I’m Falling for You Blog Hop

This blog hop is organized by Calico Joan of Moose Stash Quilting!

In January, my Island Batik box contained this fantastic maple leaf die from Accuquilt. I made 2 different quilts with it.

And now, I’m using it again to make a table runner for the I’m Falling For You blog hop. What is more FALL than Fall leaves??? As well, the scrap table runner challenge for this month is Orange … so I’m making a 2-fer.

We’ve been away for almost 2 weeks. I took this with me to finish while we were travelling. (Yes, I take my featherweight and sew when I can and when we have power.) Well, I definitely was NOT meant to finish this on our trip! I didn’t take enough of the background fabric AND … once I finished the top, earlier today, I realized that I did not take enough batting or backing … groan … Anyhow, thankfully I was able to find everything I needed and get this table runner done! I stippled the background and did straight lines on the coloured portions of the leaves.

Table runner stats:

  • Fabric: Island Batik – from the Autumn Wings collection, background is Custard
  • Batting: Hobbs fusible
  • Quilting & Piecing: Aurifil thread
  • Size: 19″ x 37″
  • Accuquilt die: Maple Leaf

Here is the Full Schedule for the blog hop:

Be sure to visit all of the bloggers and be inspired by their “I’m Falling for You” creations!

Monday September 20

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Samelias Mum

Quilting Gail

Vroomans Quilts

Quilt Schmilt

Tuesday September 21

Just Let Me Quilt

Just Sew Quilter

Days filled with Joy

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

The Morning Latte

Wednesday September 22

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Beaquilter

Inflorescence

Selina Quilts

Sew Many Yarns

Thursday September 23

Karrins Crazy World

Words and Stitches

Patchouli Moon Studio

Karen’s Korner

That Fabric Feeling

Scrapdash

Friday September 24

QuiltFabrication

Mrs P Designs USA

Lianne Makes Stuff

Quilted Delights

MooseStashQuilting

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

Scrappy Improv Blog Hop is happening!

This is a Blog Hop that I’m super excited about!!! Kelly, of My Quilt Infatuation, has a wonderful book out and it is absolutely wonderful!!! My official day is Oct. 11. But, I am too excited to wait that long (well, I’ll wait for that day for my assigned mini quilt!

Yesterday, Sandra @ mmm…quilts! posted her Up, Up and Away Quilt! Isn’t it great???

So, I’m going to show you my Up, Up and Away quilt. Kelly has instructions in her book on how to make the mini quilts larger. So, I followed her instructions to make this into a baby quilt. However, I must confess, I had to fudge a bit because I didn’t have quite enough background fabric.

The fabrics are all from Island Batik. But for some reason, the scraps didn’t decrease at all!! (Ya, I know, scraps multiply when you have your back turned! )

I quilted wavy up and down lines on the balloon and wavy organic lines on the background (sky).

This is one of the quilts I’ll be teaching at Essem Textiles in Cloverdale in October! Make sure you sign up and join in the fun!

Here is the full Schedule for the Blog Hop:

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

byAnnie Challenge

This month, the Island Batik challenge is to make a bag. I choose to make the “Round Trip Duffle.” It is a pattern byAnnie. Island Batik and byAnnie made a kit with everything I need to make the Round Trip Duffle … I mean EVERYTHING!

The Island Batik fabrics that I chose for the bag – from top to bottom are:

  • Peacock Feather – Teal (from the Proud Peacock collection)
  • Whip Cream (from the Neutral collection)
  • Peacock Mardigras (from the Proud Peacock collection)
  • Paisley Dot Celery (from the Proud Peacock collection)

The key to making byAnnie bags is organization. A list of everything you need to cut is included in the pattern. I copied the list and attached it to each item as it was cut. Then I put it all up on my design wall so that it would be handy and easily found. The quilted pieces were on my ironing board.

The next step involved making all the bag components … the straps, the pockets, and so on … I’m using Aurifil thread #1148 – Light Jade with Schmetz Needles.

It’s getting exciting to see all the parts coming together!

Once it was completed, my daughter had to put her dog, Daphne, in it … believe me, that didn’t last long! (The dog in the bag … the bag was not harmed!)

I am very very happy with how this bag turned out! A friend of mine said, “It looks so professional.” That’s because byAnnie patterns are so well written! I hope to use this bag when I go on my next quilt retreat!

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 

School supply and Dollar Store shopping

It’s September and most kids are back to school … or not.  At any rate, the stores have all their “back to school” sales on.  Do you take advantage of these sales for your sewing room?

I do.  Here are some of the products I use in my sewing room and some are suggestions from other bloggers and quilters.

  • A flannel back tablecloth is great for a design wall … especially if I’m going sewing somewhere besides in my home.
  • Hair clips are great for clipping labels onto fabric
  • Spray bottle for water (I always use a dry iron … and I spray the fabric if I want steam)
  • Shelf liner … will hold your sewing machine foot in place, add it to the back of pincushions to prevent them from slipping around, and in a pinch, you can use a couple of pieces (3″x 3″) to place under your hands when you free motion quilt
  • Put a small square between your small rulers and your fabric – it’ll prevent the ruller from shifting
  • Hair ties – place them around the thread and the bobbin and you know which bobbin goes with which thread … plus it keeps the thread from unwinding

These are the small hair ties … they are cloth covered elastics. You can see in the picture how small they are. When my thread and bobbins are in the drawer, it’s super easy to figure out which bobbin goes with which spool of thread. Plus there isn’t miles of thread all over!

  • Notebook with grid lines … for planning that next quilt and Pencil crayons to colour your quilt
  • Mechanical pencils for fine lines (on the back of HST or to mark the centre of a block
  • Elmer’s School Glue … I use this a LOT … dilute it 4 parts water to 1 part glue and it’s perfect for gluing down binding or whatever needs to stay in place.

Binder clips – they are perfect to supplement your smaller clips … great when you have a large number of pieces or ???

Flag post-its, or just plain post-it notes are perfect for short-term labels.

Disappearing Elmer’s Glue Stick. These have MANY uses. I often use it to pre-baste my binding. Then when I get to the sewing machine, binding is done in a flash.

Coloured Sharpies … OK … confession here … these are great for colouring that white thread that is showing, or for outlining shapes (as per Helen Godden).

Design Wall

Piecing:

#1. The project for the “Falling for You” Blog Hop. My day is Sept. 20.

#2. Third project from Scrappy Improv … which I can’t show you until after the blog hop


Quilting: 

#1 November Island Batik project is being quilted


Stash Report

No finishes this week … no stash yardage used.

  • Fabric Used this week     10 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       99 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      27.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
  • Net Fabric used                  70.25 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. Many days there are more than a few hours spent in my studio. We were away this past weekend, so there was 2 days that I did not sew.

  • January – August –  235 / 242
  • Sept – 5 / 5
  • Total: 240 / 247
  • Percentage = 97 % 

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


TO DO 

Linda from Texas Quilt Gal is now hosting “To Do” every week. You can check out her blog HERE.

The last To Do list: (from weeks ago)

OK … so I had 2 weeks to accomplish my To Do list. I kept the list light because I want some more time to enjoy the summer! Consequently, it was easy to get it done. I’m keeping this week’s list light as well!

  1. Complete Island Batik’s November project Partially done!
  2. Complete 2nd Project from Scrappy Improv √   done
  3. Prepare more fabric for Island Batik’s December project √   done
  4. Write the directions for the guild’s Fall Mystery quiltDo NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done 
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes      √   done  

This week’s list:

  1. Finish quilting Island Batik’s November project
  2. Finish 3rd Project from Scrappy Improv
  3. Work on Island Batik’s December project
  4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS! I NEED this continual reminder! 
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

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