Sunday, September 22, 2019

B is for Bear Quilting

 I thought I would be finished with B is for Bear by now, but my husband was sick, my teenager was sick, and my 9 y.o. was so sick his illness turned into pneumonia.  Now I'm sick, but keeping on as much as I can.  I did complete the quilting on B is for Bear.  I used the above adorable fabric for the backing, as I didn't have a piece of Island Batik that was large enough.  Isn't that the cutest?  Little bears with candy canes?  

 I used Hobbs Natural Cotton Batting with scrim for this quilt.  So warm and cuddly!

 I have a Juki sewing machine mounted on a frame that I haven't used for quite a while.  I decided to get her cleaned and oiled for this project.  Here you can see the quilt top, batting, and backing ready to roll.

 I did an allover loopy meander on most of the quilt.

 The featured thread is Aurifil, color #2026, a nice light cream color that blends nicely with my quilt top.

 Here's a lovely close-up of some of  the Island Batik Clockworks fabrics that are featured in this quilt.

 More loopy-loopies!

 Getting there!  This looks like the bottom edge of the quilt.  Yay!

 After I finished the loopy meander, I went back and added a few details to the applique parts, like this swirly inside the "o".

 I made the binding out of a couple of different brown fabrics from the Clockworks collection.  Isn't this one fabby?

Here I am stitching the binding down.  Getting close to a finish.  Maybe this week if my family can all get healthy again.  

Be creative ~ sew something beautiful today!

Jennifer Thomas


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Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Rainbow Connection Hexagon Quilt ~ HELP!

The Rainbow Connection is now one big hexagon.  I love it, but what to do next?  Should I keep adding hexies?  Should I applique it to a black background?  Should I finish it off as it is?  I just can't decide.  Do you have a suggestion?  Please leave a comment below.

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

The Making of the Hope Quilt Block

 This is the Hope quilt block pattern.  I came up with this design idea playing around with Electric Quilt.  My goal was to design a wreath applique quilt block pattern.

 I used the fusible applique method.  I prefer to use Heat 'n Bond lite for my fusible applique designs.  For a tutorial on how I do fusible applique, click here:  Fusible Applique Tutorial Featuring Crabby Crab.

 Here's my block with all the patches pressed in place.  See how I fussy cut the flower centers?

 The next step is to secure the edges with a tiny zigzag stitch.  I used matching red, green, and yellow thread, and sewed slowly around each patch.

 I love the way it looks on the back of the block, too.

This is the completed Hope quilt block.  I'm sewing three other similar floral applique blocks, and plan to put them together in a small wall hanging.  The pattern for the Hope applique quilt block is for sale in my Etsy shop, here:  Hope Applique Quilt Block Pattern

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

The Modern Mini Star Quilt Kit is in the Connecting Threads Catalog

 Did you know the Modern Mini Star Quilt Kit and Pattern is available in the Connecting Threads catalog?  Here it is on page 50.  It features the fabulous new General Store fabric collection.

 It's in the October 2019 catalog.  If you don't receive the Connecting Threads catalog in your mailbox, you can also order online, here:  Modern Mini Star Quilt Kit
This quilt is a quick to sew project.  At only 20" square it's perfect to brighten up a wall in your kitchen or become your favorite new table topper.  If you sew a Modern Mini Star quilt, please send me a photo.  I would love to see your quilt!

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Friday, September 13, 2019

B is for Bear Quilt Part One

 The September Island Batik Ambassador's Challenge is Child's Play.  I'm using the fabulous Clockworks fabric collection generously given to me by Island Batik in this year's Box #2.

 Part of this month's challenge is to use the Accuquilt BOB die that was also included in Box #2.  I received the Bear's Paw block die.

 It was fast and easy to cut and piece the eight Bear's Paw blocks needed for my quilt.

 I also made one large teddy bear face block.  So cute!

 And a "B is for Bear" border.

It was fun to sew a small blanket stitch around the letters with this bright blue Aurifil thread.  I'm in the process of quilting this project today.  I hope to show you my finish next week.

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