Saturday, May 14, 2022

Triangle Tricks Island Batik Ambassador Challenge

This is my Island Batik Ambassador project for the Month of May.  I'm calling it Triangle-A-Go-Go table runner.

For this month we were challenged to make a quilt featuring, you guessed it:  Triangles!  I do love triangles, and I had a great plan for this quilt.  But....when I really sat down and started designing it, I changed my focus, and decided to make a table runner instead.

I pulled out the Graphix 10" precuts stack and hot pink stash builders rolls that I received in my January box.  I love pink in my kitchen and these two colors really pop against each other.  Oh yeah!

Next, I got out my Accuquilt Go and the Morning Star BOB die and started cutting.  I LOVE the Morning Star die and was so excited to have another opportunity to use it for Triangle Tricks.  The shapes cut out so perfectly and fit together nicely with the dog ears automatically cut off by the die.

Here's one of the finished Morning Star blocks.  

The table runner couldn't have come out cuter!  Look how it matches the climbing roses on my front porch railing.  Ah, Spring.  Blooms everywhere.

I quilted the Triangle-A-Go-Go in an allover swirl design with pink Aurifil Thread. It's color number 2530, if you're curious.

I pieced my backing with more of the pink stash builders.  They're so useful!  This was super easy to do and I love the way it looks.

The inside of my table runner features Hobbs 80/20 bleached cotton batting.

I used Schmetz needles for all of the piecing and quilting.  They're the best!

Here's a peek at the front and back together.  I love all the pinks!

I used another pink in a slightly darker shade for the binding.  This was also cut from the stash builders.  The stash builders are 5" x width of fabric, so you can get two binding strips out of each one with no fabric waste.  I love that.

Pretty folds.

Triangle-A-Go-Go

Quilt Stats:
Finished Quilt Size:  38" x 14"
Block Size:  12" x 12"
Fabric:  Graphix and Stash Builders by Island Batik
Batting:  80/20 Bleached Cotton by Hobbs
Thread:  Aurifil 2530
Needles:  Schmetz
Accuquilt Dies:  Morning Star BOB, 1-1/2" strip, 2-1/2" strip
Designed in EQ8

Be sure to check out what my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors have been making for the Triangle Tricks challenge, too.  They never cease to amaze me with their creativity!  Here's a list:

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Megan Best ~ Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Anorina Morris – sameliasmum.com

Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute And Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Andi Stanfield ~ True Blue Quilts
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt

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Jennifer Thomas
Curlicue Creations
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Wednesday, May 4, 2022

Stars and Stripes Forever Finish

Stars and Stripes Forever is finished.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this project were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.
This is the Island Batik Ambassador row quilt I made for the February challenge.

I pieced the top in time for the February blog hop, but didn't get to finish until now.

You can revisit the original post about this quilt here:  Row by Row Blog Hop

This quilt showcases the Americana fabric collection.  These gorgeous patriotic red white and blue batiks should still be available in local quilt shops at this time.

I quilted Stars and Stripes forever with a loopy meander in red thread.

I used Hobbs Cotton Batting and Schmetz needles.


Solid white Island Batik fabric for the backing and binding in various blues from the Americana fabric collection.


Stars and Stripes Forever
Quilt Stats:
Finished Quilt Size:  62" x 68"
Block Size:  8" x 8"
Fabric:  Americana by Island Batik
Batting:  Hobbs Cotton
Designed in EQ8

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Tuesday, April 26, 2022

Kawaii Cat ~ Island Batik Ambassador ~ Funky Friends Factory Challenge

For the month of April, Island Batik teamed up with Funky Friends Factory for the Ambassador challenge.  I made the Kawaii Cat pattern.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this project were generously given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.
We were allowed to choose whichever pattern we wanted from the vast selection of Funky Friends Factory stuffed animal patterns.  In the past, I've sewn two Llamas and a Fox.  These patterns are adorable and very step-by-step.

The Kawaii Cat is one of many Kawaii Kuties patterns available.  This is an easy pattern if you are new to making stuffed animals.  I made mine in one day.  It was so much fun to make, I couldn't stop myself to take a break.  I loved seeing my kitty come together.

I am a bit of a Crazy Cat Lady.  I currently have three Ginger Tabbies and two Calicos.  Originally, I thought I would make an orange kitty to match my Ginger cats, but after looking through my stash, I changed direction and went to Calico cat.  I used two Island Batik basics fabrics.  I think the brown was Sable?  The white with the swirlie pattern is Flour.  It's my new favorite neutral.  

The pattern pieces need to be copied and cut out before cutting the fabric.  I have a huge box of template plastic in my studio that I've used for all three of the Funky Friends patterns I've made.  Template plastic is not required to sew these patterns, but it works well to trace the pieces, and keeps well for future use.

The first part of making the Kawaii Cat is tracing and embroidering the sweet face onto the fabric.  The patch, eyes, nose, and cheeks are cut from felt.  I placed them with a tiny dab of fabric glue and stitched around them with a small zigzag in matching Aurifil thread.  I used a full six strands of black embroidery floss for the hand stitched details.

Next, I cut and sewed the cat's body, ears, and tail together.  This was quick and easy to do on my sewing machine with Schmetz needles and more Aurifil thread.  Then on to the stuffing to bring this cutie to life.

My Kawaii Cutie, or Cutie Kitty, as I'm calling her!  So cute!!!!
But there's more...

The pattern includes a super cute and easy optional jacket for kitty.  The jacket is also made with felt.  My son said she should have a leather biker jacket, so I used black felt, although I'm sure this would work with leather scraps as well.  The jacket has decorative buttons sewn on (I used pink buttons), but features a velcro closure so kitty can choose to wear it, or not.

After Cutie Kitty was all dressed, she went outside to play in the Azaleas.

She ended the afternoon on the front porch in my favorite spot.  Oh kitty!

If you would like to make a Kawaii Cat, click here to visit Funky Friends Factory.

Be sure to visit my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors blogs to see the adorable Funky Friends Factory animals they've been sewing!  Here's the list:

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Megan Best ~ Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Anorina Morris – sameliasmum.com

Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute And Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Andi Stanfield ~ True Blue Quilts
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt

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Jennifer Thomas


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