Sunday, August 28, 2016

Pumpkins, plus, and dots equals...

A pretty fall table runner.  This is a Plus pattern from The Trendy Table by Anka's Treasure.  In the book, Heather has it in modern colors, but, I wondered what would happen if I made it more fall like. I am in love with it!!  What a great way to use  some orange and gold scraps. 

Hook swirl free motion quilting with my Nolting Funquilter.

 If you look closely you see a slight change in the thread, I am using Superior King Tut variegated  orange, it has very small repeats.   This thread is so pretty, especially on the black fabric.

Linking with Oh Scrap and Main Crush Monday

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

I flipped a switch

That is I flipped the switch from all quilting to making 18" doll clothes.  I have been wanting to get back at making some more cute outfits for the craft shows coming up this fall. So last weekend I dug around in the garment type fabric bins in my stash and came up with lots of fabrics to use, denim, corduroy, sweatshirt and t shirt knits, and some regular cotton too.  There have been lots started but only 6 outfits completed so far.  I tend to make at least 4 of the same outfit for efficiency sake. So I better get back at it today and finish up more of these.

Did you notice the gemstone iron on studs on the pants leg and the shirt neckline-little details make it cuter!

This little dolman sleeve shirt was a freebie here. I added a little neckband to it, and some iron on silver studs.

Don't forget about all the give away's happening with the Island Batik blog hop going on now. Get all the info from my post here
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Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Seaside Summer blog hop-Island Batik

August finds us by the Seaside for our Island Batik Ambassador blog hop!

Today is my day on the hop that started on Monday Aug. 15th and continues thru Sept. 2nd.  Each day there are 2 or more of us Ambassadors sharing our projects showcasing the new Batiks that were released at Market in May and there will be giveaways!  Read to the bottom of my post to see mine and enter.

The bundle of fabrics I received from Island Batik were from the new Sand Dune line. You guys, these are just gorgeous colors, be sure to check them out at your local quilt shop or ask them to carry them if they don't. 

While I have not been at the sea this summer, we did stay busy with lots of fun outdoor activities.  So I closed my eyes and went there(to the sea) in my mind. I saw sand dunes and tufts of grass, so I picked these 8 fabrics from this line to use for my project.

I have always wanted to make a Crazy Eight Strip Teaser table topper, I have had the pattern for a couple years now. However, I decided I wanted it smaller than the 44" in the pattern.  After searching around the internet a bit I found this tutorial  for a 34" one and used it. Although I used 8 fabrics instead of 4. I love the size and I LOVE the coloring of it.  I have to say that it came together so nicely, using Island Batiks there was no stretching on the bias edges and my seams and points lined up great. 

And of course you want to see it quilted and bound, right?  

With all these points and inside angles I decided to do something I don't think I have ever done before. I used a single layer of Batik cut at 1 1/4" for the binding.  When I was thinking through how to approach doing it this way, I remembered I had that special fabric folding pen from Clover. You put some the special solution mixed with water in this special pen and when you wet a line down the fabric it just creases on that fold so easy! It worked like a charm. Before you know it I had my 1/4" fold done on my binding strip. Next I sewed the binding to the front of the topper, clipping my inside angles as I went. Then I pressed the binding out and whipped that baby to the back and stitched in the ditch on the front and was able to catch all of the back.

Superior Threads supplied me with this beautiful King Tut variegated thread. It went perfectly on top
and Aurifil in the bobbin(supplied by Aurifil).

If you would like to whip up a little snack to take to the beach try this...

Pop a bag of microwave popcorn, add 3/4 cup of dried cranberries and 1 cup of peanuts.
Melt 3/4 of a bag of Almond Bark and add to above ingredients and stir. Cool and enjoy!

Here is a list of all the blogs in the hop with their day listed...
Monday Aug 15 - Rain Forest

Tuesday Aug 16 - Red Tide

Wednesday Aug 17 - Sand Dune
KnitBug 2 (that's me)

Thursday Aug 18 - Seashore

Friday Aug 19 - Surf Squirt

Monday Aug 22 - Tradewinds

Tuesday Aug 23 - Equinox

Wednesday Aug 24 - Sea Canyon

Thursday Aug 25 - Sea Foam

Friday Aug 26 - Spoolin' Around

Monday Aug 29 - Tide Pools

Tuesday Aug 30 - Wind and Sea

Wednesday Aug 31 - Spring Zing

Thursday Sep 1 - Splash
Kissed Quilts --I'll be back!!

Friday Sept 2 - Landscapes

For my giveaway, I have a .pdf  pattern for my Modern Circles table runner that I made using Island Batiks.  Just leave me a comment to be entered!  The winner will be chosen on Sept. 7th.  You don't have to follow my blog but it sure would be wonderful if you did:-)  If you don't win you can still get the pattern in my Craftsy shop!

NOTE: I am getting several of you ladies who are no-reply bloggers---please leave me your email addy's so I can contact you if you win!!!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Island Batik Blog Hop begins

Yesterday the Island Batik Summer Blog hop started. There's a bunch of us Island Batik Ambassadors participating with ideas galore using new batiks, tutorials, giveaways, and recipes.  My day on the hop is tomorrow, so be sure to stop back.

Here is a line up for you...
Monday Aug 15 - Rain Forest

Tuesday Aug 16 - Red Tide

Wednesday Aug 17 - Sand Dune

Thursday Aug 18 - Seashore

Friday Aug 19 - Surf Squirt

Monday Aug 22 - Tradewinds

Tuesday Aug 23 - Equinox

Wednesday Aug 24 - Sea Canyon

Thursday Aug 25 - Sea Foam

Friday Aug 26 - Spoolin' Around

Monday Aug 29 - Tide Pools

Tuesday Aug 30 - Wind and Sea

Wednesday Aug 31 - Spring Zing

Thursday Sep 1 - Splash
Kissed Quilts --I'll be back!!

Friday Sept 2 - Landscapes

We celebrated our 34th wedding Anniversary this past weekend with a trip up to Duluth to visit our Son and Daughter-in-law. Hubby and I camped at the Buffalo Valley Campground. We biked on the Willard Munger Trail and Kayaked on the St. Louis River, and a hike in Banning State Park with our Son and DIL. They took us to dinner Friday night and cooked for us on Sunday night. Saturday night they came over to our camp for dinner. The weather was great all weekend.

Last week before we left I was able to get a little more quilting done and finished up these Day and Night runners.

Hope to see you all hopping tomorrow!!

Sunday, August 7, 2016

Runner finishes

Here are a few runners I completed during the past month. I was trying something new just to see if I would like it and I still am not sure.  The star points I made using a square of fabric and folding into a triangle and laying on top of the sashing and then sewing it in the seam when I added the next piece. Look at the close up picture and you will see better what I mean.  It gave a dimensional star point. What I didn't like was the quilting with that loose star point.

Fall leaves are a favorite of my customers so I had to get a supply of them ready.  The leaves are paper pieced.  I guess I have lots of scraps in these colors, at least these help use some up!

I was going for a bit of a modern feel with the quilting of straight lines on the black background.

This runner is from a pattern in Anka's Treasures newest book.  I love using grey with snowmen, as you know, so why not with snowflakes!  I love how it came out. I actually pieced this one while on our big vacation. The swirl hooks got quilted on after we got home.

Hope you all had a great weekend. We spent it biking on our Terra Trikes, and kayaking which makes it a great summer weekend. It was 77 degrees and the teeniest of breezes.

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Thursday, August 4, 2016

Quilted purses, WIP and OMG

This spring I started this batch of purses, got them part way done and set them aside. I know you guys never do such a thing, right!!  There is the cutting, assembling the outer purse section and then I do some quilting and trim them up. That is where they then sat for 3 months, taking up space on my sewing counters.  After we returned from vacation I decided I had to get these finished. I am glad to report they are now done and waiting for the craft shows.

The pattern is called Shirley from Totes by Sandy. She has loads of purse patterns. I was fortunate, several years ago, to test some out for her. These have just one long over the shoulder strap, 6 inside pockets, and a magnetic snap closure.  Her pattern uses only 2 fabrics for the outside, I decided to use 2 1/2" strips to make the bottom section, you know more color that way!

I started a new project yesterday using a new ruler I picked up at guild the other night. It is the Kite BlocLoc ruler.  I made a bunch of kite 4" blocks with 30's scraps, fun!  

Here is my design floor as of last night. Today's project is to get them sewn into a top. 

And here is my OMG- a wonderful, super gorgeous box of Island Batik fabrics showed up on my door step yesterday, Ooooh la la!!  Thank you Island Batik :-)   

 August is our summer blog hop and all of us Ambassadors are busy preparing wonderful projects to showcase the beautiful Batik's that were released at Market in May. Be sure to stop back here on Aug 17th for my day on the hop.

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Monday, August 1, 2016

Small Cross Body bag

Before we went on our big vacation in June, I decided I needed a small bag to hold a few necessary items. You know like chap stick, money, camera that sort of stuff. It needed to be a cross body bag so I didn't have to hang onto something while hiking, sightseeing.  In the past I pinned some that would work and this is what I decided on making. Nothing like waiting until 2 days before we were leaving to make it!

I found the free tutorial for this Triple-Zip pouch from Debbie at A Quilter's Table, picked out my fabric and I couldn't believe I actually had the right color of zippers for it!!  I wrote Debbie about the possibility of adding a handle as her tutorial didn't have one. She gave a great suggestion to add one using some cute hardware. Since I was in a time crunch I didn't want to run out and buy hardware. So I just sewed the strap onto the back after I made the pouch. It may not look as good as hardware would have, however it worked perfectly for the trip!  Oh I did make mine an inch wider and taller as Debbie had mentioned it wasn't very big.

August has arrived and I am working on my August Island Batik Ambassador project. This month we had to use some of the new fabrics that debuted at Market in May.  The collection I was given was Sand Dune.  Gorgeous fall colors, not a problem for me. So stay tuned for what I make.  Oh this is going to be a blog hop for us Ambassadors, there will be some giveaways too.  My day is Aug. 17th.

If you missed any of the Ambassador projects in July you can find them all shown here with links to each blog also.  Joan put together a great collage with all the projects!

I hope you all have a great productive week.  My long arm needs to get a work out this week, I have several table runners that need quilting and a few wall quilts too.

We have several great linky parties in QBL, I will be joining these this week.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

June and July RSC16

I am still playing catch up with things after getting home from vacation!  My RSC16, June and July, blocks were at the top of the list yesterday. Today I am glad to report they are all done!  Aqua was the color for June and hot pink for July.  Each month I have been making blocks for 2 different quilts.

This one is from the Summer 2015 Quiltmakers 100 Block magazine.  My string bin runneth over, so I am trying to help get the lid back on, LOL

This is the way I planned to lay them out after all the colors are made.

But then my friend Jasmine planted a seed of  'Have you tried laying them out in an X'.  Well no I had not, so of course I had to then:-)   Now I like them both so maybe someday I will have to make more blocks!

Tropical Punch from Moda Bake Shop caught my eye and so that is my second RSC16  quilt. Two of each color gets made each month.

 The original has corner stones, but, I stopped putting them on the blocks after the first 2 blocks. Not sure if I want to put them in the quilt or not. That decision will be made after all the colors are made also.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Holiday Happenings in July-Island Batik

July has us Island Batik Ambassadors working on a Holiday project. Not a problem for me as I love making Christmas table runners. I worked with the Holiday Happenings line from Island Batik. Here are my strip sets all cut way back in June.

They traveled 4000 miles with me on vacation. I had packed my sewing machine and a few projects and this was the first one I worked on. Of course after the piecing I had to wait until we returned home to quilt it as I quilt everything on my Nolting long arm.  Aren't those fabrics just gorgeous!

If you are a follower of my blog you have seen me make round wedge toppers before. I have a tutorial of how I did mine here.  Or you can find it under the Tutorial page on the tab at the top of my blog.

All finished and on display for pictures on my patio table in July, now that was a bit out of place, LOL

Working with Island Batik's on this wedge topper was wonderful. As you know Batik fabrics don't have a lot of stretch so this topper presented no problems in laying nice and flat.

If your local shop doesn't carry Island Batik fabrics be sure to ask them to!


Linking with MCM, Freemotion by the River, Let's Bee Social

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

12 Days of Christmas in July Blog Hop

July 14th-July 25th there is a very fun Christmas blog hop happening. When Sarah @ Confessions Of A Fabric Addict asked if anyone would like to participate I jumped at the chance. I love decorating and making things to display for the Holidays!

Today is my day to give you an idea for Christmas, maybe it is a present for yourself or a gift for someone else. But it sure is a happy project, how could you not fall in love with this snowman runner!  It's no secret I love to decorate with snowmen for Christmas, but you can keep him out all winter too, what a versatile project.  And I will have the pattern for sale in my Craftsy shop soon.
It is 18 1/2" x 41 1/2", with a little piecing and a little applique.

Edited to say---The pattern is now up in my Craftsy Shop!

And for a little more Christmas inspiration, here are a few of my other decorating ideas.

You can click on each picture for a larger view.

I am sharing the day with fellow blogger Jennifer @ inquiringquilter, so be sure to check out what she has for you also.  You might also want to check out Sarah's each day too as she is having a quilt along that doesn't require a lot of time but turns out oh so cute!

So be sure to check out all the other fun ideas at the following bloggers.

July 14th:     Sharon Vrooman @ Vrooman’s Quilts
                    Carole Carter @ From My Caroline Home

July 15th:    Yanicka Hachez @ Finding Myself As An Artist
                   Chris Dodsley @ made by ChrissieD

July 16th:     Marsha Hodgkins @ Quilter in Motion
                    Leanne Parsons  @ Devoted Quilter

July 17th:     Tonia Conner @ All Thingz Sewn
                    Selina @ Selina Quilts

July 18th:     Lara Buccella @ Buzzin Bumble
                    Soma Acharya @ Whims and Fancies

July 19th:     Joanne Harris@ Quilts by Joanne
                    Suzy Webster @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

July 20th:     Vicki in MN @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
                    Jennifer Fulton @ The Inquiring Quilter

July 21st:     Michele Kuhns @ Crayon Box Quilt Studio
                    Jan Ochterbeck @ The Colorful Fabriholic

July 22nd:     Alla Blanca @ Rainbows. Bunnies. Cupcakes.
                     Zenia Rene @ A Quilted Passion

July 23rd:     Joanne Hubbard @ Everyone Deserves a Quilt
                    Paige Alexander @ Quilted Blooms

July 24th:     Carolyn Jones @ …by CJ
                    Tisha Nagel @ Quilty Therapy

July 25th:     Susan Arnold @ Quilt Fabrication
                    Beth Sellers @ Cooking Up Quilts
                    Linda Pearl @ One Quilting Circle

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

Camper closet organizer

Before we left on our month's long vacation, I knew I needed more organization in my clothes closet in the camper. I decided to make a custom size cloth organizer much like the purchased shoe holders.
I, however, did not use it for shoes, it held my socks and underwear. It was perfect for that!! And I used some of the $1 yd fabric I bought last spring from an estate sale. I layered the backing, batting and front piece and quilted it. Then I added the pockets and bound it. I made a casing at the top and we inserted a piece of wood into the casing and screwed it to the door.

I had a purchased regular size shoe organizer to use as a guide for the pocket sizes.  Usually you see them with clear pockets, in this case I did not want the contents to be seen;-)  Interfacing was used between the 2 layers of fabric for the pocket.  Then the raw edge encased with the strip of bias tape I had made on the cross grain of fabric.

In case you are wondering what that black thing on the wall behind the door is, it is a sun/light block out deal you put on your car windshield!  It works perfect to put it between the shade and the window make our bedroom dark so we're not up before sunrise!

Several of you said you would like to see more pictures of our vacation...

Colorado Rocky Mts.

The view every evening from our camper in Moab, Utah.

Red Rock formations are all over in Moab, Utah. This particular one was found in the Needles District of Canyonland Park.

We rented a jeep to drive the very scary high up switchback road of Shaffer trail and part of the White Rim trail in  Canyonland Park. 

That's all for today!

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