Saturday, October 21, 2017

Island Batik Ambassador's Creative Borders and Bindings Challenge #2

This month I was inspired by two different kinds of binding.  For my second project I made a snowflake that was a pattern in the second volume of Quilter's 100 Blocks.  I used a charm pack plus 2 half yard cuts of the Winter Moon Island Batiks from Missouri Star Quilt Company.  I couldn't resist the purple and blue holiday fun!

I'd been wanting to try a binding that varied in width.  I had a theory about how to accomplish it and it worked!

Here's my top before layering.  This was all paper pieced.

I fussy cut a deer head from one of the fabrics to put in the center where the 6 points didn't match up very well.  I love to fussy cut.

Ooooh....all the fun Aurifil choices!

I carefully stitched around the antlers and head to outline the deer.

I made a bubble stack in this star point.

And the final quilt!  It was so much fun to make.  I was trying to come up with a fun quilting pattern for the background, but instead decided to stipple it because stippling looks kind of wintery.

And the back.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, October 20, 2017

Enter if You Dare Blog Hop!

I LOVE Halloween quilts.  I buy more Halloween fabric than Christmas fabric!  So when Marian at Seams to be Sew let me know about this hop I couldn't wait to join.

Every year I do a pumpkin art project with my students at school (I teach third grade).  We make symmetrical pumpkins.  As I hung them on the wall this year, it occurred to me that they would make a great quilt.  So I got started!  I pulled my favorite orange Island Batik fabrics of course!

I cut the orange pumpkin to go under the black (1/8 inside the outside line on that side).  Then I used the fusible paper from the black to help me align the eye and eyebrow pieces.

I cut out the back of the fusible behind the big orange piece so it wouldn't be too stiff.  This orange is from Island Batik's new Pumpkin Patch line!  I just love it.

Here's the black half before cutting.

The final pumpkins!

The top is done!  Ready to layer.

And it's quilted!

I had fun quilting pumpkins and swirls in the border.

I also had a blast with one of Marian's Halloween Faces for "The Challenge".  This is about 8 inches square and so much fun.  Who doesn't love a one-eyed lime green creature?  Her directions were great and easy to follow!

Giveaways For This Hop…
The Fat Quartershop is offering a $75.00 gift certificate
You can enter daily for this blog hop by visiting the various blogger’s social pages.
Runs Whole Event, but Daily Requirements Change
Timeless Treasures
has a bundle of fun fat quarters each day for you.
Each bundle is different in the range of fabrics and size.
Today’s Bundle Is:There is a shipping cost for each bundle, they will all ship Priority mail at a cost of $7.19
Shipping Rate is for USA/Canada
International Rates will apply otherwise.
I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Island Batik Ambassador's Creative Borders and Binding Challenge

I adore being an Island Batik Ambassador.  Their fabrics are luscious and I get to stretch creatively to meet the monthly challenges.  This month is no exception.  When I realized it was creative borders and bindings my brain went right over the borders and straight to the binding.  I have been staring at many new show quilts from big name quilters that have AMAZING edge finishes.  To keep up with the best of the best on my show quilts I wanted to try it.  Now I have a reason to do something small and experiment!

I started by making this small 20" quilt with the new Blue Moon collection from Island Batik.  The colors and fabrics are so much fun!  I love the blue double dotty print and the dark purple birch tress that I turned into a "stripe" in the large points.  I then added a border of purple triangles and was set to quilt. This quilt has Hobbs Tuscany Polyester batting in it to give it loft and because it's white and the background fabric is white.  A good match.  

Aren't the patterns of the batiks great?  I love the lighter purple which looks like wood grain too.  The background fabric is this same print in white.  I started by quilting the center circle in bubbles.

It's easier to see from the back...

I did a plant like idea in the points and repeated it triangles.  I also did a bubble stack on the dark purple birch fabric to enhance the stripy quality of it. (see above photo)

I then quilted feathers coming out of each point to fill the space and the did some straight line quilting around the edge.  I like to do this so that when I add the binding the edge of the quilt is firm and doesn't stretch.

The back of the final quilt.  I adore feathers.

Now to attach the clam shells in the binding.  But how?  I realized finally that the answer was in the quilt as you go challenge.  I tried it and it worked like a charm.  Putting the tails together at the corners was a bit of a challenge, but I figured it out.

 And it will get better....

Aren't the cute?  Since I started with fat quarters I didn't have enough fabric to do them all the same, but necessity is the mother of invention so I made them a variety of fabrics and I love it!

I can't wait to play with this idea more....thoughts are percolating!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Sew Much Fun Halloween Blog Hop!

I LOVE Halloween quilts!  I probably buy more Halloween fabric than Christmas fabric because I just love the oranges and purples and lime greens.  The dancing skeletons and pumpkins and spiders.  I love them!

So...what do I make?

This time I decided to try a quilt based on some fabric inspiration.  I fell in love with this fabric with swirls and designs on the pumpkins.  Originally I was going to applique a design, but then I had another idea.

I made a pumpkin stencil out of freezer paper and then painted it with silver Lumiere fabric paint.

Then I used black thread to add detail to my pumpkin....oh, what fun!

Last, but not least, I decided to add some silver rick rack in the binding.  I love adding rick rack in the binding for a little extra touch!

Be sure to check out the other fun Halloween projects on the hop!

Jen Frost (hostess)Faith and Fabric
Bernie KringelNeedle & Foot
Audrey MannThe Cloth
Anita LaHayDaydreams of Quilts
Laura PilandSlice of Pi Quilts
Miranda BlakelyI Have Purple Hair
Jen ShafferPatterns By Jen
Suzy WebsterAdventurous Applique and
Eleri KerianSew and Tell

 I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, October 14, 2017

My IQA Mini Auction Quilt - Part 3

In my last post I talked about the quilting on this quilt.  Now...the binding!

If you look at the center of the back you can see the pebbles.  I added some veining quilting in the green leaves because I felt that they were puffing up to much and I wanted them flatter.  I like the effect.

I decided that this quilt needed a pop of piping in the binding.  It was the first time I'd sewn piping on my new machine.  Went back to the old one!  The new one kept gathering it which was quite frustrating as it had to be ungathered before I could sew it onto the quilt.  I asked the queen of piping, Susan Cleveland, what went wrong and she said to adjust my top tension.  I'll try that next time for sure.

And the finished quilt!  I titled it Hard and Soft in honor of the leather and silk applique.  I did use an orange batik for the piping.  I can't wait to see the quilt again in Houston!  A few short weeks.....yay!

I hope you get to quilt today!