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Gender Neutral Color Palooza
The products and fabrics used in this post were given to me by Island Batik.
I’m so lucky to be an Island Batik Ambassador! Especially this year. This year Island Batik has partnered with Accuquilt! We were given an Accuquilt Go Cutter and dies. I received the Mix & Match 8″ Block set of dies (Go Cube!). We were tasked with creating a Baby Quilt.
This set includes 8 dies & 13 block patterns. With these dies you can make 72 different block designs! Wowza!
I chose my blocks and started designing in EQ8 to see what it would look like.
When I was satisfied with the fabrics and balance I started cutting.
I pulled my Island Batik fabrics and started with the Diamond Star Block Pattern.
I needed 8 side triangles for my flying geese units, so I folded my fabric into quarters, centered it over the die, placed the cutting mat on top and rolled it through the cutter. Presto – 8 side triangles.
Now this is a fun “Gender Neutral Color Palooza” Baby Quilt! It measurers 38″ x 56″. It was lovingly pieced with Aurifil Thread, filled with Hobbs Heirloom Premium Cotton Batting and creatively cut with my Accuquilt Go Cutter! Not to mention these fabulous colorful fabrics from Island Batik!
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How Do I Explain the Quilt Ninja
It all started in 2008. I went to the Virginia Consortium of Quilters (VCQ) “Celebration” at Smith Mountain Lake. That year they were sponsoring an “Apron Contest”.
I chose a sewing themed fabric that was too busy to embroider so I embroidered black Kona fabric and made many pockets including a license plate. Sometimes my brain can be a scary thing. I got an idea to make a pocket like a quiver for my back to hold a ruler & a pocket on the front to hold a rotary cutter.
This video sort of shows my Ninja powers. A friend Lisa Burgess and I were challenging each other to a “Pillowcase Off”. We had a race to see who could make a pillowcase the fastest. I think Lisa won!
Anyway, back to my story. I won 1st Place in the apron contest and my alter ego was born. Everywhere I went people wanted to see the “Quilt Ninja”. I even named her “Myrtle May, the Quilt Ninja” (said with a deep southern accent)!!!
This photo is hysterical. I was giving a trunk Show to the Deltaville Stingrays Quilt Guild when I whipped out my ruler and it broke! I scared the crap out of myself and everyone else! Just look at my face!
Needless to say Myrtle May the Quit Ninja needs a new wardrobe from time to time. (She even dyes her hair now and then too.)
Then there was this version that was later altered…
I became a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor in 2013 and now needed a place for my Magic Wand.
This version is a prototype. I’m playing around with Studio 180 Design Merit Badges for tool expertise!
Life is good!
24 Projects in 2018
I saw a post on Facebook that asked the question “how many quilts did you make in 2018”. So I went back and started counting.
February included GAlentines day Mug Rug and Mini Love for Island Batik Ambassadors
March included my infamous attempt at a mini tuffet , Hunter Star – Tortola from Royal Treasures Book, Scrapodopolis using the first 6 BlockBuster patterns and Whirling Dervish.
April included Prism and Refraction
May was Pillow Possibilities and The Heron.
June included A Blast form the Past and Crossfire.
July was A Field of Popped V’s & Paris OBW # 64.
August included Split Personality and Firefly.
September was New Years Star & Sue Nami.
October was paper pieced trees wall hanging.
November included Paisley Cats OBW #65, Evening Elegance & Converging Geese
December ended the year with Plume OBW #66, Calm Seas & Holiday Tipsy Tree .
Phew, I’m tired but I’m already working on more projects.
Log Cabin Challenge
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.
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.
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.
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.
Stitch the flying geese units into sets containing 3 each.
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.
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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!
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!
Blast From The Past
The fabrics featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik.
The Island Batik Ambassador’s challenge for June is “Modern Batik”. Lord have mercy! I had no idea what to do. I love all types of quilts. For some reason I wondered……what colors were popular in 1953? A search on Pinterest revealed an O’Brien Paints Color Card from 1953! It must be a sign!
I racked my brain. I had these really cool precut rolls of 5″ WOF strips I’d received in my box “O” fabric from Island Batik.
Last year I was constantly looking for quilt blocks containing Shaded Four Patch units. This year it seems to be Split Rects units that have my mind whirling.
The above photo’s are my teaching step outs that explain the process of making Spilt Rects Units in case you weren’t sure what I was talking about.
I chose 8 – 5″ WOF strips of color & cut 8 – 5″ strips of neutral. Each strip yielded 12 pair mirror image elongated triangles for a total of 192 – 2″ x 4″ finished Split Rects Units that I will put together to make a multi-faceted Diamond unit.
I Combined the Split Rects units to make multifaceted diamonds.
I was very closely supervised during this part.
I had an idea of what I wanted, but wasn’t sure how to get there. I had 48 diamond units but needed to add something more. I decided on Rapid Fire Lemoyne Stars.
I went to Island Batik stash and used 2 1/2″ strips from Spoolin’ Around. These beautiful pieces of batik have been hand dyed by skilled fabric artists in the garden village of Sanur, Bali.
This is what I came up with. Is it modern? The challenge description was “must incorporate ONE of the characteristics of modern quilts as defined by the Modern Quilt Guild: the use of bold colors & prints, high contrast & graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, alternate grid work”.
I may have hit one or two points! But if you look to the past for inspiration what can you expect! “Blast From The Past” measures 42′ x 62″.
As always, my quilts are lovingly pieced with Aurifil thread!
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The products featured in this post were given to my by Island Batik.
The Island Batik challenge for May is “Playful Pillows”. As I was thinking about what pillow design I would choose, it occurred to me I had a wealth of ideas at my fingertips. So many of my favorite quilt patterns have blocks large enough for a pillow. I decided I would make the center block from Deb Tucker’s “Carolina Lily: One Block” wall quilt pattern.
Carolina Lily is a companion pattern for the Wing Clipper I.
My fabrics from Island Batik & threads from Aurifil.
For each of the 3 flower blocks you will need 4 flying geese units. Two of the flying geese units will have one pink point & one green point as shown above. Deb Tucker’s method for constructing flying geese requires one large square and 4 small squares. The large square is my background fabric. Three of the small squares are my pink fabric, and one is the green fabric. Using your Magic Wand draw two diagonal lines on the back of your small squares.
To make a flying geese units position one green square and one pink square right sides together in diagonally opposite corners of the one large square. Do Not align the raw edges, instead nudge them in toward the center just a few threads & overlapping the two small squares. Stitch on the lines and cut apart.
Press the seams toward the smaller triangles.
Position the remaining pink squares in the corner of the previously pieced units. Nudge the squares as you did before. Stitch on the lines and cut apart as before.
You now have four flying geese units, two with pink points and two with one green & one pink point. For Right handed cutting position your geese unit horizontally on the cutting mat so it points toward you. Align the diagonal guide lines of the Wing Clipper with the sewn seams of the flying geese unit. Trim up the side and across the top. (See your tool instructions for left handed cutting.)
Rotate the unit and reposition the Wing Clipper to align cleanup guidelines with the previously trimmed raw edges and the “X” at the top with the intersection of the seams. Trim up the side and across the top. Do this for all your geese units.
Construct your lily block according to pattern instructions. The lily block measures about a 16 1/2″, I added 2 1/2″ borders all around it. I like the inside of the pillow to be neat with no raw edges showing. I want to quilt this block so I cut a backing and batting larger than my block and pin basted it.
I used my walking foot and cross hatched the basket portion of the block.
I was carefully supervised during this process.
Once I finished with the basket, I outlined the flower parts and squared up the pillow top.
My pillow top now measures 20 1/2″. I cut two pieces of fabric 12″ x 20 1/2″. On each piece, along one of the 20 1/2″ edges fold it over about 1/4″, press it & fold it over again and press it. Stitch on the pressed over edges for a nice finish. Position these two pieces on the pillow with WRONG sides together aligning the raw edges so the finished edges overlap in the middle. Pin in place and stitch around the outside edges of the pillow using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
Now you have a pillow with raw edges around the outside edge. I like to add a binding just like it was a quilt. That way the inside of the pillow is completely finished with no unfinished edges, which is nice for washing the pillow case.
I made this pillow for my sister Mary, but I think Tucker & Zoey are claiming it!
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The Island Batik Box Has Arrived!
As an Island Batik Ambassador the products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik.
My box from Island Batik has finally arrived. I’m so excited to see and share the contents with you.
My box is so special, I got a chihuahua ! No, that is my girl Tucker, she helps me with everything I’m doing whether I want help or not!
First up is the wrapped bundle. It is wrapped because it contains fabric from Island Batik’s new line to be launched at Spring Market. I haven’t even opened it yet.
To help us create our projects Hobbs Batting has given us Premium Cotton Batting & Hobbs Thermore, it is a polyester batting that eliminates fiber migration.
Aurifil, my absolute favorite thread. They are so pretty lined up like little soldiers waiting for their orders. If you haven’t tried Aurifil thread you should. This thread is thinner, stronger & produces less lint in the bobbin case.
Island Batik’s product line also includes batik rayon for apparel use. I was given 2 yards of Pomegranate Seeds Red and a rayon scarf in a beautiful blend of greens and purple! Should look good with my white hair!
3 yards of Switzerland, I mean Neutral. You can never have too much neutral!
Batik Foundations 1/2 yard Bundle! Wowza, those colors are yummy!
Alpine Jungle Fat Eighth Bundle with 1.5 yards of coordinating fabric. I love this bundle. I can’t wait to make something out it.
These little bundles of 5 inch strips will come in handy, I’m sure of it!
This fat quarter bundle was for Galentine’s day, which is today. But I didn’t want to be late so I made mine from Island Batik’s Drizzle Collection.
And last but not least, this is a layer cake from the City Culture 2 line & 1.5 yards of coordinating light and dark fabric.
So join Tuck & me on this year long adventure of discovering new fabrics and fun projects!
As I finish this post, Tucker is trying to put her scent all over my Island Batik’s!
29 Lemoyne Stars
My sister fell in love with a fabric line by Moda called The Potting Shed by Holly Taylor. So I designed a quilt using Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool that makes it so easy to construct perfect Lemoyne stars with NO “Y” seams!
Of course Tucker had to oversee the quilting process, after all she is the Quality Control Officer of Tuckerville.
I just finished sewing on the binding in time for her birthday tomorrow, phew!
We just put it on her bed and it looks great. 29 twelve inch lemoyne stars and one panel.
Mary loved the panel of the potting shed so I was sure to place it so it would be in the middle of the bed.
My sister is a collector of vintage dolls. She has a beautiful bedroom that displays only part of her collection.
Happy Birthday Mary, your quilt was made with love!