Friday, December 15, 2017

Penguin Paradise {Finished Table Runner}

Hooray for Fridays and finishes!

This month's Island Batik Ambassador theme was table toppers and I have had so much fun working with our Seasonal Table Runner pattern to make a penguin table runner!

Here's the runner pre-quilting:

And here it is finished:

For the quilting, I did all over sharp stippling or "zippling" as some people call it! I chose this motif to look like icicles or crackles in ice! I didn't quilt in the penguins so that they would stand out and I used an off white thread.

For the binding and backing, I used the tan print since I had whole yard. It looks great next to the blues!

While this looks great under the tree, I might actually just keep this for myself!

This was such a quick and easy pattern, I will definitely be going back to it as a base pattern for all sorts of future gifts!

And of course I need to announce the winner of the giveaway!

Almost 2 yards worth of beautiful Island Batik fabrics are on their way to you!

This weekend my husband and I are celebrating our Christmas and spreading it out over the whole weekend! We are baking cookies tonight, going to see The Last Jedi tomorrow, going out to brunch on Sunday, opening our presents to each other, and having good friends over for dinner! It's a jam-packed weekend before we make the pilgrimage to the Midwest for Christmas! I hope you have something fun and special planned too!

Sharing at Finish it up Friday!

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Bowtie Wreath Block Tutorial {Countdown to Christmas with Moda Bake Shop}

Just popping in today to share that I have a block tutorial posted on Moda Bake Shop for a Bowtie Wreath block as a part of their Countdown to Christmas quilt along!

If you haven't been following along, the Countdown to Christmas consists of a new 6" block tutorial with a Christmas theme every day! The tutorials started on December 1st and run until Christmas and are free! Here are some of the blocks thus far (taken from the MBS Instagram account!):

With four little bowtie blocks and a little bit of machine applique, the Bowtie Wreath is a quick and easy add to this fun block collection!

Click on over to MBS to see the full tutorial! Sharing at Let's Bee Social and Needle and Thread Thursday!

Monday, December 11, 2017

On Ringo Lake {Clue #3}

Another Monday, another update on my On Ringo Lake units!

For clue #3, our clue instructed us to make right-facing and left-facing stitch and flip units. These sort of look like parallelograms to me, but someone else called them "dyslexic geese"! When paired together, they could (might?) make chevron units, but we aren't supposed to sew them together -- or at least not yet!

For these units, I had to add in some aqua fabrics that I hadn't used in my flying geese units. I ended up using 14 different aqua fabrics and at least 25 different black fabrics! A lot of my black squares came from my all squares scrap box! It shortened my cutting time significantly to have things already in the right size ready to go!

As of now, I have no confidence in my guesses about how these units will end up coming together, but I did lay out some of my units together to see how the colors are looking!

I really have made a huge dent in my scraps with this project -- especially the aqua and the black! Here are all of my units all bagged up and ready!

Now to wait until Friday for the next clue! Sharing at Oh Scrap and Quiltville's Mystery Monday!

Friday, December 8, 2017

Blue in Bloom {Finished Green Version}

Hip hip hooray! The first of my two throw-sized Blue in Bloom quilts is finished!

These quilts were the two things that I worked on when I went on retreat in August. I finished both the tops before Labor Day but since then I've had a lot of deadlines and quilting these has gotten pushed back further than I originally would have liked.

All of the fabric in this green version came from my stash other than the green dot-stripe print, which I bought 5 yards of in the summer so that I could use it in both the top and the backing. A few of the fabrics are coordinates but I can't really tell you their origin story.

For the quilting, I did a large meander with six-petaled flowers. I've used this quilting motif for a number of quilts recently, but this time I used a much larger meander and flowers and the quilting on this went so fast! The green binding is also from my stash -- it's the same as the purple print in the quilt, just green!

Now to head back into the sewing room to start the quilting on its blue twin!

Quilt Stats:
Pattern: Blue in Bloom, throw size
Size: 55" x 75"
Fabrics: mainly from stash, Kona Oyster for background
Quilting: meanders with daisies

Sharing at Finish It Up Friday!

Don't forget to click over to enter to win a fabric giveaway and to hop over to Etsy to take advantage of our buy more save more sale!

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

Penguin-ing {December IBA Project and Giveaway}

It's December and that means it's time to share my December Island Batik Ambassador project! This month our theme is table runners and table toppers.

For my project, I decided to use our HBD Seasonal Table Runners pattern, volume 4. This set includes directions for a basic table runner with two border options, as well as applique patterns for winter penguins, spring bug-a-boos, and fall fruits.

I'm going to use the penguin pattern for my runner and you're welcome to join me! I'll be using fabric from the Autumn's Grace collection by Island Batik (with a few others added in) that I received in my summer Ambassador box!

I'll be doing the checkerboard border using the fat quarters, my background is the white tonal print, and I'll be using scraps for the penguin appliques. The tan print will be my backing and my binding. Prepping my applique pieces went super fast!

I decided to make a shorter table runner than in the pattern -- my center will finish 36 inches instead of 48 inches long -- I decided to do two sets of three penguins instead of three sets. With a little ironing, my center is complete!

I used black thread to do all of the blanket stitching on the applique pieces except for the beaks.

For the pieced border, I strip pieced the 2.5 inch squares from 4 different colors of fabric. 

Voila! My table runner top is done!

While I'm working on finishing up the quilting on this runner, leave a comment (or two!) to win a bundle of the Island Batik fabrics I used in this project as well as the Seasonal Placemats pattern!

Two options to enter -- you can do one or both!:
1. Leave a comment telling me your favorite Christmas/holiday cookies to make! I love making just about anything and am looking for new recipes!
2. Hop over to our Honey, Bunny, and Doll Etsy shop and leave me a comment with which of the Seasonal Placemats are your favorite! I think that next I'll be making myself the summer watermelon runner from Set #3!

Update: Giveaway is now closed and winner will be announced soon!

I'll leave the comments open until next Thursday, December 14th and announce the winner in the finished runner post!

Don't forget that our Etsy Shop is on sale the entire month of December with a buy more-save more sale -- save up to 25%!

Sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!