The Great Outdoors Blog Hop

The products in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

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Back in February when I received my Island Batik Ambassador Box 1 it contained a secret bundle that could not be shared until now!  Through out the month of August “The great Outdoors Blog Hop” is featuring Island Batik Ambassador’s creations using fabrics that were introduced at the 2018 Spring Market.  Go to Island Batik for links to all the Ambassador Blog Sites.

I was given fabric from the “Spring Blossom” line:

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I managed to use 20 different fabrics from this gorgeous line in my quilt as shown above.

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I named my quilt “Firefly”.  It is my original design, and uses Studio 180 Design Split Rects & Corner Beam tools.  It measures 66″ x 78″.  It is designed using one 6″ finished block.

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Each block contains 1 – 4″ finished Corner Beam unit, 2 mirror image 2″ x 4″ finished  Split Rects units & a 2″ finished square.

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I chose 7 different fabrics for the Split rects units and 10 more fabrics for the Corner Beam units and squares.

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I got one star block by place the corner beam units in the center and a 2nd star block by placing the 2″ squares in the center which created the “Firefly” in the center, how cool is this?  I had so much fun making this quilt.

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To celebrate the great out door places in Utica, NY, my sister Mary & I went all over taking pictures of my travelling quilt.  We went to the historical Utica Train Station, Forest Hills Cemetery (the tree was up the hill from John Quincy Adams granddaughter’s grave), Rutger Park 1 & 3, Franklin Square, Liberty Bell Corner, Bagg Square & Utica Bread (fabulous bakery) and then upstairs to Jay Groah Realtor Group (his office has the coolest 70″s vibe), we finished up at the Eagle with a beautiful view of Utica.

GIVEAWAY:  Please leave a comment about this post and I will choose a winner to receive this Island Batik Spoolin Around Charm Pack!  (Giveaway is US Only and ends September 5, 2018.  Please leave your email in the comment.)

#greatoutdoorsbloghop #islandbatik #islandbatikambassador

Great Outdoors Blog Hop Week 1

Just in case you missed the links to the Island Batik’s Great Outdoors Blog Hop, you can see our creations and get in on free give aways here are the links:

Monday, August 6 – All A Flutter
Yellow Cat Quilts, Creative Blonde

Tuesday, August 7 – Birds N’ Bees
Ark Angel Creations, Patterns by Jen

Wednesday, August 8 – Canterbury Manor
Sally Manke, Powered by Quilting

Thursday, August 9 – Eclectic Garden
Desert Bloom Quilting, Sew Karen-ly Created

Friday, August 10 – Vintage Morris
MooseStash Quilting, Devoted Quilter

I will be up next week, so enjoy this weeks links.

 

Modern Batik Challenge Recap

Fellow Island Batik Ambassador Joan Kawano of Moose Stash Quilting grouped our submissions for the June Island Batik Modern Batik Challenge & I wanted to share them with you.

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Coming up in August we have a “Great Outdoors Blog Hop Event scheduled.  Below are links to all the participants.  You will have to wait till their assigned day to see their creations:

Monday, August 6 – All A FlutterYellow Cat Quilt Designs, Creative Blonde
Tuesday, August 7 – Birds N’ BeesArk Angel Creations, Patterns By Jen
Wednesday, August 8 – Canterbury Manor Sally Manke, Powered By Quilting
Thursday, August 9 – Eclectic GardenDesert Bloom Quilting, Sew Karen-ly Created
Friday, August 10 – Vintage MorrisMooseStash Quilting, Devoted Quilter
Monday, August 13 – SafariSew Incredibly Crazy, SweetGrass Designs
Tuesday, August 14 – Spring BlossomsMary Mack Made Mine, If These Threads Could Talk
Wednesday, August 15 – Victoria and Albert Bejeweled Quilts, Clever Chameleon
Thursday, August 16 – Wild ThingsFreemotion By The River, Kauffman Designs
Friday, August 17 – Petting ZooDen Syende Himmel, Sarah Goer Quilts
Monday, August 20 – Ocean OdysseyGateway Quilts, The Quilt Rambler
Tuesday, August 21 – British RoseBusy Hands Quilts, Mania for Quilts
Wednesday, August 22 – Dear WilliamThe Inquiring Quilter, MMM Quilts, Living Water Quilter
Thursday, August 23 – Dragonfly DreamsInchworm Fabrics, BeaQuilter
Friday, August 24 – Fur-ocious FriendsQuilting Affection Designs, Dizzy Quilter
Monday, August 27 – Globetrotter Pamela Quilts, Curliecue Creations
Tuesday, August 28 – Jungle CruiseVicki’s Crafts and Quilting, Little Bunny Quilts
Wednesday, August 29 – LavendulaCarole Lyles Shaw, Masterpiece Quilting
Thursday, August 30 – London CallingQuilt in a Not-Shell, Lizard Creek Quilting
Friday, August 31 – Spirit Rhythm Steph Jacobson, Whispers of Yore
Monday, September 3 – Sweet Tweets Kathleen McMusing, Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Tuesday, September 4 – Whatnot – heARTS Creations, Slice of Pi Quilts

Paris – One Block Wonder #64

I had this fabric for quite awhile.  It is called Paris by Timeless Treasures.  I really loved it and wanted to make a One Block Wonder (OBW) with it.  While I was making it I wasn’t sure if I liked it for a OBW.  Up until today I didn’t care for it.  I was sure it would end up gifted.  But after finally getting finished and photographed – I love it!

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It had a 24″ repeat and the print wasn’t too small.  Sometimes you have to wait till the quilt is put together to decide if the fabric worked or not.

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I put it on the daybed in Tuckerville, (Tuckerville is my quilt studio) This is where Tucker (the Mayor of Tuckerville) keeps an eye on me.

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It is fun to look at how the hexies came together.

Tucker approved!

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It took me awhile to get a design I liked!  Now onto the next project!

The Reveal of Island Batik Box 2

I received my 2018 Box 2 from Island Batik and decided to video the reveal to share with you.  Thank You Island Batik, Aurifil & Hobbs for your generosity.

#islandbatik #islandbatikambassador  #Aurifil #hobbsbatting

A Field of Popped ‘V’s”

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The Island Batik Ambassador’s Challenge for July is “Pattern Play, Secondary Pattern”.  I chose a simple design using BlockBuster  18 A Popped V  pattern from Deb Tucker which uses Studio 180 Design V Block & Corner Pop tool and the Side Kick High/Low technique sheet.

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Last year I made four Popped V blocks and loved the secondary pattern that came from putting together the blocks.  Notice the nice sharp points?

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I love my bright orange & green Island Batik fabrics.  But, this time my blocks looked a little different…there’s a story there!  I don’t know about you, but when I’m at a quilting retreat with my quilting buddies I’m usually  talking way too much and that’s how mistakes are made!  My in-attention to detail led me down the primrose path of error!

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I was organizing my fabrics, I decided to make twelve 12″ blocks.  When making a quilt block, we refer to Finished & Cut size units.  The Finished size is the what the unit measures after it is sewn into the block,  the Cut Size measurement is the size of the unit before it is sewn into the block.  The Cut Size is what size you trim the unit to before sewing it into the block. 

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Checking the size chart in my V block instructions, I needed to cut 5″ strips to make 4″ finished V Block units.  So far no problem.  I pop off the corners of my V Block units with my Corner Pop tool and replace the corners with my beautiful orange Island Batik.  I popped off the corners of the center squares and continue on.

Here was my downfall, I had not cut the starter strips for the Sidekick units.  Instead of checking the technique sheet, I grabbed the Blockbuster pattern and looked at the “Cut Size” of 4 1/2″!  Drat!!!!  I cut all the background squares smaller than they needed to be.  I continued to trim the squares for the replacement side triangles.  I stitched the side triangles to squares, thinking “this doesn’t look right”, but I still kept yapping away, going down the primrose path of error.

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Needless to say my sidekicks lost their points!  That makes me “Pointless”, something I try to avoid at all costs!  I did not have enough fabric to make new sidekick units.  My secondary design has dull points, but it is a lesson learned to pay attention!

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The moral of this story is, when you find yourself wandering through “A Field of Popped V’s”, don’t end up pointless!

These beautiful fabrics are all from Island Batik and stitched with Aurifil thread.  Quilt measures 45″ x 57″.

#islandbatik #aurifilthread #Debtucker #studio180design #VBlocks #CornerPop #Quiltersdreambatting

Crossfire

The fabrics in the post were generously given to me by Northcott Fabrics.

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I chose Northcott fabrics from the Sew Musical Row by Row Palette 2018.  When I choose my fabrics from Northcott, I get so excited when they are delivered.  As soon as I touch the fabric, I feel the quality.  These colors are luscious with just enough texture to give depth and interest.

Crossfire is a Studio 180 Design pattern designed by talented Certified Instructor Sarah Furrer.  It is a companion pattern for the Large Square/Squared tool.

The block featured in this quilt is called “Bird of Paradise”.  The pattern describes this quilt as “whirling stars with accents and chains of black and grey.  A new fun variation of a Flying Goose makes for a star with loads more sparkle”, and it does.

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If you follow me, you know I love to organize my quilt making process by labeling paper plates for my block pieces as I cut them out.  I never get lost or forget what the pieces are for.  All my block pieces are cut and ready to put together.

Star Blocks:  You will be making 8 star blocks, they will be made in pairs.  Each pair will contain the same colors, but their arrangements will give you two different looking blocks.  Label one of the colors in each pair as Color 1 & Color 2.  If you follow the instructions in the pattern you wont have any trouble.  After construction the diamond square units are trimmed to the cut size of 6.5″ x 6.5″

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Beautiful, perfectly trimmed units leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance, so I will not lose my points.  After all…no one wants to be pointless!

Next, we make half square triangles and perfectly trim them using our Large Square/Squared tool.

Lay out your trimmed half square triangles and the and two white triangles as shown.  Work with one triangle at a time, stitch & carefully press toward the white triangle as not to distort the shape.

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Laying Out the Blocks:   Pay close attention to Step 10.  Split your pieced geese into two piles of four.  Lay out your side triangles so that on one pile you have four Color 1 side triangles on the right side & four Color 2 side triangles on the left side.  The other pile will have four Color 2 side triangles on the right side & four Color 1 side triangles on the left side.  If you lay them as I did above for every color combination, you will be fine.

It is very important to pay attention to Step 11:  Position the right side triangle so that Color 1 shows a bit beyond the white along the top edge.  Stitch and press toward the side triangle.  Trim the units according to pattern instructions and put your blocks together.

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Crossfire is a fun, skill expanding pattern.  Finished quilt measures 60″ x 84″.

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