It’s Week 3 of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!

It’s Week 3 of the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop!

We’ve had a couple of weeks off, but today the New Quilt Bloggers Blog Hop continues with new quilt blogs and lots of giveaways! Please visit these lovely ladies from my hive, the Blooming Quilters.

Blooming Quilters

Please visit these lovely ladies from my hive, the Blooming Quilters.

Tami @ Thrift Shop Commando

Sandy @ Sandy Star Designs

Karen @ Tu-Na Quilts, Travels, and Eats

Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing

Sarah @ Designs by Sarah J

Be sure to also visit Yvonne @ Quilting Jetgirl and enter this week's giveaway. You won't believe the awesome prizes!

I want to also thank our other blog hop hosts, Beth @ Cooking Up Quilts and Leanne @ she can quilt for supporting the new quilt bloggers. They've done a great job and I really appreciate it. If you're new quilt blogger, I highly recommend this group. You'll learn so much!

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My Adventurous Applique

The challenge project for Island Batik Ambassadors this month was to make a quilt using applique. We could make the quilt any size and utilize any applique method. I chose raw-edge applique because I wanted to create an art quilt.

Every Friday for quite a few weeks now, I’ve been hosting Furry Fridays here on my blog. Furry Fridays are all about helping rescue animals by adopting them whenever possible, and making kennel quilts to comfort them when they are under stress.

Furry Fridays are over, but I thought since the subject of my art quilt was my adorable fur baby Lucy, it would be appropriate to present my art quilt on a Friday. Kinda fits somehow.

Anyway as you probably know, I lost my sweet Lucy a few weeks ago. Since then, we’ve adopted our Zora and she’s gone a long way to fill my lonely heart. Still, I felt the urge to make a quilt about Lucy so I decided to use this month’s challenge to do just that.

I started with a photo of Lucy asleep on my leg. She looked so cute at the time that I couldn’t resist taking a picture of her using my cell phone. I brought the photo into my editing program and used the Posterize filter to reduce the number of colors. Then I printed out the result and used it to cut and place my fabrics.

I really enjoy using batiks for quilts like this because you don’t need to worry about raveling too much. First, I fused the background fabrics, then I used the printout to cut out Lucy’s basic shape. Slowly, I added other fabrics to define my sleepy kitty. I used various fusibles simply because I had a lot of scraps I wanted to use up. I can honestly say they all worked well.

I quilted around each shape both to hold them down and also to define them more clearly. Then I quilted a curly pattern on my leg and wavy lines in the background behind Lucy's sleepy head. Finally, I added whiskers. I’m really pleased with the results! Here are the details:

I Love Lucy
12” x 22”
Original Design
Fabrics:
Island Batiks, including Bubble Hole Honey (Happy Harvest collection), Marble Blackberry BE24-A2 (Blender), Diner Days #111712305, scraps from various Stash Builders
Batting: Warm and White
Fusibles: Wonder Under, Heat n Bond and Stitch Witchery
Quilting Thread: Aurifil 40 wt #1243 Dusty Lavender, 50 wt #2568 Mulberry and #4150 Crème Brule; Sulky 40 wt #1168 True Orange and #1246 Orange Flame; Mettler 30 wt #515 Caramel Creme, WonderFil 40 wt #1158 Dark Plum
Pieced and quilted by: Jennifer Fulton

While you're here, don't forget to link up a photo of your latest work in progress or quilt finish to my weekly Wednesday Wait Loss! I'm having a giveaway so be sure to check it out.

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Wednesday Wait Loss 12

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss! Here you’ll find help and encouragement to finish your projects! We meet once a week and fill each other in on how our quilt projects are doing. I hope you’ll share what you’re working on because we’d love to see!

Wednesday Wait Loss

If you’re a frequent visitor to WWL, you know what I’ve been working on—Moroccan Tiles! Well, I’ve got happy news…I’ve finally finished the quilt top. Now to get it quilted!

On Monday I shared some secret sewing projects I’m working on. These are high priority, and you’ll be seeing them soon. I’ve also got to finish and mail this month’s Bee Inspired block (Bee Inspired is my online hive). Here’s what it looks like. I haven’t started on mine yet, but doesn’t it look like fun? If you’d like to make one for yourself, here’s the tutorial.

Because I was inspired to create Moroccan Tiles by the Kashmir collection from Windham Fabrics, I’m having a giveaway—three fat quarters from the Twilight collection by Windham Fabrics. To enter, simply link up a current WIP! The contest will run for six weeks—this is the fourth week. You get one chance for each WIP you link up (up to three projects each week). The last week of the contest will be May 10th; I’ll announce the winner on May 17th.

Now it’s time for the weekly feature! It was so hard choosing a feature this week because we had a lot of wonderful linkups. In the end, I decided to feature Tish @ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland, for the sheer number of projects she shared. I mean does this girl got a lot going on and need encouragement? Yeah! Go Tish!

Congratulations Tish! I can’t wait to see how these progress. Each one is wonderful! Help yourself to an “I Was Featured” button for your blog.

Wednesday Wait Loss

Last week's voting sure showed how much we all really love and support each other! Just about every project got the same number of votes. Only a few got less than two and to those I send extra hugs and good wishes for getting your projects done!

Don't forget to vote next week, from Saturday to Tuesday!

Well, it’s time to link up. The linky will be open until Friday, April 28th at midnight EST. If you need help, click here for detailed steps. If you run into difficulties, you can email me your link. Voting starts after the linky closes and runs until Tuesday, May 2nd at midnight EST. Can you believe it’s almost May? Let’s link up our projects and get ‘em done!

Here are some quick reminders:

  • This linky is all about encouraging finishes, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment. Then come back to vote on Saturday. Each vote is a hug of encouragement.
  • Some participants are uploading photos and not linking to a blog post or an Instagram/Flickr post. If that’s you, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.

Again, the linky will be open until Friday, April 28th at midnight EST, then voting continues until Tuesday, May 2nd at midnight EST. Come on, let’s finish our WIPs together!

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Catching Up on Secret Sewing

I’ve been doing a lot of secret sewing lately so I can’t show you much of what I’ve been up to. But I can show you glimpses, in the hope you’ll return when I can show more.

This first glimpse is of a row I’m designing for a row by row quilt. You may have noticed this button in my sidebar…

The quilt along is going on now if you want to check it out. The theme is “In My Neighborhood,” and there are four adorable rows already—January, February, March, and April. The quilt along is hosted by Cheryl @ Quilter Chic. My month is May, and my post will go up on May 15th. If you’re not interested in another quilt project I still hope you’ll return because I’ve designed mine to become a cute wall hanging as well. Here’s a sneak peak of my fabrics and the first block.

Another project I’m working on is this month’s Island Batik challenge, which is called Adventures in Applique. The idea is to make an applique quilt, any size, using Island Batiks.

Here is a glimpse of what I’m working on. It’s an art quilt. I love using batiks for this technique!

Finally, as you know, I’m participating in the New Quilters Blog Hop. (I’m in the Blooming Quilters hive.) I hope you’ve been visiting the blogs and getting to know our amazing group of new quilt bloggers (especially the ones in my hive!) The blog hop is taking the week off, but come back next Monday for the list of that week’s participants and directions on how to enter the giveaway!

I hope to see you in a few days for my weekly Wednesday Wait Loss link up. By linking up a work in progress or a recent finish, you could win three fabulous fat quarters from the Twilight collection by Windham Fabrics! In the meantime, visit last week’s link up and vote for your favorite projects. You can cast up to six votes by clicking the little heart on the projects you want to applaud. You’ll find the projects at the bottom of the post so be sure to scroll down!

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