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June 30, 2019
Island Batik Ambassador - Try it Challenge from Quilting Affection




The month of June's Challenge was called "Try it!"  I wasn't sure what project I was going to do until Spring Market. Deb Tucker Studio 180 Design announced the newest tool, "Wedge Star," and I was going to learn how to use it at the Certified Instruction annual training event in June.  Then I knew what I wanted to do right away for my challenge project.




So, I looked through my Island Batik collection of fabrics and found four different fabrics I needed to make for the Free pattern located on the back of the instructions of the ...

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June 29, 2019
Island Batik Try it! - Fabric Origami from Quilted Delights

The June challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors is "Try It!"  This month we were to try a technique that was new to us using Island Batik Fabrics. So I tried Fabric Folding.


  At first I wasn't sure what technique to use, I have tried a lot already in all my years of quilting.  Hmm... That may be the reason why I have so many UFOs.


Then I remembered I remembered the book Fantastic Fabric Folding that has been sitting on the shelf for a couple years.  I had never tried any of the projects in it, only admired them ...

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June 25, 2019
My June Island Batik Challenge from The Inquiring Quilter

The June challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to make a quilt using a technique new to them. Since I’ve been quilting for decades, it was a bit hard for me to think of a technique I haven’t tried but then suddenly it occurred to me that I hadn’t yet made a hexagon quilt.

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Although you can make a hexagon quilt by hand, I decided I wanted to try the machine piecing technique.

I played around with ideas for a bit, then decided to frame each hexagon in a narrow strip of white or something similar ...

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Try It! - A Day at the Beach from Creatin' in the Sticks

The June challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is
Try It!

Today is my day to show
A Day at the Beach
with a new, to me, piecing technique.


The challenge was to face our fears or sewcrastination and step outside the box to try a technique that is new to our sewing toolbox. There were no rules other than to try something new and use the fabrics that Island Batik provided in the Ambassador Box.


I had bookmarked an article in the May 2008 issue of American Quilter magazine by Scott A Murkin, "Strata Quilts: Layer upon Layer" that ...

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June 24, 2019
On-the-Go ToteThere are many uses for totes. For makers, each... from Living Water Quilter



On-the-Go Tote

There are many uses for totes. For makers, each tote is an opportunity to add fun accents, functional details and learn new sewing techniques.

For Island Batik Ambassadors, the June project inspiration is, Try It!   So….I decided I “needed” another tote bag.  This time, I wanted to add never tried accents, hardware and a zippered pocket.

NOTE: As an Island Batik Ambassador, the fabric to make the tote bag was given to me by Island Batik. Also, CT Publishing supplied the Kraft-tex.

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This is the first time I’ve added a zippered pocket, a hook and D-ring ...

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June 14, 2019
Island Batik Try It! from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to my by Island Batik and Aurifil.

This month our Island Batik challenge was to try something new. There are so many options in the quilting world to try a new technique or tool. I was inspired by my friend Gayle’s recent quilt project where she used Fabric Magic on her quilt top. Here's one of her textured flowers:

 

Fabric Magic is a polyester fabric that "shrinks up to 30% when steam-activated." The way it works is that it is stitched to the back of a single layer of fabric ...

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June 13, 2019
Technique, Technique, Technique from If These Threads Could Talk

Try It!

The Island Batik Ambassador’s June Challenge is “Try a New Technique”!  Have you tried Studio 180 Design’s new Wedge Star Tool?

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The Wedge Star tool is designed to make a variety of different blocks based on 45 degree sub-units.

They range from Wedge Star Blocks, Wedge Blocks & Mixed Blocks.  There are 22 different size options ranging from 3″ to 24″ finished blocks!

Diamond units are constructed and trimmed down.

Units are stitched together in quarters and half’s, then joined into blocks with corners added to complete it.

The new Wedge Star tool is for “Intermediate Skilled” quilters ...

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June 4, 2019
OMG June Goal from Goer

Well, I'm so out of OMG practice that when I met my goal last month, I totally forgot to linkup my finish. Oops. Onward...

This month's goal is a two-fer. My Island Batik project challenge is to try something new. I've chosen the product Fabric Magic by Pellon as my something new. A few weeks ago I looked at my "want to make" list and had significantly more on the list that time would allow in my life. I had to eliminate some fun "wants" like finishing the Trinket quilt top by the sew along deadline (you ...

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June 3, 2019
A Triple Crown from Sew Karen-ly Created...

June's challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is to try a technique that's totally new to us.  Island Batik, as well as industry sponsors Aurifil, Accuquilt, and Hobbs, supply us with amazing products to use in our projects.

For someone like me who's been quilting forever, it takes some deep thinking to come up with something I haven't yet tried.  Last year, I figured out how to do an interlocking herringbone, a technique I now like very much. Thinking cap firmly in place, I started jotting down ideas.  
About this time, my friend Nellie dropped in ...

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June 1, 2019
Make It Modern with Island Batik and Hobbs Batting from Quilted Delights



This month's challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors was to make a modern quilt and use any of the Hobbs batting that was sent to us. 



 I went with the Hobbs Heirloom Natural Batting with Scrim Binder.  I love how this batting sticks to the batik fabric, I never have to worry about it bunching and puckering on the back while quilting.  


For this quilt, I really wanted to use the Snowberry Strip Set that was sent to me from Island Batik, but I had a hard time deciding on a pattern.  I couldn't decide if I wanted to ...

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Island Batik Make It Modern with Hobbs from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, Hobbs, and Aurifil.

This month's Island Batik challenge is Make It Modern with Hobbs. Last month for the AccuQuilt challenge I used my cool color scraps with a neutral background. This month, I decided to use my warm colored scraps, and initially intended to use a tan neutral background. I toyed with the idea of using the same layout and the AccuQuilt again, but eventually decided that I would piece a scrappy slab. I didn’t have a final layout in mind and just started sewing ...

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May 30, 2019
My May Island Batik Challenge from The Inquiring Quilter

The May challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to design and make a modern quilt featuring Hobbs batting.

Modern quilt designs are harder for me so this one took a long time to gel. A modern quilt typically includes one or more of the following:

  • Bold colors, often solid

  • High contrast

  • Large negative spaces (spaces where there is no piecing, but instead lots of fantastic quilting)

  • Improvisational piecing

  • Minimalism (less piecing, easy piecing)

  • Alternative grid work (blocks laid out in something other than the common rows and columns)

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I played with several ideas, repeating the mantra “Minimalize! Minimalize!” so ...

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Make It Modern with Hobbs - Trig Play from Creatin' in the Sticks

The May challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is
Make it Modern with Hobbs.

Today is my day to show
Trig Play
with a new, to me, batting technique.


As Island Batik Ambassadors,
this month is our second industry partner spotlight challenge
and
we are to use any of the Hobbs Battings provided to create a Modern Quilt.


The biggest challenge this month for me was deciding which of the modern characteristics my quilt might include.
A modern quilt as defined by the Modern Quilt Guild (the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid ...

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May 28, 2019
Island Batik Ambassador - Hobbs Modern Challenge from Quilting Affection



May's challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to create a Modern Quilt that was used Hobbs Batting.  



There are lots of different interpretations of a Modern Quilt.  The Modern Quilt Guild defines a Modern Quilt as the following, “We define modern quilts as quilts that are functional, include bold colors, and are inspired by modern design. Minimalism, asymmetry expansive negative space, and alternate grid work are often a part of modern quilt compositions, as are improvisational piecing and solid fabrics.”



Many of the Modern Quilts are pieced quilts,  I took my Modern a different direction, I did mine ...

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May 26, 2019
Designer Spotlight Speechless. Excited. Amazed. Thankful. These... from Living Water Quilter



Designer Spotlight

Speechless. Excited. Amazed. Thankful. These are some of the words to describe how it felt to open the July/August issue of Quiltmaker magazine.

It is thrilling to see my interview with Quiltmaker magazine in the July/August 2019 issue. The Designer Spotlight also includes some of my favorite quilts. Quiltmaker is available as a digital or print magazine.

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This issue of Quiltmaker features my quilt design, Airship Propeller. The pattern, a coloring page and free motion quilting tips are included. The featured fabric is Dear William, an Island Batik collection.

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I love to share my designing ...

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May 20, 2019
Color Wave is a colorful two-block pattern.  It was designed... from Living Water Quilter



Color Wave is a colorful two-block pattern.  It was designed with Island Batik’s cheerful Mermaid Cove fabric collection.  Mermaid Cove’s color palette soothes like a cool breeze. View the entire collection in the Spring/Summer catalog.

Island Batik provided the fabric for Color Wave.  Look out for Color Wave as it travels in Island Batik trunk shows at quilt shops selling Island Batik.

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I use Electric Quilt 8 (EQ8) to design and preview fabrics to achieve a pleasing color combination. With EQ8, users can printout the quilt on a home printer. I like to have a printout on ...

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May 14, 2019
The Apple Of My Eye from Sew Karen-ly Created...



May's Island Batik Ambassador challenge is "Make It Modern".  Our industry sponsors are each singled out for one of our challenges, and this month it is Hobbs Batting.  (Last month was Accuquilt, and July is Aurifil!)  Our parameters include: "the use of...graphic areas of solid colour ...minimalism...and expansive negative space". Clearly, it also needs to include some Hobbs batting! :)
In flipping through some of my pictures for inspiration, I came across this photo taken a few years back, which I really like. It's a Royal Gala apple, with symmetrical stripes around the fruit, which showed nicely ...

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May 8, 2019
OMG May Goal from Goer

It's been a while since I've participated in setting a "One Monthly Goal" (hosted by Patty at Elm Street Quilts). Last month I used my cool colored scraps to make my Island Batik challenge quilt. This month I'll be using my warm scraps. I've opted for some improv piecing and I'm not entirely sure where this is going. Here's a peek at my first seams.

I've chosen a pale tan neutral for my negative space and I'm aiming for about 40" x 40" with Hobbs wool batting and some intricate free motion ...

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May 4, 2019
Lemoynes Lost in Space from If These Threads Could Talk

Make It Modern

The products and fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

The Island Batik Ambassador’s challenge for May is to “Make It Modern”!  The Modern Quilt Guild defines ‘modern” as use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space and alternative grid work.  I think I did pretty good.

I decided to make Lemoyne Stars.  Deb Tucker’s Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star tool was the very first Studio 180 Design tool I used and is one of my favorites!  This tool makes Lemoyne stars ...

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May 1, 2019
Island Batik AccuQuilt Ready. Set. GO! Baby Quilt from Goer

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, AccuQuilt, Hobbs, and Aurifil.

The April challenge was to use the AccuQuilt Ready. Set. GO! to create a 40" to 48" square baby quilt using AccuQuilt Dies. I asked people on Instagram to vote on my fabric selection for this project. I pulled a rainbow of scraps, but then I also liked the green/blue subset. The green/blue palette was the overwhelming winner.

The Ready. Set. GO! collection includes the GO! Qube 8" Mix & Match Block which is a set of 8 dies in a variety ...

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