Monday, June 27, 2022

Week 4 New York Beauty Blog Hop

 Here is the schedule for week 4 - actually the last day of the Island Batik Ambassador's New York Beauty Blog Hop.  There is only one Ambassador posting this week.  I hope you've been enjoying the hop.  If you've missed any days- be sure and go back and check them out and enter all the drawings.


June 27:

Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs

June 28:

End of Blog Hop and Final Round-Up and last drawing from Island Batik for two beautiful fabric bundles



Monday, June 20, 2022

Week 3 New York Beauty Blog Hop

 Here is the line up for week 3 of the Island Batik Ambassador's New York Beauty Blog Hop.


June 20:

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia
Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky

June 21:

Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads
Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

June 22:

Megan Best, Bestquilter
Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

June 23:

Suzy Webster, Websterquilt
Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood

June 24:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 3 and Island Batik Giveaway of two fat quarter bundles!  Be sure and enter!



Thursday, June 16, 2022

New York Beauty Blog Hop and Drawing





                                    Blue Moons by Connie Kauffman  40" x 40"

New York Beauties! I hope you have been enjoying the Island Batik Ambassador New York Beauty Blog Hop so far.  Today is my day to post and I'm happy to show you my New York Beauty Blue Moons.

This was a great challenge.  I love New York Beauty blocks.  Traditionally the New York Beauty block is made with spiked quarter circles in a square or rectangular block. This block can be made in many variations and I like them all!  It was hard to pick what to make - but first I had to start with the fabrics.

Island Batik sent me a Surprise bundle in the January box that I was to use in this challenge.  I couldn't show you until now because the fabrics were not in the stores yet.    The fabrics I received are the Snowsicle Collection by Kathy Engle.


These are a lovely soft blending of blues.  They remind me of the colors of snow at dusk when everything is shimmery blues.

I love these fabrics but I was a bit stumped at first on how to use them with the New York Beauty block.  Most of the New York Beauty quilts I had seen were with bright and brilliant color combinations.  Many of the quilts remind me of Mexico, fireworks and fiestas.  It took me a while to think more in terms of cool, moon lit nights.

Once I got in the mind set with the collection of blues I enjoyed working with them.  I found one block pattern and used it for all of the blocks with some minor pattern variations.  I also varied the color placement.  The colors all blend so nicely it was fun to see how many different ways I could make the blocks.  

I made 16 blocks with variations of inner borders and a slender triangle pieced outer border.  I used 18 of the 20 fabrics in the collection.  Corner buttons are an added touch.

A variety of Westalee Rulers were helpful in quilting on my domestic machine.


Two colors of Aurifil blended wonderfully with the fabrics.


Hobbs batting and Schmetz needles were also used to make the quilt.






Aren't the fabrics lovely!  I'm having a drawing for a variety of 22 10" squares and almost a full half yard of one of the darker prints in the Snowsicle collection.



Leave a comment below and tell me your favorite colors to work with to be entered into my drawing.  
USA entries only due to postage costs.  I will select a winner at the end of the blog hop.

Be sure and enter the Island Batik drawing this week for their bundles of beautiful fabrics.

Follow along each day to see what the other Ambassadors have been creating. Be sure and visit Denise Looney today to see what she made with her Snowsicle collection.



Thanks to Island Batik, Aurifil Thread,  Hobbs Batting and Schmetz needles for suppling product to use in this project.



 







Monday, June 13, 2022

Week 2 New York Beauty Blog Hop

 Here is the line up for week 2 of the Island Batik Ambassadors New York Beauty Blog Hop.

Be sure and remember I'm posting on Thursday!




June 13:

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations
Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

June 14:

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts
Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum

June 15:

Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde Gifts
Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

June 16:

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

June 17:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Island Batik Giveaway.  Be sure to visit the Island Batik Blog for the drawings of bundles from the Savannah and Santorini Collections/




Monday, June 6, 2022

New York Beauty Blog Hop

 


Today begins the Island Batik Ambassadors New York Beauty Blog Hop!  This is a fantastic Hop showcasing the beautiful New York Beauty quilt block.  All the Island Batik Ambassadors have been working on these quilts using the most recent Island Batik fabrics.  You don't want to miss a day!

I've listed the stops on the blog for this week below.  Be sure to visit each one.  Many Ambassadors will be having special drawings.  Island Batik has a special drawing every Friday- so be sure and stop there every week and enter.

June 6:

Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail
Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio

June 7:

Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts
Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

June 8:

Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

June 9:

Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter
Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts

June 10:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway at the Island Batik Blog.

This is the Island Batik drawing for this week.  Aren't the fabrics lovely!  Be sure and enter.  You can enter by clicking the link above.






Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Pine Needles - McCall's Quilting July/August 2022

 My quilt Pine Needles is in the July/August issue of McCall's Quilting

Pine Needles
39 1/2" x 39 1/2"
Designed and made by Connie Kauffman
photo courtesy of McCall's Quilting

The quilt was made with Evergreen and Pine fabrics from Island Batik that have lovely forest greens and browns.




Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Triangle Tricks

 



Four Cornered   35" x 35"  Designed and made by Connie Kauffman

The May Island Batik Ambassadors challenge was all about triangles.  The challenge was called Triangle Tricks and we were encouraged to see what we could create with triangles. What a fun challenge!  It was hard to decide what design to work on.



The first thing I decided was that I wanted to work with the 2 1/2" strip pack of the Island Batik Savannah Collection.  This collection will be shipping to stores this June, so look for it!  I love the 2 1/2" strip packs.  They are great for a lot of things, but I especially like them for doing paper piecing.  I also used a dark purple IB basic for the background.


I looked around at a lot of triangle paper piecing patterns.  There are some great ones!  I finally decided to work with one of my own designs.  I have a pattern called Cornered that was to be in my book Little Gems published by Martingale.


Unfortunately there were too many patterns to fit in the book, so Cornered wasn't included.  Martingale saved the pattern and added it as a free online pattern to accompany the book.  I've never felt like many people saw that it was online.  You can find the pattern here.


Cornered

Cornered is only 12" x 12" and I wanted to make a larger quilt using the 2 1/2" strips.  I decided to enlarge the pattern and make four of them.  I also changed the center just a tad with the dark purple triangles.

Here is the small Cornered quilt and the larger Four Cornered quilt.


Paper piecing this scrappy quilt is especially fun with a package of 2 1/2" strips.  You just pick up a strip and sew.  No worries about color placement.


I stitched in the ditch around the triangles with a purple Aurifil thread using Schmetz Microtex needles and I also used Hobbs Cotton Batting to finish the quilt.  It was wonderful only using one color thread - unlike my Row by Row Garden Quilt where I used 20!



After enlarging the pattern and making four of them, I still only used less than half of a package of 2 1/2" strips.  So now I have half a package to make something else!  If you knew someone else who wanted to make this, you could buy a package and split it between the two of you!

The colors look nice on the love seat.


Look for Savannah fabrics shipping to stores in June and have fun with some triangles!

*Many thanks to Aurifil Threads, Island Batik, Hobbs Battng and Schmetz Needles for providing materials to make this project thru the Island Batik Ambassador program.