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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