Saturday, November 16, 2019

UFO Busting #82

Welcome back to another week of UFO Busting, where we want you to show us your stuff!  Really anything.  What have you been up to in your sewing room, or not sewing room??  Last weekend I found myself having to work.  One of the many things I love about my new job is when I have to work weekends, they don't care if I bring quilting stuff with me.

So I used this little cubby in the front desk to hide my stuff and worked on laying out the "random" pieces to my Island Batik French Braid Quilt.

I love how all these purples and blue grays are coming together.  

I have three of the eight braids completed and am optimistic the other five may be coming together as you read this.  I'm hoping to gift this one to my daughter when it's finished.

It was also a week of fabric scores for me.  I received happy mail in the form of these lovely fat quarters I won during the #missingmarket event on Instagram.

These lovelies are from Lucy Engels and I love them dearly!  I can't wait to figure out what they will become.  I'm thinking something modern, simple and fun!

Then at guild meeting I won the fat quarter drawing and scored all of these Christmas prints!

Apparently, Santa is watching and knows I've been a very good girl.

Speaking of other good girls, Gail over at Quilting Gail was a very good productive little girl and made the most of her time at quilt retreat.

Make sure to pay her a visit to find out about the fun she had and all the projects she got completed.  I always love how organized she is down to where she stands on her stash fabrics to where projects are in the completed line up!

Next up we have Donna Lee Q and a quilt top finish and an applique project she started using Kaffe Fassett prints.

This quilt is going to be eye popping beautiful!  I can't wait to cheer her on and watch it come together.

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On a personal side note.  It finally happened.  I'm officially an empty nester.  I thought the fabrics would be flying in my sewing room with all my new free time, but no.  However, the tissues have not been flying so that's a good thing.

This week I delivered the Tisha-spawn and her fish to her new destination for the next few years.  I'm so excited for her and the new adventures and experiences she will have.  It's sad to see them leave, but ultimately, we want them to grow to be successful and productive and I couldn't be more proud of her.  So for me, I will open a bottle of wine and figure out my new chapter of life.  More quilting!


Saturday, November 9, 2019

UFO Busting #81

Welcome back for another edition of UFO Busting, where we celebrate all things UFO and not UFO.  We are basically just partying and calling it something...tell everyone!  This week Island Batik kicked the party off with the A Piece Of blog hop. 

This blog hop will be highlighting all the beautiful Summer 2019 collection fabrics soon to be in stores near you and the lucky ambassadors chosen to work with these collections!  This week, Black Pear (Janet and Emily), Blue Sea (Dione and Laura), Islander (Anja and Lori) and Little Sir Little Miss (Suzie and Alison), were highlighted.  Make sure you hop over to Island Batik and the above ambassador's pages to see these beautiful fabrics and finds some awesome giveaways!

This week, I found myself working with a strip set of the mouth watering Black Pearl fabric line.  I will be using it to complete the Tool Time challenge for those of us not in the blog hop.  I'm just braiding away over here.

I can't wait to tell you about the cool ruler I'm using to make this friendship braid come together.

With no finishes to celebrate in my quilt room this week, let's look at some people who had finishes last week.  First up we have Wendy at Pieceful Thoughts of my Quilting Life.  With her finish, Wendy reminds us of some important advice...

Make sure you hop over and tell her "good job!" and read about how she created the pop effect with those letters with her background quilting.

Next up we have Chris at Chris Knits Sews and a UFO finish...that she wasn't even expecting to finish!

Piecing this Bonnie Hunter QAL quilt was her OMG for the month.  Not only did she get it pieced, she got it quilted!  You go Chris!  To read more about this funny story...(funny why? because she was avoiding quilting in the first place) click on over to Chris and tell her congratulations on this unexpected finish.

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Saturday, November 2, 2019

UFO Busting #80

Happy November to everyone!  What a week weather wise.  Earlier this week, it was all fall and a warm fuzzy 70F.  Last night, woo we, hello thirty and a spitting of the white stuff (nothing on the ground though).  I do have to share the scariest Halloween picture I saw on Facebook.

This picture of terror was posted by my friends Roseanne and Sue over at Home Sewn By Us.  I know it made me hide in my bed with my head covered.  Ladies I do hope if you are reading this you are staying warm.  Actually, it's quite a beautiful picture.

This week, I finished my Island Batik October challenge, Top It Off.  While most ambassadors where dreaming of big fat turkeys or the jolly ol' fat guy, I was feeling the love over here.

I went with Valentines Day, hearts and sexy quilting.  Momma needs some romance in her life.  If I quilt it, maybe he will come?  You can read more about this creation of love here.

Last weekend, while finishing up the quilting of the table runner, I joined in on the fun that is #missingmarket over on Instagram.

If you've never heard of this event, check out my post here; read about the fun photo challenges and how you can win prizes and make new friends, just by posting to Instagram.  It's a great time and hosts Kim (gogokim) and Natalie (sewhungryhippie) always do an amazing job keeping the energy going!

This week, I'm celebrating the Top It Off event.  Two other Island Batik Ambassadors linked up last week.  First up we have Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing and she went full on Halloween!

Not only did she create one super cool Halloween topper, but she created a second one as well.  Now get on over to visit her and check out the second one!  Don't forget to say "Trick or Treat!"

Next up is another, two toppers in one month rock star, Sandra at mmm!quilts.  She celebrated October with fun Thanksgiving themed table runners.  Since the US celebrates ours in November, let's take a look at her Greta the Gobbler.

I just love that 3D beak!  Sandra also created another table runner Giving Thanks, but with beautiful turquoise and orange pumpkins.  Don't take my word for it.  Go check it out!  I know I'm thankful everyday, I have her in my life.

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Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Top It Off-Island Batik Challenge

It's Island Batik challenge time again.  This month we were challenged with Top It Off, create a holiday themed table topper and use applique.

First part of the challenge, assess my Island Batik Ambassador stash and figure out what holiday I would tackle.  A bundle of blenders caught my eye, and I knew when paired with the solid white batik..I could make a beautiful Valentines Day runner.

Look at all those beautiful purples, pinks and turquoise!  It makes my heart go pitter patter.

Tuesday, October 29, 2019


OMG you all!  Fall #missingmarket on Instagram was the bomb!  What is #missingmarket?  Twice a year (fall and spring), the super amazing Kim @gogokim and Natalie @sewhungryhippie organize a photo challenge event for those of us not lucky enough to attend Quilt Market.  During the three days of market several hosts through out the day will challenge us with different photo prompts.  Post your picture, make sure you tag the hosts and use the appropriate hashtags and you can be entered into drawings for some very cool prizes.  Plus, the hashtags make it super easy to visit everyone in the quilting community to see their photos.  Its an excellent opportunity for you make lots and lots of quilty friends!

I thought it might be fun to share a post of the different photo prompts and my pictures for each challenge.

Saturday, October 26, 2019

UFO Busting #79

Its been all hustle and bustle over here this fall with lots of changes coming soon.  My baby girl is getting ready to have some adventures of her own and life has been all about getting her ready for her next adventure, which should (in theory) leave me with more time for chasing UFO's.  This week was all about the applique. 

I added trees, a moon and borders to the landscape piece.  I may try to sneak quilting in after I finish up the October Island Batik project this weekend.  I don't foresee a ton of quilting on this project, just some thread painting to try to give it more life.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

UFO Busting #77

This week has been a little out of this world for the way of Pat Sloan's Out of This World Quilt Along Quilt.  I was hoping to have a finished quilt top to bring to the party, but that was not to be.  I do have all the blocks completed, they just need turned into a quilt top.

Saturday, October 5, 2019

UFO Busting #76

Just curious, did anyone notice my mistake at last week's party?  It wasn't #78, it was really #76.  I think I was in a cloud from my pending quilt top finish...a quilter's high....that will do it to you.  So speaking of that high, I did finish piecing the September Island Batik Child's Play challenge with no time to spare.

You can read more about my quilt top Kaleidoscope here

Monday, September 30, 2019

Pickle's Kaleidoscope--It's Child's Play

I just want to say that the Island Batik September challenge project, Child's Play, has probably been the most challenging project on all levels.  But that is a good thing, it taught me design wise, I can do it.

The challenge was to create a children's themed quilt using the Block on Board die provided to us by Accuquilt and using any of the fabrics sent to us by Island Batik.  Sounds innocent enough.  The block I received in my ambassador box was the Spider Web Block for the Go! Cutter.

Saturday, September 28, 2019

UFO Busting #78

Welcome back for another addition of UFO Busting, where we celebrate those long time waiting finishes and everything else that distracts you from having them.  We also celebrate those who are pros that don't even have them, but secretly we are trying to convert them to the procrastination dark side...shhhhh.

I'm still plugging away at the September Island Batik challenge project.  With Monday, the last day of the month, around the corner...I am feeling the pressure.  I'm confident I will have a quilt top finish by the end of the month.  This one truly challenged me this month.  It has also left my sewing space a complete disaster. 

Saturday, September 21, 2019

UFO Busting #75

I've had a bitter sweet week; not a bad week or a sad week necessarily.  Three months ago, I started a new job at a place I absolutely love.  I have the best co-workers in the world.  I had three months to train with and get to know the lady I would be replacing.  After 23 years of working for the company, she decided to hang up the hat, when she found out she would be the grandmother to twins.  This week we hosted a retirement party for her with a theme...a grandma baby shower.  The party was a blast complete with shower games and a diaper cake we made for her.

I say it was bitter sweet because even though I knew I was hired to be her replacement, over a three month period we became fast friends.  I do hope she will stay in contact and will still stop by.  I do not want the shenanigans to end.

Thursday, September 19, 2019

Triathlon Gold Quilt--An Island Batik Special Project

I have been waiting since June to tell you more about this quilt, but all good things come with time.  Back in May Island Batik contacted the ambassadors and asked for volunteers to make quilts for members of the Triathlon Gold Team.  What is Triathlon Gold?  Glad you asked.  Triathlon Gold is a team of talented athletes coached by Jarrod Evans training and competing for their shot at an Olympic gold medal.  (read more about them here)  So where do we fit into this?  Earlier this year, Island Batik became one of the sponsors for the team.  As a way to cheer all the athletes on as they work hard and compete, Island Batik asked us to make comfort quilts they could take with them on their journeys.  I said COUNT ME IN!  My own little triathlon endurance race of piece, quilt and bind. This post is my sort of open ended letter to Megan Foley, the recipient of my quilt, on how her quilt came to life.

Saturday, September 14, 2019

UFO Busting #74

The big talk in my neck of the woods is dragon flies.  They are everywhere!  I've never seen so many in my life.  The fly around in swarms, completely harmless, just intimidating.  I say bring them on!  They eat mosquitoes and mosquitoes eat me.  Buzzing around my sewing room this week...fabric. 

I had so much fun at last weekend's Judy Lilly landscape class and can't wait to tell you about it (I'm so behind in post writing).  I walked away with most of the project complete.

I just need to applique, add borders and quilt/thread paint and this little gem will be finished.  I actually can't wait to make more!  I bought two more of her patterns...shhhh.  

The real meat and potatoes of the week has been work on my Island Batik project for the month.  I created a design in EQ8 using the spiderweb block and set to work prepping fabrics for the dye cutter.  Color placement is everything for this quilt. 

I realized that a fat quarter of fabric wasn't quite enough for what I needed in some sections, so some on the fly pattern changes happened.  This made things a bit confusing as to what goes where.  So I had the foresight to put my precut pieces in baggies and label them.

So the dye cutting has began and hopefully by the end of the weekend, I will have all the blocks pieced together.  I'm quite proud of this project as an original design.  

Now it's time to see what you were up to last week.  We had a UFO finish!!!  Jan at The Colorful Fabriholic celebrated the finish of her Roman Road Quilt!!

The road some quilts must travel to find a finish is sometimes longer than others.  I think this one maybe had a long journey because, after reading it's story, it had a lot to see before it was time to rest.  Make sure you pop over to Jan's and see how she made this BOM her own.

Next up is Yvonne at Sew Yummy and her recent quilt top finish of her Rainbow Swirl Quilt.  

I love a rainbow quilt and this one is no exception.  Yvonne purchased the pattern after being tempted by an ad picture and I have to say, her pictures have me twitching to go hit the download button.  Let's cheer Yvonne on to finishing this quilt top before the space on her wall for it gets fill by something else :)

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Saturday, September 7, 2019

UFO Busting #73

It is a busy weekend over here in wonderland.  For the first time in quite a while I'm hitting the pause button and doing something just for me.  My guild is hosting the talented Judy Lilly this weekend with a truck show and a class on making a pictorial quilt.  I'm super excited because this is something completely new and out of my comfort zone for me.  So, I've started packing for the day class and hope I haven't forgotten anything.

I also managed to get my portion of the our guild's charity quilt finished up this week.  At our last meeting we handed out pre-cut kits for everyone to take home and piece for the next meeting.

This is a great way to allow everyone to participate when ever it is convenient for them to sew.  Now all we have to do is gather the blocks and start turning them into a quilt.

I thought I would have a finished quilt top to show you this week, in the way of the Daisy Chain Mystery Quilt...but no.  I show you me picking out the first two rows.

All of the rows are sewed together correctly.  However when I sewed the first two together I pinned and sewed down the wrong side..insert the blooper music.

I also learned how to use the Spider Web Block on Board Dye given to me by Accuquilt.  I'm thinking about doing a short video talking about the block, how I went wrong (on the left) and finally went right.  Always read the directions.

Let's take a look at what you were up to last week.  First up, we have Sandy at Sew This Is My Blog and her one block wonder quilt.

This is not a picture of her finished quilt top.  This is where it started.  I want you to go look (if you already havent') at where it went...because it is freakin awesome!  Some times a piece of fabric has to hang around for quite awhile before we find out where/how it is going to live.  Make sure you visit Sandy and see how she turned this fabric into an eye poppin wall hanging.

I'm also not going to show you Vicki at Vicki's Crafts and Quilting's finished wall hanging either.  Just where she started.

She turned these beautiful fall panel pieces into a wall hanging like she has wizard powers.  I'm always in awe at how others can look at pieces like this and see pieced borders in their head, turning it into something breath taking.  Make sure you hope over to Vicki's to see the finish product!

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