Friday, September 20, 2019

Ohio Star Quilt {Finished Quilt}

Hip hip hooray -- another finished quilt to cross off my list!

As I shared earlier this week, I quilted this quilt over the weekend. I used a tan/gold Aurifil thread for the quilting in both the top and the bobbin. It's slightly darker than the background fabric, but blends well with the block piece and on the back. I had a perfectly sized Hobbs Cotton/Wool blend batting to use with this quilt too.

A simple meander is sometimes all you need for a beautiful quilt!

For the binding, I used the leftover green fabric from the backing. I had originally set aside a piece of purple fabric for the binding, but liked how the darker green fabric finishes the quilt.

This mushroom print is my favorite of the prints that I used on the back that didn't make it in the top of the quilt. I have set aside all of the leftovers from this quilt for a giveaway -- keep your eyes peeled for that sometime next week!

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread, Accuquilt products, and Hobbs Batting to use and share with you!

Quilt stats:
Name: Ohio Star Baby Quilt
Pattern: None, Ohio Star blocks sashed with 1.5" strips
Fabrics: Quiet Shades fabrics from Island Batik
Techniques: Accuquilt cutting, free motion quilting
Quilting: all over meander with gold Aurifil thread 50 wt.
Size: 53" square
Batting: Hobbs Cotton/Wool blend
Started: August 2019
Finished: September 2019
Future: TBD

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PS. Join me for a fall QAL featuring our Faceted patterns!

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Losing Thread Chicken {Quilting in Progress}

This weekend I had *big plans* for knocking out some finishes. During the week I layered and pinned both my Ohio Star quilt for this month's Island Batik Ambassador project and my Four Square quilt top that I made on retreat.

I had no issues quilting my Ohio Star quilt -- hooray! I used a gold thread for the quilting and did a simple meander quilting motif for this quilt. It is trimmed, but I need to prep the binding. Here's a sneak preview:

I had a two yard cut of this pink print with flowers in my stash that I thought would be perfect for the backing of my Four Square quilt. It was *just* wide enough! I decided to use my mint Aurifil thread to quilt this quilt. I thought that since it was a baby quilt, I had enough thread on my partially used cone of thread.

You can guess where this is going -- I lost thread chicken on this one.

My penchant for dense quilting really came back to bite me because had I quilted my swirls 10% larger, I would have been able to squeak by with the thread that I had. Just 10%!!

Here's the sad corner of the quilt that is waiting to be quilted:

Of course, this happened on Sunday and I live no where near anywhere that sells Aurifil thread, much less a place that sells Aurifil thread that is open on a Sunday. So I ordered a small spool of thread (and four yards of clearance fabric for a backing) and hopefully it ships this week so that one night I can spend a grand five minutes finishing the quilting on this quilt.

I went ahead and trimmed the quilt, and in the meantime, I'll be using the rest of the backing fabric to make a binding for this quilt.

I have lost thread chicken before (very notably on my Summer Patio quilt) but this time it really grinds my gears.

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Friday, September 13, 2019

Faceted on Facebook {Quilt Along}

I am popping in today to announce a sort of spur-of-the-moment decision: I am hosting an unofficial QAL *in the Honey, Bunny, and Doll Facebook group* for anyone interested in making one of our Faceted wall hangings before Thanksgiving!

Each of these wall hangings finish at 36" square and are perfect for scraps, precuts, or yardage.

Amanda made the original Faceted Churn Dash quilt from *bonus triangles* and I made the Faceted Friendship Star and the Faceted Ohio Star quilts from 2.5" strip packs.

Again, this semi-unofficial quilt along will not be hosted here on the blog -- it will be hosted in the Facebook group only.

All three patterns are $5 each on Payhip:

Since these quilts are made of the same building blocks with some variation, the week's assignments will focus on the general steps of each quilt -- and the number of units to make will just depend on the particular pattern you chose. 

Here's our tentative schedule:

I hope that you decide to join us for the "unofficial" QAL starting on the 27th!

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Stars Align {Ohio Star Quilt Top}

The blocks I made on retreat are now in a top that is ready to quilt!

I decided on a very simple sashed setting for this quilt without cornerstones. I have a 60" square batting from Hobbs set aside for this project so I used that as my "maximum size" when deciding on how wide to cut my sashing strips. I settled on cutting 1.5" strips, so my finished quilt size will be 53" square.

Sometimes a quilt just needs a very simple setting.

I also put together a pieced backing for this quilt using some of the Quiet Shades yardage I received and some of the remaining 10" squares.

Now this quilt is ready to quilt! What sort of quilting do you think I should do?

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread, and Hobbs Batting to use and share with you!

Sharing at Wait Loss Wednesday and Needle and Thread Thursday! And Moving it forward Monday too!

Friday, September 6, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt {Cutting}

As alluded to in my latest Brutal Honesty post, I am participating in the Mosaic Mystery Quilt hosted by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs!

As I have done for many QALs in the past, I have pulled all of the fabric for this quilt from my stash. This time, that comes with a slight caveat -- these fabrics came all together as a kit for another pattern! The kit was given to me by someone downsizing some of their stash and I gladly accepted!

The majority of the kit was fat quarters and half yard cuts, in different shades of burgundy, pink, green, and brown. The large piece of green-on-white print that I will be using for my background actually seems to be intended for the backing of the kit pattern based on the yardage listings.

For my fabric A, I picked a half yard piece of a green, brown, and white print. For my fabric B, I pulled four burgundy fat quarters (but actually only cut into three). For Fabric C, I pulled eight fat quarters of pinks -- two each of four different fabrics. I cut one of each fabric for the piecing, and have the others set aside to maybe use as the border.

I didn't even use all of the fabrics from the kit! I have another large cut of burgundy which is large enough for the binding as well as a few more fat quarters. For now, I'll be sticking with the above fabrics for my quilt, but reserve the right to change my mind and mix some of the other fabrics in.

Here are all of my cut fabrics:

For the burgundy fabrics and the pink fabrics, I did actually use multiple fat quarters, but since I cut the fat quarters stacked four each other, you can only see the top of the stacks. I absolutely love the background fabric and wish I had a whole bolt of it!

Yesterday the first cutting directions came out and that will have to wait until next week (at the earliest) since we are traveling this weekend for a wedding.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Child's Play {Baby Quilts with Island Batik and AccuQuilt}

It's time for another Island Batik Ambassador project!

This month we have been tasked with making baby quilts that use the "block on board" dies from AccuQuilt we received in our summer goody boxies.

The die I received was an Ohio Star die and I decided to use the Quiet Shades fabric for my quilt.

I used mainly fabrics from the layer cake for my block parts and some neutral sprinkles fabric for my background. The cutting for this was lightning fast using the die; this made it so easy to transport all of my block parts to retreat a few weeks ago!

I did a sneak preview of my blocks a in my retreat wrap up:

Here are my 16 blocks for this quilt!

Next up is sashing my blocks together!

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread, and Hobbs Batting to use and share with you!

Sharing at Needle and Thread Thursday!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Brutal Honesty {September 2019}

Two months in a row of some significant progress -- who have I become? I finished both my Magnolia mystery quilt and my Pineapple log cabin quilt prior to heading to quilt camp, and got a lot of piecing done on retreat, even if I did start a few new projects.

Completed tops:
1. Breezy Blooms C2C Bee -- July UFO project -- no progress
2. Radiant Jewel Quilt -- April UFO project -- no progress
3. Daisy Chain Quilt -- no progress

Tops partially finished:
4. Romantic Garden Quilt -- no progress
5. Monthly Wall Hangings -- March UFO project -- no progress
6. Pineapple Stash Bee Blocks -- February UFO project -- no progress

Just blocks and units:
7. Sew Kitschy Blocks -- no progress
8. Cubicle Quilts -- no progress
9. Happy Houses blocks -- no progress
10. Birthstone blocks -- June UFO project -- no progress
11. Jingle Bell Square -- no progress
12. Big Block C2C Bee Quilt -- no progress

Quilt alongs and long term projects:
13. Monthly Island Batik Ambassador projects -- In August, I made doing a starry wall hanging using our Starburst pattern! In September, we are using our newest AccuQuilt dies to make baby quilts. I started this project on retreat.

New projects:
14. Mosaic Mystery Quilt -- I have my fabrics picked out and my cutting has been started. Keep an eye out for a post on this project coming probably next week.

15. Moxi Charm Pack Quilt -- I won two charm packs years ago and am finally putting them to good use. The top is complete, so I will need to see if I have something in my stash that would work for a backing.

16. Marigold Quilt -- I made the test block, but I had to order more green fabric for the leaves.

17. Pave the Way Quilt -- I picked up the fabrics for this quilt while on retreat and I made the majority of the flying geese needed for the blocks.

My UFO for August was my Magnolia mystery quilt and for the first month this year, I actually finished my UFO *during* that particular month!

My UFO for September are my Happy Houses blocks.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Quilt around the Clock {Quilt Camp Review}

I'm back home after a wonderful few days sewing my heart out!

Let's review my project progress:

My first project was to make two quilt tops using our Hip To Be Square pattern and Island Batik fabrics for my November Island Batik blog hop project. I won't show off the full tops until the blog hop, but here is a sneak peak:

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread, and Hobbs Batting to use and share with you

My second project is my September Island Batik project -- I cut all of the pieces using my Accuquilt cutter to make Ohio Star blocks. I finished all of the blocks, but haven't set the blocks into a quilt yet.

My other projects were my "just for me" projects!

My Moxi charm packs were turned into this darling little quilt top. It is 40" by 48" -- perfect for a little baby quilt.

I also started working on my Marigold quilt. I realized that unfortunately, I can only cut two leaf arches per 10" square, which means I need to order more green fabric. I made my test block and am extremely happy with how it came out. I will need to add the applique sections at another time.

I'll take a little diversion here before I show off my last project. In the first two years I went on retreat, I worked on rather time consuming projects and only got through a few things. This year I knew my projects were not as labor intensive and I actually seriously underestimated how fast those projects would go!

So on Tuesday morning, I took a quick ride to one of the local quilt shops and picked up some fabrics for a totally new project. I had actually brought my Pave the Way pattern and I picked fabrics to make that quilt! I started working on the flying geese for the different blocks.

I made a lot of progress on my projects and had a wonderful time with my mom! Hopefully these new projects will become finished projects before too long!

Sharing at Wednesday Wait Loss and Moving It Forward!

Monday, August 26, 2019

Starburst Wall Hanging {Finished Quilt}

My Island Batik version of our long-time favorite Starburst pattern is now complete!

For the quilting, I picked out a tan Aurifil thread that is nearly the same shade as the tan batik that I used in the blocks and for the inner border. I drew inspiration from my Magnolia quilt and quilted the blocks with different motifs and a consistent filler in the background. I used a meander with a "shell" in the background.

Here are my first two blocks close up.

I used the grey batik for the backing, and here is the first block quilted, from the backside! For the batting, I used a Hobbs silk blend batting -- my first time using a silk blend -- because I know this will be a wall hanging and not a throw quilt and likely will not need washed (or less frequently washed.)

I used the tan thread everywhere except the dark teal border, where I used a light teal thread and quilted leaves.

Here's the quilt top, post quilting, post trimming, pre binding. Also notice how well this quilt matches the rug -- it might end up being hung in this room!

Here's a photo showing the sold batik backing and how the quilting shows up on it. The two different thread colors are more apparent on the back than on the front, but I think the teal thread looks amazing on the dark border.

For the binding, I used the steel blue mottled print that I used in some of the borders. I made a hanging sleeve for this quilt and added it when I added the binding.

Get your own copy of Starbursts on Etsy! As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread, and Hobbs Batting to use and share with you!

Quilt stats:
Name: Starbursts Wall Hanging
Pattern: Starbursts by us
Fabrics: Island Batiks
Techniques: Paper piecing, free motion quilting
Batting: Hobbs Silk blend
Quilting: various FMQ designs
Size: 48" square
Started: July 2019
Finished: August 2019
Future: TBD

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Wednesday, August 21, 2019

Star-Crossed {Starburst Quilt Top}

It's time to show off my Starburst quilt top before I start quilting it!

Taking a quick rewind, here are my blocks before adding my sashings.

I moved around the locations of some of the blocks from this layout slightly while putting together the quilt top. I used the simple sashing option without cornerstones for my quilt top.

I used the tan mottled batik for my smaller inner border and the dark navy/teal print for the border.

For the backing, I am planning to use a chunk of the solid batik fabric provided in our most recent Ambassador box; save the pretty fabrics for the quilt tops!

Now I'm ready to quilt this beauty! What color (or colors) of thread do you think I'll be using?

Get your own copy of Starbursts on Etsy! As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil thread, and Hobbs Batting to use and share with you