Friday, October 5, 2018

Needle Paper Scissors Island Batik October Challenge

I AM NOT A FAN OF PAPER PIECING
I know it looks cool when you are done but let me vent for a minute.
 1. I can never get the pieces the right size and I either have to take it out or waste a lot.
 2. I feel like it is such a waste of time to have to pull the papers off.
 3. When pulling the papers off it leaves little pieces that cant be removed.
 4. There is also the problem of the seam coming undone with the paper.
With that being said the finished product does look good. In order to minimize the agony, I made a mug rug using Karen Neary's pattern Winter Star Mug Mat.


I have been wanting to spruce up this tree in my front yard. My husband was kind enough to bring me some blocks home. I was thinking he was bringing me the small 12 inch blocks but he brought the 16 inch blocks which made a nice ring but they were heavier than this old women could hardly handle and to top that off I was one block short. What is that saying? "One block short of a full deck" Oh wait that is one card short.

Have a great evening/weekend.
Jeanette

Saturday, September 29, 2018

Starstruck Challenge for Island Batik

                                                This month the Island Batik Challenge is Stars.


I have been wanting to do a Carpenters Star and so I picked a layer cake called Lavendula and cut a stack of 10 inch squares of white. There are lots of free patterns on the internet. There is one on Moda bakeshop and a tutorial on Missouri Star Quilt site. It was an easy and fun quilt to do and I love how it turned out. I even tried a new free motion all over quilt design that was suppose to look like ribbons which doesn't look to much different that the swirls that I seem to use a lot. Oh well practice makes perfect right?

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Great Outdoors Giveaway Winner

Barefoot Thunder 

The last person to comment on my blog post is the winner today of  5 lovely rolls of stash builders complements of Island Batik (the Great Outdoors Blog Hop giveaway). They have supplied the fabric for the project and the giveaway. I love their fabrics and I am sure Barefoot Thunder will also.











I am onto my next project. So check back later, I will post it when I am done. Actually I have 2 projects for this month both star projects. I do love stars and if you love them also, you should check out all the Ambassador pages to see lots of lovely projects.


Thursday, August 23, 2018

Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop and Giveaway




Welcome to my blog.


I had the pleasure of working with Island Batiks Dragonfly Dreams II and I used the pattern Delectable Mountains for this blog hop and I am so excited at how it turned out. I started with 40 ten inch squares of background and 40 of the main fabric. There was 2 of each color which worked out great, giving me enough half square triangles to make one large block. A background and a color square were marked from corner to corner and sewn 1/4 inch on either side of the line. Then cut on the line. Iron open and square them up 9 1/2 inches. One pile is the left cut and one pile is the right cut. It is important to keep them separate. Cut the square into 2 3/8 inch strips. Then trade the two outer strips with each other, then trade the two inside strips. Sew the strips together to make one quadrant of the final block. Sew 4 quadrants together and then layout in rows. It is five across and four down. Not quite a square.

If you want to watch a tutorial on this pattern, Missouri Star Quilt Company has one called Grand Adventures.



 I tried different layouts and decided to use all of one color for my blocks because there was such a wide variety of colors. I just couldn't find a random layout that was pleasing to the eye. One of my daughters said that it made her eyes hurt and she voted for the final layout. The quilt finished at 83 x94. I backed it with the a light grey with dragonfly's in white.




I will be giving away a package of 5 stash builders. That is 2.8 yards of sewing goodness. So be sure to enter by leaving a comment below on what project you might want to use the stash builders for. Also check the links below and see what the other ambassadors have made and enter their giveaways. Island Batik is also giving away a great prize so be sure to check out their blog and enter the raftorcopter. I will choose a winner at the end of the hop.

Blog Schedule with LINKS!

Monday, August 6 - All A Flutter - Yellow Cat Quilt Designs, Creative Blonde
Tuesday, August 7 - Birds N’ Bees - Ark Angel Creations, Patterns By Jen
Wednesday, August 8 - Canterbury Manor - Sally Manke, Powered By Quilting
Thursday, August 9 - Eclectic Garden - Desert Bloom Quilting, Sew Karen-ly Created
Friday, August 10 - Vintage Morris - MooseStash Quilting, Devoted Quilter
Monday, August 13 - Safari - Sew Incredibly Crazy, SweetGrass Designs
Tuesday, August 14 - Spring Blossoms - Mary Mack Made Mine, If These Threads Could Talk
Wednesday, August 15 - Victoria and Albert - Bejeweled Quilts, Clever Chameleon
Thursday, August 16 - Wild Things - Freemotion By The River, Kauffman Designs
Friday, August 17 - Petting Zoo - Den Syende Himmel, Sarah Goer Quilts
Monday, August 20 - Ocean Odyssey - Gateway Quilts, The Quilt Rambler
Tuesday, August 21 - British Rose - Busy Hands Quilts, Mania for Quilts
Wednesday, August 22 - Dear William - The Inquiring Quilter, mmm! Quilts, Living Water Quilter
Thursday, August 23 - Dragonfly Dreams - Inchworm Fabrics, BeaQuilter
Friday, August 24 - Fur-ocious Friends - Quilting Affection Designs, Dizzy Quilter
Monday, August 27 - Globetrotter - Pamela Quilts, Curliecue Creations
Tuesday, August 28 - Jungle Cruise - Vicki's Crafts and Quilting, Little Bunny Quilts
Wednesday, August 29 - Lavendula - Carole Lyles Shaw, Masterpiece Quilting
Thursday, August 30 - London Calling - Quilt in a Not-Shell, Lizard Creek Quilting
Friday, August 31 - Spirit Rhythm - Steph Jacobson, Whispers of Yore
Monday, September 3 - Sweet Tweets - Kathleen McMusing, Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Tuesday, September 4 - Whatnot - heARTS Creations, Slice of Pi Quilts

 Thanks for stopping by. Have a great time hopping.