Friday, May 26, 2023

Elkhart County Quilt & Fiber Expo


I will be teaching a paper piecing workshop at the Elkhart County Quilt & Fiber Expo on June 8, 2023.  The Expo runs from June 8-10 and has great classes, presentations, quilt show and vendor market.  Food trucks will be on hand.

The Expo is at the Northern Indiana Event Center 21565 Executive Parkway, Elkhart IN 46514 (Exit 96 on the IN 80/90). 

They have a great website that tells about the workshops and teachers and all the events going on- check it out below.

 A detailed event schedule is available on the website:

*The winner of the Stash Builder rolls from my Tool Crazy Blog Hop post is Petuniakr - Congratualtions!

Thursday, May 4, 2023

May Tool Craze Blog Hop and drawing


Cirque du Soleil

27 1/2" x 27 1/2"

May is time for another Island Batik Ambassador Blog Hop.  

This hop is called Tool Craze and our challenge was to use the Surprise fabric bundle that was in our latest box.  Along with that we were to use the Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design ruler that we were given.  Interesting challenge!

This was my surprise bundle.  It's always exciting to see what we receive.

I received the V Block ruler. 

The Island Batik fabrics in my bundle was the collection Make a Wish by Kathy Engle.  These fabrics should be in the shops now, so go to your local stores and ask if they have it.  If they don't have it now- tell them they should order it!

Aren't these cute prints!  Such a feeling of a party with balloon, candles, steamers, etc.

The Studio 180 Design ruler I received was for making V blocks.  The block is just like it looks on the label.  The ruler enables you to make 11 different sizes of V blocks.  An added challenge was that we were to make at least 30 blocks with our ruler and to make 2 different size blocks with it AND if we had other Studio 180 rulers it would be good to include them in the design.  That's a big challenge, but I was able to do it!

I am easily inspired by fabrics, but putting the requirement of what kind of block to use with it requires a bit more thought.  I like that these rulers allow you to make different size blocks, although making two different size blocks in one design was an added challenge.

I selected 13 fabrics above from the collection to use and also Island Batik solid white.  Two of the fabrics were used for the backing.

As I worked with the fabrics and the design it reminded me of a circus.  See if you get the same feeling.

I ended up making  4 V blocks that finished 3" x 3".  They are surrounding the center square.  I made 40 V blocks that finished 2" x 2".  These are in the outer border.  They may be harder to see as I butted the blocks up to each other in pairs.  

I also used the Corner Pop ruler I received last year.  I made 4 corner pop blocks that measure 3" x 3".  They also surround the center block.  

I added some fused appliques with Lite Steam a Seam 2 that I button hole stitched once the quilt was basted.  I used Hobbs Cotton batting which is great for wall hangings and one I use a lot.

I used three colors of Aurifil thread that matched perfectly.  It's so great when you have the perfect color on hand. I always use Schmetz needles in my machine.  I love their non stick needles when working with any fused applique.

I used two fabrics from the collection for the backing - an extra surprise!

For added embellishment I added 22 buttons.  It took awhile to sew them all down!

Does the quilt remind you of a circus?  I named it Cirque du Soleil which is French for Circus of the Sun.  I think it's a perfect name.

Thanks to Island Batik, Aurifil Threads, Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design, Hobbs Batting and Schmetz Needles for providing products to make this project.

I have a drawing of two stash builder rolls.  Leave a comment below to be entered.  USA entrants only due to postage costs.  I will draw a winner at the end of the blog hop.  Make sure that I can contact you if you win.

This is the first week of the blog hop.  Island Batik has a great drawing of two fat quarter bundles this week - either Make a Wish or Let it Snow.  Don't pass up this chance to win some great fabric!  Be sure to enter here.

Also, be sure and check out all the Ambassadors to see what fabrics they are working with and what they have designed.

Monday, May 1, 2023

May Amy Bradley Laundry Room

 The Amy Bradley Doll House Quilt has the cutest laundry room.  Here is my creation.

There are a lot of little pieces of laundry in the laundry basket!  Nice to use up some itty bitty scraps!  This laundry basket works a lot easier if you use an applique sheet and fuse the basket pieces all together into one piece that you can place on the pocket background fabric.

The little hangers are sewn on with a straight stitch in black thread.  They look great.  I picked a fabric with not a lot going on for the background as I wanted the hangers to show up.   I like the fabric I picked for the glass in the washer and dryer.  It sort of looks like things swishing around.

I'm putting this block beside the Sewing Room.

Here is my sister Jody's attic room.  I just LOVE it!  She is so creative and thinks out of the box.  I love the book shelf fabric she picked for the background.  And look at those books stacked up on the floor!  Her trunk is lovely and she even designed her own stool and light so that you can sit and read!  I'd like to visit her cozy attic and pick out a book or two!   Like I said - she is very creative!

Next month will be the Office.  We are making our way to building the Doll House.  Only a few blocks to go!

You can purchase the Doll House  pattern at Amy Bradley Designs at any time.  Paper and digital patterns available.