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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

And the Winner is….

Thank you all so much for taking the time to read and comment on my blog for Island Batik’s Great Outdoor Blog Hop!

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The winner of the Island Batik “Spoolin Around” charm pack is Elizabeth S. from California!  Thank you Elizabeth!

Stay tuned, we will be having another Island Batik Blog Hop in January 2019!

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Great Outdoor Blog Hop Week 4

Wow, the last week in August gets so busy!  Have you visited Island Batik for week 4’s project reveals?  There are two more days to go next week then it is over.  Here are links to this weeks reveals:

Monday, August 27 – Globetrotter
Pamela Quilts, Curliecue Creations

Tuesday, August 28 – Jungle Cruise
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting, Little Bunny Quilts

Wednesday, August 29 – Lavendula
Carole Lyles Shaw, Masterpiece Quilting

Thursday, August 30 – London Calling
Quilt in a Not-Shell, Lizard Creek Quilting

Friday, August 31 – Spirit Rhythm
Steph Jacobson, Whispers of Yore

If you follow my blog you know I have a female chihuahua named “Tucker”.  Tucker is definitely in charge!img_1598

Tucker keeps a close eye on everything I’m doing.  All that supervision makes her sleepy.  She will climb on my head to get me to go to bed by 7:30 at the latest.  I’m not ready to sleep that early, so I am usually on my laptop.  Last night I was playing with EQ8. I was drawing the BlockBuster patterns by Deb Tucker.  It is so much fun seeing what the blocks will look in quilt.

BB10 Twisted Pinwheel Blue Background

One of the blocks I was playing with last night BlockBuster 10 Twisted Pinwheel.  This block has a 4 patch in the center, High/Low units & Sidekick units made with the V Block tool and Sidekick High\Low Technique Sheet.  I was able to load fabric scans of Island Batik fabrics into the EQ8 software.

BB10 Twisted Pinwheel Quilt

I decided to design the quilt with 12″ finished blocks, on point, adding sashing with 6″ Twisted Pinwheels as cornerstones and Piano key outer borders.  What a nice way to end summer!  Have a great weekend everyone!

#greatoutdoorbloghop #islandbatik #Iheartislandbatik #DebTucker #Studio180Design #EQ8 #BlockBusters

Great Outdoor Blog Hop Week 3

I love Island Batik fabrics, Studio 180 Design Tools & EQ8!  So I wanted to share some of my Sunday morning creativity.

I started with BlockBuster 19 Exploding Lemoynes (you can find all the BlockBuster patterns on http://www.ifthesethreadscouldtalk.com).  There are 3 different color versions of this block.  These blocks require the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool.

BB19 Version 1 block

This is Exploding Lemoynes version 1

BB19 version 1 quilt

This is what happens when you put 4 version 1 blocks together.

BB19 version 2 block

Exploding Lemoynes version 2 block.

BB19 Version 2 quilt

Exploding Lemoynes Version 2 with 4 blocks.

BB19 Version 3 block

Exploding Lemoynes version 3 block.

BB19 version 3 quilt

Exploding Lemoynes version 3 with 4 blocks put together.  These are so cool and easy to make with the Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool that makes Lemoyne stars in 10 sizes from 3″ to 12″ blocks!

I want to share links to Island Batik’s Great Outdoor Blog Hop for week 3:

Monday, August 20 – Ocean Odyssey
Toby Lischko, Karen Overton

Tuesday, August 21 – British Rose
Busy Hands Quilts, Mania for Quilts

Wednesday, August 22 – Dear William
The Inquiring Quilter, MMM Quilts, Living Water Quilter

Thursday, August 23 – Dragonfly Dreams
Inchworm Fabrics, BeaQuilter

Friday, August 24 – Fur-ocious Friends
Quilting Affection Designs, Dizzy Quilter

Be sure to visit all the links and enter to win “Give Aways”.

#iheartislandbatik #islandbatikfabrics  #studio180design #debtucker #EQ8 #electricquilt

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.

 

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.

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