Grey and Dull Sunday

The perfect day to stay inside and quilt … or write blog posts!

I have another UFO finish!

This is my Holiday Seclusion Mystery … scrappy Island Batik fabrics (from Stashbuilder bundles) and Island Batik solid grey. Graffiti or Wild quilting was done … lots of different motifs, swirls, feathers, flowers, vines, McTavishing, pebbles … It was SEW fun to quilt! Hobbs fusible batting was used. I LOVE it! No shifting at all. This will be a comfort quilt, so I backed it with a grey flannel … so cosy!

Yes … I made this bigger … However, I started planning the design with 9″ blocks and quickly realized that most people would not want to make a quilt with smallish pieces in such a short time frame. I then switched the pattern to a 12″ block for the mystery. But of course, I didn’t want the work I had done to go to waste, so I just continued piecing the smaller blocks. Same pattern, different size!

For Instructions on the Holiday Seclusion Mystery, see the Holiday Seclusion Mystery tab at the top of my blog HERE.

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Island Batik Placemat Challenge

January’s Island Batik challenge is to make a set of placemats. My boxes from Island Batik had not arrived when I started to make these. I began by pulling out some blue stashbuilder bundles that I received last year. Stashbuilder bundles are 5″ wide by width of fabric. And the white with dots is a fabric from the Faded Blue Jeans collection. Blue is my favourite colour, so these placemats will definitely be loved and used!

Last fall, I was able to purchase “Wing Clipper” (for making flying geese) at a quilt store in Edmonton. The Wing Clipper is a Studio 180 (Deb Tucker Designs. I thought this would be the perfect time to try it out. The stashbuilder strips are 5″ wide, so that limited the size I could make the flying geese. They ended up 1 ½” x 3″ finished in the table runner.

I LOVED using the Wing Clipper!!! Each and EVERY flying geese came out PERFECT!!! Or should I say “each flying goose?”) I’d say for this project alone, it was well worth the money!!! (And you all know that I’m NOT a perfect quilter!!!)

I added 2″ strips of fabric to each side of the flying geese … and these are the placemats!

They can be placed with the geese heading up or heading down … which way do you like best? The picture below, taken on my design wall shows the true colour, better than the picture of them on my table (above.)

They are 12.5″ x 18.5″. Hobbs Thermore was used for the batting. It was quilted with Aurifil #1128 and the binding attached with Aurifil #2311, using Schmetz microtex Chrome 70/10. Why 70/10?? Batik is tightly woven and sometimes the larger gauge needles struggle with sewing batik fabric. My machine tech told me to use a smaller needle. SEW … I did and I was very happy!

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 

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January Stitchin’

I’ve been working on a few things … A few Zoom quilting days keep me focused! And steadily sewing away!


Design Wall

Piecing:

I’m still working on the SAHRR but can’t show you any pictures. Want to know more about the SAHRR check it out HERE. We start the reveal of our centre blocks tomorrow. So make sure you return and visit each of the SAHRR co-hosts!

AND … Hearts on Fire quilt just needs borders and the RSC21 Rainbow Scrap Challenge table runner needs to have a fabric pull!

Quilting: 

January Island Batik project is almost done! Pictures to follow later in the week!

A Winnie the Pooh panel is in the process of being quilted. I thought I was done with the quilting – but there’s a few areas that need something.

Holiday Seclusion #1 Mystery was finished this week:

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PHD in 2020: End Results

Here’s the list of participants in PHD in 2020 … and links to their blog posts where they tell about their success …

There may be more successful participants, but these are the ones I know about! Didn’t they all do a fantastic job! It’s not easy getting your PHD … especially in Quilting! There are so many new designs, patterns, techniques … the list goes on … and we want to try them ALL!!!

Anyhow … visit these awesome quilters and congratulate them!

My First UFO finish of 2021

This was my 2 colour quilt for the Seclusion Holiday Mystery. I finished the binding while Zoom sewing with my sister and cousins on Sunday! It’s nice to have one finished so early in the year!

This quilt measures 42″ square. It is quilted with a light pink Aurifil thread. The fabric is Island Batik. The peach/pink fabric I bought years ago and the white is Island Batik solid. It is backed with the peach/pink fabric. There is no point in showing you the back because the quilting does not show at all.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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Holiday Seclusion Mystery Clue # 6

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Now I know you are curious as to what Clue #6 could be. You have the top together and the borders on, right?

Now … we don’t want to add this little quilt to our UFO list, do we? SEW …

Part 1

Make your label

Part 2

Layer or sandwich the quilt. The 2 colour quilt has Hobbs Fusible 80/20 batting. I’m loving the batting. There is absolutely NO shifting!

Part 3

Quilt as Desired. Oh – I literally HATE it when the directions say that! I have to show you what I have done … And the quilting was totally inspired by Dorie Hruska’s book “Making Connections.” This book can be found at Dorie’s website: Forever Quilting! And I HIGHLY recommend this book!!!!

And a close up of the quilting:

Part 4: Confession #1

Bind the Quilt. OK … this 2 colour quilt is not bound … hopefully that will happen early in the new year!

Part 5: Confession #2

My scrappy version of the Holiday Seclusion Mystery does not even have it’s borders on. I decided to make it bigger. So this will be a UFO going into 2021!

Here it is without it’s borders.

Part 6

Add either your finished top or your finished quilt to the linky party: You have 3 weeks to finish your quilt and post a picture!

You are invited to the Inlinkz link party!

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One of my pattern testers, Heather, took this pattern and she not only made it bigger, but she made it into a 3 colour quilt! Isn’t it fun? I love the lime green!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

Disclaimer … the Island Batik fabrics (for my quilts) were provided by Island Batik and the fusible batting was from Hobbs.

Medallion Quilt

The December Island Batik challenge is to make a medallion quilt. The instructions said “A medallion quilt is all about a center block and borders.” Easy peasy … right?

So, I went to EQ and designed a great medallion quilt using “Sundance” fabric collection (a 10″ stack), as well as “Marble Blackberry-BE” and “Copper” that I received as a companion fabrics. Aren’t these fabrics great? (And, as the quilt progressed several other fabrics were incorporated from other fabric lines).

The EQ pattern I designed had paper pieced stars and I started out with a bang. I made all of the paper pieced stars and then promptly decided to change up the design and put the centre block on point. I felt that it would be shown off better if I put it on point and framed it with my favourite dark fabric in the pack.

From there on, the measurements did not fit at all. And I had to do a lot of fudging. The quilt I ended up making is formally called “Sundance Fudge.”

I came across a tutorial from Deb Tucker with migrating geese. Oh … those look like fun and so, after figuring out that the width, with a bit of a border would work … I went to town and made them. They were a LOT of fun to make. However, I needed more light background and I used “121935500” from the Santa Fe collection.

The final pieced border was also fun to make. I’d used up all of the lighter fabrics for the Paper Pieced stars and migrating geese … so I used “Custard,” a neutral. The yellowish hue was perfect for this quilt!

Making the back

I took the copper fabric that I had left over and sliced it diagonally. Then I placed it over the quilt, leaving about 3″ beyond the edges of the quilt. I like that extra amount for handling the quilt on my domestic sewing machine. Next, the distance between the 2 copper pieces was measured (27″) and I cut a length of Marble Blackberry to form the stripe in the middle. Joined the 2 copper triangles to the middle stripe and called it “done” for the back.

Sorry, I didn’t take a picture of the back until after it was quilted. Here’s a picture of the finished back … taken outside so that you can see the front peeking through …

The Batting

I received a queen-sized fusible 80/20 bag of batting in my July Island Batik box. I took it out of the package and needed to let it “breathe” for 24 hours. No, putting it in the drier to fluff it up, no ironing to make the crinkles disappear. It was wound very tightly in the bag and I needed to gently pull it apart.

To read more about Hobbs fusible batting visit the Hobbs website HERE. (Picture was taken from the Hobbs website).

I layered the quilt back, the batting and the top on a queen size bed. The batting was cut about 1/4″ larger than the quilt top. When I pressed the layers together, I was very careful to avoid the edges. It adhered nicely. The back didn’t adhere very well, so I turned the sandwich over and ironed from the back. It was perfect! I loved how the fusible batting did not shift at all! No wrinkles in the back. Loved it!

The Quilting

Here’s a picture of the centre star – from the back … (I’m showing you the back because the quilting shows up much better on the Marble Blackberry!)

Here’s a picture of the centre star – from the front…

And the quilting on the back of the meandering geese and the squares from the outside border. As you can see, the quilting has a lot of stippling … (the colour is off in this picture … the yellow is actually the copper fabric … true colour above!)

The Quilt

Now that you’ve seen the back and close-ups of the quilting, here’s the quilt:

Quilt statistics:

  • size 54″ x 54″
  • Hobbs 80/20 fusible batting
  • Quilted with Aurifil #5021
  • Schmetz needle: Microtex Chrome 80/12

Thank You!

Disclaimer: This quilt would not have been possible without Island Batik and the wonderful co-sponsors.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

A Funky Friend Finish on Friday …

Try saying “A Funky Friend Finish on Friday” three times fast and then one more time faster! Actually, don’t bother … your tongue will likely not get as twisted as mine.

But yes, I do have a finish … The pattern is “Ellie the Elephant” from Funky Friends Factory … isn’t she cute?

She was made with fabric from the “Deco Revival” Island Batik fabric collection. She was easy to make as the Funky Friends patterns are excellent!

Ellie will be residing my my sewing room. She is not fit for young children because I used button eyes. However, if you use the appropriate eyes, Ellie would be fine with the littles. (one day I will find the appropriate eyes for my stuffies!)

Here is Ellie, posing in front of the elephant quilt that I made. You can see more about this quilt on the post “Thread Painting with Aurifil.”

I just realized that I must LOVE the Deco Revival fabric collection: I’ve used in in 3 other projects … all that I LOVE. See HERE and HERE and HERE.

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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Some things are not meant to be.

Sometimes things don’t work out.

Last week I said I was going to work on an “After Quilt.” Well, I did, I was trying to turn a piece into a cute stuffed animal. It was a piece of fabric that I glued hearts and teardrops on. Then I free-motioned them down. My plan was to make a cute elephant stuffy. When I sewed a couple of pieces together, it became obvious that it wasn’t going to work. The hearts and teardrops were sticking up and looked ugly. It did not work out … it couldn’t be fixed … (and some of my virtual retreat buddies agreed with me) … so into the trash it went. GASP!!!! I don’t do that! But there was no saving this one! So it died. But have no fear, it’s not going to the landfill! The useless fabric was used in stuffing another stuffy – that I will show you soon.

What’s in the Future?

Yup, I have some plans …

Mystery Quilt: Between December 26 and 31, I plan to have a mystery quilt … right here on the blog. It’ll be a smallish quilt (43″ x 43″) and it’ll be easy to have at least the top done before 2021 becomes a reality! I’ll give the fabric requirements in the near future.

Stay at Home Round Robin: Some blogging friends and I will be doing this, starting in January. More information to come.

I can show you!

This is the mystery quilt that we did at the guild! I was the “lead” for the quilt, so I HAD to make it ahead of time. But, until the guild was given the solution, I couldn’t show you. All of the fabrics were from my stash.

This is not my pattern design: it is from a book. We have permission from the author to use the patterns for the guild. If you are interested in the name of the book – contact me and I’ll tell you. I won’t say the name of the book here because I plan to do more mystery quilts for the guild from the book. And I want it to be a mystery for them!!!

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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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Ruler dislike!

I have the cutest ruler by Omnigrid. It’s 4″ x 8″ and I’ve had it for simply AGES. I went to trim some squares, using the 45o angle to centre the half square triangle. It just wasn’t working for me. Then I looked at the ruler … the 45o line ends up 1/4″ from the corner. Now, if I were to use this ruler, I would have to move it 4 times to get it correct. Not happening.

I pulled out my 6″ x 12″ Olfa ruler and look where the 45o angle is … right in the corner. I’m a much happier quilter!

I’ve looked at my other rulers, including a 2.5″ and 6.5″ Omnigrid square rulers, and the 45o ends in the corners! Is it me, or is this weird?

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Thread Painting with Aurifil

I am NOT an artist – as far as drawing and thread painting goes.  Nope, not me!  So, this was a very challenging and intimidating challenge for me to attempt!

I started with an idea … and started it and … it sat, because it wasn’t quite right …

I had this circle on the design wall for the longest time … I had cut 2 wedges out of each of the Deco Revival fabric package that I was sent in my July Island Batik box. Many of the pieces were directional and I needed to piece them to get the wedges to go in the direction I wanted.  

I hesitated in piecing the wedges together, because I just wasn’t sure … and so they sat some more, were rearranged a few times and sat … and sat …

I had NO problems at all with the fabrics … I love them, but my idea … parts of it were good … parts of it were not …

So, the wedges sat.

By the way …. this fabric should be in quilt stores now … make sure you ask for it!

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Another UFO is …

DONE!!!

The Bouquet Murder Mystery Quilt is finished! Quilted, label and binding … done, done, done. This is UFO #15 for this year!

The quilt is 90″ square. It was quilted on my domestic machine … a Janome M7 with a large harp area. I had no difficulty with this quilt – it fit easily in the space.

The batting is Hobbs 80/20 and it was quilted with Aurifil thread #2000.

Here’s some close-up pictures of the quilting … the centre of the quilt … The blue and green sections have loops and orange peels (or “C’s” as I think of them when quilting. The background has a vine with swirls …

The 1st border has little “bows” … a figure 8 with ribbon between them . The 2nd border repeats the vine with swirls.

And the back … I had a ton of the 6″ dark blue – cut and joined together. I’m not sure why there was so much … way more than I needed for the border – and with lots of the off-white with blueberries, I joined them all together for the back. The back used up most of what was left of the dark blue and a substantial amount of the off-white.

Clothesline Hints

Someone told me that they have trouble taking pictures of quilts on a clothesline … especially when they are larger quilts. My husband made up 2 long “sticks” with notches on the top and they support the clothesline so that larger quilts do not drag on the ground. To the right is a picture of the “stick” holding up the clothesline. There’s one on the other side of the quilt … but I figure that one picture is enough to give you the idea …

Design Wall

Piecing:

This UFO was going to come out to play … Scrappy Repro … but it didn’t play at all this week … hopefully something will happen in the next week!

Quilting: 

Nothing at the moment … I’ve been busy busy busy quilting the Bouquet Murder Mystery quilt …

Stash Report

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The Bouquet Murder Mystery used 20 yards for the top and backing.

  • Fabric Used this week      20 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        261 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      23.5
  • Net Fabric used                    237.5  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 – July: 210 / 212
  • 30 min days/  Aug:   28 / 30
  • Total days in 2020: 238/ 242
  • Percentage = 98% 

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 weeks list:

  1. Make label and finish binding my niece’s baby’s quilt.     √   done
  2. Bouquet Murder Mystery :
    1. finish quilting  √   done
    2. make label  √   done
    3. bind  √   done
  3. Work on Scrappy Repro not done
  4. Welcome Fall project worked on in my mind!
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes.  √   done

This weeks list:

  1. Work on Scrappy Repro
  2. Welcome Fall project
  3. Work on Oct. Island Batik project
  4. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes.  √   done

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    
Gail 

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A Star is Done!

The Carpenter’s Star … in all it’s starry glory! Is done! I’m in love with it! If it didn’t have a specific destination, I would be keeping this one!

There are swirls in all the background (whitish) pieces and mostly straight lines in the coloured areas. All of the quilting is free motion on my domestic sewing machine.

Design Wall

Piecing:

… This UFO is going to come out to play … Scrappy Repro

Quilting: 

The Bouquet Murder Mystery quilt is in the process of being quilted.

Stash Report

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The Carpenter’s Star is finished! It used 6.5 yards for the top and 4 yards for the back …

  • Fabric Used this week      10.5 yards
  • Fabric Used this year:        241 yards
  • Fabric Bought this week:   0  yards
  • Fabric Added this year:      23.5
  • Net Fabric used                    217.5  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 – July: 210 / 212
  • 30 min days/  Aug:   21 / 23
  • Total days in 2020: 231 / 235
  • Percentage = 98% 

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 weeks list:

  1.  Finish Quilting Carpenter’s Wheel   √   done
  2. Make label and bind Carpenter’s Wheel √   done
  3. Make backing for Bouquet Murder Mystery  √   done
  4. Make label and finish binding my niece’s baby’s quilt. not done
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes. √   done

This weeks list:

  1. Make label and finish binding my niece’s baby’s quilt.
  2. Bouquet Murder Mystery :
    1. finish quilting
    2. make label
    3. bind
  3. Work on Scrappy Repro
  4. Welcome Fall project
  5. Tidy & clean studio for 30 minutes.

Carpenter’s Star was started in July and finished this week! No new starts this week. No UFOs finished … but one is almost there … hopefully by next week!

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.

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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!!!

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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!

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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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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