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!

Wednesday, January 30, 2019

Candy Cat

The Candy Cat pattern is a free pattern by Unicornharts. I've had this pattern for a while, and figured that this was the time for making a mini quilt of this foundation paper pieced pattern. I had a specific cat in mind as the model for my Candy Cat.

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

Black and White Blog Hop

Thanks to Carla of  Creatin' in the Sticks for organizing this great blog hop. Welcome to my stop today!

I chose to make an open wide zippered from a tutorial by Noodlehead. First I gathered all my black and white fabrics from my stash and scraps. I made a little Churn Dash block to put in the center on the front, even smaller than in my previous blog post . The rest of the panels were made in an improvisational style.

I quilted the panels with the walking foot using white thread.

Since we received loads of snow lately, I took the pouch outside for a photo shoot. Of course I added a black zipper to the pouch

The backside has lots of white polka dots. The striped "ribbon" goes all around the pouch.

The pouch is lined with a grey/black/white fabric.

A few years back I made a couple of other black and white projects, first this cute clutch. This one has accompanied me several times to dress-up parties.

These cute owl pot holders are just darling. The greatest birds for keeping my hands from burning when handling hot cookware and bakeware.

Thanks for visiting my stop, and make sure to visit the other bloggers showing off their great projects today:

The full schedule for the blog hop can be found HERE:

Monday, January 21, 2019

Winter Park Getaway

This is the beginning of week three of a month of posts by Island Batik Ambassadors featuring all of the newest collections of fabric. Today I am sharing what I made with the collection Winter Park that I received in July.


With a collection called Winter Park and having the blog hop in January, where is the perfect getaway location? Five minutes walk from my home! I live next door to a forest filled with paths and cross country skiing tracks. The forest is where I pick blueberries and raspberries in the summer, and lots of people are walking their dogs here all year around. In winter with good snow conditions there are plenty of skiers lining up in the cross country tracks.

The Winter Park bundle I received consisted of 22 half yard cuts of this beautiful cool palette.

When I  received the bundle back in July, I knew exactly which quilt I was going to make. I have had the Churning Fourteen pattern by Hunter's Design Studio for a while now, and immediately knew that this was perfect for my Winter Park bundle. The pattern is originally designed for 14 fat quarters, but having 22 different fabrics at my disposal gave me even more freedom.

Lots of churn dash blocks to be made!

This is the construction of the smallest blocks, 3.5" finished.  

Chain piecing of the largest blocks.

The different sized churn dash blocks. With so many different fabrics I managed to get a good variation in color combinations of the blocks.

I laid out all the pieces on the floor and puzzled them into a pleasant layout.

The resulting top (without borders) using all 22 fabrics of my bundle. I love the cool winter colors!

I added two narrow borders to my quilt, the inner one is the neutral Sprinkles and the outer is solid grey. The day I put the borders on it was snowing in the morning (Sprinkles looks like tiny snowflakes), and in the afternoon we had heavy rain that made all the snow disappear and it became completely grey outside. The binding is solid black, which represents winter nights. 

This adds up to a total of 25 different fabrics in my quilt top. I used Hobbs Heirloom Cotton Batting with Scrim Binder in the quilt sandwich, and used Aurifil thread for the quilting, five different colors and two different weights. I quilted meandering, "organic" lines across the quilt. I feel this complements the modern feel of the quilt.

The photo shoot was done in freezing weather of -10 degrees C (14 degrees F). Both the quilt holder and myself were almost freezing our fingers off!

A polar low pressure system dumped loads of snow the day before the pictures were taken, and brought the temperature down. Perfect for a Winter Park quilt! The only slight downside is that the pictures turn a little blueish.

A more detailed look at the quilting resting on a snow covered picnic table.

A playground is also a great place for a Winter Park getaway.


Thank you for stopping by my blog today!  

On the Island Batik blog you can find the full schedule of the blog hop, as well as a giveaway of a rainbow of 20 Fat Quarters of Island Batik Basics, don't miss out on entering!