Saturday, April 29, 2017

Purrfect Spots: Adventurous Applique with Island Batik

Purrfect Spots: Adventurous Applique with Island Batik: April is almost over and the theme for the month of April given to the Island Batik Ambassadors was "Adventurous Applique".  I ...

Adventurous Applique with Island Batik


April is almost over and the theme for the month of April given to the Island Batik Ambassadors was "Adventurous Applique".  I will admit that I have been doing applique all month long and it has kept me very busy, but I can't share that until October. Sorry.

However, I have done some different applique just for this project and it has been and will continue to be quite adventurous for me. 

As you may or may not know, I use to design cross stitch and needlepoint. One reason I started quilting was many of my designs could be used for applique in the quilting medium. So I took a needlepoint design (which was actually designed by my very talented and artistic sister) and turned it into an applique work. I have been wanting to do this for a long time and this was just the push I needed. Here is the hand painted canvas called "Two for Lunch" by Raffy L. 

Actually this is one in a series of four - this being for Spring. I plan on doing all four (at some point) and making a wall hanging. I just love these bunnies as they are so elegant. 

I looked through the goody box that I received from Island Batik and came up with these colors. They don't match hers exactly, but I had to work with what I was sent. What do you think?


No yellows, but I thought the oranges would be very acceptable and my sister agreed.  So I started tracing onto fusible applique and pulled out my applique sheet to begin the process of putting the design together. Here is the first part.



I am pleased but filling in the urn with all the greenery and fruit was definitely going to be a challenge. I found the easiest way to do it was to iron a piece of fusible applique to the different color fabrics, get out the scissors, start cutting the leaves and fruit then fuse them together on the sheet. Here is what I ended up with. I am pleased.



My next step will be to stitch the applique down and then quilt the background. I plan on adding beads to the bunnies (eyes), the urn, the leaves and fruit in the urn. I love bead work (and bling) and this will be so much fun. However, I won't be able to start that process until June. I will post pictures as I go along.

Be sure and check out all the other Island Batik Ambassadors Adventurous Applique posts as there are some fabulous designs this month. Here is the list:

Purrfect Spots - you are here!
Den Syende Himmel
Quilt'n Party
Pamela Quilts
Ark Angel Creations
Kathy's Kwilts and More
Desert Bloom Quilting
Freemotion by the River
Seams Like a Dream
Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Quilting Affection Designs
Inquiring Quilter
Bejeweled Quilts
Sally's Quilting Corner
Inch Worm Fabrics
Kauffman Designs
Moosestash Quilting
Needle & Foot
Beaquilter
Cheryl Lynch Quilts
MaryMack's Blog
heARTs Creations
Kissed Quilts
The Quilt Rambler
Seams To Be Sew
Inspired Layers
Vicki's Crafts and Quilting
Masterpiece Quilting
Fun Threads
Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Little Bunny Quilts
Webster Quilt
Sophie Junction
Slice of Pi Quilts

Thank you for stopping by. 

Until next time,
Nan

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Purrfect Spots: March Mini Madness

Purrfect Spots: March Mini Madness: Welcome to my March Mini Madness Blog. As an Island Batik Ambassador, we were given the challenge to create a small project with Island ...

March Mini Madness


Welcome to my March Mini Madness Blog. As an Island Batik Ambassador, we were given the challenge to create a small project with Island Batik fabrics using paper piecing or English paper piecing (EPP). We were to create a project 24" x 24" or smaller. I like both although I do find that machine paper piecing can be somewhat frustrating to say the least.   I love hand work, so decided to go with EPP. 

Another reason I  chose EPP was I could stitch and watch all the basketball games of March Madness plus I could try out a new EPP pattern designed by Cindy Mccoy in The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM). This pattern will appear in the April issue (Saturday).

I have only done hexagons with EPP, but her pattern includes squares, diamonds and half square triangles. I really wanted to give it a go. Isn't it beautiful?
 

I decided to go with blue and white and chose some lovely strips from my wonderful box of Island Batik goodies! I took some strips from the package of rolls on the left.
Aren't they pretty? And so I began, starting with the diamonds. I cut my templates out and laid them on the darkest blue strip.

I stitched the middle diamonds and then added the white squares to complete  my first step.                                        
 









My points matched and I was so excited I was eager to move to the next step. 





 

 

This step was a little harder for me at first but the more I stitched, the easier it got. 












 




It was really beginning to take shape now 
and I was delighted with what I was making. 

And this is where I am now on March 30th. I still have some steps to do and I will be stitching this weekend while watching the Final Four. 

I had planned on getting it finished, but March was a very unusual month with some ups and downs, so I had to put it on the back burner. But then if I had not done that,  I couldn't work on it for the final March Madness!!!

 I will share when it is finished.
You may have seen some of the other blogs that the Island Batik Ambassadors have posted about their Mini Madness quilts. There are some beautiful projects. I have the list below and I hope you will go and check them all out. 
 
Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Anna from Ark Angel Creations
Kathy from Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Sharon from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Tina from Quilting Affection Designs
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Sally from Sally’s Quilting Corner
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Joan from Moosestash Quilting
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marian from Seams to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Vicki from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Terri from Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Suzy from Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore


Thank you for stopping by.

Until next time,
Nan






Friday, March 17, 2017

Another Furry Friday

It is Furry Friday and today our sponsor is The Quilt Pattern Magazine or (TQPM). We know that quilters love animals and quilters know that quilts are pet magnets! We would like to share a few of our furry friends that are looking for their "Furever" homes.

Along with The Quilt Pattern Magazine, there is a group of quilting industry professionals who partnered together with the Petfinder Foundation as we are all animal lovers and want to help them.

This is our second Furry Friday. Each Friday for the next six weeks, we will share pictures of shelter pets that need a home. Now they may not be in your area, however, if you are looking for a pet, you can go to the Petfinder.com page, put in your area code plus what type of pet you want and you will find a listing of all the pets needing homes in or near your area. 

Here are our two pets today:


Tigress
Sweet 6-year-old Tigress was born at Waccamaw Animal Rescue Mission in Conway, S.C., and has been waiting literally her entire life for a forever home. She loves attention and can't wait to meet you!



Crysta
This beautiful 8-year-old shepherd mix can be a bit shy at first, but warms up quickly. Crysta is a calm, friendly girl who likes to go for walks and to be petted and loved on. Meet her at the Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis!

We are hoping that by spreading the word, these two will find their new homes. Please share as they just might be the "purrfect" cat or dog for someone you know.

 
Tigress is at Waccamaw Animal Rescue Mission in Conway, SC and Crysta is at The Humane Society of Missouri in St. Louis, MO.  These two shelters have received Kennel Quilts from the TQPM Kennel Quilt Team. Have you heard of the team? Well if not, find out here


I have talked about the shelter pets, now let me introduce you to the wonderful  Quilting Industry Professionals who are animal lovers and started an initiative last fall called "Piece for Shelter Pets".


The Quilt Pattern Magazine partnered with the Petfinder Foundation after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 to help animal shelters affected by the hurricane by making Kennel Quilts. The Kennel Quilts give the rescued or displaced pets a warm soft place to nap. They were a big hit so The TQPM Kennel Quilt Team was started and today there are over a thousand members on the team. We hope you will join. Over 10,200 Kennel Quilts have been distributed to shelters in the USA and Canada.
 
 Aurifil Threads made a Small Kennel Quilt Thread Kit and a portion of the sales goes to the Petfinder Foundation. The kitty on the cover is "Pretty Girl" who is the SpokesKitty of the TQPM Kennel Quilt Team. She was a former resident at The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region during the fires in 2013. Look at that sweet Kitty face!



Aurifil has added two more thread collections - Fifi and Fido and Happy Hounds to match the lovely Island Batik Fabrics. Again a portion of the sales is donated to the Petfinder Foundation.  On the cover of the Fifi and Fido collection is Gary, a rescue dog for one of the Aurifil staff and on the Happy Hounds cover is Holly, a rescue dog who belongs to one of the Island Batik staff!

 
Island Batik Fabrics designed two wonderful fabric collections as previously mentioned with a portion of the fabric sales donated to the Petfinder Foundation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Quilty Box  made a "Special Edition" Kennel Quilt Quilty Box with 100% of the proceeds going to the Petfinder Foundation.

Benartex Fabrics designed "The Joey Collection" in honor of a shopowner's rescue dog. Joey is blind in one eye.  A potion of the fabric sales is donated to the Petfinder Foundation.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 Hancock's of Paducah is helping to spread the word about Furry Fridays as they are animal lovers and want to increase awareness about shelter pets. I hope after reading this, you want to help too. 
 
It is so nice that many Industry professionals who are animal lovers have come together to help these animals in need and to help the Petfinder Foundation with their generous donations. 
 
Please thank them when you have a chance and help in the effort to "Piece for Shelter Pets" by making Kennel Quilts

Thank you for stopping by.

Until next time,

Nan

Friday, March 10, 2017

Furry Fridays - They start today!

Most quilters love animals and most quilters know that quilts are "Cat Magnets" and dogs love them too. Most quilters also have pets and many of them are rescue pets. But there are many pets that don't have homes and need some help.

Therefore a group of quilting industry professionals partnered together with the Petfinder Foundation to raise awareness of those less fortunate who are waiting for their "Furever Homes". 

Each Friday for the next seven weeks, we will share pictures of shelter pets that need a home. Now they may not be in your area, however, if you are looking for a pet, you can go to the Petfinder.com page, put in your area code plus what type of pet you want and you will find a listing of all the pets needing homes in or near your area. 

We have two pets listed today. Meet Catnine.
Catnine lived a hard life before she was saved by Zeus' Rescues in New Orleans: Both her leg and her jaw had been broken. Still, she adores people, and she's ready for a loving home that will help her heal! For more information, please check here: Catnine info

Now meet June.

This gentle, housetrained 6-year-old gal is comfortable around adults, children and other dogs, and even lived happily with a gecko! She's waiting for a new family at Animal Care Centers of NYC in Manhattan. To find out more about June, please check here: June info

We are hoping that by spreading the word, these two will find their new homes. Please share as they just might be the "purrfect" cat or dog for someone you know.

Now Catnine is at Zeus' Rescues shelter in New Orleans and June is at Animal Care Centers in New York City.  These two shelters have received Kennel Quilts from the TQPM Kennel Quilt Team. Have you heard of the team? Well if not, find out here

Kennel Quilts are so much fun to make and there are FREE patterns on the Kennel Quilt page plus I just recently made some Kennel Quilts with some lovely Island Batik fabrics and directions are included.

I have talked about the shelter pets, now let me introduce you to the wonderful  Quilting Industry Professionals who are animal lovers and started an initiative last fall called "Piece for Shelter Pets".

The Quilt Pattern Magazine partnered with the Petfinder Foundation after Hurricane Sandy in 2012 to help animal shelters affected by the hurricane by making Kennel Quilts. Many times  pets have to stay in carriers when a shelter is affected by a disaster as they usually have so many rescued or displaced pets in their care. The TQPM Kennel Quilt Team was started and today there are over a thousand members on the team. We hope you will join. Over 10,200 Kennel Quilts have been distributed to shelters in the USA and Canada. Isn't it wonderful that so many of our furry friends have found a warm, soft place to nap in a shelter?


Kennel Quilt using Island Batik Fabrics


Aurifil Threads made a Small Kennel Quilt Thread Kit and a portion of the sales goes to the Petfinder Foundation. The kitty on the cover is "Pretty Girl" who is the SpokesKitty of the TQPM Kennel Quilt Team. She was a former resident at The Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region during the fires in 2013. 










Aurifil has added two more
thread collections -
Fifi and Fido and Happy Hounds to match the lovely Island Batik Fabrics. Again a portion of the sales is donated to the Petfinder Foundation. 



The dog on the cover of the Fifi and Fido collection is Gary, a rescue dog owned by an Aurifil Staff Member.



 



The dog on the Happy Hounds cover is Holly and she is owned by an Island Batik Staff member. Holly is also a rescue dog.




 
Island Batik Fabrics designed two wonderful fabric collections as previously mentioned with a portion of the fabric sales donated to the Petfinder Foundation. 

Here is the Fifi and Fido Collection.










Here is the Happy Hounds Collection.











Quilty Box  made a "Special Edition" Kennel Quilt Quilty Box with 100% of the proceeds going to the Petfinder Foundation.

Benartex Fabrics designed "The Joey Collection" in honor of a shopowner's rescue dog. Joey is blind in one eye.  A potion of the fabric sales is donated to the Petfinder Foundation.



Hancock's of Paducah is helping to spread the word about Furry Fridays as they are animal lovers and want to increase awareness about shelter pets.

I hope after reading this, you want to help too. Well you can plus you can have fun doing what you love, make new friends  and help our furry friends all at the same time. 


On March 18th and 19th which is National Quilting Day Weekend, The Quilt Pattern Magazine is going to host a virtual Kennel Quilt Retreat. We will be able to all work together that weekend and share our progress with our Kennel Quilts with other quilters and animal lovers at this virtual "online" retreat.
Onyx from Missouri Humane Society

Island Batik, Aurifil, Quilty Box, Benartex and Hancock's of Paducah are going to have some wonderful goodies to give away. If you have never been to a retreat, but always wanted to go, this is your chance. You don't even have to leave home to enjoy this retreat as it is all online. 
You can get all the information on the retreat here. The goal is for the group of quilters/animal lovers to make at least 100 Kennel Quilts (we hope there will be more) at this retreat.  I hope to see you there as it is a great way to help our animal friends doing what we love together.

It is so nice that many Industry professionals who are animal lovers have come together to help these animals in need and to help the Petfinder Foundation with their generous donations. 
Please thank them when you have a chance and help in the effort to "Piece for Shelter Pets" by making Kennel Quilts

Thank you for stopping by.

Until next time,

Nan


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

It's all about our Furry Friends with Island Batik

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am always eager to see what challenge we will be given each month. Well, we had two this month - Happy Galentine's Day in the early part of the month and now my VERY FAVORITE CHALLENGE. It has to do with our furry friends and I couldn't be more excited. 

In 2016, Island Batik joined forces with an existing group of industry partners and supporters of the Petfinder Foundation to create the Piece for Shelter Pets (PFSP) initiative. 


 
This initiative supports the Petfinder Foundation, a "public charity that works to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets by assisting animal shelters and rescue groups across North America", through financial contributions made possible by the sale of fabric, thread and other quilting related products. PFSP sponsors include The Quilt Pattern Magazine (which created The TQPM Kennel Quilt program after Hurricane Sandy in 2012), Island Batik, Aurifil Threads, Quilty Box, Benartex and Hancock's of Paducah.

The TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team is a volunteer group (over 1100 volunteers) sponsored by The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) that springs into action ( or "stitches" into action?) when disasters strike, sewing small Kennel Quilts for animals in need while they are separated from their humans and possibly injured. Creating Kennel Quilts is a way for quilters to help our animal friends in times of need by doing what we love. TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team supplies Kennel Quilts to shelters across the United States and Canada. To date over 10,200 Kennel Quilts have been distributed. Learn more here  and enjoy seeing these precious Kitties and Puppies!



       GUIDELINES
Dimensions must be 12” x 18” finished. As these quilts will be used by animals, please read the complete list of guidelines here for making safe Kennel Quilts.

 
Island Batik asked us to make some Kennel Quilts for our local shelter or donate to a shelter in need.

I looked through my box of gorgeous Island Batik fabrics and came up with the "Purrfect" colors for my Kennel Quilts.  Do you see the little rolls of fabric in the left of the picture! The fabrics in the rolls are 5" x width of fabric (WOF). I decided to make my "Rails" pattern which is one of the  FREE patterns on the TQPM Kennel Quilt page.











 I chose six colors which looked good together and I started to work.







 I cut each strip into 2 1/2" x WOF. I then sewed three strips together. Next I cut the three strips into six  6 1/2" x 6 1/2" squares.










I placed the squares together in a rail pattern.
This picture doesn't show how vibrant the colors are. They reminded me of Mardi Gras colors which are purple, gold and green! I have been seeing a lot of that lately as we are in Mardi Gras season! Love those King Cakes!

I then sewed the squares together. See how lovely these colors are.

















I made four Kennel Quilts using six 5" x WOF rolls plus I had one little piece left over from each quilt. 

See the little piece to the left of the Kennel Quilt. 








 

There are four of those leftover pieces and I will use them to make mug rugs for my friends as they are just the right size. So how much fabric did I have leftover from four Kennel Quilts and four mug rugs? See below. How neat is that?
















  Here are my four Kennel Quilts.

While I was making the Kennel Quilts, there was a call to help a shelter in Florida that had rescued over 56 puppies from a puppy mill. So I knew where these Kennel Quilts were going. 

I added these four to some others that I made (always like to have a stack ready to go and it is a great way to use up my lovely Island Batik fabric scraps). So 35 Kennel Quilts will be delivered to Alaqua Animal Refuge in Freeport, FL. This just happens to be my local shelter so I am delighted to help.


I love making these Kennel Quilts and the shelters love receiving them, particularly our furry friends.  It is so nice that so many Industry professionals have come together to help these animals in need and to help the Petfinder Foundation with their generous donations.

I want to let you know that you can help too. On March 18th and 19th which is National Quilting Day Weekend, The Quilt Pattern Magazine is going to host a virtual Kennel Quilt Retreat. We will be able to all work together that weekend and share our progress with our Kennel Quilts with other quilters and animal lovers at this virtual "online" retreat.
Onyx from Missouri Humane Society


Island Batik, Aurifil, Quilty Box, Benartex and Hancock's of Paducah are going to have some wonderful goodies to give away. If you have never been to a retreat, but always wanted to go, this is your chance. You don't even have to leave home to enjoy this retreat as it is all online. 

You can get all the information on the retreat here. The goal is for the group of quilters/animal lovers to make at least 100 Kennel Quilts or more at this retreat.  I hope to see you there as it is a great way to help our animal friends doing what we love together.

Thank you for stopping by.

Until next time,

Nan