Friday, December 21, 2018

Merry Christmas

Wishing all of you a Merry Christmas!

6 1/2" x 6 1/2"
by Connie Kauffman
Published in The Quilt Pattern Magazine Oct 2018 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Dec Whimsical and Wonky Challenge

The December Challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to create something Whimsical and Wonky.  Sounded like fun!  What to do?

I was torn between wanting to make something with a Christmas look or something just fun even though it is December.  Island Batik Ambassadors receive two boxes a year with fabrics to use and promote and I didn't have any fabric with typical Christmas fabrics in my box, but I did have this super cute and bright package of 10" squares of the fabric line called Paisley Dot Brights.

This is a a far cry from Christmas colors, but aren't they just the cutest colors!  I wanted to be sure and use them before the year was over so decided to go ahead with them.

This time of year people are thinking of making Christmas gifts.  Sometimes it is hard to know what fabrics people might want in their homes.  If that is the case, I always think it is safe to make something seasonal.  With these fabrics I was thinking of something that looked like Spring.

I had a pattern called Color Fun Daisies by Linda Sullivan that had colorful daisies that I thought would work well with these fabrics.  The pattern fits the theme of whimsical and wonky.

Here are some of the daisies getting put together.  I also used some of the white Island Batik I had been sent as a background.  The white makes the colors pop.  (Please excuse my messy work table!)

Fusible applique is quick and easy.  Now for the quilting.  Aurifil is great thread and our Ambassadors boxes have included some wonderful colors to work with.  I call it eye candy!

For batting I used Thermore from Hobbs which had also been included in the Ambassador box.  Thermore is thin and very soft which is nice for smaller projects.

 I sewed tabs at the top for hanging.  I don't usually do this as I think it takes more time than a traditional hanging sleeve, but I thought it worked well with this project.  I used leftovers from two of the blue fabrics for the tabs.

It was fun to pick out and add a button to each daisy center.

I hope this quilt brightened your day!