Island Batik July Challenge

The items used in this post were given to me by Island batik.

Its Island Batik time, and July’s challenge is Artsy Fartsy with Auriful thread.

The Brief:

  • Use any fabric art/non traditional quilting/sewing/thread painting technique using 3 Aurifil thread weights.
  • Any size

For this challenge, I didn’t really have a plan and just went with the flow. I started by piecing the background in a log cabin kind of way, adding pieces of fabric as I went, this was great as I got to use up some of my scraps from previous projects. For this part I used a white Aurifil 50wt thread in colour 2024.

I used one of my favourite battings by Hobbs, the 100% Cotton and quilted straight lines in a cross hatch design using a deep purple 28wt Aurifil thread in colour 2568, Not only is this my first time using 28wt but its also my first time using a thicker weight thread in my sewing machine, I used the same 50wt white thread in the bobbin that I used in the previous step and a 90/14 needle. It worked a treat!

I then cut strips of fabric around 1″ wide and sewed them down randomly for form another kind of grid pattern, I stitched these down along the centre of each strip using a 12wt pink Aurifil thread in colour 2479 again using my sewing machine with the 50wt in my bobbin. I love 12wt thread, its definitely my favourite to use.

To finish the front I added some hand stitches in a bright orange 12wt Aurifil thread in colour 1104. This colour is so vibrant, I love it!

The fabrics I used:

  • Custard from the basics collection
  • Grey from the solids collection
  • Plum from the dandelion collection
  • Aubergine from the basics collection
  • Raspberry from the bubbles collection
  • Carnation from the bubbles collection
  • Chameleon from the basics collection
  • For the backing I used French Blue from the Berry Vine collection
  • For the binding I used Chambray icicles from the pine leaf collection

I used my favourite binding technique by Victoria Gertenbach, its called the Non-binding binding technique and you can find the tutorial here. You cant see it at all from the front and gives a lovely border to back.

my quilt finishes at 29″ x 22″

Its been another super fun challenge! thankyou so much Island Batik, Aurifil thread and Hobbs Batting.

Thanks for reading guys, next month ill be sharing that surprise bundle with you I received in Box number 1

Until next time

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo x

Prym Love Pink!

The items in this post were given to me by Prym Consumer apart from the Magnetic Arm Pin Cushion which I purchased with my own money.

I first locked my eyes on this new colour collection from Prym Consumer whilst I was at the H+H Cologne back in March and fell in love straight away! A few of these tools already exist in other colour ways but some are brand new and very exciting indeed!

Im starting off with the one I am most excited about and brand new! This Magnetic Arm Pin Cushion! It has a slap snap closure made from silicone so will fit any sized wrist. It has a decent sized stainless steel magnetic plate measuring 4cm x 5.5cm so you can get a good few pins on there. Its a great one to have whilst your at the your machine taking your pins out of your work as you go, I don’t know about you but I am forever leaving my pin cushion on the floor, on the cutting table, by the iron, basically anywhere but next to my sewing machine and then I have nowhere to put my pins so this will come in super handy!

The next tool I am also very excited about is this little bird Needle Threader. You place the needle onto her beak so the metal beak goes through the eye of the needle, there is a little hook at the end of the beak for your thread to catch on, once that’s done, pull the needle off of the beak and wah – lah your needle is threaded! I love the design of this one, its so adorable, and so simple to use too, I’m starting to do a lot more hand sewing nowadays so its definitely a must have tool for me and I will get lots of use from it.

If your a fan of butterflies, Prym has you covered with these new Flat Head Pins, not only are these great for keeping your layers in check but they also make super cute photo props too! These come in a pack of 50 with 2 different designs and 3 colours.

Prym also do Binding clips, these are the larger sized ones and come in really handy when your working with really thick layers!

Another must have tool for me is a tape measure! I use a tape measure every day, I’m always measuring stuff to make sure this bit will fit that bit and I mean pink polka dot! can you get any cuter!?. This tape measure also comes in blue polka dot and both are available in either 150cm, 150cm/60″ or 300cm/120″.

Next up and continuing on with the polka dot theme is this marking pencil, this pencil is white, a good one to use with darker coloured fabrics, I use mine for marking quilting lines and this one disappears with water.

One of my all time favourite Prym tools are these Vario Pliers, I cannot rate these enough! They are great for bag making. They can be used with snaps which come in an array of colours and designs including hearts and stars, I also use these for eyelets and they can be used with eyelets upto 8mm in size. they are so easy to use, you don’t have to use much pressure to secure each piece to the fabric and they are so much better than using a hammer, a really great tool that I highly recommend! and now they come in Pink! Yay!

The final tool in this post is this corner and edge shaper, it’s not only another great one for bag making, but cushion making too, in fact anything that needs a corner poking out, there will be no more accidently piercing holes with your scissors and you can put those chop sticks back in the kitchen drawer, this handy little gadget will do the job for you.

So, if your a fan of anything pink (like me) then you will absolutely love this new collection. These tools are great quality anyway and having them in pink is just the icing on the cake!

If you are based in the UK, you can pick up a great selection of Prym tools from the following retailers:

And to see all the tools available, head over to the Prym Consumer website here.

Thankyou so much for reading guys!

Until next time

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo x

Island Batik June Challenge

The items used in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

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!

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo xx

Good Vibes Only Blog Tour

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.


And do also check out the other participants in this blog tour, there has been lots of gorgeous makes already and there is still more to come!


Monday, June 3rd: Shayla Wolf | Sassafras Lane Designs

Tuesday, June 4th: Emily Dennis | Quilty Love

Wednesday, June 5th: Nichole Vogelsinger | Wild Boho

Thursday, June 6th: Irene Sytema | Sugaridoo

Friday, June 7th: Sylvia Schaefer | Flying Parrot Quilts

Saturday, June 8th: Robin Long | Robin Ruth Design

Sunday, June 9th: Jessica VanDenburgh | Sew Many Creations

Monday, June 10th: Nicole Young | Lillyella

Tuesday, June 11th: Sherry Shish | Powered by Quilting

Wednesday, June 12th: Tara Curtis | Wefty Needle

Thursday, June 13th: Jo Westfoot | The Crafty Nomad

Friday, June 14th: Janet Nesbitt | One Sister Designs

Saturday, June 15th: Natalie Barnes | Beyond the Reef

Sunday, June 16th: Elisabeth Hardy | Elisabew Quilts

Monday, June 17th: Sarah Sharp | No Hats in the House

Tuesday, June 18th: Joanne Hart | Unicorn Harts

Wednesday, June 19th: Elise Baek | Elise & Emelie

Thursday, June 20th: Kaitlyn Howell | Knot and Thread Design

Friday, June 21st: Nicole Daksiewicz | Modern Handcraft

Saturday, June 22nd: Sarah Thomas | Sariditty

Sunday, June 23rd: Shayla Wolf | Recap

And finally, something very exciting……. for your chance to win a small fat quarter bundle from this collection, head over to my Instagram page here to enter xx

Thankyou so much for reading guys!

Until next time

Happy sewing! xx

Jo x

PS I said rainbow 6 times, that’s not so bad :0xx

Island Batik May Challenge

the items used in this post were given to me by Island Batik

Its Island Batik challenge time and May is ” Make it Modern” with Hobbs Batting

The brief:

  • Crib size or larger
  • Any fabrics
  • 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!

Happy Sewing!

Jo xx

Island Batik April Challenge

The items used in this post were given to me by Island Batik and Accuquilt

Its Island Batik challenge time and April is “Accuquilt Ready. Set. Go! Challenge Baby Quilt”

The Brief:

  • baby quilt using Accuquilt dies
  • 40″ x 48″

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….

Happy Sewing

Jo xx

Island Batik March Challenge

all the items used in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

Its Island Batik challenge time and March is “Vintage Reimagined”.

The Brief:

  • Vintage quilts inspiring new creations
  • 36″ x 36″ or larger
  • Any technique

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
  • Solid white for the outer borders

I used Thermoweb Heat n bond Lite to fuse all the applique pieces down, and a blanket stitch on my sewing machine to secure each piece to the fabric. I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 bleached batting and quilted with Aurifil 12wt, colour 2024.

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….

Happy Sewing!

Jo x

Island Batik Ambassador February Challenge

Its the first Island Batik challenge of the year! And February’s challenge is Magnificent mini’s.

  • The brief:
  • Must be 24″ x 24″ or smaller
  • Any technique
  • Any Fabric

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!

Happy Sewing!!

Jo xx

Island Batik Ambassador 2019 Box 1

“The items in this post were given to me by Island Batik and Accuquilt”

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.

Jo xxxx