Saturday, November 9, 2019

Tool Time with Island Batik

This month "Island Batik" has challenged their ambassadors to use a new tool.
I love it when we are challenged with something new.
It brings out the explorer, in all of us!
My new tool is the "Prairie Pointer" from Susan Cleveland.
I went to a taping of the "Quilt Show" with Alex Anderson
 and Ricky Tims a year ago.
Susan was one of the quilters, they were taping that day. Besides being 
completely inspired by her, we were treated to the goodies above.
Now, was the perfect time to put them both to some good use!
I started out with this gorgeous strip set.
The fan blades in this project are small, and I was excited
 to actually be able to use strips sets for the Dresden fan blades.
Chain piecing the fan blades created this fun wreath of color.
Oh yes, it melts my heart!
This tool works great on turning the fan blades, as well as Prairie Points.
It's metal, so it conducts heat beautifully,
and the measurements keep your points perfectly centered.
If you look closely, these Dresdens are just a bit different than the
 traditional ones we usually see.
 Both ends are pointed so there is no need to applique circles to them.
This method allows for partial Dresdens, that give you tons of options for playing!
Another tool you might say, is that she has you starch white fabric til it's stiff
 and draw a template onto it. You piece it right to the template and leave it in when
stitching it down to your background fabrics.
 That controls shadowing and allows for perfectly flat piecing.
After seeing my wreath of many colors,
I decided to add a border of "Prairie Points" to my project.
While I mixed up the colors in the Dresdens,
I kept the "Prairie Points" in order as I added them.
The most fun part was making 2 toned "Prairie Points" with the leftover fabrics...
...yes, that was a new technique to me also.
I took advantage of playing with a little bead work, but...
...the proof is in the pudding as they say.
These points come out perfect every time.
Thanks Susan Cleveland for a great addition to the "tool" shed!
I hope you have been enjoying the "A Piece Of" blog hop.
My fellow ambassadors have done some amazing things with the new lines
of fabrics arriving in your quilt shops.
We continue on to week number 2 on Monday, with 4 more days of inspiration.
The give away is, this set of fabulous "Sand Bar" precuts.
You won't want to miss out, on that chance to win!
The complete schedule is posted
Thanks for visiting my "Tool Time" project this month.
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin!

Saturday, November 2, 2019

A Piece Of Blog Hop with Island Batik

Monday starts the "Island Batik"
"A Piece Of"   blog hop
You get front row seats to view the new lines of fabrics arriving
 on your store shelves. 
Oh...and prizes. Yes, each week "Island Batik" is hosting a giveaway.
Something wonderful from these new lines.
This is week 1.
 Didn't I tell it it was wonderful?
My fellow ambassadors have some amazing things to share with you,
and some giveaways of their own.
So make sure you visit each and every one of them.

Monday, November 4 
Tuesday, November 5
Wednesday November 6
Thursday November 7
Monday November 11 
Tuesday November 12
Wednesday November 13
Thursday November 14
Monday November 18
Tuesday November 19
Wednesday November 20

til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Thursday, October 31, 2019

A Time For All Seasons-November

Oh were, oh where did my November blocks go???
I was so ahead of schedule...
Blocks were done, pattern were written months ago...
Then drat!
They are nowhere to be found????
That's the organization around here, I guess!
But never fear... the quilt fairy was here...
and things looked brighter in the light of day!
 We have our harvest "Cornucopia" this month.
That's I word I have known for years, but I had no idea what it really met.
So off to the dictionary I went.
Cornucopia definition is -  a curved, hollow goat's horn or similarly shaped receptacle (such as a horn-shaped basket) that is overflowing, especially with fruit and vegetables (such as gourds, ears of corn, apples and grapes) that is used as a decorative motif emblematic of abundance--called the horn of plenty!
Goat horns huh???
That has to be a story in itself!
My emblematic abundance, would call for that horn to be stuffed with fabric!
You can find the pattern for this block
This is Tiramisu...a great coordinating pieced block to go along with it.
You can find this block
I really considered being a "Turkey" and not releasing the bonus block just yet...
But we are rolling into holiday season, and that would just not right
tee hee hee
So, here you go...
Your November bonus block, "Gobble Gobble".
You can download him
Remember these blocks are free for the month of November only.
After that they will be available for a small fee.
Only 2 months left, and I can't wait to see what's in store.
Don't forget to share your blocks on our Facebook page
We have sponsors who are providing fabulous monthly prizes.

Here is the schedule for this year...

April Bonus
May Bonus 


til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'

Ghould Morning!

Grab your favorite cuppa and stroll thru some of my Halloween crazyness.
Yes, it's true...parking on this post is for only the finest of us!
You see, I love Halloween!
The more "Ghastly" the better
Well not creepy Ghastly, 
but these Ghastlies are the so much fun!
Then there is Disney.
No one does it better than Disney!

As you can see...
I love to play with Halloween, any ole way!
As for you...I'm wishing you a fa"BOO"lous day!
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'