Thursday, November 7, 2019

Hip To Be Square -- Times Two {A Piece Of Blog Hop}

Today is my day on the A Piece Of blog hop with Island Batik, showing off their new fabric lines, shipping to stores now!

The line of fabric I was assigned was "Little Sir, Little Miss"! This fabric line has a whopping 40 different prints!

Instead of trying to squeeze all 40 prints into a single quilt, I decided to split the prints up into two quilts! I used our fast-and-fun pattern Hip To Be Square for these quilts!

For the first quilt, I used the black and tan numbers print for the background with the neutral and warm colored prints. I used a peach Aurifil thread to free motion quilt meanders all over this quilt. For the binding, I used two tan prints from the line.

For the second quilt, I used a cream triangle print for the background with the cool colored prints. I used a purple Aurifil thread to free motion quilt meanders for this quilt. I used two different purple prints for the binding for this quilt.

The big piecing of this pattern shows off the beautiful prints in this line!

And now, to go with my two quilts, TWO GIVEAWAYS!

I have trimmed up the remainders of my Little Sir, Little Miss collection into two sets:

First, 14 quarter yard cuts of the "cool" side of the collection:

Second: the rest of the fabrics trimmed up into 5" strips and 10" squares:

To enter, please leave me comments below, up to three entries per person. Giveaway will close on 11/22/19.
1. Easy entry for everyone! Leave any comment.
2. Bonus entry for my followers -- leave me a comment telling you how you follow my blog.
3. Bonus entry for everyone -- Visit the Island Batik website and tell me which of the new collections is your favorite. Click here to visit!

My fellow Ambassador Suzy also made a quilt with this line -- she was much more creative than I and managed to fit all 40 fabrics into one quilt!

These fabrics were graciously given to me by Island Batik -- I am so happy to share them with you! The batting was provided by Hobbs and the thread was provided by Aurifil --- thank you!

Get your own copy of our Hip To Be Square pattern:
Etsy -- digital download
Payhip -- digital download

Quilt Stats:
Name: Warm/Cool Hip To Be Square
Pattern: Hip To Be Square (link above)
Fabrics: Little Sir, Little Miss from Island Batik
Techniques: free motion quilting, machine binding
Quilting: Free motion meanders
Size: 60" x 78"
Batting: Hobbs 80/20 batting 
Started: August 2019
Finished: November 2019
Future: These will be donated to raise money for my church's preschool program!

Sharing at Finished or Not Friday and Peacock Party!

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Stash Sorting {Frolic Mystery Quilt}

This weekend, after putting the binding on my blog hop quilts for tomorrow, I started pulling fabrics for the upcoming mystery quilt hosted by Bonnie Hunter -- FROLIC!

This year's colors for the mystery quilt are inspired by fields of flowers and I have modified my color scheme slightly to better fit my scraps.

Here's the suggested colors and my replacements:

Dark blue --- Navy tone on tone scraps
Medium blue --- Dark teal scraps
Raspberry --- Coral yardage
Light aqua --- Light aqua scraps
Neutrals --- White on white print yardage (not pictured)
Green --- Golden yellow scraps

For the first two mystery quilts that I did, Good Fortune and On Ringo Lake, I made half as many units for each step and made throw sized quilts, smaller than the original pattern. I should have enough fabrics this time around to make the entire as-written quilt pattern, but I might start off making 3/4 of the units just to make sure I have enough of the dark blue fabrics.

But those are all decisions for another day! Tomorrow is my day on the Fall Island Batik blog hop! Come back to see *TWO* great quilts and *TWO* super giveaways!

Sharing at Wednesday Wait Loss!

Monday, November 4, 2019

A Piece Of... Blog Hop Schedule {Fall Island Batik Hop!}

Today is the start of the fall Island Batik blog hop, featuring new fabric collections that are shipping to your local quilt shops now! Below is the full blog hop schedule and links to the bloggers participating, as well as photos of each collection!
Find your local Island Batik carrying quilt shop with this handy store locator! There will be wonderful giveaways hosted by each participating blogger, as well as on the Island Batik site, so make sure to check back each day of the hop!
My blog hop day is this week on Thursday! I have a *big* fabric giveaway planned! Click here to go to the Island Batik Rafflecopter giveaway!

Monday, November 4:

Tuesday, November 5:

Wednesday, November 6:

Thursday, November 7:

Friday, November 8

Blog Round-Up Week 1

Monday, November 11:

Tuesday, November 12:

Wednesday, November 13:

Thursday, November 14:

Friday, November 15

Blog Hop Round Up Week 2

Monday, November 18:

Tuesday, November 19:

Wednesday, November 20:

Friday, November 22:

Blog Hop roundup Week 3

Friday, November 1, 2019

Brutal Honesty {November 2019}

It is November and October went by in a flash! I have been busy working on my blog hop project for next week, but hopefully more progress will happen soon!

Completed tops:
1. Breezy Blooms C2C Bee -- July UFO project -- no progress
2. Radiant Jewel Quilt -- April UFO project -- I basted this quilt and have ordered thread!
3. Daisy Chain Quilt -- no progress
4. Rail Fence Baby Quilt -- This was made from scraps!

Tops partially finished:
5. Romantic Garden Quilt -- no progress
6. Monthly Wall Hangings -- March UFO project -- no progress
7. Pineapple Stash Bee Blocks -- February UFO project -- no progress
8. Not Quite Christmas Ribbons -- I have added a neutral border and am trying to decide on a final border for this quilt.

Just blocks and units:
9. Sew Kitschy Blocks -- no progress
10. Cubicle Quilts -- I am working on putting together some additional backgrounds and working on applique on a few of the already completed backgrounds.
11. Happy Houses blocks -- September UFO project -- no progress
12. Birthstone blocks -- June UFO project -- no progress
13. Jingle Bell Square -- no progress
14. Big Block C2C Bee Quilt -- no progress
15. Marigold Quilt -- no progress
16. Pave the Way Quilt -- no progress
17. Faceted Churn Dash -- Our "sort of QAL" on Facebook is nearing its end!

Quilt alongs and long term projects:
18. Monthly Island Batik Ambassador projects -- In October, our theme was table toppers and I made a Halloween Table Runner. For November, I am going to be sharing a blog hop project featuring some great new fabrics!

19. Mosaic Mystery Quilt -- I have completed both the September and October sewing directions and am waiting on the November directions to be released next week!

My UFO for October was to work on making use of some of my orphaned blocks and projects. This was actually a success. I quilted a forgotten-about baby quilt top and disassembled some orphaned blocks to use the fabric in other projects. I also used scraps to make the rail fence baby quilt top.

My UFO for November will be my Sew Kitschy blocks.

Friday, October 25, 2019

Little Lady Quilt {Finished Baby Quilt}

I have a finish to share today, and I'm going to embarrass myself in the process!

I have been in a major "sort it, use it, organize it, clear it out" mood with my sewing room and quilting supplies. Before we moved, I did not get to to the reorganization and purge that I envisioned -- because we moved up our moving date, everything went from the shelves and bins straight to the moving boxes and then back on the shelves.

So imagine my surprise when I was looking for something else and I found this baby quilt top at the bottom of a pile of projects:

I had to go back three and a half years to find when I had made this quilt top. This was two apartments ago! I made this quilt top using the Jelly Roll Jam 2 pattern from the Fat Quarter shop using scrappy fat quarters left over from other baby quilt projects and I just made as many blocks as I could make with the scraps that I had.

This project somehow has escaped being placed on my running WIP list; I decided that instead of adding it to the list "officially" I would do my best to finish it up in October.

I found a piece of fabric big enough to use for backing left over from my Summer on the Coast quilt. I guess that I had really over-estimated how much backing and binding fabric I needed!

I didn't find light brown thread in my stash that I liked (the ones I have are too yellow/too gold), so I just used white thread to quilt this one instead. I decided to use a red solid fat quarter to make bias binding for this quilt.

Zippidee do dah -- a finished baby quilt!

Sharing at Peacock Party and Brag about your Beauties! And Needle and Thread Thursday too!

Quilt Stats:
Name: Little Lady Quilt
Pattern: Jelly Roll Jam 2 from Fat Quarter shop
Fabrics: fat quarter bundle of baby girl fabrics
Techniques: strip piecing, free motion quilting
Quilting: Free motion meanders
Size: 40" x 36"
Batting: scrap batting
Started: February 2016 (yikes!)
Finished: October 2019 
Future: Baby quilt/TBD

Monday, October 21, 2019

Progress Potpourri {Borders, Blocks, and Batting}

I didn't have a ton of motivation (or time) to sew this weekend, but I did manage to get a few productive things done, even if it wasn't just finishing a quilt.

First, I made bias binding from a fat quarter and added it to a baby quilt that I quilted *last* week. I am hand stitching the binding by hand, so expect that finish later this week or early next week.

Next, I used the backing cut-offs from the aforementioned baby quilt as the (first) border of my Ribbons quilt.

I maximized the width of border I could add using this fabric (2.25" was what my scraps would allow) and now I will decide if I will add another border or not. I have one brown and green fabric that might work, but I think I want something blue for the border so I will need to go shopping.

Next, I pulled out the scraps from my Baseball Baby Quilts. I had strip pieced these quilts, so I actually had rather large strip pieced chunks left over! I found that I could undo a few seams and end up with four 16" blocks. 

I pieced these together and used the last bit of the remaining white print as a border. I still have some of these fabrics left, probably enough of to make a small table runner or topper. I will probably donate this quilt once finished. This is a small quilt -- only about 37" square.

Finally, I layered and basted my Radiant Jewel quilt. I ordered the backing fabric for this quilt about a month ago. The fabric is actually from a holiday line from Robert Kaufman but is just a black and metallic gold marble print, which looks great with the other fabrics of the quilt, which are also RK prints (just very, very old!). I have enough to also use it for the binding.

In this picture, you can also see something else -- the black batting! I got a black queen-sized batting from Hobbs in one of my Island Batik Ambassador boxes this year and I used a sizable chunk of the batting for my Plus Sign quilt in May.  I pieced the batting scraps together (I had two large pieces of the batting to work with) and was able to layer and pin this quilt on Saturday. 

That was slightly for naught because I do not have a thread color in my stash that I am thrilled to use with this quilt. I am thinking either a goldish cream like the fabric in the center of the stars -or- a lavender-pink like the background fabric, but leaning towards a goldish-cream. I think I would get more mileage out of cream thread. What do you think? Pink or cream?

Have a happy Monday!

Sharing at What I Made Monday! 

Friday, October 18, 2019

Spooky Halloween {Finished Table Runner}

My October Island Batik Ambassador challenge is complete!

For the machine applique stitching, I used a simple blanket stitch in black thread for all of the blocks.

I then pieced everything together and layered it with backing and batting, only to realize, that yes, I was a couple inches short on backing length using a single width of fabric. Oops.

To remedy my problem, I added a strip of black fabric approximately 5" wide to my backing to get the necessary length.

Here's my quilted table runner, after trimming and before adding the binding:

In the block backgrounds, I used black thread to free motion quilt meanders around the applique sections; I did not do any quilting within the applique sections. In the strip pieced sections and in the black cornerstones, I used orange thread to quilt loops and swirls.

I used the same color in the top and the bobbin throughout; here's a peak of the backing with the pop of orange thread:

For the binding, I also used the black solid batik.

This is ready to adorn my dining room table!

Thank you to Island Batik (as usual) for providing me this lovely fabric!

Quilt Stats:
Name: Halloween Spooks table runner
Pattern: Halloween Spooks by HBD
Fabrics: Island Batik fabrics -- scraps and black solid
Techniques: machine applique, strip piecing, free motion quilting
Quilting: free motion meanders, loops, and swirls in black and orange thread
Size: 45" x 18"
Batting: scrap batting
Started and finished: October 2019
Future: seasonal decoration

Sharing at Peacock Party, Finished or Not Friday, and Brag about your Beauties!

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Topping it off {October Island Batik Challenge}

This month's Island Batik Ambassador theme is "Top It Off" -- and we are making seasonal table toppers! There have already been a number of adorable projects already posted, too!

I decided to make another Halloween themed table runner -- using our Halloween Spooks pattern! I actually made one table runner using this pattern and some fun non-batik fabrics in May!

This time around, I changed up the color scheme slightly -- I decided to use solid black batik in place of the green prints and use some of the other applique designs included in the pattern.

This time, I decided to use the pumpkin and candy corn applique templates. The color scheme is "candy corn" and black!

I used various orange, yellow, and white fabrics for the scrappy piecing. I strip pieced the sections and placed my fabrics sort of randomly, but used slightly more orange fabric than yellow and white.

Now comes doing the machine applique stitching of my applique blocks and putting the table runner together! One slight wrinkle will be the length -- the pieced table runner is 45" -- so I will probably need to piece the backing.

This weekend was full of activities so I was not doing a lot of sewing, so hopefully this week I can squeeze in a bit more sewing.

Sharing at What I Made Monday and Moving it forward Monday!

Friday, October 11, 2019

Mosaic Mystery Quilt {Squares and Triangles}

It's time to check in with my progress on the Mosaic Mystery Quilt hosted by Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs!

I didn't post an update in September, so I decided that I would combine my September and October clue progress together in one post.

September's clue was to make stitch-and-flip "house" blocks. These were very quick and easy! Since I am using fat quarters instead of yardage, I used three different fabrics for the stitch and flip squares, so half of the units have the pink and burgundy scroll fabric, a quarter of the units have the burgundy mottled print, and a quarter of the units have the dark pink Fairy Frost.

An aside: I absolutely LOVE Fairy Frost. I had a lot of scraps of it years ago and used a lot of the scraps in my Harry Potter quilt, which I realize has never actually been shared as a finish, and I will do that eventually.

For October, our assignment was to make two different sets of square-in-a-square (SIAS) units. These were quick and easy as well; it seems like I have done so much itty bitty piecing lately -- it's so nice to work on something with bigger piecing! All of the green/brown and background fabric SIAS units are the same; there are two each of each of the four different pink fabrics for the pink/background SIAS units.

Now the long wait to November begins!

Monday, October 7, 2019

Stretching Scraps {Christmas Ribbons}

When I posted my Not Quite Christmas Ribbons quilt last week, I was trying to decide what else to do with the quilt.

I did some quilty math and figured out that I could squeeze out enough units to add half blocks on each side of the quilt, but not enough to make full blocks to make it a square quilt. Adding blocks on both sides instead of one side allowed for the secondary designs in the quilt to be symmetrical throughout the quilt.

Here are my half units:

Except that sewing these all into units was the wrong move! I actually found that I needed to take half of the units apart and turn the units 90 degrees. Oops.

A little bit of seam ripping, resewing, and chain stitching later, I had a slightly larger quilt top!

Now instead of a oddly skinny 32" x 48" quilt, I have a 40" x 48" quilt top -- which is perfect for a baby quilt. If I decide to add borders, it would end up closer to 50" x 60" -- which would be perfect for a cuddly couch quilt.

Happy Monday!

Sharing at Oh Scrap and What I Made Monday! And Wait Loss Wednesday and Needle and Thread Thursday!