Monday, February 12, 2018

Galentine's Day Mug Rug

As a brand new Island Batik Ambassador for 2018 one of my first challenges was to create a postcard or mug rug for Galentine's Day.

"Galentine's Day is a celebration of our best gal pals and lady friends, and is the day before Valentine's Day. Why shouldn't we celebrate our fellow females who encourage and inspire us?!"

I was supposed to use fabrics from the box that Island Batik is so generously shipping to me, but the box is still in transit and will not arrive until later this month. What to do then?

I remembered that I won a giveaway hosted by Joan of Moose Stash Quilting a little bit over a year ago. The prize was a stack of 5" squares of the Tide Pools collection from Island Batik! Yes, I had some of their batiks in my possession! I searched my stash and found the so called Island Stamp stack of squares.

With this limited amount of fabric I went searching for an appropriate pattern, and I found a free one at Craftsy. It uses only 5" squares, and it worked out perfectly with the fabrics on hand. 

 The back is a four-patch of the purple/green/aqua colors of the stack.

This is the assembled sandwich before sewing all the layers together.

After turning the mug rug right-side out, stitching around the outside edge, and adding some in-the-ditch quilting, it looks like this. My mug rug is 8" square. I like the 3D-effect of the folded flying geese!

The quilting shows off better on the back. I love the colors of this side of the mug rug.

I am now patiently waiting for my box of batiks, lets hope they arrive before my next challenge is due! If not, I still have an amount of the 5" squares as a backup.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Put A Little Love In Your Quilt - winner chosen!

Just Let Me Quilt

When Carol of Just Let Me Quilt announced this blog hop I just knew I had to join. I have missed the blog hops that Mdm Samm organized a few years back.

Over the last year or so I have been falling more and more in love with foundation paper piecing, but the love really started to bloom almost exactly one year ago when I started to pattern test for Berene of Happy Sew Lucky.

The Love Tattoo pattern is perfect as the first entry of my day in this blog hop. This piece will eventually become a part of a big quilt which  Berene is currently designing.

This is another one of Berene's heart patterns. It is an example of hearts not only being sweet and lovely. I checked my archives, and I made this piece in April 2017, way before the ‘famous’ book was published.

This 'I Heart You' mini quilt designed by Allison of Cluck Cluck Sew was one of the first projects that came into my mind when the blog hop was announced. The pieced mini quilt has been very popular lately, with its own hashtag on social media. I think the mini is awfully cute, and it was very fulfilling to make it. I had lots of fun quilting it, with different designs for the hearts, both straight lines and FMQ, and matchstick quilting for the background.


The last project I am showing in this blog hop is a colorful tote. I found the #lovewinshearts template years ago, created by Amy Gunson of Badskirt for Sew Mama Sew. I knew this would be perfect for a tote bag. I straight line quilted the panel and added some big stitch hand quilting around the hearts.

I used a tutorial from Jedi Craft Girl and modified it a bit to fit the heart panel.

The main fabric for the tote is shown better on the back side. This is a gorgeous black and white print from Ikea that I had in my stash, it is dated 2008 on the selvage.

I also added a recessed zipper for extra closure of the bag. I think this will be one of my favorite totes, it is big and roomy.

Please visit the other bloggers that are posting today, and leave them a nice comment!

February 7

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Winner is #11 Rosalind Gutierrez, congratulations! Email is sent.

What about the giveaway?! 

I am having a little giveaway here on my blog: I am giving away a 20” cut, WOF, of Pristine from Robert Kaufman, Sweet pink roses.

To be in the drawing leave me a comment telling me if you like foundation paper piecing, or not.
If you follow my blog, you can leave leave a separate entry for an additional chance. 

I will let Random Number Generator choose the winner on Sunday February 11, and announce the lucky person here on the blog and by email.

Good luck!