Hobbs Batting

Under the Big Sky

Blog HopBack in February, a big box arrived on my front porch. Inside was a wonderful collection of Island Batik fabrics, Hobbs Batting, and Aurifil threads. There were two wrapped packages of fabric I had to promise to keep under wraps until now. It’s been killing me, because the fancy package contained half-yard cuts of each of the fabrics in one of Island Batik’s Spring/Summer 2019 collections. The plain brown wrapper held two two-yard lengths of a light and dark fabric from the collection. That’s right, 14 yards of fabric! It’s okay to be jealous.

Behold, the Graphic Gems collection, designed by Kathy Engle!

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There are twenty fabrics in this collection, and my challenge was to try to use all of them, which meant a scrappy quilt was in order. I  knew I wanted large pieces to show off the tjaps used in making these batiks.

IMG_3415I had been toying with a simple quilt pattern for a basic class on the Sidekick® rotary cutting tool, and decided this was the fabric collection for the sample quilt.

IMG_3402My quilt required two 4.5″ strips  of each of the twenty fabrics. I paired the prints up. Each set of four strips would make two blocks in the finished quilt. One block would have a dark star on a light background, and the other block would have a light star on a dark background.

Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts invented the Sidekick® tool, and has a tutorial video on her website. The instructions that come with the tool are very well written, and the tool is easy to use.

IMG_3408To make each set of blocks, I began by cutting six 4.5″ diamonds from a dark strip and six from a light strip.

IMG_3405I cut twelve 4.5″ triangles from the other dark strip, and twelve from the light strip.

IMG_3409The light triangles will go with the dark diamonds, and the dark triangles go with the light diamonds.

I made sixteen full hexagonal blocks and four half-blocks.

Once I decided on a layout, I chose to use the darker of the two coordinating fabrics Island Batik had sent to make the half-triangles needed to straighten off the sides of the quilt. IMG_3410

Only then did I realize I needed those half-triangles to be twice as tall as the triangles in the blocks. Fortunately, Jaybird Quilts also makes the Super Sidekick®, which makes triangles up to 8″ tall. I needed two 8.5″ strips to cut a total of eighteen half-triangles. (I forgot to take a photo until I was down to the last triangle.)

I will use this fabric for binding as well, and I have plenty left over to piece a backing.  This quilt was pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50wt cotton thread, I’ll use a Hobbs batting. All materials were supplied by the companies.

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My fellow Island Batik Ambassador Gene Black also received the Graphic Gems collection. Visit his blog to see what he made with it!

To see all of the Spring and Summer Island Batik collections, follow the “Beat the Heat” blog hop:

Monday, August 5th – Blueberry Patch

Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

Sherry @ Powered by Quilting

Tuesday, August 6th – Clockworks

Bill @ Studio Bill Locke

Lisa @ Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam

Wednesday, August 7th – Electric Desert

Sandra @ mmm Quilts

Terri @ Lizard Creek Quilting

Thursday, August 8th – Enchanted Forest

Pamela @ Pamela Quilts

Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing

Friday, August 9th – Blog Round Up Week 1 and Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Monday, August 12th – Garden Party

Anne @ Sweetgrass Creative Designs

Gene @ Gene Black

Thursday, August 15th – Kaleidoscope

Tina @ Quilting Affection Designs

Bea @ Bea Quilter

Friday, August 16th – Blog Round Up Week 2 and Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Be sure to come back for this special post.

Monday, August 19th – Petal Pushers

Joanne @ Unicornharts

Carla @ Creatin’ in the Sticks

Tuesday, August 20th – Quiet Shades

Connie @ Kauffman Designs

Vasudha @ Storied Quilts

Wednesday, August 21st – Seedlings

Vicki @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Mania @ Mania for Quilts

Thursday, August 22nd – Soil & Seeds

Gail @ Quilting Gail

Friday, August 23rd – Blog Round Up Week 3 and Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Be sure to come back for this special post.

Monday, August 26th – Steam Engine

Maryellen @ Mary Mack’s Blog

Jennifer @ Dizzy Quilter

Tuesday, August 27th – Sunny Side Up

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Categories: Aurifil Threads, Hobbs Batting, Island Batik Ambassador, Island Batik Fabric, Scrap Quilts, Sidekick® Tools, Tools | 18 Comments

A Quilt By Any Other Name

make-it-modern-e1562531223487.jpgCall this what you will, I have to admit it’s one of my favorite designs yet. It’s a modern-style quilt, inspired by folk lore.  Here in northern Montana, on our coldest winter days, ice crystals will form in the air, and the sunlight playing off of these crystals sometimes makes it appear that there are two smaller suns flanking the real sun. These reflections are called “Sun Dogs.”

Sun Dogs TitleI won’t be telling you how to make this quilt in this post, because the pattern is included in the latest issue of Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts magazine. The editors chose to call it “Stars Over Santa Fe”.  In fact, this pattern is the one I mentioned in last September’s StarStruck challenge post. I hadn’t used Island Batik fabrics for the sample quilt.

With all the open space available in this quilt, I knew I was going to send it to Tiffany Barcus at Unique Quilting and let her turn her mad longarm quilting skills loose on it. I texted her a sketch of the quilt top, and she immediately started firing back quilting design options. I love it when someone gets as excited about one of my quilts as I do. I liked all of Tiffany’s ideas, and fell in love with three of them. Since I couldn’t choose just one, I made a second quilt top, this one featuring Island Batiks.

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For the magazine quilt, we combined the filigree quilting, with little “ice crystals” sprinkled in the open spaces. The crystals were made with an iridescent thread, so they have a little shimmer.

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For my Island Batik quilt, I chose the “mosaic” quilting pattern, which combined with the brown, blue and green fabrics, I think gives the whole quilt a little more “masculine” appeal.  I used Aurifil threads to piece this quilt, and Hobbs Warm and Natural® batting.

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My friend Cheryl also made a top for Tiffany to work her magic on. Cheryl chose the concentric circles option for her quilt.

 

I have always loved designing pieced quilt patterns, but to be honest, my creativity stalls when it comes to the actual quilting. That’s why I am so grateful to have two longarm quilters – Tiffany and Kathy – that I know I can give carte blanche with the quilting, and they’ll do an awesome job.

If you’d like to make your own “Sun Dogs” or “Stars Over Santa Fe” quilt, pick up the Fall 2019 issue of Fons & Porter’s Easy Quilts. If you don’t find it on your newsstand, you can order it from The Quilting Company.

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Thank You for Your Service

FreedomThis week the United States celebrate Independence Day, our neighbors celebrate Canada Day, and the Island Batik Ambassadors celebrate the release of the Freedom collection with a Quilts of Valor Blog Hop.

I’ve designed this 56″ x 72″ lap quilt using the AccuQuilt 8″ Qube die set. AccuQuilt is a sponsor of the Island Batik Ambassadors program for 2019.

Fabric for the “Service Star” quilt was provided by Island Batik, batting by Hobbs, and thread by Aurifil.

Thank you to my BQB (Best Quilting Buddy) Annette Freeland for sewing the top for me while I was off teaching a class at Chatcolab in Idaho!

These are the fabrics we used in “Service Star”:

That white space in the upper right corner of the mosaic is actually a photo of a solid white batik.

I won’t list the yardages here, or go into detail on the construction of the quilt. That’s all included in the pattern. Here are the highlights, though:

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The pattern uses six of the eight dies in the Qube – the 4.5″ and 2.5″ squares, 2.5″ half square triangles, 4.5″ quarter square triangles, 3.25 on-point square, and 2.5″ x 4.5″ rectangle.

There are also 1.5″, 2.5″ and 4.5″ wide strips. Happily, AccuQuilt makes strip dies in those widths.

The three star blocks are made with a square-in-a-square, flying geese,  and an “L” unit, made with two squares and a rectangle.

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The only part of this quilt that couldn’t be pre-cut with the Accuquilt is the 4.5″ triangles that make the points on the red stripsets. I did this (Well, Annette did it, but I told her to) with the stitch and flip method.

 

 

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The quilt is constructed in vertical rows.

Once it’s quilted, I’ll bind “Service Star” in the same navy blue batik we used in the star blocks.

If you use the pattern to make your own Service Star quilt, I’d love to see a photo. You can email me at anne@sweetgrassdesigns.com.

Click IB- 2019 QOV to download the PDF pattern.

 

Check out these blogs for more Quilts of Valor, featuring Island Batiks:

July 1
Becca Fenstermaker — Pretty Piney
Denise Looney — For the Love of Geese
Gail Sheppard — Quilting Gail
July 2
Pamela Boatright — Pamela Quilts
Anne Wiens — Sweetgrass Designs
July 3
Bea Lee —Bea Quilter
Carla Henton — Creatin’ In the Sticks
July 4
Emily Leachman — The Darling Dogwood
Joan Kawano — MooseStash Quilting
Jen Strauser – Dizzy Quilter
July 5
Steph Jacobson — Steph Jacobsen Designs
Leah Malasky — Quilted Delights
Anja Clyke — Anja Quilts
Maryellen McAuliffe — Mary Mack Made Mine

Categories: 12" TQ Blocks, AccuQuilt, Aurifil Threads, Hobbs Batting, Island Batik Ambassador, Island Batik Fabric, Quilts | 15 Comments

Blue Moon

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The AccuQuilt Ready Set GO! die cutting system includes an 8-die “Qube”. The shapes can be mixed to create dozens of blocks. The kit also included a 2.5″ strip-cutting die.

To say Island Batik and its partners, Hobbs Batting and Aurifil Threads treat their four-dozen-plus Ambassadors well would be an understatement. This year, they have spoiled us rotten. They added AccuQuilt to the mix, and our new best friends at AccuQuilt sent us each a Ready Set GO!® die cutting system, with the 8″ die collection! Since AccuQuilt gave me such a great gift, I’ll pay it forward and give you a free pattern for my “Blue Moon” quilt!

Baby QuiltOur April Island Batik Challenge was to create a baby quilt using the AccuQuilt. I added an additional layer of complication by challenging myself to come up with a pattern that would use every die in the Qube®. After a few weeks of coming up with ideas that could use most of them, I stumbled across a design that has been in my sketchbook for at least a decade that is perfect. It’s a 44″ square medallion-style quilt that would be perfect for a baby, or a wallhanging…and it calls for all eight shape dies, and the 2.5″ strip die.

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I won’t go through all of the materials and cutting instructions in this post, but you can download the pattern here:  Blue Moon – AccuQuilt Pattern

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The Blue Moon quilt is a medallion-style pattern, which means you begin with a center block and add several borders…five borders in this case. To keep things in order, I cut all of my pieces, following the chart on the last page of the pattern. It took about an hour.  Then I  separated all of the pieces into six “kits”, one for the center block, and borders 1-5, and put each kit into a labeled zip-lock bag. Here’s how the quilt top came together:

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Once I fix that error and quilt this puppy, I’ll bind it with the plum fabric.

I think I’ll use Hobbs’ Tuscany® silk/polyester blend batting. Hobbs provided a 60″ x 60″ throw-size batt. I’ve never used a silk batting, so I’m anxious to try it! It’s a 90% silk and 10% polyester blend, and according to the website, “Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting breathes naturally, making it an excellent choice for airy, lightweight quilts and coverlets, and while it’s a ‘cool’ quilt, it can also provide excellent warmth.” Sounds yummy, doesn’t it?

The finished “Blue Moon” quilt will be 44″ x 44″.

Want to see what the other Island Batik Ambassadors are up to? Check out their blogs!

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen

Gene Black ~ Gene Black

Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts

Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River

Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts

Tina Dillard ~ Quilting Affection Designs

Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney

Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon

Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts

Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts

Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II

Joanne Hart ~

Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts

Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks

Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting

Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter

Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter

Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff

Bill Locke ~

Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights

Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke

Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog

Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing

Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs

Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created

Lisa Nielsen ~ Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam

Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk

Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts

Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail

Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting

Anita Skjellanger , Quilt in a not-Shell

Laticia “Tish” Stemple ~ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland

Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter

Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations

Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts

Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts

Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts

Suzy Webster ~ Adventerous Applique and Quilting

(Debora) Anne Weins ~ Sweetgrass Creative Designs

Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter

Janet Yamamoto ~

 

Categories: AccuQuilt, Aurifil Threads, Hobbs Batting, Island Batik Ambassador, Island Batik Fabric, Other Blocks & Patterns, Quilts, Special Events, Wallhangings | 4 Comments

Well, That’s a Switch….

Designing quilts is my dream job, but for 40 years now, I’ve made my living as a radio announcer. So, when I’m involved in an interview, I’m usually the one asking the questions. Last week, the table turned (little deejay pun there), and I was interviewed by Pat Sloan for the American Patchwork and Quilting podcast. Mine will be the third interview.

Tune in HERE.

I rarely get starstruck, but I’ll admit I was a little giddy, and I believe I may have forgotten a couple of times who was the interviewer, and who was being interviewed.  Occupational hazard.  Anyway, it was a good time, and I hope you enjoy listening to it.

Here is a list of blog posts and other links dealing with some of the things we talked about:

The Thrifty Quilter Scrap System

Blog Post: “It Started So Innocently…”

Blog Post: “It’s Only Math”

Blog Post: “Born to Be (Not Quite) Wild”

Blog Post: “Controlling the Chaos”

The Thrifty Quilter – Link to purchase the book (or e-book)

Being a Moda Bake Shop “Chef”

Blog Post: “Big Sky” Quilt Pattern

Blog Post: “Stargazer” Quilt Pattern

Blog Post: “Snowbirds” Quilt Pattern

Blog Post: “Windy Day” Quilt Pattern

Being an Island Batik Ambassador

Blog Post: “Snow Day”

Blog Post: “Touchdown!”

Blog Post: “Am I There Yet?”

Blog Post: “A Bonnie Wee Modern Quilt”

 

Categories: AccuQuilt, Aurifil Threads, Hobbs Batting, Island Batik Ambassador, Island Batik Fabric, Moda Bake Shop, The Thrifty Quilter System | Leave a comment

The 4 Sisters

Vintage ReimaginedThe March challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was “Vintage Reimagined.” We were asked to design a project inspired by a vintage quilt.

AdamsonThe quilt I chose as inspiration is a top pieced decades ago by Tilda Adamson, the grandmother of my friend Art Adamson.

This Depression-era quilt features the Churn Dash or Monkey Wrench block, and has several interesting elements going for it. I like the way the on-point rows are staggered, and I find those blocks with the green background that fades into the green sashing very intriguing. But what really caught my attention, and served as my design inspiration, was that one pink-on-brown block on the right edge of the quilt (and in the inset).

The way the pink churn dash is pushed off to the corner of the block reminded me of a story I heard in the late 1980s, when I helped a local museum with an oral history project leading up to the Montana statehood centennial.

Fabric StackFor my project, I used the Island Batik “Twilight Chic” collection. I had a stack of 40 10″ squares, plus 2 yards each of a dark blue and wheat-gold coordinate, all supplied by Island Batik.

The story I had heard was that of four sisters who homesteaded about 25 miles from where I live, in north central Montana.

To deter speculators, the government required each homesteader to build a house on their land, and they could not be away from their property for more than a couple of weeks at a stretch.

The homesteaders’ dream became a nightmare for many, as they dealt with harsh winters, droughts, prairie fires, and a host of other dangers.

For the sake of companionship and safety, the four sisters built their cabins in the corners of their homesteads, where their property met. Thus, they could all stay together at night, moving from cabin to cabin every few days, so none of them was absent from her property for more than the allowed time.

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The fabrics used in my 4-Sisters quilt were supplied by Island Batik. I used Heirloom­­ batting supplied by Hobbs, and Aurifil threads for piecing and quilting.

To see what my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors have come up with this month, check their blogs:

2019 Island Batik Ambassadors

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen

Gene Black ~ Gene Black

Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts

Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River

Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts

Tina Dillard ~ Quilting Affection Designs

Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney

Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon

Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts

Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts

Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II

Joanne Hart ~

Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts

Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks

Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting

Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter

Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter

Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff

Bill Locke ~

Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights

Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke

Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog

Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing

Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs

Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created

Lisa Nielsen ~ Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam

Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk

Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts

Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail

Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting

Anita Skjellanger , Quilt in a not-Shell

Laticia “Tish” Stemple ~ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland

Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter

Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations

Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts

Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts

Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts

Suzy Webster ~ Adventerous Applique and Quilting

Anne Wiens ~ Sweetgrass Creative Designs

Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter

Janet Yamamoto ~

Categories: 10" Squares, 12" TQ Blocks, AccuQuilt, Aurifil Threads, Hobbs Batting, Island Batik Ambassador, Island Batik Fabric, Quilts, Uncategorized | 9 Comments

A Quick Trip Down Memory Lane

Dust off a quilt book blog hopSeveral years ago, an online quilters group I belong to got into a discussion about other activities we enjoy. Cooking, travel, writing and photography were mentioned quite often, but it turned out nearly all of us had two things in common – we have pets (mostly cats and/or dogs), and we are avid readers.  Most of us also had a sizable library of quilting books.

My own collection began with one of the few quilting books available when I made my first quilt in 1973, Ruby McKim’s 101 Patchwork Quilt Patterns. Rotary cutters hadn’t been invented yet, so every one of the 1755 (but who’s counting) 2.5″ squares in my 9-Patch quilt was traced with a pencil around a cardboard template and cut with scissors. Of course, the template’s edges got a bit “softer” with each tracing, so perfectly matching seams were a dream, not a realistic goal. It wouldn’t have won any prizes, but it kept me warm, and that was the point, and I was hooked.

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Soon after I began quilting, I discovered Amish quilts, and bought a couple of books about the quilts made in Pennsylvania. I’ve always loved bold graphic designs, and my father’s family is Mennonite, so it was probably a natural attraction.

One thing that struck me was that – contrary to the “rule” that Amish quilts must be mostly black or  dark and “cool” colors – most of the quilts in this book have very little black. And bright? There were some of the most over-the-top color combinations I had ever seen. I loved it! Colors that weren’t acceptable for clothing could be used in quilts.

Magnificent MinisHere, my “Dust off a Quilt Book” blog hop post segues into my “Magnificent Mini” challenge blog post for Island Batik fabric, Aurifil threads and Hobbs batting. They supplied the materials for this project.

I chose to make a miniature version of the Amish classic “Trip Around the World.”

IMG_2889I had quite a bit of fabric left over from my 2018 “stash” of Island Batik Fabrics, including this stack of 10″ squares from the Lavendula collection. I chose a navy blue from the “foundations” collection to go with it. I decided my center would be 9″ x 9″ (finished size), and the individual squares would be 1″ finished. My borders would finish 3″ wide.

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I needed five colors for the center of my quilt, so I chose five of the more “solid” color squares, and cut four 1.5″ x 10″ strips from each square.

 

 

Next, I had to make five strip sets, each with four strips, and rotating the colors properly. To help keep things in order, I cut a square from each of the scraps and numbered them. I laid out the squares in order for each stripset.

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Then I cut four 1.5″ segments from each stripset.

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I decided I wanted my largest diamond to be the lavender, so I set two of those strips aside, and began building two halves, working from the center strip out, adding matching strip to each side as I went.

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This rotation meant the center square would be white, so I cut a 1.5″ x 1.5″ square, and sewed it to the turquoise ends of the two remaining strip. This became the middle row of my centerpiece.

Now for the borders:

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I chose two matching purple and blue mottled squares for the border, and cut two 3.5″ x 9.5″ strips from each square. If I recall, I had a half yard of the navy blue. I cut two 2.25″ x 44″ strips for the binding, four 3.5″ squares for the corners and pieced a 16″ x 16″ square from the remainder for the backing.

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With the borders in place, it was time to layer this mini up with a bit of Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 batting and figure out how to quilt it.

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My collection of Aurifil threads is still pretty limited…but growing. These were my best choices for this project. I decided the white would be too stark, while the icy blue would show up, but not overpower the fabric.

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First, I decided to emphasize the squares in the center by quilting concentric squares. I used the inside edge of the toe of my 1/4″ foot to space my quilting lines about 1/8″ from my seam lines.

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I came up with this simple little Celtic style detail to dress up the corners just a bit.

Add a binding, and a title “Across the Pond”, and this little quilt celebrates the journey of two of my Quaker ancestors, Thomas Stackhouse and Grace Heaton, who arrived in Philadelphia aboard  The Lamb. In 2001, I got to spend a day in the towns of Settle and Giggleswick, Yorkshire, UK. It felt like a homecoming of sorts, to walk on  streets that they may have known centuries ago.

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Thanks to Bea for thinking up and hosting the “Dust Off a Quilt Book” Blog Hop! I can’t wait to see what the other bloggers have found on their bookshelves. Many of them, like Bea and I, are also Island Batik Ambassadors!

Monday Feb 18th
Pamela at Pamelaquilts
Selina at Selinaquilts
Kathleen at Kathleenmcmusing
Tuesday Feb 19th
Jennifer at curlicuecreations
Kathy at Kathysquilts
 
Wednesday Feb 20th
Suzy at Websterquilt
Brenda at songbirddesigns
Denise at craftraditions
 
Thursday Feb 21st
Leanne at Devoted Quilter
Jennifer at Dizzyquilter
Lee Anne at Podunk Pretties
Lyndsey at Sew Many Yarns
 
Friday Feb 22nd
Bea at Beaquilter
Barbara at Bejweledquilts
Marian at seams to be sew

 

Categories: 10" Squares, Aurifil Threads, Hobbs Batting, Island Batik Ambassador, Island Batik Fabric, Miniatures, Uncategorized | 32 Comments

Here We Go Again!

2019 IB Round-Ambassador-GraphicMy first year as an Ambassador for Island Batik fabrics wrapped last Friday with the posting of my “Many Glacier” quilt, made for the “Icicle” collection, which should be in your local quilt shop about now. When I signed up for the program, I had no idea what to expect, but wave the promise of two shipments of Island Batik fabrics, and a selection of Hobbs battings, and spools and spools of Aurifil threads at me, and I’m IN! What’s more, I’m staying in for 2019. Color me HAPPY.

There are more than 4 dozen Ambassadors this year, and our 2019 “tour of duty” began a couple of weeks ago, when we each received TWO big boxes via FedEx.

The first box, I had expected. It was 24lbs of wonderful fabrics and supplies from Island Batik, Hobbs and Aurifil:

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A variety of Aurifil threads

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These packages contain a brand new collection of Island Batik Fabrics that will be introduced that will be introduced to shop owners at Quilt Market this spring.

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This is a beautiful Rayon batik scarf!

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Island Batik’s popular Batik Sold – 3 yards each of white, gray and black.

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5 yards of a lovely pastel pink neutral. This is from Island Batik’s Basic collection.

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This will be my biggest challenge. It’s 2 yards of a tiger stripe rayon batik. Ideas welcome!

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A Stack (42 10″ squares) of Twilight Chic, plus two coordinates. Watch for this collection in my March project.

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Hobbs Thermore batting. It’s a super-thin bonded and fusible batting made for use in quilted clothing. It works nicely in table runners and placemats, too.

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I’m a scrap quilter, so I L-O-V-E these. Island Batik calls them Stash Builders. each package has twenty 5″ x 22″ strips.

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More Hobbs batting. This one is Tuscany – a silk blend. 60″ x 60″.

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Hobbs Heirloom Premium Cotton Batting – Crib Size

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Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Black Batting – Queen Size

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Hobbs Heirloom Natural Cotton Batting – Queen Size

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8 cuts from Island Batik’s “Blenders” collection. We can use these in any project.

Between you and me, this would have made me perfectly happy for the better part of the year. But wait…I said there were TWO boxes. I can’t tell you how excited the 2019 Ambassadors were to learn that we have a new sponsor – AccuQuilt.

Yes, they did

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AccuQuilt sent each of us a Ready. Set. GO! die cutting system! (Photo: AccuQuilt)

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The 8″ Qube die set includes eight dies that cut shapes you can mix and match to make dozens of 8″ blocks. There are also Qube sets available for 6″, 9″, 10″ and 12″ blocks. (Photo: AccuQuilt)

I’ll admit, a did a little schoolgirl hopping and squealing. I’ve been a fan of AccuQuilt from the beginning. In fact, I used the first royalty check from my book, The Thrifty Quilter: Make (Nearly) Free Quilts from Leftover Fabric (2010 Quiltwoman.com) to buy my first AccuQuilt GO!.

50568I didn’t even know about AccuQuilt when I wrote the book, which describes my simple system for cutting up the scraps (anything smaller than a quarter-yard) from my quilting projects into custom pre-cuts, and 80 blocks that can be made in two sizes each from those pre-cuts.

As it happened, my publisher heard about AccuQuilt as we were going to press, so she contacted the company, and it turned out they have dies that match the six shapes in my system. So, they added a “GO! Compatible” label to the cover, and have offered it on their website ever since.

We have one AccuQuilt-themed challenge on our schedule for this year, but I can promise you’ll see a lot more GO!-compatible projects.

Dust off a quilt book blog hopMy fellow Ambassadors are opening their boxes now, too. Visit their blogs to see the goodies they got. We’ll be posting our first projects for 2019 soon, too. Our theme is “Magnificent Mini Quilts”. Mine will be up on February 18, the first day of the Dust Off an Old Book Blog Hop, being organized by one of the Island Batik Ambassadors. Mine is one of the first quilt books I ever bought. I think you’ll enjoy it.

 

2019 Island Batik Ambassadors

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen

Gene Black ~ Gene Black

Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts

Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River

Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts

Tina Dillard ~ Quilting Affection Designs

Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney

Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon

Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts

Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts

Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II

Joanne Hart ~

Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts

Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks

Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting

Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter

Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter

Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff

Bill Locke ~

Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights

Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke

Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog

Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing

Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs

Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created

Lisa Nielsen ~ Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam

Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk

Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts

Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail

Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting

Anita Skjellanger , Quilt in a not-Shell

Laticia “Tish” Stemple ~ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland

Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter

Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations

Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts

Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts

Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts

Suzy Webster ~ Adventerous Applique and Quilting

Anne Wiens ~ Sweetgrass Creative Designs

Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter

Janet Yamamoto ~

 

 

Categories: AccuQuilt, Aurifil Threads, Hobbs Batting, Island Batik Ambassador, Island Batik Fabric, The Thrifty Quilter System, Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Snow Day!

getaway blog hopThis is the time of year when folks here in north central Montana dream of getting away to warmer places, but not me…not today, anyway. Today I will wrap winter up in a cozy warm quilt made with Island Batik’s new “Icicle” collection, which should be arriving at your local quilt shop right about now.

icicle flatlayIsland Batik supplied me with a half-yard of each of the twenty pieces in this collection, and for the challenge, I had to use some of each of the fabrics. As it turned out,  I only used about half of each piece, so I have written the pattern calling for a “Stack”…a 42-piece collection of 10″ squares…which will give you more than enough 4.5” squares to make this quilt.

The blues and whites, pine trees, deer, and snowflakes, reminded me of Glacier National Park, so I called it “Many Glacier” after an area in the northeast portion of the park.

I built my “Many Glacier” quilt in nine sections:

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The main block is a traditional block called “Rocky Mountains”. I enlarged the 12″ block to 16″ (finished sizes).  Sections 2 and 3 have an 8″ version of the Rocky Mountains block, with 4-patches and half-square triangles added.

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Next, I constructed the upper left and upper right corner sections. These were made four squares wide, so they match the width of the center block. My goal was to wind up with just a few long seams running diagonally across the quilt. The purpose of the navy and light blue 4-patches is to spread the navy blue from the center block out a little bit. On paper, it seemed to make a “black hole” in the center of my quilt because it’s so much darker than the other blues. It  held my attention too long, so I needed a “squirrel” element to draw my eye out to the blue fields.

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The next step was to fill in that center triangle at the top. I had the whole collection of 20-plus fabrics to work with in this quilt, but because I had used the darkest blues in the blocks and “ribbon”, I only wanted to use the lighter blues and just a few of the white prints in the field. I had maybe a dozen fabrics to work with, then, and it was a real challenge to keep the individual prints from winding up side-by-side at some point.

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Once the top sections were complete, I started on the lower sections. First the sides, and then that big center triangle. You can see now where the sections can be sewn into three diagonal units, and the units sewn together to complete the quilt top.

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I wasn’t planning to originally, but I did wind up adding a 2″ (finished) border all around, because I was sending the top out to be machine quilted, and I was not certain I had remembered to back-stitch all of the seams on the outer edge. I do like how the border allows the “glaciers” to float on the background.

manyglaciertitleMany Glacier is my final quilt for the 2018 Island Batik Ambassadors program, and it just may be my favorite. In addition to the fabulous (and generous) “Icicle” collection of fabrics provided by Island Batik, this quilt was sewn with 50wt 100% cotton thread provided by Aurifil, and is quilted with Hobbs’ Heirloom® white cotton batting, also supplied by the company.

It’s been my honor to serve as a 2018 Island Batik Ambassador, and I am thrilled to announce that they’re keeping me on for the 2019 program!

Ambassador Terri Vanden Bosch also had the Icicle collection. Visit her blog, Meanderings along Lizard Creek, to see what she did with it.

Click HERE to return to the Island Batik blog to make sure you haven’t missed an exciting stop on our “Getaway” blog hop. And remember to sign up for the prize drawing…two of you will win a stack of Island Batik fat quarters!

 

 

 

Categories: Aurifil Threads, Hobbs Batting, Island Batik Ambassador, Island Batik Fabric, Scrap Quilts, Uncategorized | 39 Comments

A Wonky Finish to 2018

47573370_2462874177088561_8211325820333981696_nOur final Island Batik Ambassadors challenge for the 2018 calendar year was to make a project that is whimsical and/or wonky. Well, it’s been that kind of year, so wonky it is. 2040_LG_1489020424That and the fact that I have this Wonky Log Cabin tool from Quilt in a Day that I have been dying to play with! There are three patterns available, and I chose to try the one that comes with the ruler. It’s the closest to a traditional Log Cabin block.

Before I continue, a word from our sponsors: All fabrics used in this quilt top are supplied by Island Batik, the thread is a 40wt 100% cotton from Aurifil, and while the top hasn’t been quilted yet, I will use a Hobbs Heirloom batting.

28685323_1976685445707439_8475221276858777600_nThe Wonky Log Cabin pattern calls for 2.5″ strips of fabric to build the blocks.  I had quite a few strips from the Vintage Morris collection left over from my Moonflower Cottage quilt, and some smaller scraps from the Northern Woods collection that I used for Guiding Star, but not nearly enough to make the twenty blocks I would need for this project, so I picked up a strip pack from Island Batik’s “Pumpkin Patch” line at my local quilt shop. The background fabric is an off-white from Northern Woods, and the border fabric is from the Pumpkin Patch collection.

Making the blocks is a simple matter, really. You begin with a 2.5″ square and add a 2.5″ border around it.

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Begin with a 2.5″ square, surrouned by a 2.5″ border. Center the square on the Wonky Log Cabin tool on the center square.

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Trim the right and left edges, using the #1 slots.

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Rotate the block 90° and light up the cut edges with the blue lines on the tool, centering the square on the ruler on the center square of the block.

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Again, use the #1 slots to trim the right and left sides.

This gives you a square block, with the center square tilted to the right. (You may have noticed that some of the numbers appear backwards in the photo. The slots are numbered on the front and back, so you can use the tool right-side up or back-side up depending on which way you want your blocks to tilt.)

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Now you add another round of 2.5″ strips, and repeat the trimming sequence, using the #2 slots.

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There will always only be one edge that has two seams.

When you’re building this particular variation of the Log Cabin block, it’s easy to accidentally add your strip to the wrong edge. One rule I found is that  you want to always sew with the seams on top, and be sure you’re sewing across two seams each time you add a strip. There will always be only one edge that has two seams.

You will add a total of four rounds of strips to each block. After the final trimming, you will have a perfect 12.5″ Wonky Log Cabin block. The pattern includes instructions for several quilt sizes. I chose to make a lap quilt with 20 blocks, surrounded by a 6.5″ (6″ finished) border, using the traditional “Straight Furrows” setting.

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My quilt finishes at 60″ x 72″.

Many of my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors went even wonkier and more whimsical than I did. You’ll enjoy checking out their blogs:

The “last hurrah” for the 2018 Island Batik Ambassadors is just beginning. You’ll have to wait for the last day to see what I did with my assigned Island Batik collection. If you check the Island Batik Facebook page, you’ll find the full “Getaway” Blog Hop Schedule.
Categories: Aurifil Threads, Hobbs Batting, Island Batik Ambassador, Island Batik Fabric, Quilts, Tools, Uncategorized | 3 Comments

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