Monday, January 15, 2018

Island Batik Blog Hop Continues with Spring

Did you catch all the beauties of WINTER last week?



This week we're focusing on SPRING!
I'll have more next week during 'Summer'!
These past couple of weeks of January I've been doing the 365 Challenge and am exclusively using Island Batik fabrics. And yes, I'm using a lot of orange!! At least at this stage.






I've also been following along with Bonnie Hunter's Quiltville Mystery 2017 - On Ringo Lake. I chose to make a table runner size so tested along the way, but ultimately decided on using mostly Island Batik fabrics and am in the process of getting it assembled. Here are a few progress shots and what is assembled so far.

So, linking up with Quiltville (well, I was, but failed to get it done) and Design Wall Monday now at SmallQuilts andDoll Quilts.

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Alpine Nights in Alpine Ice

Welcome to my stop on the Island Batik Four Seasons Blog Hop. We're featuring their beautiful new seasonal lines and this week is WINTER!  Today we're showcasing Alpine Ice that will be shipping in April to quilt shops like Hancock's of Paducah and Red Roxy Quilt Co in Decorah, IA.

Here it is hanging at Fall Market (Oct 2017) to show attendees a first glimpse of the line.

Island Batik has the entire collection of Alpine Ice  individually posted and can be viewed by all. Shops can order it to then share with interested customers.

As a designer that likes to use multiple values of a single color, I was excited when given the opportunity to design with this collection. The stripe fabric had such fun motifs, that I used it as inspiration to blow up each design and create blocks and rows to feature them.

This is a multi-block design and includes a simple snowball made in various values to create depth across the row; half square triangles with a similar value effect; paper pieced diamonds and stars; appliqued trees and fussy cut motifs from the two stripe prints to separate pieced rows and add a special border.

There are two colorways within this collection --grey and blue. There is a sister collection called Alpine Jingle that has gold/red/green colors and similar motifs. Watch for that tomorrow on the blog hop.

I focused on the grey colorway.

In my patterns, when there are multiple block designs, I like to instruct how to make each block in what I deem the most efficient way possible. Using Electric Quilt software, it is easy to get the necessary elements for each method.

1. Snowballs - rotary cut and simple stitching.
2. Mountains using half square triangles - rotary cut and simple stitching --well I give you a little trick.

3. Paper Pieced Diamonds with some mylar template assistance.
4. Paper Pieced 6 pointed stars

5. Appliqued trees using a mylar template.

Fussy cutting the stripe fabric gives unique sashings that mimic the pieced rows.

This would make a great learning quilt, start off easy and build on your skills to finish it.

 Loved my #Aurifil threads for piecing and quilting! Here are a few close up shots.

Patterns will be available as fabrics are shipping in April. If you're interested in getting one and would appreciate video tutorials for each row and fussy cutting the sashings and border, please let me know in the comments below. How about pre-printed paper foundations and the mylar templates?

Don't miss out on these giveways as well!

Fabrics for the border and sashings for the Alpine Nights quilt and a pattern. To be shipped some time by April (when quilt shops will begin receiving fabrics). US only entries. I'll pick a 2nd winner as well for a PDF copy of my pattern --open to anyone who is interested.

Use this Rafflecopter to sign-up for the giveaway.  Good through January 16 (PST).

a Rafflecopter giveaway

And another directly from Island Batik---going on the entire hop.  <<<----- Click There! Good through February 1.


Thank you for stopping by. This blog hop will continue with other seasons. I've got 3 other posts myself, one in Summer and two in Fall and more giveaways too! See you back here real soon.

#islandbatikambassador #islandbatik #thebestfrombali #fourseasonsbloghop #electricquilt

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Best of 2017

Meadow Mist Designs is hosting a 'Best of 2017' linkup, so I put a few facts together and want to share some of the 'best' from my quilty life in 2017.

Top 5 blog posts viewed
These were early in the year so have the most opportunity for ongoing views, but here they are:

#5 - Design Wall Monday - new IBA Challenge 2/13/17

#4 - Design Wall Monday - 1/30/17

#3 - Design Wall Monday - 1/16/17

#2 - Design Wall Monday - 1/9/17

#1 - IB New Beginnings Blog Hop - 1/25/17

Most comments
Christmas Caroling RAL - Ornaments Song

Here are a few of my favorites from the year:

Recent finish where I just played with some scraps, using the first 3 chapters of skill building blocks in my co-authored book "You Can Quilt!"

Most meaningful - Anchored to the Cross (adapted from Primitive Gathering's Anchor Point Mini)

For a special veteran in his 80's - adapted from pattern Hollow Star

Rondure - Seaglass --juried into AQS Des Moines -- pattern available at my shop.

Jewels - juried into AQS Des Moines, pieced by Nancy Goddard, quilted by me -- pattern available at my shop.

New Design - Fall Festival (bottom quilt in the stack) shown here at Fall Market  -- more info about this will be posted later in January, including pattern availability.

New Design - Alpine Nights--a row quilt-- shown at Fall Market 2017 -- -- more info about this will be posted later in January, including pattern availability.

Winter Bright now available as a pattern with kit at Keepsake Quilting!

This year's Row by Row design and prior year plates and kits still available.

Dangling Diamonds selected for inclusion in the QuiltArt 2018 Calendar --copies available while supplies last in my shop--call for details 509-386-5715.

Quilting for market designers is always a privilege. This is Hosta BOM from Bella Nonna Design Studio. More details will be shared in a blog post in January.

Sea Bubbles -- selected for Spring Market -- pattern available for PDF download at Craftsy.

A personal one ...with my own t-shirts from 30 years ago!

One of my personal favorites for me this year.

My Favorite - super hard to pick, so check out my entire 2017 review here

Thanks for stopping by! May you have a productive 2018.