BACKGROUND BEFORE YOU QUILT THE MOTIFS!  OOPS!

When I went to quilt the blue in the center, it had bubbled some and wouldn't lay flat.  OOPS.  What to do?  I was planning on doing the curvy line/matchstick quilting you see below through the whole whirligig.  However, as I got to the larger parts on the sides it began to bubble in a way that I knew was going to cause a colossal (at least an inch) pucker.  Not going to work.  So I started thinking about fills that can help eat that excess bulk.  The best ones?  STIPPLING also known as meaner, or PEBBLES.  

I didn't want to pebble since I'd already done that in the background so I decided to do a large scale stipple.  It worked perfectly.  I was able to smooth out the quilt and it looks great.

Here is Whirligig all finished.  I'm really happy with it and now to get her entered!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Sapphire Challenge - Part 2

Here's part two of my Sapphire Challenge made with Island Batik's Indigo Morris collection..  At this point I've layered everything on the background fabric.  I turned all the edges of these pieces using the Apliquick system.  Then I glued them down to the background using Elmer's School Glue.  I wasn't sure that was going to stay while I manipulated the quilt under my machine, so I decided it needed basting before I put it under my needle.  I told my mom my plan and she said, "Why don't you do it by machine?"  Duh.  So I did.

Here you can see what my basting looks like.  It's the largest size stitch I can make on my machine.  I then did a blanket stitch all the way around each piece using matching thread.

Here's a peek at the quilting.  Come back Friday for more!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, January 7, 2019

Inspiration provided by the Island Batik Ambassadors!

The Island Batik Ambassadors are gearing up for our Getaway Blog Hop!  Oh, to get away....hasn't happened in awhile for me and the hubby without kids in tow.  Maybe sometime this summer.

In the meantime, enjoy all the inspiration and the amazing fabrics Island Batiks is releasing!

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Getaway Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, January 7 - Crystal Ball

Tuesday, January 8  - Ditty

Wednesday, January 9 - Elk Lodge

Thursday, January 10 - Feline Fine

Friday, January 11 - Flea Market

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

Monday, January 21 - Winter Park

Tuesday, January 22  - Bazaar

Wednesday, January 23 - Blossom

Thursday, January 24 - Boho

Friday, January 25 - Brookview

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 

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, January 5, 2019

Sapphire Challenge - Part 1

International Quilt Festival Houston is having a Sapphire exhibit next year to celebrate their 45th anniversary.  All quilts in the exhibit need to be 50 inches square or larger and blue and white.  When my last Island Batik Ambassador box came in I found this AMAZING Indigo Morris fabric collection.  I knew right away that it was destined to make a quilt for the sapphire exhibit.  But what???

Putting the fabrics into a gradation.

Love the bottom fabric, but it didn't want to play nicely in the gradation so I chose to leave it out.

I decided to go modern since many of the quilts will be traditional.  I actually sketched this design on a corner of my notes during one of my classes in Houston this year.  Then I came home and got to work!  I call in "Whirligig." 

Now what to do with it???  You'll have to come back Wednesday and see.

I hope you get to quilt today!