Friday, March 31, 2023

IBA March Challenge - Breaking Free

This month, Island Batik Ambassadors were given the challenge to create what ever they wanted.  

Let me tell you, that was a tough challenge.  I had the freedom to wander in any direction and there were so many directions to wander!  

I did have one constant though.  I knew I wanted to do something with the Exuberance ten inch precut that came in my January Ambassador box.  Exuberance is an original line by Deb Tucker of Studio 180 Design for Island Batik and is available in shops now.  Particularly these shops:

Block Party Studios IA
Creekside Quilts OR
Hancocks of Paducah KY
Tucker University OH
Castle Sewing Centre-CANADA BC
Mulqueen Sewing & Fabric Centers AZ
Amy's Quilt Room, PA
Boutique 4 Quilters, FL, CO

I My initial plan was use the whole precut, as in every inch of fabric from each 10 inch square. I wanted to try and eliminate any more scraps adding to my overflowing scrap bins.  So what to do??

After mulling things over, I came up with an idea that would let me use every bit of 40 of the squares.  I  decided to cut up each square into different shapes, mix and match the prints, and then sew them back together.  

I wanted some sashing to separate the different prints, but I didn't want the quilt to get humongous, so the sashing had to be thin. This is where my Accu Quilt 1 inch strip die came in handy.  I have cut these thin strips by hand in the past and the ruler does slide a bit once in a while cutting such thin strips, so it was nice to have this die.  As you can see I used a lot of one inch strips.

This finished design came together through trial and error.  Lots of ideas being thrown around with layouts and sashing, and a little bit of unstitching.

I started off with this block, but decided the outer edges needed to come off.  I also ended up taking the corner triangles off as well. Luckily I only sewed one block like this and not all 40.

I now have 80 left over triangles with white trim. I am envisioning a new smaller quilt for these.

I did a lot of switching things up and finally came up with the layout I loved.  

I was originally going to have a different print for each shape in the block, but I ended up liking pairs of the same print flanking the triangles instead of a random mix. It made the pattern easier on my eyes and helped showcase the prints better.

Once the top was done, it was on to quilting.  Time was running out so I was glad to have this bag of Heirloom 80/20 Bleached White Hobbs Batting from my January Ambassador box.  No franken-batting for this quilt!  Plus there is a lot of white in this quilt, so I really wanted the white batting to help keep it crisp and bright.

I quilted it using a light blue thread and a Schemtz universal 90/14 needle.  

It was the right sized needle to go with the thread it went through everything nice and smooth.

I did quick free hand wavy lines with swirls.  I was done with the quilting in about two hours.

My youngest son really loves this fabric line, he said the coloring and the patterns reminds him of sea coral. 

I have to agree with him. I really love these color combos.

I am calling this one "Breaking Free"

When I first cut all the shapes out of the ten inch squares I envisioned the triangles breaking free from the square to do their own thing.

 If you love this line too and want to see more projects using with it check out the Studio 180 designs blog. Deb Tucker is having a blog hop this week showcasing this fabric line!  Check out the link here:  Studio 180 Design Exuberance Blog Hop

Happy Quilting!


Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Little Green Apples - Sew It Show It Challenge

This week is the "Little Green Apples Sew It Show It Challenge" Hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. For this challenge we could sew something about apples, use apple fabric, or just use green fabric.  I went with the green fabric option and sewed something somewhat apple shape... sort of. 

I saw some cute Kinchaku bags pop up on Instagram and wanted to give them a try. When you pull them shut, scrunch them down a little, and use your imagination they could look like apples. 🍏 

There are lots of fun patterns and tutorials on the internet for these types of bags. 

I saw the pattern by Sweet Cinnamon Roses and loved how she did the bottom so I wanted to give it a try.

These would make cute little gifts to hand out for when someone needs a pick me up. They sew up really fast and you can use up scrap batting and fabric. Once you make the first one, you could probably sew up half a dozen in an afternoon and fill them with fun treats.

You could even put an apple in them along with other treats for a the teachers in your life. 

Make sure to check out all the other blogs today to see their challenge pieces!


Just Let Me Quilt

Quilt Schmilt

Quilting Gail

Elizabeth Coughlin Designs

DesertSky Quilting

Days Filled With Joy

Kathy's Kwilts and More

Sew Many Yarns


Creatin’ in the Sticks

Quilted Delights

Karrin’s Crazy World

For The Love Of Geese

Vroomans Quilts

Quilted Snail

Homespun Hannah's Blog

The Joyful Quilter



Ms P Designs USA

Words & Stitches

The Crafty Grammie


Texas Quilt Gal

Pinker n' Punkin Quilting & Stitching


Moosestash Quilting

Patchwork Breeze


Selina Quilts

Samelia's Mum

Just Because Quilts


That Fabric Feeling

Happy Quilting!


Friday, March 17, 2023

Froggy Green Irish Chain


Happy St. Patrick's Day!

This quilt is my newest finish! I started it last year for the Time in a Bottle Blog Hop,

I even had the back ready.

I pulled it out the other day along with some Hobbs Natural Cotton Batting and put it on the frame.

I was supervised by, Sheen, the Senior Quilt Inspector.

The main idea behind the design for this one was to have all the light green squares as part of the inside chains.

And the darker greens for the outer chains.

With cute little frogs in the center.

I pulled some older greens from my stash and used my favorite strip method for the back.

 I trimmed my center strips too short for the back so I added a horizontal strip at the top to make it long enough.

You can sort of see the quilting on the back. Green and white thread for this one. 

I tried to make the quilting in the white spaces all the same but sometimes I got distracted and there are few extra swirls in some.

I had fun putting all the frogs in the center of the Ohio stars.

It's nice to have it ready this year in time for St. Patrick's day!

Happy Quilting!


Sunday, March 5, 2023

Project Quilting 14.5 - Sew NOT a Square

Sew NOT a Square for week five of project Quilting.

This was was pretty easy for me.  I like sewing triangles. 

I had bought a Half Rectangle die recently from AccuQuilt and this helped out my scraps super quick.

They sewed together pretty quick and since there were no do ears to trim off that helped speed things up.

I cut out enough to make 160 triangles, when playing with the layout I decided to add a few more.

Again, I cut these out super fast.

The top went together pretty quick.  Just had to sew rows of rectangles.

I did ribbon quilting all over. I had a little extra time than normal this week, so I did some stitch in the ditch too.

I had a flower print in my stash the perfect length of the top and had most of the colors in the front so I used that for the back.

I am loving the texture from the quilting.

Morning sunshine sure shows off the quilting.

Ok, so I'm staring at this quilt ... when you sew two rectangles together it makes a squares.  ACK!  
I'm going to pretend I didn't' see that.  
Besides, the quilt was sewn with triangles... so I'm still going with I didn't sew any squares...

Check out all the other entries here:  At the Link Party.

Happy Quilting!