Monday, October 30, 2017

Borders & Bindings Challenge - 2nd try

I had issues today with my photos not appearing on my blog post.  Please go back and check it out- it should be working now (hopefully!)

Borders and Binding Island Batik Challenge

The October challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to make a quilt with Creative Borders and Bindings.  I decided to use this great 10" package of Elementz fabrics by designer Tammy Silvers, as well as a dark orange from the Island Batik Blenders and a yard of Elementz fabric in a lighter orange.

Aren't the colors yummy!  I fell in love with these fabrics just from how they were wrapped in the package.  Here is another close up

I loved the little strips of color and how they looked on the diagonal just as they were folded in the package.

Some of the fabrics remind me a bit of the packages of a fruit gum from years ago...
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Knowing I wanted to cut the fabrics on the diagonal/bias, I knew I wanted to make the blocks of my project with paper piecing.  With paper piecing you can manage working with fabrics on the bias.  Kind of crazy to do a whole quilt this way, but it had the look I wanted and it worked out great.  I actually cut the 10" squares in half on the diagonal and continued to cut strips as I needed them on the diagonal.  I didn't need any the other half of the squares.  Those 10" square packs actually have a bit of fabric.  You can do a lot with them!

Here is my quilt called  Tutti Fruitti II.  I love the bright colors.  It could be a wall quilt or one for a table.  I think the colors will brighten my home this winter.

This whole quilt is actually made with different borders around a central block.  I just added border after border.  I thought of also doing a scrappy binding with leftover strips, but decided the quilt looked busy enough without it.

This fabric line was lots of fun to work with.  You might enjoy making a bright quilt this winter.  Look for Elementz by Island Batik at your local stores.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Printed Fabric Hot Pads

Island Batik sent a panel of Leah Day's new fabric called Heart Medallions in the last Ambassador box.  My panel was a purple batik with heart medallion figures printed on top.  There were four prints on my panel.  I'm sorry I forgot to take a photo of the fabric before I jumped in and cut it up.  The fabric is Island Batik and comes in several colors.

Leah Day organized the latest Quilty Box and each box contains a couple yards of her Heart Medallion fabric.  If you aren't familiar with what Quilty Box is all about, you might want to click the link on Quilty Box or Leah Day's Blog to find out more about it.

I've been working on a quilt I hope to post on Monday, so I didn't want to take on another large project.  I decided to cut the prints into four separate pieces and to make hot pads out of them.  The medallions were just the right size for hot pads.

I used Insul-Bright from The Warm Company and a layer of 80/20 Warm batting for the inside and matched up a lovely purple batik from a past line for the back.  Machine quilting was easy by just quilting along the medallion designs.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Blog Hop Winner

The winner from the Back To School Blog Hop on my blog is VickiH.  The fabrics from the Sour Apple Collection are on the way.