Thursday, October 21, 2021

Hexagon Project Update

This project has come a long way since my last update!  I'll bet you can see what it is now.  It's nearing the finish of the hexie piecing.  I may have to stop and make a few more black hexagons.  I'm almost out of them.  It's exciting to see it coming together.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas


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Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Cross River Gorilla ~ Island Batik and Aurifil Challenge

Meet the Cross River Gorilla, an Endangered Species challenge quilt made with Island Batik Fabric and Aurifil Thread.  

Note:  Items used to make this project were generously supplied by Island Batik, Aurifil Thread, Hobbs Batting, and Schmetz Needles.

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were each assigned an endangered species to coordinate with the new Aurifil thread sets shown above.  I received the Cross River Gorilla with three beautiful shades of purple, a light, a medium, and a dark.  I did some research on the Cross River Gorilla and learned a few things about them.

1.  Sadly, they are critically endangered.  There are only 200-300 left in the wild.  They are mainly victims of poaching and habitat encroachment.

2.  They live in Cameroon in highland rain forests in family groups.

3.  They average 5 feet tall and weight between 220 and 440 pounds.


I spent a lot of time thinking about how to make this quilt.  I drew different sketches of gorillas.  I studied the colors in the photo (Aurifil thread's photo) above.  I pinned them up on my design wall and contemplated what to do.  I'm sure I spent more time thinking about it than actually making it.

I eventually used a fusible applique approach.  I used fabrics from Island Batik's Fancy Feathers by Kathy Engle collection, plus green and brown fabrics from basics and blenders.  

I fussy cut this piece for the ear.  I love how it really looks like an ear.  So cool.

I zigzag stitched around the edges of each patch using the three purple threads.  


Next, I stitched some details on the face, like the smile and lines between and under the eyes.

Then I dove in and thread painted the gorilla's fur, beginning with the light thread going around the face, and the detail line across the upper part of the head.

I continued thread painting "fur" using all three of the shades of purple Aurifil thread.  It was a lot of fun.  Once I began, I couldn't stop until the entire composition was complete.

I used a brown shade of Aurifil thread to quilt the tree.  I used Hobbs Fusible Batting and Schmetz needles.  It was fun to quilt the knots into the tree.

I used a green Aurifil thread to quilt a leafy pattern over the green part of the background.

Cross River Gorilla
Quilt Stats:
Finished Quilt Size:  22" x 21"
Fabric: Fancy Feathers by Kathy Engle, Basics, and Blenders, Island Batik
Batting:  Hobbs Fusible
Thread:  Cross River Gorilla Color Builders, by Aurifil

Have you seen the Endangered Species quilts made by the other Island Batik Ambassadors?  So much creativity!  Visit all the Ambassadors blogs here:

Megan Best ~
Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~
Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~
Epida Studio
Jennifer Eubank ~ Archipelago Quilting
Jennifer Fulton ~
Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Joanne Hart ~
Mania Hatziioannidi ~
Emily Leachman ~
Denise Looney ~
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~
Claudia Porter ~
Gail Renna ~
Brianna Roberts ~
Michelle Roberts ~
Gail Sheppard ~
Andi Stanfield ~
Jennifer Thomas ~
Janet Yamamoto ~

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas


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Saturday, October 9, 2021

Quilted Gnomes for Your Home Book Winner!

Congratulations to Jill in CA!  She's the winner of the adorable Quilted Gnomes for your Home book.  She commented:  "Gnomes are my new obsession. I would love to receive a copy of this book. I love the fabrics in your quilt. I have never had a garden gnome because I don’t garden. Too many other projects. Thanks for the opportunity to win."  

There are so many adorable projects in this book!  Click here to read the post about my Gnomes All Around quilt.  If you want to order a copy of this book, head over to the Annie's website.  This book is available as both a paper copy and an instant download.
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Jennifer Thomas


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Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Violet Spice Quilt and Pattern

I have a new pattern to introduce to you today:  Violet Spice.

This pattern features the Violet Spice fusible applique block.  (I love this block!)

It's paired with a pieced crossing block.

And finished with a pretty pieced border.

This quilt features Island Batik's new Peacock Plumes fabric collection, available in your local quilt shops now.

I also used Hobbs batting, Aurifil thread, and Schmetz needles to get this look.


Quilt backing in this gorgeous Island Batik fabric.  

Binding in blue.

This quilt would be charming as a baby gift, couch throw, or wall decor.

Violet Spice
Quilt Stats:
Finished Quilt Size:  46" x 58"
Block Size:  12" x 12"
Fabric:  Peacock Plumes by Island Batik
Batting:  Hobbs
Thread:  Aurifil

Get your Violet Spice quilt pattern today in the Curlicue Creations shop.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas
 

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Thursday, September 30, 2021

Divide and Conquer ByAnnie Bag Challenge

Pshew!  Here I am posting about my byAnnie bag on the last day of September.  I just barely finished this morning.  I've had so many things pulling me away from sewing time in the last month.  I'm actually making two bags, this is the smaller size.  The large sized bag is about 3/4 of the way done at this time.  I'll show it on another post when it's complete.

Disclosure:  The products used to make this bag were given to me by Island Batik, ByAnnie.com, Aurifil Thread, and Schmetz Needles.


This month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge was so much fun! We got to choose a bag pattern from ByAnnie and we also selected the fabrics we wanted to use to make the bags.  I've been wowed by the other ambassador's bags all month long.  They're all so beautiful and useful.  ByAnnie seems to have a bag for every situation.

I chose to make the Divide and Conquer bags.  I was sent this wonderful kit that included everything I need to make the bags.  ByAnnie's Soft and Stable, zippers by the yard, mesh in two colors, interfacing, vinyl, and beautiful hardware to give the bags a professional finished look.

I chose the new Autumn Wings fabric collection by Island Batik.  This fabric features butterflies in beautiful fall colors.  Fall is my favorite season and I knew we would be making the bags in September, so it was a good fit.  You should be able to find Autumn Wings in your local quilt shops now.

Here's a look at the pattern.  Divide and Conquer.  It makes a personal sized carry on bag in two sizes.  Both bags look like little suitcases and have zippered sections to organize and store whatever you like.  The pattern also comes with a coupon code for byAnnie's video tutorial of how to make this bag.  The included instructions are excellent, but the videos are equally helpful, especially if you need clarification on how to do a step or two.

Another nice feature of ByAnnie patterns is they come with a sheet of tags to copy and cut out to label all of the pieces.  I made my copy on sticker paper so I could easily label everything and just as easily remove the labels.

Before anything is sewn together the main fabric, lining fabric, and Soft and Stable are quilted together.  I used Aurifil thread color 2315 and quilted with Schmetz needles.


This is the front of my bag.  It has a roomy outside pocket.

The back of the bag also has a zippered pocket, plus a velcro strap so you can attach your bag to a rolling luggage rack.

The inside of the bag features four mesh zippered pockets for organizing your things.  I'll probably use this small bag to carry my needlework projects when I go to the beach or elsewhere.  This will be great for my EPP projects.

There area also two roomy see thru vinyl zippered pockets, one on each side of the bag.  These are big enough to carry a novel, or sketchbook.  I like to bring a sketchbook when I travel.  You never know when inspiration will strike.

Divide and Conquer Bag
Bag Stats:
Bag Finished Size:  9-1/2" x 13-1/2" x 6-1/2"
Fabric:  Autumn Wings by Island Batik
Thread:  Aurifil
Pattern:  Divide and Conquer, byAnnie.com

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Pssst!  Did you enter my giveaway for the Quilted Gnomes for your Home pattern book?  There's still a few days left to enter.  Click here to see my Gnomes All Around quilt and enter the giveaway.

Also, be sure to visit my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors to see their beautiful bags, too!  Here's the list:

Megan Best ~
Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~
Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~
Epida Studio
Jennifer Eubank ~ Archipelago Quilting
Jennifer Fulton ~
Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Joanne Hart ~
Mania Hatziioannidi ~
Emily Leachman ~
Denise Looney ~
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~
Claudia Porter ~
Gail Renna ~
Brianna Roberts ~
Michelle Roberts ~
Gail Sheppard ~
Andi Stanfield ~
Jennifer Thomas ~
Janet Yamamoto ~

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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