Friday, November 8, 2019

What's Inside the October 2019 Quilty Box?

Note:  This subscription box was given to me by Quilty Box at no cost to me.
 It's November already?  I've been super busy finishing up some secret sewing.  I'm finally caught up so I can show you what was inside the October Quilty Box!  It's awesome.  😊

 Let's begin with the Royal Blue fabric bundle!  Isn't that the most fabulous shade of blue?

 This is the new fabric collection by Edyta Sitar for Andover fabrics.  Quilty Box includes several different prints of the blue fabric and a large chunk of the cream.  Directions to sew the Sky and Sea quilt using these fabrics are inside the Bundles of Inspiration magazine.

 This is a rainbow colored tweezer by Tula Pink.  I've already used it several times on my secret sewing projects.  It can grab the tiniest bit of paper from a foundation piecing project, plus it's terrific for snatching stray threads.

 A spool of Wonderfil thread in gorgeous Carolina Blue sky!

 I was so excited about this Lollipops template that I took the photo backwards!  It's used in Edyta Sitar's Lollipops quilt pattern (also included!)  I've had a Dresden Plate style quilt on my bucket list for a long time.  Looks like this is the extra push I need to begin.

The Bundles of Inspiration magazine includes an interview with Edyta Sitar (one of my favorites!), plus patterns, quilting tips, and more.  

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With the upcoming Winter weather, this is the perfect time of the year to try Quilty Box.  No need to run out in the storm; everything you need will come right to your mailbox!  Click the above link to visit the Quilty Box website and try one of their many plans.  They have something for everyone.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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Thursday, November 7, 2019

My Evil Wizard ~ Halloween and Beyond

 My kids have always created their own Halloween costumes.  In 20 years of trick or treating, I think I've only purchased 2 store bought costumes.  This year Trent presented me with this high fashion drawing of his desired look.  It's an evil wizard cloak, dreamt up from a character he created himself, the evil wizard, Leetroy.

 He's been eyeing this large roll of red velvet for a long time.  In the past, he's asked me to make a few different things with it, including red velvet curtains with gold trim for his room (No!).

 I did not have the perfect pattern to sew this robe, so I altered a similar pattern.  One of the big factors Trent wanted was the triangle shaped sleeves.  

 He's definitely in character here, looking quite evil.

 He also wanted a large cape like collar.  The original pattern had a hood.  This came out pretty well, too.

 
 I also lengthened it, added a couple of buttons to the top as requested, and sewed a large pocket for his wand and candy.

 He made his own wand from a piece of wood.

 He was able to wear his costume to the annual Halloween festival at the Aycock Rec Center.

And out trick or treating with a friend.  Post Halloween, he's been wearing it around the house quite a bit.  He said it's nice and warm for the chilly Fall days we've been having.  I should be able to get back to sewing my denim skirt soon.  It's looking more like a Spring skirt than a Fall skirt, but I'm sure it will get finished eventually!

Are you following the Island Batik A Piece Of blog hop?  I'll be on the hop on November 20th.  Here's today's featured bloggers:
Thursday, November 7:
Suzy Webster
Alison Vermilya

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Tuesday, November 5, 2019

The Mill House Spring Quilt is in the Connecting Threads Catalog!

 Did you know the Mill House Spring Quilt pattern and kit is available in the Connecting Threads catalog?  Here it is on page 13.  It features many of the new colors in the Faux Linen Tonals fabric line.

 It's in the November 2019 catalog.  If you don't receive the Connecting Threads catalog in your mailbox, you can also order online, here:  Mill House Spring Quilt

This quilt is perfect for an intermediate level quilter.  If you love color and are looking for a quick project, this pattern is for you!  If you sew a Mill House Spring quilt, please send me a photo.  I would love to see your quilt!

It's time for the Island Batik A Piece of Blog Hop!  This hop started on Monday, but you can still visit all of the previous posts, including today's by visiting the Island Batik blog, here:  A Piece of Blog Hop.  Each day of the hop two of the Island Batik Ambassadors will be introducing a new fabric line with their new quilt projects, plus there will be giveaways on the Island Batik blog, and some of the designers' blogs.  So much fun!  I'll be on the hop on November 20th.

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Jennifer Thomas


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Tuesday, October 29, 2019

Top it Off featuring Happy Fall

 Happy Fall!  This is my October project for Island Batik Ambassadors. 

Note:  All product used to make this project was generously given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.

 This month's challenge is Top it Off.  We were asked to make a table runner or topper with a holiday theme featuring an applique technique.

 I already had this idea a-brewin', so I made it a reality.
I used a variety of Island Batik fabrics from my stash, including the black solid.

 As you can see, the pumpkin block is pieced.  I fulfilled the applique requirement with the letters.  This is my second project in a row with letters on it.  They add a fun element to a quilt.

 I quilted around the letters and did some accent quilting on the pumpkin.  I quilted the black background in straight lines with a thick 28 wt. Aurifil thread.  I ran out while quilting, and decided that was enough.  Sometimes the thread tells you when you are done.

 I had fun taking photos of this table topper in my yard.  We have some large oak trees.

 This is what you see when you look up.

 This is the view looking into the woods.  Our trees still have a lot of green on them.  Our fall color is a little bit behind this year.

 Here you can see the effect of the straight line quilting.

 I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Black batting for this quilt.  You don't get any annoying white threads coming through your dark quilt top and it's lovely to stitch through.

 Quilting on the pumpkin's stem.

 I also used Island Batik's solid black fabric for the back of this quilt.

 Another fun pic.  The tree behind it is a bright yellow, though it looks a bit faded in my photo.
I think the black iron fence gives it a spooky Halloween look.

Happy Fall!

Quilt Stats:
Quilt Size:  24" x 18"
Block size:  10" x 8" (pumpkin)
Fabric:  Island Batik
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 Black
Thread:  Aurifil

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