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!  

Sunday, January 13, 2019

First Finish in 2019

My first finish for this year is the mystery quilt-along I joined as 2018 turned into 2019. Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams hosted the week long mystery/QAL, and the result was this great-looking, scrappy wall hanging/table runner.

I dug into my scraps for this project, cut lots of 2.5" squares, and had lots of fun piecing this wall hanging. It was a great, little break from piecing my January ambassador quilt. I free-motion quilted the wall hanging with matching colors, and it will be a great addition to my sewing room wall.

Keep on quilting!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop

The Getaway Blog Hop started yesterday. For the next few weeks the 2018 Island Batik Ambassadors will show you wonderful quilts they have created using brand new batik collections. Join us in weeks of fun!

Getaway Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, January 7 - Crystal Ball
Tuesday, January 8  - Ditty
Wednesday, January 9 - Elk Lodge

Thursday, January 10 - Feline Fine

Friday, January 11 - Flea Market

Monday, January 14 - Fortune Teller
Jennifer Fulton- The Inquiring Quilter

Tuesday, January 15  - Gypsy Rose

Wednesday, January 16 - Paisley Park

Thursday, January 17 - Soul Song

Friday, January 18 - Twilight Chic

Monday, January 21 - Winter Park

Tuesday, January 22  - Bazaar

Wednesday, January 23 - Blossom

Thursday, January 24 - Boho

Friday, January 25 - Brookview

Monday, January 28 - French Blue

Tuesday, January 29  - Midsummer Night

Wednesday, January 30 - Oh Deer

Thursday, January 31 - Snow Berry  

Friday, February 1-  Candy Cane Lane and Icicle
Anne Wiens- Icicle - Sweetgrass Creative Designs

Barbara Gaddy - Candy Cane Lane  -Bejeweled Quilts by Barb 

One Monthly Goal - January

I am joining in the One Monthly Goal Linky Party hosted by Elm Street Quilts .

My January goal is to baste, quilt and bind my quilt to be ready for the Getaway Blog Hop later in January. My day is January 21st, come back and visit me then!

EDITOops, turned out that I was a little late to join the linky party, better luck next month!