Sunday, May 29, 2016

Playful Paper Piecing with Island Batik fabrics

Having some fun this month with Island Batik Ambassadors with 'Playful Paper Piecing'.

I'm sure this could be interpreted in a lot of different ways, but there was a row from 2015 at Richmond, VA's Quilting Adventures that was quite a faceted paper piecing adventure! I thought this would be a fun one to use Tinsel #islandbatik fabrics. Based on fabric amounts I had left from the Wendy Sheppard quilt I made earlier this year....I used two different grey fabrics in the background but both read fairly similar in terms of value, so think I was able to use them effectively. The depth of value in this collection gave me plenty to choose from in order to get the facets to work based on the designer's designations. Given the background motifs it almost feels like it is rain drops about to turn into snow!

After the 'rain' and 'umbrellas' I've created lately, surely there is something bigger in my future that will actually incorporate them all! Stay tuned.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Patchwork Planner and Scrapbooking

Could you use some help organizing your patchwork project before you even get started?

Do you keep track of the quilts you want to make or are making?

Here is a product, made for Quilters by a Quilter.

Over 30 pages of quilt design and journal layouts. Customize your own quilt planner. Fill it out online and print or save and print on demand.

The Planner and Journal includes five categories:

The quilt journal pages - write down that important info about your projects.  It's all about sharing the backstory of your project.

Be your own designer - explore a little creativity with a 9 patch and 16 patch blocks.  Design your own layout, track sizes, supplies and notes. 

Tracking and progress - keep up on your swaps, orphan projects, quilt alongs, guild projects and more.  Know what you are working on and the step you are on.

Keeping organized - don't buy that ruler until you remind yourself what you already have! Organize your fabric swatches, cut pieces and quilt kits. 

Additional Resources - keep it all together in a binder - print and use for your dividers and cover. 

I'm sharing this great planning tool called Patchwork Planner and Journal. Becky Jorgensen of Patchwork Posse put it together. For those who like to use organizers, or never thought about using one for your quilting, give it a try!

If you're a scrapbook keeper you might even find great delight in being able to fill out the pages digitally and just print them to add to your scrapbook.

Until May 20th you can get a discount on the product by using the code "Spring3". Check it out now!

Happy Planning and Quilting,