Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Back to School with Island Batik

Hurray!  It's finally my day for the Island Batik Back to School Blog hop!  I really do love this time of year, I think one of the main reasons is that it means that fall is just around the corner.  Even here on the Oregon coast where the seasons aren't quite as dramatic as other places I look forward to the leaves turning color, the nights getting cooler and the fact that it's a great time for quilting (of course - because the kids are back to school!).

The line I got to work with is Abalone.  It's a beautiful beach themed line with loads of gorgeous color and fun prints.  There are Stars, Sand Dollars and even Lobster prints.  I really had fun playing with this set of prints, and was super happy that I had enough of the lovely pink-orange print (Carnation) for the background.  Setting the other prints against it made me think of a lovely fall sunset at the beach, so I call this quilt Sunset Glow.

Aren't the colors amazing?  Here are all the fabrics laid out before I washed them - so yummy!

My quilt features two different blocks in an alternating setting.  One block features the Butterfly Unit from last month's Quilter's Recipe Box.  This was my original plan, but I ended up switching the blue swirl fabric for another fabric from Island Batik's Basic collection - Pool.

For the second block I used a big triangle to show off the anchor print.  I also changed this block, moving the purple print to the inside of the block instead of the outside.  
I finished the top back in July because I knew that August was going to be a little bit busy, but I had no idea how crazy it was going to end up!  Luckily, that still left me with time to get it quilted, even with the extended trip we ended up taking at the beginning of September.  I was able to get a wonderful match to the Carnation fabric from Aurifil (2420 in 50 wt), so had fun doing some over the top quilting on the background.  I used 1248 for the dark colors, then for the border 5009 was the perfect shade!

I used some ideas from Angela Walters Book "Shape by Shape Collection 2"  Lots of really great ideas in this book!

The border quilting features a ferny looking vine pattern, but I used a thread that blended in so you don't really see it much.  I wanted to let those lobsters shine on their own :)
The inner border is another fabric from the basics collection:  Bluebird.  I am really delighted with how this quilt came out - it really is quite stunning, don't you thing?  It even looks lovely against a gray and gloomy sky - we are thankful for some rain at last, but I did hope for some sun for a picture.

And what would a blog hop be without a giveaway?  Island Batik is having a big giveaway, and if you love the Abalone collection as much as I do, you need to enter because they are giving away a bundle of this as well as two other collections!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

In addition I will be giving away two Stash Builder Rolls myself!  These are a favorite of all the Island Batik Ambassadors - four strips 5 inches by the width of fabric.  That comes out to 20 inches of fabric in each roll - plenty for a variety of projects!  You can enter my personal giveaway below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I thought this fabric was so much fun that I wanted to make another project from it as well.  I used my Pacifica Tote pattern to make a large tote for my daughter:

Don't those lobsters make a great bag?  I added a pocket using a piece from the newest box.  If you like this pattern, you can download it during the rest of the blog hop for free from my craftsy shop:

Download Pattern Here!
Here is the schedule for the rest of the hop - make sure you check out the other blog posts and collections - lots of giveaways and great projects, you will enjoy every stop!

Island Batik Back to School Blog Hop
Monday,​ ​September​ ​4​ ​- Beaujolais – Quilting Affection, Fun Threads
Tuesday,​ ​September​ ​5​ – Country Dozen – Cheryl Lynch Quilts, Inspired Layers
Wednesday,​ ​September​ ​6​ ​- Bonsai – Little Bunny Quilts
Thursday,​ ​September​ ​7​ – Sakura – Masterpiece Quilting
Friday,​ ​September​ ​8​ – Empress Garden – Desert Bloom Quilting, Slice of Pi Quilts

Monday,​ ​September​ ​11​ ​- Fresh Pick’ins – Kissed Quilts
Tuesday,​ ​September​ ​12​ – Lotus Blooms – Kathy Bruckman
Wednesday,​ ​September​ ​13​ – Olivera – Moose Stash Quilting, Knit Bug 2
Thursday,​ ​September​ ​14​ – Rise & Shine – Den syende himmel, Sally’s Quilting Corner
Friday,​ ​September​ ​15​ ​- Diner Days – Ark Angel Creations, The Quilt Rambler

Monday,​ ​September​ ​18​ – Seas the Day – Needle & Foot, Kissed Quilts
Tuesday,​ ​September​ ​19​ – Vineyard – Inquiring Quilter, Inchworm Fabrics
Wednesday,​ ​September​ ​20​ – Abalone – Pamela Quilts, Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Thursday,​ ​September​ ​21​ – Batiks Go Retro – Webster Quilt
Friday,​ ​September​ ​22​ – Captain’s Anchor – Purrfect Spots, Bea Quilter

Monday,​ ​September​ ​25​ – Cherry Berry – Free Motion By the River, MaryMack’s Blog
Tuesday,​ ​September​ ​26​ – Lobster Bake – Seams To Be Sew
Wednesday,​ ​September​ ​27​ – Solstice – Bejeweled Quilts, heARTS Creations
Thursday,​ ​September​ ​28​ – Sour Apple – Seams Like A Dream, Kauffman Designs
Friday,​ ​September​ ​29​ ​- Zen – Lizard Creek Quilting, Quilt’n Party

Thanks for joining us!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Monkey Around

I had a hard time picking another quilt for the Blogger's Quilt Festival, but I finally decided on this one!  This is a fun baby quilt made from a line called Hello World by Abi Hall for Moda.  This is a pattern I designed that I usually make with a light background fabric, but for this one I used a dark fabric and I think it came out looking terrific!

One of my favorite things about this quilt is the two different sizes of Monkey Wrench blocks (also called Churn Dash).  I just think it really adds to the fun look.
I fussy cut the animals for the centers of the small blocks, and they are so cute!

So fun!  I think this would be a great quilt for a little boy.  I quilted swirls all over it - fast and easy.

Thanks for looking!  If you like my pattern it is available in my Craftsy shop - just click the picture below.
Click here to buy this pattern!

Make sure you go check out the rest of the posts for the Blogger's Quilt Festival - and add your quilts to the fun, too!  You might find a new blog or two to enjoy as well as lots of gorgeous quilts!

Blogger's Quilt Festival - Cool Curves

It's hard to pick just two quilts to enter for the Bloggers Quilt festival, but I knew that this was one that I really wanted to share.  I call it Cool Curves.  I made this as an Island Batik Ambassador challenge, so the fabrics are all Island Batik, and I used a big variety of colors and weights of Aurifil thread in it as well.

I love this photo because you can see the luscious quilting in it!  Each color band is quilted in a different quilting design.  This really stretched me to think of new ways to fill in the different sections.

I used the Quick Curve ruler for the piecing and fell in love with how easy it is!

The only thread I had any difficulty with was the 12 weight.  That didn't work so well for free motion, so I used my walking foot and did echo quilting with it.  I also used it for quilting the outer border.  I found that the 28 wt thread is awesome - shows up nicely and stitches well.  I think one of my favorite quilting patterns is the wishbone in the pale yellow - easy and moves quickly once you get the motion down!

This quilt ended up as a keeper, it looks lovely in my guest room with light purple walls!

Make sure you head over to the Bloggers Quilt Festival, link up with a quilt or two of your own, and look at all the other wonderful quilts as well!

Flying Geese - Burst Block for Quilter's Recipe Box

Greetings!  I know my blog has been really quiet lately - turns out that we had no access to wifi during our trip to Colorado so it made it a little difficult to keep up with posting here except for last week's block.  I'm glad to be home, and hopefully will get caught up quickly with all the things I am behind in, like blog reading and instagram!

This week's block is a fun one - I call it Burst.  

To make this block you will need three different colors plus background fabric.  Cut one 3 1/2 inch square plus eight 2 inch squares for the center star, four 2 x 3 1/2 rectangles and eight 2 inch squares from the second fabric, and four 2 inch squares and four 3 3/8 squares (cut in half diagonally for half square triangles) from the third fabric.  From the background fabric cut four 2 inch squares, four 3 3/8 inch squares (cut in half diagonally for half square triangles) and four 2 x 3 1/2 inch rectangles.

For this block I'll be making two different colors of flying geese that will go together to make a chevron shape.  Make four geese from color one rectangles and color two squares, and make four with color two rectangles and background squares.

Sew them together so that the color two units form the chevron.

Make sure you don't cut off your point when you sew them together.

Lay these out to form a star in the center that is echoed by the chevrons.
 Next, sew half square triangles from the 2 3/8 inch color three and background units.  Use the color three and background squares to make a butterfly unit.  Place these at the corners facing out.

Sew them together and you have this stunning block.
This block would make a fabulous quilt - I love the way it radiates out from the center.  Next week I have another great block - I love how versatile the Flying Geese units are - very fun to design with!

I'm getting ready for my Wednesday post for the Island Batik blog hop - can't wait to show you my quilt.  I just have to quilt the last border, so it will be ready just in time.  I am glad I had the top done early because the last few weeks haven't been very productive for quilting.  I am looking forward to fall and getting more time for sewing and quilting - and more to blog about!

Are you ready for fall, or sad to see the end of summer?

Monday, September 11, 2017

Flying Geese Unit -

Welcome to the  second block this month for the Quilter's Recipe Box.  There are so many ways to use Flying Geese units that I had a hard time choosing, but this week I decided to make a block that I call Mountain Peaks.

I like this color way, but for this block I sewed I used a different color scheme!  To make a block like mine you will need to cut the following: Eight 2 x 3 1/2 inch squares of your main color, one 3 1/2 square and two 3 7/8 inch squares of your accent color (cut the 3 7/8 inch squares in half diagonally for half square triangles) and from your background color cut sixteen 2 inch squares and two 3 7/8 inch squares (cut in half diagonally for half square triangles).  

Using the main color rectangles and 2 inch background squares, sew 4 double flying geese units and place them so they will be on the sides of the block facing out:

From the triangles, sew four half square triangle units and place them so the background triangles are on the outside corners of the block:
Of course, when I got to this point, I decided to play with the placement of my units.  Rotate the outside corners and you get a very different look:
Turn the flying geese facing inwards and you get a whole different look:
I happened to like the second one the best, so I sewed my block together that way:

Try rearranging the units in your blocks and see if you come up with an alternative layout that you like!  You could also make a sampler quilt by using blocks made with the same units, but different layouts.  There are so many options in quilting!

We are having a wonderful vacation, but no wi-fi, so I probably won't be posting anymore until later in the week.  I'm looking forward to catching up later and sharing more.  In the meantime enjoy this block and have fun making it.

Tuesday, September 05, 2017

Leavin' on a Jet Plane

I am super excited to fly to Colorado tomorrow to see my family!  It's been a tension filled week as we've been watching the fires here in Oregon all around us, though.  We were very sad to hear of the Eagle Creek Fire and the burning near Multnomah Falls.  We had a wonderful visit there while my oldest daughter was visiting just a couple weekends ago.

I hear that the lodge is safe so far, and I hope that not all the beautiful trees around the falls aren't burned.  We sure need a good rain here to help with the situation, but that isn't in the forecast right now.

Anyway, my husband and I are all packed up and ready to go to the airport tomorrow.  We'll be there for a week, then heading back home again.  Probably no sewing from me, but I'll definitely keep you updated on the blog hops and throw in a few pictures of my journey.

Today was the start of the Christmas Caroling Row Along, and we had some wonderful rows to start us off!  Make sure to check these blogs for the free patterns, plus the awesome giveaways:

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

Then, make sure you visit these blogs that are on the Island Batik Back to School Blog hop!

Tuesday, September 5 – 

Featured Fabric:  Country Dozen Bloggers:  Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Inspired Layers

Country Dozen is one of my favorites of the new lines!  I made a quilt for Spring Market with them - Alouette.

I also have a pattern available for this quilt.  It makes a nice little wall hanging and is fast to make.  It would make a cute baby quilt, too!  Click on the button below to find it in my Etsy Shop.

I'll be popping back in as I have time over my vacation to make sure you keep up with the two blog hops that are running - hope you are safe from flood and fire where you are.  Hug your loved ones and enjoy each day!  

Monday, September 04, 2017

Back to School with Island Batik!

I love this time of year!  When I was growing up I was always happy to start school again and see all of my friends, buy new school supplies, and make and buy new clothes for school. During my mom years, I looked forward to being able to start spending more time sewing and working on new projects while the kids were in school. Now that my kids are grown, I look forward to the fall weather, seeing pictures of my grandkids ready to start their school year and this year, the Island Batik Blog hop!

Starting today we have a full 4 weeks of great blog posts showing you all the great collections that are now on their way to your local quilt shops!  There are fabulous prizes - big bundles from Island Batik and each blogger will have a giveaway as well.  

Today's featured fabric is Beaujolais.  Make sure you visit FunThreads Designs and Quilting Affection Designs to see the beautiful projects they made with this collection.  Hop over to the Island Batik blog to enter for the big prize giveaways:   Back to School Blog Hop.  My turn isn't for a few weeks, but I can't wait to show you what I made!

Here is the schedule for the month - make sure you go to the various designers blogs and tell them how much you like their projects - it's always a wonderful thing to get comments on our posts!


Tuesday, September 5 – Country Dozen
Cheryl Lynch Quilts • Inspired Layers
Wednesday, September 6 – Bonsai
Little Bunny Quilts
Thursday, September 7 – Sakura
Masterpiece Quilting


Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins
KISSed Quilts
Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms
Kathys Kwilts and More
Wednesday, September 13 – Olivera
Joan Kawano • Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Thursday, September 14 – Rise & Shine
Den Syende Himmel • Sally’s Quilting Corner
Friday, September 15 – Diner Days
Ark Angel Creations • Karen Overton


Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed Quilts • Whispers of Yore
Tuesday, September 19 – Vineyard
The Inquiring Quilter • Inchworm Fabrics
Wednesday, September 20 – Abalone
PamelaQuilts • Yellow Cat Quilts
Friday, September 22 – Captain’s Anchor
Purrfect Spots Designs • Beaquilter


Tuesday, September 26 – Lobster Bake
Seams to be Sew
Wednesday, September 27 – Solstice
Bejeweled Quilts • heARTs Creations
Thursday, September 28 – Sour Apple
Seams Like a Dream • Kauffman Designs
Friday, September 29 – Zen
Lizard Creek Quilting • Quilt’n Party

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Quilter's Recipe Box Unit 9 - Flying Geese - Apple Pie Block

Happy Labor Day!  We are out of town enjoying some family time, but I was smart and got my block done in advance so I could write my post :)  The unit I will demonstrate this month is Flying Geese.  It is made using the same sew and flip technique used to make the Square in a Square and Lozenge units, so it should be very easy to make.  The block is Apple Pie from EQ7.  So you could say that this block is as easy as pie!  (Hahaha - very funny, Pamela!)
To make this block you will need to cut the following:

Focus Fabric: Cut one square 3 ½ x 3 ½.
Color 2: Cut eight rectangles 2 x 3 1/2 inches.
Color 3: Cut four rectangles 2 x 3 /2 inches
Background Fabric: Cut sixteen squares 2 x 2 and four rectangles 2 x 3 ½ inches.

To make the Flying Geese units, you will need to mark the reverse of the 2 inch background squares with a diagonal line.  Or if you have a laser light for your machine, you can just get right to sewing!
Sew one square to each rectangle on the diagonal line.  It's helpful to sew just a hair to the right of your line - the laser light actually makes a pretty wide line, so I just sew on the edge of the line.  This gives you a little extra fabric to make up for the thickness of the thread when you flip the fabric over.
Trim the corner off 1/4 inch from the seam line.  As you can see, I sewed one triangle on the opposite corner of the rest.  It really doesn't matter which one you sew first, but I usually try to do them all the same!

And press your triangle corners out.

Next, sew the second background square in the same way as the first.

Here is a tip for cutting the extra fabric off - if you leave them lined up close to the edge of the mat, you can hold the ruler off the front edge and easily slide it down and adjust it for each block unit - you can zip through cutting them super fast this way!

 Now that you have your Flying Geese sewn, it's time to sew them into pairs.  Sew with the pointed seam on the top so you can see where you are going.
 Sew your seam just a hair above the point instead of straight through it.
 Press your seam allowance away from the point and you will have a perfect point every time!
 Arrange your four geese around the center square like so.

 Then sew four split square units and place them on the sides of the block.

Sew it all together and you have Apple Pie!

You can download the Recipe Card for this unit and block here or by clicking on the picture above.

I hope you enjoy making this block!  Make sure you check in every Monday for more great blocks this month using the Flying Geese Unit.