Sunday, April 22, 2018

Louie for Use It Up Blog Hop

"Louie 2," 23" x 14", made by Pam Geisel, Apr. 2018

Welcome to the final day of the Island Batik Ambassador Alumni's "Use It Up" Blog Hop! The Alumni are former ambassadors who still love to use Island Batik fabrics and we decided to have our own little blog hop to use up our Island Batik fabrics. (Not going to happen any time soon for me as I still have a lot.)

For this blog hop I decided to revisit one of my previous quilts and remake it using Island Batik fabrics, so let me introduce you to Louie. Louie is a barn owl and one of the resident raptors at the Glen Helen Raptor Center in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

I used the eight fabrics in the back for the background, blending from light to dark and added some brown couched yarn to every other square before piecing. The three cream colored fabrics in the front were used to make Louie. I couched the same brown yarn along the tree branch and some white handspun yarn around Louie's head and where the binding meets the quilt.

As always, you can click on any of the photos to see them larger and if you missed any of the other "Use It Up" posts you can find the links to them here.

Monday, April 16, 2018

Blog Hop: Island Batik Ambassador Alumni's "Use It Up"

The Island Batik Ambassador Alumni (quilters who used to be ambassadors but aren't currently but still love Island Batik fabrics) are hosting a blog hop. Each day this week, we’ll feature one or two quilters and their projects using Island Batik fabrics. Be sure to follow along every day as we have lots of great quilted projects to share with you.

Here’s the schedule with links to the blogs:

M 4/16 - Lemon Tree Snippets

Tu 4/17 - Seams To Be Sew & Mary Macks Blog

W 4/18 - One Quilting Circle & Seams Like a Dream

Th 4/19 - Tammarinis & Kathy’s Kwilts and More

F 4/20 - Inspired Layers & Kissed Quilts

Sa 4/21 - Purrfect Spots & Patchwork Breeze

Su 4/22 - Me!

Monday, April 2, 2018

Project Quilting Wrap Up & PRIZES!

Project Quilting entries (top row, left to right): Yellow Springs Yarn Bomb, Peaceful Ocean Waves baby quilt, Shine; (bottom row, left to right): Rain(bow) Drop, Mug Rug Quilts, 3D Flying Geese quilted postcards

There were 667 quilts were made in Season 9 and 52 people participated in all six challenges. I was one of the 52 who did all six. My personal goal this season was to be colorful and use rainbows when possible. (My instincts were pretty good as half of the Viewer's Choice winners featured rainbow colors.)

I like Project Quilting because it challenges me to think differently and I've made some of my favorite pieces for the challenges. I also like that there's a chance to win prizes, and this year I won two of the randomly drawn "Ultimate Weekly Sponsor" prizes.

From the Bold & Brave Challenge I won a $50 Gift Certificate from Therm-o-web. With my art quilts I can go through a lot of fusible web, so that will come in handy.

From the Mellow Yellow Challenge I won a plethora of goodies from Wise Craft Handmade including a signed copy of the book Wise Craft Quilts, a set of English Paper Piecing templates, a 5" Ruby Ruler, and a quilt pattern of my choice.

Season 9 of Project Quilting is over but now it's time for the monthly off season Project Quilting Challenges. There aren't prizes for these challenges, but you do have a full month to complete them. The theme for April is "April Fools."

So a big thanks to Kim of Persimon Dreams for hosting Project Quilting, and a special thanks to Therm-o-Web