Saturday, May 26, 2018

Playful Pillows with Island Batik

The May challenge in the Island Batik Ambassador program was to create a Playful Pillow.

When I received my Ambassador Box earlier this year I received this colorful fat eight bundle of Southern Blooms, there were 30 different fabrics in the bundle, including yardage of Grass-Light Lagoon.

This color combination reminded me of a meadow filled with wildflowers. In order to get all the fabrics into one pillow, I decided to make my first ever Modern Hexies project.

Here are a few of the fabrics laid out. There are a lot of flowers, butterflies, vegetation, together with blenders in this beautiful batik.

I was on vacation most of May, and needed to work on my project to make the deadline. The first step was to thread baste 2" hexagons. There are hexagons made of all the 30 different fabrics in this picture, but that was not enough. I ended up making nine more when I had decided on the final layout.

In order to make the pillow even more playful I decided to make a colorful, scrappy binding from a selection of the fabrics.

Since I didn't have a walking foot for my traveling sewing machine, this was as far I could get in my Modern Hexies project. I took a lot of pictures so I could recreate the design when I got home.

This is the stage where the hexies are glued down, ready for quilting. I used Hobbs Thermore batting and Aurifil 50wt thread for the quilting, variegated green/neutral 4653 on top and white 2024 in the bobbin.

A detailed picture of the quilting.

Here is the finished product, my Butterflies Among Wildflowers pillow. I love how the sunlight in the late afternoon highlights the Modern Hexies!

I took another picture this morning in overcast weather, and that gave me a completely different result, very flat and hardly any structure at all.

The back of the pillow with a hidden zipper. I used this tutorial for inserting the zipper, with a few modifications. I used a 20" pillow insert, but I wanted an extra puffy pillow so the pillow cover was cut to 19" square. Two pieces of butterfly fabric were sewn together to form the zip flap.

This is how the zipper is installed, completely hidden by the flap.

The new Modern Hexies pillow for my sofa is looking good!

The fabrics, thread and batting that was used for making this project was given to me by Island Batik. One of the biggest joys of being an Island Batik Ambassador is to get to play with the fabrics they send me.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Wish Upon a Star Blog Hop

Thanks to Carol of Just Let Me Quilt for organizing this amazing blog hop!
There are 44 blog hoppers participating in this 5 days event.

Welcome to my stop in the first day of this blog hop.

My first entry is one of my favorites, the Double Stars skinny designed by Barbara Brackman. This design is from the book All in a Row by Moda All-Stars (the first edition). It is 48" long and difficult to photograph, so my birch tree is the perfect quilt stand.

 I machine pieced this quilt and hand quilted each little block through several quilt guild meetings and during other spare moments. Very relaxing hand work!

The long and skinny quilt hanging in my wintery apple tree.

The snow is long gone now, as I prepared this blog post some weeks ago before leaving for a trip.

The second entry is my newest table runner. This design is originally by Anne-Pia Godske Rasmussen, but the Norwegian designer AnnAKa made her own version. This is appropriate for winter and the time before Christmas.

I quilted the table runner with an all-over geometric design, with thread matching the background. The stars were also outlined with with white thread.

The quilting shows off well on the back of the runner.

Visit the other bloggers today to see their starry creations!

May 21

The schedule for the rest of the blog hop:

May 22

May 23

May 24

May 25

Thursday, May 17, 2018

2018 Aurifil April Block

This is the first of the 2018 Aurifil Designer of the Month blocks I have made, but there may be more.

This is the Bixby Bridge block designed by Yvonne of Quilting Jet Girl. I was intrigued by the black and white paper piecing, and it was fun to make!