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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”.

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02 Jackie OBrien Sewing Smock Back IJ694

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!

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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)!!!

04 Quilt Ninja in Deltaville

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.

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This version is a prototype.  I’m playing around with Studio 180 Design Merit Badges for tool expertise!

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Life is good!

Bear Paws – Vintage Reimagined

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

Vintage Reimagined

Island Batik Ambassador assignment for March is “Vintage Reimagined”.  Hmmmm, I had several ideas, some just didn’t work out.  I started to look through my quilt book library.  I picked up Harriet Hargraves’ Heirloom Machine Quilting book.  I was intrigued by a small quilt, 35″ x 35″ called Bountiful Vineyard by Joanie Poole.  Turns out Joanie Poole teaches heirloom quilting.  This is ironic (more on this later).

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I chose to use the Snow Berry collection, simple gorgeous.  I went to my EQ8 and started drawing.

Once I created the block I could also figure out the quilt layout.  I love this block!

First I made the Bear Paw unit.  I used Deb Tucker’s “Eight at a Time” Technique Sheet to make fast work of 80 Half Square Triangles.

Then add the side rectangles.

Pop off the corner of the rectangles using the Studio 180 Design Corner Pop tool.

Add replacement triangles according to the tool instructions and trim.  Easy peasy, the Corner pop tool trims the corner & leaves the seam allowance so adding the replacement triangle is accurate with plenty to perfectly trim.

Stitch the corner popped rectangles to the bear paw unit.  Make 20 – 10″ finished blocks.

I laid it out on my design wall, stitched it together and added the borders.

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I usually meander my quilts on my Nolting mid arm, but this time I decided to quilt each quarter diagonally with all seams going toward the center with my domestic Bernina 570.  It seemed like a good idea.  I have never tried this on a large quilt.  Bear Tracks measures 70″ x 70″.  I stitched in the ditch down the center vertically and horizontally.  Then corner to center diagonally.  Then stitch in 1/2″ increments, first to the left of the center diagonal then to right.  I did this in each quarter stopping at the inner border.  What I didn’t realize was how much this close stitching would shrink the center of the quilt, making the borders very wavy.  I loaded Bear Tracks onto my quilt frame and meandered the borders to try and shrink them down.  It helped a little but the edges of my beautiful quilt are wavy. Drat!

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Bear Tracks is wavy, but oh so cuddly.  I love it!  I think I need a quilting class from Joanie Poole!

This quilt was pieced and quilted with Aurifil thread and finished with Hobbs batting.

Click here for Bear Tracks Quilt Supply List .

#islandbatik #aurifilthreads #hobbsbatting #studio180design #debtucker #joaniepoole #cornerpoptool #eightatatime

I’ve Been Wearing the Same Shirt for 20 Years!

Whaaaaaat?  I started making this shirt 20 years ago and love it so much I’m still making it.  I learned to sew in high school 50 years ago (boy it hurts to say that out loud)!

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I first made this shirt in 1999.  I love it.

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But, I did alter it.  I’m always hot, so I did away with the collar.  I folded the pattern front center edge to give a smooth V neck and do away with the collar.  But then I needed to create a facing.  So I laid the pattern piece on tracing paper and traced the curve, then add 2″ to the width.  I also shortened it by folding the pattern up to give it a straight edge.

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I decided I didn’t need to add a separate yoke, so I stitched the yoke pattern piece to the back pattern piece to simplify the process.

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I love cotton shirts.  How lucky that I’m a quilter with access to lots of cotton fabric!  After washing the fabric I cut out all the pieces and then serge the edges.

I love that the sleeves are not set in and that the front of the sleeve is the same as the back.  It makes it easy to stitch to the front and back pieces, and then stitch the side seams.

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Four more shirts ready for me to wear.

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My uniform – cotton shirt & jeans!  Life is good.

Magnificent Mini’s

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

Magnificent Minis

Our assignment for February was to create a “Magnificent Mini” using any technique we chose.  The only criteria was the size: 24″ x 24″ or smaller.  It seems I’m always collecting quilt blocks for hearts and Christmas Trees. The first thing I do is fire up my EQ8 and start drawing.

Last year I made a heart mug rug.  The drawing above consists of mirror image split rects and two squares that have had the corners popped using Studio 180 Design Split Rects & Corner Pop tools.

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These hearts are made from a large flying geese and two smaller flying geese.  I used Studio 180 Design’s Wing Clipper I, Tucker Trimmer I & Square/Squared tools.  Click here for the fabric requirements for Hearts Abound Mini.

The center block contains:

1 – 6″ finished Square/Squared

4 – 3″ x 6″ finished flying Geese

8 – 1 1/2″ x 3″ flying geese

4 – 3″ finished Half Square Triangles

4 – 2″ x 6 1/2″ red rectangles

4 – 3 1/2″ x 6 1/2″ background rectangles

4 – 3 1/2″ background squares

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I added 2″ finished borders with 2″ finished Square/Squared units for the cornerstones.  Hearts Abound measures 22″ x 22″.

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My Hearts Abound Mini was made from Island Batik fabric, with Hobbs 80/20 cotton batting. Pieced and quilted with Aurifil thread.

#islandbatik #hobbsbatting #aurifilthread #studio180design

Twilight Chic Week

The fabrics featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik and Studio 180 Design.

Welcome to Studio 180 Design’s “Twilight Chic Blog Hop”.  I have been lucky enough to make 4 quilts from Twilight Chic line of batiks by Island Batik for Deb Tucker.

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For this challenge I chose to make a hunter star quilt from Deb Tucker’s book “Hidden Treasures” using the Rapid Fire Hunter Star Petite tool.  Hidden Treasures offers you 29 different lap size quilt patterns and 7 bed runner patterns for the hunter star.

The same pieces can make very different quilts.  There are just 3 different block configurations used in these patterns.

The pattern I chose used the first two blocks.

I made 24 of each.

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With these blocks I could choose from 16 different quilts or 3 bed runners.

These two are Curveball page 30 and Checkmate page 32.

Strawberry Fields page 40 and Spring Fling page 48.

La Belle page 50 and Pele page 74.  These 6 quilts are just a sample of what you can make with these blocks.  So what did I choose………

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I chose to make Autumn Twilight on page 66.  But, I call mine Twilight Treasure!

This book is definitely a treasure!

Click here for a chance to win a Twilight Chic Fat Quarter Bundle.

Twilight Chic fat Quarter Bundle

Be sure to see all the creations by my fellow Certified Instructors:

Monday, February 4

Tuesday, February 5

Wednesday, February 6

Thursday, February 7

Friday, February 8

Saturday, February 9

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#islandbatik #twilightchicweek #debtucker #studio180design #HiddenTreasures #Hobbs #Aurifil

Island Batik Ambassador Box Opening 2019

It’s that time again, a new year of challenges from Island Batik.  I’m blown away by the generosity of Island Batik, Aurifil, Hobbs Batting and Accuquilt Go Cutter!  We have some great projects to share with you this year.  I’m almost done with February and March’s challenges and can’t wait to share.  Here is a video of all the products given to me as an Island Batik Ambassador:

Thank you Island Batik!

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.

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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