Thursday, August 31, 2017

Quilt As You Go Challenge with Island Batik

The August challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was a "Quilt As You Go" project. I was very excited about that as I do a lot of QAYG. I don't have a long arm. All I have is a domestic machine. It is difficult to do a large quilt on a domestic machine. And for those of us who have occasional back and neck issues, it can be very difficult. 

I first had to choose my colors and a design. So I went to the "Magic Box" of Island Batik Fabrics!
See the pink fabrics in the lower right corner. I used some of those fabrics in February for our Galentine challenge, but I had some left over. 




Now I am not a pink person! It is my least favorite color, but there was a lot of fabric and I wanted to use it, so nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Now in all fairness, the Island Batik  pink fabrics are lovely and great for sewing. But pink is just not my favorite color.





I decided on a design (an original) and I chose the colors.  So much pink! 

















 

 I started cutting.

















 I started sewing - lots of pink chains!














 And then sewing the blocks together.














 
 

Here is my block on my design wall with so many threads that refuse to come off. It is like the Quilt History wall with threads from different projects. I think they have all become friends.






Batting and backing on the blocks and ready to go.







 






I chose a lovely Variagated Pink Thread by Aurifil and started quilting. 


I was going to try the QAYG method of sashing between each block,
but then realized it would
mess up my design. 

Uh Oh, switch to Plan B.










I checked many QAYG You Tubes and found a wonderful solution for my project. It was a You Tube by the Queen of Stitching!  I found it to be quite fun and easy! See below.


  
 So I started joining my blocks! I really liked the way this was shaping up. I would be done in no time!

Wrong.



Hurricane Harvey came and interrupted things!







 

I work with The Quilt Pattern Magazine -TQPM Kennel Quilt program. We make Kennel Quilts for shelters affected by disasters. As a former Disaster Responder for The Humane Society of the United States, I knew things were going to be bad with all the weather forecasts. 

I turned from my QAYG project to making Kennel Quilts. Then on Saturday, I started checking with my contacts and found shelters that needed help.I have spent many hours coordinating efforts to get Kennel Quilts to shelters. I am happy to say that within four days over 500 Kennel Quilts have been mailed to five different shelters helping with the displaced pets thanks to the TQPM Kennel Quilt Team and we are expecting more to be sent. 

But I digress. 

Today I was able to get back to my QAYG project and started stitching on the binding.








Tonight I have been hand sewing the binding. I haven't finished yet, but plan to this weekend (lots of football to watch - Go FSU)  so I will share it early next week.

This is one of my designs and it will be available later this year. The quilt measures 48" x 48". 

I am calling it "Pink Plunge".

Thank you for stopping by.

Until next time, 

Nan




























 

Thursday, August 24, 2017

It's all about the Moon!





Who would have thought that when I made a quilt with Island Batik Fabrics for Spring Market last January, it would be shared by Island Batik and Aurifil Threads the week of the Solar Eclipse?  Who would have thought that both of their collections spoke to me in a way that spread across the universe to the moon. Just goes to show you that even a blind pig finds an acorn! (One of my husband's favorite sayings.)

And yes this week has been all about the Moon and the Solar Eclipse.  If you didn't see it personally, you probably watched it on TV. It was interesting to say the least and a once in a lifetime event for many.

My quilt was made using the Zen Collection from Island Batik. Don't you just love all the beautiful blues with a nice pop of green?










Since the fabric collection was called Zen, I wanted to name the quilt something that made me think of peace. While working on it, I was drawing a blank. However, once I looked at the finished project, I  knew immediately what the name had to be. Working with the star fish fabric, the sand dollars, the ripples in the water, and the name of the collection, I chose "Sea of Tranquility" which spoke quiet, stillness and peace to me. Do you agree?



                                                 Sea of Tranquility - 53" x 71"

And if you didn't know the Sea of Tranquility is on the moon and that is where the first astronauts landed in July of 1969. 


No one has been back to the Sea of Tranquility site where the Apollo 11 lunar module (LM) deposited Armstrong and fellow NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin in July of 1969. 


 

I love looking at the moon as it is so beautiful and still. However I have no desire to visit it or be an astronaut. The closest I want to get to the Sea of Tranquility is my quilt. 

Now to make this quilt, I had to have thread and for me the "Purrfect" thread was Aurifil.
I love working with Island Batik Fabrics and Aurifil Threads.They blend beautifully together. Stitching the batiks with these threads is magic like a match made in heaven.

So to get you in a "tranquil" mood where you can "Zen" out - check out these gorgeous fabrics and threads. Aren't they just out of this world?

Island Batik Zen Collection 

See the "Starfish" and the "Sand dollars" and the ripples in the water. They are all involved with the sea.



Island Batik Zen Collection with coordinating Aurifil Threads
"Sew" many beautiful blue "moon" colors and "green cheese" splashes!

 Which is your favorite color thread?
 Is it this lovely Royal Blue - 2730





or this lovely turquoise - 2810












 or this fun lime green  - 1231










or this rich royal navy - 2784

or this light blue - 2720












 or this aqua blue - 5006?














It is really hard to choose a favorite as they are all beautiful. I am so pleased that I got to share my "Zen"  or "Moon Walk" experience with you.

Please leave a comment and tell me which is your favorite color thread and whether you ever wanted to travel in space. I will be choosing a winner through Random.org and giving away three Sea of Tranquility patterns to some future moon quilt explorers. 












Be sure to blast over to the Island Batik Blog where you will learn more about their Zen Fabric Collection.

Then fly over to Auribuzz, the Aurifil blog for an out of the world experience as there is a   great giveaway that will send you to the moon and back.

Before I close, I do have to share that these two wonderful companies have hearts as big as the universe. They support the "Piece for Shelter Pets" project which works with The Quilt Pattern Magazine and the Petfinder Foundation by helping with TQPM Kennel Quilts for shelter pets. Thanks and kudos to them!

Until next time,
                 Nan


Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Purrfect Spots: Santa Claus AKA FedEx

Purrfect Spots: Santa Claus AKA FedEx: Happy August to all! A new month with lots of exciting projects ahead, but before we start with the new month, I have to let you know th...

Santa Claus AKA FedEx

Happy August to all!

A new month with lots of exciting projects ahead, but before we start with the new month, I have to let you know that "Santa Claus" AKA the FedEx guy arrived late last month. He arrived on July 29th at my house at 5:30PM. Talk about a wonderful Happy Hour. He brought me the most beautiful fabrics from Island Batik.

I am so proud to be an Island Batik  Ambassador. I share that title with many talented designers and we have so much fun creating our projects.   

As Ambassadors, we receive two shipments a year of gorgeous fabrics.  So when the BOX arrives, we love to "Show and Yell". 
















And here are the contents! I can't show them in detail as some won't be  introduced until International Quilt Market in Houston this fall.  Aren't they gorgeous?















I can't wait to get started on these. So many ideas are spinning around in my head. 
So check back as I will be sharing a new project each month! The challenge for August is "Quilt as You Go". I love to do that.

Thanks for stopping by.
Until next time,

                   Nan

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Purrfect Spots: Oh Baby - Island Batik July Challenge

Purrfect Spots: Oh Baby - Island Batik July Challenge: The challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors for the month of July was to make a baby quilt. This couldn't have come at a better ti...

Oh Baby - Island Batik July Challenge


The challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors for the month of July was to make a baby quilt. This couldn't have come at a better time for me. I learned in May that one of my good friends was expecting a little boy around the first of November. The minute she told me I knew I wanted to make her a quilt. I didn't realize that the July project was for a baby quilt!

What "purrfect" timing!

I looked through all my wonderful Island Batik Fabrics and decided on the Dotalicious Fire10" Squares as the colors was so bright and lovely. Great colors for a little guy! What do you think?














I went through the pack and choose ten colors. I chose the brightest and the ones that played well with each other. 














I wanted to do a disappearing four patch that I had seen on one of Jenny Doan's tutorials. (It looked like fun). So that is what I did. I cut the 10" squares into four 5" squares. I found a light blue fabric from some of my Island Batik stash and decided it would show off all the colors beautifully. 











I started sewing all the squares together and then cut them per the four patch directions (as seen on YouTube). This was so much fun!














I played around on my design wall and came up with several ideas. This was not the final one. But rather than lining the disappearing four patch blocks all going the same way, I started twisting them around and came up with this layout. It reminded me of Blocks - Baby Blocks and what little boy doesn't like to play with blocks!










I quilted it with a variegated thread from YLI Corporation as it really complimented the quilt. I did just simple blocks. 

















This YLI variegated thread worked beautifully. I am so glad I had a chance to use it. 













And here is the finished "Oh Baby"' quilt! Since the 10" squares contain 2 pieces of fabric of each color, I used the second squares to make my binding. I hope my friend will like her quilt! What do you think?














Please be sure to check out the other "Oh Baby" Quilts posted by other Island Batik Ambassadors.  

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


Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Curves Coming with Island Batik Fabric

This month the challenge for the  Island Batik ambassadors was to make a quilt using CURVES!  Some of us (and it use to be me) hated hearing that dreaded word. But you will never learn anything until you try. 

One of my favorite quilts (and it just happens to be made with lovely Island Batik Fabrics) is called "Bubblegum". I was apprehensive when I started it, but then I just had fun. I learned the secret is lots of pins!


So I was not too undaunted when the call came for CURVES! I had lots of pretty fabrics to choose from, but the choice was clear when I discovered the template I used for Bubblegum was the "purrfect" size for a Charm Square. 

I had thought about making a table topper using several of the middle layers in the Bubblegum pattern, but I only had two of each color and they were so pretty and I couldn't decide and on and on and on!

 
Presenting
The Drizzle Charm Pack from Island Batik.
Aren't the colors yummy?















 Look how "purrfect" this is!


















All ready to sew - lots of pins!

















 And the sewing begins!













And the sewing continues.



These are the leftovers! I made a quarter circle and a 1 1/2 " square!













 
Figuring out my pattern on the dining room table.
 


Came up with this. Notice the little squares in the border, but something was missing.














This is the picture taken off of my quilt wall. Don't you think the little squares in the middle add some pizazz?






 Here is a closer look.















Here I am all ready to quilt.  I am using the light aqua color of Aurifil Thread thanks to some wonderful suggestions and help from my fellow ambassadors.
 


However life happens. We just found out we are having company for the next couple of days (family) so we are excited about that and glad it worked out.  Everybody loves to come to the beach!

But my quilting has been put on hold. 
I promise I will share when it is done!




Meanwhile we welcome July on Saturday. Lots of big holidays, both US and Canada. There will be Fireworks too. This is just a reminder for all you pet owners. Please keep your pets in and away from all the noise as it frightens them so, particularly dogs. You can read more about Pet safety here.

I wish you a safe and happy holiday and I will publish my quilt as soon as it is quilted. It will be available as a pattern. I am calling it "Crumb Cakes".

Thank you for stopping by.

Until next time,

Nan
 

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