Monday, February 11, 2019

Hand Pieced Quilt Along: Block 1

When I first started quilting in the mid-to-late 1990s, I tried some hand piecing. I was working at a summer camp and thought it would be a way I could keep sewing.  I didn't like it and only pieced a few blocks.

When Patty at Elm Street Quilts announced that she would be co-hosting a Quilt Along focused on trying hand piecing, I thought it would be a good time to try again.  And though I'm a few weeks behind, here is my first block:

This is the simplest of the nine blocks for this quilt along.  The piecing went faster than I expected.  I'm using a fat eight bundle of Blueberry Park that was one of the Black Friday deals at Fat Quarter Shop last November.  I didn't have a plan for it at the time, but I think the variety of bright colors will be lovely in this small sampler.

I am going to cut the pieces for blocks two, three, and four today.  Told you I was behind!

Saturday, February 9, 2019

Island Batik Ambassador

I am beyond excited to announce that I am one of the 2019 Island Batik Ambassadors!!!!  Many of the blogs I follow are written by people who have been Island Batik Ambassadors for a year or more. I love seeing the monthly challenges and how each person did something so different with the same theme and sometimes the exact same fabrics. 

When the call for applications for 2019 came out I decided to apply.  Batiks are my first love, fabric wise.  While I don’t use solely batiks these days, I’m still drawn by the colors and designs in batik fabrics and that’s usually my favorite section of a quilt shop. Island Batik has such beautiful colors and patterns that the idea of getting to make something with the lovely fabrics *every month* is just so exciting!

All the goodies!
Isn't this just amazing!!!!  Look at all the awesome!!  Disclosure: all items pictured were given to me by Island Batik and their industry partners Aurifil, Hobbs Batting, and Accuquilt.

Lovely Island Batik fabrics.  Look at it all!
First, the fabric!  Island Batik sent me a 10" stacker of Flea Market (in stores now!) and coordinating light and dark yardage.  Flea Market is lovely greens, teals, yellows, and oranges.  There is yardage of Island Batik’s new solids in white, gray, and black.  I also got generous yardage of a neutral from their basics collection, as well as several half yard cuts from that collection.  My basics are mostly in the purple family—someone knows my favorite color!  And there were two packages of Stash Builder rolls.  Stash builder rolls are precuts of 5” by width of fabric and unrolling the bundles is like the best kind of grab bag! Each Ambassador was also given a secret package--you can see it wrapped and marked Surprise!  That is a collection that is not yet released and will be unveiled during a blog hop in August.  Everything I’ve mentioned so far are standard batiks (cotton).  There were also two rayon items: a lovely black and white scarf and a two-yard cut of multi-colored rayon.  I don’t normally sew clothes but part of the point is to venture out of my comfort zone and try new things.

Thread from Aurifil
There were also 5 spools of thread from Aurifil.  I am in love with Aurifil thread AND they have fantastic customer service support.  I’m especially excited to try their floss; mine is the gray spool on the far right.

Batting from Hobbs
Hobbs batting really spoils us!  There are two queen-size batts here, plus silk batting and polyester Thermore to play with.  I have never used black batting before and am very interested to see how I like it--and I have a project in mind!

Accuquilt GO!
Accuquilt is a new industry partner for Island Batik.  Each Ambassador was sent an Accuquilt GO! cutter, a GO! cube, which is their set of die shapes to make tons of different blocks, a 2 1/2" strip die, and the Quilt in a Day GO! Qube book by Eleanor Burns.  I've had an Accuquilt cutter for a few years now and I LOVE it!  I use mostly for cutting my scraps to certain sizes (it's fantastic for scrap management!) and also have a few fun applique dies. 

I cannot begin to say how honored and thrilled I am to be a part of this program for 2019!  My first challenge project is done, but I'm currently in Oregon with family and didn't get to take photos before I left, so you'll have to wait until the second half of the month to see it.  In the meantime, visit some of the other 2019 Island Batik Ambassadors!

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Tina Dillard ~ Quilting Affection Designs
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II
Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Creatin’ in the Sticks
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood  THAT'S ME!!!
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog
Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Lisa Nielsen ~ Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Anita Skjellanger ~ Quilt in a not-Shell
Tish Stemple ~ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
Suzy Webster ~ Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Anne Wiens ~ Seams like a Plan
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore

Friday, February 1, 2019

February OMG

My dad is a big tea drinker and the tea cozy he's used my entire life is on it's last legs.  He asked me to make him a new one, leaving color and fabric and design completely up to me.  I found a great embroidery pattern from Cozy Blue Handmade that I think he will like.  My One Monthly Goal (OMG) with Patty of Elm Street Quilts is to finish the embroidery.  I'm currently planning to use the design on both sides of the cozy so I will need to stitch the design twice, but that plan may change.

February OMG Goal link-up is OPEN!

Monday, January 28, 2019

January OMG Report

For this month's One Monthly Goal (OMG) with Patty of Elm Street Quilts, I chose to layer three quilt tops for quilting.  One of the three needed to be pieced first.

I'm pleased to say I got the third top pieced, all three layered, AND two of the three quilted this month!  No actual finishes, but once a quilt is at the hand-binding stage, I tend to get them done fairly quickly.  All of these will be Project Linus donations once they are done. 

Saturday, January 26, 2019

Happy Local Quilt Shop Day!

Did you know that today (Saturday, January 26, 2019) is Local Quilt Shop Day?  This celebration of local quilt shops happens annually on the fourth Saturday of January.  I live in a large metro area and am fortunate to have several shops within an hour's drive. I visited one of my two local favorites today.  Quilt Patch Fabrics is in Stallings, NC with a good selection and friendly staff. I picked up these beauties:

All three are pink batiks by Island Batiks.  I have a plan for them in the near future!

Sunday, January 20, 2019

Trying for my PhD in 2019

Gail of Quilting Gail has a great motivational endeavor.  She's challenging people to work on their PhD, or Projects Half Done.  I participated in 2018 and am pleased to say I was successful!  I'm playing for another year.  You can get info here, but I'll hit the highlights:
  • Make a lit of all your UFOs at the beginning of the year and finish at least half.  
  • Complete all projects started in 2018 
 PHD in 2019:  Quilting UFOs and Finishing New Projects

I have two rules/exceptions that I set for myself:
  • I always have a few hand sewing projects started for when I travel or can't use my machine.  The purpose of those is to have them to work on, so I don't worry about finishing them on a timeline.  Once the handwork is completed, they go on the list to be completed.
  • Anything started in December 2019 doesn't count against the "must finish in 2019" rule.  This is because due to my work schedule, I have significant time off in December. 
 Here's my list:

PhD 2019
*Bookshelf quilt

*I Spy for our bed


*Doggone Cute

*Magical Forest

*Lion Pillow

*Giraffe Pillow

*Laura’s quilt

*Dandelion Embroidery

*Food themed picnic blanket

Dad’s tea cozy

Fall fat quarter quilt

Horse fat quarter quilt

Disney Princesses

Giselle & Mario’s baby quilt

Fish pillow for Samantha

Devin’s baby quilt

Extra for Miren

Hidden Stars/Sherry’s QAL

Penguins (Stash Bee)

Sail boats (Bee Inspired Charity Quilt)


Postage Plus

Smitten Kitten (Rainbow Scrap Challenge)

Blue Forest Animals

* Denotes on list in 2018

I'm hoping I can do as well in 2019 as I did in 2018!