Daisy Chain Mystery – fabric pull

Are you doing the Daisy Chain Mystery QAL hosted by Alison of Little Bunny Quilts? I’m so excited to join in.

The best part of starting a new quilt – especially a mystery quilt – is to rummage through your stash and pull out the fabric. I had fun pulling out all my large scale prints and finding matching accent and backgrounds.

Alison’s fabric requirements are quite flexible. Head over to her blog for detailed “clues” on how to pick your fabric – scale of prints, contrast, variety, etc. She is making two quilts along with us. Her fabric pull is a good clue as well.

This is my fabric pull. The bright colorful butterfly print is Timeless Treasures Monterrey – Butterfly wings by Chong A Hwang. The mottled fuchsia/magenta is Timeless Treasures Studio-C basics in lipstick (I think). I have an assortment of blues and teals for the coordinating fabrics – most of them are from FQ bundles of Alison Glass Sun print 2018 or Tula Pink True Colors. The background is Kona white.

I wanted to make the twin size but the butterfly fabric is just short of the 1.5 yards needed for twin. Alison has an answer to that too in her blog – She says make a smaller size and then add borders or additional blocks. I may just do that.

Looking forward to a colorful and fun mystery quilt!

See what the other featured bloggers have picked for the QAL:
Christina @ Christina’s Handicrafts
Gail @ Quilting Gail
Gene @ Gene Black
Jessica @ Desert Bloom Quilting
Kate @ Life in Pieces
Michelle @ Creative Blonde
Pamela @ PamelaQuilts
Stephanie @ Quilt’n Party
Vasudha @ Storied Quilts

Island Batik Ambassador – unboxing the goodies

About a month ago I got a Fedex tracking email saying they will deliver a 24 lb box from Island Batik. Then a day later I got my email from Island Batik announcing the 2019 Island Batik ambassadors and I had made the list! It has been almost a month and I still find it hard to believe I was chosen.


Every year Island Batik chooses about 40 or so quilters and designers to promote their fabric. They send us a huge box of fabric. In return, we have to design and make an item every month that fits a theme. There will be two main blog hops – on in August and one in Jan 2020 featuring their new releases. Island Batik partners with Aurifil, Hobbs batting and AccuQuilt for the ambassador program. I did not know this and I was totally floored when I received this 39 lb box from AccuQuilt! Without further adieu, let’s see what’s hidden in the boxes…

Can’t get better than this!
Intrigued by Do Not Throw!
The other box

 

Here’s everything out of the box and posing for a picture.
This is a strip set of Soul Song (released fall/winter 2018 and available in the stores now) along with 2 yards each of a dark and light from the line.  You will see at least one or two project this year using these bright fabric.
Each of these rolls have 5 five inch wide cuts of color. I got lots of turquoise/blue, gold/yellow, and some nice purples.
3 yards each of solid white, grey and black. These are batik solids – same material as batik prints but dyed a solid color. The black especially is quite impressive – it’s a very saturated black which is hard to come by. Also hiding behind the grey is a ivory/cream batik blender called Milk Shake.
Half yard cuts of various colors from batik Foundations.
Surprise fabric – These wrapped packages contain new fabric lines to be released in Spring/Summer of 2019. I am not allowed to show this now but there will be blog hop in August featuring new fabric released for Spring/Summer 2019. I have peeked into this after I took this picture and all I can say is Wow!
2 Yards of beautiful pink batik rayon fabric and a batik rayon scarf in the most beautiful dark fuchsia. I don’t sew apparel and may be it’s time for me to learn to make a skirt or a top with the rayon.
So many goodies from Hobbs! Three queen-size batting rolls, one silk blend that I haven’t tried before, and a Thermore batting that I’m eager to try on a table topper. Hobbs had been my preferred batting for years, and I’m certain these will be used up very quickly.
A complete Ready. Set. Go! system from AccuQuilt! I had never considered using a cutting system but within minutes of trying it out, I’m hooked!
The Qube includes many convenient sizes – 4″ HST, 2″ HST, 2.5″ squares, etc. I put my small scraps through it and I now have a bin full of HSTs and squares for my next scrap project.
Look at that! A 2 1/2″ strip cutter. I put my larger scraps through this and I not have a bin full of 2.5″ strips
5 spools of Aurifil thread. There are two 50-wt, one 12-wt and two that say “floss”. I need to figure out how to use them all.

Please visit the Island Batiks Blog for info on the ambassador program and all the 2019 Ambassadors. Stay tuned for our February challenge!

Here’s a list of all the 2019 Ambassadors:

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen

Gene Black ~ Gene Black

Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts

Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River

Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts

Tina Dillard ~ Quilting Affection Designs

Becca Fenstermaker ~ Pretty Piney

Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon

Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts

Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts

Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II

Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts

Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts

Carla Henton ~ Creatin’ in the Sticks

Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting

Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter

Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter

Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff

Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke

Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights

Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke

Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog

Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing

Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs

Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created

Lisa Nielsen ~ Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam

Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk

Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts

Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail

Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting

Anita Skjellanger ~ Quilt in a not-Shell

Laticia “Tish” Stemple ~ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland

Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter

Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations

Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts

Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts

Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts

Suzy Webster ~ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

(Debora) Anne Wiens ~ Seams like a Plan

Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter

Janet Yamamoto ~  Whispers of Yore

Black & White & Burnt Orange – B&W blog hop

Today is my turn in the Black & White blog-hop hosted by Carla of Creatin In The Sticks. Thank you, Carla, for including me in the blog hop.

I started this quilt with a scrappy B&W lone star center back in the summer of 2017. I planned on making it into a wall hanging, so I quilted it with straight lines in the star and free-motion swirls and feathers in the background space.

Later, I decided to make it into a quilt for a young man by name Anirudh. We’ve known Anirudh since he was a baby. He and my son, Anshul ,were buddies from preschool. Anirudh graduated from the University of Texas, Austin recently. Burnt orange is their color.

I played around with different layouts and decided to just do rectangles using several black, white and grey fabric. I had some very interesting B, W, G fabric including one with chess pieces, several with music notes and one from Zen Chic called Modern backgrounds, which had geometry figures and equation. Anirudh graduated with an engineering degree, and he played chess and the viola in middle school and high school. Going with the burnt orange theme, I used orange/rust solids and prints as sashing between the rectangles.

Since I had already quilted the center star, I quilted the top and bottom rectangle panels, as well as two solid white panels for either sides of the star separately. I used a variety of free-motion designs, sometimes just followed the motifs in the B&W prints.

The backing is a dark grey – the quilting shows better in the back than the front. Since I quilted each section separately, I put them together using a quilt-as-you-go (QAYG) technique. The orange sashing in the back makes the back very interesting.

Be sure to visit all the other bloggers in the blog hop. Go back to Clara’s blog – Creatin In the Sticks for a giveaway.

Black & White Blog Hop Schedule
Monday, Jan 21st
Just Let Me Quilt
Needled Mom
Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats
Life in Scrapatch
QuiltFabrication
Scrapdash
Bumbleberry Stitches
keepsake moments
Vroomans Quilts

Tuesday, Jan 22nd
MooseStash Quilting
SewFreshQuilts
Elizabeth Coughlin Designs
Quilts by Joanne
PamelaQuilts
That Fabric Feeling
Songbird Designs
Two Maker Chicks

Wednesday, Jan 23rd
Selina Quilts
Beaquilter
Quilt in a not-Shell
Patchwork Breeze
Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Kathleen McMusing
Cynthia’s Creating Ark
Everyone Deserves a Quilt
Homespun Hannah’s Blog

Thursday Jan 24th
Quiltscapes
Seams to be Sew
Storied Quilts – Me!
Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Ms P Designs USA
Den syende himmel
Melva Loves Scraps
The Joyful Quilter
Creatin’ in the Sticks

Also linking to all the weekly linky parties.
Needle & Thread Thursday @ MyQuiltInfatuation
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilt
Whoop Whoop Fridays @ confessions of a fabric addict
TGIFF @ Alycia quilts
Friday Foto Fun @ Powered By Quilting
Linky Tuesday @ Free motion by the river

Mini quilts – new and old

First things first – I was accepted as an Island Batik Ambassador for 2019! I received a whole bunch of goodies from Island Batik that I will blog about next month. There are many projects and activities planned using Island Batik fabric and products from their affiliates. Over the moon and the stars!

Burrowing Out

Recently, Curated Quilts put out a call for mini quilts for their next issue. The theme was curves and the color palette included some greens, teal, burgundy and fuchsia. This was my entry. It was not picked for publication but I’m glad I made this and submitted it. Click on the link above and see the incredibly awesome submissions. I’m not surprised at all that mine was not chosen. The picture above was taken indoors near a large window on a bright morning. The subtle shadows makes it look 3D.

This was my first ever curve piecing project and I decided to go improv! I dug through my stash and found a number of prints by Amy Butler, Alison Glass and Tula Pink that more or less fit the color scheme. Next, I layered two fabrics right sides up and cut a gentle curve free hand with a rotary cutter. With out pinning or glueing, I pieced them with a quarter inch seam – just go slow, stop every inch or so to re-position the fabric and use a short stitch length.

Then I repeated the gentle curves again layering with a white fabric. Picked white and print for alternate columns. I had to re-cut some curves to make it work and to fit within the size limit of 16″ square.

I initially wanted to make a rather complicated curved maze, but given the size limit and the size of my columns, I realized it would have to be very simple. At various points in the print columns, I removed a print fabric and replaced it with a piece of white of the same size and shape. It’s a good thing this is all improv and I didn’t have to match any points. I then pieced the curves and trimmed to 16″ X 16″.

Burrowing Out – Picture taken on a cloudy day outdoors.

I used two layers of wool batting to give it a lot of body. I first quilted along the boundary of the printed area to clearly define the hills (print) and valleys (white). Then, I quilted the white areas heavily to create the difference in texture. After a good bit of quilting, I trimmed again and sewed the binding.

The fuchsia “path” through the maze is a bias binding. I used a quarter inch wide fusible strip (Steam-a-seam) to attach first and them sewed it in using a applique stitch. I call it Burrowing out. When it was all done, it looked like an earthworm burrowing its way in the dirt. I was imagining a great labyrinth that could contain Minotaur but the earthworm won out in the end!

Triangle Reflection

While I am on the topic of mini quilts, I wanted to show a few I made from my pre-blogging days. I made this triangle mini several years – probably 2010 or maybe earlier. The triangles are just appliqued. My son, Vedul, loves this and has it on the wall in his room.

Lightning was made more recently. The yellow bias binding is appliqued to a black fat quarter. I made this to practice FMQ before I started quilting my dad’s quilt – Magic Triangles.

Match the Following

Match was a DREAMi (Drop Eveything And Make It!) from last year. I need to improve upon this pattern and write a tutorial someday …….

Also, this month I will be part of the Black & White Blog Hop organized by Carla of Creatin’ in the Sticks. The Blog hop runs Jan 21st-24th. Please come back to visit. This is a sneak peek of my finished quilt I will be sharing for the blog hop.The Blog hop runs Jan 21st-24th. Please come back to visit. This is a sneak peek of my finished quilt I will be sharing for the blog hop.


Linking to all my favorite Linky parties this week:
Main Crush Monday @ CookingUpQuilts
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion By The River
Let’s Bee Social @ Sew Fresh Quilts
Midweek Makers @ Quilt Fabrication
Needle & Thread Thursday
Finished or not Friday @ BusyHands Quilts
Whoop Whoop @Confessions of a fabric addict
TGIFF hosted by Kathy’s Kwilts