Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Adventurous Applique - Round 1

Our Island Batik Ambassador Challenge this month is 'Adventurous Applique'.
#adventurousapplique #islandbatik

I had worked on this RaNae Merrill designed paper pieced heart in February for our Valentine's/Galentine's inspired challenge and just wasn't sure what to do with it. This month's challenge gave me an idea and this is the result.

To the paper pieced heart, I stitched mistyfuse to the front of it, by stitching on the paper line exactly the size I wanted it finished. I happened to have some scraps that two pieces coming together at the center of the heart were just wide enough. That gave me my automatic 'split' to turn it inside out. The 'valley' of the heart and the 'point' of the heart gave me a bit of a challenge since the two pieces of mistyfuse didn't stitch well right there, but I got it ironed in place on the backing and was satisfied. The finished edge with little bulk added by using the mistyfuse makes this a super each stitch down too. Next I did a very small blanket stitch in red on the lower 2/3 of the heart and in white on the upper 1/3. Then I put it on a piece of wool batting that fit the size of the heart and basted it right next to the heart (this is where I should have used water soluable thread) and trimmed the batting close to the stitching. yes, I even did my first attempt at trapunto. For a first go, I'm really pleased. I think stuffing a piece of batting cut to the shape and stuffed inside the mistyfuse would also work.

Now I loaded it on my long-arm with backing, a layer of 80/20 and then a layer of wool on top and stitched right next to the heart and in the shape of the inversion of the paper piecing --this got a little tricky as it is quite thick with the many small sections. I also wanted a thin string hanging below the heart as if it was a big balloon in the sky. One stitch path and I decided it needed dimension so added a second one close to it. Then I stitched in the cumulus clouds, inspired from Gina Perkes book.

A simple all machine binding finished it up to make it a fun whimsical wall hanging that I'm calling "Love is in the Air".

The adventure this love balloon is on represents me and my husband and our taking off into the sky tomorrow morning for a big adventure ourselves!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Design Wall Monday

Our Island Batik Ambassador Challenge this month is 'Adventurous Applique' ...I took an adventure with two different pieces. So, today you get the progress! Full posts about this will occur over the next week or so. Watch for them!

Love is in the Air
 -- remember my paper pieced heart in February ...here it is used as an applique on this whimsical wall hanging.

Still needs binding.

Orange Blossoms
 - using the orange peel shapes and concepts from my book "You Can Quilt!" I used different sizes to create an effect of smaller to larger in a nice sequence.
2", 4" and 6" orange peel shapes. I used pieces from a new line called "Seas the Day" --you might recognize some from my Sea Bubbles quilt that will be revealed at market next month.

This one is in the 'blocking' stage.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Design Wall Monday

Had a wonderful time at a retreat last week. Great to be home though too. Today was a bit rough (under the weather), but still got a bit more done at our local all day sew-in. (Like I needed more sew-in time! HA!)

This still needs a top and bottom strip of the beige and then the top will be ready for quilting...but alas I need a bit more fabric!!

And here is a first reveal at my row for this year's 2017 Row by Row Experience. A better shot with completed elements when it gets quilted and bound.

ta ta for now.  M.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Furry WIPs

I've got lots going on this week while I am at a retreat on Lake Coeur d'Alene in Idaho. Loving my time out so to speak to just get lots done on piecing projects.

Today is Furry Friday with the Island Batik Ambassadors and I'm sharing with you two adoptable furry friends.

This week’s edition is courtesy of Hancock’s of Paducah.


Bristol and Carlee are looking for new homes. I hope you can help them, if not, please consider spreading the word, even if you share their info on your FB page, perhaps someone can help them out.

Today, you can also visit these blogs to read more about Furry Fridays…

I blogged about making Kennel Quilts a few weeks ago here.

Here is a new Kennel Quilt with a brand new line called Fresh Pickins that will be released at market next month. I quilted it with Fantastico friend--thank you #Superiorthreads!

These are a fun way for anyone to use up scraps because these little kennel quilts are all only 12"×18", you can easily use up old leftover squares, orphan blocks, swap blocks, scraps, panels, just anything and then left over batting, flannel, and fleece to fill them.

When you make these kennel quilts to give to your local shelters or send them to shelters that need them, please consider the guidelines that TQPM has made so that you get the best possible kennel quilt for the pet they are giving them to.

Update on my retreat progress on many WIPs:
Here is a Beginning Paper Piecing sample that I got the binding on the front side and need to finish by hand.

A commission that will be all 'Texan' in attitude when I am done. Lots of fussy cutting on this one.

An Island Batik upcoming challenge project...piecing done! 5" squares are from Lake Life and the background is from Twilight Blush.
This month's IBA challenge-Adventurous Applique...top done using Aurifil thread to top stitch. Fabrics are from Seas the Day collection.

A future IBA challenge project with "Glowing Embers" collection.

This is a bit of a fixer from a shop hop in 2015. The fence ends in white instead of green now, and I'm thinking a green grass border might just finish it off.

Mitered symmetrical borders just give a quilt one more level of polish.

 Sometimes it is fun to envision and create a group project all in a day. Here is my block in a bigger team project that was very spontaneous while we were here at retreat.

Linking up with Jennifer at Inquiring Quilter's WWL -Wednesday Wait Loss Program to show off my progress. 

Have a great weekend!

Monday, April 3, 2017

First view of NEW Design

Sea Bubbles is my newest design that will be out at market in late May. Pattern will follow that and fabrics ship later this year.

Featuring Fabrics from Island Batik's new collection, Seas the Day

I'm just sharing a quick photo with you now and will talk more about it in future posts.

Photo taken by my sister on the beach we grew up at, right on the Monterey Bay.

Design Wall Monday

Gearing up for a retreat this week on Lake Coeur d'Alene in Idaho so hope to have lots of UFO tops finished by this time next week!

This past week I had the Rondure intensive with 3 other students and we were exhausted by Friday. But so much got accomplished. It was very exciting!  Here is what my design wall looked like at the end of the 3 days. Hope this is one that I can finish up this week, but might tackle some lower hanging fruit first!

I did get one thing done!! Our Island Batik Ambassador challenge for last month was to make a mini using English or foundation piecing. Using the Eastern Star block from my co-authored book "You Can Quilt!" I made two regular blocks --sized down to 10" blocks and then did some variations on it so that the small corner elements completed but then didn't go any further into the star field.

More details on a previous blogpost.

I'm in my shop today, but will be closed the rest of the week. Have a good one!

Friday, March 31, 2017

IBA March Challenge

Our March challenge as an Island Batik Ambassador was to do a 'mini' (24"x24" or smaller) using English or paper piecing techniques.

I chose a block, "Eastern Star", the second block in the paper piecing chapter from my co-authored book "You Can Quilt!" There are two complete blocks, shrunk to 10" finished, and stacked and then partial blocks to finish the corners of those blocks and then just background fabric beyond that. Somehow there was a conversation in our group about modern and as I was designing what to do I got distracted and changed it up to be more modern than traditional. 

I've been working on developing an idea of quilting to look like lace and had hoped with this dark background I might test the idea, but chickened out. Here it is at various stages of progress.

 I used two layers of 80/2 batting and #Aurifil threads.

I'm calling it Winter Night Sky. It measures about 20" x 25". With good sunlight (today!!) I was able to at least photograph it in a way that you can see the quilting.

Back (just for fun!)


The fabric used is from the new collection "Frost" that I also have a new design called "Winter Bright" being released through Island Batik or directly from me wholesale or retail. Enjoy!