Monday, February 27, 2017

Design Wall Monday - IBA Kennel Quilts Challenge

This month our Island Batik Ambassador challenge was to create Kennel Quilts.

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. The 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, Island Batik, Aurifil Threads, QuiltyBox, Benartex, and Hancock’s of Paducah.

The TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team is a volunteer organization sponsored by The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) that springs into action (or should we say “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. Learn more here.

I decided to utilize the block pattern from my co-authored  book "You Can Quilt!"

Here is the block if you make it from the book. In order to get the 12" x 18" size for the kennel quilts, I made two sets of 3 blocks using Island Batik fabrics.

I got several from my local quilt group to make a few as well.

Then I began to work with a local young person interested in sewing and asked her to sew on the Island Batik Twill Tape to each of the kennel quilts. Turns out her family rescued a dog from a shelter in Wenatchee, WA so these four kennel quilts will be donated to the

later this week.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to this effort. #kennelquilts #tqpmkennelquilt #pieceforshelterpets #islandbatikfurever #islandbatik


On my design wall --progress on my commission:
I've marked 192 triangles to look like this lace and 48 green heart like triangles that will go immediately around the center fussy cut squares. So here it is laid out (not sewn yet) to get an idea of how it will begin to come together. The small triangles will get put in a saw tooth sort of way around the green on point square. Looking forward to much progress this week.

Still need to mark the squares of the 'lace' fabric but there are only 24 of those!

That's it for this week, closing out February and looking forward to lots of fun things in March.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Design Wall Monday

Added another block to this long-time UFO ...'Oddie's Wild Nature'. This block is from a June Jaeger design. I'm using just particular blocks from a couple of her quilt designs, as well as a few other designers.

Two rather large full scene blocks to do and a few fillers or sized to fit designs are still in the works.

Finished the quilt top for this 'In Memory' or 'Memorial Garden' design from my Dangling Diamonds pattern that includes 4 bonus 'patriotic' quilts. This one is made with Island Batik Fabrics --it is available as a kit if you're interested. Ready to quilt it along with 2 other designs of the 4! Hoping the 4th test will get done and sent back soon.

Feeling the President's Day holiday by finishing up this little idea.

My mom made this Row by Row from The Gathering Place in Rupert, ID last summer and gave it to me at Thanksgiving time.

I also got this row from a client in TX from Quilters Crossing in Tomball, and used some stash Island Batik fabrics to make it up.

Both of these rows are going to be sent to Quilts of Valor Stars -- a facebook group where you don't have to make a whole quilt, but can donate star blocks or patriotic rows or be a team member of finishing a quilt --sew it together, quilt it, bind it, etc.

I've been strategizing on my #islandbatik Ambassador challenges for the first part of the year and think I've got a plan for all. So, you'll continue to see progress each month on these! Next week will be the Kennel Quilts, where I got my inspiration from and will include some that my local quilting friends made.

Today my shop is open especially for all those who might have the day off, hope you will stop by 11am - 5pm. Have a great week!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Design Wall Monday - New IBA Challenge

I am continuing as an Island Batik Ambassador this year and we've kicked off our season with a special bonus challenge this month. The main challenge I'll talk about next week.

Did you know today is 'Galentines' Day ..that's right...a day to show your women friends that you care! Gal...entines! get it?? #iheartislandbatik #islandbatik  So, to get us in the mood, here is a quick postcard that I put together with some leftovers from my bigger project. After putting it in a clear sleeve to protect it in the 'machines', I sent it like a regular letter with the stamp on the outside.

and tomorrow is Valentines Day...and a very special 8 year wedding anniversary for me as well!

With my bigger project, I wanted to use this gorgeous Valentine bundle that Island Batik sent in our new boxes.

Elizabeth P. also gave us some inspiration, and one I just couldn't pass up.

RaNae Merrill designed heart.

I had to add one more value in order for this design to work. Fortunately there was a stripe of white in another bundle and that just seemed to work perfectly. 

I made an extra copy as instructed and cut out the pieces and organized them by value, this allowed me to see about how much fabric I would need (2x one for each half of the heart).

  I've got the paper piecing done (Final trim not done...and now need to decide what to do with it. It is about 11" tall. Any ideas?

I did finish up my placemats!! 2 year UFO!!

Also on my design wall today are more Island Batik fabrics ...this an In Memory or Memorial Garden 'test' needing a few bits of help so have re-cut the edge pieces so that there will still be points and then will add the borders. I've got the top and bottom edges redone and will continue to finish this up tomorrow.

This is available as a kit with pattern if you're interested. You just need the Boondoggle Ruler from Bella Nonna Design Studio. There are 3 other patriotic designs in the pattern along with the primary pattern--- Dangling Diamonds. Or, maybe you'd just like some of these camo inspired batiks, let me know I can ship yardage!

Have a great week!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Design Wall Monday

I've got snow on my mind this morning....we got at least 6" if not more in the last 24 hours so we (my husband) was digging out in order to get to town today.

So grateful for his enthusiasm/willingness to do the shoveling even at the shop!

A beautiful morning though and some rare ice in the foreground on Lake Roosevelt, just had to share.

I'm still focusing on taxes, so haven't had much spare time to work on my piecing or binding projects. See you next week!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Design Wall Monday

Here is my vision that is beginning on my virtual design wall! :-) HAA ......individual elements have begun to be cut out, but this is what I'm working on for a new commission from a very dear friend...she was my mentor during those formative high school years. She wasn't sure about hiring me, but she did and instilled in me a strong work ethic for sure!

Note the fussy cutting of the 'hearts' and then the lace elements in the HSTs ....yes that is not going to be easy...but for her, I want to make it happen...and it is truly my style to do that and leverage the motif of the fabric to the max.

The fabrics are from the collection "Unbridled" and the blue background is a light weight denim. It will definitely be a southwest themed design.

I'm also working on my long-arm today. These placemats are one of the 'to do' items on my list from moons today is the day!

I got my customer quilts for the month done, so I'm taking a little time for me to get some UFOs quilted.

I also want to briefly share with you a bit of my own health journey. More than 15 years ago I was diagnosed with hypothyroidism and not long after with PCOS. Later another autoimmune disease was identified and within the last couple of years I was also diagnosed with Hashimoto's.

Although the conventional medicine doctors said I was doing all that I could, when you don't feel good you know there is something more.

Recently I did some research and discovered NEW research has been coming out that ties your gut with your brain and ultimately how your thyroid operates....and so perhaps there is now some insight into the root of all autoimmune diseases (not just the ones that I have, but many others too).

I took this picture on Friday because I was just soo happy to discover my neck in the mirror. I have been working through a two week 'elimination' diet process and, yes, feel much better and have lost weight which I had been trying to do for a long time with no luck. I will start a process tomorrow of reintroducing foods that are possible triggers in my gut. Once I can identify those (part of why it is not mainstream medicine--there is no exact science for everyone--it is unique to your own situation and it takes time to figure it out) then I can choose to eliminate those specific foods from my diet and should feel better on an on-going basis. It should also lower my antibodies, reduce inflammation and minimize if not completely reduce my autoimmune issues.

I'm not making any thing from this, but if I help someone who is reading become aware of this information, then it is worth it. I first read the book 'Root Cause' by Dr. Izabella Wentz --The Thyroid Pharmacist.

She recently aired a 9 part series called The Thyroid Secret.

If you're searching for better health, consider the information and take it under advisement however it might apply --to you or a loved one.

In other news... ;-)
Island Batik Blog hop is wrapping up this week...don't forget to check it out if you'd like a chance to win some fabric. Did you catch my completion of the Island Batik quilt I've been working on this month?

Later this week I'm scheduled to be a guest blogger over at Tamarinis.

Enjoy wrapping up this first month of the year! I'm hoping to get my 3 UFOs completed on time!

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Island Batik - New Beginnings Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Island Batik Ambassadors New Beginnings Blog Hop, featuring all of the 2016 released at market fabric collections.

The stop today is featuring Twilight Blush -- a new winter collection.

I chose to make Wendy Sheppard's Crossings Quilt from her book --yes, the one on the cover! It needed 15 fat quarters and I had exactly that with this bundle.

Yes, I needed to substitute colors vs. what is in the original, but that was part of the creative challenge to find contrasts and coordinating elements so that it would work.

Let me give you a few tips if you decide to make this quilt.

Here are the fabrics that I started with, Twilight Blush is on the right. The top left is going to be the backing and I'm using the other two for the background and cross intersections :

Don't forget to color test your fabrics!! Better to be safe than sorry.

Although each of these subassemblies are cut to their smallest size first, I think it could be quicker to cut long lengths and sew strip sets together and cross-cut, but I followed instructions! The cutting instructions don't necessarily match the assembly instructions, but there is just a bit that needs to be trimmed down to make it work. I used my "The Angler 2" for sewing the diagonals so I didn't have to mark each one. I also chain pieced them, meaning I sewed them all, one right after the next, and then turned it around and sewed about 1/2" away from the needed seam in the part that would be trimmed off. That meant, I could cut between the two seams and get a HST from the 'cut away' section.

This is the quilt before quilting and all those leftover HSTs! With more time before needing to get this done, I might have created some sort of border with them or interesting backing, but I'm sure I'll come up with something down the road.

This type of quilt design lends itself to quilting a continuous line edge to edge pattern using the piecing grid as the 'lines'. I designed this motif and was able to load the quilt top sideways and get it done in 5 passes. I continued the same stitching into the border.

We've still got a fair amount of snow so when the quilting was done I tossed it out onto the snow in front of my quilt shop/studio.

Here is the quilt, bound with the same fabric as the backing and an image from the backside so you can see the edge to edge of the stitching. While I was trimming the quilt, the name "Medieval Times" came to me, so that is what I have named it.

Don't forget, there are plenty of other stops on this blog hop.

Friday, January 6 – Hop Introduction!
Island Batik
Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist
Stone Cottage Quilts
Tuesday, January 10 – Dotalicious
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Inchworm Fabrics
Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt
Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection
Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs

Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River  
NOTE: I have a free pattern on Island Batik's website too with this collection.

Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angle Creations
Jennifer Sewing
Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting
Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs
Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
The Patchwork Pearl

TODAY --> Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts  --you are here!!

Coming up....
Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake
Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Kauffman Designs
Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting
Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner

Thanks for stopping by! I'll be a guest blogger scheduled for February 1 (next week!)  over at Tamarini's so hope to see you there! She's organized a blog hop featuring the Coastal Mist collection.

Note: My Rondure Retreat dates have changed to March 28-30, 2017
--let me know if you're interested. I have a few spots still available.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Design Wall Monday

The Island Batik New Beginnings blog hop continues ... and I'm making progress on my own entry for this coming Thursday. I hope you'll come back and see the finished result and participate in the giveaways!

I'm working with the Island Batik Twilight Blush collection and a design called "Crossings Quilt" from Wendy Sheppard's book. On my design wall is the finished top, I just need to quilt, bind and label it!

I've got some ideas on how to quilt it and will show some details in my Thursday post. My objective is to create a continuous line design that uses the piecing as registration marks so there is little to no marking needed to quilt it out in a 'custom' yet 'edge to edge' way.

Leftovers include these:

Any ideas on what I should do with them?

If time wasn't of the essence this week to get this project completed, I might fashion some sort of border with them and then add more background beyond it, but I'm limited on background fabric that remains.