Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt: Clue #8

Clue #8

I know some of you guessed that stars were in your future! You were correct!

Make 18 Star blocks.

Take the 36 Flying Geese with background squares (From Clue #5) and add them onto the top and bottom of the unit from Clue #7.

Edit: Press seams open.

PDF

Instagram Tags

If you want to follow along on Instagram, here are the tags to use:

#quiltinggail #2021summermysteryquilt

Schedule

June 26 Introduction

July 3  Cutting Instructions

July 6   Clue #1

July 10 Clue #2

July 13 Clue #3

July 17 Clue #4

July 20 Clue #5

July 24 Clue #6

July 27 Clue #7

July 31 Clue #8

August 3 Clue #9

August 7 Clue #10

Linky Party: August 24

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Unboxing: another Christmas in July!

Island Batik’s July challenge was “Never Too Early” and I made a Christmas wreath. You can read about it HERE. And then the 2nd shipment of boxes arrived from Island Batik … truely like Christmas!!! OH … so much awesomeness!!!

I truly believe that the Island Batik Ambassadors are totally spoiled with all that we receive! From the fantastic fabric to all of the quilting supplies from industry partners! Oh yes, we are spoilt!

Here’s the video! This was filmed without me peaking into the boxes before they were opened!

Here’s an overview of what was in my boxes!

Aurifil Thread: 40 weight: Colour Builder: Pangolin. #2312 – Ermine, #6010 – Toast, #2360 – Chocolate

Pangolin is an endangered species. In October, I need to do a project using these 3 threads!

What is a Pangolin, you ask? Well, I had to look it up. The Pangolin a small animal, the size of a large cat or small dog. It is sometimes used for the meat, but mostly the scales are used in traditional Chinese medicine. There is a huge amount of illegal trafficking and the pangolin is considered Critically Endangered. Source.

From Deb Tucker’s Studio 180, I received the V Block ruler. I love this block and I’m sure that the ruler will make the blocks perfect!

I also received 2 Fat Quarter Bundles of Autumn Wings, an Island Batik collection designed by Kathy Engle. Along with 2 yards of coordinating Bubbles-Sahara (from the Blenders collection and 2 yards of Teal from the Basics collection. Autumn Wings should be available in the shops now and Bubbles-Sahara and Teal are available all the time. (Photo on the right). The Foundations collection (on the Left) coordinates with Autumn Wings and are available all the time!

These fabrics are for a blog hop in August and I can’t wait to work with them. They are SEW gorgeous!

A Surprise package! How fun!!! And more Foundation fabrics that will coordinate with the fabric inside the surprise! Looks like there might be some greens and purples in the Surprise! We’ll have to wait and see!

4 yards each of black, white and grey solids. These are AWESOME. Wonderful solids and I use them a LOT!!!

6 yards of RICE!!! I LOVE Rice! (the fabric, not the food!) It’s got hints of blue … AWESOME!!!

Stash Builder bundles. There are 5 roles in each package and each roll contains 4 fabrics that are 5″ wide by width of fabric! They are such fun bundles to play with!!

Hobbs Batting sends us a LOT of batting. They are SEW generous! And I love their batting. All of it!

  • 80/20 Bleached, Cotton Batting, Queen Size
  • Heirloom Fusible: Cotton Batting, Queen Size
  • Tuscany Collection: Cotton Wool Blend
  • Thermore: Thin polyester batting, Queen Size
  • Fusible Batting Strips

ByAnnie is another industry partner and they provide EVERYTHING that we need to make one of their bags. There’s zippers, mesh, hardware, byAnnie Soft and Stable and MORE!!! This year, I choose the Round Trip Duffle. And, as the label says, this is for September!

A HUGE THANK YOU to

Aurifil Thread

Deb Tucker’s Studio 180

Island Batik

Hobbs Batting

ByAnnie

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Visit the other Island Batik Ambassadors to see their videos

WEDNESDAY, JULY 21

Best @ Best Quilter
Pamela Boatright @ Pamela Quilts
Jennifer Fulton @ Inquiring Quilter (that’s me!)

THURSDAY, JULY 22

Preeti Harris @ Sew Preeti Quilts
Jane Hauprich @ Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Emily Leachman @ Darling Dogwood

FRIDAY, JULY 23

Denise Looney @ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky @ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke @ Sally Manke Fiber Artist

MONDAY, JULY 26

Maryellen McAuliffe @ Mary Mack Made Mine
Claudia Porter @ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna @ Quilt Haven Threads

TUESDAY, JULY 27

Brianna Roberts @ Sew Cute and Quirky
Andi Stanfield @ True Blue Quilts
Jennifer Thomas @ Curlicue Creations

WEDNESDAY, JULY 28

Jennifer Eubank @ Archipelago Quilting
Suzy Webster @ Webster Quilt
Janet Yamamoto @ Whispers of Yore

THURSDAY, JULY 29

Elizabeth DeCroos @ Epida Studio
Connie Kauffman @ Kauffman Designs
Gail Sheppard @ Quilting Gail

FRIDAY, JULY 30

Joanne Hart @ Unicorn Harts
Mania Hatziioannidi @ Mania for Quilts
Michelle Roberts @ Creative Blonde

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt: Clue #7

Clue #7

Add a flying geese to each side of the 4 ½” square. Press seams open.

PDF

Instagram Tags

If you want to follow along on Instagram, here are the tags to use:

#quiltinggail #2021summermysteryquilt

Schedule

June 26 Introduction

July 3  Cutting Instructions

July 6   Clue #1

July 10 Clue #2

July 13 Clue #3

July 17 Clue #4

July 20 Clue #5

July 24 Clue #6

July 27 Clue #7

July 31 Clue #8

August 3 Clue #9

August 7 Clue #10

Linky Party: August 24

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

How is it possible?

How is it possible for it to be the last Monday of July? That means that the summer is half over! But if I want to have a glass half- full attitude – that means that we have at least a month more of summer!

Mystery Quilt

Are you following along with the Summer Mystery Quilt? You can see the latest clue HERE.


Design Wall

Piecing

#1. Country Panels: No work on it this week! Are you tired of hearing that there is no progress on this 2nd quilt using panels?

#2 It’s another secret … I’m working on my September Island Batik project!!! Woohoo!!! I’m using these fabrics: Aren’t they absolutely great?


Quilting: 

Nothing at the moment!


Stash Report

I FINALLY finished this quilt this week. There was a LOT of unstitching and I must admit, a few silent words that are not nice!!! But it was a quick finish once I had all the unstitching done. And it was a HUGE eye-opener to me to change my needle more often!

You can read more about this quilt HERE.

  • Fabric Used this week     9.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       79.5 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      27.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
  • Net Fabric used                  51.75 yards 
  • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

Stitchin’ Time

I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day. Many days there are more than a few hours spent in my studio. And contrary to a popular rumour, I do not quilt 24/7! (grin)

  • January – May–  180 / 180
  • July – 25 / 25
  • Percentage = 99 % 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


TO DO 

Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

Last week:

This week it was hard to get everything done. Like most people, I highly dislike unsewing. OK … if I’m honest, I HATE it!!! Its taken me ages to get all the horrid quilting out … and I’m not finished yet! GROAN!!!. I do have a personal policy of taking out the mistakes before quitting for the day … but more than a couple of days of unsewing is discouraging! It’s OK … it’s almost all done … and then I can start moving forward again!

  1.  Add sashing to  Country Panelsnot done
  2. Start quilting IB August    √   done & binding, too!
  3. Fix Amish Panel , finish quilting, bind  √   done  
  4. Finish  Secret project (listed at KY book in my UFO tally) √   done 
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done 
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes     √   done    

This week’s list:

  1. Put  Country Panels on the back burner
  2. Finish IB September
  3. Blog posts: #1 Get Unboxing Video post completed #2 Get August IB post ready
  4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

By finishing the Amish Panel quilt, that brought my total of UFOs finished this year to 12! Yay!!! Now … to just make sure I finish everything I start and I’ll be well on my way to my PHD in 2021!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

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Linking to:

Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt: Clue #6

Clue #6

Take the 68 pieces from Step 3 and make 34 (4) patches.

PDF

Schedule

June 26 Introduction

July 3  Cutting Instructions

July 6   Clue #1

July 10 Clue #2

July 13 Clue #3

July 17 Clue #4

July 20 Clue #5

July 24 Clue #6

July 27 Clue #7

July 31 Clue #8

August 3 Clue #9

August 7 Clue #10

Linky Party: August 24

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

A UFO Finish for Friday!

Yes, I finished UFO #12 for 2021!

This seems like it was a difficult finish. First, I didn’t have the right red to go with the panel. That made is necessary to BUY fabric. I found some grunge and … it worked … and was perfect for enhancing this panel block!

Then I quilted it and was very pleased to be done … until I looked at the back … on the last 2 rows of swirls … GROAN … 2 and a half days later, the stitching was all removed.

I changed the needle and started re-doing the quilting … and I was checking every 12 inches or so … but it was fine! YAY!!! Doesn’t this look much better?? Perhaps this lesson taught me that I need to change the needle more often??

Yesterday, the binding went on … photo shoot happened and it is DONE!!! YAY!!!

I’m so pleased that it is done!!! Another UFO kicks the dust!!! This also means that I have completed the minimum number of UFOs to achieve my PHD in 2021. (HUGE GRIN!)

This quilt was made from 2 separate panels … one bought at St. Jacob’s in Ontario and other bought in Pennsylvania … probably a few years apart. The batting is Hobbs 80/20 and the quilting is done with Glide thread.

I was Featured

Andree from Quilting and Learning – What a Combo featured my Island Batik “Never Too Early” project! You can read about it HERE.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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Linking to:

Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt: Clue #5

Clue # 5

Take 36 Flying Geese from Clue #2 and (72) 2 ½” Background squares, adding a neutral square  to each end.  Press seams open.

PDF

Instagram Tags

If you want to follow along on Instagram, here are the tags to use:

#quiltinggail #2021summermysteryquilt

Schedule

June 26 Introduction

July 3  Cutting Instructions

July 6   Clue #1

July 10 Clue #2

July 13 Clue #3

July 17 Clue #4

July 20 Clue #5

July 24 Clue #6

July 27 Clue #7

July 31 Clue #8

August 3 Clue #9

August 7 Clue #10

Linky Party: August 24

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Weekly update

Are you following along with the Summer Mystery Quilt? You can see the latest clue HERE.


Design Wall

Piecing

#1. Country Panels: No work on it this week!

#2 It’s A Secret: you’ll see it in October! (And yes, I HAD to start something NEW to give myself a break!)


Quilting: 

#1 Amish panels: I finished the quilting and when I went to put the binding on I discovered that the rows of swirls in the border were HORRID!!! So bad that I’ve spent more than a couple of days taking it out. That’s why it’s not finished, the quilt above isn’t finished piecing.

Quilting #2: Island Batik August is ready to quilt – but I have to fix the other one first!!!


Stash Report

I didn’t need any more fabric this week and I only finished my Island Batik project which used 1 yard of fabric for the backing.

  • Fabric Used this week     0 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       70 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      27.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
  • Net Fabric used                  42.25 yards 
  • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

Stitchin’ Time

I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

I have stitched for over 30 minutes all days this past week. And, I’m including “unsewing” as part of my 30 minutes / day!

  • January – May–  180 / 180
  • July – 18 / 18
  • Percentage = 99 % 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


TO DO 

Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

Last week:

This week it was hard to get everything done. Like most people, I highly dislike unsewing. OK … if I’m honest, I HATE it!!! Its taken me ages to get all the horrid quilting out … and I’m not finished yet! GROAN!!!. I do have a personal policy of taking out the mistakes before quitting for the day … but more than a couple of days of unsewing is discouraging! It’s OK … it’s almost all done … and then I can start moving forward again!

  1.  Add sashing to  Country Panelsnot done
  2. Finish IB August top   √   done 
  3. Finish quilting Amish Panel not  done 
  4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   sort-of …
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes     √   done    

This week’s list:

  1. Add sashing to Country Panels
  2. Fix Amish Panel , finish quilting, bind
  3. Start quilting IB August
  4. Finish Secret project (listed at KY book in my UFO tally)
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

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Linking to:

Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt: Clue #4

Clue #4

Take the 68 pieces from Step 1 and make 34 (4) patches.

PDF

Instagram Tags

If you want to follow along on Instagram, here are the tags to use:

#quiltinggail #2021summermysteryquilt

Schedule

July 3  Cutting Instructions

July 6   Clue #1

July 10 Clue #2

July 13 Clue #3

July 17 Clue #4

July 20 Clue #5

July 24 Clue #6

July 27 Clue #7

July 31 Clue #8

August 3 Clue #9

August 7 Clue #10

Linky Party: August 24

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

An OLD Finish

I made this quilt eons ago … it was a wedding gift. I received a picture today … evidence that it is still in use! AWESOME!!! That’s what I want … my quilts being used.

I really dislike it when people say that they put it in the closet and are saving it. What are they saving it for? Use them. (Enough of my rant!) This quilt is being used and I LOVE that!

I had forgotten that I had put a verse from Philippians on a label … it might have been on their wedding invitation or … who knows … but it reminds me of how fitting it is for the couple that received it! They have both grown in grace and gentleness!

Here’s a picture of the whole quilt. Designed by me with input from my daughter. The colours are more true in the picture above. The quilting was all stitch in the ditch.

I was Featured!

Jennifer from Wednesday Wait Loss featured my July Island Batik wall hanging! As did Denise from Put Your Foot Down. You can read about it HERE.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Linking to:

Midweek Makers @  QuiltFabrication
Wednesday Wait Loss @  Inquiring Quilter
Happy Needle  and Thread @  My Quilt Infatuation
Muv / Free Motion Mavericks @ Lizzie Lenard Vintage Sewing
Put your Foot Down @ For the Love of Geese
Finished or Not Friday  & TGIFF @ Alycia Quilts
Sherry @  Powered by Quilting
Michelle @ From Bolt to Beauty
Off the Wall Friday @ Creations – Quilts, Art, Whatever
Peacock Party @ Wendy’s Quilts and More

Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt: Clue #3

This clue will go faster than the last one … I promise!

Clue # 3

Edit: Take 4 strips of background and 4 strips of Contrast #3. 

Sew Fabric #3 to the 2 ½” neutral strips lengthwise. Press towards the neutral strip.

Cut these strips into 2 ½” pieces.  Pieces will be 2 ½” x 4 ½”  You will need 68 pieces.

Label these pieces “Step 3”. Set aside.

PDF

Schedule

July 3  Cutting Instructions

July 6   Clue #1

July 10 Clue #2

July 13 Clue #3

July 17 Clue #4

July 20 Clue #5

July 24 Clue #6

July 27 Clue #7

July 31 Clue #8

August 3 Clue #9

August 7 Clue #10

Linky Party: August 24

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Summer Days

I’m really enjoying our lovely summer days! It’s cooling off at night – so I think the weather is lovely! However, it’s so tempting to spend a LOT of time outside! The garden needs weeding, the tomatoes are ready for picking – almost every day!

I finished my latest project for Island Batik! You can read more about it HERE. This wall hanging used Hobbs 80/20 batting, Aurifil thread, Schmetz needles and of course, Island Batik fabric!

Are you following along with the Summer Mystery Quilt? You can see the latest clue HERE.


Design Wall

Piecing

#1. August Island Batik project: Moving right along!

#2. Country Panels: No work on it this week!


Quilting: 

#1 Amish panels: Lots of quilting done … not quite finished.


Stash Report

I didn’t need any more fabric this week and I only finished my Island Batik project which used 1 yard of fabric for the backing.

  • Fabric Used this week     1  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       70 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      27.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
  • Net Fabric used                  42.25 yards 
  • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

Stitchin’ Time

I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

I have stitched for over 30 minutes all days this past week.

  • January – May–  180 / 180
  • July – 11 / 11
  • Percentage = 99 % 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


TO DO 

Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

Last week:

I did work on a few projects and was not distracted by squirrels! And the studio got a cleaning for 30 minutes! However, I think that I need to spend more than 30 minutes this week – but I’m going to leave my To Do list at 30 minutes! ~grin~

  1.   Work on Country Panels: not done
  2. Work on IB August project   √   done 
  3. Start quilting Amish Panel √   done 
  4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes     √   done    

This week’s list:

  1. Add sashing to Country Panels
  2. Finish IB August top
  3. Finish quilting Amish Panel
  4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

No further finishes. I started my August Island Batik project.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

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Linking to:

Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt: Clue #2

Clue #2: Flying Geese

This is a “No Waste” method of making flying geese. And, once you do it, you will like it! Promise!

Step #1

Take the (72 ) 2 7/8” squares of Contrast #1 and mark them down the middle.

Step #2

Take (18) 5 1/4″ background squares

Lay the Contrast #1 squares on top of the background square with right sides together.

Line up the drawn lines of the Contrast #1 squares as shown in red in the picture.  Sew a ¼”  line on each side of the marked squares (shown in black in the picture.)

Step #3

Cut on the drawn (red) line.  Press towards Contrast #1.  You will have 2 pieces that are like the picture.  (I know it’s weird, but bear with me!)

Step #4

Take a 2 7/8” Contrast #1 square and place it on each of the Step #3 pieces (as shown in the picture.   Sew ¼”  line away from the marked centres. (the black line)

Step #5

Cut along the centre (red line) and press towards Contrast #1

You will have 4 Flying geese from each 5 ¼” neutral square.  

The flying geese block should look like this and there should be 4 flying geese blocks from each 5 1/4″ square.

Make 72 Flying Geese     If you wish, label them “Flying Geese.”  Set aside

Now … wasn’t that easy?  And you don’t have any pesky waste triangles to worry about!

PDF

Schedule

Here is the schedule and links to the previously posted clues.

July 3 Cutting Instructions

July 6 Clue #1

July 10 Clue #2

July 13 Clue #3

July 17 Clue #4

July 20 Clue #5

July 24 Clue #6

July 27 Clue #7

July 31 Clue #8

August 3 Clue #9

August 7 Clue #10

Linky Party: August 24

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

July: Never too Early!

It’s Never to Early is the Island Batik theme for this month! And this is what the instructions said, “No one typically thinks of winter in the summertime but it’s the best time of all to get an early start on Christmas and holiday projects! No matter what special holidays you celebrate around the end of the year, this challenge has something for everyone.”

I’ve always wanted to make a log cabin wreath. Like forever. And THIS is the year to make it. I googled Log Cabin Wreaths and there are a TON of patterns out there. But none that I really liked. SEW … EQ to the rescue.

I drew my own block since I wanted the finished size of the blocks to be 7″ and I wanted the centre red square to be 1″ square.

I gathered various Island Batik green scraps, some from Mystery, some from Napa Valley, the red is Wavy Dots Cherry BE. The light background is Coconut.

It definitely needed a bow … so many to choose from! I found one I liked. It’s not perfectly even on both sides and that fits my style completely! Besides, when a bow hangs on a wreath, it’s never symmetrical. Well, at least mine aren’t!

I decided to trapunto the bow and here is a picture of the extra backing being cut away. Again, I used Wavy Dots Cherry BE for the bow. Although, you can’t tell in the picture below!

And, even though I absolutely HATE applique, that’s how it was sewn down. (I’ve been known to call it “CR-AP-plique!) An obvious sign that I need to practice it more! (right?)

I decided to try a double batting to see if I could get the bow to pop out even more. So 2 layers of Hobbs 80/20 were used. And, the white stars popped out, but the green ones did not.

In the centre and the 4 corner blocks, I used a Silly Moon “Twinkle” ruler for the stars. Then did a fairly small stipple so that the stars would pop. I used Aurifil #2600 – Dove to do this part. I quilted the stars in the green portions of the blocks with the same thread. Then I stippled with # 2890 – Very Dark Grass Green.

Since it is July, this little wall hanging decided to lounge in the pool and hang out by the flowers …

There’s more!

This Fusible Batting Strip package from Hobbs batting inspired me to make a Christmas basket!!!

Fabrics for the basket were some of the same fabrics I used for the log cabins above, some strips from stash builder bundles and a red large dot fabric that I bought at a booth selling Island Batik fabrics . (Obviously a few years ago since there have not been “in person” quilt shows for quite a while.)

I started by joining 2 1/2″ strips of fabric together (the same way you would join binding. Then I pressed them in half. Opened it up, placed the batting strips on the wrong side of the fabric, folded the fabric and batting towards the middle and then in half … pressed it together.

I tapered the end and sewed a 1/4″ seam along the edge of the strip. Then I placed about a 7″ piece together, scrunching the ends and started sewing. I used the Schmetz Microtex Chrome 70/10 needle and it sewed through all the layers like a dream!

Once I had about 3″ of a flat surface, I started to curve up the sides.

And here is the finished basket!

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


Make sure that you visit the other Island Batik ambassadors for your holiday inspiration this month!!

Megan Best ~ Best Quilter
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Eubank ~ Archipelago Quilting
Jennifer Fulton ~ The Inquiring Quilter

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania For Quilts
Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke, Fiber Artist
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine

Claudia Porter ~  Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute and Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail

Andi Stanfield ~ True Blue Quilts
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt: Clue # 1

Clue #1

Take 4 strips of background 2 ½” WOF and 4 strips of Contrast #2.  Sew strips lengthwise.

Cut these strips into 2 ½” pieces.  Pieces will be 2 ½” x 4 ½”  You will need 68 pieces.

Label these pieces “Step 1”.

PDF

Schedule

July 3 Cutting Instructions

July 6 Clue #1

July 10 Clue #2

July 13 Clue #3

July 17 Clue #4

July 20 Clue #5

July 24 Clue #6

July 27 Clue #7

July 31 Clue #8

August 3 Clue #9

August 7 Clue #10

Linky Party: August 24

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Heat wave is over

Thank you to all that offered your sympathy and concern for us surviving the heat wave. It is over and the temps are way more comfortable … around 30C (86 F). And it is cooling down at night! So sleep is possible!!! YEAH!!!

Although, in the wake of the heat wave, there are a LOT of fires burning in British Columbia, lots of lightening strikes … one town was burnt totally to the ground … the residents had less than 15 minutes to flee the town. Lots of sad stories …

But this blog is about quilting … so here goes …

The Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt fabric amounts and cutting directions have been posted. You can see them HERE and HERE.

I still don’t have a lot of energy, but Zoom sewing with Island Batik Ambassadors on Friday helped! I got a start on my August project … using a BEAUTIFUL line of fabric (Autumn Wings) and Studio 180 rulers. It’s a secret, so no pictures … sorry!

Design Wall

Piecing

#1. August Island Batik project: a bit of progress

#2. Country Panels:

I started working on another UFO … 2 different country panels that I’m putting together. I’m using the burgandy grunge fabric for sashing and a first border. But I don’t have enough … so I had to go shopping … More about that further down …


Quilting: 

#1 Amish panels: 2 panels, put into one quilt top, sandwiched and ready to quilt. No progress on this. But the machine is threaded with the thread I want to use, bobbins are wound … just need to start.


Stash Report

I needed some more burgundy grunge for the 2 country panels that I’m putting together … so I went to Essem Textiles … and they just happened to have a skinny bolt sale on a “black dress” grunge and a “grey” grunge. I might or might not have bought them. Well, I can’t lie, of course I bought them … Sew … that adds 3 yards to my total of fabric bought!

  • Fabric Used this week      0  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       69 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:  3  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      27.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
  • Net Fabric used                  41.25 yards 
  • Husband’s purchases:  0 yards (which are added into my total amount of Fabric added this year). For those of you who don’t know … my husband often buys more fabric than I do … so, I’m keeping track! Unfortunately, he doesn’t sew!

Stitchin’ Time

I’m aiming for at least 30 minutes a day.

I have stitched for over 30 minutes all days this past week.

  • January – May–  180 / 180
  • July – 4 / 4
  • Percentage = 99 % 

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces


TO DO 

Chris from ChrisKnits is hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

Last week:

  1.  Finish July Island Batik project. √   done   and blog post is almost ready!
  2. Quilt and bind:  Town Table Topper √   done   
  3. Start quilting Amish Panel not started.
  4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes    √   done    

This week’s list:

  1.  Work on Country Panels
  2. Work on IB August project  
  3. Start quilting Amish Panel
  4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

No further finishes. I started my August Island Batik project.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

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PHD in 2021: June Report

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How are you doing with your PHD in 2021?

A couple of blog followers have commented on part of my weekly “To Do” list where I say “Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS.” And most of the time, I am not distracted by them!

Squirrels are those enticing projects that just want to be done NOW. You can read a blog post about them HERE.

So … how do I manage to (mostly) avoid squirrels? Well, as I wander through many different blogs, I get several new ideas, see new patterns, see cute quilts, and see tons of things I just want to do. I know that you all feel the same way!!! Right? The temptation is there!

I will take a screen shot, download the pattern, or something so I can remember the fantastic idea I saw. Then, I say to myself, “If I still am really wanting to do this in a few days (or a week), then I give myself permission to do so.” Well, usually it works. Usually. As you can see in my tally sheet, there is a LOT more “Starts in 2021” than my monthly Island Batik projects … but for the most part … they get done!

Another UFO was finished the other day! The town Table Topper. Once I fixed the mistake (see HERE) and finished quilting, it didn’t take long at all.

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My Favourite Quilt this month!

Cheryl @ Meadow Mist Designs hosts a Favourite Finish Monthly Link up.

Oh, it’s HARD to choose my favourite quilt for this month? Is it one of the two quilts I made as an Island Batik ambassador using Accuquilt dies? Or the Follow Your Own Path quilt?

It was hard to choose! I put all 3 into the “tiled” image and it made the one with red maple leafs the biggest … so I thought I’d let the program choose! But then I had 2nd thoughts … and decided that I’d go with the Follow Your Path Quilt … I wasn’t sure how it would turn out with the background and I was super pleased with the result … so that’s going to be my choice for this month! (You can read more about the quilts HERE and HERE.)

Mystery Quilt

The Summer 2021 Mystery Quilt has started! Fabric Requirements were posted on Saturday. (See HERE)

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

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