Monday, June 26, 2017

WHAT DOES "FAT CAT PATTERNS" AND ISLAND BATIK HAVE IN COMMON????

CHICKENS!!!




                                                 LOTS AND LOTS OF CHICKENS!!!


          If you have read any previous post, I am doing a (secret) chicken quilt for my husband)

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Hence the bad quality photos, had a piece of material to throw over them in case he came in.


 Which he did while writing this post...causing me a heart attack.....not good when one is over fifty....



Some of them need eyes but I so love them.  I love using the Island Batik fabrics (of course you do Barbara, of course you do......smiling shamefully here).  Here is the link to Fat Cat Patterns, she has a lot of free patterns that You will totally love.

I have been doing these after he goes to bed, make sure he is snoring, and then I drown myself in my Island Batik Scrap bin.  It takes more time prepping these chickens than it does to blanket stitch around them.

Seven more to go.....  Probably won't have these done by his birthday in a few weeks but that is ok.....

Friday, June 23, 2017

APPLIQUE PANSY QUILT.


I don't believe that I have shown this quilt to you.  Maybe on Facebook???

This quilt has a history.

Way back in the olden days .....  Okay,,,not really

but a while back when I first started quilting

(Self taught here),

I started this quilt.

I am guessing I started this anywhere from ten to fourteen years ago.  Maybe I should start putting dates on the quilts I start (maybe not, it would shame me too much).  Not quite old enough to be considered an antique.....





I loved applique from the very beginning.  Most of these are done by hand and then later, much later after seeing the squares sit in the drawer for so long I did some on the machine and they still sat.

My mother saw them and loved them so much that I gave her the squares and the fabrics to finish the top.

She finished it about a year ago...at age 79, the top that is.

I just finished quilting it and put the binding on.

I love love this quilt....if you could see it up close and personal you would too.  Well...now it is my quilt.)

My mother lives in a small trailer off my car port and has no room for any more quilts ( ya me!!)....

I have been relieved of a lot of responsibilities that take me out of the home which means I get to sew more.  My major objective is to get a lot of these tops finished and hopefully, on the frame.  I hope I can keep up the momentum.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

HAVE THIS PATRIOTIC RUNNER CUT AND READY BEFORE THE NIGHT IS OVER USING YOUR ACCUQUILT GO!

This runner is so easy you can make this in one afternoon or evening after work.



Here is what you will need.

Accuquilt Go Rick Rack Die #55056
Star Die #55028
Strip Die 2 1/2" # 55017
Frixon pin
Fabric adhesive of choice - Heat N Bond was used here.
(always follow the directions on your fabric adhesive of choice)
Island Batik Fabrics were used on this runner

Background fabric (white) 12"x 36"
Red fabric for rickrack 11-1/2" x 21"
Blue fabric for stars 6" x 14"
1" strip 24" long (cut in half)
Binding - 2 1/2 strips 2 1/2" by width of fabric




  •  Cut out your background fabric 12" x 36".  Section off the runner 7 1/2" from each end. 
  •  Draw a line.  I don't know if you can see the grid I have drawn here?  Might have to zoom in
  • So you have sectioned off both ends 7 1'2" from the ends.  then draw a line down the middle of the middle section (6" should be the center)
  • Next draw 2" line on both sides of the middle line.
  • Then draw 2" from those lines.  You should have five lines for the rickrack.


           
Prepare both red and blue fabric by ironing your fabric adhesive of choice to the wrong side of fabric.
.Using your Accuquilt Go cutter, cut the rick rick out of the red.  
 Next cut your Stars out.
                         Place your rick rack down each line you have drawn.  Iron down.    
Next place your 1" strips 12 inches long across the raw edge ends of the rick rack (covering the raw edges)
Place your stars and iron down ( large star in the middle with the smaller ones to the side and up a little).
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You can either sandwich your runner (top, batting, backing) pin and then blanket stitch around all of the raw edges ( your quilting will be done at this point)  or you can blanket stitch the raw edges and then sandwich  and quilt as desired.
Binding and you are done.  All ready for Independence day!!       

Hope you enjoy this!                   



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

BUTTERFLIES IN MY ATTIC




If you saw the post below, you will know that these butterfly squares were found in my attic.


At first I thought they were raw edge applique but on closer inspection the person turned under the edges and did a zig zag stitch over the edges. 

Now just to quilt it?  

Thanks for all of your comments as to what I should do,  As you can see, I decided to just use the same fabrics.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

WHAT'S IN YOUR ATTIC? You show me yours and I will show you mine!!

If you have been reading my post, you will know that when we moved here we found a bunch of antique quilt squares in my attic.  

Here are some butterflies.  Whoever did this used the zigzag stitch.

......not that I don't have enough projects going on but I decided to put these together.



Here are the pink butterflies, there are five in each color.


The question is, do I do them all with the pink corners or do I use fabric that matches each butterfly.  I have 17 different color variation of the pink flower fabric.  

Do I stick with the pink only or try to match up the butterflies to the fabric?

Then....

Here is my finished "Accuquilt Go" doggie top.  


I am really amazed at how fast this went even with my grandson romping around my sewing room.

As mentioned before, the doggie squares are all Island Batik fabric.  I purchased this "Woof Woof" fabric a while back so I can't tell you where I brought it...sorry.

 I used Aurifil Thread #2318  2EQ......  I have to tell you that I am getting spoiled with this Aurifil thread, very little lint and I love the look of the blocks with the blanket stitch.  I also just sewed the squares together with the same thread.


Cute little doggie?

Speaking of Threads, did you get the notice that Superior Threads is getting rid of their Rainbow line  in favor of their Fantastico line?  I told you how much I love Fantastic threads.  Anyways they have discounted the Rainbow line....

Happy Father's Day to all of you Dad's out there!!!


Thursday, June 15, 2017

SHHHH!!!! IT IS A SECRET!!!!

I am pretty sure that the two people I am making these for do not read my blog but to be safe I am not naming who the first quilt is for.

Using my Accuquilt go doggie die and Island Batik Fabric  I am making a doggie quilt.






Now I know that my husband does not read my blog so I am making him a chicken quilt.

I got these from FAT Cat patterns, love love Sindy's patterns, using Island Batik Fabrics except for the background fabric.  I had purchased this fabric a long time ago with the intention of making another Chicken quilt.  


This is such a small picture but here is a chicken quilt I did in Amerika Samoa.


The hard part about this is I have to hide what I am doing from my husband.  He is always interested in what I am doing so when he slips off to bed I pull his quilt out.  I only have two ready to stitch so who know how long this will take.

Once again I have my grandson.  He really is pretty good about staying out of things.  I showed him the iron and said HOT HOT and ironed something and then after it cooled a second, still wanted it warm, put it up to his cheek so he would understand.  So while he was playing I got the doggie squares ready.



Monday, June 12, 2017

"MAKING HAY WHILE THE SUNSHINES" WINNER OF THE ISLAND BATIK CHARM PACK AND SUPERIOR THREAD.

Have you ever heard the saying "Making Hay While the Sunshines?" It means that you take advantage of the chance to do something while conditions are good.!

Conditions are good at Bejeweled's house so I am taking advantage of every spare minute.

Who knows what can happen tomorrow.

I finished my July Project for Island Batik!!

Yea Me!!

Here is a sneak peak.....(smiling here)




To be honest I had this project started a few months ago but was not intended for my July project but an ideal for Island Batik Quilt Market....hummmmm

I was a desperate gal...I had no more fabric from my 2017 box because

I used all of my Solstic Island Batik Fabric on my September project for Island Batik.

Yes, I planned ahead but not well enough....my September project just kept growing and growing.

Here is a sneak peak (laughing this time)



                         Here is another sneak peak of my september project... Beautiful fabrics.
                   Both projects I used my Accuquilt Go, sure makes light work especially for someone like                                               me who loves doing blanket stitch applique.


We keep our little grandson at least a week out of every month....

Here he is playing while I am trying to sew.



Life just does not get any better than that does it???

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The winner of the Island Batik Charm Pack and Superior Thread is:

Pamela and she said:
Your tuffets are absolutely delightful! I appreciated your engaging blog post too. Thanks for the fun!