Bali Sunrise plus Anniversary Giveaway

The Island Batik challenge for March is Vintage Reimagined. We are to take a vintage quilt or quilt block and “re-imagine” it using Island Batik fabric. I picked a traditional favorite, the log cabin quilt block. Rather than making a quilt with several blocks, the entire quilt is a single giant log cabin on point. The fabric for this quilt was provided to me by Island Batik as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program.

The inspiration for this quilt was this awesome picture of sunset in Bali, Indonesia, taken by my friend, Rupa. Rupa took this picture of flaming skies in Lembongan island. She says this is what the sky looking like. No filters used.

I worked with a strip set called Soul Song from Island Batik, along with some other blues, teals and oranges and yellows. I laid out the reds, oranges and yellows on one side and the blues, teals and turquoises on the other.

This quilt top took a long time to complete – longer than I expected. This log cabin was essentially a single block – so no chain piecing which usually keeps things moving faster. Also, as the quilt got bigger, I had to haul the entire 4800 sq in of it through the sewing machine. I was glad when it was all done. I was planning on quilting it before the end of the month but I don’t have time for that now. The quilt measures about 64″ X 84″.

I call this quilt Bali Sunrise after the inspiration picture. I think sunrise sounds better than sunset – it sounds like you got off the bed and went somewhere really early in the morning to see a spectacular sunrise!

Blogiversary: My first post for this blog was on March 27th 2017 – exactly 2 years ago!. It has no more than 22 views to date and has just one comment – from Sandra of mmm! Quilts. (Love you, Sandra!) I had never heard of linky parties and so the post was published but not advertised. Only a handful of people – family and friends – read it after I sent them a link. Sandra tracked me down after I commented on one of her blog posts 🙂 I’ve come a long way since that first post. The best part of this journey has been meeting so many warm, friendly, funny, talented quilters in blog-land. I have also joined the Houston Modern Quilt Guild, and met some wonderful and passionate quilters in real life. Being an Island Batik ambassador has been too good. I get fabric, thread, batting and an AccuQuilt, and all I need to do it design and make quilts and blog about them. I call this a win-win-win! My goal for next year is to take some time to document my ideas and patterns, and to pitch them to quilt magazines, websites for publication.

To celebrate my blog anniversary, and my first year as an Island Batik ambassador, I’m hosting a small giveaway. One lucky winner will get ten 5″ wide strips of vibrant Island Batik fabric and one half yard cut of an off-white fabric (also Island Batik). You get one entry for each of the following actions:
1. Leave a comment on this blog post.
2. Visit any of my other blog posts and leave a comment.
3. Follow me on WordPress or Bloglovin or Instagram (storiedquilts314)
This is entirely informal. I will count up the entries and ask my son to pick a random number within the range. The giveaway will stay open till midnight of April 2nd. I will email the winner on the 3rd to get their mailing address. I live in the US but will be happy to mail the goodies anywhere in the world.

Linking to all the usual linky parties this week:
Midweek Makers
Let’s Bee Social
Wednesday Weight Loss
Needle & Thread Thursday
Finished or Not Friday
Whoop Whoop Fridays
Friday Foto Fun
TGIFF

Alphabet Soup – New York Beauty

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.

My Modern Plus sampler in progress. I still need to make the big plus and the blocks inside the big plus and put them all together. The big plus will be either hot pink or dark teal. The background for the inside blocks will be white, and I will be using various pink scraps for the blocks.
My other QAL I’m doing is the Daisy Chain mystery by Alison of Little Bunny Quilts. The first set of sewing instructions came out on Monday and I’m all caught up. Not too late if you want to get started. The cutting and sewing went together quite fast.
Next on the agenda is my March challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors. The theme is Vintage Reimagined. I’m making a log cabin with a surprise twist. Here’s what it looks like so far. Stay tuned for the finished top.
I will be part of the “Be A Diamond” blog hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt. Working on the design and gathering fabric for a brand new diamond quilt!

Linking:
Throwback Thursday at MMM Quilts
OMG
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
TGIFF – hosted by Faith and Fabric Design
Finished or not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Whoop! Whoop Friday

February Island Batik challenge – Magnificent Minis

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. .


Layout three half-hexagons correctly.

Here’s the Y-seam tutorial as promised:


Join two of them and press the seams open.
Start sewing with the third piece on top. Stop your needle exactly 1/4″ from the edge (mark with a sharpie if needed) and the intersection of the two pieces in the bottom. Turn the piece on top to align the edge of the bottom piece and complete the seam.
Press seam away from the third piece. Pressing this seam open does not work very well. I am no longer afraid of Y-seams but I need to love a block very much to willing sew Y-seams 🙂
The March challenge is Vintage Re-imagined. This is my fabric pull.  Most of it is from the Soul Song strip set. Any guesses on which vintage quilt pattern I may be re-imagining for my March challenge? Leave a comment.

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!

Linking to all my favorite linky parties:
Linky Tuesday @ Freemotion by the river
Midweek Makers @ QuiltFabrication
Needle & Thread Thursday
Finished or not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Can I get a whoop whoop
TGIFF hosted by Whatahootquilts

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