Friday, August 17, 2018

Summer Shopping {Stash Additions and Shopping List}

I've added a few things to my stash this summer -- some for specific projects and some for stashing!

Back when I bought the fabric for the setting triangles for my Double Delight quilt, I also picked up a few cuts of clearance fabric:

I picked up half yards of the floral prints and a yard of the tiled cream print. These don't have any specific plans for use just yet. Over the last four years, I've really whittled down on whats in my stash, so I have been finding that it would be helpful to have a few more half yard and yard cuts on hand for things like bindings and spur-of-the-moment projects.

I also finally picked up a backing and a binding for my Magnolia mystery quilt! As a reminder, here's the quilt:

You can get this pattern from Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs -- I modified my version by adding sashings and cornerstones between the blocks. 

For the backing and binding, I picked out these two fabrics from the True Blue line by Ana Davis. The drop print will be the backing and the twist fabric will be the binding. 

I really have a soft spot for these fun large scale prints for backings. I'm planning to put together a tutorial for when I get back from retreat about matching prints for backings, so keep your eyes out for that! I think the red is going to be so pretty for the binding against the grey solid.

As mentioned in my retreat prep post, I am going to be working on a new Fat Quarter Shop shortcut quilt using the Sweet Marion Line. I also picked up this coral print that's actually from a Downton  Abbey line (also an amazing clearance buy!) to use for the backing and binding for that quilt.

This is another fun, large-scale print! Once I get back from retreat, I'll hopefully have this quilt in Sweet Marion done so both that quilt and my Magnolia quilt will be ready to quilt! I should be lined up for quite a few finishes in September!

Even with this shopping I still need to get fabric for quite a few projects:
-white fabric for my pineapple quilt
-border fabrics for Double Delight and Drift Away
-backing fabrics for Blocked Rainbow and Breezy Blooms
...and this is kind of a brief list focusing on the things I want to finish first.

On Monday, I'm going to be the featured interview with my good friend Jen of Patterns By Jen as part of the lead up to the Border Quilt QAL that will kick off in September! Make sure to check that out next week. I'm hoping to have at least one post scheduled for the blog while I am gone on retreat, but I am planning to post lots of pictures on Instagram of my progress and adventures.

I hope that you've been following along with the Great Outdoors blog hop too! Twenty Island Batik Ambassadors have posted amazing projects so far and we're not even halfway done with the blog hop! Check out all of the previous posts to see the great projects and enter the giveaways hosted by the individual bloggers. My day is August 28th and uses our Summer Patio pattern!

Happy Friday -- have a wonderful weekend!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Alison in Wonderland {Retreat Prep}

Saturday I fly to Michigan to spend some time with family and go on retreat with my mom! Quilt retreat is the perfect combination of my favorite things: quilting, massages, junk food, and wearing comfy pants all day.

I've been making a serious effort over the last month or so to finish up a bunch of projects before I go on retreat. I have finished my Donuts quilt top and my Breezy Blooms quilt top over the last week and I also finished my Pansy Garden quilt and my Jungle Cruise version of Summer Patio which I will finally get to show off on August 28th!

Last year while on retreat, I worked on the piecing for my two Blue in Bloom quilts. This year I have three projects that  I am going to be working on.

1. Secret Test Quilt

The details of this quilt that I am testing are still a secret but I will at least tell you about all of the fabrics! I pulled everything out of my stash and the color scheme is orange/coral, brown, chartreuse, and purple with a Kona Oyster background. This one is actually baby sized so this should be a relatively short project. All of the cutting is done, so this will hopefully go together quickly.

2. Radiant Jewel Quilt

A long, long time ago, I managed to get my hands on a kit from Craftsy on sale for what was at the time a mystery quilt along. The fabric has sat in my stash all of this time, and I thought it was the perfect project for retreat! The quilt is called Radiant Jewel by Kimberly Einmo, but it looks like most of the original links are now expired. Here's the fabrics in the kit:

3. Christine's Kitchen 2.0

Our Island Batik Ambassador theme for October is paper piecing. My current plan is to use the London Fog fabrics that came in my most recent Ambassador box to make another version of our Christine's Kitchen pattern. My original version is green and cream; this version will be grey and blue!

4. Jolly Bar Meringue Quilt

I just got the supplies to make this upcoming Fat Quarter Shop Shortcuts quilt and I'll be showing off the finished quilt in early October! I'm using the Sweet Marion line.

I know that these are all new projects and I am trying to cut down on the new projects, but both the Jolly Bar Meringue and Christine's Kitchen 2.0 quilts will be done before the end of October. The Radiant Star Quilt is my "maybe" project -- but you can't go on retreat and then not have enough projects to work on!

What do you think of my project list? Which fabrics are your favorites?

Friday, August 10, 2018

Sea Glass Donuts {Finished Quilt Top}

I finally got back to work on my Donuts quilt! This pattern is from Amanda Jean's book No Scrap Left Behind. (not an affiliate link)

I had finished up all of the block sections quite a bit ago and just had dawdled about getting the grey solid for the background. When I needed black for my Breezy Blooms quilt, I also told my mom to send me some yardage of whatever shade of light grey she had on hand in the Etsy shop. She sent me three pieces of Kona Shadow that totaled the yardage that I needed.

This quilt definitely has to be laid out in advance before construction since the "donuts" interlink. I didn't lay out the quilt in its entirety all at once, but I did lay out the block sections in the order that I would like them to appear in the quilt.

Because the rings interconnect, I found it easiest to lay out one ring at a time to get the blocks arranged in the way that I liked so that the repeated fabrics were spaced out in a pleasing manner.

As you might be able to guess from the picture -- these are big blocks!

I found that it was easiest to put together the top two rows of each block, sew the block halves into rows, and then the remaining block parts would be used in the next row connected to the next row of blocks. (I highly suggest getting Amanda Jean's book even if it's for JUST this pattern.) Part of this was thinking this would make it easier to stop and start on this pattern, but I got started on it and got it all together in just two days (with a break for some FMQ!)

The top is now complete!

Another quilt added to the very large pile of things that I need to quilt or have quilted! Being that I'll be flying to Michigan next Saturday (!!!!) at least a few of these tops will be taken to be long arm quilted there. I'm leaning towards having this one long arm quilted and I'm trying to decide on what color I might want to use for the backing. Another perk of visiting the Honey, Bunny, and Doll Quilts "home office" in Michigan is in-person access to all of the Etsy shop fabric for color matching.

Happy Friday! I am counting down the days until retreat and a few days off of work!

Sharing at Oh Scrap!

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Breezy Blooms {Quilt Top Construction}

While my Coast to Coast Bee quilt from last year still isn't finished (oops!) I spent some time this weekend finishing up the quilt top for this year's C2C bee quilt.

Here are all of the rows together:

Unlike a lot of quilts, I knew how I wanted to finish this quilt when I decided on what I wanted to request from my bee mates. The rows would be sashed together with black solid (which is why I requested non-black backgrounds in the blocks from my bee mates) and then the large floral print would be used for the final border.

Drawing from my original post:

I decided on 1.5" strips for my sashing strips.

Not having to worry about a lot of matching between blocks and rows meant that this went from rows and strips to a sashed quilt center in no time at all!

I cut my floral fabric strips from the length of the fabric rather than the width of the fabric so that I could do slightly less piecing for the borders. This print is just so much fun! The quilt is now approximately 65" x 75", a big chunky throw.

Now the quilt top is done and now I have to start figuring how backing and how to quilt this one! Black thread? Pink thread? White thread? Decisions, decisions!

Don't forget to keep up with the Island Batik Great Outdoors blog hop! I'll be posting selected links to my fellow ambassadors' blog posts (especially those with giveaways!) each week. Make sure to check out a fun quilt and giveaway from Patterns by Jen and one from Powered by Quilting, too!

Sharing at Let's Bee Social and Needle and Thread Thursday!

Monday, August 6, 2018

Great Outdoors Blog Hop with Island Batik {Schedule and Giveaway!}

Today is the kick off of the semi-annual Island Batik blog hop showing off all of the new lines that have recently arrive or will soon be arriving in your local quilt shops!

Over the next four weeks, all 40+ Island Batik Ambassadors will be showcasing a project featuring one of these new lines. Additionally, Island Batik has put together a fantastic giveaway which you can enter through this Rafflecopter. Three winners will be chosen, and each will win a strip pack of one of the new lines of fabric!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Click here for the terms and conditions of the giveaway!

Additionally, many of the Ambassadors will be having giveaways of their own throughout the month so make sure to keep up with the individual posts! As a reminder, I'm using our Summer Patio pattern for my blog hop project! I will have a giveaway posted on my hop day on August 28th of some of the Jungle Cruise fabrics used in my project.

Here's the full schedule with links to the home pages of each blog:

Monday, August 6 - All A Flutter - Yellow Cat Quilt Designs, 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

Monday, August 13 - Safari - Sew Incredibly Crazy, SweetGrass Designs
Tuesday, August 14 - Spring Blossoms - Mary Mack Made Mine, If These Threads Could Talk
Wednesday, August 15 - Victoria and Albert - Bejeweled Quilts, Clever Chameleon
Thursday, August 16 - Wild Things - Freemotion By The River, Kauffman Designs
Friday, August 17 - Petting Zoo - Den Syende Himmel, Sarah Goer Quilts

Monday, August 20 - Ocean Odyssey - Gateway Quilts, The Quilt Rambler
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

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

Monday, September 3 - Sweet Tweets - Kathleen McMusing, Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Tuesday, September 4 - Whatnot - heARTS Creations, Slice of Pi Quilts

I've seen previews of many of these projects and you will NOT be disappointed!

Happy Monday and happy hopping!

Friday, August 3, 2018

Pansy Garden {Traveling Quilt Bee Finish}

It's really and truly finished! I really wanted to post this earlier, but here in Maryland it has been raining for essentially two weeks and I have been trying to wait to take outdoor pictures. I finally gave up this morning and took a few pictures inside.

I started this quilt in June 2016 as part of the Instagram-based "Traveling Quilt Bee" and received my quilt back in January 2017. I decided it needed a border, so I put my mom and sister in charge of that project and the top was finished in December 2017. I started the quilting in April, did another section of quilting in May, and finished up the quilting in July.

The quilting in each section (as explained in the above posts) is different for each person who added to the quilt! I realized once I trimmed the quilt that the backing is ever-so-slightly diagonal, but it's good enough for me!

I hand stitched the binding down over a few days this last weekend. I personally like a 2.25" double fold binding for my quilts.

This quilt is ready for the next person that comes to visit! Onward to the rest of the projects that I need to finish!

PS. We are starting to plan our *2019* quilt along! We have a poll up in the HBD Quilts Facebook group about what kind of quilt you prefer and what kind of fabric you'd like to use. Join the group and share your opinions!

Quilt Stats:
Name: Pansy Garden, Traveling Quilt Bee Quilt
Size: approximately 70" x 90"
Fabrics: scraps and stash from myself and the 7 people who added to the quilt
Quilting: 8 different FMQ fillers using white Aurifil thread
Future: Guest room quilt
Started: June 2016
Finished July 2018

Sharing at Linky Tuesday!

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Brutal Honesty {August 2018}

It's August! That means I'm less than three weeks away from going on retreat with my mom! Hooray! The first half of this month will be focused on finishing up things that are close to being completed so that I can take at least one new project with me to Michigan.

My goal for July was to finish up Stephanie's C2C quilt, which I did! I also wanted to work on my own C2C bee quilts but I worked on finishing up some other projects instead.

I DID finish my Traveling Quilt Bee quilt, however, between company visiting this weekend and constant rain, I haven't been able to get pictures yet and will hopefully be able to do that on Friday.

Completed tops:
1. Magnolia Mystery QAL -- No progress
2. Blocked Rainbow Quilt -- No progress

Both of these projects need backing and are otherwise ready to quilt!

Tops partially finished:
3. Double Delight -- I decided that I did want a border for this quilt and I have three fabrics to choose from.

4. Drift Away Scrap Quilt -- The piecing is now complete! Now to shop for border fabric. My plan is a skinny black border surrounded by some sort of print border that would coordinate with my piecing fabrics.

5. Bonnie and Camille C2C Bee Quilt -- No progress
6. Romantic Garden Quilt -- No progress
7. Monthly Wall Hangings -- No progress
8. Pineapple Stash Bee Blocks -- The blocks are now in columns and I need some white on white fabric to finish the top!

Just blocks and units:
9. Sew Kitschy Blocks -- No progress
10. Cubicle Quilts -- No progress
11. Happy Houses blocks -- No progress
12. Birthstone blocks -- No progress
13. Donuts quilt -- I got the grey fabric to start putting this together!

Quilt alongs and long term projects:
14. Monthly Island Batik Ambassador projects -- My July project was my bright baby quilt and this month is our Great Outdoors blog hop! I will be posting the full schedule of the hop and Rafflecopter giveaway on August 6th. My post date is August 28th and I am working with the Jungle Cruise collection! Here's a preview of my project:

15. Breezy Blooms C2C Bee -- I completed my additions to Stephanie's quilt and received my quilt back after it's national tour! I have the black and border fabric ready to put this top together too.

New Projects:

16. The Border Quilt QAL: I've pulled my fabrics and started some of the cutting but this quilt along doesn't start until September. This will be put on the back burner while I try to finish up some other projects this month.

My focus for this month is going to be finishing up some quilt tops so that they are ready to quilt and finding backings. My Magnolia and Blocked Rainbow quilts just need backings, so I would like to find backing for at least one of those. My Drift Away and Pineapple quilts need some fabric to finish the tops and then will need backings too. I have all of the fabric I need to finish my Donuts and Breezy Blooms tops. I have a lot that I can work on this month!

Monday, July 30, 2018

Fall in Love {Fall and Halloween Patterns!}

With all of the back-to-school sales and supplies popping up in all of the stores, it made me think about all of the fun fall and Halloween patterns we have in the HBD shop!

Love fall leaves? Our Seasonal collections have you set! The Seasonal Placemats set #3 and Seasonal Table Runners set #3 each have a fall leaves pattern.

Seasonal Placemats set #2 and Seasonal Table Runners set #2 have a Halloween candy corn pattern!

We also have the Candy Corn Placemat KIT that includes the pattern for Seasonal Placemats set #2.

More into ghosts and ghouls? Check out our Halloween Spooks pattern -- perfect for a table runner or a wall hanging and includes SIX different Halloween applique motifs for you to pick and choose your favorite designs.

And if all of this applique isn't your thing, we also have our Log Cabin Pumpkins table runner!

Don't forget to join our HBD Quilts Facebook group for tips, tricks, sale previews, and more!

Friday, July 27, 2018

The End of the Journey {Traveling Quilt Bee}

Despite it being one of my top WIP priorities for the last few months, it took until last weekend for me to settle on the final free motion quilting motifs and get excited about finishing the quilting on my Traveling Quilt Bee (TQB) quilt.

(Side note, this quilt needs a better name! Maybe something pansy-related given the color scheme?)

When I last posted, I had three sections to go -- two block sections and the border. I had planned to quilt the two block sections with a wood grain motif in one and an echoed daisy-ish motif in the other, and to quilt the border with wishbones. I changed my mind on all three sections!

For the first block section, I did an echoing motif that sort of looks like a sunshine but to me also looks like a fried egg. 

For the final block section, I decided that I wanted to do a sharp stipple (also known as a zipple by some!) instead of another curvy and round design. This is a design that I really enjoy quilting -- I like being able to intertwine the different passes of quilting with the points and echoing.

For the borders, I used a flower meander. I was originally thinking that I might quilt the border with black thread, but I am glad that I decided against it! I think the white flowers popping off the black fabric is fun.

This quilt is now trimmed and ready to be bound!

I initially thought I was going to have to buy something new for the binding, but look what I found in my stash!

I was even able to find out where I got this fabric: I got it while on vacation in 2012! The binding says that it's from In The Beginning fabrics in 2006! The lighter print looks great next to the border, and especially next to the black solid fabric. I cut my binding strips at 2.25" which enabled me to squeak in 8 strips out of my half yard of fabric.

My plan is to sew this to the front and stitch the binding to the backside over the next few days while we have company in town. Hopefully this will be finished by the end of the month so that I can finally cross this off my WIP list!

Sharing at Main Crush Monday!