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.

For my giveaway bundle of Twilight Blush, please leave a comment here about your favorite pattern for using fat quarters and consider these ways to follow me....

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  1. Marlene, I already follow on on FB,email and newsletter. I love using my fat quarter for appliqué

  2. I follow on FB. I usually use my fat quarters for scrap quilts, but I am attempting to use a fat quarter bundle for one quilt right now.

  3. I'm a piecer at heart and love to make stars of any size. That's how I use my fat quarters.

  4. I've loved watching your progress on this quilt...changing the color way definitely gives it a softer look.

  5. Love scrap quilts. Stars & compass are my favorites.

  6. Beautiful quilt! I love scrappy quilts so the more fabrics I can use, the better. Fat Quarters are great for these.I follow you on Facebook. Thank you for the giveaway.

  7. wow this really turned out lovely. I love the quilting you did. I also love your little shop.

  8. One of my favorite patterns for fat quarters, is the disappearing nine patch. thank for the giveaway.

  9. I like a dispersing 9 patch. ...

  10. Love your quilt. I like making scrap quilts and the disappearing 4 patch.

  11. Yah I have to say it also...there are so may ways to mess with a 9 patch and made it disappear. The disappearing windmill is also fun with fat quarters.

  12. Beautiful. I love those rich warm tones.

  13. Your quilt turned out beautifully, Marlene.!Now you have me drooling over your quilt studio! How I'd love one of those! :-)

  14. Beautiful quilt, I love the swoon pattern for fat quarters

  15. Right now my favorite pattern for fat quarters is a churn Dash...but also love using for D9P, and Pinwheels... I love your Quilt, and your Shop is sooo cool!! Would love to visit! :)

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way!! :D

  16. Hi Marlene, it's cool to discover you and your blog. Love your "snow" backdrop for your quilt in front of your shop. How gorgeous it is!
    I like a 9 patch for a bundle of FQ's, that way I have infinite possibilites. Thank you.


  17. just love your quilting on it, I can now practice more ruler work too, but yours is just amazing!

  18. Following with Bloglovin'. Disappearing (9 patch, pinwheel) blocks are fun.

  19. One of my favorite quilts is always the log cabin, which is compatible with fat quarters. Your quilt turned out beautifully, and the quilting really sets it off. Thanks so much for sharing!

  20. I already follow on Facebook. I like your quilt! I like to use the Turning Twenty patterns that are designed specifically for fat quarters.
    ceciliayoung at

  21. Love the colors in this collection. Great project to show them off.

  22. Doesn't snow make a wonderful backdrop for a quilt? Yours looks lovely on the bed of white! One of my favorite fat-quarter friendly quilt patterns is one called Gypsy's on my list! I am an IG follower of yours!

  23. I don't have a particular pattern that I like to use for fat quarters, but I love sampler quilts and fat quarters are wonderful for them!

    Sandy A
    scotty4me93 (at) yah00:dot:com

  24. Medieval Times is gorgeous! It's definitely the the combination of an engineer's mind and an artist's eyes and heart. I've never made a quilt specifically designed for fat quarters, but I've used them in every quilt, table runner, and pouch that I've made. I already follow you on Bloglovin and Facebook. Thanks so much for all the inspiration!
    Pam pk_sews at yahoo dot com

  25. I have that book and love the fabrics that you used. It makes the quilt look more serene. I follow on facebook and newsletter.

  26. I have used Arcadia several times to make quilts with fat quarters and lovehow they turned out.

  27. Your quilt is lovely! I try to use a different design for each quilt that I make, so I have no particular favourite.

  28. Your quilt is beautiful! When I have a fq bundle, lately I've been making "Dresden Squared" quilts for my nieces. Such fun to piece, and they look very different depending on the fabric choices.
    wordygirl at earthlink dot net

  29. so beautiful! thanks for showing us the back, too.
    My favorite FQ quilts so far, are Swoon by Camille Roskelly, and Melissa Corry's free QALs on her blog Happy Quilting Melissa. i just love stars!

  30. I don't think I have a favorite but I use D9p, Split 6 in square and Twice as Nice a lot.

  31. I don't have a particular favorite, but have made D9P and Yellow Brick Road.

  32. I don't have a particular pattern that I use fat quarters for, but I like log cabin. Mostly I like to collect fat quarters and just hoard all the pretty fabric until a pattern comes along that I need it for!!

  33. If I'm in a rush for a quilt I'll usually do a disappearing nine patch

  34. Definitely a lovely finish. I like the touches of turquoise scattered in.

  35. Lovely! I like the bow like quilting and how you carried it into the border!

  36. Lovely colors! I'm relatively new to quilting so I haven't a favorite "go to" pattern for FQ's yet... I stress YET!!
    lstangl482 at aol dot com

  37. Lovely colors! I'm relatively new to quilting so I haven't a favorite "go to" pattern for FQ's yet... I stress YET!!
    lstangl482 at aol dot com

  38. I like making 2 10 inch squares out of fat quarters, to therefore make a lap quilt of 12 total squares. Love your blog!!

  39. I love FQ collections to make quilts, everything coordinates perfectly. I don't have one go-to pattern because I like to experiment with different patterns, but you can never go wrong with Pinwheel blocks😉

  40. I am following you now via IG (@winkowl) and I'm already following you via Bloglovin.

  41. These fabric colors are gorgeous, and your quilt truly does them justice! I often use Ohio Stars with fat quarters.

  42. I love the look of scrappy quilts - love Wendy's patterns and she is such a wonderful person! Your quilting on your quilt is lovely (as is the quilt itself!!!) mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

  43. I follow you at FB :) I love scrappy with lots of bold vibrant color!

  44. Sampler quilts....these are new for me and I cant stop making blocks!

  45. I'm using a bundle for a new bom with my guild.

  46. Lovely quilt! I don't use social media, but enjoy reading your emails. My favorite fat quarter patterns are Flutter and Primrose, which are in the book, Fat Quarter Style.

  47. I'd love a fun bundle of new fabrics! Made one of your quilt patterns - looking at doing a bedrunner/table runner next.

  48. Your quilt is beautiful - love the colors! The pillow project later on in the book uses the very leftover HST units. :) Just sayin'... :) Thanks again for choosing Crossings to make. You are a very talented quilter!!!!