Thursday, July 29, 2021

July 2021 Unboxing!


Two amazing boxes from Island Batik arrived in late June to all the Island Batik Ambassadors.  What excitement!  These are the BEST boxes full of wonderful things to work with for the next six months!

Below is a video of all the goodies that were in the boxes

Sometimes still photos show the items the best.

This is a Spring 2021 collection called Sunkist Soleil designed by Kathy Engle for Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works.  There is also a selection of foundation fabrics that coordinate with the bundle and a light and dark coordinating fabric with yardage to use.  These will be used in the August Challenge coming up.  With this challenge we are to use the ruler we received from Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design.  My ruler is called Corner Beam and makes the block you see below.

This package is a surprise!  The fabric in this package is a summer 2021 collection and hasn't been released yet.   You will see it in the November Challenge.  A hint to what these fabrics may look like is in the foundation fabrics they sent to coordinate with them...

More and more fabric!  Two Stash Builder Bundles came in lovely colors along with more foundation fabrics.

Aurifil Thread sent a box of their Color Builder threads.  My threads are black, gray and white and represent the endangered African Penguin.  See what I make with this interesting challenge in October.

By Annie sent a kit to make one of her great projects.  I chose to make the Catch All Caddy 2.0 and I'm excited to start working on it.  It is so fun to get a kit with everything you need to make the project from start to finish!  There is even an add on video for extra help if you need it.

Can you believe there is MORE fabric!   Yardage in their solids white, gray and black and also 6 yards of the neutral fabric called buttermilk.  It is really wonderful to have these basic colors on hand for when you need them.

Hobbs Batting once again sent a very generous supply of battings - 80/20 Bleached Cotton, a roll of Fusible Batting strips, Thermore, Cotton/Wool blend and my all time favorite- their Fusible Batting.

Many, many thanks to Island Batik, Aurifil Thread, By Annie, Studio 180 and Hobbs Batting for being sponsors for the Island Batik Ambassador Monthly Challenges!

Tuesday, July 20, 2021

July Island Batik Challenge


Sugar Plum Star

36" x 36"

Designed and made by Connie Kauffman

The July Challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was called Never To Early.   It's never to early to start on Christmas and holiday projects!  

The challenge stated that we could make anything we wanted for the holidays.  My first thought was to make something in the traditional Christmas colors of red and green.  Then I looked at the beautiful collection by Kathy Engle called Plum Pudding.

These colors bring to mind this line from "Twas The Night Before Christmas" by Clement Clarke Moore - "While visions of sugar plums danced in their heads".

I love the plum colors mixed with the soft grays and muted blues.  I designed the central star for this quilt and added the mixed squares in the border to bring in the lovely variety of fabrics in the collection.

It's nice to get started on Christmas projects early.  This wall hanging would be a nice gift, but sometimes you want to give something smaller.  How about a mini Sugar Plum Star quilt?

The mini quilt is fun to make and is 13" x 13".  It fits perfectly on a 12"  Ackfeld Wire Stand.  I used Schmetz Microtex sewing needlesHobbs Cotton Batting, and  Aurifil Thread in making these projects

What ever you make for holiday gifts, it is nice to start early so you have more time and less stress.

*Island Batik fabrics, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil Threads and Schmetz needles were provided for these projects thru the Island Batik Ambassador Program.

Tuesday, July 6, 2021

Sewing with Rayon

(Above is Pastel Romance one of the 46 Rayon prints  by Island Batik)

Island Batik often sends the Island Batik Ambassadors a couple yards of their rayon fabrics.  If you haven't seen their collection of rayon fabrics, be sure and check them out by clicking here.   They have a beautiful array of colorful prints.

I had a couple rayon fabrics that I loved, but never knew what to do with them.  I haven't sewn clothing for years, but I looked for a pattern for a top that I liked.  I looked for a long time and struggled on finding the correct size in the pattern.  It's not easy! 

I finally found a pattern I liked and thought I could handle.  It is McCalls' M7629.  I think it is a discontinued pattern, but I was able to get it online.  

Here are the tops I made

I struggled to get the pattern to actually fit.  After some adjusting, I'm happy with the fit.  Luckily I even had buttons to match!

The rayon fabric was easier to sew with than I thought it would be.  It does shift a bit more than cotton, but it was manageable with pins.  I had lovely matching Aurifil thread to sew with.

The purple fabric is called Wisteria and the multicolored one is called Dragonflies.  Unfortunately for you- these prints are no longer available, but there are many others that are lovely!

It might be time for you to sew a project with rayon.  These fabrics are great for cool summer outfits.  I hope you give it a try!

Tuesday, June 22, 2021

Scraps - Half Square Triangles

Do you have lots of scraps?  Sometimes I end up with lots of leftover triangles, or scraps that cut into triangles.  I love it when I can use up every colorful scrap!

I cut white triangles to sew with the colored triangles to make half square triangle blocks.  Now what to do with them?

What do you like to make with half square triangle blocks?

Friday, June 18, 2021

Changes with Subscriber list - second try

I spent most of another day trying to set up an account with Mail Chimp to send out my blog posts to all the people who have subscribed to my email list.  The first email from them was sent out this morning with nothing in the body of the email.  Sorry about that!  I missed a couple important steps in the set up.  I HOPE everything is working correctly now!

I hope to make a few more "tweaks" to get everything looking a bit nicer in the future...

If you have previously signed up to get my blog by email, you don't have to do anything on your end.  You will probably get two emails with my blog until the old service (Feedburner) stops sometime in July.  I started this process a bit early in case I had any problems setting things up (and I did!).  Once Feedburner ends their service, you will only get one blog post from me.

Stay tuned to see what all the Island Ambassadors will be making in July!


Thursday, June 17, 2021

Changes with Subscriber list

 My blog host is making some changes in July.  They will no longer support Feedburner which is where my subcriber list is located.  So they won't be sending out my blog posts to all my subscribers.  I am working on setting up the subscriber list with another location - so bear with me if there should be a few bugs to work out.  There is a possibility you may receive my blog post twice (once with Feedburner like usual and once with the new location- Mail Chimp) before Feedburner quits completely.

Thanks for your patience with this.  I'm hoping the transition will move smoothly.

Monday, June 14, 2021

June Island Batik Challenge


The June Island Batik Challenge is called Spread Love & Joy with Accuquilt.  Each Ambassador was sent an Accuquilt Go! Die and we were to use that die along with another block to create a project.  

I received the 8" Snail's Trail block die and a cutting mat to use with it.  I like the Snail's Trail block.  It can be used in many ways.  Using another block along with the Snail's Trail was an interesting challenge.  Many other companion blocks can be made using the Accuquilt Go Cube 8" Mix and Match block set of dies

I looked over the fabrics I received in my first Island Batik box and decided to work with the Farm Fresh Collection by Kathy Engle and the coordinating fabrics they sent with it.  This collection is a mix of oranges, yellows, purples, greens and pumpkin prints.

I decided on a companion block using the Go! Cub 8" block set and had a great time making my project.  The greatest thing about the Snail's Trail block die is that the 10" squares of fabric fit right on the die.  That makes for fast cutting.

Unfortunately I have good news and bad news. The bad news first - I can't show you my project!  The good news is that the quilt will be published in the Jan/Feb 2022 issue of Quiltmaker magazine!  I hope you look for it when the magazine comes out.  I really liked the quilt and was glad they decided to publish it.

I still wanted to make something to show you for this blog post, so I made a table mat using the Snail's Trail block and the Pinwheel Block.  The Pinwheel block is in the center.  I like how the two blocks  meet and blend together.

I used what was left of the Farm Fresh fabrics.    I used Hobbs Natural Cotton batting, Schmetz Microtex Needles and Aurifil Thread in making both projects.

This was an interesting challenge - to combine two different blocks using the Go! dies.  You might want to give this a try and create something new and different.