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Saturday, July 20, 2019

Artsy Fartsy with “Island Batik” part 2

I’m back, and I'm betting you thought I fell off the face of the earth.
Well, not quite, but my computer crashed and I felt like I pretty much had.
It was only supposed to be a couple of days...
Apparently I have become a slave to technology!
Over a week without a computer...well, is just cruel and unusual punishment.
I've been dying to tell you just how much this  “artsy fartsy” 
theme has really grabbed in attention this month.

This time, I’m sharing a summertime favorite...
This is "Lets Picnic" from "Applique Garden"
Every good picnic should have all these goodies, don't you agree?
This months challenge is sponsored by "Aurifil " thread. We want to
show you just what you can do with the different weight of threads.
This photo is a great place to start. 
A 40, 50 or 80 weight is perfect for stitching down appliques, when you don't want 
the thread to be the center of attention.
The higher the number the finer the thread.
When I want the details to pop, I use a 28 weight,
Example: the sesame seeds on the hamburger bun and the lines on the onion.
(you know, every hamburger needs onion)
Or the froth lines in the whip cream on the shake above.
 The pickle details are also done in a 28 weight.
Don't you love how the colors in these "Island Batik" fabrics pop.
These corner appliques are compliments of my Accuquilt GO cutter and dies.
Just a little way to add some additional pop to things, and make a project "yours"
"Aurifil" floss...is a perfect way to attach the buttons.
I love the fact, that "Aurifil" thread has such a wide variety of weights,
 in so many colors.
 I used a Hobbs wool batting, for a fun dimensional look.
I love the loft it has and how it makes my appliques pop off the background.
Here's a little eye candy for you.
Makes your heart go pitty-pat doesn't it?
Oh, how I "LOVE" the wooden spools their floss is wrapped on.
Such a fun, retro feel!
A big thank you to  
Our fabulous industry partners.
And of course 
I hope I've inspired you add a little "Artsy Fartsy" into your life.
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'


  1. Joan, your picnic quilt is adorable, and the thread details are the icing on the cake!

  2. That is a totally fun and summery artsy fartsy project! I hope your computer woes are over, nothing is so disruptive as that!

  3. Your Artsy Fartsy challenge is just adorable...love it.

  4. Your picnic cloth is great - especially love the pickles! And those threads - definitely swoon-worthy!

  5. I never thought no computer would be a nightmare, but it would be. Glad you are back, and thanks for the look at your latest fun project. You did well to get two done for the month.

  6. That turned out so cute. It's a perfect summer treat.

  7. You have had fun with all the different threads. Great result. I would love a sundae like that!


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