Monday, February 21, 2022

Week 4 Row by Row Blog Hop

 This is the last week on the Row by Row Island Batik Blog Hop.  See the Ambassadors that will be posting this week below and be sure and go back and see the other Ambassadors if you have missed any.

I will be selecting my drawing winner on the last day- so if you leave a comment, be sure that I can contact you if you are the winner!

Also be sure and enter the drawing on the Island Batik Blog for their great fabric drawing this week!

February 21:

Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail
Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter

February 22:

Mania Hatzioannidi, Mania for Quilts
Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

February 23:

End of Blog Hop and Final Round-Up

Monday, February 14, 2022

Row by Row Blog Hop Week 3

 Here are the postings for week 3 of the Island Batik Row by Row Blog Hop

February 14:

Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde
Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting

February 15:

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia

February 16:

Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum
Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

February 17:

Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio
Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads

February 18:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 3 and Island Batik Giveaway.  These are the fabric giveaways this week

Saturday, February 12, 2022

Garden Quilt Theme Song

 I've never had a theme song for a quilt until now.  Subscriber Sharon said that my Colleen's Garden quilt reminded her of the John Denver song called Garden Song.  I like John Denver songs and had forgotten this one.  It fits perfectly with the quilt.

The words start:

Inch by inch, row by row

Gonna make this garden grow

All it takes is a rake and a hoe

And a piece of fertile ground

Here is a link to the song- I hope you listen and enjoy  

Garden Song by John Denver

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Feb. Blog Hop - Row by Row Challenge and drawing

Colleen's Garden - Made by Connie Kauffman
Pattern by JoAnn Hoffman
42" x 65"

Today is my day for the Feb 2022 Island Batik Blog Hop, and I'm excited to show you the quilt I made. The challenge this month was to make a Row by Row quilt using the fabric bundle we were sent from Island Batik.  

I received the fabric collection called Contempo designed by Kathy Engle for Kate Colleran Designs.

Contempo is a Fall 21 collection and will be shipping to stores in Feb.  There are 20 fabrics in the collection and they were perfect for the pattern I decided to use.

Row by Row quilts are not my favorite to make.  Most of the ones I've seen are made with pieced blocks.  Each row has one block made over and over in the row, but each row has a different block.  I searched a long time and found a pattern I was in  love with.  It's called Colleen's Garden by JoAnn Hoffman.  This is a Raw Edge Applique pattern and definitely has a row by row of patterns, but they seem to blend together into a whole picture that is very interesting.

The colors of Contempo were exactly what I needed for the applique pieces.  I used all 20 fabrics in the quilt - you might have fun hunting where they were used!  I did draw from other Island Batik fabrics in my stash for the background pieces and the black, gray and bits of white, but the colors of Contempo in the applique pieces are what shines in the quilt.

This was a FUN project- but oh my it had a lot of pieces!  Sometime I should count them all...
I used Lite Steam a Seam 2 as the fusible for all the pieces.

One of the great things about batiks are that the color is often mixed or swirled in the fabric and you can use one fabric for a couple different pieces.  It does make your fabric rather holey though!  

There were four greens in the collection and it worked great with the shading in the fabrics to give me a lot of variety for the plants in the quilt.

Here are just some of the pieces cut out for the top row.  Aren't they lovely!  Lots of cutting!

Some pieces were pretty small.

I used Hobbs Fusible Batting which is my all time favorite batting.  I knew it would hold the fabric layers together well while I quilted.  I also used Schmetz Super Universal 80/12 NonStick Needles which work really well when sewing appliques with fusible on them.  

I drew from my wonderful collection of Aurifil thread to do the quilting.  This is my 9th year as an Island Batik Ambassador and I think Aurifil has been a sponsor most of the time so I've acquired many lovely spools to work with!  How many colors of thread do you think I used?  Twenty!

I decided to make the quilt in 4 sections somewhat like a Quilt as You Go to make the quilting easier as this is a pretty big quilt to sew around applique pieces. 
Here are two of the sections

After quilting the rows I trimmed them, laid them right sides together and sewed only the top layers together.  Then I turned it over and folded the backing back and trimmed the batting so that both sides touched.

Then I whip stitched the batting together to secure it.  

Then I turned the edges and stitched the backing sides together.  It worked great!

Quilting is not my strong suit, but I'm pretty happy with how this one turned out.  I even did some free motion quilting.  Here's a photo of the back which shows the quilting best.  I used the gray solid batik for the backing.

Here are a few close ups of the quilt.  It  is just so cute!  Be sure and look for all the critters. The colors of the Contempo fabrics are really bright and cheerful.  

Be sure to visit the other Island Batik Ambassadors (see the schedule and links in my earlier post) to see their collections and what they made for their Row by Row projects.  

Be sure and visit Island Batik and enter their great drawing for this week. - Contempo is one of the prizes!

Leave a comment below telling me if you've ever made a Row by Row quilt to enter my drawing for two lovely Stash Builder Bundles. USA entrants only due to postage costs.  Be sure that I can contact you if you win.  I'll draw a winner at the end of the Blog Hop.

Many thanks to Island Batik, Aurifil Thread, Hobbs Batting and Schmetz Needles for supplying products to use in this project thru the Island Batik Ambassador program

Monday, February 7, 2022

Week 2 Row by Row Blog Hop Schedule

 Here is the schedule for week 2 of the Row by Row Island Batik Blog Hop.

Remember my day is Tues Feb 8 - be sure and check it out.  I LOVE the quilt I made for this challenge!

February 7:

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood
Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

February 8:

Suzy Webster, Websterquilt
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

February 9:

Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts

February 10:

Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky
Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

February 11:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and the great Island Batik Giveaway!

Saturday, February 5, 2022

March American Quilter/Emerald Isle

 My quilt Emerald Isle is in the March 2022 issue of American Quilter magazine

(photo courtesy of American Quilter)

The quilt is 37" x 37" and is made with lovely Island Batik fabrics.

(photo courtesy of American Quilter)

Friday, February 4, 2022

New Thread and Needles

 A late arrival from Island Batik for the Ambassador program was a package that included Schmetz needles and Aurifil Thread to use in our challenges this year.

Aurifil thread is a Color Builder bundle called Florence Brown.  Browns in a light, medium and dark.

Schmetz needles are Chrome 80/12, Chrome 75/11 and Topstitch 90/4.

Thanks to Aurifil and Schmetz Needles!