Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Island Batik Ambassador Studio 180 Blog Hop featuring Beeswax

Hello!  Welcome to day two of the Island Batik Ambassador Studio 180 blog hop.  This is my quilt, Beeswax.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this quilt were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.
This month's challenge was to make a quilt using the ruler we were given in the second Ambassador shipment, paired with a new Island Batik fabric collection that also came in the second shipment.  

I received the Beehive Buzz fabric collection by Kathy Engle.  Isn't it fabulous?  These fabrics are sweet as honey!  This project is the second quilt I made with this collection.  I've also sewn a catalog quilt.  I'll share that with you in a week or two.  The Beehive Buzz fabric collection should be hitting the local quilt shops now.

The Studio 180 ruler I received was the Four Patch Square Up.  When I opened up this ruler I thought, "I don't need a ruler to make four patch units.  I've made so many in the past.  I'm an expert."  Haha!  Boy was I wrong.  My past four patches were acceptable, but the four patches I made with Deb Tucker's ruler were nearly perfect!!!  It's an outstanding tool, I'm not much of a ruler girl, so that is saying a lot.

To make the four patches, you cut your fabric into strips, pair them together with opposite sides facing and then sub cut into strip set pairs.  So easy!

After sewing the strip sets together, you use the ruler to trim them down to the correct size.  Look at the points on this four patch!  Plus all four squares will come out perfectly equal (as long as you are cutting correctly).  The ruler makes it easy.  It was quick, too.  I used a spinning rotary mat to easily trim all four sides of the units.

I made a lot of four patch units.

I also used the Wing Clipper ruler by Studio 180, which I already had in my collection for this project.

The Wing Clipper makes Flying Geese units.

I put together the Four Patch units and the Flying Geese units to make 12 Beeswax blocks, pieced with my favorite Schmetz needles, of course.

I used my Prairie Spirit Alpaca pressing mat to press all those seams super flat before sewing the top together.

Then for the quilting, I used the Hobbs Tuscany Collection Cotton Wool Blend.  This makes a super light and super warm quilt at the same time.  Just right for the upcoming Autumn front porch sitting sunset watching time of the year.  

I used gorgeously matching yellow Aurifil thread for the quilting.

Quilting, quilting, quilting.

Here it is, all quilted with a loopy meander.

I used a two yard cut of this beautiful fabric also from the Beehive Buzz collection, for the backing.

I made the binding from a light black dotty fabric.  I love the dots.

Beeswax folds.


Quilt Stats:
Finished Quilt Size:  40" x 52"
Block Size:  12" x 12"
Fabric:  Beehive Buzz by Island Batik
Batting:  Tuscany Wool Cotton Blend by Hobbs
Thread:  Aurifil
Needles:  Schmetz
Designed in EQ8

Giveaway time!  Visit Island Batik's blog to enter their weekly giveaway during the blog hop.  This week they're giving away bundles of Bee Kind and Baroque.  Click here to visit the Island Batik blog.

I'm having a giveaway, too!  I've cut some 5" charms from my remaining pieces of Beehive Buzz. To win, leave me a comment below (scroll all the way to the end of this post), and to make it fun, comment your favorite flower.  What do you like to see the bees pollinating?  Giveaway open to USA residents only.  Please make sure I have a way to contact you, should you be the lucky winner.  The winner will be determined by random drawing at the end of the blog hop.

It's only the second day of the Island Batik Ambassador Studio 180 Blog hop.  Here's the complete list so you don't miss a thing!

September 6

Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads

Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde Gifts

September 7

Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

September 8

Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs

Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter

September 9

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway


September 12

Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

Suzy Webster, Websterquilt

September 13

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese

Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail

September 14

Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

September 15

Megan Best, Bestquilter

Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

September 16

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway


September 19

Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio

Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting

September 20

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood

Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

September 21

Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia

September 22

Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts

Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts

September 23

Blog Hop Week 3 Round Up + giveaway


September 26

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts

September 27

Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum

Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today!

Jennifer Thomas
Curlicue Creations

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Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Marvelous Minis featuring Little Pink Houses

Here I am, posting on the very last day of August, my Island Batik Ambassador monthly challenge project.  This quilt is titled "Little Pink Houses".  

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this quilt were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.
This month's challenge was to make a miniature quilt.  

I chose to use the Midnight Glow precuts along with the coordinating fabrics, Boysenberry and Orchid to make my quilt.

I used all the the fabrics in Midnight Glow.  I used 5 fabrics per row of houses, following the gradation of the precuts from light to dark, just as they were packaged.  I used the Orchid fabric for the background and Boysenberry for the sashing, inner border, and backing of my quilt.

I chose to paper piece the blocks as they are minis.  My blocks are 4" finished.  I used clips to hold the paper pieced sections in place while stitching them together with Schmetz needles.  The clips keep the paper sections lined up so much better than pins.

I used a piece of Hobbs Fusible batting that I had leftover from another project and quilted with Aurifil thread, color #2562 in straight lines across the quilt.

I love how pretty the blocks came out in the Midnight Glow fabrics.  It looks like a sunrise/sunset to me with the pink reflecting off the windows of the houses.

My quilt came out 16-1/2" x 21".  It's adorable!  So a-door-able that I took a pic on this door.

Boysenberry on the back.

Binding in Orchid.

Pretty folds.

I had fun taking photos of this mini quilt.  This key is actually huge, but it makes my mini quilt look tiny!

Little Pink Houses

Quilt Stats:
Finished Quilt Size:  16-1/2" x 21"
Block Size:  4" x 4"
Fabric:  Midnight Glow by Island Batik
Batting:  Fusible by Hobbs
Thread:  Aurifil #2562
Needles:  Schmetz
Designed in EQ8

If you've enjoyed reading about my Little Pink Houses mini quilt, visit my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors blogs to see what they made for the month of August.  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 –

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


Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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