Catching up …

I was away on holidays … did a bit of sewing then, but most of it is secret sewing … so no pictures.

Design Wall

Piecing:

#1. Secret Sewing: Island Batik

#2 Secret Sewing: BBQG mystery quilt

#2. Scrappy Improv … another variation of the hot air balloon quilt


Quilting: 

#1 November Island Batik project is being quilted


Stash Report

I was in Edmonton while I was away … Lori’s Country Cottage had a 40% sale on selected fabrics … I did not behave myself … It was fun to be in a fabric store … it was fun to shop … here’s a picture of the damage ….

I could justify each purchase … the fabrics on the left were for one of the guild’s mystery quilts and the fabrics on the right were all flannels … necessary for backings …

  • Fabric Used this week     0 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:       99 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:  12  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      39.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
  • Net Fabric used                  58.25 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

While away, I managed to sew for 5 days … and for 6 days, I did not sew.

  • January – August –  235 / 242
  • Sept –  20 / 26
  • Total: 255 / 268
  • Percentage = 95 % 

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 over 2 weeks to accomplish my To Do list – a little bit of everything got done!

  1. Finish quilting Island Batik’s November project Partially done!
  2. Finish 3rd Project from Scrappy Improv Partially done!
  3. Work on Island Batik’s December  project Partially done! 
  4. Write the directions for the guild’s Fall Mystery quilt √   done
  5. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done 
  6. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes      √   done  

This week’s list:

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

PHD in 2021

Table Scraps

I have 2 Table Scraps for this month … First is my table runner and 2nd is the coaster.

This Table runner was made with scraps of Island Batik fabric … mostly from the Autumn Wings collection. Quilted with Aurifil thread, Hobbs Batting and Schmetz needles.

This coaster was made with a free pattern from Kreative Kiwi … Island Batik fabrics, Hobbs Batting and made in the hoop on my embroidery machine.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail 

Linking to:

  • So Scrappy @ Scrap Happy
  • Sunday Stash quiltpaintcreate
  • Oh Scrap @  Quilting is More Fun than Housework
  • 15 minutes to Stitch @ Life in Pieces
  • Frédérique  @ Quilting Patchwork Applique
  • Monday Making @  Love, Laugh, Quilt
  • Design Wall Monday @  Small Quilts and Doll Quilts
  • To-Do Tuesday @ Texas Quilt Gal
  • Table Scraps @ Joyful Quilter
  • 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 

    Orange You Glad: Blog Hop

    Carla, from Creatin in the Sticks is hosting this ORANGE Blog Hop! How fun!

    I had these very pretty orange Island Batik fabrics that were sitting in my stash, calling for me to use them. Actually, they were shouting. What to do? What to make?

    EQ to the rescue … along with Accuquilt Cube 8 dies.

    Now, according to EQ, I did not have enough fabric … so I hit the stash builder rolls and pulled out some orange strips. I used them for the half-square triangles. SO EASY to cut with the Accuquilt!

    This is actually one of the first patterns that I wrote … it was for a class I taught using the Easy Angle ruler … but it is actually more accurate to use the Accuquilt dies!

    There’s a drizzly rain outside – not great for taking photos … and since I just finished quilting and binding this, I had to make do with a photo on my design wall.

    Quilt Stats:

    Enjoy the other Blog Hoppers

    Monday, August 16th

    Tuesday, August 17th

    Wednesday, August 18th

    Thursday, August 19th

    Thank you for stopping by my blog! I hope you enjoy the rest of the Orange you Glad blog hop!

    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.

    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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    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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    Moving Along with Projects

    Design Wall

    Piecing

    #1 Amish panels: 

    I think I have the top pieced … just deciding if I need to add another border … The centre square, the star block is what I bought extra fabric for. I’m sort of wishing I hadn’t bordered the rest of the small blocks and I could have done all of them like the star. But, since I’m not a fan of taking a lot of things apart … it’s not going to happen.

    #2 July Island Batik project … it’s a secret for now!


    Quilting: 

    #1 Mystery Quilt … coming soon! I finished quilting it and am quite happy with the result!

    #2 Essem Panel: Essem Textiles (the new store close to where I live) got a huge bunch of kids prints in. SEW cute!!! The owner is not a quilter (yet!!!) and I offered to quilt a panel for her. I’m having a LOT of fun … here’s a sneak peak! I hope she likes it when it’s completed.


    Stash Report

    The backing on the 2 maple leaf quilts used 9 yards of fabric. On the purchasing end of things, I bought some grunge fabric to use for the UFO, Amish Panels (see the star above!)

    • Fabric Used this week      9   yards
    • Fabric Used this year:       69 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  0.75  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      24.75 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                  44.25 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!

    Here’s the 2 maple leaf quilts I finished … you can read more about them HERE. Yes, the tops were were made with Island Batik fabric, using an Accuquilt cutter and dies. Hobbs batting, Aurifil thread and Schmetz needles were also used.


    Stitchin’ Time

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

    I have stitched for over 30 minutes each day

    • January – May–  150 / 150
    • June – 13 / 13
    • Percentage = 100 % 

    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. Summer Mystery Quilt: Quilt & Finish writing pattern √   done
    2. Amish Panels: Finish cutting out and maybe get it assembled √   done
    3. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!   √   done
    4. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes   √   done    

    This week’s list:

    1.  Summer Mystery Quilt: waiting for the testing to be completed and double check fabric amounts
    2. Amish Panels: sandwich and prepare for quilting
    3. Essem Panel: finish quilting and deliver it
    4. July IB project: work on it
    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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    New Finishes?

    No, not for me … well, at least not a new finish that you haven’t seen before. I posted these 2 quilts earlier this week for my June Island Batik Challenge “Spread Love & Joy with Accuquilt.”

    UFO progress

    I’ve been working on my UFO … these panels … attempting to put it into a quilt … lots of decisions … do I leave them like this? Separate them … what to do?

    I decided that I wanted to highlight the small block with the horse and buggy … but, would you believe that I did NOT have any red fabric that was ‘right’ for this? All of my reds were too bright, too orange, too patterned, or too dark …

    SEW … what’s a gal to do? Go shopping of course!! I went to Essem Textiles and bought the red and beige-brown grunge fabric. (The fabric in the corners of the star were from cutting the larger block panel.)

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!    
    Gail 

    Spread Love & Joy with AccuQuilt

    This month’s Island Batik challenge said, “Our partners from AccuQuilt are asking you to create a throw quilt as a gift of comfort! This can include anything from baby to memory quilts, but should be inspired by spreading love through quilting. The challenge for you is to use the 8” or 12” finished BOB dies from your Ambassador box, the GO! Qube 8″ Mix & Match Block and create a whole new pattern by combining the two!”

    I received the Maple Leaf die in my January box this year and the Go! Qube 8″ dies in the January 2019 box. Sew … what to do?

    EQ to the rescue …

    My original intent was to make a Canadian Quilt of Valour! So, obviously red maple leaves would be perfect.

    The top left was too busy. The top right had too much black. The bottom left had the blocks too close. So, I decided on the bottom right. Maple leafs with double pinwheels (without the 2nd colour), separated by a sashing and cornerstones.

    I used the Accuquilt dies to cut all of the pieces for the blocks. So very quick. And very accurate!!! Each block went together with ease.

    I made all the blocks …

    The maple leaves were all made with Island Batik’s “Wavy dots – Cherry BE” and white solid. The double pinwheels were made with all sorts of scraps with Custard as the background.

    It looked OK on EQ, but in real life … Not so much. I really, really disliked the two together! The white with red maple leaves were crisp and fresh looking and the double pinwheel blocks, although pretty, were just not a good match.

    SEW … I changed directions. I really liked the blocks together, but not the fabrics.

    I made 17 more double pinwheels using only the solid white and fabrics from the “Mystery” collection. Oh yes!!! I was MUCH happier!!! Much much happier!!!

    Of course, I forgot to take pictures of me cutting all of the pieces for the maple leaves and the double pinwheels, but I did take one of cutting the binding! The width of fabric fits perfect on the 2 1/2″ die. I placed 2 pieces of WOF on the die (total of 4 layers) and in less than 20 seconds, I had 6 perfectly cut binding strips. SEW easy, SEW quick, and perfect strips! (I pulled up the middle strips so that you could see them on the die.)

    Here’s a picture of the finished quilt. All ready to go to the guild’s Quilt of Valour coordinator.

    And here’s a closeup of the quilting …

    Quilt Stats:

    • 57″ x 72″
    • Island Batik fabrics: Solid white, solid grey, assorted fabrics from the mystery collection and for the cornerstones and binding, I used “Pinecone Dark Teal” from the Napa Valley collection.
    • Hobbs 80/20 batting
    • Aurifil Thread # 2000 (Light Stand) for piecing, # 2600 (Dove) for quilting
    • Schmetz Needles

    But wait … there’s more …

    What to do with all the double pinwheel blocks with the custard background? I made some super scrappy maple leaf blocks and made a 2nd quilt. This is going to a young couple that just got married.

    This one is quilted in a similar manner, but different!

    Quilt Stats

    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 

    SAHRR – Round # 7

    Just to remind you … SAHRR is Stay AHome Round Robin. If you missed the previous posts about this year’s SAHRR – you can see them

    Today is the day that I tell you to add pinwheels. If you take a close look, you will see that I changed my log cabin layout from last week. (See HERE). I put 4 of them together to make a diamond … It helped to make the quilt longer and not square. I really like the look!

    For the Pinwheels, I used the Accuquilt die # 4 of the 8″ Cube set. I wanted the half-square triangles to be bigger than the ones in the stars. It worked! Since I was working with awesome Island Batik Fabric, I didn’t have to worry a lot about bias!

    I will be adding 6″ white borders onto the top and bottom and 3″ white borders onto the sides.

    Again, I continued to use a variety of fabrics from Island Batik’s Ohana collection. I hope I have enough scraps to bind it! It’s getting close!

    Make sure to visit all of the other co-leaders. Here’s their links:

    SAHRR Linky Party

    Here is a Linky Party to link your flimsy. MARK you calendars for March 29th !!! I will have a linky party for everyone to show their final quilts or tops!

    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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    SAHRR – Round #5

    Just to remind you … SAHRR is Stay At Home Round Robin. If you missed the previous posts about this year’s SAHRR – you can see them

    Today is the day that Wendy told us to add wonky stars. I’m a rebel … and I did friendship stars instead! I used the Accuquilt to cut the half-square triangles. Do I ever enjoy using it for those!

    However, I didn’t do the math very well and I have extra stars left over. I wanted to leave the cornerstone as a plain white block, so … who knows what will happen with those extra stars?

    Again, I continued to use a variety of fabrics from Island Batik’s Ohana collection.

    Make sure to visit all of the other co-leaders and link up toWendy’s linky party to show us your blocks! HERE

    Here’s their links:

    Design Wall

    Piecing:

    I’m working on my March Island Batik project. Sorry, no pictures yet!

    Quilting: 

    I took a Silly Moon Ruler Quilting class on Saturday by Zoom. It was fun and I learned some things. Believe it or not – the fabric is dark blue and the thread is light grey . Obviously, my phone did not pick up the true colours!

    Stash Report

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    No change from last week!

    • Fabric Used this week      0  yards
    • Fabric Used this year:        5 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:  0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      9 yards  (my husbands amounts as well)
    • Net Fabric used                   – 4 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 each day

    • January –  31 / 31
    • February – 14 / 14
    • Percentage = 100 % 

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

    TO DO 

    Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday is no longer. However, Chris from ChrisKnits is going to be hosting it from now on. Her blog is HERE.

    Last week:

    Total success this week!

    1. Work on next round of SAHRR  √   done
    2. Sandwich Moorewood Mystery  √   done
    3. Work on March Island Batik challenge  √   done
    4. Do NOT be distracted by any SQUIRRELS!  √   done
    5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes      √   done

    This week’s list:

    1. Work on final round of SAHRR  
    2. Start quilting Moorewood Mystery  
    3. Work on March Island Batik challenge  
    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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    Inspired by Nature Blog Hop: My Day

    I received “Ohana” fabric collection to use for this blog hop. Aren’t the fabrics awesome?

    They made me think of flowers … Well, there are pretty flowers in some of the fabrics. H I thought of the Accuquilt die that I have, “Cleopatra’s Fan.” To me, this die never made me think of a fan, but it did make me think of flowers …

    SEW … off to EQ and I played around with the design and the fabrics and came up with this …

    Below is some of the pieces on the Accuquilt die. I wasn’t able to lay all of the fabric out at once because I wanted specific fabrics in specific places. So each fabric was cut and placed into the sections where they were destined to go.

    I did need to have reverse pieces of each fabric for this block. However, working with Island Batik fabrics, it is seldom that I can decipher the wrong side from the right side. That made it super easy! I just needed 8 pieces of each cut and I didn’t have to worry about right or wrong sides! Island Batik fabrics are pretty cool that way!

    Here are all of the blocks on the design board before being sewn together and borders added.

    Here’s a close up of the quilting from the front. I outlined all the shapes and quilted little 3 or 4 petal flowers in the grey neutral portions. Wavy leaves formed the border.

    And from the back showing more of the border’s wavy leaves.

    Once the borders were added and the quilt quilted, … I only had 2 fabrics that I had not used in the quilt … and neither of them was good as a binding. A scrappy binding just didn’t feel right for this quilt. I was given “Marble-Purple-BE” as a coordinating fabric and it is perfect for the binding. Just a hint of the dark purple frames the quilt.

    Stats:

    • 54″ x 54″
    • Quilted with Aurifil #2600, light grey.
    • Binding attached with Aurifil #2581, dark purple.
    • Hobbs 80/20 batting
    • Pieced and Quilted on my Janome Continental M7 sewing machine.

    Be sure to visit my Blog Hop Partner, Mania and see the quilt she made with the same fabric collection! Ohana!

    Ohana should be arriving in stores soon!

    Opportunity to Win

    There are 3 opportunities to win some fabric! One from me and 2 from Island Batik.

    From Me:

    You could win scraps from 5″ x 10″ to 12″ squares of 12 Ohana fabrics. If you live in Canada, in the comment section, tell me how nature inspires (or could inspire) your quilting.

    From Island Batik:

    Click on the link below to have an opportunity to win Fat Quarter bundles of wonderful fabric: either Sweet Hearts or Love and Kisses

    Click HERE

    Disclaimer: All of the fabric and supplies (other than my sewing machine and iron) were given to me by Island Batik and the industry partners!  Thank you! 

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    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!    
    Gail 

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    Studio 180 Design Tool

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    The August Challenge for Island Batik is “Try a Tool” using a Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design tool.

    k3EWP6d7S0KZUv%%KB1Vfw_thumb_38c6In my July box, I received the 4 Patch Square Up tool.  This tool gave me the choice of 4 Patches or Offset 4 Patches.  No pattern was provided.  We were to make a quilt with at least 16 of the “units” made with the tool.

    I have never used any of Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design rulers before (except for the Quilter’s Magic Wand for one marking half square triangle).  As you read through this post, you’ll discover how delighted I was to use this ruler!

    Mesa Verde

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    Designing

    EQ7 was used to design my quilt using the “Mesa Verde” fabric collection, along with Island Batik’s solid black.  The black just seemed so right with this line of fabric! I had several layouts to choose from.  It was fun to manipulate the quilt by changing the block orientations with a click or 2 of the mouse!

    But in the end, this is the quilt I decided on:

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    Of course the location of where the fabrics ended up in the quilt is totally different than in the EQ version!

    Sewing the Creation

    I used Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 tool “Four Patch Square Up.”  I made the Offset 4 patches.  There is no accompanying video -yet – for the Offset 4 patches … but after watching the video for the 4 patches and reading the directions for the Offset 4 patches – it was easy to make.  Really easy!!!

    UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_38e7Here is the back of the first unit I made.  The instructions teach you how to “spin” the seams.  If you’ve taken a class from me, you know how much I LOVE to spin the seams.  It certainly makes the quilt lie flatter.  But, you do need to be consistent when sewing your unit blocks together.

    I was able to spin ALL of the seams when I put the quilt together.  It certainly made it lie nice and flat!

    I readily admit that I am NOT a perfect quilter!  I learned to fudge A LOT when I was learning to quilt … in the last century!  BUT … with using this ruler … not to boast or anything … but each block is perfect!!!  It sewed together like a dream.  PERFECTLY!!!

    OH MY!!!  Now, I get why people like to have perfection in their sewing!!!

    YUP … I’m in LOVE    with the 4 Patch Square Up ruler and can’t wait to try some of the other Studio 180 rulers!

    Anyhow … on to the quilt I made!

    The Quilt

    Here it is on the clothesline. I made the largest Offset 4 patch block: 5″.  The smallest is 3/4″ … that’s a super mini size!  The quilt measures 43″ x 53″ …  The binding is scrappy and used the every scrap of the green fabric that was left from the small blocks.

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    I used my walking foot with an olive green Aurifil thread #2887 to quilt,  Hobb’s Heirloom 80/20 Black batting, and Schmetz Microtex Chrome 80/12.

    The quilting is super simple: I just did diagonal lines through the black rectangles and then straight lines through the Mesa Verde fabrics.

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    I like how the quilting looks pretty funky on the back.  I backed this quilt with the same black I used on the front – but with the sun shining, the colour certainly isn’t true!

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    I love the earthy tones in the Mesa Verde fabrics and this tree said “lay the quilt here for a picture.”

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    And the wooden fence said the same thing …

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    Disclaimer: All of the fabric and supplies (other than my sewing machine and iron) were given to me by Island Batik and the industry partners!  Thank you! 

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!    
    Gail 

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    Monday, a day after Zoom Quilting

    Yes, today is Monday … a holiday here on the West Coast of Canada (BC Day) … a beautiful day that promises to not be tooooo hot!  Perfect!  Edit: the afternoon became hot and muggy! ULK!

    Yesterday, my sister and a cousin in Ontario Zoomed together while we quilted.  It’s a lot of fun!  My sister invited the other cousins to drop in and visit … one said that watching us quilt would be like watching paint dry!  We had a good laugh about that!

    The tumbler quilt that I started in July received the final stitching of the binding as we Zoomed!  When quilting this quilt, I practiced ruler quilting.  I used Silly Moon’s Turkey ruler to do the waves across the quilt.  With how inconsistent I am, I made sure that the ‘waves’ were all started in a different spot.  That way, you wouldn’t notice the one or two waves that were different! ~grin~

    I didn’t like how the waves of the turkey ruler would go up and down the quilt … OK … honesty here: I couldn’t figure out where to line it up with sloping seams … so I just used a straight ruler and went up and down that way.

    The batting is Hobbs 80/20 (my favourite!) and it is quilted with Aurifil 2311.

    The tumblers were all cut with the 3½” Accuquilt tumbler die.  It certainly didn’t take long to cut them out!  You can read more about the sewing together of this quilt HERE.

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    And do you see that skinny border?  Last month, Terry (my cousin I was zooming with) had shown us this cute little flower that she uses in a skinny border.  Of course, at the time, I didn’t draw it out … so when I was quilting this border, I attempted to do it.  It was a fail … but a GOOD fail …. I came up with this bow with ribbon between it … how sweet is that?  Don’t you just love it when things like that turn out?

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    The back … oh the backing!  I didn’t have enough of any one fabric to make a diagonal slash with another fabric in the middle … SEW … I used LOTS of different fabrics from the front and pieced them together.  Most of them were cut 11 – 13″ wide, with the blue cut 5″ wide.   And yup! It used up stash!  But I still can’t figure out how the “floral” box is still full!

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    Design Wall

    Last week, I missed my usual Monday report … so here’s this weeks.

    Piecing:

    IMG_5868I’ve pulled out this UFO: It was a Murder Mystery quilt that I started in 2010 at a Wild Rose Retreat in Orting Washington!  It was a fun retreat!  (Um … I haven’t been to a retreat that wasn’t fun …!!!)  Anyhow, one of the shop’s owners was ‘murdered’ with a pinking rotary cutter … the evidence was the rick rack around his neck and the red fat quarter next to him … and the weekend went from there.

    The instructor for the Mystery quilt and murder was Sherrie Jaqua and we ended up making the Bouquet block … an asymmetrical block.

    When I pulled out the container, I realized that the top was done … I just need to add borders … sew that’s what’s on the design wall.

    Quilting: 

    The Carpenter’s Wheel (Star) is ready to be sandwiched … the quilt was webbed together and the border was added after this picture was taken.

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    Stash Report

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    The Tumbler Quilt (above) used 8.5 yards of fabric …

    The snowman from Christmas in July used 1 yard of fabric.  So the total used in the last 2 weeks is 17.5 yards.  No shopping, no fabric purchased.

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    • Fabric Used this week      17.5  yards
    • Fabric Used this year:        230.5 yards
    • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
    • Fabric Added this year:      23.5
    • Net Fabric used                    207  yards

    Stitchin’ Time

    I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched from 15 minutes / day to 30 minutes/day in April! No stitchin’ on the 19th … ’cause it’s not a race!

    • 15 minute days:  January – July: 210 / 212
    • 30 min days/  Aug:   2 / 2
    • Total days in 2020: 212 / 214
    • Percentage = 99% 

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

    TO DO 

    I’m linking up to Roseanne & Sue’s “TO DO” Tuesday. Their blog is “Home Sewn by Us.”

    2 weeks ago list:

    I’m not surprised that I got everything done … I had 2 weeks!  grin!

    1. Sandwich, Quilt & bind Dog/Cat #2   √   done   
    2. Finish IB July project  √   done  (see HERE)
    3. Work on IB December project as a leader & ender …  √   done 
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.  √   done 
    5. Work through another Artistic Digitizer lesson.  √   done 

    This weeks list:

    1. Sandwich & Quilt Carpenter’s Wheel
    2. Add borders to Bouquet Murder Mystery
    3. Work on IB Sept project
    4. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.
    5. Photo shoot and blog about IB August project

    What’s in the plans for August?

    • August’s Island Batik challenge
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    • Morewood Mystery!!!   Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs is hosting a mystery quilt.  The cutting directions are up.  I haven’t had a peek – but if you want to know what the finish looks like, she will give you a peek.  With this mystery, she will be releasing a clue once a month, so it should be a nice leisurely mystery.   Are you going to join in on this mystery?

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    No UFOs finished so far this month! (it’s only been a couple of days) … but the Bouquet Murder Mystery is out of the box … so hopefully there will be progress on it!

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    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!    
    Gail 

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    Unboxing video: Island Batik July, 2020

    Well, my boxes FINALLY arrived!!!  It took them only a few days to travel from California to Vancouver … but it took over 2 weeks for them to travel from Vancouver to my home, about 45 minutes away!

    But they came!  I resisted opening them until I was ready to do the video.  Lots of beautiful surprises!

    Here’s the video:

    Stash Builders

    • Width of Fabric, 5″ wide
    • 4 in each bundle
    • 20 in each package!

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    Mesa Verde – designed by Kathy Engle

    • Fat Quarter pack
    • 20 fabrics from the collection
    • Fall/Winter collection

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    Foundation Packages

    • 5 fabrics in each package
    • 1/2 yard cuts
    • Solids, blenders and basics
    • Available all the time

    2 Yard Cuts

    • Celery
    • Dandilion

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    4 Yard Cuts

    • Solid Black, White & Grey
    • Neutral:  Custard

    Nouveau Soul

    • Strip Pack: 2½” by width of fabric
    • 2 of each 20 fabrics in the collection

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    Bag Kit “ByAnnie”

    • Fabric
    • Pattern
    • Zippers
    • Mesh
    • Hardware
    • Webbing
    • Elastic
    • Interfacing

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    Aurifil Thread

    • 50 weight
      • Purple:  4225
      • Dark Blue:  2783
      • Light blue: 2815
      • Grey: 2625
      • Light grey: 2600
      • Black:  2692

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    Studio 180 – Deb Tucker

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    Accuquilt Go!me

    You can see the projects I made with it and the gifting of it HERE.

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    Hobbs Batting

    • Heirloom Black 80/20 – Queen Size
    • Heirloom Fusible 80/20 – Queen Size
    • Heirloom Fusible 80/20 – Batting Strips
    • Tuscany Silk Batting – Throw size

    THANK YOU to Island Batik and Industry Partners!

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!   
    Gail 

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    Christmas in July!

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    Our monthly challenge for July’s Island Batik Ambassador program is to use the Accuquilt Go! Me cutter and dies that we received in our 2nd boxes from Island Batik.  My June boxes took their time getting here.  They spent over 2 weeks at Customs in Vancouver (a mere 45 minute drive).  Once they arrived, I did my unboxing video (you’ll see that next week) and got to work on my challenge.

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    The GO! me cutter comes with 2 dies, a Quarter Square and a Half Square Triangle.

    The Go! me is a perfect starting set!  It’s small, it’s portable and it will help new quilters make those perfect HST and QST.

    It was easy to come up with a design and I used EQ 7  to plan it out.  However, all of the neutral blocks consisted of a HST and 2 portions of a QST … I loved the end result of all the scrappy neutrals!  And the scrappy greens!

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    UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_38c8Here are a couple of the sample squares that I teased you with earlier in the week.  Do you see how they fit into the quilt?

    I had some green scraps in my Island Batik stash, and some neutrals … but I was SUPER excited when the stash builder bundles I received had some neutrals and some greens!!  Heaven!!  You can’t have too much variation when making something scrappy!

    The 2nd part of this challenge was to gift the GO! me to a new quilter.  My sister is starting to quilt and it was the obvious choice for her to receive the cutter.  The only problem is … she lives 12 hours away and I can’t just pop over to her home and give it to her.  SEW … what to do?  We are in a Zoom Yoga class and at the end of the class, I took a little video and told her that she was being gifted the Go! me.  She was over the moon.  She couldn’t believe it!  She’s the one in the upper left corner.  And, you can see the partially finished wall hanging on my design wall.

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    My sister wants the pattern for this tree as does one of the other yoga classmates.  They live close to each other, so I’m sure my sister may lend the cutter to her!  Sew, a pattern will be written up in the near future.

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    Yes, I made 2!   One for my sister and one for me!  I decided to take the picture with petunia’s in front of them.  It is July!

    And here is the back which shows the FMQ.  Swirls in the neutral areas, arcs in the tree, straight lines in the tree trunk and on the border.  I used 2 squares (6″) folded into triangles to hold the dowel to hang it with.

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    Wall Hanging Stats:

    • 26″ square
    • Hobbs 80/20 batting
    • Aurifil Thread
      • Cream (neutral area) #2311
      • Red (border) #2460
      • Green Variegated (tree) #4653
      • Brown (tree trunk) # 1285
      • Green (binding) # 5012
    • Schmetz Needles
    • Backing: Island Batik solid Grey
    • Fabric: assorted Island Batik Greens and Neutrals.  Red is “Wavy Dot Cherry” and the Green used in the binding is “Grass.”

    Disclaimer:  Thanks to Island Batik for the fabrics, Hobbs batting, Schmetz Needles, Aurifil thread and AccuQuilt for providing the necessary tools and supplies to make the quilts! 

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!  

    Happy Christmas in July! 

    Gail

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    My Day: Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop

    Screen Shot 2020-05-01 at 10.45.00 PMI have made a couple of projects for this Blog Hop.  The collection I was given is Santa Fe designed by Kathy Engle.  It was love at first sight!  Look at those beautiful teals and browns, purples and neutrals!  Aren’t they rich and beautiful?  This collection is part of the Winter 2019 fabrics and should be available in your local stores pretty soon – if they’re not already there!

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    Here are the instructions we were given:

    What is home decor? It’s anything you would use to decorate your space: wall hangings, cushions, rugs, linens, and decorative craft projects like bowls, wreaths, lampshades and baskets. Big or small, dramatic or subtle, it’s up to you!

    Project #1

    My first project was a jelly roll rug.   I cut at least 2 strips of each fabric using the AccuQuilt 2½” strip die.  The batting was 2¼” strips cut from the edges of many quilts where I had used Hobbs 80/20.  I mostly followed the directions on the pattern and put the prepared strips into a bag. I didn’t roll it into a ball … just shoved them into the bag.  When I took a class, Dawn F., said to do this!  It works like a charm.

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    I used Aurifil #2370 and Schmetz Microtex Chrome 70/10 to sew the rope together and also to do the zig-zag when sewing the rug.  I started out using Microtex 80/12 and my machine revolted.  It did not like it.  When I talked to my sewing machine technician, she said to try a smaller needle and make a bigger stitch.  I did and it worked like a charm.  She also said that sewing through that many layers with a close-weave batik, the smaller needle will work better.  She was right! My machine just purred as I finished sewing the rug!

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    I LOVE my rug … it lies next to my ironing station in my studio!  Sew nice to have something a little softer to stand on!

    As nice as this rug is … it doesn’t highlight the fabric in the collection very well.  Even though it does use every single fabric.  SEW … I decided to work on projects #2, #3 & #4.

    Projects #2, #3, & #4

    The back story:

    I moved into my studio last summer.  It wasn’t quite finished, but my wonderful hubby promised that it would be completely finished soon.  I think his definition of “soon” and mine are completely different.  But that’s OK … he does all of the building type work around here.

    I told him that I was going to make curtains for the 3 windows in the studio.  Now, I won’t say that he has selective hearing, but he swears that I said I was only going to make one curtain.  That’s weird, because why would I only make one, when there are 3 windows?

    Anyhow … he got to work putting in the window frame and trim for the largest window.  He finished this the day before I need to post my projects!  We’ll have to wait to see how long it takes to get the frame and trim done for the remaining 2 windows.

    The curtains:

    The curtains are all backed with the same fabric that provides the background in each curtain:  Tossed Seeds – Desert Sand.  I love this fabric!  It has shades of grey & light brown and is a perfect background fabric.   These curtains are not quilted, but are stitched a ¼” from the 1″ border that is on the top and bottom of each.  Aurifil #2000 – a light beige, was used for the piecing and top-stitching.

    The first curtain is a series of 6″ stars and measures 52″ long.   The stars were cut with the Accuquilt Go 8″ Qube dies.  I’m in LOVE with these dies and use them as often as possible.   I love piecing triangles without dog ears … and they are close to perfect (depending on my sewing).

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    The 2nd curtain has a 6″ rope.  Again, I used the same Accuquilt die to cut all the triangles.  This curtain measures 39.5″ (the 2nd & 3rd windows are smaller).2sxwBE01Tu6ws99eaPyK8Q_thumb_37f5

    The 3rd curtain was designed in EQ7, using 6″ tall flying geese blocks.  They are paper pieced without sewing on the paper.  I think I’ve been influenced by another Island Batik ambassador who blogs at “For the Love of Geese.”  At least, I decided on flying geese after visiting her blog!  This curtain measures 39.5″ long.

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    Island Batik’s Give Away

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    This week Island Batik is giving away 2, yes, 2!  Fat Quarter bundles of “River Valley.”  Click on the Rafflecopter link below for you to click on for your entry for a chance to win.

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    My Give Away

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    There are 14 pieces that are 6″ x 12″ and 1/3 yard of the purple (at the top).   In order to win, you have to answer the following questions:

    1. Have you made any home decor projects in the past year?  If yes, what was it?
    2. What would you make with these fabrics?

    The give away is only open to Canadian residents, excluding Quebec.

     

     

     

    My Fabric Blogging Partner

    Make sure you visit Maryellen’s blog to see what she has made with this same fabric collection!  Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog

    Thank you

    to Island Batik, Accuquilt, Aurifil Hobbs batting and Schmetz Needles for supplying the fabric and supplies needed to complete my projects!

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    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!  
    Gail 

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    Stay At Home Round Robin … Part 6

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    Here is the blue Round Robin with the stars added.  I used the AccuQuilt 8″ Qube dies #2 and #5 to cut them out.  It took me less than an hour … and that was with bits and pieces and scraps of the fabrics.  Hopefully in the coming week(s?), I will get this sandwhiched and the binding on.

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    Here is the purple round robin.  I had a limited amount of space left for the stars, so I had to make them smaller (4.5″ square).   I wasn’t able to use the Accuquilt for them (only because I don’t have the appropriate size dies).  It took me over 3 hours to cut these out.  What a difference from using the Accuquilt!  I was already “sold” on using the Accuquilt for curved pieces and the Block on Board, but this really illustrated to me how time saving it is for regular squares and triangles!

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    On the purple quilt, I just quilted Stitch in the Ditch along the seams of the stars.  I contemplated outlining the stars, but since I wanted to only use the walking foot to quilt this quilt, I didn’t want to be turning the quilt a zillion times.  It would have been a breeze if I did free motion, but I was determined to just use the walking foot!

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    I didn’t have time to bind the purple quilt.  Hopefully, that will happen this week and I can show you the final quilt(s) next week!

    Fun Facts about the quilts:

    All fabrics were given to me by Island Batik.  As an ambassador, I was also given Aurifil  thread, Hobbs batting, the AccuQuilt dies and Schmetz needles from each of the industry sponsers.  Thank you!

    For both quilts, I used Aurifil thread for piecing.

    For the purple quilt: I used #2515 for quilting and, I used Hobbs batting 80/20 (scraps joined together).

    The Accuquilt Cube 8″ dies were used, when appropriate.

    Blue is approximately 48″ square.  Purple is approximately 42″ square.

    Part 7

    Is actually quilting and binding your quilt.  We don’t want to have any more UFOs – right?  If you did a quilt-as-you-go (like the purple one), it should be a matter of trimming the quilt and applying the binding.

    Linky Party:

    Here is a Linky Party for you to show off your work!  You have a few options for posting … you can post a link to your blog, a link to your Instagram or a link to a Pinterest page.

    You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

    Click here to enter

    I was Featured!

    Screen Shot 2020-04-24 at 2.16.44 PM.png #1:   Wednesday Wait Loss featured the Round Robin quilts from last week.  See HERE.

    #2  For the love of geese also featured a Round Robin Quilt

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!    
    Gail 

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    Stay At Home Round Robin: Part 4

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    Here are the purple and the blue Round Robin Quilts with the arrows added.  I’m happy that I have enough Island Batik fabric to complete these 2 quilts.  I used the Accuquilt Go to make the flying geese (Dies 4 & 5 from the 8″ Cube set).

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    I had a few “hiccups” as I was making the arrow borders.  See the video for details!

                     https://youtu.be/-Jc3DDzUHn4               

    Linky Party:

    Here is a Linky Party for you to show off your work!  You have a few options for posting … you can post a link to your blog, a link to your Instagram or a link to a Pinterest page.

    Even if you’re not participating in the Stay at Home Round Robin – go visit the linking blogs to see what they are doing.  Do you see the one that put it on point?  That’s part of the freedom of a Round Robin – I LOVE it!

    You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

    Click here to enter

    Next Round: Part 5

    The next round for the Round Robin is squares.  It can be anything … wonky squares, square in a square, 4 or 9 patches – the choice is yours.

    A Friday Finish

    This week on the Facebook guild page the challenge was to make a “heart” quilt … any size …  People in the Vancouver area are putting hearts in their windows to honour the front line workers during the pandemic.   I decided to make a quilt that would be large enough to hang in the window so that it could be clearly seen from the street.  I used this pattern: Color My Heart Mini Quilt from the Fat Quarter Shop.  It’s a nice easy pattern.  However, typical of me, I adjusted the pattern and used 6½” blocks to make it bigger.  It turned out bigger than I wanted and that meant I had to piece the backing.  Oh well, it’s done now!

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    Yes, I used more of my Dr. Suess fabrics … I still have some left, but not a lot!  It was fun to quilt it with hearts of all shapes and sizes!

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!   
    Gail 

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    Creative Borders and Binding

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    April’s Island Batik Challenge

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    fullsizeoutput_c91Last month, for the Island Batik challenge, I HAD to use the “Glorified 9 Patch” Accuquilt Go! die.  And, I made the quilt on the right.  You can read more about it on THIS POST.  I enjoyed making the blocks SEW much!  I knew I wanted to use the die again to make another quilt that was totally different!  I think I achieved that goal!

    As I was making the March quilt, I thought about April’s challenge to do a Creative Border or Binding.  The idea to use the “big curve” portion of the die came to life when I thought it would make for a creative, curved border.

    It was a little unsettling to have those pieces on the outside of the quilt with nothing to piece and match up to the notches.  (Well, duh, that was the idea, right?)

    I used Hobbs Heirloom Permium Cotton Batting that was a dream to free motion quilt with.  I also used Schmetz Microtex 80/12 which goes through the batik and batting with ease.

    I started out quilting the quilt with Aurifil #1148: a pretty teal that I received from Island Batik last year.  It was perfect for outlining the colourful blocks and completing the circles.  (You can see a little of it at the corner on the picture below.)  Then I started to do the freemotion quilting to fill in the circles.  Oh MY … talk about a disaster … then I decided to try pebbles … still disastrous … then I decided I HAD to take all of the free motion quilting out.  That took a bit of time! Actually – a lot of time!  A couple of evenings at least!

    Once all  free motion teal was removed, I switched to Aurifil #2309, an off white.  It was perfect!  You can see the quilting, but not all the mistakes!  I know, I know … if you look closely, you can still see the mistakes …

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    I made the bias binding according to one website, but I won’t tell you which one because the measurements were so very misleading.  I ended up with enough bias binding to use on 3, yes 3 quilts.  In the end, I guess that’s better than not having enough binding, right?

    I LOVE the vibrant colours of the Island Batik fabrics in this quilt!  Since we’re social isolating, all the pictures were taken in my front yard.  Spring is just starting to show it’s pretty hopeful self!  The hyacinths smell heavenly and the tree with the pink blossoms is alive with the buzzing of bees!

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    Disclaimer: The products featured in this Blog post were given to me by Island Batik, and their co-sponsers Aurifil, Hobbs Batting, Schmetz Needles & AccuQuilt!  

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting! 
    Gail 

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    Stay-at-Home Round Robin: Part 3

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    If you want to see the Intro click HERE , Part 1 click HERE, and Part 2 click HERE.

    This week: Pinwheels

    I used the Accuquilt Go! cutter to cut the half-square triangles to make the pinwheels.  On the purple quilt, I made 12 and for the blue one, I made 16.  I used Island Batik fabrics for both quilts.  The blue I used a strip from a “Stash Builders” bundle, a basics and some yardage from “Faded Blue Jeans.”  The purple used a variety of fabrics.

    Video of Pinwheels

    In this video, I discuss what I did to “make it fit” and the extra quilting that I did.

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    SEW … next week we’re adding arrows to the quilt.

    How are you doing with your Round Robin?

    Linky Party

    Here is a Linky Party for you to show off your work!  You have a few options for posting … you can post a link to your blog, a link to your Instagram or a link to a Pinterest page.

    You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

    Click here to enter

    A Friday Finish

    Last week on Facebook, I challenged guild members to make a donation quilt and post it on Facebook on April 3.  Of course, I HAD to make one as well.  I rummaged through my “kid” fabric and found several Dr. Suess blocks left over from another quilt.  I made 8 more blocks and ended up with this quilt.  It was hard, but it was done before April 2 was in the history books.IMG_6413

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    Scrap Everyting Blog Hop

    Here is a list of everyone who is participating in the Blog Hop!

    One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

    Happy Quilting!   
    Gail 

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