Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Are You Hungry?

Here are my first two charity quilts for the year, and number 30 and 31 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

The starting point were these 8 fat quarters that I won in a giveaway a few years back. They are the FOOD collection from Timeless Treasures. The fabrics have been residing in my shelves for a long time waiting for a project.

What was I going to make with them? I know the hospital always need quilts for the children's ward, so the best idea was to make a couple of charity quilts.

I divided the fabrics into "dinner" and "dessert", cut them into 5" squares and added background fabric that suited the main fabrics. Black background was correct for this one.

Simple straight line quilting with the walking foot and a reddish thread enhances the foods.

Look at these sweet doughnuts and cookies! Straight line quilting in pink was the correct thread for this quilt.

Black background wouldn't have worked with these main fabrics, but white and pink solids makes this a cheerful and sweet quilt.

Both quilts are backed with this grey and black flannel, and are warm and cozy. The first one has a solid green binding, while this one has a fun striped one.

Finished size is 36"x54" for both of them.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Yummy Charity Quilt Top

Don't you get hungry looking at this quilt top? It is made from FOOD fabrics from Timeless Treasures together with black solid in a simple patchwork  style. Pizza, Pickles, Potato Chips, Hamburgers and Hot Dogs are not the healthiest of foods. Corn and Watermelon helps out a little bit on the healthy side.

I separated the eight FQs I won in a giveaway a few years back into stacks for two different charity quilts.

String piecing the rows together.

The completed quilt top, 36" x 54". This one will travel home with me for quilting and donating. I guess there will be a kid at the hospital longing for some Junk Food !

The fabrics for the next FOOD quilt is already being cut.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

MEGA Paper Piecing Panel

For a long time now, I have been a regular pattern tester for Berene of HappySewLucky. The adventure started two years ago. I have had the pleasure of working with her evolving Tattoo Quilt Pattern, and have enjoyed every minute of it. Now it was the last center panel to be worked on.

This is a HUGE block, the pattern is a thick bundle of pages! I pieced as much as I could before taking the project with me on vacation. It travels better in smaller pieces. The above picture shows how far I got before packing started.

Assembling the heart was easy and quick with all the preparations done in advance. The above picture shows the heart without the text banners, rotary cutter for scale. Here the panel is 28" wide and 20" high.

The text banners are wide, and I almost didn't have enough Wonder Clips with me, I barely managed. My holiday sewing machine did a great job with the foundation paper piecing.

Here is the upper text banner assembled.

I took a picture of the lower banner before assembling. Keep in mind this is 28" wide!

The complete Open Heart Open Mind center panel is finished. The completed block is 28" x 32". Sashing will be added , and then it is time to assemble all my tattoo blocks into the complete quilt designed by Berene.

Now what remains is to pick out all the tiny and not so tiny paper pieces from the back. Actually, I kind of enjoy that mindless job after the stamina that was needed to finish this MEGA block.

Saturday, February 16, 2019

Sewing Machine Away From Home

Here's my sewing machine away from home, Riccar 8500, in the Bernina family. I don't really know when it's made, maybe the 70's?

It's a great little machine straight stitching, and the first project this vacation was a bunch of folded hexagon coasters.

The next project is foundation paper piecing of HappySewLucky's MEGA tattooquilt center block.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Magnificent Minis

The February Challenge in the Island Batik Ambassador program was Magnificent Minis, 24" x 24" or smaller. Mine is approximately 12" x 17".

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Island Batik Unboxing

After getting notice that I am continuing as an Island Batik Ambassador in 2019, it just took four days before these two big boxes arrived at my doorstep.

The products featured in this post were given to my by Island Batik and their industry partners.

Read the rest of the blog post for details!