Thursday, March 31, 2022

Dolomite Mountains with Aurifil


This month Island Batik Ambassadors got to play with some colorful Aurifil threads from their Italian Color Builders collection.

I choose to work with the Dolomite greens.  I had not heard of the Dolomite mountains before, but when I googled it and saw those pretty green hills and valleys in front of the gray mountains I knew I wanted to play with some lush green thread and green fabrics.

Most of the fabrics I used are from Island Batik's foundation line along with a couple scraps leftover from other projects. You can find a foundation print to go with almost any Island Batik collection coming out. They are so versatile.

Now I had the thread and I had picked the fabric, all I needed was a pattern idea!  

Then March came...  and kept going... and I still didn't' have a pattern idea.

I spent most of the month mulling over different ideas of what to create.  I originally envisioned making a landscape quilt, but I couldn't settle on a layout I really liked.  Finally as the end of the month was nearing the idea came.

Something a little more blocky than curvy.

I jotted it down.  A rough sketch on a very small piece of paper.  This was my working pattern. I even taped it to the sewing machine so I could look at it for reference as I put the quilt together.

Since the challenge this month was to be a small wall hanging I went with small pieces.  The small squares measure 1 inch finished.  The rectangles measure 1 x 2 inch finished.

The quilting was fun.  Even though the pattern was blocky, I used the thread to add some curves.  

The curves and waves contrast quite nicely with the sharp edges of the squares and rectangles.  

To me the thread has created movement of rolling hills, climbing mountains, and a windy sky.

I added some extra Aurifil colors to finish out the quilting.

I had the perfect size scrap of Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Bleached Cotton Batting for this project.  

It shows off the quilting beautifully.

And of course, sewn together and quilted with a Schmetz microtex needle.

Happy Sewing!


Thursday, March 17, 2022

Time in a Bottle Blog Hop


Welcome! Today I am showing off my creation for the Time in a Bottle Blog Hop.

And since it is also St. Patrick's day,  I went for a green color pallet.

For this hop we were challenged to use at least one hourglass block in our project.

I knew immediately I wanted to make Ohio Star blocks as they have four hour glass blocks inside them. I initially was going to make the traditional two colored hour glass blocks, but then I saw some Heather Ross frog fabric poking out of my stash and decided they needed to be in the center with a tad more green in the block.  So I guess you can call it an hour glass with a green shadow.

After I had the Ohio Stars made, I wasn't sure how I wanted to lay them out into a quilt.  I thought about separating them with sashing, but then I thought they needed to be surrounded by more shapes and color. Of course more green.

  Then the double Irish chain quilt popped into my head.  Again perfect for St. Patrick's day.  So I made a bunch of four patches.

This is Boonky, trying to be a quilt Supervisor... falling asleep on the job.

I added some extra pieces to the four patches and had block A for my Double Irish Chain.

I had to add some extra side pieces to my Ohio Stars too to make block B.

Again... Boonky falling asleep on the job.

I alternated blocks A and B together to make the top.

The frogs are so cute!  I almost went with shamrocks, but I am glad I picked the frogs.

Now I need to decide if I want to custom quilt this one or do an all over design.

Make sure to check out the other Blogs today to see what everyone else made with their hour glass blocks!

Happy Sewing!


Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Scrappy Nine Patch Stars

A UFO is off the to do the list! Yay!

I started this quilt in September 2019. You can read about it here.

This one got moved to the top of the finish pile because of the daily Instagram Quit Fest photo prompts by Amy of Amy's Creative Side.

March is national Quilting month and for each day of the month Amy posted a new photo prompt for us to show off our quilty photos.

March 8 was "Scrappy Finish". I thought for sure I could squeeze in some quilting by the 8th.

I already had this exploding Tardis fabric picked out and sewn together for the back. All I needed to do was load it on the frame.

Well I started the quilting, but decided to quilt each little square which takes longer than an all over design so I didn't finish in time for the 8th....

But I did finish in time for the March 14th prompt "Recent Finish".

I have a sister-in-law who loves scrappy quilts and it just happens to be her birthday month.  So this quilt got photographed and shipped on Saturday and she should be opening her package today!

Happy Sewing!