Alphabet soup? This post is about TBT, OMG, QAL, and BOM – appropriately called alphabet soup.
TBT stands for Throwback Thursday that Sandra Walker of mmm! Quilts hosts the first Thursday of every month. Quoted from Sandra’s post, it is “where we pull out, photograph, and tell the stories of quilts or quilted projects we’ve made before our blogging life! “.
My TBT this month is a New York beauty wall quilt I made in 2009 for a friend’s 40th birthday. I drafted this simplest version of NY beauty on paper, scanned and made as many copies as needed. The middle curve with triangles is paper pieced. At that time I didn’t do curved piecing – or I might’ve tried and given up . I cut the two outer pieces – the concave and convex quarter circles – a lot bigger than needed, glued the paper-pieced unit to them, and stitched on top like applique. I used a number of reds, oranges and yellows from my stash. Some are batik, others are prints and some are tone-on-tone blenders. The quilting is quite minimal – this was before I started free-motion quilting.
Have you seen these two gorgeous quilts – the first by Cheryl Brickey of Meadow Mist Designs and the second by Paige Alexander of Quilted Blooms? Cheryl and Paige are hosting a Quilt-along (QAL) called Modern Plus Sampler using blocks/patterns from their book. I started my quilt a few months ago but somewhere along the line fell off the tracks. My One Monthly Goal (OMG) for March is to finish the quilt top in time (March 28th) for the parade of quilts for this sampler. OMG is a challenge hosted every month by Patty of Elm Street Quilts.
This is my first challenge as an Island Batik Ambassador. The February challenge is Magnificent minis. Our challenge was to make a mini quilt smaller than 24″ X 24″. Fabric used in this project was provided by Island Batik and the batting was provided by Hobbs Batting as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program.
I made not one but two minis for this challenge. My first is a design I had stashed in my sketch book for a while. I am always intrigued by equilateral triangles and hexagons and how well they play together. This is a design that starts with several small half-hexagons. Three half-hexagons make an equilateral triangle. Three triangles make a half hexagon, three of which make a triangle again and so on.
The red and oranges for this mini comes from a “Soul Song” strip set I received from Island Batik and a few others from the stash builder rolls.
The problem with joining half-hexagons to make a triangle is the dreaded Y-seams. A short photo tutorial on Y-seams is at the end of this post.
I quilted using read, orange and yellow threads, though the different colors don’t really show after quilting. A dark red binding would have been better but I wanted to save the rest of the reds from Soul Song for my March project. I used a nice purple for the binding instead. The quilt finishes at about 22″ square.
As I was putting the finishing touches on this mini, the other ambassadors started posting their projects for February and they were all just stunning. I go the feeling that this may be inadequate and started another mini.
For my next mini, I used my tutorial for Spiral Nova, scaling everything down so that the finished size is about 20″. The strips are 1.5″ wide, finishing at 1″. When I wrote the tutorial, I didn’t expect to make anything smaller than 40″. After this project, I went back and added a row for this size in the tutorial.
I started with 8 strip sets. Some are repeated. I wanted to try using strips with relatively low contrast. Most of the blues for this came from the stash builder bundles from Island batik.
After making the spiral nova, I added a 2″ border all around to make sure I din’t cut off the points when I trim and bind. I quilted a tight spiral all around – looks almost like concentric circles. Once done, I used a large compass (the kind used by carpenters) to draw a perfect circle about an inch away from the star points. I had to use a bias binding around the circle.
I used the Hobbs Thermore batting for this mini. Thermore is designed for quilted clothing, table runners, placements, etc. that need to lay flat. It is very thin. After quilting, the piece was unbelievably flat – no warping or curving at the edges. I normally like a bit of loft in my quilts but I am definitely going to use Thermore for my wall quilts, bags and table runners in the future. It is very light and sits perfectly flat, but still shows off the quilting as well as any higher loft batting. .
Here’s the Y-seam tutorial as promised:
Do not forget to go to this Island Batik blog post and checkout all the Island Batik ambassadors this year. Visit their blogs and see their awesome projects for the February Magnificent mini challenge!
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!
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…
Please visit the Island Batiks Blog for info on the ambassador program and all the 2019 Ambassadors. Stay tuned for our February challenge!