Its Island Batik challenge time again, and this month is all about trying a new technique! I went for Needle Turn Applique, its something I have wanted to try for a while, just never got round to it. I went super simple with the design as I was a little afraid but it wasn’t so bad! Infact it was super fun! ( a great little TV watching project 🙂 I definitely want to have another go with a bit more of a complex design.
I began by drawing my shapes onto the fabric and cutting them out making sure to add 1/4″ seam allowance all the way around. I placed them onto the background fabric and matched up my threads as closely to the fabric as I could and stitched them into place, I used Aurifil : 50Wt: 1231,1148, 2437 and 28Wt: 2568.
I decided to try another new to me thing, and put my design into a hoop so it can be hung on the wall, I made a quilt sandwich by basting the top, batting and backing together, I used Hobbs Heirloom 100% Cotton batting, its not so noticeable on a small project but used in a bigger size quilt, this batting has such a lovely drape to it and its super soft.
I searched my 12Wt thread collection for a colour to match the background fabric for the quilting part, but its seems I’m not a fan of blue (I must fix that!) and all I could find was this light blue embroidery floss so I used that to stitch little crosses all over, it worked just fine.
The fabrics I used for this project:
Berry Vine – French Blue
Neutrals – Custard
Basics – Pistachio (my favourite)
Bubbles – Raspberry
Bubbles – Carnation
Basics – Chameleon
a strip from the stash builder rolls
Its been another super fun make and yay! for trying a new technique, this one is off to live with my mom and dad adding to their ever growing handmade collection. Thankyou so much Island Batik, Hobbs batting and Aurifil for these awesome challenges, I’m looking forward to July!
Ok Guys, I’m going to be saying Rainbow a lot in this blog post!
Welcome to my Stop on the Good Vibes Only Blog Tour! Good Vibes only is the newest fabric collection by Shayla Wolf for Windham Fabrics and it is the perfect rainbow! There are 32 prints in total and they are all beautiful and the blend of colours….. just perfection! Its such a fun line! They are available for Pre-order now and will be in shops very soon!
When I first received this bundle of fabric, I had no idea I was going to get the whole collection and it was packaged so pretty! so the ribbon stayed on for at least a week before I could pull myself together and undo it.
But when I did and arranged them into rainbow order….. Wowee this really is the perfect rainbow! I wanted to use as many of the fabrics from the collection as possible because they are all so amazing so I decided to sew up my Believe Unicorn pattern, If you wanted to have a go at this pattern too, you can find it here. It has the option to sew a rainbow background and the low volumes in this collection are just perfect for the unicorn itself. I added a border to the bottom of the pattern and turned it into a banner and here it is finished.
I love the little “Hello’s” and inspirational words jotted about these fabrics, they are so perfect for fussy cutting, even the selvedge is awesome! so I added that to my unicorns fringe and popped a little hello in her ear.
A Fat quarter bundle really does go along way! I had enough fabric left to make a matching tote bag and a pretty big one at that, it measures 20″W, 17″ H, 4.75″ D. The rainbow back mixed with the low volume prints look super cute and I can just flip it round and still have a cool looking bag! I constructed the bag in the same way you would a cube so I was able to add texture by quilting each panel differently, I’m really pleased with how it turned out and ill be totally rocking this bag this summer!
Its been an absolute pleasure working with these fabrics! I’ve had the best of fun, they really do give you Good Vibes! Thankyou so much Shayla and the team for having me join in the fun. I’ve loved every minute.
Check out the Good Vibes Only Look Book Here and Shayla’s other social media outlets for lots of awesome quilty inspiration and all the info about this new collection.
Must incorporate one of the characteristics of modern quilts as defined by the Modern Quilt Guild (the use of bold colours and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid colour, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, alternate grid work)
For this challenge I decided to go back to my favourite technique, Foundation Paper Piecing. I designed this simple block with the intention of just using 2 colours. I have wanted to make a black and white quilt for the longest time and thought this was my perfect opportunity.
I printed out 39 of the templates and 3 squares all measuring 7.5″ each. Once all the blocks were complete, I laid them out in the order I wanted them, flipping each square to make them look uneven then sewed them together in 7 rows of 6.
For this quilt, I used the 3 solid prints we received in our first box, Black, White and Grey, the black and white for the front of the quilt and the grey for the backing. I also added a little bit of Bubble Carnation from the SS19 Petal Pushers collection to add a little extra colour. I Used Hobbs Hierloom 80/20 bleached Batting , This is my favourite for lighter coloured quilts, it helps so much to keep that crisp white colour and its also lovely to quilt with.
I had quite a few scraps left over, as I always do with Foundation paper Piecing so I made a super fun improv cushion cover to go with my new black and white quilt.
I used Gutermann Cotton Thread for both projects, piecing and quilting. for the quilt I did matchstick quilting, I love the texture it gives and I think it looks great with a modern design.
This Challenge has been super fun, and definitely more into my comfort zone, especially improv piecing, its so nice to not follow a pattern sometimes and the end result is always one of kind.
Thankyou so much for reading guys, next month I will be trying something new!
For this challenge I wanted to use the FW18 Icicle collection I received in my box, I don’t often sew with a full collection, I normally just pull random fabrics from my stash that I think will go nicely together so it was a real treat to use these fabrics. As the main colour in this collection is blue, a boys baby quilt was a must make for me and I decided on a robot.
So, the main requirement for this challenge was to use the Accuquilt Go die cutting machine. My strips were already pre-cut to 2.5″ wide so I used the strip die to cut them into squares. I lay the strips across the width of the die making sure to align the straight edges, this was super easy to do as the die has clear marking on to cut a variety of shapes including 60 and 40 degree angles, I also used the 2.5″ square die to cut a few squares in custard and pistachio.
My quilt used a total of 480 squares and the Accuquilt Go made it so easy and quick to do!
Instead of adding the robots arms and legs into the pieced design, I decided to add those separately to make the quilt a little interactive. I cut strips of grey fabric 3″ wide for the arms and legs and used the 4″ die to cut the hands and feet using Pine Leaf – Chambray Icicle.
I added some applique to the face and used a blanket stitch to secure the pieces to the fabric, I used Hobbs Batting 80/20 and quilted straight lines in a cross hatch design using my walking foot.
I used Prym Consumer Love Colour snaps to attach the arms and legs to the quilt, so they can be removed should I decide to make extra sets to change the look of the quilt.
The finished size of my quilt is 39″ X 46″ It was super fun to make and i really enjoyed using the Accuquilt Go, it cuts squares in half the time and they are always perfect too!
Thanks so much for reading guys! Until next time….
Its Island Batik challenge time and March is “Vintage Reimagined”.
Vintage quilts inspiring new creations
36″ x 36″ or larger
As soon as I read the brief for this challenge my mind wondered straight to my favourite vintage quilts of all time and they are the Harriet Powers Bible and Pictorial quilts, both quilts are stunning! and if you haven’t seen them I definitely recommend you give them a search! I hope to one day see them in real life at their home in Boston.
I love that you can instantly tell these quilts are handmade, they have such a wonderful charm about them and I love the idea of a quilt telling a story, so with this as my inspiration I decided to tell my own story of all the things I love……
This first block is my family, my Dad, my Mum, my older brother, myself and my younger brother.
Block number 2 is animals, I love all animals but pigs especially and I also couldn’t resist popping my pet chihuahua in this block too.
Block 3 is my love for sewing! I’m not sure what I would do without my sewing now, its my calm and my escape. I added a spool of my favourite thread, Aurifil and scissors because without sounding like a crazy person, I love them and I have quite the collection growing.
Block 4 is my sons music, he is studying music at college at the moment, his instrument is piano, I love listening to him play and I am so proud of him xx
Block 5 is about our wedding day, me and my husband got married in Cuba in 2014, its such a beautiful place and we cant wait to go back. The aeroplane in this block not only represents the flights there and back but also a charm my husband gave me just before we boarded the plane.
Block 6 is flowers, another firm favourite of mine.
I had to add a unicorn into this quilt! anyone that knows me, knows I love unicorns. We have so many of them about the house.
Block 8 is my favourite quote in short, the actual quote reads…”Some people feel the rain, others just get wet” I’m forever referencing this quote (especially living in the UK) and I like to think I feel the rain too.
Block 9 represents all the love in my life.
Block 10 is another family block, my husband, myself, our son and our pet dog.
The final block is J for me, I love anything personalised so had to add that it there too.
The finished size of my quilt is 30″ x 44″
For this project I used:
Custard from the neutrals range for the background, backing and binding
a selection of the 5″ x WOF strips for all the applique and inner borders
This quilt has been a true labour of love, the quilting alone took almost 4 spools of thread and 30+ hours to complete. It’s a very personal quilt, it takes me back to lovely memories every time I look it. It’s definitely going to be cherished and I think I need to find a spot on one of our walls for it in our home.
And just think…. All these quilts we are making now, will one day be vintage too! x
Thankyou so much for reading guys! Until next time….
Its the first Island Batik challenge of the year! And February’s challenge is Magnificent mini’s.
Must be 24″ x 24″ or smaller
I knew I wanted to do foundation paper piecing for this project, as its my favourite technique, and having already gone through my box of fabrics (like 5 times!) I had the perfect combo in mind for my “oh Deer” pattern that was commissioned with Mollie Makes last year.
The fabrics I used: Pistachio and Lagoon from the basics range, Custard from the neutrals range and 2 of the 5″ strips from the stash builder rolls we received.
For the batting, I used Hobbs Thermore and basted the layers together with 505 temporary spray adhesive, and I have to give my gorgeous new pink cutting mat from Prym Consumer a mention because…well… its pink?! 😉
I pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50 weight 2024 and added some small details with Auriful Floss 6722.
and finally I added 2 hanging loops and a stick from the great outdoors to finish.
The size of my mini is 16″ x 17.5″, I used my 10″ x 11″ pattern templates and added 3″ borders to the sides and top, a 5″ border to the bottom and cut out triangles from each bottom corner to create the banner shape. Its been so fun to make and I absolutely love the texture that the batik fabrics have given to my finished quilt! I especially love Pistachio! it’s such a beautiful bright green with little hints of blue running through it.
Thankyou so much for reading guys! Next up is March’s challenge which I’ve already made a start on, and I cant wait to share it with you!
Hey Guys, I’m super excited to be an Island Batik ambassador this year!! Box number 1 has arrived and here’s what I got…….
8 half yard cuts of SS19 petal pushers collection
Basics – Pistachio
Bubbles – Carnation
Bubbles – Raspberry
Dandelion – Plum
Basics – Aubergine
Basics – Lagoon
Basics – Chameleon
Small pointed floral – Turquoise
2 yard cuts of the FW18 Icicle collection:
Berry Vine – French Blue
Pine Leaf – Chambray Icicle
1 pack of 40 coordinating 2.5″ strips
These Beautiful Rayons
3 yards of each of these solid colours, Black, Grey and white and 5 yards of this Neutral named custard.
2 packs of these 5″ WOF strips, these will come in super handy!
A selection of Hobbs batting:
Heirloom Cotton – 45″ x 60″ and 90″ x 108″
Heirloom 80/20 black – 90″ x 108″
Heirloom 80/20 bleached – 90″ x 108″
Tuscany Collection silk blend – 60″ x 60″
Thermore – 54″ x 45″
There’s a couple of newbies in this selection that I haven’t tried yet, so I’m really looking forward to using them especially that silk blend.
This Accuquilt “Ready, Set, Go” ultimate cutting system
This machine comes with it own little dust bag! also inside the box was the 8″ go cube, with a bunch of different sized dies, a 2.5″ strip cutter die and a pattern book. This machine literally cuts the perfect square/half square triangle and I cant wait to play with this some more!
5 spools of Aurifil thread
3 spools of 50 weight
1 spool of 28 weight
1 spool of aurifloss
and finally 2 surprise packages that I cant share with you just yet! but I’ve had a little nosey and I can tell you they are Yum!!!
Thankyou so much to Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, Accuquilt and Aurifil for being so generous! the program for this year looks amazing! Each month we get set a different project to produce a different item using the amazing threads, batting and fabrics so kindly provided. What I really like is, with each project, I’m allowed to apply my own personal touch and ill get to sew things I wouldn’t normally sew. Its going to be a fun year!
I Hope you will follow me on this new crafty journey of mine. I will be sharing my makes here and on Instagram and be sure to follow the #islandbatikambassador hashtag to see all the other ambassador’s makes too.