Monday, June 1, 2020

June Island Batik Ambassador Challenge



The June challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is a Free Theme!  They gave us a month to do anything we wanted!  That's so great!  I've thought about this challenge for months.  What to do?  So many ideas....


I had saved my 2 1/2" strip pack of Sundance fabric from my first box because it was one of my favorites.

I played around with making some kind of Pineapple block quilt, but as the Corona Virus hit, I just couldn't find the spark to work with the dark fabrics.  I wanted to make something bright- something positive, something to inspire....but rest assured- I'll be making something from this collection before long!

I was thinking a lot about flowers as spring was all around, and a sunflower quilt came to mind.  I love the bright petals on sunflowers and how tall and strong they stand.  Each stem is sturdy and resilient and a field of them is a wash of sunshine.

So I went to my stash of Island Batiks and found a lovely sky background called Aqua from the Basics Collection.  I found many yellows and greens to make leaves and petals.  Batiks are wonderful for collage type quilts when you want a range of color and texture.

Here is my quilt that I named Stand Strong.


Stand Strong 
by Connie Kauffman
26 1/2" x 35 1/2"

I looked at several photos of sunflowers and drew out one that is looking to the sun and bravely waving it's leaves in the wind.  I used a method of fusing fabrics with Lite Steam-a-Seam 2 , cutting them to shape and applying to the background. I fused them all once they were where I wanted them (except for the end of the right hand leaf where I wanted it to lay on top of the inner border).

For the quilting I drew from a collection of Aurifil Threads.  See how wonderful the colors work!
I used Schmetz Super Nonstick Needles and they were wonderful to sew thru all the fused fabrics with no problems.


Here are a few photos showing my process of making the quilt.

First I looked at lots of photos of sunflowers - looking at the petals, the centers and the positions.



I found one l liked and enlarged it on the printer and printed it off in several sheets that I taped together.


Then I drew the outline on a piece of Soft and Sheer from Sulky. This is a thin Cut a Way Stabilizer that I fused the fabrics to once I had them where I wanted them.


Progress on the stem and leaves.


I did the center before adding the petals.


I guess I got involved in making petals and forgot to take a photo of this step.  Once I had everything where I wanted, I fused it with an iron.  Then I cut around the whole flower and could place it on the background.

Here I'm trying to decide on the inner border.  First I put the right hand leaf behind the border, but my sister (thanks Jody) suggested I put the leaf on top of the border and I liked that a lot!


I thought about extending the inner borders to the outside- but decided to go with my first thought of just an inner rectangle brown border.- like you are looking thru a frame.


Once this was all decided, I added a layer of Steam a Seam 2 Lite behind the flower, fused it in place and sewed the borders.

I used Hobbs 100% Cotton batting which quilted up nicely.

This quilt is a sunny reminder to all of us to stand tall, stand strong and stay safe every day.



Thanks to Island Batik, and sponsors Aurifil, Schmetz Needles, and Hobbs Batting for supporting this project with their materials.


Friday, May 29, 2020

Blog Hop Winner

I hope everyone has enjoyed the The Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop with the Island Batik Ambassadors.  The fabrics and projects are outstanding - I hope you were inspired.

The winner from my post for the Blog Hop is Tubakk.  Congratulations!  The fabrics are on their way to you.

Monday, May 25, 2020

Week 4 The Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop

Today starts the 4th and last day of The Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop with the Island Batik Ambassadors.  There is only one Ambassador post this week so be sure to check it out and go back and see any posting you might have missed this month. 

May 25:
May 26:
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 4

Monday, May 18, 2020

week 3 The Ultimate Design Blog Hop

Today starts week 3 of The Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop with the Island Batik Ambassadors.  Here is the list of the Ambassadors that will be posting this week and the collection they will be highlighting.

May 18:
May 19:
May 20:
May 21:
May 22:
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 3 and Giveaway

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

McCalls Quilting July/Aug 2020

                             I have a quilt in McCall's Quilting.  They named the quilt Vernal.


This is a bright and happy wall quilt 39" x 39"  It incorporates large and small Monkey Wrench blocks in bright Island Batik fabrics.  The bright fabrics are from the Garden Party Collection and it has Island Batik white basic for the background.  The quilting was done with a variety of bright Sulky Cotton and Cotton and Steel threads that show up nicely against the white background.

Monday, May 11, 2020

The Ultimate Decor Blog Hop week 2



I hope you've been enjoying The Ultimate Decor Blog Hop with the Island Batik Ambassadors.  Here are the Ambassadors and the collections they will be highlighting this week.
May 11:
May 12:
May 13:
May 14:
May 15:
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Ultimate Decor Blog Hop with Island Batik

It's May and time for another great Island Batik Ambassador Blog Hop.  The theme of this Hop is called The Ultimate Decor Blog Hop.

Here are my decor projects.

The fabrics for this project were packaged as Surprise Fabrics in the first Ambassador box this year, and were not to be used or shown until this blog hop.  I can finally show them to you now.  The fabrics are called Nordic Nature  designed by Kathy Engle and are just now shipping to stores.


These fabrics are a beautiful blend of winter, Christmas colors.  It was a challenge to think of a winter home dec project in early spring - did you notice the daffodils in the top photo that I didn't manage to hide?  I finally decided on a table runner and set of matching place mats.

There were only three reds in this collection and I wanted to draw that color out.  By using the dark red for the binding it draws the color out from the center section. The variety of green prints were fun to work with.

I used 15 of the 20 fabrics in the collection .





I used Hobbs Cotton batting and Schmetz Chrome needles in making the project.  Both are Sponsors who donated thru the Island Batik Ambassador program.

I used Westalee rulers in the quilting.

Aurifil thread is also a sponsor and I used two of their threads in the quilting.  Red is #2260 in 40 weight, and the tan is #6730 in 50 weight.


The tan actually doesn't look like a good match, but it is a wonderful thread that I find blends with  many fabrics.  One of my favorites.


The table runner is 17" x 30 3/4" and place mats are 17" x 12"


I was still thinking about Christmas and home dec projects and decided to try a couple little fabric boxes with two more of the fabrics.  I had been wanting to try some fabric boxes and had seen some on the internet to try- there are a lot of designs out there.  They are fun to make.

I made the little one first and made a mistake in that I wanted the checkerboard fabric to be on the points and I had it turned the wrong way.  It's still nice, just not what I was aiming for.  I made the larger box with the checkerboard as the border trim like I wanted it.  The larger box holds folded fat quarters nicely.

Fabric boxes would be nice to give as gifts.  If you start now- you could have several made by Christmas!


After these projects I had three fabrics left in the collection that I didn't use.  I'm offering all three as a prize drawing.  These are all half yard cuts.


Just leave a comment about what your favorite home dec projects are to make.  USA entries only due to shipping costs.  I'll be drawing a winner thru Random.org at the end of the Blog Hop.

Be sure to visit Island Batik's blog to enter their beautiful fabric drawing for the beautiful Cascadia precuts.  I LOVE this collection and I know you will too!


 Check the list of Island Batik Ambassadors below to see who is posting each day.  Be sure to check in and  see the new fabrics and what they all are creating. There will be lots of drawings also.  Enjoy!

Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs 
May 5
Carolina Asmussen ~ Carolina Asmussen
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt
May 6
Megan Best ~ Best Quilter
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
May 7
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
May 11
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
May 12
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
May 13
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail 
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog 
May 14
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts 
Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks
May 18
Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
May 19
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
May 20
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
May 21
Sharon Riley ~ Sew Riley Designs
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
May 25
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads