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 :)

Now it's your turn.  Link up below and show us what you've been up to this week.
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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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Saturday, August 31, 2019

UFO Busting #72

This week I am showing up at my own BYOP (bring your own project) party empty handed.  There was zero sewing on the horizon this past week.  I did however get my secret project mailed out, so that should count for something.

You guys, however, were super productive!  Yvonne over at Sew Yummy celebrated a quilty finish!

A UFO that got its start while at a retreat with friends (some of my favorite UFO's started that way) finally had its day of finish and is shinning bright.  Make sure to visit Yvonne and read about those yummy Alison Glass friendship stars.

Next up we have Rebecca at Cheeky Cognocenti and what I'm going to call distracted progress.  Distracted progress?  Was she distracted from her project?  Heck no!  She ignored a suite case that was calling her name and totally moved full speed ahead working on her modified Moda Modern Building Blocks project!

Seeing Rebecca's two big beautiful blocks makes me want to run from this key board and pull out my version of this project and start sewing.  Hey, maybe I will!  Thanks for sharing with us last week, Rebecca!  I do hope that suite case got packed.

Then we have Donnalee at Donnaleeq and her scrap burning.  

Wait...not that kind of burning.  This kind of burning.

The kind of burning that is going to leave you with a beautiful quilt when you are finished and leave your fingers hot from all that sewing!  Also, you have to check out Donnalee's duck, Mrs. Duck.  Mrs. Duck is living the high life...go check it out here!

Now it's your turn.  Link up below and show us what you've been up to this week. 

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Saturday, August 24, 2019

UFO Busting #71

Welcome back for another addition of UFO Busting!  Sadly I didn't finish cutting my fabrics for the Mosaic Mystery Quilt, but I did make more progress on a quilt started this year that I'm determined not to let become an official UFO, the Daisy Chain Mystery Quilt.

All of the blocks are pieced.  Wooo Whoooo!  I just need to make the rows come together and decide if the quilt will have borders.  It's all bubble gum and fun with the colors of this quilt.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

UFO Busting #70

Welcome back for another week of UFO busting and UFO distractions.  UFO busting is where we celebrate those finishes that have been begging to be finished and we celebrate anything you worked on this week.  I hope you can take a few minutes to party harty with us this week.  This week I celebrated a blog hop finish. 

Tuesday was my day on the Island Batik Beat the Heat Blog Hop.  I have been dying to show you the fabrics they sent me to play with.  I received a half yard bundle of the Geared Up collection and had so much fun playing with it.  Read more about these fabrics here and how to join the party and win prizes!

This week I continued working on the Daisy Chain Mystery Quilt.  I almost have all the block A's finished and predict the B blocks will see their day this weekend as well.

Tuesday, August 13, 2019

Geared Up---Island Batik Beat the Heat Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Island Batik Beat the Heat Blog Hop!  

If this is your first time visiting, I hope you have time to stick around and check out some of the other projects I've made this year participating in the Island Batik Ambassador Program.  Today I am literally all Geared Up to share with you Kathy Engle's new line for Island Batik called Geared Up.

Saturday, August 10, 2019

UFO Busting #69

Happy Saturday!  Although the days are still hot and humid here, I can tell there is a shift of seasons in the air.  The mornings are cool and there is a dampness that can only mean one thing...fall is around the corner...and I love it!  But before we totally say goodbye to summer, Island Batik has the Beat the Heat Blog Hop going on in full swing right now!

There is mouth watering fabrics and prizes!  Make sure you hop over to Island Batik to check it all out.  I'm getting all Geared Up because my day to post is Tuesday the 13th.

Though I have been busting my booty to get ready for the hop, I was able to sneak in sewing time on a few other projects.  First up was finishing up a secret project, I can't tell you about yet.  It's been fun to work on, but I'm happy to see it finally finishing up.

I also picked up the Daisy Chain Mystery Quilt hosted by Little Bunny Quilts.  I had forgot where I was in the process and much to my surprise all the little bits and pieces where together.  All I needed to do was start on the blocks.  I only have a few made, but it really feels like I've accomplished something.  Sometimes it's just the little things.

This week I'm highlighting Nancy over at Grace and Peace Quilting and the quilting finish of Tracie at Riceford Stream's  Choose Your Own Adventure Quilt.  

I love this quilt so much.  I wanted to make it while the quilt along was going on, but time just wasn't having it.  So, I'm drooling over Tracie's piecing and Nancy's beautiful quilting!  Congrats to both of you on this finish!!

Now let's see what you've been up to this week.  Link up below and tell us all about it.

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Now it's back to finishing that hop quilt for me.  Wish me luck!!

Saturday, August 3, 2019

UFO Busting #68

With deadlines looming over my head, I managed to sneak in a bit of me sewing time this week in the form of catching up on the Pat Sloan Out of this World Mystery Quilt.

My mind is already racing on how this one will be quilted.  I am hoping to get it finished before the end of the year.

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Happy--Artsy Fartsy Challenge

Artys Fartsy was the name of the game from Island Batik and Aurifil this month.  The challenge was to create a quilt with thread being our main focus.  They encouraged us to think of it as fabric is our canvas and thread is our paint.  Our only rule was to use at least 3 different weights of Aurifil thread...challenge accepted!

Saturday, July 27, 2019

UFO Busting #67

Woot I'm back!  It's been hard to keep up with blogging, working, being an adult and sewing.  I'm not sure I'm liking it much, but I'm back this week so let's party!  I'm still mostly working on secret sewing stuff, but I have a few things that I can share with you.

Our second box of goodies from Island Batik arrived and as you can see, everyone was excited to see what's inside.  I will have an unboxing video up soon and a full length post to show you all goodies contained within.  How do you feel about videos?  Is that something you enjoy seeing from your blogging friends?

Saturday, July 13, 2019

UFO Busting #66

Welcome to UFO Busting late 4th of July style.  It's been such a crazy two weeks that last weekend came and went before I realized I missed my own party.  If anyone can be late to their own funeral...I'm pretty sure it will be me.  I want to show you all the amazing sewing I've been doing, but dang it, it's pretty much all secret sewing for upcoming events.  So my question is what can I show you??  How about this.

These are my fabrics for Cheryl at Meadow Mist Designs Mosaic Mystery QAL.  

Saturday, June 29, 2019

UFO Busting #65

I am celebrating another finish over here.  A small one, but they count just as much as the big ones!  Last week I wrapped up working on the June Island Batik Try It! challenge.  My poison of choice was the quilt as you go method.  I can definitely see why this is a desirable method with quilters.

Once you finish the piecing, you basically have a finished quilt!  No UFO's here.  You can read more about my experience with QAYG and the mini quilt Scottish Thistle here.

Thursday, June 20, 2019

Try It! Scottish Thistle

How do we grow in life if we do not try new things?  This month that is exactly what Island Batik challenged us ambassadors to do.  I had to put some thought into this one...what exactly would I like to try?  My first thought was English Paper Piecing and hexies, but as June rolled around I just wasn't feeling it.  Then it came to me QAYG or quilt as you go. 

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