Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Island Batik Pieced to Perfection Blog Hop

I have been itching to show off this new quilt I made for the Island Batik "Pieced to Perfection" Blog hop!  There is also a giveaway by Island Batik. Keep reading to see how to enter.

I got to play with the Island Batik fabric line called Park Avenue, a Claudia Pfeil Design Original, which is should be arriving in quilt shops next month! 

The challenge for this blog hop was to use either Foundation Paper Piecing or English Paper Piecing in our projects. I went for the Foundation version and fiddled around in EQ8.

I tried out designing blocks using the curved drawing options.  They turned out pretty good, but I still have some learning to do to get all the blocks to line up perfectly and to have the actual paper piecing pattern print out with curves.  

Some printed correctly and some printed half curvy and half blocky,  I do believe it was the way I drew out the shapes but I'm not 100% sure what I did. I will have to go back and watch more You Tube vidoes and play around some more.

After getting the layout done, my next challenge was dispersing the colors and fabrics to keep my yardage under half a yard for each print.  All the colors in this line play so well together it ended up being easy to mix and match the prints to make everything flow.

I used 15 of the 20 prints that came in the Bundle.

I opened a package of Hobbs Heirloom Premium Wool batting for this one. It quilted up fantastic and has such a nice fluffiness to it.


I used a Schmetz 90/14 needle for the piecing and the quilting. 


I had enough white Aurifil thread for the quilting and the perfect blue for the binding.

I did some free motion quilting on this one using the points of the blocks as my guides. I don't enjoy marking my quilts so I am glad there were lots of points on this one. 

This was a fun project from beginning to end. I really enjoy paper piecing and had a good time sewing out each unit. I didn't even mind taking the papers off the back.  There is something fun to me about tearing perforated paper.

Make sure to check out my fellow Ambassadors who are also showing off this fabric line today:

Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts

Now for the Giveaway! Island Batik is giving away two fat quarter bundles!

Two fortunate winners will each receive one of the two Fat Quarter bundles, featuring new Island Batik collections highlighted this week – Pin Dot Floral by Kathy Engle or Park Avenue by Claudia Pfeil

To enter for your chance to win one of these these stunning batik bundles, please follow the easy-to-use prompts on Rafflecopter! 

You can also visit the Island Batik blog post to enter if the Rafflecopter is not showing g properly here.

Happy Sewing!


Tuesday, September 19, 2023

McCall's Quilting - Nov/Dec Issue: Cabin Gathering

I am excited to help promote the newest issue of McCall's Quilting Magazine!  The November/December issue is out and when you flip inside you can see one of my quilts!   
Cabin Gathering!

You can get a digital copy here:  McCall's Quilting
Or a hard copy at your favorite fabric store!

In the magazine you can read all about the inspiration behind the design and how to put the quilt together using basic blocks.

The fabrics used in this quilt were provided by Island Batik.  
They are fabrics from their foundations lines. 

You can get these prints all year round!  

I am super excited to be a contributor in this issue!  The whole magazine turned out fantastic and there are lots of fun projects inside so check it out!   There are a couple  I want to make myself!

Happy Sewing!


Tuesday, September 5, 2023

Snails Squared - New Quilt Pattern

I have a new pattern for sale in my Shop! Snails Squared!

Today kicks off the Island Batik September Blog Hop showcasing the new Island Batik fabric lines hitting stores now.  Today's posts by Elita Sharpe (Busy Needle Quilting) and Denise Looney (For the Love of Geese) are all about the Blushing Garden fabric line by Kathy Engle.   

Photo by Jerry Kiev

I created this Snails Squared quilt for the Island Batik Catalog using the same fabric line and thought today would be a great day to show it off to everyone and announce the pattern is now available in my shop!

Click the image below to go to my shop and to get a discount on the pattern during the duration of the blog hop!

The Snails Trail block is the main block in the quilt, but with the unique placement of fabrics and colors, the sashing and cornerstones become the true stars of the quilt with the Snails Trail blocks becoming supporting blocks that create curls flaring off the diamonds.

Instructions are given for traditional piecing, but you can also use specialty rulers if you have them.   I used several of Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design rulers to create most of the blocks.

Finished Quilt Measures approximately 63 x 63.

Be sure to follow along with on the Island Batik blog for weekly giveaways too!

This week they are giving away a Fat Quarter bundle of the complete Island Batik collections – Two winners will receive Chromatic by Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design or Blushing Garden by Kathy Engle!

Click the picture below and scroll down to the end of the blog post to enter.

This giveaway ends on September, 8 at 11:59 pm PST. Two random winners will be notified by email on September, 9 and announced on the Island Batik Facebook page on September, 12.

Happy Sewing!