My Latest Pattern for Timeless Treasures!

As you know, I often design quilt patterns for upcoming fabric collections such as the new Tonga Batiks Passport collection by Timeless Treasures. Right before Quilt Market, my Facets quilt pattern was selected for display in the Market booth.

Here it is, in the garden of the home I stayed in while at Market.

I had to rush to design the pattern and to make the sample, but it was fun. I really love, love the colors in patterns in this collection!

Before I delivered the sample to Market, I took lots of photos. My husband enjoyed being the photographer.

Here is Facets in the Timeless Treasures booth at the Spring 2019 Quilt Market.

The design is simple yet striking in the colors of the Passport collection. I really love how the hot colors flow towards cool colors from upper left to lower right. I think this pattern would look awesome even in a different fabric coloration, and better yet it’s simple and fast to do!

For quilting, I chose simple straight lines because I didn’t want to lose the pattern with a fancy quilting design. To add some interest, I quilted using Aurifil #1104 (Neon Orange) in one direction, and #2535 (Magenta) in the other.

I used a wool batting I had on hand (Quilters Dream Wool) because I wanted a soft but warm quilt. Can’t say I’m as happy with this wool batt as I am with Hobbs Wool and I don’t think I’ll use it again. It’s a bit too puffy for me but it drapes well and is soft so it’s got that going for it.

For the backing, Timeless sent one of their basics—a wideback called Tonga-B2336 Sunset. I think it goes perfectly with the colors in the front.

Here are the quilt details.

68-1/2” x 85-1/2"
Original Design
Fabrics: Timeless Treasures Tonga Batiks Passport collection, Tonga B2336-Sunset for the backing
Batting: Quilters Dream Wool
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2605(Grey)
Quilting Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #1104 (Neon Orange) and #2535 (Magenta)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

You can download the pattern for Facets here. The Passport fabric collection is in stores now.

If you make Facets or any other quilt pattern of mine, I'd love to see it!

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My Latest Pattern for Island Batik!

As you know, I’m an Island Batik Ambassador and as such I often create patterns for the Island Batik fabric collections. This month, the Ambassadors are celebrating the Spring 2019 batik collections with a fun filled blog hop. There are tons of giveaways and beautiful batiks on display during this hop! Click here to see the hop schedule and to enter the giveaways.

Today on the hop, we are showcasing the Clockworks collection.

Here is my pattern for that collection. I call it Like Clockwork.

You can view Like Clockwork and (two other quilt patterns I designed for the Spring/Summer 2019 collection) in the online Island Batik Spring/Summer catalog.

You will find the Clockworks fabric collection in your local quilt shop now.

Like Clockwork finishes at 64" x 80". I simply love the deep browns and teals in this collection. So warm and perfect for fall!

I had Like Clockwork quilted with an all over pattern of interlocking gears. Simply perfect for this!

For the backing,Island Batik sent #121810585 from the Oh Deer Winter 2018 collection. I really love this rich dark navy with orangy-gold snowmen and I think it really compliments the front of the quilt.

As you know, I went to Spring Market where I took photos of my three quilts displayed in the Island Batik booth. Here I am with Like Clockwork.

Here are the quilt details.

"Like Clockwork"
64” x 80"
Original Design
: Island Batik Clockworks collection, #121810585 from the Oh Deer Winter 2018 collection for the backing
Batting: Hobbs Cotton batting
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2370 (Sandstone)
Quilting Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2105 (Champagne)
Pieced by Jennifer Fulton
Quilted by Stephanie Crabree, Quilting Matilda

To celebrate my new pattern release, take 20% off Like Clockwork this week (until Tuesday, 8/13th at midnight EST). Click here to visit my shop.

If you make Like Clockwork or any other quilt pattern of mine, I'd love to see it!

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My July Island Batik Challenge

The July challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was “Artsy Fartsy,” and it was to showcase the beautiful Aurifil threads that are included in our twice yearly boxes. Aurifil is a partner in the Island Batik Ambassador program and as such has always been generous in sharing their threads with us.

I’ve been an Aurifil user for years, well before the Ambassador program. I love how low lint they are, and how perfectly they stitch! I can honestly say that both my piecing and my quilting improved after I tried Aurifil. No kidding.

Aurifil Threads - A Guide

So for the benefit of those of you who may not be as familiar with Aurifil, let me present this quick tutorial.

As you can see, Aurifil threads have different colored spools. The orange spools you see here are 50 wt. good for both piecing and quilting.

The green spools are 40 wt. which you can also use for piecing although I typically don’t. I use 40 wt for quilting and for machine applique. 40 wt is thicker than 50 wt by just a touch, so it’s more visible. Choose it when you want your quilting to show just a bit more than normal.

The grey spools are 28 wt. Because this thread is even thicker than 40 wt, use it when you want a decorative touch. For example,if you are adding a decorative stitch to the edges of your applique (such as a blanket stitch), use 28 wt for a bold look. You can quilt with 28 wt like I did in my challenge quilt, and it will be visible and add a nice texture. You can also hand-quilt with this thread.

Not shown because I didn’t use them in my piece but also included in my Island Batik box are these threads: the red spool on the left is 12 wt. and it’s perfect for sashiko, redwork, and other hand embroidery. It’s also a good choice in art quilting where you want the stitches to be an integral part of the piece.

The natural colored spool second from the left is Aurifloss, which is suited for embroidery just like other floss. The red spool third from the left is 12 wt. wool thread (actually, it’s a blend of wool and acrylic) that’s perfect for woolwork embroidery. The darker natural colored spool on the right is 80 wt. Because it’s so thin, this thread is perfect for hand piecing and applique, English paper piecing, “invisible” machine applique, and quilting.

Aurifil also makes other threads including an awesome invisible thread and a special thread designed just for the longarm that they call FortyThree (40 wt. 3-strand thread designed to take the stress of high-speed quilting). Always in Stitches (the quilt shop where I work) carries Aurifil threads so they keep me supplied.

My Quilt

I thought long and hard about how I wanted to showcase these wonderful threads in a quilt, and I came up with several ideas. I often sit on ideas while they gel until something nudges me in the right direction. I finally got the nudge after scanning through some photos and finding this one, of a cardinal on our bird feeder in the dead of winter.

I didn’t copy the photo exactly in my quilt, as you can see. I added another cardinal because just one seemed to lonely. I used a yellow and green batik as the background instead of the light grey of our house because I liked how the red cardinal fabric looked with it. I moved the spruce tree closer to the feeder than it was in the photo to improve the composition and I added less snow to its branches because I felt that the hint of snow was enough.

Here’s my quilt, which I’m calling Wintertide.

I used fusible machine applique to create Wintertide. I started with the feeder and the cardinals because they seemed the easiest to do. I built the feeder on my pressing sheet and then fused it in place as a whole unit onto the backing. Next, I added the cardinals and fused them in place.

I edge stitched the feeder and cardinals to finish them, using 50 wt threads in the following colors: #2846 Iceberg, #2260 Red Wine, #2692 Black and #2235 Orange.

To simulate the browner feathers of a female cardinal, I overstitched them with 80 wt. #2372 Dark Antique Gold.

Next, I started cutting and fusing the branches of the spruce. I used a variety of blue greens and greens to create a rich tapestry of color. To add the texture of the branches, I machine stitched their edges with spikes of thread. Here I varied not only the color but the thread weight in the hopes of creating a more natural look.

I used the following threads to embellish the branches: 28 wt. #1125 Medium Teal and #2890 Very Dark Grass Green; 40 wt. #2890 Very Dark Grass Green and #2885 Medium Spruce; and 50 wt. #4093 Jade, #5013 Asphalt, #4129 Turf Green, #2785 Very Dark Navy, and #4644 Smoke Blue.

I didn’t need to quilt in the spruce area because I’d done all that texture stitching. So I quilted only in the background areas, using 50 wt. #4129 Turf Green. I wanted to emphasize the wintery feel so I chose a swirly, windy pattern.

As i often do, I used scraps for the back, binding, and hanging sleeve.

Here are the quilt details:

17-1/4” x 20-1/2"
Original Design
Fabrics: Island Batik scraps, including #121815843 Paisley Tree Peacock from the Elk Lodge collection for the Background, #BE32-F4 Nutmeg for the backing, and Pinecone for the binding.
Batting: Hobbs Batting 80/20
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2610 (Light Blue Grey)
Quilting Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #4129 (Turf Green)
Applique and Embellishment Threads: 28 wt. #1125 Medium Teal and #2890 Very Dark Grass Green; 40 wt. #2890 Very Dark Grass Green and #2885 Medium Spruce; and 50 wt. #2846 Iceberg, #2260 Red Wine, #2692 Black, #2235 Orange, #2372 Dark Antique Gold, #4093 Jade, #5013 Asphalt, #4129 Turf Green, #2785 Very Dark Navy, and #4644 Smoke Blue.
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

Next month, our challenge is to create a star quilt. Wish me luck in getting my quilt done more quickly! Actually, this challenge only applies to half of us, as the other Ambassadors are participating in a blog hop featuring the Spring 2017 collection. The blog hop begins Monday. Come back then when I post the schedule and links to every blog. The collections are gorgeous and you won’t want to miss the hop (or the giveaways!)

So What Are You Working On?

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Disclosure: The products featured here were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, Aurifil, Hobbs, and AccuQuilt GO!

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My Second 2019 Island Batik Ambassador Box!

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I receive a surprise box of goodies twice a year to use in making our monthly challenge quilts.

It’s July, so that means it’s time to open my second box of Island Batik goodies. My first box of the year was actually two boxes and it was jam-packed with awesomeness! I simply can’t wait to open this box for you. Just look how big it is!

Bur first—if you like batiks as much as I do—be sure to follow me so you don’t miss the eye candy. Even if batiks are not your thing, I’m sure you’ll love the Island Batik challenges, my new patterns, and the beautiful quilts I create. Not to mention the giveaways! You’ll find the ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.

Now back to my box. Every time I receive a box from Island Batik my heart skips. I love surprises, and their surprises are always awesome. So what exactly did I get this time?

Watch my video to find out. <grin>

Wow! That was beyond cool! Let me slow things down a bit and take a look at my goodies one by one.

Let’s take a closer look at what was inside my box

First out of the box were three quilt battings from Hobbs. Hobbs is partner in the Island Batik Ambassador program, and they send us batts we can use in our monthly challenges. I have loved Hobbs’ battings for a long time and was so grateful when they joined the Island Batik Ambassador program.

This time Hobbs generously sent one Queen size Heirloom Natural Cotton batting (this batt is both soft and strong—it doesn’t stretch out like some cotton batts) and two Throw size Tuscany Wool batts (soft, warm, and light—these batts are favored by prize-winning longarmers). I love quilting with wool so getting two of these batts was quite a treat!

Up next was Aurifil thread—four 50 wt spools! The Island Batik Ambassador program has several partners including Aurifil so we typically get a few spools of this wonderful thread in our boxes.

The thread colors they included in my box this time coordinate with the batik collections I was sent. Aren’t the colors lovely?

Here are the color numbers if you’d like to grab these colors for yourself. When I present my monthly challenges I always include the thread color and number so you can see how specific threads will look in a quilt project. I also include the batting I used in a quilt so you can see how that works as well. Be sure to follow me if you want to see what I’m making for my challenge quilt this month!

Another Ambassador partner is AccuQuilt GO! As you know, I got a new AccuQuilt GO! fabric cutting system in my first box for 2019, so I was curious as to which die or dies I might get in my second box.

This time AccuQuilt sent a BOB die. BOB stands for Block on Board, and these are special dies you can use to cut an entire block in one swipe through the cutter. Included in my box was the Spider Web 6” Finished die. As you can see, the block is really striking! I can’t wait to design a new quilt with it.

In our boxes, Island Batik always includes a precut in a new collection plus coordinating fabrics I can use for the borders, backing or background of the quilt I make with the precuts. This time they sent a layer cake and two 2-yard cuts of coordinating fabrics (one light, one dark) from the Electric Desert collection. Electric Desert is part of the Spring 2019 collection which will appear in quilt stores beginning September 2019.

I know that it might be confusing, but Spring collections debut at Spring Market in May. Quilt shops order them and they arrive in stores beginning in the fall. They are often spring-themed because it’s at that time of year we quilters often want to make spring quilts. Right now in your quilt stores you should be finding fall and winter themed fabrics so you can make your holiday quilts. These fabrics debuted at the last Fall Market in October 2018.

Island Batik always includes yardage from their Foundations collections in our boxes. Foundations are batiks that are available all the time, which makes them easy to find in your local quilt store. This time I got two Foundations bundles. Here’s the bundle that coordinates with Electric Desert—included are 8 half-yard cuts (4 from the Basics collection and 4 from the Blenders collection.)

I just love purple and teal, so this collection simply sings to me!

A second precut collection was also included in the box—this time a 2-1/2” strip set and two 2-yard cuts from coordinating fabrics (again, one light and one dark). This collection is called Little Sir, Little Miss and it’s from the Summer 2019 collection which will begin appearing in quilt stores in November 2019.

Island Batik also sent a second bundle of Foundations batiks to coordinate with the Little Sir, LIttle Miss collection. Again, I got 8 half-yard cuts, 4 Basics and 4 Blenders.

Island Batik also included a third collection, which is from the Spring 2019 collection. This one is called Seedlings. What you see here are 1/4 yard cuts. You can do a lot with a 1/4 yard if you have enough of them, and I certainly do here. Can’t wait to see what I make of this. The colors are rich and delicious.

Something else Island Batik likes to include in our boxes is a nice neutral we can use as the background in a quilt or quilts. This time I received 4 yards of a light grey batik called Coconut. Coconut is part of the Neutrals collection.

Island Batik makes solid batiks in black, white, and grey and they always include them in our boxes so we can pair them with other batiks for a modern, crisp look. This time they included 4 yards each of grey, white, and black.

I don’t know if you know it yet, but Island Batik now makes solids in other colors! Perhaps we’ll get some in our next box. Click here if you want to see the new solid batiks from Island Batik.

An impressive list of goodies, don’t you think? As usual, I’m simply overwhelmed by the generosity of Island Batik.

Thanks for stopping by!

I'm off to finish my July Island Batik challenge quilt, which is to create something that uses at least three different weights of Aurifil thread.

Have a great quilty week! Come back on Wednesday to share your current quilty projects on my weekly linky party, Wednesday Wait Loss.

Also, don’t miss my giveaway!

I’m participating in the 12 Days of Christmas Blog Hop and there is a giveaway and tons of creative ideas for the holiday season. In addition, I’ve introduced a new pattern which is on sale in my shop this week only, plus you might win the pattern by entering my giveaway! Click here to learn more.

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Disclosure: The products featured in the post were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik and their program partners, Aurifil, Hobbs Batting, and AccuQuilt GO!

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