My Progress Report – Feb 17

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Piecing:

  1.  Block 5 of CQA’s #52blocks52weeks block is NOT done … not cut out … I should do that soon, before I have 20 blocks that I need to catch up on.
  2. Good Fortune:  Starting to web the centre of the quilt. The purple HST for one of the pieced borders is in progress

Quilting:

I’ve started quilting #2 on my PHD list.  See HERE.  What I started doing, I hated.  Along came my husband and he suggested doing a wavy leaf-type thing.  He drew it out … I img_3066.jpgtried it with disasterous results.  Then … the brain started thinking … I made my own template … I  placed layers of masking tape down … first right to left, then top to bottom and then diagonal … cut out his drawing, traced it on the masking tape and cut it out.  Voila! a template to use to quilt around.

I placed it on the HST and quilted around it … after a few, it started to loose it’s sticky-ness, so I just drew around it with chalk.  In reality – it was easier to follow the chalk line than deal with the masking tape template.  But I found a solution that made the quilting some-what consistent.

 

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Are you going to join us?  It’s still not too late … the cutting directions will be coming out tomorrow.  You can access the fabric requirements & tomorrow the cutting directions HERE.

img_2990Here’s the fabrics that I choose for this mystery.  You can see which fabric I chose for which part  HERE.  I am doing the “throw” size.  There are 4 different sizes to choose from: Baby, Throw, Twin & Queen.   Come and join in the fun!!!!

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My day for the blog hop was on Feb. 4.  You can see the post HERE.   At the time, I offered one of my readers a FREE electronic copy of the book.  In order to win, you had to tell me why YOU should be the one to win.  I also stated that I would not read beyond the first 2 sentences.  I copied all of the comments onto a word document and gave them to my husband … he had no idea if the comments were from my friends, cousins or who they were from.

Oh me, oh my!!!  This was a trial for him!!!  He felt that all of the comments were worthy.

He was explaining to me why everyone should win.  He then crossed off the ones with more than two sentences.  “They have to be able to follow directions,” he said.  Time, lots of time passed … and more time …

I was about to number them and put a number in a bowl and draw the winner.  When I told him I was going to do that, he said, “Why? I’ve chosen one to be the winner.”  SO – why did he wait so long to tell me?  (It took him a few hours to choose the winner – he took the task very, very seriously!)

SEW – the winner is: Willow.  Her winning comment was: Okay, Okay, I’m convinced after reading so many blogs on this great line up of quilters that I MUST give striped fabrics a try in an upcoming quilt! Love your teal/aqua fabric. 

I have notified Teresa (the author) and she will be sending the notification to the publisher and Willow will receive her electronic copy.

Thank you to everyone that took the time to comment!  As I said earlier, my husband thought that all were worthy.

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Last week I linked to “Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland” and this week she featured my quilt!  What an HONOUR!!!

Go to her blog and check it out!

Designer Zipper Bags

_DSC0230.jpgAre you interested in making wonderful zipper bags???  This week Caroline at “Sew Can She” is having a FREE 3 day video course on how to make thes perfect little zipper bags.  Be sure to visit her blog and take advantage of her techniques!

Stash Report

No shopping, no finishes … not a lot of changes!

* Fabric Used this week: 0 yards
* Fabric Used this year: 26.6 yards purple shells 7.4  / black teal shells 7.4 / mini 1.5 / Ivan’s Diamonds 10. 9
* Fabric Bought this Week:   0 yards
* Fabric Added this Year: 42.3 yards
* Net Fabric Used for 2019: -15.7 yards
* Husband’s purchases 6.5 yards

Stitchin’ Time

  • January:  16 out of 20
  • February: 16 out of 17   …
  • Year-to-date: 32 out of 37 = 86%

For more Stitchin’ Time, you can check out Kate’s blog: Life in Pieces

PHD in 2019:  Quilting UFOs and Finishing New Projects

 

If you want more information on the PHD in 2019, you can check it out HERE!

Nothing finished this week – so no changes to PHD stats.

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Happy Quilting! 
Gail

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Sewing with Friends

Sewing with friends is always fun!

There were 4 of us sewing today.

Linda worked on a BOM lotto for the guild.  I think this block is really really cute!

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Magnificent Mini

Magnificent Minis

 

This is our Island Batik February challenge.  We were instructed to use any Island Batik fabric in our box, but not the “surprise” fabric. It was to be smaller than 24″ x 24″. Once I decided what to do for my mini … the rest was easy.   Decision: A smalll Sudoku Quilt!

Island Batick 1/2 yard cuts

 

For my mini, I needed 9 fabrics plus a background.  I received 8 wonderful fall colours.  I added a vibrant green from a stash builder’s roll.   And I used the neutral fabric for the sashing, border and back (the yummy butter fabric).

The next step was to cut all of the 2 ½” squares.  I used the GO Cutter to do this … Once the strips were cut, I lined them up on the GO cutter and the squares were ALL cut all at once as they went through the cutter!!!  (Sorry, I didn’t take a picture of this!  But it was pretty quick work!)

I found a Sudoku puzzle and wrote it out so that I would have an easy visual to use.

I have numbered pins, but they are scattered all over … SEW, I took a piece of selvage with the coloured dots on the side.  I cut the dots individually and stuck a pin through them.  It made it easy to keep track of which colour was which number!

I then began sewing … one block at a time.  No rushing this one.  I would have had a lot of ripping to do if I did.   As I finished a block, I added the sashing to the left of the block.

The corners were able to be twirled or swirled, but it took me a bit to figure it out.  (I LOVE twirling where the seams meet – it makes it sew smooth when free motion quilting!)

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The blocks were all joined together … and I checked carefully to ensure they were all in the correct placement.    The quilt was sandwiched with Hobbs 80/20 batting, using a spray baste.

I started quilting on my domestic machine.  I used Aurifil thread 50 wt (top & bobbin). IMG_3015.JPGI stitched in the ditch along each seam and extended out into the borders.  In the sashing, I sewed wonky ¼” seams.  (I call them wonky because they were not all perfectly straight! grin!)  I thought I was done quilting, until I looked at it closely and saw that the 2 brown fabrics, although quite different, read almost the same colour.  As well, one of the oranges had a lot of green in it, and definitely did not read the same colour throughout.  No Problem!  I decided to just quilt a tiny motif in each block to hopefully define each colour …  Thankfully, I have lots of Aurifil thread in many colours … SEW that was easy.  Then I had to decide which motif to use.  Eventually, they all spoke to me and soon it was done! This little mini measures 22″ x 22″.

The wind is blowing up to 90 km gusts today, so it was hard to get a picture without the quilt being blown away.

I tried to be a bit artistic with my photos …  The one on the tree  (left) is the closest to the true colours … the right and bottom one are both washed out a bit.

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Can you see the tiny motifs in the 2″ squares?

 

If you want to see the Magniifcent Minis that are already posted, go to these blogs:

There will be many many more minis being posted during the rest of the month.  You don’t want to miss them!  There is a tab at the top of my blog that lists all the 2019 Island Batik Ambassadors.  If you go to each of their blogs and “follow” each one, you will ensure that you don’t miss a single post of all of their creations!

Disclaimer: The products featured in this Blog post were given to me by Island Batik, and their program partners: Aurifil, Hobbs Batting & AccuQuilt!

Happy Quilting! 
Gail

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ME? oh YEAH!!!

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I was chosen to be an Island Batik Ambassador!  WooHoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

You can see their official announcement HERE.

Can you tell HOW EXCITED I AM????

SEW … how did this come about, you ask?

Well, last year, I noticed that many of my favourite bloggers were Island Batik Ambassadors and in November, one of them mentioned that the applications were available.  I filled it out and mailed a sample block to Island Batik.  They stated that we would be notified in December.  December came and went, so I figured that I wasn’t selected.   Then the day before I left on holidays in early January, I found out that I would be a 2019 Island Batik Ambassador!!!!!!!!!!!  Packages were being shipped and I was miles and miles away. I connected with the group and watched videos of box openings and pictures of what people received.  I was drooling!

The fabrics everyone was getting was wonderful!  And it seems like everyone was getting different lines of fabric.  SEW exciting!!!!   Finally, my neighbour informed me that one box had arrived … then eventually the 2nd box.  What a relief!!! Both boxes greeted me when I returned home from holidays!  (and yes, in spite of getting home at 2 am … I must admit, I did have a peak before I went to bed!)

Now … Over the next year, I am challenged to make 12 quilts or projects (from mini to lap sized or larger) using Island Batik fabrics, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil thread and the AccuQuilt cutter.  Each month we are given a theme and a suggested size.  I LOVE challenges!  Very do-able, I’d say!  Oh yes!!! My mind is already designing and planning!

I’m just SEW excited!!!

Here is a picture of what was in the 2 boxes!!!!

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Talk about awesome! Going from the back of the table to the front:

AccuQuilt

There is the AccuQuilt Go Cutter with 8″ cube dies, a 2½” strip die and an Eleanor Burns  book.  And tucked in there, is a pick for removing threads from the cutter.  I’ve already used a couple of the dies … perfect sized pieces!!!

Hobbs

There are 3 Queen size batts, (80/20 natural, bleached and black), a silk throw size, one cotton crib size, and Thermore batting.  (I already know that I LOVE Hobbs 80/20 and had just purchased a 30 yard roll the week before I found out I was going to be an ambassador!  SEW … I’m well stocked for batting!)

Aurifil

Has given us 5 spools of thread. They are all different from my usual 50 weight thread, so I’ll have fun playing and experimenting with them! This will definitely stretch me!  I usually just use cones of 50 wt for piecing and quilting and piecing and quilting.

Island Batik

There is a bounty of fabric from Island Batik!  There are lots of cotton batiks: basic, coordinating fabrics, a yummy yellow for background, a 10″ stack “Icicle” with 2 coordinating fabrics, and white, grey and black solids.  See the multicoloured rolls of fabric?  They are stash builders rolls: 5″ x WOF … and they make my scrappy heart sing!  As well, there is a gorgeous rayon batik scarf and 2 yards of rayon batik fabric.  Oh …Do you see the packages marked “Surprise?”  Well, I can’t show you the fabrics in there until I make a quilt and show it during a Blog Hop in August.  And there were 3 “Island Batik” buttons!

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Here is a slide show so that you can have a better look at what I received.

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I’m feeling totally spoiled and priviledged at the same time!  

And yes, I will be showing you pictures of the creations as we go along!

Here is a list of my fellow ambassadors (there are 50 of us from all over the world).  I suggest that you go take a look at each of their blogs and see what they are making in the next year!

I do hope you follow along during the year and watch our bounty turn into some great creations!

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog
Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Anita Skjellanger ~ Quilt in a not-Shell
Laticia “Tish” Stemple ~ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
(Debora) Anne Wiens ~ Seams like a Plan
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore

Who and What is Island Batik?

You can go to their website HERE.

The following information in blue is copied from a document I was given.  (Scroll down if you want to see what I received!)

Company History

Island Batik has been a leader in the batik industry for over 15 years!  We’re a dynamic company located in Carlsbad, California, and we pride ourselves on quality products and outstanding customer service. Our bread and butter product is cotton batik that is mainly used in the quilting industry, however our product line also includes batik rayon for apparel use.

Our fabrics are designed by our lead designer, Kathy Engle, along with additional fabric artists and designers, and are handmade in Bali, Indonesia by skilled artisans. Every yard of fabric is created using a wax resist method, a process of using wax and dye, to create patterns and give the fabric outstanding depth and range of color. Once made, the fabrics are laid out in the sun to dry and allow the colors to set.  

We are a wholesale only operation; our customers are mainly independent quilt shops across the United States, although we do work with distributors to bring our fabric to quilters all over the world!

Products

  • Batik Cotton – 100% cotton, 44”-45”, new lines launch in the Spring (May) and Fall (October)
  • Strips and Stacks Precuts – Precuts are made with our cotton fabrics. 2.5” Strips contain 40 strips from 20 different fabric designs. 10” square Stacks contain 42 pieces, typically from 21 different fabric designs.
  • Stash Builder Precuts – Small rolls of miscellaneous fabrics, great for giveaways
  • Batik Rayon – 100% rayon, 44”-45”, new fabrics launching each Fall
  • Rayon Scarves – 100% rayon scarves sold in packs of 13, offered in two colorways – one in warm colors, the other in cool colors

To know more – go to their website HERE.

Disclaimer: The products featured in this Blog post were given to me by Island Batik, and their co-sponsers Aurifil, Hobbs Batting & AccuQuilt!

Happy Quilting!
Gail

 

Turnabout Patchwork Blog Hop

Screen Shot 2018-12-08 at 1.45.32 PMThis book came out in December.

As I said before, I love the premise of this book.  You make a specific block, cut it as directed and voilá  – you have a completely different block with a big difference!  It’s a little like the disappearing 9 patch and disappearing 4 patch … but with totally different results!

If you want to see a lot of eye candy with patterns from this book – make sure that you visit all the different blogs on the blog hop.

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Purple ShellsOn February 4 (my day!) I will have a giveaway.  You will be able to win an electronic copy of Turnabout Patchwork!  I will show a new quilt (a sneak peak on the left and be revisiting the quilt on the right. Continue reading

Not much to show!

I’ve been sick … but I won’t gross you out with the details.

Today I saw a robin!!!  YAY!!! Spring is on the way!  Sorry, no picture,  I wasn’t fast enough before it flew away!

Stash Report

Nothing is finished, so nothing taken away …  no shopping / no fabric buying!

* Fabric Used this week: 0 yards
* Fabric Used this year: 0 yards
* Fabric Added this Week:   0 yards
* Fabric Added this Year: 4.5 yards
* Net Fabric Used for 2019: 3.4 yards
* Husband’s purchases 5 yards

Design Wall

I thought I was making great progress on Bonnie Hunter mystery,  Good Fortune … as I said in my last post, Ithought I had all the grey sides added on,  … I did but I had to unsew about 10 of them as I didn’t have the white making the X.  All I’ve done is finished the ripping, but haven’t sewn them back together.

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Friday … small partial finishes

img_2980.jpgHello!  I’ve been working away … SLOWLY … at the Good Fortune mystery.  I thought I had all of the 4 patch blocks done … until I was doing the final pressing and realized that I have about 10 blocks where the corner 4 patches are turned around …  groan … oh well, I’m just 10 blocks away from finishing these blocks.

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Quilt Labels

Do you label your quilts?

Is it important to label your quilts?

I believe that every quilt that YOU make is important enough for a label.

The quilt below was made by my Grandma.  This is a fact.  I believe that it was made for my parents wedding, but there is no one alive to verify that.  They got married in 1950.  A label would tell the whole story,

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Another Goal for 2019

I’m going to join Kate at Life in Pieces in her 15 minutes of stitching a day.   I used to do this when I was working full time.  Sitting at the machine for 15 minutes was a great de-stresser!

Although I don’t have the stress that I had when I was working, I still need to sit down at my machine. EVERY. SINGLE. DAY.  when I am home.   I obviously can’t take a machine with me every time I travel (although, I’d like to!).

At first, I was hesitant to join in because I already know of two major trips that are happening this year … and then my percentage would go down – big time.  Who am I trying to kid?  Who cares about what percentage of time I sit at the sewing machine?  Probably only me.  SEW … I made the decision that I will only count the days that I am home.

My 15 minutes to stitch will NOT include:

  • time on the computer
    • reading quilting blogs
    • working on EQ
    • writing blog posts
    • digitizing embroidery patterns
    • responding to comments on my blog
  • time watching my embroidery machine
  • time sewing at work

15 Minutes to Stitch will include:

  • Time piecing quilts or projects
  • Time quilting on my domestic sewing machine

Are you going to join Kate & I in 15 Minutes to Stitch 2019?

Happy Quilting!
Gail

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Need Inspiration?

I follow a blog called “Virtual Quilter.”  Judy Butcher designs quilts in EQ and posts daily pitcures of her creations.  She has an amazing range of wonderful quilts.

I asked for permission to post some of her pictures … and here they are … with links to the original post.

Julianne’s Star From Dec. 31,. 2018  LINK is HERE  .  I love the contrast between the  background and the blocks.  The quilting really enhances the quilt!

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Slow Stitchin’

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Well, when you don’t keep up with all the parts of Bonnie Hunter’s Mystery … it takes a LOT of time to catch up … On Friday, I sewed with friends … I was hoping to at least get one of each block done – that didn’t happen!

img_2794Then I asked for opinions … for my gray – for the blocks with the teal 4 patches. I had 5 different grays … only one of them was big enough (the one on the left) to make the rectangles that went with the 4 patches … It was voted down … too dark … the others were too light,  or just right … but none of that mattered since there was not enough of the “just right” one to do the trick.  My friend’s solution was “quit being lazy and strip them together like the pattern suggests.” img_2795HA! HA!  And THEY are the ones that tease me endlessly about sewing with small pieces!  (Don’t I have awesome friends?) SEW, I’ve been sewing strips of grey fabric together for my rectangles.  One strip is made. No blocks are made yet! But I’m liking the strips.

I am no where near the reveal … On Monday, I’ll be linking to Good Fortune Linky Party.  There is bound to be some who have the top completed.  And, there’s probably a few that have not slept since Friday and have it quilted.   Me? I’m enjoying the slow stitchin’.

Stash Report

Yes, I bought fabric this week.  I needed binding for Purple Shells.  And YES, I’m going to keep track of my husband’s purchases – separate from mine!  If I use them, then I’ll subtract what I use from HIS purchase.  (GRIN!)Purple Shells

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PHD in 2019:  Quilting UFOs and Finishing New Projects

If you want to join us to decrease your UFOs and finish your new projects – you have until Jan. 20, 2019 … more information is HERE.

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Summary:  I finished Purple Shells … I counted it as a Start in 2019 even though it was started in late December. (Mostly because I didn’t want to add to my UFO list!

There are no UFOs finished, I’m just slow stitchin’ on Good Fortune.

Happy Quilting!
Gail

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