Wednesday, September 13, 2023

Pieced to Perfection Blog Hop and Giveaway featuring Idalia's Web

This is the quilt I made for the Island Batik Ambassador Pieced to Perfection Blog Hop, Idalia's Web.

Disclaimer:  The items used to make this project were given to me by Island Batik and Industry Partners.

This month we were challenged to make either a foundation paper pieced, or English paper pieced quilt using the new fabric collections.

I received the English Lavender collection.  It is sooooo beautiful.  If you love purple and blue, this is the fabric for you.  I have made three quilts with this collection; I just love it that much!  Look for it in your local fabric shop next month.

Today I'll be showing you Idalia's Web.  I'll post about the other two quilts I made in the near future, so check back soon.  I decided to foundation paper piece my quilt.  I began by cutting strips the approximate sizes that I would need for the sections.  I used every fabric in the English Lavender collection and mixed them up randomly within the blocks.

I used the four yard cut of solid black that Island Batik sent in our second boxes for the background.  I used nearly ALL of the black fabric in this quilt.  I only have a little piece left, maybe 1/4 yard.  This pic shows the paper piecing in progress. 

This is what my units look like.  I made 96 units for this quilt.  They look like shark fins to me.  A few other quilters said it would make a nice sail for a sailboat.  

48 of the units face one way and the other 48 are mirrored.  I used Schmetz needles for all of the piecing.  They had no problems stitching through the fabric and paper together.

I sewed each of the pairs together to make a block.

Then I used my Accuquilt 1-1/2" strip die and made strips out of this fabric for the sashing.  It is worth noting that I used all three of my Accuquilt strip dies for this quilt.  I used the 2-1/2" strip die for the inner border and binding and the 2" strip die for the outer border.  

I sewed my blocks to the sashing assembly line style and then cut them apart.  It was quick, easy, and fun!

Two blocks together.  It kind of makes me think "spider!"

The name Idalia's Web came from this tough spider.  She hangs on her beautiful web just off my side porch.  When Hurricane Idalia blew through my neighborhood, it was downgraded to a tropical storm, but it was still super windy and we had 6" - 8" of rain.  This spider hung on and blew all over the place, but she made it through the storm, so I started calling her Idalia.  I named another spider on my front porch "Matilda", and one by my back door "Oh No! Please Go Away!"  Idalia is my favorite.

I wanted to use black thread to quilt and I seem to be always out of black thread so I went off to check out the quilt shops in my new area.  I bought this beautiful black Aurifil (2642) at All About Quilting in Jacksonville, NC.  They were friendly, helpful, and had some Island Batik fabrics ~ yay!

I quilted an allover loopy meander for Idalia's Web.  I think the black thread blends beautifully and adds just enough texture that it doesn't distract from the pieced design.

Four blocks and sashing together.  I used Thermore batting by Hobbs for this quilt.  It's nice and light and easy to quilt.

So lovely!  Look at how the English Lavender fabrics sparkle against the black!

I like this folded quilt photo, too.  It hints at the design without giving it away.

I backed Idalia's Web with Island Batik's Ivory fabric from the neutral foundations.  This fabric is always available.

I finished up my four yards of black with a black binding.

A tangled web!

Idalia's Web

Quilt Stats:
Quilt Size:  40" x 52"
Fabric:  English Lavender by Island Batik
Thread:  Aurifil 2692
Batting:  Thermore by Hobbs
Dies:  Accuquilt 1-1/2", 2", 2-1/2" strip
Needles:  Schmetz
Designed in EQ8

I'm giving away a 5" charm pack cut from my remaining English Lavender fabrics.  To enter, simply leave me a comment at the end of this post.  I'll choose a winner randomly at the end of the hop.  Open to U.S.A. addresses only due to shipping costs.  Please be sure  I have a way to contact you, should you be the chosen one.

Island Batik is giving away these two bundles of fabric as well!  Enter to win either English Lavender or Earthly Greens this week at the Island Batik Blog.

Please visit my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors to see what they made for the blog hop with all the new fabric collections.  Remember to visit your local shops next month for these new fabrics.  

September 5

Elita Sharpe, Busy Needle Quilting

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese

September 6

Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

Sarah Pitcher, Pitcher’s Boutique

September 7

Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs

Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

September 8

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway


September 11

Brittany Fisher, Bobbin with Brittany

Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail

September 12

Susan Deshensky, Lady Blue Quilts

Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

September 13

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood

Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

September 14

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia

Victoria Johnson, Forever Quilting for You

September 15

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway


September 18

Lana Russel, Lana Quilts

Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

September 19

Randi Jones, Randi’s Roost

Suzy Webster, Websterquilt

September 20

Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts

Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

September 21

Renee Atkinson, Pink Tulip Quilting

Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today!

Jennifer Thomas

Curlicue Creations

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Wednesday, September 6, 2023

New Pattern ~ Wild Tuba Party!

It's a Wild Tuba Party, and you're invited.  Meet the Wild Tuba Party quilt, one of my newer patterns.  This pattern encourages you to mix it up, be creative, and have fun.  

Wild Tuba Party features the Celebrate fabric collection, by Island Batik.

Disclaimer:  The fabric for this quilt was given to me by Island Batik.
The blocks are a combination of simple piecing and fun fusible applique flowers and dots.

This pattern encourages you to make every block different by mixing the colors and fabrics.  It's a creative process.  There is no wrong way to make a Wild Tuba Party block.

This photo shows Wild Tuba Party during the quilting process.  Because it is such a busy quilt, I used an allover loopy meander for the quilting motif.  It added nice texture without competing with the design of the quilt top.

Trail Mix helped hold the quilt down during the binding process.  She's so helpful.

And here is the finished quilt, hanging up for a few quick photos.

One Wild Tuba Party block.

Horizontal view.

Pretty folds.

Ready for some front porch sittin'.

Quilting close-up.

Backing is Jelly Bean by Island Batik.

Binding in the same gorgeous green as the outer border.

Quilt Stats:
Quilt Size:  54" x 70"
Block Size:  12" x 12"
Fabric:  Celebrations by Island Batik
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20
Thread:  Aurifil
Needles:  Schmetz
Designed in EQ8

Join me at the party ~ you're invited!  Order your Wild Tuba Party pattern here:

If you sew a Wild Tuba Party quilt, I would love to see it!  Tag me on Instagram @curlicuecreations.

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas
Curlicue Creations

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