SAHRR 2022: Round 2

What is a SAHRR?

You may be new here and wondering about it … you can read more about it at the following links:

My Block

This week, Emily, from The Darling Dogwood, has chosen Diamonds. Visit her blog to see how others have made the diamond round.

Once you have finished your Diamonds round, make sure you go to The Darling Dogwood and link up to show us your block!

I had to do a bit of fudging to make the diamonds fit … but that’s what little bits of spacing are for, right?

Again, I am using “Flutter Fly” fabric collection and Island Batik Solid white to make the SAHRR.

Curves

For those of you that are still concerned about Curves … Wendy, from Pieceful Thoughts of my Quilting Life has a tutorial HERE.

Here are some of the “curved” borders!

This is Stella’s

This is Donna’s

And this is Patti’s. She says, “Center block is a bunch of blocks leftover from placemats & runner I made years ago.” And she has added a curved round as well!

Visit the other co-hosts to see their blocks!

Here’s a list of the other co-hosts. Make sure that you go to their blogs and follow them so that you don’t miss a single post!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Boundary Bay’s Fall Mystery Quilts

This fall, I supplied numerous members of our guild with weekly clues for the fall mystery.

Some of the quilters sent pictures … Enjoy!

This is Alice C’s. She said, “It was great to finally use the fall fabric I had for years.” Isn’t it a beautiful fall quilt?

Here are Fran’s … both are the baby quilt size and are still in progress. I love how the fabric makes each one very different from the other, yet the pattern is exactly the same!

This is Heather’s! … she says “I love the pattern. I’m going to do a quilt for my grandson And I love this!  It’s simple but looks complicated!!!!”

This one is Bonnie K’s, she made the baby sized quilt. What a wonderful soft quilt. Some baby is going to love it!

Here’s Patricia’s: she calls it a “floppy.” The purple is so vibrant!

Here is Dawn’s: along with a picture of the beautiful feature fabric she used! It’s a great way to use that fabric that you really don’t want to cut into!

This is Kathy S’s. I love the bold blue and grey against the light background / focus fabric!

Here’s Patti’s. Isn’t that dark burgundy border just perfect?

This one is from Dawn W. It’s a super cute baby quilt!

This is Carol R’s … with no borders, yet! Of course, I LOVE the Blues!!!

I love how Jill used stripes!!! People are often afraid to use stripes, but this is proof that you can use them and be successful!!

Here’s Heidi’s. I love the solids amongst the busy print!

These are the ones that I made:

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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You could win!

This quilt is in Fort St. James, hanging in the insurance office. It got it’s label on … “Jordan Marshall Memorial Society” for mental health in Fort St. James. In support with Hub international. It will be raffled off. The tickets are $5 and if you would like a chance to win this beautiful quilt – you can email < Jackie.marshall@hubinternational.com >

I made this quilt last February for the Island Batik challenge “Create for a Cause.” It was originally destined to be a comfort quilt, but in December, when I could finally take donation quilts in, this got overlooked. Now I know why. It was meant to go north!

For those of you that don’t know, we lived in Fort St. James for 17 years. It’s a small community literally at the end of the pavement in central British Columbia. I worked at the hospital for many years and as the public health nurse for short stints. Once the kids were born, I was a stay-at-home mom and was active in the Evangelical Free Church. Several relatives still live there – many (like us) have moved away. If you’ve never been there, it’s a truly gorgeous place to visit! There is a beautiful lake, an awesome ski hill and a bounty of friendly people!

Anyhow – email < Jackie.marshall@hubinternational.com > to purchase your raffle tickets! Or, if you live in “The Fort” you know where to find Jackie!

Thank you to Island Batik, Hobbs Batting and Aurifil thread for providing me with the materials to make this quilt!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Inktense Pencil Fun

On Monday and Tuesday, a bunch of us met at Essem Textiles to play and explore Inktense Pencils. If you’ve never used Inktense – it’s worth giving it a try. They are like pencil crayons with water soluble ink in them. You can colour on fabric and use water, aloe vera or a textile medium to bring out the vibrant colours.

Below is what I worked on. It’s a free drawing from Helen Godden and is the Christmas 2019 project. My plan is to finish “painting” it and then follow Helen’s Youtube videos for the zen-doodling quilting.

While we were at Essem, a bunch of ladies from the Chilliwack guild stopped in the store. You’ve seen a lot of their SAHRR center blocks HERE … and it was fun to meet them in person!

Stitching Stuff

Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

  • January 1-16 – 16 / 16
  • Total: 16 / 16
  • Percentage =100% 

Stash Report

Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash.

This meme is still true! No fabric has been bought … at least not yet! No change in what I’ve used!

  • Fabric Used this week      0   yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        1.5 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      0 yards 
  • Net Fabric used                  1.5 yards 

To Do

Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is now hosting “To Do” every week.

The To Do list last week:

  1. SAHRR: Finish Round 2 & work on Round 3 √   DONE
  2. Work on Polar Bear Plunge: get the top done √   DONE
  3. Work on Tickled Pink √   DONE
  4. Work on Island Batik January Project √   DONE
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! √   DONE
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes √   DONE

This week’s list:

  1. Finish Round 3 & start Round 4 of SAHRR
  2. Sandwich and Quilt Polar Bear Plunge
  3. Work on Tickled Pink
  4. Finish Island Batik January Project
  5. Finish Macaron Mystery – January clue
  6. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

Design Wall

There are a few things on my Design Wall and there is a couple of things I can show you …

#1 SAHRR is in progress … You can read about it HERE.

But I can show you my center block with Round 1 added.


#2 Polar Bear Plunge: This is for a blog hop in January … it should be fun! Of course, I can’t show you until the blog hop!


#3 Tickled Pink: This is for a blog hop in February … and again, I can’t show you until then!


#4 … Macaron Mystery Quilt

I’ve got some of January’s clue done … still have more to do …


Quilting:

Island Batik, January challenge is being quilted.


One New Start … no finishes. I did pull the fabrics for the February Island Batik challenge – does that count as a new start? And I started the Christmas wall hanging.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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SAHRR 2022: Round 1

If you are participating in the SAHRR 2022, this week, Anja has chosen curves. There are lots of options for doing curves … but I opted for a simple organic wavy curve to frame my center block. I started with lengths, 2″ wide and did an easy free-style curve. Then I pieced the curves together without using pins. There are NO quilt police, right? So, I don’t need to use pins!

If I had my time back, I would have started with 3″ strips. You can see on the right hand border – close to the top where there is not much of the print fabric showing and using 3″ strips would have given me a an option to trim it. And yes, I am using Island Batik fabric from the “Flutter Fly” collection!

Now I hope this round does not scare you away! Curves are simple – if you take your time.

My block was squared up to 9 1/4″ x 15″ …

When you have your round added, go to  Anja Quilts and link up to show us YOUR round!

My Block

I have pictures from 2 Boundary Bay Guild members … Brenda W is using the flower block and Stella is using the pretty block she found in her stash.

Some of the gals from the Chilliwack Quilter’s Guild are also following along. Here are their center blocks:

 Claudette made here block from a book and Darlene is going to make a large quilt, using the Paris panel.

Charlene wanted to try paper piecing. (This is the same block I used last year for my center) and Carol loves Kaffe!

Donna can’t decide on a colour way and she might have to make 2!! I just LOVE the elephants!

I think there are going to be a LOT of wonderful quilts made with this SAHRR!!

Visit the other co-hosts to see their blocks

If you haven’t done so yet, make sure that you go to their blogs and follow them so that you don’t miss a single post!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

2022: First Island Batik Unboxing Video

I am so HONOURED to be chosen again as an Island Batik Ambassador!! It truly is an honour to have all the wonderful support of the Island Batik team and to work alongside so many talented quilters!

On Wednesday night, I did a trunk show for the Chilliwack Piecemakers Guild and they were asking about “What came in the boxes?” So here’s a chance for them to see!

Oh – and apparently there is more coming later this month … I will show you what comes in that package after it arrives!

Here is the video of me opening the boxes.

Here’s pictures and details of what came in my boxes:

6 yards of “Linen.” This is a basic that is available any time.


Aurifil Thread: 40 weight # 6724 (Moonshine), #2375 (Antique Blush), #6731 (Tiramisu)


Foundations Bundle: These fabrics are available all the time.

  • Solid: Yellow, Green, Fuchsia, Turquoise
  • Blenders: Dandelion Crumbs, Dandelion – Bubblegum, Bubble Hole-Tin, Large Netting – Brownie
  • Roast (Breathtaking Brown), Magenta (Precious Pinks), Pebble (Bodecious Blacks), Jute (Breathtaking Browns)

Fat Quarter Bundle: Tantalizing Teals. These fabrics are available in yardage from your local quilt store. There are 20 fabrics in this bundle and I will show you what I’ve made in the next week!


Vintage Lace Fabric Collection: 1/2 yard bundle of 20 fabrics PLUS 2 yards of Snow & 2 Yards of Hunter! These gorgeous fabrics will be available in February.


4 yard cuts of Solid Black, White & Grey. Totally fantastic neutrals! I love these solids!


2 1/2″ strips of Citified along with 2 yards each of “Lavender” and “Blackberry.” Can’t you just imagine something awesome being made with these?


Stash-builder bundles. These bundles are 5″wide by width of fabric and there are 4 fabrics in each roll. Each package of 5 rolls contains 2.8 yards of fabric!


A Surprise Package! This is for the May blog hop. As I am writing this, I have no idea what is inside!


Batting – Lots of Batting!

Thank you very much!

Island Batik Aurifil Thread Hobbs Batting

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

SAHRR 2022: Getting Started: Center Block

If you are participating int the SAHRR 2022, then your work this week is to choose your Centre block. It can be square or rectangle … even a circle if you want a difficult challenge!

My Centre Block

Yes, it is applique!!! Surprise, surprise!!! Applique? Can you believe that I chose to do an applique for the centre block? It is a pattern from Angie Padilla. She has a ton of applique patterns and you can see them HERE. This is from a 2021 BOM called “Lady Bug Hugs.”

This block, once it is trimmed, will measure 7 1/2″ x 13″.

For this SAHRR, I am using Island Batik fabrics from the “Flutter-fly” collection.

I chose to do a rectangle because I want a rectangle quilt in the end!

Show us your center blocks!

Show us your Center Block for SAHRR 2022!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
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Visit the other co-hosts to see their blocks!

Here’s a list of the other co-hosts. Make sure that you go to their blogs and follow them so that you don’t miss a single post!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

A Wintery Finish!

I have a UFO finish! It is the Any Which Way Mystery Quilt … it was finally trimmed and the binding was added! The first picture was taken in the sun … and the 2nd picture was taken on the snow – just because I could!

The binding was finished today while I was Zoom quilting with fellow Island Batik Ambassadors! It’s so fun to get together and see what everyone is working on!

This quilt used Island Batik fabrics, Hobbs 80/20 batting and was quilted with Aurifil thread using Schmetz needles. It finishes at 44″ x 44.” It’s nice to have this UFO done!

Stitching Stuff

Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

This week, I managed to only sew for 15 min a day …

  • January 1-9 – 9 / 9
  • Total: 9 / 9
  • Percentage =100% 

Stash Report

Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks! However, I am human and I do break down and buy fabric!

I love this meme that I saw recently (but can’t find the source) …

I used 1.5 yards of fabric for the backing of the Any Which Way Mystery Quilt.

  • Fabric Used this week      1.5   yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        0 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      0 yards 
  • Net Fabric used                  1.5 yards 

To Do

Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is now hosting “To Do” every week.

I didn’t get a lot done this week. I’ve had a bad back and can only sit for very short periods of time.

The To Do list last week:

  1. Trim & bind “Any Which Way” Mystery√   DONE
  2. Finish Round 3 & 4 of SAHRR (yes, I want to work ahead) Decided I didn’t like Round 2 – so did some un-stitching and re-doing the round X not done
  3. Work on Polar Bear Plunge  √   DONE
  4. Work on Tickled Pink  √   DONE
  5. Work on January’s Island Batik project  √   DONE
  6. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder!  √   DONE
  7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes: no cleaning or tidying done and boy does it show! X not done

This week’s list:

  1. SAHRR: Finish Round 2 & work on Round 3
  2. Work on Polar Bear Plunge: get the top done
  3. Work on Tickled Pink
  4. Work on Secret Project
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

Design Wall

There are a few things on my Design Wall and there is NOTHING I can show you … yet!

#1 SAHRR is in progress … Centre block comes out Tomorrow! Be sure to come back so you don’t miss it!!!


#2 Polar Bear Plunge: This is for a blog hop in January … it should be fun! Of course, I can’t show you until the blog hop!


#3 Tickled Pink: This is for a blog hop in February … and again, I can’t show you until then!


#4 … Island Batik January Gradation project is getting there! and it will remain a total secret for now!

#5 Macaron Mystery by Meadow Mist Designs I have printed off the January clue – but haven’t done any sewing … yet …

Quilting:

Nothing is being quilted at the moment!


One UFO done!

Ms. P. Designs has this nifty colourful tool that you can use to track the tasks you have to do for your PHD. You can access the tool HERE.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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Plans for the New Year … and EXCITING NEWS!!!

My husband says every new year, “My New Year’s Resolution is to not make any resolutions.” I sort of feel the same way, but I do have quilty goals in mind and I’ll share them with you.

Island Batik Ambassador

I was again chosen to be an Island Batik Ambassador for 2022! I was beyond excited when I found out! If you’ve been following me for any length of time, you KNOW how much I love Island Batik fabric!

There will be monthly challenges and projects to make! I can’t wait to show you all the fabulous fabric and goodies from the industry partners!

New to Me

This is new to me, but it’s been around for awhile. I have watched other bloggers do this block of the month and thought I’d join in on the fun this year! Check out Jen’s blog post for more details and to get the pattern for this month’s block. Doesn’t “Spicy” sound fantastic???

January’s spice is Saffron. This is the 12 1/2″ block that I made:

I used 2 different oranges from Island Batik. I didn’t have enough of the dark orange, so I pieced the bottom left square.

Here are this month’s bloggers that are highlighting this Spicey month!

Stitching Stuff

Kate, from Life in Pieces, is hosting “Stitching Stuff” and the goal is to sew for at least 15 minutes a day. I use Kate’s guideline, but my personal goal is to sew for 30 minutes a day. On those “blah” days, it does motivate me to sit at my machine and 30 minutes often turns into several hours. Thank you Kate for the motivation!

Last year I managed to sew 97% of the days. What will this year bring?

  • January 1-2 – 2 / 2
  • Total: 2 / 2
  • Percentage =100% 

Stash Report

Donna at Quilt Paint Create hosts a weekly linky party where you can display your stash. This has really kept my stash from growing (somewhat!) Before I buy anything, I am always mindful of the fact that I need to report it on my blog … That sometimes stops me in my tracks! However, I am human and I do break down and buy fabric!

I love this meme that I saw recently (but can’t find the source) …

  • Fabric Used this week      0   yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        0 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0 yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      0 yards 
  • Net Fabric used                  0 yards 

To Do

Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is now hosting “To Do” every week.

I had 2 weeks to work on my previous To Do list … let’s see how I did …

The To Do list last week:

  1. Finish A&A’s Quilt  √   DONE
  2. Bind the guild Fall Mystery Quilt  √   DONE
  3. Prepare the PHD in 2022 blog post.  √   DONE
  4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS √   DONE
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes   √   DONE  

This week’s list:

  1. Trim & bind “Any Which Way” Mystery
  2. Finish Round 3 & 4 of SAHRR (yes, I want to work ahead)
  3. Work on Polar Bear Plunge
  4. Work on Tickled Pink
  5. Work on January’s Island Batik project
  6. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  7. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

Design Wall

There are a few things on my Design Wall and there is NOTHING I can show you … yet!

#1 SAHRR is in progress … You can read about it HERE.


#2 Polar Bear Plunge: This is for a blog hop in January … it should be fun! Of course, I can’t show you until the blog hop!


#3 Tickled Pink: This is for a blog hop in February … and again, I can’t show you until then!


#4 … January’s Island Batik project and it will remain a secret for now! But, I will show you the stack of fabric that I’m working with! Tantalizing Teals! Aren’t they absolutely BEAUTIFUL? !!!

Quilting:

Nothing is being quilted at the moment!

However, my Any Which Way mystery quilt needs to be trimmed and bound.


My January Island Batik project is started … no finishes

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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Announcing: Stay at Home Round Robin 2022

Last year, as we had a parade for the SAHRR (pronounced Stay At Home Round Robin), we announced that we would be doing it again in 2022.

For the past 2 years, I have done a SAHRR and have made different quilts. The first year I did it on my own and then last year, I had some fantastic blogging/quilting friends join in the fun!

Here’s the quilts from previous SAHRRs. The one on the Left is from last year, the centre one and the one on the right were from the year before.

What’s a Round Robin?

This is a common activity in many quilt guilds. A round robin (in quilting terms) is where each person makes a centre block. This block is put in a bag or container, maybe with extra fabric, perhaps with a notebook, and the bag is passed onto another quilter in the group. They are given instructions as to what kind of border (or round) they are to add on to the quilt. Sometimes the next person will make a border for each side, or one side or two sides of the block. It’s then passed on to another quilter and it continues on … when the quilt centre and all the borders are completed, it is returned to the original maker of the centre block.

So, I stay at home?

That’s correct! You and your centre block and the borders all stay home. You have to make the decisions as to what to add when given directions. How big, how many … it’s up to you.

How do I join?

There’s nothing to join, no sign up. All you need to do is follow our blogs.

How often does this happen?

On January 10, we will show you our centre blocks … I haven’t seen any of my friends blocks – so it’s going to be a surprise for each of us. This will give you some ideas of what you can make or use (do you have orphan blocks?)

Then on January 18 (and each Monday following) we will give you instructions as to what the next border/round is to be. Again, we will all show you our centre blocks with the first border to give you some ideas.

Here are my blogging co-leaders in the order of what we will be doing and the linky parties we will be holding each week. (There will only be one linky party each week … and we’ll direct you to it …)

  • January 10: I will host the first linky party … for you to show each of your centre blocks … but you’ll have to visit each of the SAHRR co-host bloggers to see their centre blocks
  • January 18: 1st Round: Anja @ Anja Quilts
  • January 25: 2nd Round: Emily @ The Darling Dogwood
  • February 1: 3rd Round: Roseanne & Sue @ Home Sewn by Us
  • February 8: 4th Round: Wendy @ Pieceful Thoughts of My Quilting Life
  • February 15: 5th Round: ME!!! @ Quilting Gail 
  • February 22: 6th Round: Chris @ Chrisknitssews
  • March 21: Parade – showing all of your finished SAHRRs!

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I don’t want to make that round? It’s your quilt – you can leave it out

What size do I make it? That’s up to you … you are sort-of the designer here.

Are the rounds hard? No … each round is pretty simple … squares, rectangles, half-square triangles with perhaps a surprise.

What colours do I use? That’s up to you … you can follow what one of the SAHRR leader uses or have your own colour scheme.

What if I miss a round? You can leave it out, or go back to the blog where the directions are given.

Will you cut my fabric for me? No

How often will the quilt police check on me and my progress? There are NO quilt police!! None!!

What do I do now?

Make sure that you follow each of the SAHRR leaders so that you don’t miss their posts.

Start thinking about what you might do for a centre block.

Relax … this is easy … and it’s only one round each week!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

PHD in 2021: December Report

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How did you do with your PHD in 2021?

Here’s my tally for the year. I managed to finish the 3 quilts that were left in my Starts in 2021 column! Therefore, I did get my PHD in 2021! YAY!!! And those UFO numbers are dwindling down!!!

Here are the 3 quilts that were Starts in 2021 and are now DONE!!! (The first 2 are finishes you haven’t seen before. The first one is the Fall Surprise 2021 guild mystery. The 2nd is A & A’s quilt … by the time this post goes live, they should have it – so it’s OK to show it. The 3rd one, I blogged about it HERE.

And here is my final tally sheet for 2021:

PHD in 2022

Are you going to join in the PHD in 2022? The information is at this POST.

Some people find it hard to complete 12 UFOs and some people find it hard to complete all of their new starts … However, if you are serious about getting rid of your UFOs, AND you don’t want your UFO list to get bigger – this might be just what you need!

Linky Party

Link up and show us your PHD in 2021 Progress.

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

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Any Which Way Mystery Quilt: Clue #5

In this Clue, YOU decide “Which Way” you want your quilt to be. Here are 4 options:

My pattern tester added an 6 extra HST in each colour so she could do pinwheels: Her quilt measures 40″ x 52.”

Which one will you choose?

For an easy and accurate way to add your borders, see This Youtube video:

I always hated this direction … I never knew what to quilt. Well, here’s picture of my quilt – my chosen way. You should be able to see that I did simple brackets on each side of each triangle.

The binding is not on … I’ve got other things that are taking priority at the moment!

Once you have your top done, or even quilted, please send me a picture. I realize that not everyone who is doing the mystery has a blog – so pictures are great! If you have a blog, please send me the link along with your picture. I will post a parade of the quilts in the new year. My email address is quiltinggail@yahoo.ca

Having a blog costs money each year … and each year, the price goes up. If you have enjoyed the mystery and appreciate that you actually have at least 4 new quilt patterns, please consider giving me a small donation. At the top of the blog there is a page that says “Shopping and Donations.” You can go to that page and make your donation. Thank you!

Clue #1 is HERE.

Clue #2 is HERE.

Clue #3 is HERE.

Clue #4 is HERE.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Any Which Way Mystery Quilt: Clue #4

Gather:  9 Contrast #2  Squares and 9 Background Squares

Make Half-Square Triangles.

Mark each background square diagonally down the centre.  (see Blue line on the diagram).

Place (1) Contrast #2 Square, right sides together with (1) Background square.

Sew ¼” away from the marked centre line.  (see Red lines on the diagram)

Cut down the middle – on the blue line.

Press towards the Background triangle.

Trim to 6 ½”  square.

Repeat with the other (8) Contrast #1 squares. Yield 18 Half-Square Triangles with Contrast #2

Clue #1 is HERE.

Clue #2 is HERE.

Clue #3 is HERE.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Any Which Way Mystery Quilt: Clue #3

Gather:  9 Contrast #1 Squares and 9 Background Squares

Make Half-Square Triangles.

Mark each background square diagonally down the centre.  (see Blue line on the diagram).

Place (1) Contrast #1 Square, right sides together with (1) Background square.

Sew ¼” away from the marked centre line.  (see Red lines on the diagram)

Cut down the middle – on the blue line.

Press towards the Contrast #1 triangle.

Trim to 6 ½”  square.

Repeat with the other (8) Contrast #1 squares. Yield 18 Half-Square Triangles.

Clue #1 is HERE.

Clue #2 is HERE.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Any Which Way Mystery Quilt: Clue #2

Now you get to cut the fabric:

NOTE: WOF is Width of Fabric

Cutting: 

Fabric   
Background            
4 WOF strips (borders)  

4 WOF strips *** see note below
2” wide    

7” wide
   

Subcut Into (18) 7” squares
Contrast #1
2 WOF  strips
7” wide
Subcut Into (9) 7” squares
Contrast #2 
2 WOF  strips
7” wide
Subcut Into (9) 7” squares

*** My pattern tester said she was able to get enough 7″ squares from 3 WOF strips. I had to use 4 strips.

** If going scrappy **

Contrast #1 A variety of (9) 7” squares
Contrast #2  A variety of (9) 7” squares

Clue #1 is HERE.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Any Which Way Mystery Quilt: Clue #1

This is a small mystery quilt. It will be 40″ x 40″ if you follow the directions. Yes, it can easily be made bigger, but wait until the end to see if you want to.

Fabric Requirements:

FabricAmount 
Background1 1/8 yards 
Contrast #1½ yard 
Contrast #2½ yard 

If you want – you could make Contrast #1 and #2 totally scappy.  For example, Contrast #1 could be a variety of purples and Contrast #2 could be a variety of greens.   It might be a good way to use up scraps!

These are the fabrics I used. They are all Island Batik fabrics. The Background is Rice. Contrast #1 is an older fabric with turtles and sea grass … Contrast #2 is two similar coloured fabrics.

Have fun picking out your fabrics!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Announcing: PHD in 2022

Are you ready to enter into the challenge of getting those UFOs done and gone?

Here’s what you have to do:

  • Select 12 UFOs (or more) that you want to finish in 2022
  • Join, with the linky party and tell us about your UFOs
  • Grab a tally sheet (or make your own) to keep track of your UFOs
  • Plan to FINISH every single quilty project that you start in 2022. And keep track of them. This keeps your UFO list from increasing!
  • You have until January 15, 2022 to officially join in!

The Tally Sheet

Here is an Excel File for you to use (if you want). If the link doesn’t work – Please email me and I can email it to you! (quiltinggail@yahoo.ca)

Here is my Tally Sheet for 2022! And I just noticed that there is a UFOs missing. A “necessary clutch” made with cork.

My UFOs

The Linky Party

Show us your PHD in 2022 intentions! This Linky Party will remain open until January 15, 2022. You have until then to join in!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter
https://fresh.inlinkz.com/js/widget/load.js?id=a8b40ada7693d64e5923

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

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2021 Island Batik Projects

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am to make 12 projects, one a month using ONLY Island Batik fabrics. This is my 3rd year as an Ambassador and I have a bit of an Island Batik stash. The projects below are either the monthly challenge or ones I have done on my own. As you might guess, I LOVE Island Batik fabrics!

January

Between Christmas and New Years 2020, I hosted a Holiday Seclusion Mystery here on the blog. You can see a summary of it HERE.

These are the 2 quilts I made to test the mystery. The first one uses an older Island Batik that I bought, but neglected to keep record of the name of the fabric. It is paired with solid white. Although it was started in 2020, it was not finished until 2021.

This one was made with Scrapbuilder bundles in blue, teal and green, along with a solid grey. I love the overall graffiti or wild quilting on it!

January’s Island Batik challenge was to make placemats. I LOVE blue and LOVED making these placemats! You can read about them HERE.

I joined in the monthly Scrap Happy Table Runner challenge hosted by So Scrappy. January’s colour was PINK. Here is the mug rug I made.

February

These 2 baskets were a free byAnnie pattern and you can read more about them HERE.

This quilt was provided as a mystery quilt for the guild. The Designer is Sue Pontifex, from Piece Arch Quilters in White Rock. This is a variation of the original design. You can read more about the quilt HERE.

February’s Island Batik challenge was “Create for a Cause.” Each ambassador was to create a quilt to give to a charity of our choice. The guild I belong to gives “comfort” quilts to a local cancer agency. This quilt is destined to go there when they start receiving quilts (after Covid). You can read more about this quilt HERE.

This quilt used the beautiful “Mystery” collection of fabric designed by Claudia Pfeil.

This month’s colour for the Scrap Happy Table Runner challenge hosted by So Scrappy. was yellow. You can read more about this mug rug HERE.

March

Scrapbusting ws Island Batik’s challenge for March. What a fun fun challenge. My 2 quilts are shown below …

  1. The Scrappy Irish chain with the star was a LOT of fun. Lots of 2″ scraps from every collection that I have had as an ambassador!
  2. Is a quilt that started out small and became bigger as I really liked the colours. It initially started as a sample for a ruler quilting class.

You can read more about these quilts HERE.

This was my SAHRR 2021 quilt. You can read more about it HERE. As well as find the links to all of the steps.

I made this pouch for the Salt & Sand Blog Hop. Read more about it HERE.

Green was this months Scrap Happy Table Runner challenge hosted by So Scrappy. You can read about it HERE.

April

The Island Batik challenge was “It’s All Up to You.” We could make our own project / design, the choice was ours.

First, I made this quilt … More details are available HERE.

And, I made these fun little baskets … SEW fun!!!

This was my monthly table topper for the colour Blue. Details are available HERE. Scrap Happy Table Runner challenge is hosted by So Scrappy.

May

Quilt Modern. You can read the details HERE.

June

This is a quilt, designed by an Island Batik alumni, Sandra Walker, you can read more about this quilt HERE and Here and HERE.

The Island Batik challenge for this month was “Spread Love & Joy with Accuquilt.” Boy, did I have fun! I love using the Accuquilt cutter and the precision cutting. You can read about my 2 quilts HERE.

In March, I took a course “Speed Dating with Improv” by Krista from PoppyPrints. It took me a while to get the facing done, but it was finally finished in June! I used Island Batik solids for this piece.

I finally put the facing on my Story-less Improv and you can read more about it here, here and HERE. This was from a by Krista’s classes @ Poppyprint. It has the super fun title of “Speed Dating.”

Purple is June’s Scrap Happy Table Runner challenge hosted by So Scrappy. You can read more about this coaster HERE.

July

July’s Island Batik challenge was “Never Too Early.” I made a mini quilt and a basket. You can read about them HERE.

August

Try a Tool was Island Batik’s August challenge! Oh! Did I have fun with this one! Check out the details HERE.

Another quilt designed by Island Batik alumni, Sandra Walker. This is “Let your Star Shine.” You can read about it HERE and HERE.

This quilt was created for the “Orange you Glad” Blog Hop. You can read about it HERE.

This month’s scrappy table runner challenge was “aqua.” I wanted to try paper piecing a “Storm at Sea” block and ended up with this 14″ x 14″ square table topper. You can read about it HERE.

September

Island Batik’s September challenge was to make a byAnnie bag. I made this wonderful “Round Trip Duffle.” Read about it HERE.

This table runner was made for the Table Scraps monthly challenge (orange) and the Falling For You blog hop … you can read more about it HERE.

Kelly Young launched her newest book “Scrappy Improv Quilting” and I couldn’t help but enlarge this quilt and make a baby sized hot air balloon. You can read about it HERE.

October

October’s Island Batik challenge was to use Aurifil thread related to our assigned Endangered Species. I was given the Pangolin … it was fun zen-doodling the scales … you can find out more details HERE.

Then, I was involved in a blog hop, featuring Kelly Young’s book, “Scrappy Improv Quilting.” I made this ornament wall hanging for the blog hop. See details HERE.

November

The challenge for Island Batik, for November was the “Storm at Sea” block. I made 2 totally different quilts using the same block. You can read about them HERE.

I finished another quilt – with inspiration from Kelly Young’s book “Scrappy Improv Quilting.” This quilt used a lot of orphan log cabin blocks … For more details see HERE.

December

English Paper Piecing was the challenge for December. It was a HUGE challenge for me, but I got it done! And I’m happy with the result! See more details HERE.

This is another hot air balloon from Kelly Young’s book, “Scrappy Improv Quilting.” You can read about it HERE.

Catalogue Quilts

There were 3 quilts that were published in the Island Batik Spring/Summer 2021 Catalogue. You can access the Catalogue HERE.

Left to right: Modern Squares, Feather Chain & Flutterfly Stars.

Disclosure: The fabrics, thread, batting and needles were generously supplied by the following companies:

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail