Friday, July 31, 2020

On The Road Again {Scrappy Sewing Progress}

When I last posted about my new scrappy project, my block units looked like this:

And now I have blocks that look like this!

{block pics}

I currently have 22 star blocks and 22 chain blocks. I still have six sets of finished flying geese units for another six star blocks, and then I'll make another batch of six chain blocks. Since I last posted about this project, I did cut up some additional 2.5" squares for my four patches and the corners of the chain blocks to add some additional color variety. 

That would put me at 56 total blocks, able to be alternated in a 7x8 grid, for a quilt (pre-borders) that would be approximately 56" x 64", which would be a nice sized throw. But, I think if I can find another blue/aqua fabric or two to cut into more flying geese units, I'd like to see the quilt grow closer to twin sized, since I still have a lot of this fabric line left. I might skip the green fabrics all together just for the sake of contrast, but that's still to be determined.

What are you sewing this week?

Wednesday, July 29, 2020

Meet the Chefs! {Best of Moda Bake Shop Book Hop}

Today is my day to shout from the rooftops all about myself and my quilt that's featured in the Best of Moda Bake Shop book!

For the book, I made a new version of the Garden Plots quilt pattern that was originally published on Moda Bake Shop in 2018. (The pattern is now only available in the book.)

The new version of the quilt features Painted Meadow by Robin Pickens. I used the large scale prints in the line for the center of the blocks. Each block uses two jelly roll strips in similar colors and the block design gives the illusion of sashing without actually having sashing between the blocks! The pattern makes a very lovely throw, but you could easily adjust the number of blocks to make a larger or smaller quilt to your heart's desire! 

Here are some pictures of my original quilt!

A little about me too! Here are the "official questions" for our blog hop:

-Favorite Precut -- Jelly Roll
-Favorite Sewing Tool -- Creative Grids 12.5" x 3.5" ruler
-Favorite Quilt Block -- Any sort of star block
-Favorite Sewing Snack -- Kettlecorn
-If I’m not at my sewing machine, you can find me -- probably at my "real" job working in a research lab!

And now for a GIVEAWAY! I am giving away two copies of the book -- one copy here on my blog and one copy on Instagram. Click here to visit my Instagram post.

To enter to win, leave a comment telling me the following: What is your favorite project that you've ever made with a JELLY ROLL?

One comment per person, please. The giveaway will close on Thursday, August 6th at midnight and I will pick a winner on August 7th.

Monday, July 27, 2020

Christmas in July Wall Hanging {Finished Project}

My Christmas in July Island Batik project is finished!

I added a penguin applique to the lower right corner of the top of the wall hanging for a little bit of fun. This is actually the same penguin that is available in our Seasonal Placemats and Seasonal Wall Hanging patterns; I simply scaled up the design.

For the quilting, I used white thread to quilt loops and snowflakes. I added eyes for the penguin with a fabric pen. 

The binding is a navy mottled Island Batik basic that I had a half yard cut of in my stash. For the backing, I used a piece of the remaining snowflake print yardage from the line combined with a half-yard of a blue dot basic that coordinated well with this line. I used a piece of the snowflake print for the hanging sleeve.

Don't forget to enter my giveaway -- it will close tomorrow at midnight!

Quilt Stats:
Name: Winter Forest wall hanging
Pattern: Self designed
Fabrics: Winter Forest from Island Batik plus Island Batik Basics
Techniques: Accuquilt cutting, applique, free motion quilting
Quilting: meandering loops and snowflakes
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 batting
Size: 36 inches square
Started and finished: July 2020
Future: Gift!

Thursday, July 23, 2020

Unboxed: My Second 2020 {Island Batik Ambassador} Box!

I'm so excited to show off the things that came in my second Island Batik Ambassador shipment for 2020!
First off -- batting from Hobbs bonded fibers! Let me tell you -- living in sort of the middle of no where, it is so nice to have a few battings on hand and not have to make a special trip out to buy one, which I used to have to do quite often! I'm excited to play with the fusible batting roll -- is a jelly roll rug in my future?

I have two "surprise" packages that are soon-to-be released lines that I can't show off just yet! Just believe me when I say they are gorgeous!

I also received some half-yard cuts of batik basics that coordinate with my "surprise" packages; you can get an idea of what the color schemes will be!

Next up is a gorgeous fat quarter bundle of Catching Dreams! Love those purples.

This time around we each received a Studio 180 ruler to try! I've never used one of these before and I am excited to try it out. This was bundled with a set of 2.5" strips and coordinating cuts of yardage from the Nouveau Soul line.

I also received a 10" square stacker of the Venetian Marble line with some coordinating yardage.

And I would be remiss if I skipped over the extra large cuts of solids and basics! I have started using the solids for some of my backings on my Island Batik projects and it's worked out great!

One of my favorite things that usually makes an appearance in our Ambassador boxes are the stash builder rolls! These two are all blues and all teals, respectively, and I think a lot of those blue fabrics will be turned into a baby quilt for one of our best friends! And Aurifil thread is always a good addition!

The final thing in our boxes, which I am so excited to show, is a full kit from By Annie's to make one of their bag patterns! A while back we got to chose one of their patterns and I chose the Open Wide pouch patterns. They picked fabrics for us and all of the coordinating notions! I'm very nervous to work on this project but I am in DESPERATE need of a new set of travel toiletry bags!

I am having a giveaway on my previous post (click here to see it) that closes on Tuesday, July 28th so make sure to enter!

Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Christmas in July {With Island Batik and Accuquilt} and GIVEAWAY!

This month's Island Batik theme is "Christmas in July" and Accuquilt is acting as Santa!

Every IB ambassador has a regular sized GO! cutter that we were given (I got mine last year) however, this summer we were each sent one of the brand new GO! Me starter sets to make a gift using the 3" finished dies AND to give the starter set to someone who doesn't have an Accuquilt!

The GO! Me system is really fun and compact -- much more portable than the standard sized GO! cutter with the same cutting performance. It's fast, accurate, easy, and safe -- perfect for a quilters old and new alike! This set includes two dies -- a 3" square and a 3" HST, so the dies work together. 

I'll go ahead and admit here that I had to do things a *little* out of order for this challenge with how busy things have been! I got my fabrics cut for my project, gave the GO! Me set to the recipient when I saw her in person earlier this month, and now I am working on getting my project sewn.

So first up -- my project. I am making a wall hanging using some of the remaining Winter Forest fabrics I had on hand. I cut a big pile of 3.5" unfinished squares using the GO! Me cutter.

The lovely recipient of the starter set was my wonderful Mom, whose birthday happened to be this month and because she's just all around wonderful. She said she was excited to use this for some scrap cutting!

And now that the crazy of the last month has died down, I was able to pick up this project again and get the top finished!

Using 144 of my 3.5" unfinished squares, I made a really, really big postage stamp block that will be turned into the base of a wall hanging! I also have some extra squares that might get turned into coordinating table toppers. This also happens to match just perfectly with the placemats I made back in May for our blog hop!

And to spread more of the Christmas in July spirit -- I am having a giveaway of the rest of my Winter Forest fabric! I have WOF strips that are at least 5" wide (some closer to 6") in all 20 fabrics from the line, packaged and ready to ship to the winner!

Entries are as follows, leave a comment for each entry:

1. Tell me what you'd make with the Winter Forest fabric.

2. Tell me which of the other Island Batik Ambassadors you follow -- if you follow me, that counts too!

The giveaway will only be open for a short amount of time -- next Tuesday, July 28th will be the last day to enter and I will announce the winner on the 29th.

Update: The giveaway is now closed and the winner is Kat!