Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fun From Quilt Retreat

Last week was spent at the beautiful Valley Ranch Retreat. I relaxed, laughed with friends, relaxed, ate good food, and finished lots of things that weren’t on my “to do” list. Oh well.

My big finish was my block swap quilt. That’s my sewing bee friend, also named Carole, with her finished quilt. The other 7 are in various stages of being finished. We were the “over achievers” for this project. Oops, I guess I should have held mine in the other direction so they looked identical.


We had several group projects going on. I made a phone stand for my daughter and one for myself. Now we can craft chat hands free. You can find lots of free patterns out there to make these.


I also finished two zipper bags. This one was bound so it’s flat for my small rulers. Tutorial can be found HERE.


This is the exact same bag pattern only I stitched the sides and boxed the bottom corners instead of binding it.

My sewing bee friends and I all made table toppers. I love how they all look so different. Can you guess which is mine? These pre-stamped June Tailor projects can be found at Joann Fabrics.


Most quilters stop at the quilt shop on the way to a retreat but we had a lot more fun hitting the shoe store. These made me think of Dorothy’s ruby slippers… “There’s no place like ….quilting retreat.” Hahaha, you know I’m right!


Crazy to say but…
it’s never too early to start planning all those little Holiday gifties

Oh, did you guess the brown mat was mine?

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Curvalicious Challenge

Curvalicious Quilts

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were given a Curvalicious Challenge. I decided to play with some of the fabrics from the beautiful Beaujolais Collection.

Back in April I had the opportunity to cruise the Hawaiian Islands and used a sunset photo I took as my inspiration.

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I love making curvy picture frame borders. So, the first thing I did was create a two pieced back with an opening for turning the quilt later.


I pieced all my wonderful curvy strips and added my borders. Next I pinned the quilt top and back together with pretty sides touching and cut my curvy framed edge (You’ll see in the final picture that I decided to shorted the bottom border).


Did you know that you don’t need a curved ruler to piece curves?
The Gourmet Quilter has a great video showing just how easy it is to do

The final step was to move this stack onto the batting. Make sure that the backing fabric is facing you. Carefully shift the pins to the top of the stack where you can see them. Trim the batting to match your top and sew all the way around. Turn right side out through that opening you created on the backing. Press, working those lovely curves out neatly. 


I fused my applique palm tree to the front.


Then quilting followed the curved piecing to accent it.


I used a pretty variegated Fantastico thread from Superior Threads that picked up all the fabric colors.


My inspiration photo was turned into the label for the back.


What’s inspired you lately?

Be sure to check out all the other wonderful Island Ambassador projects this month.

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Den Syende Himmel
Quilt'n Party
Pamela Quilts
Ark Angel Creations
Kathy's Kwilts and More
Desert Bloom Quilting
Freemotion by the River
Seams Like a Dream
Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Quilting Affection Designs
Inquiring Quilter
Bejeweled Quilts
Sally's Quilting Corner
Inch Worm Fabrics
Kauffman Designs
Moosestash Quilting
Needle & Foot
Cheryl Lynch Quilts
MaryMack's Blog
heARTs Creations
Kissed Quilts
The Quilt Rambler
Seams To Be Sew
Inspired Layers
Vicki's Crafts and Quilting
Masterpiece Quilting
Fun Threads
Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Little Bunny Quilts
Webster Quilt
Sophie Junction
Slice of Pi Quilts




Quick Gift Idea

It’s time to start thinking about holiday gifts. Luckily this week was quilting retreat and of course I worked on just about everything except what I needed to be working on. LOL. Isn’t that the way it always goes.

This bag is super cute and fast to whip up. I made  mine with some leftover scraps of Island Batik Dotalicious Fire fabric but a mini charm pack would be perfect too. The patches are 2 1/2” squares.

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You can find the original pattern HERE. Instead of binding it flat I flipped mine inside out and boxed the corners.