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Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop

The fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Island Batik
Deb Tucker’s Twilight Chic by Island Batik

Well, if you can’t getaway, go to the library for a good book! The Utica, NY Public Library opened in 1904. I love the inside of this Library.

Shaded Chic

The upper floors of the Utica Library are made of thick glass. I used to love coming here as a child.

In every box of fabric we Island Batik Ambassador’s receive, there is a secret bundle of the newly released batiks. I was lucky enough to be assigned Twilight Chic by Deb Tucker for Studio 180 Design. This is my third quilt from the Twilight Chic line.

Shaded Chic is based on BlockBuster # 35 Hidden Blossoms.

Shaded four & Mirror Image Sliver Units

Each block has 8 Shaded Four Patch units and 8 Sliver units.

This block is made using Studio 180 Design’s Tucker Trimmer I & Corner Beam tools with the Shaded Four Patch & Sliver Technique Sheets.

Shaded Chic Block
Shaded Chic

Shaded Chic consists of nine 12″ blocks and measures 50″ x 50″.

Be sure to visit Island Batik to enter their give away of 20 fat quarter bundle. 


Here is the list of all the ambassadors for this month-long hop!

WEEK 1

Monday, January 7 – Crystal Ball

Maryellen McAuliffeMary Mack’s Blog

Sandra Walker- mmm! quilts

Tuesday, January 8  – Ditty

Stephanie JacobsonSteph Jacobson Designs

Michelle RobertsCreative Blonde

Wednesday, January 9 – Elk Lodge

Connie CampbellFree Motion by the River

Anna BranchArk Angel Creations

Thursday, January 10 – Feline Fine

Bea LeeBea Quilter

Sharon ParcelYellow Cat Designs

Friday, January 11 – Flea Market

Geraldine WilkinsLiving Water Quilter

Jessica CaldwellDesert Bloom Quilting

WEEK 2

Monday, January 14 – Fortune Teller

Sarah GoerSarah Goer Quilts

Sherry ShishPowered by Quilting

Jennifer FultonThe Inquiring Quilter

Tuesday, January 15  – Gypsy Rose

Jen StrauserDizzy Quilter

Janet YamamotoWhispers of Yore

Wednesday, January 16 – Paisley Park

Dione Gardner-StephenClever Chameleon

Nancy ScottMasterpiece Quilting

Thursday, January 17 – Soul Song

Carole Lyles ShawCarol Lyles Shaw

Toby LischkoGateway Quilts & Stuff  

Friday, January 18 – Twilight Chic

Jackie OBrienIf These Threads Could Talk

Tina DillardQuilting Affection

WEEK 3

Monday, January 21 – Winter Park

Jennifer ThomasCurlicue Creations

Anita SkjellangerQuilt In a Not Shell

Tuesday, January 22  – Bazaar

Karen OvertonThe Quilt Rambler

Alison VermilyaLittle Bunny Quilts

Turid BakkenDen syende Himmel

Wednesday, January 23 – Blossom

Karen NearySew Karen-ly Created

Leanne ParsonsDevoted Quilter

Thursday, January 24 – Boho

Laura PilandSlice of Pi Quilts

Suzy WebsterAdventurous Applique and Quilting

Myra BarnesBusy Hands Quilts

Friday, January 25 – Brookview

Vicki SchlimmerVicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Amy WarnerSew Incredibly Crazy

WEEK 4

Monday, January 28 – French Blue

Pamela BoatrightPamelaQuilts

Joyce MullisHearts Creations

Tuesday, January 29  – Midsummer Night

Kathleen McCormickKathleen McMusing

Connie KauffmanKauffman Designs

Wednesday, January 30 – Oh Deer

Jen ShafferPatterns by Jen

Jeanette JonesInchworm Fabrics

Thursday, January 31 – Snow Berry  

Sally MannkeSally Manke Fiber Artist

Joan KawanoMoosestash Quilting

Friday, February 1-  Candy Cane Lane and Icicle

Terri Vanden Bosch Icicle – Meanderings along Lizard Creek

Anne Wiens- Icicle – Sweetgrass Creative Designs

Mania Hatziioannidi Candy Cane Lane- Mania For Quilts

Barbara Gaddy – Candy Cane Lane  –Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

# Islandbatikgetawaybloghop  #islandbatik #twilightchic #debtucker #studio180design #bestofbali

Twilight Stars

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

Next week, January 7th begins Island Batik’s “Get Away Blog Hop” I’m all ready for my reveal. My secret bundle for this blog hop is Deb Tucker’s Twilight Chic by Island Batik which was introduced at this past fall market.

I participated in Studio 180 Design’s blog hop in November in which I made this version of “Evening Elegance” from the Twilight Chic line.

With fabric I had left I wanted to make a quilt to showcase the seven technique sheets created to expand what you can do with the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool.

Banded Lemoyne Star

The Banded Lemoyne Star can be made in 9 sizes from 4″ to 12″.

Blazing Lemoyne Star

The Blazing Lemoyne Star can be made in 10 sizes from 6″ yo 24″ blocks.

Lemoynes as Triangles

Lemoynes as Triangles can be created and used in many ways.

Fussy Cut Lemoynes

Fussy Cut Lemoynes offers many ways to create unique Lemoyne stars. I chose to sew strips together to create two sided Lemoyne points.

Liberty Lemoynes

Liberty Lemoynes can be made in 7 sizes from 6″ to 12″ blocks.

Starburst Lemoynes

Starburst Lemoynes can be made in 10 sizes from 3″ to 12″ blocks.

Strip Pieced Lemoynes

Strip Pieced Lemoynes can be made in 8 sizes from 5″ to 12″ blocks.

I love all these blocks and encourage you to play with your fabric scraps!

Whimsical and Wonky

Whimsical and Wonky

The Island Batik Ambassador’s December challenge was to create a project that is Whimsical & Wonky”.   Well, I settled on Tipsy!  My Holiday Tipsy Tree is based on BlockBuster pattern # 27 Roll the Dice .  This year I have made many quilt projects using Split Rects Units so it is only fitting I end the year with Split Rects.

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For this quilt I used Island Batik’s “Alpine Jungle” line of beautiful batiks.  I also used Studio 180 Design Split Rects, Square/Squared, Wing Clipper I & Lemoyne Star tools.  I chose four different green fabrics, 9 for block centers.

Cut your elongated triangles according to the Split Rects tool instructions.

Cut your background side triangles the same way.

Lay out your split rects, align and center the two pieces with just a bit of overlap at the ends. Stitch and press seams open.  I love using my “Stick Strip” for pressing seams open.

Following the tool instructions trim, rotate & trim again.

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Make the 9 Square/Squared units following the Square Squared tool instructions.  I chose 9 different unit centers but you could make them all one color if you like.  Each side of the square/squared unit will be different to match the fabric used for the split rects units.

Lay out your units as they will be stitched.  Choose a square/squared unit for the center, rotating the square/squared unit so the side triangle matches the same fabric used in the split rects unit.

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This block is constructed using a partial seam.  Place the square/squared unit right sides together with one of the split rects units being sure to match the fabrics and stitch half way down the square/squared unit.

This gives you the next complete edge to stitch another split rects to, again matching the square/squared unit fabric with the split rects fabric.

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When stitching the split rects to the square/squared unit, always place the precision cut square/squared unit on top be careful to stitch using the unit center as a guide.

Continue stitching the split rects units and complete the partial seam, pressing toward the split rects units.  Make the other 8 blocks the same way.

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Tree Trunk:  Make one set of 2″ x 4″ finished flying geese using the Wing Clipper I tool instructions.  Only 3 flying geese units will be needed.

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Tree Star:  Make the 6″ finished lemoyne star using the Lemoyne Star tool instructions.

Lay out your quilt blocks and construct the quilt center.  Once the borders are added the finished quilt measures 38″ x 38″.

Happy Holidays!

#islandbatik #thebestofbali #islandbatikambassador #alpinejungle #iloveislandbatik #debtucker #studio180design #whimsicalandwonky

My Evening Elegance Revealed

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Evening Elegance measures 60″ x 60″.  The blocks are finished at 12″.

This is one version of Deb Tucker’s Evening Elegance quilt.  Go to Deb Tucker’s blog  to see version 1 and to download both quilt settings.  It was designed using BlockBuster Patterns:   1 Ohio Star, 7 Whimsy Turndash, 9 Three in One, 16 Peaks & Valleys, 20 Stellar Collision, 21 Around the Block, 22 Square Dance, 26 Cactus Blossom and  34 Evening Shadow.

I really had fun making this quilt.  I love the “Circle of Nine” layout.

These beautiful fabrics from Island Batik are gorgeous.

#islandbatik #thebestfrombali  #debtucker #studio180design #twilightchic #Blockbusters

Log Cabin Challenge

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The Island Batik challenge for November is to incorporate a log cabin block or variation into my project.  I decided to use Studio 180 Design’s Geese on the Edge Technique Sheet.  This is a variation on the Log Cabin block and is a fun way to use your Square/Squared tool, Tucker Trimmer I & Wing Clipper I.

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My beautiful Island Batik fabrics from left to right:  Mr. T Blocks: Arc Pine Needle, Dash-Grasshopper, Seed Circle Custard, Arc Waves Grasshopper, & Sprinkles Playful Pachyderm, & Paisley Dot: Apricot, Candy Corn, Nasturtium, & Item number 121412189.

I have named my original design “Converging Geese” because each block has Flying Geese & Geese on the Edge units, along with Square/Squared units.

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Each 16″ block contains 12 – 2″ x 4″ finished flying geese, 4 – 6″ finished geese on the edge & 1 square/squared unit.  These Geese on the Edge units are soooo much fun to make!  The technique sheet gives instruction for making geese on the edge in 10 sizes from 3″ to 12″!

You begin with starter squares, add logs by chain stitching, square up two sides with your Tucker Trimmer.

Trim apart.

Using your Wing Clipper trim the corner leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Add a replacement triangle and press toward the triangle.

Trim after every addition of a replacement triangle.  Add more logs.

The final trim down is performed when I have four rounds of logs for a  6″ finished geese on the edge unit.

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Stitch the flying geese units into sets containing 3 each.

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Block layout.

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I have created a down loadable pattern for Converging Geese (measures 60″ x 60″) that can be purchased on my If Threads Could Talk Etsy Shop.

#islandbatik #bestofbali #studio180design #debtucker #geeseontheedge

Needle, Paper, Scissors

Needle, Paper, Scissors
The fabrics used in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

October’s Island Batik Ambassador’s Challenge was to use any paper piecing technique.

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I love Gail Garber and her book Flying Colors.  Gail’s projects are awesome and inspiring. She encourages you to create your own design and gives you the tools to do it.  I created free form flying geese with this book, but this time I used Gail’s pattern for Tiny Trees.  The Tiny Trees block measures 12′ x 12″, with borders it project measures 19″ x 19″.

Tiny Trees Layout

All the components parts are numbered.  I began by tracing all the elements in the pattern onto freezer paper, including their assigned number, grainlines and registration marks. 

Cut out the pattern pieces adding a generous seam allowance.  Press them onto the wrong side of  your chosen fabric and cut them out.

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Above shows the tree foundations and fabrics to make them.

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Add A Quarter ruler is absolutely recommended.  I use a piece of plastic template material.  You can also use a post card.

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Begin by positioning the wrong side of the fabric to the waxy side of the freezer paper against the portion numbered “1”.  Press this in place making sure the fabric has covered the number 1 section.  Place the strip, fabric side down on a cutting mat.  Align the template material with the line that separates pieces 1 & 2.

Fold the paper over the edge of the plastic and position the “Add A Quarter” ruler against the plastic edge and trim.  You have now trimmed the fabric leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.

img_1586 Align fabric piece 2 to the raw edge that has just been trimmed, placing the fabrics right side together.

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Turn the foundation over so the paper is on top.  Stitch using a 1.5 stitch length along the seamline, stitching a couple of stitches beyond the end of the line.  A smaller stitch length aids in removing the paper later.

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Press.

Prep for piece 3, add fabric, stitch.

Press and trim as before leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance.

Continue up the tree until all pieces are stitched down.  I trimmed the excess fabric from the side of mine with very sharp scissors.

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After all the trees, sky and foreground are completed, begin piecing them together in the order they are numbered.

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I added a 1″ inner border and 3″ outer border.  I quilted the sky following the movement of the trees, and stitched in the ditch around the inner border.

Thank you Island Batik & Aurifil!

#islandbatikfabrics #aurifil #paperpiecing #GailGarber #islandbatikambassador #islandbatik  #iheartislandbatik

Starstruck, in a SueNami Kind of Way!

Starstruck

The Island Batik Ambassador’s challenge for September is “Starstruck”.  We must incorporate “stars” into our project.  I chose the Hunter Star block and Sue Tuckers award winning quilt pattern “SueNami“.  This really fun quilt was made with 5” blocks using Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Hunter Star Petite tool and measures 68″ x 68″.

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This fat quarter friendly quilt requires 8 dark & 8 light fat quarters.  I used yardage for light background instead of fat quarters.  Of course, all my fabrics are from Island Batik.

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Every hunter star block consists of 2 trapezoids, 2 triangles, 4 star points.  I made 64 blocks – 32 blocks with dark trapezoids and triangles & 32 blocks with light trapezoids and triangles.

The first layout is with un-trimmed triangles. Take care when laying out the triangles that when ever dark star points come together that none are the same so when the stars are formed, every star point is a different color.

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Having a design wall is very helpful.

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Once you are satisfied with the balance of color, stitch blocks together, press seam open and trim using your Hunter Star tool.  Full instructions are included with the pattern & hunter star tool.

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Once your blocks are trimmed, stitch them together into rows.

Join the rows together to complete the quilt center.

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The inner border was made with flying geese using Deb Tucker’s Wing Clipper I tool.  A flying goose with a large light triangle always follows a flying goose with a large dark triangle. This fools the eye into seeing chevrons.

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Stitch the geese into pairs, you will then have 8 chevrons from each color fabric. Divide the chevrons into four piles containing 2 chevrons from each color. Decide how you want the colors of your geese to flow, and organize each pile of 16 chevrons, we will use 15 per side. Each strip of stitched chevrons will end up in the same order, with 4 chevrons left over.

Cropped corner

 

The pattern calls for quarter Square triangles as the cornerstones.  I decided to use four patches, (there’s a story there).  Using Deb Tucker’s Four Patch Square Up tool for the four patches is so quick and easy.

This quilt comes alive with color because of the Island Batik fabrics I used.

#islandbatikambassador  #islandbatik #iheartislandbatik