Wednesday, April 21, 2021

April Snow and More Challenge Quilts

 It's April, but here is a photo of my back porch this morning.

Bit of a chilly seat don't you think?  It didn't last long as the sun came out and melted all the snow from the trees, grass and flowers.  Then mid afternoon we had a heavy snow that in 15 minutes put down as much snow as we got all day yesterday!   And then the sun again!  Crazy!

I thought I'd show you a few more Island Batik Ambassadors April -  It's All Up To You Challenge projects

These two lovelies are from Leah Malasky.   See her blog at: 

Jennifer Eubank's Lone Star Quilt.  See her blog at:  

Mania Hatziioannidi from Greece made a great bag.

Check out the other projects from the 2021 Island Batik Ambassadors below

Megan Best ~ Best Quilter
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Eubank ~ Archipelago Quilting
Jennifer Fulton ~ The Inquiring Quilter

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania For Quilts
Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke, Fiber Artist
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine

Claudia Porter ~  Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute and Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail

Andi Stanfield ~ True Blue Quilts
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore

Thursday, April 8, 2021

April Island Batik Challenge - It's All Up To You



33" x 34"

Individual patterns by Emily Taylor

Made by Connie Kauffman

The April Island Batik Ambassador Challenge is a great one.  It's called It's All Up To You.  That means we were able to create what ever we wanted in what ever size we wanted.  Anything goes!

I had been wanting to make a collage quilt for a long time.  I like the patterns and process created by Emily Taylor.  She has wonderful patterns and great videos that are very helpful.  You can see them at her website   I bought her pattern Woodlands to try out her techniques.  

Emily's pattern came with many different separate patterns.  It's up to you to decide which elements you want in your design and how you want to arrange them. On the cover photo of her pattern Woodlands there is a squirrel, flowers, mushrooms, dragonflies, leaves, nuts and a snail.  I liked those, but inside the pattern there was also a pattern for a rabbit that I thought was adorable, so I included that in my quilt.

I jumped right in to making parts of the patterns and forgot to take photos of the process- sorry!  In short, you pin the pattern to a design wall and then pin a piece of parchment paper over the pattern.  You add fusible to the back of fabrics you think you will use and you use ALOT of different fabrics!  You cut the fabrics in small shapes of various sizes in the shades shown on the pattern piece and lightly fuse them to the parchment paper.  Then once you have the whole shape as you want it- fuse it well and then you can remove the whole piece and move it around to where you want it on your background fabric.

Here are some of my pieces once they were fused to the parchment paper.  It was really fun to arrange and rearrange them on the background.  I used an Island Batik neutral called Egg White for my background (not shown in the photo below).

This is not a fast process and often was a challenge to select the best fabric color shades. It was fun to see the images emerge, and it got a bit easier as it went along.

As always, my biggest challenge was the quilting.  I knew I had a  lot of background with no applique that would need to be quilted.  Also, the fused appliques are rather stiff and I thought I would need to do some dense quilting to to match.  Not my strong point!

I surprised myself and actually did some real free motion quilting.  My favorite part of the background quilting was the fiddle head ferns.  I also added some background flowers, mushrooms and clouds in the sky.  I did add a couple ladybug and bee buttons because I had them and they were so cute!

The appliques were quilted around the outside edge of almost every piece - and yes it did take a long time and many different colors of thread!

I used many, many different Island Batik fabrics from my stash.  I also used many Aurifil threads as shown above and  Hobbs Fusible batting.  Using the fusible batting made the quilting easier as it held all the layers together so well and there were no basting threads to contend with.

This was a wonderful challenge and I was so grateful to have a chance to try out this technique and make Emily's Woodland pattern.

Many thanks to Island Batik, Aurifil Threads and Hobbs batting for supplying the products for this project thru the Island Batik Ambassador program