Monday, October 22, 2018

Hawaiian Applique Inspiration

My cousin Lisa is in Hawaii right now and sent me pictures of some gorgeous Hawaiian applique quilts.  These are in a train depot gift shop near Lihue, Kauai.














I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Island Batik Ambassador's Needle Paper Scissors Challenge Part 2



I'm using Two Kwik Quilter's pattern Kwik Sparklers for my Needle Paper Scissors Island Batik Ambassador Challenge this month.  I love how much fum this pattern is!  I decided I didn't want to hand applique my pieces down to my background and decided to machine applique them instead with a straight stitch about 1/16 of an inch away from the edge.  I am super pleased with how it turned out!  I decided to put it on a BLACK SOLID from Island Batik.  Yes, you read that right.  A black solid!  It's incredible to work with.  I won't use any other black ever again.



However, in order to do the applique I had to take the papers out...which meant cutting the black away.  In order to do this I used Elmer's School glue and a really fine tip to put a line around each applique.  Then I put them on the black, turned it over and ironed the glue dry from the back.  Then I cut away the extra black so I could pull out the papers.


Come back next week to see how I quilted it.

I'm off on quilt retreat!  I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Friday, October 19, 2018

Free Motion Friday - a Sneak Peek and Inspiration

Happy Free Motion Friday!  I usually try to stay ahead of my blog by about two weeks.  However, time got away from me as I'm working on a tight contest deadline right now.  So here's a peak at the back.  Really doesn't give you much, I know, but it will soon....I promise!  I'm going on quilt retreat this weekend you see and I plan to get a ton done to share with you in the coming months.


I also have this cute coloring that my son did.  I printed out the drawing because I can so see making a quilt with some pumpkins quilted like these.  Didn't he do an incredible job of coloring them?  He was so excited to work on them that he even got out his 64 count Crayola Crayons.  He said one was pumpkin colors, one was the last three colors of the rainbow and the third combined both of them.  I must admit that I love the colors and color scheme.  Huh.  Need to keep that in mind next time I'm picking fabrics.  Cools plus orange.  Got it.  


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Island Batik Ambassador's Needle Paper Scissors Challenge - Part 1

I like all kinds of paper piecing.  Both foundation piecing and English paper piecing.  For this month's Island Batik Ambassador Challenge I am again playing with the All a Flutter collection from Island Batiks.  



I decided to do the new Kwik Sparklers pattern from Two Kwik Quilters.  I am sew excited by all the possibilities with the pieces from this pattern.  I will definitely be playing around with it some more!
Here's the first piece I turned.  In the original pattern it can be broken into three segments or just one.  I opted for the bigger piece to better show off the fabric.


Here's me playing around with pieces for color placement.


And the first quarter unit all stitched together!  Karie has GREAT tips in the pattern for how to do this successfully.


Come back Saturday to see the next steps in this project!

I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Monday, October 15, 2018

Voting Inspiration

This came across my Facebook Feed and I just had to share.  YES, please VOTE.  But seriously, my first thought was ....QUILT DESIGN!  Happy Monday.


I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Saturday, October 13, 2018

Appliqueing Leather Tip

I have been loving appliqueing with leather lately.  Especially for dots...it doesn't fray!  However, I'm doing a huge leather piece right now and the blanket stitches were looking wonky and it wasn't traveling under the presser foot right.  The stitches were way too close together and as needles leave holes in leather ripping really isn't an option.

What to do? My mom to the rescue!  This is a Bernina 56 foot.  Why is it green?  It's Teflon coated so it glides over the fabric!  It worked like a charm and my blanket stitches looked MUCH better.


You have to be careful when appliqueing leather because the layers can start to separate as shown right in front of the needle in the picture below.  What to do?  Make sure you use a large width.  I usually do 2.0.  With leather, I go at least 2.5 for width.



I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

Friday, October 12, 2018

Doodling Makes Me Happy

I am a doodler.  I have always been a doodler.  I have trouble sitting still in staff meetings.  So what do I do?  Draw quilt patterns!  Duh!  Here's some I was fooling around with during my last day of training.  YES, I was listening.  But I was also doodling....




I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy