Monday, May 25, 2020

Week 4 The Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop

Today starts the 4th and last day of The Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop with the Island Batik Ambassadors.  There is only one Ambassador post this week so be sure to check it out and go back and see any posting you might have missed this month. 

May 25:
May 26:
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 4

Monday, May 18, 2020

week 3 The Ultimate Design Blog Hop

Today starts week 3 of The Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop with the Island Batik Ambassadors.  Here is the list of the Ambassadors that will be posting this week and the collection they will be highlighting.

May 18:
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May 22:
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 3 and Giveaway

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

McCalls Quilting July/Aug 2020

                             I have a quilt in McCall's Quilting.  They named the quilt Vernal.


This is a bright and happy wall quilt 39" x 39"  It incorporates large and small Monkey Wrench blocks in bright Island Batik fabrics.  The bright fabrics are from the Garden Party Collection and it has Island Batik white basic for the background.  The quilting was done with a variety of bright Sulky Cotton and Cotton and Steel threads that show up nicely against the white background.

Monday, May 11, 2020

The Ultimate Decor Blog Hop week 2



I hope you've been enjoying The Ultimate Decor Blog Hop with the Island Batik Ambassadors.  Here are the Ambassadors and the collections they will be highlighting this week.
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May 15:
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway

Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Ultimate Decor Blog Hop with Island Batik

It's May and time for another great Island Batik Ambassador Blog Hop.  The theme of this Hop is called The Ultimate Decor Blog Hop.

Here are my decor projects.

The fabrics for this project were packaged as Surprise Fabrics in the first Ambassador box this year, and were not to be used or shown until this blog hop.  I can finally show them to you now.  The fabrics are called Nordic Nature  designed by Kathy Engle and are just now shipping to stores.


These fabrics are a beautiful blend of winter, Christmas colors.  It was a challenge to think of a winter home dec project in early spring - did you notice the daffodils in the top photo that I didn't manage to hide?  I finally decided on a table runner and set of matching place mats.

There were only three reds in this collection and I wanted to draw that color out.  By using the dark red for the binding it draws the color out from the center section. The variety of green prints were fun to work with.

I used 15 of the 20 fabrics in the collection .





I used Hobbs Cotton batting and Schmetz Chrome needles in making the project.  Both are Sponsors who donated thru the Island Batik Ambassador program.

I used Westalee rulers in the quilting.

Aurifil thread is also a sponsor and I used two of their threads in the quilting.  Red is #2260 in 40 weight, and the tan is #6730 in 50 weight.


The tan actually doesn't look like a good match, but it is a wonderful thread that I find blends with  many fabrics.  One of my favorites.


The table runner is 17" x 30 3/4" and place mats are 17" x 12"


I was still thinking about Christmas and home dec projects and decided to try a couple little fabric boxes with two more of the fabrics.  I had been wanting to try some fabric boxes and had seen some on the internet to try- there are a lot of designs out there.  They are fun to make.

I made the little one first and made a mistake in that I wanted the checkerboard fabric to be on the points and I had it turned the wrong way.  It's still nice, just not what I was aiming for.  I made the larger box with the checkerboard as the border trim like I wanted it.  The larger box holds folded fat quarters nicely.

Fabric boxes would be nice to give as gifts.  If you start now- you could have several made by Christmas!


After these projects I had three fabrics left in the collection that I didn't use.  I'm offering all three as a prize drawing.  These are all half yard cuts.


Just leave a comment about what your favorite home dec projects are to make.  USA entries only due to shipping costs.  I'll be drawing a winner thru Random.org at the end of the Blog Hop.

Be sure to visit Island Batik's blog to enter their beautiful fabric drawing for the beautiful Cascadia precuts.  I LOVE this collection and I know you will too!


 Check the list of Island Batik Ambassadors below to see who is posting each day.  Be sure to check in and  see the new fabrics and what they all are creating. There will be lots of drawings also.  Enjoy!

Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs 
May 5
Carolina Asmussen ~ Carolina Asmussen
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt
May 6
Megan Best ~ Best Quilter
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
May 7
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
May 11
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
May 12
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
May 13
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail 
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog 
May 14
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts 
Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks
May 18
Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
May 19
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
May 20
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
May 21
Sharon Riley ~ Sew Riley Designs
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
May 25
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads

Monday, May 4, 2020

The Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop

Today starts The Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop with the Island Batik Ambassadors!  This hop runs for 4 weeks.  Here are the Ambassadors that will be posting this week and what new collections they will be highlighting.
I will be posting on Thursday.  Be sure and check each day and enter all the giveaways.
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May 8:
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway

Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Creative Borders & Bindings


                                                                      Radiance
                                                                      36" x 36"
                                                  Designed and made by Connie Kauffman

April is the Creative Borders and Bindings Island Batik Ambassador Challenge.


The Island Batik Ambassadors were to make a quilt this month that had some kind of creative borders and binding.  As I was thinking what to design, I thought why do borders have to be straight?  I'd never really designed a quilt in the round, so here was an additional challenge for myself.

Above you can see my quilt Radiance.  It has several round borders.  Interesting note- I didn't want to name the quilt Corona (which is all we can think about these days), but I found out that Radiance is a synonym of Corona!

I decided to use fabrics from the Island Batik Sunset Blooms Collection by Kathy Engle.  I was given a 10" pack of these fabrics in my Island Batik Ambassador box.  So this was an added challenge in that I only had one or two 10" pieces of fabric to use of each color.  I was also given yardage in a light and dark in coordinating colors to use, so I knew I could use the light fabric for the background and the dark color for one of the larger applique pieces.


I ended up only using 7 of the 10" fabric square colors in the package and the background light (Basics Latte) and dark yardage that matched a color in the package.   You can do a lot with a couple 10" squares!

I thought I would walk you through some of my design process with this quilt.  To begin with, this quilt was designed on paper.  I usually design all my quilts with Quilt Pro on the computer.  With the quilt program all my lines are straight and things fit together exactly.  Working on paper for curved applique pieces was different, but exciting too!

It was a challenge to get all the pieces to fit in the circular shape.  I first took a large paper and drew a large circle the size I wanted, then folded it into 8 sections. Then I drew and cut shapes that would fit in each area.  I was so involved in thinking thru this process that I didn't take any photos.

I decided what colors I wanted for each shape and used Lite Steam-A-Seam 2 for all the applique pieces.  I also used the new Non Stick Needles from Schmetz which worked very well with the fusible applique.

Most things went well and it was exciting to see how it was coming together.


Here is where I had SO many decisions to make.  First - what what kind of center to have.  This is one idea that I sort of liked, but decided not to use.


Then I had a piece I was going to put around the outside of the circle design.  It was my favorite fabric and I wanted it to be in a larger piece to draw attention.  It was to make the whole shape into a circle.  Unfortunately it wasn't large enough (my mistake) to give the look I wanted, and then I didn't have enough fabric to redo it.


So- I played around with using the pieces in different ways.




Each one is a different look.  I asked my husband what he thought about these ideas.  He pondered them and finally said "It looks a little busy".  Hmm.....He was right! (he often is!).  So I finally took them off and stayed with my original plan.  Often the original plan is the best!  My one regret was not having more of the lovely dark teal blue color in the quilt.

The applique itself went pretty quickly and I straight  line quilted around each shape.  I backed the quilt with the same background as the front and used Hobbs 100% Heirloom Cotton Batting with Scrim.

I knew when designing this that there would need to be a lot of quilting which is my biggest challenge.  I buckled down and drew out designs and used a lot of great rulers (mostly Westalee Rulers) with my domestic machine.


Here are  some photos of the quilting.  It's the most quilting I've ever done on one quilt.  I'm getting more comfortable using the rulers.  I wish I had used a layer of wool as I see others use that shows off the quilting more.  I've never done that before and was a bit hesitant. Sometimes you don't really see the quilting - and I worked really hard on it!  



For my creative binding, I decided to add a small piping in the dark teal fabric.  I had plenty of that fabric to make it.


When I was done with the binding and hanging sleeve I added buttons for a little extra color and embellishment.


Here is Radiance all completed.


Island Batik fabrics, Schmetz Needles and Hobbs batting were provided to me thru the Island Batik Ambassador Program