Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Needle, Paper, Scissors - Oct. IB Challenge


The October challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is called Needle, Paper, Scissors.  We were given the instructions to make something from the fabrics sent to us with the Island Batik Ambassador program (we are given two boxes each year with fabrics to use and promote).  Our instructions were to make a project at least 36" x 36" using paper piecing.

I LOVE paper piecing!  The ideas were endless.....  The 36" x 36 size made me think of a baby quilt of some kind...

In last months blog challenge I enlarged a smaller block, so I thought I would do the same thing this month.  I took the  puppy pattern from my book 24 Kids' Quilt Blocks.  See the puppy on the cover?
(the book is available at Amazon.com)


The patterns in the book are 7" x 7".  I enlarged the pattern pieces to make the dog 15" x 15", and added more background sky, and grass pieces.

I used a variety of Island Batik fabrics:
Puppy - Marble-Smoke, Basics Black, Basics Sterling
Background - Mini Dot Buttercup - Victoria & Albert
Paw Prints - Bubbles - Nutmeg
Border and food dish - Candy Corn - Sunflower Serenade

I used several Aurifil threads and Hobbs Premium Cotton Batting which were also sent to Island Batik Ambassadors in our two boxes.           


Isn't he a cutie!

I added an orange border to match the bowl, and floated dog bones all around - like the puppy is dreaming of what to eat.  I named the quilt "What's for supper?"  The quilt is 33" x 42 1/2".



I quilted an easy zig zag design in the green border using the Mini Zig Zag ruler from Sew Steady/Westalee.  Quick and easy!


 I just had to add the paw prints to the back to show the puppy walking towards his bowl on the opposite side.  It gives a little fun to the back of the quilt don't you think?






Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Pinkberry/Quiltmaker and drawing

                           My quilt Pinkberry is in the Nov/Dec 2018 Quiltmaker Magazine.

Pinkberry
42" x 56"

This quilt is made with the fabric from the Sunflower Serenade Collection by Island Batik.  I fell in love with these prints and colors and loved how they blended together.  Warm and Natural Batting from The Warm Company was also used.

  
Quiltmaker magazine has kindly given me two copies of the magazine to give away!


Just leave a comment below to be entered into the drawing.  Make sure that I can reach you by email if you are a winner. USA only for the drawing due to shipping costs.  Two winners will be selected!

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Northwoods Sunset

Northwoods Sunset 


My pattern Northwoods Sunset is  available as an Exclusively Annie's Quilt Design Pattern available at Annie's Catalog.

The quilt measures 47 1/2" x 69 1/2".  This is a great quilt which uses a lot of fall colored fabrics.  I worked with a beautiful assortment of fabrics from Island Batik.  I used a stack pack and yardage from the Northern Woods Collection  and added a few more oranges -  Dandelion-Pumpkin and Bubbles-Salmon Blenders and Nasturtium Basic - all Island Batik fabrics.

The batting I used was 80/20 Warm from The Warm Company and Aurifil threads for quilting.

The main blocks in the center are all made with one triangle  pattern.

 I originally called this quilt Looking At Autumn because I thought it seemed like you could be
looking out the window at the whirl of autumn leaves.

The outer pieced border looks challenging, but is made easily with leftover triangles from the center.

Here is another look at the full quilt Northwoods Sunset.


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Star Struck- Island Batik Sept Challenge

It is September and time for a new challenge with all the Island Batik Ambassadors.


             
This month the challenge is called Star Struck.  Using the fabrics we'd been sent from Island Batik for our Ambassador program, we could design and make anything that had stars in  it.  This was fun!  I had lots of ideas.

I have been wanting to make a purse with Island Batik fabric, so I thought this was a good time.  I liked the Vintage Morris Collection fabrics in the 10" Island Stack package I was sent, and decided they would work well.


I designed star patterns for both sides of the purse.  One side has two stars for the pockets and the other side has one star on point.  I used 13 of the fabrics in the purse.  I like the scrappy look of the stars.




There are a couple challenges with using 10" squares for this kind of project.  You only get 10" of length- not enough to go around the outside body  of the purse.  So- adding a strip to the bottom isn't noticeable, and you can always say it's a design element!



There is also the issue of the strap.  I didn't want to piece the strap, so I was able to use an Island Batik Basics fabric called Sterling that went really well with the Vintage Morris fabrics.


 Aurifil is a partner with the Island Batik Ambassador program and I used these two threads in making the purse.  These threads are great and I love working with them.  Don't they blend well!


Many thanks to Island Batik and Aurifil for the products used in this project.


The winner of the 10" square stack of Wild Things Collection from my blog post in The Great Outdoors Blog Hop was drawn from Random.org.  The winner is Pamela.  Your fabrics are on the way!

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Great Outdoors Blog Hop- Wild Things!


The Blog Hop this August with the Island Batik Ambassadors is called The Great Outdoors.  And today we are talking about the GREAT BIG outdoors!  We're talking Africa big!






 Each of the Ambassadors were given a bundle of fabrics to use specifically for this blog hop.

                         My fabric collection:  Wild Things

These prints make you feel like you are seeing all the animals on a safari!

I received a bundle of all the fabrics in the collection - 24 in all!  You can see the whole collection at Island Batik.  Fabrics were given to me as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program..



I used all of the collection except the three below in my project.  The yellows were just to bright and the leafy print was the only piece in the collection that wasn't an animal print, so I decided not to use these for this project.

I wanted to use a pattern where I could use most of the fabrics, and I thought adding a solid black would make the prints stand out.  I decided on a simple block pattern that I used for the first pattern in my Little Gems book called "Playing With Plaids".  It also used a solid black that worked well.




This block pattern is a very simple three pieced block.  I used the same block that was in the book, but enlarged it 200 percent.  Several patterns in my book give directions on how to enlarge the small patterns to make larger projects, so I thought this would be a good time to show this block pattern enlarged.


Here is the quilt in proces with the rows laid out on the floor.  The black strips really bring out the colors in the animal prints.  I played around with the  placement of the blocks and decided this was a nice layout.  I only reversed one row.  Quilt measures 44" x 55"



 Finished quilt- looks great on my couch!




Be sure and check out all the blog posts thru Sept 4.  Enter the drawing at the Island Batik Blog  and on daily blog  posts.

My drawing is for a stack of 38 ten inch blocks  of the collection Wild Things - two each of 19 prints in the collection.  Leave a comment on my blog about where your favorite place is in the big outdoors.  Make sure I can reach you by email if you are a winner.  USA only for the drawing due to shipping costs.  Winner will be  drawn at the end of the Blog Hop.


Here is the list of all the Island Batik bloggers and the fabrics they are highlighting.

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

WEEK 3

Monday, August 20 – Ocean Odyssey
Toby LischkoKaren Overton
Thursday, August 23 – Dragonfly Dreams
Inchworm FabricsBeaQuilter

WEEK 4

Wednesday, August 29 – Lavendula
Carole Lyles ShawMasterpiece Quilting

WEEK 5

Tuesday, September 4 – Whatnot
heARTS CreationsSlice of Pi Quilts










Monday, August 13, 2018

A Special Nappanee Quilt Garden

                              Connie's Bloomin' Stitches
                          Nappanee Indiana Quilt Garden
                                               2018


Isn't this a beautiful quilt garden!  The garden is 30' x 30'.  It has thrived thru the heat and rains with the loving care given by the 11 quilt garden committee members that weed, fertilize and water when needed.  It is a big commitment of time and energy.  A lot of creativity goes into each garden from choosing the block layout, the colors, flowers, mulch and how it is all displayed.  Planting, maintenance, and plant removal at the end are all part of the job.  This year the quilt design is the Spool pattern with a large wooden spool and needle and thread in the center.

I was on the Quilt Garden Committee for two years and since then have continued as a "friend of the garden", to help plant the gardens each year.  I also make a wall quilt each year to commemorate the garden.  These wall quilts belong to the Nappanee Center/Heritage Museum which is directly behind the garden and all ten of the garden quilts are displayed inside.  The Nappanee Center is a Visitor Center with a museum inside that is free to the public and very worth your while to stop in and look around.  There is also a quilt show displayed in the Museum this summer.

This is the garden quilt for this years garden.  (photo taken inside the Nappanee Center)


I always place the garden block design in the center of the quilt and add a border around it.  This year I added a variety of spools around the border.  Each spool is a different color with different colored striped fabric for threads.  Every quilter needs a variety of thread colors!

Because of the quilts I've made, the Quilt Garden Committee has honored me this year by naming the garden after me!  The garden is named Connie's Bloomin' Stitches.  What an honor!

Here I am with the garden that is near and dear to  my heart!


If you are near this area (Northern Indiana) yet this summer, I invite you to stop by take a look.  Also include the other 17 gardens in the Elkhart County Quilt Gardens Along the Heritage Trail (18 gardens all together). This makes a wonderful one or two day trip to drive around and see the beautiful quilts in the area. All gardens are free to view and are on display until Oct 1

Friday, August 10, 2018

Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop

                            The fall Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop has started!


The Great Outdoors was the inspiration for this hop’s theme. Throughout the month of August and first week of Sept. all of the Island Batik Ambassadors will be featuring Island Batik’s newest fabrics, which will be appearing on shop shelves very soon! I hope you join us everyday and see all the great fabrics and wonderful projects that have been created.

Here is the listing of all the daily blog posts.

WEEK 1

WEEK 2

WEEK 3

Monday, August 20 – Ocean Odyssey
Toby LischkoKaren Overton
Thursday, August 23 – Dragonfly Dreams
Inchworm FabricsBeaQuilter

WEEK 4

WEEK 5

Tuesday, September 4 – Whatnot
heARTS CreationsSlice of Pi Quilts
Be sure can come back on August 16 and see what I created with the Wild Things Collection!

Look for and enter the daily drawings and Island Batiks three grand drawings on their blog.