Dollar Store and Back to School Shopping

It’s August and kids are starting to get ready to go 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:

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.

There’s probably a lot of other school supply and dollar store products that can be used for quilting. What do you use?

On the Quilting side of life

The first picture is a snapshot of the stitch in the ditch quilting I’m doing for the Carpenter’s Star. The 2nd picture is some of the border pieces cut out for the murder mystery UFO.

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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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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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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A UFO and Friday Finish!

YEAH!!!

I’m beyond happy to get this UFO ticked off my list!  That’s 14 UFOs completed this year.  And one of them turned into 3 quilts (click HERE) and this one turned into 2 quilts.  I’m not counting the extra quilts as extra UFOs.  I don’t want to add to my list and don’t want extra UFOs.  Sew, they get done!

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UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_38c9When I started working on this UFO, I realized that I actually had almost enough blocks for 2 quilts … so 2 quilts it became.  This one has the backing that I posted previously.  It was fun to quilt … bones, stars, hearts, paws and swirls.

Here’s the 2 quilts on the clothesline:

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Both quilts used a dark grey thread and Hobbs 80/20 batting.  These will be gifted to special people that have played a huge role in our dogs’ lives.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!   
Gail 

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TGIFF

That’s right, today, I’m hosting TGIFF.

I have finished ONE of 2 Dog/Cat quilts.  This was a UFO that had several blocks done … way more than was needed for a single quilt.  I made a few extra blocks and will get 2 quilts out of it.  Here is the largest quilt … the smaller one will be completed in the near future.

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This quilt was FMQ with swirls, dog bones, hearts and paws.

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Make sure to link up your Finish or your Non-Finish …

Linky Party

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!   
Gail 

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Another UFO bites the dust!

YES!!!  Summer Solstice is done, Done DONE!!!

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This is a Judy Niemeyer pattern that was started in 2016.  The outside beige border and burgundy borders were suppose to be paper pieced … but I didn’t like the look for this quilt, so I just used solid fabrics.   There was a lot of set in seams in this pattern, but for all the procrastinating that I did, they turned out just fine!

  • fabric purchased at Fabric Depot in Portland in 2015.
  • 60″ x 60″
  • Flange binding
  • Hobbs 80/20 batting
  • Aurifil thread #2370
  • Combination of Free Motion quilting and Ruler quilting on my Janome Continental M7 (Domestic machine)
  • Backing is pieced diagonally (the picture is not the true colour … the quilting pictures show the true colour!)

I kept the quilting simple … mostly swirls … and I used a straight ruler to outline the lone star and the New York Beauty points.

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Design Wall

Piecing:

  • Island Batik: Secret sewing  sorry, no pictures …
  • Blue Carpenter’s Wheel

Quilting: 

  • Dog/Cat #1 is under the machine … hopefully #2 will soon follow

Stash Report

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The pattern for Summer Solstice called for 9.5 yards of fabric and I bought an extra yard of the 2 fabrics I used on the back … for a total of 11.5 yards.

  • Fabric Used this week      11.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        203 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      20
  • Net Fabric used                    183  yards

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched from 15 minutes / day to 30 minutes/day in April!

  • 15 minute days:  January – June:  181 / 182
  • 30 min days/  July:   12/12
  • Total days in 2020: 191/ 193
  • 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.”

Last week’s list:

  1. Finish quilting  Summer Solstice  √   done
  2. Bind Summer Solstice  √   done
  3.  Finish piecing Tumbler quilt and add borders  √   done
  4. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.  √   done
  5. Work through another Artistic Digitizer lesson.   not done

This week’s list:

  1. Quilt Dog/Cat #1
  2. Bind Dog/Cat #1
  3. Quilt Dog/Cat #2
  4. Bind Dog/Cat #2
  5. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.
  6. Work through another Artistic Digitizer lesson.

What’s in the plans for the rest of July?

  • July’s Island Batik challenge MorewoodMysteryLogo
  • Working on project for Christmas in July (Then and Now) Blog Hop
  • Island Batik boxes should arrive soon!
  • Another Mystery Quilt!!!   Cheryl from Meadow Mist Designs is hosting a mystery quilt.  I haven’t had a peek – but if you hate not know where the quilt is going, she will give you a peek.  The fabric requirements are up … With this mystery, she will be releasing a clue once a month, so it should be a nice leisurely mystery.

UFO in 2020 

I’ll give the update on the 15th!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!   
Gail 

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PHD in 2020: July 1: Happy Canada Day

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Yes, today is Canada’s Birthday.  At 153 years old, we’re a young nation, but we are CANADA!

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I had NO UFO finishes in June … nada, nope not even one!  Hopefully, that number will change for July!

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I did finish all the June “Starts in 2020” … which helps me to NOT increase my UFO numbers!

PHD in 2020 Linky Party

Here’s a linky party for you to show your progress in your PHD in 2020! 

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Cheryl of Meadow Mist Designs hosts a “Favorite Finish Monthly Link Up.”  Boy … I’m not sure which finish is my favourite!  It’s a toss up between “Sunshine” and “Winnie the Pooh.”  I think they’re both so darn cute!  I’ll go with “Winnie the Pooh.”

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Winnie the Pooh Quilt A Long: Day 16

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Day 16

Here’s my quilt … all quilted …

There are swirls in all of the white (background) areas as well as the sashing and borders.  Then on the heads, I used a ruler and quilted ½” lines.  The quilting threads matched the fabric – or was a close match.

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Here’s a close-up of Eeyore:

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And, as I posted this picture, I realize that I need to quilt the white of his eyes.  The weird area on the right grey part is just the shadow from taking this picture while the wind was blowing!

Thank you for sewing along on this Quilt Along!  If you’ve kept up, you now have a wonderful Winnie the Pooh Quilt top!

Here is a Linky Party for you to show your Winnie the Pooh quilt.  You don’t need to have a blog to post a picture.  But you do need a link to either an Instagram or Pinterest page.  I’d LOVE to see all the quilts that you’ve made!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

Design Wall

Piecing:

I made a bunch of “DOVE” bags (simple drawstring bags) and some masks.  I’ve changed the pattern that I use for masks … my son’s girlfriend asked if I could replicate a mask she really likes … sew, I used it as a pattern, added a seam allowance and viola!  They’re a LOT faster to make and there’s no fiddling with those fussy pleats.

Summer Solstice: I’m back to thinking about working on my Summer Solstice quilt.  These are pictures from March and February … sew … I need to sew, not just think about it.

Quilting: 

Nothing being quilted right now!

Stash Report

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No shopping.  Dove bags used up about 1 yard of fabric and the masks used up about 1/2 yard …  Winnie the Pooh used 5.5 yards from my stash.  Stitchin’ Sunshine used 2 yards for the back. (See HERE).

  • Fabric Used this week      9  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        190.5 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      20
  • Net Fabric used                    170.5  yards

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched from 15 minutes / day to 30 minutes/day in April!

  • 15 minute days:  January – May:  151 / 152
  • 30 min days/  June:  21 / 21
  • Total days in 2020: 172/ 173
  • 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.”

Last week’s list:

  1.  Finish Winnie the Pooh    √   done
  2. Finish  “Stitching Sunshine”     √   done  You can see the quilt HERE.
  3. Prepare materials and make “Retreat” Bag.     √   done  I’ll show you the bag in a future post.
  4. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.  √   done

This week’s list:

  1. Work on UFO, Summer Solstice
  2. Finish watching a video on how to digitize an In the Hoop Zipper Pouch.
  3. Make a Zipper pouch from my own digitized design.
  4. Spend at least 30 minutes this week CLEANING/ TIDYING my sewing room.

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I did start # 27 in Starts in 2020 and I finished it.  I will show you in a future post!

No UFOs are finished …

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Stitching Sunshine

A while ago, Carla from Creatin’ in the Sticks mentioned a Stitching Sunshine Blog Hop.
She said, “It’s time for some sunshine in many ways.”  I agreed and emailed her that I’d like to participate.  This Blog Hop starts today!
Here is my “Sunshine Quilt”
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This was a pattern from an OLD Quiltmaker magazine, March/April 2007.  The designer is Robin Applegarth.
A friend of mine (Diane) made 2 or 3 of these quilts and was working on them at a retreat YEARS ago.  I fell in love with the quilts and knew I needed to make one in the future.  This blog hop was the PERFECT time to make this quilt.
I changed the pattern a little … but I basically followed the directions.
STATS:
  • This quilt was made from a variety of Island Batik fabrics …
    • “Coconut” is the background fabric.
    • The yellow sun is “Butter”
    • the orange part of the sun is “Nasturtium basics.”
    • the squares were from a variety of different Island Batik fabric collections.
  • Several different Aurifil threads were used.
  • Hobbs 80/20 batting.
  • I used the 2½” strip die for the Accuquilt Go! cutter to cut most of the 2½” squares.

Blog Hop

Make sure you visit my fellow “Stitching Sunshine” Blog Hopper … I know you’ll see some beautiful sunshine quilts!
Thank you Carla for organizing the blog hop!
And Thank you to the following for providing materials to make this quilt.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Free Theme: Island Batik – June

 

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This is the title for June’s Island Batik challenge.  We can make what we want … but of course we need to use fabulous Island Batik Fabric, Aurifil thread, Hobbs Batting and Schmetz Needles!  I didn’t use the Accuquilt Go! for this month’s project. However, the Accuquilt Go! would have been used if I wasn’t using a strip set!

In an earlier post, I teased you with the start of my project.  Doesn’t the black make those blues just POP?

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fullsizeoutput_c64The Island Batik fabric I used is a fantastic strip pack called Kismet!  Add a little Bubblegum pink (on the right), Island Batik’s Solid black and this is what I came up with:

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I started off following a video by Man Sewing with a variation of The Three Dudes Quilt.  I made the blocks as he instructs, then I went off on my own tangent, rearranging the blocks and adding sashing.   The Island Batik strip set was PERFECT for this pattern.  There are 2 each of the individual fabrics. Otherwise, you’d need to buy 2 strip sets.

The blocks were made by making strata strip sets, cutting them at 14″ and placing them right sides together … one horizontal and one vertical.  Sew around the outside and then cut the blocks diagonally.  Once the blocks were made, I didn’t care for the layout that Man Sewing did … SEW, I changed the arrangement until I was happy.

 

I forgot to take a picture before I sewed the blocks together … so the picture on the left is of the wrong sides of the blocks.

Here’s a couple of close-ups of the quilting.  I definitely think I was some-what influenced by the quilting I did with the Helen Godden Flower Power quilt-along.

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There wasn’t enough fabric for the back, so I put in a diagonal piece.  The purple fabric is “Geometric Arrow Plum” from the Santa Fe fabric collection and the pink is “Bubblegum”

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Here’s my process for the diagonal back …

I put the top on the design wall.  I cut the rich purple piece diagonally (no it’s not at a 45 … it’s the length of the quilt, plus about 8″ … and that piece was cut from corner to corner.  I placed it over the quilt top. Then I measured the distance between the 2 purple pieces and cut a strip of the Bubblegum fabric that width, plus 2″.  When I do diagonal backs, I don’t want the diagonal to end up in the corners … it’s too difficult to make it line up perfectly … But, I’ll say it’s to eliminate the bulk in the corners (grin!)  This method is pretty easy to do with Island Batik fabrics as it doesn’t stretch (much) on the bias.  If I was using regular quilt fabric, I’d place a thin strip of interfacing down the cut.

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Below is a picture of preparing to trim the pink once it was added to the diagonal.

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  • size: 60″ x 60″
  • Thread: Aurifil #4030 for the quilting … it’s a wine coloured thread.  It blended with some of the purple, but showed up on everything else.
  • Bobbins: 8!  yes, 8 bobbins … there’s a LOT of quilting in this one!
  • Binding: 2¼” of Geometric Arrow: Plum
  • Batting Hobbs Cotton Batting
  • Schmetz Needles: Chrome Microtex 80/12

A HUGE THANK YOU to Island Batik and the Industry partners for the wonderful fabric and products!

 

 

 

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Monday update: June 1

“Big Brother’s” quilt is done!  I used the pattern from this video, and then to make it a bit bigger, I added 2½” wide sashing and cornerstones.  This is the very first time I’ve used a light binding … I like it, but I’m not sure how it will be for a toddler quilt!  Will have to wait and see.

Quilt Stats:

  • Size:  44″ x 58
  • Quilted with:  a light, light blue CanSew thread.  Stars and Swirls
  • Hobbs 80/20 batting

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A Friday Finish

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This is a UFO from 2016.  It was one that I listed as the top 12 to get finished this year.   It was #6 on the list and I briefly talked about it HERE.

This quilt has Hobbs 80/20 batting and was quilted with Aurfil thread #2021.  I echoed the 2 green elephants and the ‘ghost’ elephant up above.  The echoing is very organic … and I didn’t need to worry about it always being the same distance apart!  I was feeling very lazy and didn’t want to cut circles for the eyes … so I used my Inktense pencil to draw a blue circle & outlined it with black.  After spraying it with water, I heat set them.  They should stand up to many washings.Then there is stippling in each of the elephants.

Both the label and the binding is from Island Batik solid grey.  This light grey was perfect for the quilt!

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Winnie the Pooh Sew-a-long

Are you interested in a Winnie the Pooh Sew-a-long?  Want to join me as I make this quilt?  I emailed Lorna (the designer) about hosting a Sew-a-long and she said, “Sounds fine with me Gail! I would love to have you host a quilt along featuring them.”

SEW … I’m thinking of starting on Monday, June 8.  That will give you (and me) 2 weeks to pull fabric or go shopping.  I’m thinking that if we do one character a day or every 2 days … we’ll be finished in just over a week.    I’m not 100% sure, because I haven’t made any of them yet … I will see how long it takes me to make each face and then decide on the schedule.  There are a LOT of pieces to cut.  However,  I do plan to start on June 8.

If you downloaded the pattern when it was first posted, it has been updated.  Make sure you download the updated one …  You can access the pattern HERE. (scroll down the page).  There are 3 sizes to choose from.  Your choice as to which size you choose.

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Cool to Be Square Blog Hop

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Carol, from Just Let Me Quilt is hosting “It’s Cool to be Square” Blog Hop!

Yes, another blog Hop.  This one is fun … all about Squares!

When I was thinking about this blog hop, I was thinking about quilts with squares … what can be more square than a Disappearing 9 Patch? And I need a baby quilt for a baby to be born in the future!

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When I started cutting the squares, I got cross with myself!  First, when I bought the fabric, I obviously wasn’t thinking about how these panels are rarely square.  This one proved it.  Second, as I cut the squares, they came out at “stupid” size.  Who in their right mind wants to cut squares that are 4 3/8″ … no one.  Certainly not me!

However, I wanted to use this fabric and so I persevered, cutting each little block at 4 3/8″.   The green became the centre block, the animals were in the 4 corners and the yellow was the middle blocks.  (Sorry, I forgot to take a picture.)  When the blocks were all made, they were cut in half, horizontally and vertically.  Then arranged on the design wall, webbed together and sewn into a top.LBGxAUQRSt6gvOa5ORDJTg_thumb_3805

I know that some eagle eyes will notice that the binding is not completed on the lower right corner of the quilt … I like to sew the label into the binding, but I can’t make the label until the baby is born … it’ll be a quick finish once I have the baby’s details!

It was a fun quilt to quilt!  Each animal was outlined and then micro-stippled around it.  The blocks were all stitched in the ditch.  The green blocks had orange peels around them.  Swirls were stitched in all the yellow areas.

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Here is the schedule of the blogs involved in the “Cool to be Square” blog hop!

May 18

Creatin’ in the Sticks

Life in the Scrapatch

Day Brook Designs

Songbird Designs

The Darling Dogwood

Kathleen McMusing

Quilting Gail   This is me!!!   You are already here!

May 19

MooseStashQuilting

Beaquilter

Quilt In A Not-Shell

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Seams To Be Sew

Daughters of Dorinda

Kathy’s Kwilts and More

May 20

Ms P Designs USA

Selina Quilts

Karen’s Korner

Just Because Quilts

Becky’s Adventures in Quilting and Travel

Sew Many Yarns

May 21

Scrapdash

Websterquilt

Quilt Schmilt

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

May 22

Just Let Me Quilt

Vroomans Quilts

Patchouli Moon Studio

Den syende himmel

Quilt Fabrication

Samelia’s Mum

Stash Report

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Cool to be Square used 4.5 yards of fabric.

  • Fabric Used this week       4.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        145 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      9.5
  • Net Fabric used                    134.5  yards

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!  I switched to 30 minutes/day from 15 in April!

  • 15 minute days:  January – Apr. 120 / 121
  • 30 min days/  May – 17/17
  • Total days in 2020:  137 / 138
  • Percentage = 99% 

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

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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PHD in 2020 Mid May Report

I have another UFO finish!  This is the Scrappy 2″ 4 patch that I blogged about HERE.  for the Scrap Happy Blog Hop.  It got quilted and bound.  I had a TON of fun trying to come up with different motif’s for each square … some are definite “who knows” motifs (scribbles or motifs gone wrong) and others are recognizable! I even put a few words in as well. It’ll be fun to see if the recipient notices the words!

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This is my 10th UFO for the year!! WooHoo!!!  I think staying at home has helped!  Although I do miss sewing with friends, visiting friends and just browsing and shopping for things I don’t need (and often don’t buy!)

UNADJUSTEDNONRAW_thumb_37eaI did start the Ugly Fabric quilt following THIS VIDEO!  Once I decided that I WAS going to make it … it was quick to cut the squares and start sewing.  The hardest part was arranging the blocks so that similar fabrics did not touch.  It is waiting to be sandwiched and quilted.

I also started the “Cool to be Square” quilt … and I’m hoping it’ll be finished by Monday, when it’s my turn to participate in the blog hop!  You’ll just have to wait until then to see what I’m making!

The projects for the Island Batik “Ultimate Home Decor” blog hop were posted on Wednesday! You can read about them HERE.   If you go to the blog post – there is an opportunity for you to win some of the fabric that was used for the rug and valances!

PHD in 2020 – Linky party!

How are you doing with your UFOs?
Post a picture of your latest UFO finish.  And if you’re attempting your PHD in 2020, tell us about your progress!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

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It’s Cool to Be Square

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This blog hop is starting on Monday … make sure you come back to see what I’ve made.  (And yes, there is a square or 2 in it!

 

I was Featured

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Wednesday Wait Loss featured this quilt/  You can read about it HERE.

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One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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A Friday Finish

I have been having fun … and not working on what I should be working on … but that’s what makes it fun, right?  Sort of like skipping school and doing nothing – that’s fun, right?  Well, I actually wouldn’t know about that, because I never skipped classes in highschool –  except for one time … (That’s actually true, and it’s up to you if you believe me or not!)

I gave you a hint earlier this week when I posted a couple of photos of the Helen Godden Flower Power Quilt-a-long …  Here is the finished project:  Each block is about 7½” square.  Lots of quilting!

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This is a free project. Helen has a separate Youtube video for each block and shows you how to do the various techniques, with ease.  Well, with a measure of ease!  She does make it look super easy!  I still have a long way to go, but I’m happy with the end project!

The project was done on an Island Batik neutral, the sashing, binding and back was an Island Batik fabric that I bought locally at a store that is now closed. I used black Aurifil thread (4-5 bobbins) and scraps of Hobbs 80/20 batting.

Helen’s instructions for finishing the quilt made it super easy.  Each block was stitched individually (and coloured with Inktense pencils). Once the blocks were trimmed to size, I zig-zagged them together.  Simple, eh?    For the sashing, I took a 4″ piece of fabric and ironed some “Steam-a-seam” on it.  Then it was cut into 4 –  ½” strips and ironed in place.  SEW SEW EASY!   Then a co-ordinating Aurifil thread was used to stitch down the sashing.  The backing was cut 1″ larger than the piece, folded over and viola! the binding was ready for the same stitching that I did on the sashing.

Here’s a close up of each of the individual blocks  …

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What do these things have in common?

You’ll have to wait until May 13 for the answer …

Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop

Did you visit the blogs this week?m  There is a LOT of amazing Home Dec projects!  Trust me, it’s well worth visiting them!  I have the direct link to each blog post so that you don’t have to go searching for them.  And some of the blogs are offering an opportunity for YOU to win fabric!

May 4
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
May 5
Carolina Asmussen ~ Carolina Asmussen
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt
May 6
Megan Best ~ Best Quilter
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
May 7
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese

Screen Shot 2020-05-01 at 10.43.01 PMBe sure to enter Island Batik’s Rafflecopter to win Cascadia precuts! This collection was  designed by Claudia Pfeil of Claudia Pfeil Designs.  You could win both a 10″stack and 2½” strips.  Each pre-cut comes with 2 of the 20 fabrics in the collection.  It’s well worth entering – you never know if you will win!  Here’s the link:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Monday in the Studio

Sew … what’s been happening around here?

Well, Helen Godden (on Facebook Helen Godden Quilts) had a Flower Power Quilt-a-long.  I was thinking of doing it for a future Island Batik challenge, but all of the specifics for the challenge are not available, yet.  SEW … I thought I’d share it with you.  If you are on Facebook, you can go to her page and download all of the pictures.  She has directions on how to do each of the blocks with a Youtube video for each block.  It’s fantastic for practicing free motion quilting!

These were done on an Island Batik neutral fabric … with Hobbs 80/20 batting, Aurifil black thread and Schmetz microtex needle.  (All of the supplies were given to me via Island Batik).

I have done 8 of the 9 blocks … They are SEW fun to do.  I LOVE the zen doodling!  And I’ve learned a few new-to-me patterns.

The other thing, is that I ventured into the world of colouring fabric.  Helen talks about “Inktense” pencils and how you colour your fabric with them.  From another Youtube video, I learned that you colour, spray with water and then press with an iron to stop the spread of colour or bleeding.  That’s how my blocks got their colour!  I was able to get a set of Inktense pencils at a near-by store that does curb-side service!  (Opus, in Langley).

I will show you the finished wall hanging … hopefully it’ll be done soon!

BLOG HOP 

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This week is the following Blogs:

May 4
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
May 5
Carolina Asmussen ~ Carolina Asmussen
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt
May 6
Megan Best ~ Best Quilter
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
May 7
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese

Design Wall

Piecing:

I’m working on an Island Batik challenge – so no photos yet!

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Quilting:  

This scrappy squares quilt is sandwiched and ready to quilt!

TO DO 

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

Last week’s list:

I easily managed to get everything on my list done … and more!

  1. Quilt Blue Round Robin  √  done    
  2. Bind Purple Round Robin √  done
  3. Finish 7 masks  √  done
  4. Finish 7 pillow cases  √  done

You can see the Blue & Purple Round Robin quilts HERE.

I completed 18 masks and 12 pillow cases.  When I went to originally take a picture of the 7 pillow cases that were started, I realized they were mostly all “girl” types.  Sew … back to the stash and I made 5 that are more suited for the male gender.

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This week’s list:

  1. Finish Island Batik May project
  2. Finish Flower Power
  3. Scrappy Squares: Quilt and possibly get the binding on.
  4. Florabunda: lay out & piece at least one top

Stash Report

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The fronts of the Round Robins were Island Batik – so I don’t count that.  But the backs took 3 yards.  The pillow cases used up 12 yards.  The masks used up 3.5 yards … for a total of 18.5 yards!

  • Fabric Used this week       18.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        138.5  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      9.5
  • Net Fabric used                    129  yards

Stitchin’ Time 

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!

  • 15 minute days:  January – Apr. 120 / 121
  • 30 min days/  May – 3 / 3
  • Total days in 2020:  123 / 124
  • Percentage = 99% 

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

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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 … finished!

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My 2 Round Robin quilts are all finished!  Quilted and binding done!

The Purple

Here is the purple one that was done as a quilt-as-you-go.  Eagle eyes will notice the pins in the binding at the top … that’s because this quilt is waiting for a special little one to be born and that’s where the label will go.

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The Blue

And the blue one … I quilted and quilted and quilted and I LOVE it!  I even did some ruler quilting!

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The Quilting

And, close-ups of the quilting:

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I know that the centre square (below) turned out wonky … but that’s just the way it is and it’s staying that way.  Perhaps the next time I do it, it will be more non-wonky!

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Disclaimer:  Thanks to Island Batik for the fabrics for the tops of the 2 Round Robins, Hobbs batting, Schmetz Needles, Aurifil thread and AccuQuilt for providing the necessary tools and supplies to make the quilts!

Linky Party

This will be the last Linky party for the Stay-at-Home Round Robins … Post a picture of your completed or in-progress Round Robin!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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PHD in 2020: Mid April report

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In Previous posts, I’ve discussed various strategies or hints for completing your UFOs.

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3. Assistance from other Blogs  HERE

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You can read about it  HERE.

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You can read about it HERE.

6.  STOP Being a PERFECTIONIST!

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Read about why you should stop being a perfectionist HERE.

7. Celebrate Success! Unknown HERE.

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By taking small steps Every Day … it will eventually get done!  SEW … for the rest of April, pick one project that you want to complete and work on it a little each day!

I completed another UFO this week.  It just needed to be quilted and bound. This was from a French General Layer Cake.  The pattern is “Anita’s Arrowhead” by Anita Grossman Solomon.  It is available for free, but I don’t know for how long.  I altered the pattern a bit by adding sashing and cornerstones.

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I quilted it with an all-over pattern, a 4, 5, or 6 petal flower, echoed and surrounded by swirls.

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Linky Party

Link your PHD in 2020 progress with a blog post, Instagram or Pinterest page.  Make sure you visit each other to offer encouragement and see what their small steps are!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

Click here to enter

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!  
Gail 

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Easter 2020

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Design Wall

Piecing:

Stay at Home Round Robin:  Arrows … were added this week.  I’m loving the Island Batik fabrics!

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Guild Challenge: This week’s challenge is to finish a UFO …. hmmm … which one will I choose?

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My daughter has a beagle, my son has a motor cycle and loves cats and his girlfriend loves cats …

I have very little elastic, but I have some OLD bias tape that I know I’ll never use … a quick stitch down the length, cut to 16″ and I had lots of ties!  The yellow bias tape came from a store in Vanderhoof in the 70’s or 80’s.  Not sure where the iron on seam binding came from!

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There are literally a zillion mask patterns out there – with more being published as I speak!  If you must know, I used the pattern from Leah Day … HERE.  For the filter, I gave each of the kids a roll of blue shop paper towels.  Cut each paper towel into four 5″ squares and you have lots of filters!

PLEASE NOTE:  These masks will NOT prevent you from getting the virus – it will help to prevent you from spreading it!

Quilting:

I quilted 3, yes 3 quilts this week!!! 2 Elvira quilts and a heart quilt!  The heart quilt was quilted with hearts!

On one Elvira quilt, I did a large swirl followed by flower petals that I echoed.

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TO DO 

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

Last week’s list:

  1. Round Robin: add the next borders   √  done
  2. Guild Heart Quilt: Sandwich & Quilt    √  done
  3. Masks:  Several made …    √  done

This week’s list:

  1. Finish up a UFO
  2. Round Robin: add the next borders
  3. Masks:  Make some more

Stash Report

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Each Elvira Quilt used 7 yards of fabric – for a total of 14 yards …

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  • Fabric Used this week       18.5  yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        89.5  yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      9.5
  • Net Fabric used                    80 yards!!!!
  • Husband’s Purchases           0

Stitchin’ Time

I am aiming for 30 minutes/day – at least!

  • 15 minute days:  January – Mar. 90/91
  • 15 min days/  April= 12/12
  • Total days in 2020:  102/103
  • Percentage = 99% 

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

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Still no UFOs finished this month.  However, 3 new 2020 starts were completed!

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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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