Saturday, August 19, 2017

Island Batik Ambassador's Quilt as You Go Challenge

When I looked at this year's Island Batik Ambassador list I must admit that Quilt as You Go (QAYG) was the one I found most daunting.  Why?  Simply because I have never done it before.  Ever.  In 30 years of quilting!  

So what to do?  The same thing I do when a student in my third grade classroom asks a question I don't know the answer to...ask "Professor Google."  I found videos from Leah Day, Missouri Star, and many others.  I watched them all.

I decided I liked Leah Day's approach and went with it.  I also happened to be in an art gallery as I was starting to ponder this challenge and I saw a three panel painting.  I knew that's what I wanted to do.  Make three panels and then stitch them together QAYG style.  It turned out well and I would do it again having successfully survived the experience.

Here's one of the three panels all quilted up.  In looking at it from far away now I wish the green was a little stronger, but such is life.  I must admit I did not make a pattern for these flowers (shocking as I usually do).  I just free cut petals and leaves.  The extra curl I cut out from the bottom of the stem ended up at the top of the flower and me being me, it needed a few dots.

After following Leah's method I decided to do a blanket stitch on my sashing strips.  I used a different machine than I usually do for blanket stitch and found that I should go back to my usual as I'm used to how that one does blanket stitching.  Next time.

I was trying to decide what color to use for sashing.  People kept telling me to use green.  I decided it was too much contrast and went with a lovely blue.

I also decided that the quilt needed more red so I added some really fat red rick rack I found at my local quilt shop.  It's the perfect addition.  A tutorial on how to do that will be coming next week.

And the final quilt!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Free Motion Friday - Inspired by Machine Quilting Unlimited Contest

I was super excited to find out yesterday that my entry into Machine Quilting Unlimited's Inspired by MQU is one of the finalists!  

Machine Quilting Unlimited is definitely my favorite quilting magazine and I pondered what to do for my project for quite a while.  Then the last magazine came with Karen Stone's amazing OG quilt on the cover.  The idea came to me instantly.  I had 3 weeks to get the quilt done from start to finish.  But, it was summer vacation and I had time, so why not?  Sometimes deadlines are inspiring.

I made it with a few days to spare, but not without dilemmas.  The main one being that the fabric decided to run when I blocked it.  Thank goodness for Margaret Solomon Gunn's blog post about bleeding.  It saved the quilt!

I don't want to share the whole piece until we find out the winners, but here are a few sneak peeks.

You can see that I quilted it to usual!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Clam Flower #11 - Part 2

I love how this clam flower turned out.  I think it's one of my favorites.  The green leaves in the picture below remind me of the toes of a frog.  I just noticed that.  It's going to make me laugh every time I look at this block.

The back of layer 3

I love the way the dotted piece in the flower sparkles.  I also really like the stripes in the stem.  Fussy cutting fabric is such fun.

The back of layer 4.

I'd forgotten to take a finished picture of this flower.  Here it is all set into the quilt.  Stay tuned for that!  (It'll be a few weeks though).

I like the contrast between the lime yellow flower stem and the dark blue flower.  It's fun.  You can also see the contrast between the blue and purple flower pieces and how the dotted piece at the top ties them all together.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Back to School Blog Hop Starts Today!

I'm so excited to be a part of the Back to School Blog Hop!  Check out the first post today from Sam Hunter:

Click on the picture above to check it out!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Blog Hops, Blog Hops, Blog Hops!

The next month is going to be FILLED with blog hops!

Fat Quarter Shop is doing a Lady of the Lady Quilt Along that I'm participating in this week.  

I'm part of the Piece and Quilt with Precuts Blog Hop for Christa Watson's new book which starts this week and I go next week. 

Here's a peek:

Then we have the Back to School Blog hop where 32 fabulous quilters and sewers are sharing tips each day for a month.  It starts TOMORROW!

Then comes the Christmas Caroling Row Along which starts September 5th and you will see my row near the end of September.

There's also the Island Batik Ambassadors Back to School Blog Hop in September as well!

And did I mentioned I signed up to do one for Quilting with Dorie's new book too sometime in September?  It's going to be a blog hop filled month with LOTS of inspiration.  Oh, and a Halloween Blog Hop in October.

It's so much fun to be a blogger!

Here's an inspirational picture for you today too.  I did a trunk show last Monday at the Rochester, MN Quilter's Sew-ciety.  Such fun!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, August 12, 2017

Clam Flower #11 - Part 1

Here's the start of Clam Flower #11.  My cousin tells me that it looks like a bromeliad and it does though I didn't plan it on that. 

These pictures are more true to color.  I had fun picking dark deep purples on this one. I also really like the circular shape at the end of the leaves.  

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, August 11, 2017

Free Motion Friday - My New Filler Book!

I'm excited to share my new book with you all today!  I've included tips for getting starting and what to do when you hit the edge and don't have room for a full motif.  Many of the designs have been shared here on Free Motion Fridays, but not all and many of them are on the cover.  There are 40 designs in the book.

Here's a peek at the inside directions complete with drawings.  

Quite a number of the designs come from my Brick Wall Quilt Along, but not all of them.

If you're interested in ordering a copy send me an email at websterquilt at gmail dot com (as normally typed) and I will send you a Paypal invoice.  The book is $15 plus $3 shipping.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

I Wish You a Merry Quilt-a-Long Block #1

I love this first block from the I Wish You a Merry Quilt-a-Long.  You can find the pattern here.  It's such a cute snowflake and it's been a blast to see all the different combinations in the Facebook group.  I knew I wanted to use this gorgeous cherry red batik with snowflakes I just bought as the background with a white snowflake.  I've climbed aboard the leather in quilts train and I had a piece of white metallic leather that would've been amazing, but alas it was a scrap and I didn't have enough.  So I added some dots to the original pattern so I could use the leather.  

I put fusible (steam-a-seam 2) on the back of the leather and cut them out just like normal.  Next I stuck them to the fabric.  The only difference was that I ironed them on from the back side.  It would take a long time for the heat to make it all the way through the leather, so ironing from the back is easier as it's only a layer of cotton.  I don't think I could do this with other fusible products because they don't stick, but Steam-a-Seam 2 worked wonderfully.

Here's the block all stuck down.

And a close up.  The metallic leather dots are so much fun!  

I used a Glide 40-weight Poly thread in Wheat to do the blanket stitching.  I did use a smaller stitch size on the dots and center circle than on all the kite shapes.

The final block!  So much fun.  I'm excited to see what block 2 has in store.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Monday, August 7, 2017

Flower Inspiration

What can I say?   I LOVE flowers.  Here's a few pretties from a recent trip to the Black Hills in South Dakota.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Saturday, August 5, 2017

I Wish You a Merry Quilt-a-Long

Have you seen the I Wish You A Merry Quilt-a-Long going on in a group on Facebook?  It's fabulous! 

The first block is a snowflake and I'm a sucker for snowflakes, so I was debating whether or not to join in.  And then I went on vacation and hit up some quilt shops and found some fabulous Christmas batiks to add to what I already have.  Here are my fabric selections including some fabulous Island Batiks of course!

Now to pick fabrics for the first block and get playing!

I hope you get to quilt today!

Friday, August 4, 2017

Free Motion Friday - Picking Fillers

So last week I was working on this quilt and playing with rulers.  Once that was done I had to decide how to fill all the spaces I'd created.

 I knew I wanted something really dense behind the flowers.  So loopy and fun.

Here's the top at this point.

I decided to add feathers to the other side of the spikes for added contrast.  I really like it.  Then I went to fill in the large open spaces.

Here's my first attempt.  hated it.  Ripped it out.  It's not dense enough.

And my second attempt.  It's better, but I still don't like it.  I ripped it out.  Not quite dense enough. 

Here's the start of the third attempt.  I really like it.  

Here's more of the swirls stitched out.

And the final quilt all done.  I really like the contrast between all the different fillers!  (And my foot LOL).

I hope you get to quilt today!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Clam Flower #10 - Part 2

I love the fabric that completes the flower of this block.  The wavy orange and blue makes such fun petals.

I also really like the shape of this leaf.  It's really fun.

The back.

And the final block.  Upon looking at it that bottom leaf is really dark, but when it's with all the other blocks it should be okay.

I hope you get to quilt today!