Monday, February 27, 2023

Island Batik All Puffed Up Blog Hop

Welcome to the final day of the Island Batik "All Puffed Up" Blog hop.  

Today, Connie, of Kauffman Designs, and I get to show off our creations using Sunshine Garden, the new Island Batik fabric line by Kathy Engle for Terri Vanden Bosch of Lizard Creek Quilting.

This line is so bright and fun, right up my alley!  It has fun vegetable and seed packet prints in some of my favorite shades.  And strawberries.  You can never go wrong with a strawberry print.

Sunshine Garden is arriving in shops now. You can find it today in these shops today:

I made puff quilts years ago, and lots of them. 2000 was the year of puff quilts for me. I made some for family and friends and even sold a few online. I even made triangle shaped puffs and a velvet puffed baby set.  By the middle of 2001 I decided I was tired of stuffing puffs under the machine and made my last one. I said I would never make another one.  

Fast forward 22 years later, I saw all the fantastic puff quilts popping up on Instagram for the Ombre Puff Quilt Sew along. Some of the layouts were so bright and fun. For half a second I contemplated making another one, but I quickly told myself, "No". I was happy to enjoy the beautiful work from afar.

Fast forward a few more I am making another puff quilt for the Island Batik Ambassador February challenge.  I wasn't too excited when I first saw the theme, but I'm a trooper, so I got to designing and decided I would try a new method of construction this time around to make things more enjoyable.

Using my old method, I ended up with long tubes to stuff and seal up.  I would stuff each row and then sew down the column sealing those squares, then do it again till I got to the last column. This meant I was pushing and pulling fabric for each row repeatedly till I got to the last column.  The bulk was not always fun to handle under the machine. 

I didn't want to do that this time, so I opted for the individual puffs method, 195 puffs to be exact. This made it much easier to handle under the machine. There are more seams and more fabric this way, as well as the final step to tack down each puffed square to the back, but as far as time to make it, I'd probably probably say it evens out since I spent less time pushing and pulling the stuffing and fabric and I didn't have to get the broom handle out to stuff the puffs at the end of the tube.

The quilt did shrink considerably though out the process.
I started with 5 inch blocks.

After they were sewn to their muslin backs they became 4.5 inch blocks.

After they were sewn together in rows they became 4 inch blocks.

After they got some poly fil in them they scrunched up a bit more and the whole row shrunk about 4 more inches.

I did enjoy this method a little more.  I only had fabric on the left side of the machine when closing the squares instead of fabric on both sides of the machine.  It was much nicer.

I also wanted to try something other than than plain squares this time around, so I tried out a version of the square in a square block.  I left more fabric around the edge of the first square though so it wouldn't get lost in the pleating.

Here is what the back looked like before adding the official backing.

Already cat tested and approved even before I finished puffing the last row.

I wasn't sure I could put a puff quilt on a long arm, but I wasn't about to floor baste (another thing I said I would never do again).  So I gave it a shot.  It worked out pretty good and I was able to tack between each puff with a plus sign.  

I did add a layer of scrap batting between the puffs and the back fabric. Some of the joining seams felt a little hard, so I wanted to soften it with some batting.  

I used some left over pieces of Hobbs Heirloom Premium Cotton Batting and put it between the puffs and the backing fabric.

I pieced and tacked it together with Schmetz needles.  Their chrome microtex 90/14 needle worked great and I didn't' have any issues tacking it on the longarm with these needles.

I opted for an Around the World style pattern for this one.
I like the extra center squares, they give it a unique look.

It is a heavy quilt with all that puffy stuff, three layers of fabric, and some batting.
 My son joked and said said it was easier to hold it this way.

I'll admit, I never pictured myself making another puff quilt, but I do like how this one turned out.  I might not make another big one, but the kitty liked it so much I could see myself making a small kitty sized version in the future.

One more picture just for fun.  

Happy Quilting!


Monday, February 20, 2023

Sweet on You Challenge - Cupcake Treat Bag

Welcome! Today I get to help kick off the "Sweet on You" challenge hop hosted by Joan of Moose Stash Quilting.

I've had this sweet cupcake fabric for some time. I originally used it for the back of a quilt and still had a little left over and wanted to up some for this challenge, so I turned it into a treat bag.

I found a fun paper pieced cupcake for the front. The pattern is from Joe June and Mae. She has lots of fun patterns, check her out!

This little drawstring bag is just the right size for a large bag of Lindor Truffles.
plus a few more extra sweets on the side!

Be sure to stop by the other blogs to see all the sweetness today!

 Monday Feb 20


Karrin's Crazy World

Quilted Delights  (me)

Selina Quilts

Sew Cute and Quirky

Days Filled With Joy



Tuesday Feb 21

Vicki's Crafts and Quilting

Creatin' in the Sticks

Quilt Schmilt

Ms P Designs USA

The Crafty Grammie

Vroomans Quilts

Words and Stitches


Wednesday Feb 22

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

Quilting Gail

Just Because Quilts

Bea Quilter


Kathy's Kwilts and More

Lynns Blog


Thursday Feb 23

Just Let Me Quilt


Quiltery-For the Love of Geese

Pinker n' Punkin Quilting & Stitching


Purring Cottage

Happy Quilting!


Sunday, February 19, 2023

Project Quilting 14.4 - A Novel Project: Harry Potter


The theme for week four of Project Quilting is "A Novel Project"
I have several favorite novels to choose from but when I saw the fabric with all the Harry Potter Book Jackets I knew I had to make a quilt with that.

I picked out a few more prints to go with it and cut out some big eight inch squares.

Boonky helped me cut out the black fabric for the sashing.

The shadows behind each print represent each of the house colors. 

And I couldn't pass up this print for the back.

I did a quick meandering for the quilting and put the binding on this morning.

This came together pretty quick since the blocks were big.  The thin white borders and shadows were quick too.  Add the sashing and the top was done and quilting was fast with the meandering. You can definitely make this quilt in a week or even in a weekend. particularly if you have a lot of time to sew on Saturday and Sunday.   

I need to make a few more of these for Harry Potter nights!

The Quilt measures approximately 48 x 59.

Head on over to Kim Lapcek's blog to see all the Novel Projects completed this week!

Happy Quilting!