Island Batik August Challenge: Quilt as You Go

The challenge this month for Island Batik Ambassadors was to make a quilt as you go project.

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I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do, but I knew I wanted to use the Pressed Petals collection by Island Batik.

As soon as I found this adorable pattern by Pink Sand Beach Designs, I knew I had my quilt as you go project. The pattern is called the Riviera Handbag.

As you can see from the cover of the pattern, it’s not designed to be quilted. That didn’t mean however that I couldn’t replace the outside lower pocket panel (the blue paisley fabric) with a quilted panel. Easy peasy, if you use quilt as you go!

First, I cut some muslin and batting a little bit larger than the outside lower pocket panel listed in the pattern. The pattern calls for two pieces of fabric cut 9” x 17” (one for the front pocket, and one for the back) so I cut 2 pieces of muslin and batting 10” x 18”. Cutting my backing and batting larger than specified allowed me to trim my pocket panel to the exact size needed after it was quilted. (Quilting often causes your fabric to shrink up a bit so I wanted to allow for that.)

After selecting the Pressed Petal strips I wanted to use, I layered the muslin and batting and placed two 2-1/2” strips right sides facing along the batting's right edge.

I sewed along the left edge of the strips to quilt them. I know, sewing along the left edge of your sewing machine foot is different, but I chose to do that so I could have the bulk of the QAYG piece to my left and not under the tiny opening of my machine. About halfway through quilting the panel, I switched things around and sewed along the right edge of my sewing machine foot.

Next, I pressed the top strip to the left.

Then I laid another strip on top of the left strip (RST) and sewed along the left edge as before. I kept this up until I had quilted both of the lower pocket pieces. And that my friends is quilt as you go!

When they were done I cut my quilted panels to the size called for in the pattern, then simply followed the steps to make my bag. This pattern was clearly written, with photos for every step so even if you’ve never made a handbag before, you would have no trouble making this! One warning however—there are 30 steps. Yeah I know. 30!

Just go slow and look at the photos to double check yourself after each step and you'll be just fine.

I’m planning on using the bag to carry my tablet and my bee bag (which contains graph paper, a notebook, and pencil for designing quilts on the go). The outside of the Riviera bag has two pockets—one in the front and one in the back. You sew across the top edge (that tiny orange strip on my bag) of the lower pocket panel to create the pocket. This means the pocket is open all the way across the panel. I decided I wanted the pocket to be the same size as the pocket opening, so I sewed some side seams.

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Inside, there are more pockets. You can make these whatever size you need.

And look! I even put in a zipper! If you want to read about my previous zipper adventures, click here, here or here.

I really needed this bag. As soon as it was finished, I put my tablet and bee bag in it. So glad I got to use my Island Batiks to make it!

Riveria Bag
16-1/2 wide (at the top), 9-1/2" tall, 4" deep
Pink Sand Beach Designs
Fabrics: Island Batik Pressed Petals collection
Batting: Warm and White
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt #2610 Light Blue Grey
Quilting Thread: Aurifil 50wt #2150 Pumpkin and #2740 Dark Cobalt
Pieced and quilted by: Jennifer Fulton

If you haven’t already, be sure to link up to my Wednesday Wait Loss. I’m having a giveaway!

Also, be sure to come back on Tuesday for the next two blocks in the I Wish You a Merry Quilt Along. Yep, there will be two block patterns this time and one of them is mine! Hopefully that's an incentive to come back. <grin>

And be sure to post your version of Block 2 by midnight EST August 28th. To learn more about the quilt along, including where to get the block patterns and what you might win, click here.

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Alison Glass Charm Swap

Spent the morning cutting 5” charm squares for an online swap.

In exchange for a little of my time and a yard and a half of fabric, I’ll receive 72 5” charm squares in a variety of Alison Glass fabrics!

I’m not much of a designer follower. Mostly when I purchase quilt fabric, I buy whatever strikes my fancy. Typically, I see a beautiful design or a wonderful color in a fabric and I just get the urge to add it to my stash. Occasionally though, I notice the designer as well as the wonderful fabric. Alison Glass is one of those designers I notice and look for because her fabrics are so wonderful—especially her Sun Prints.

In fact, even though I’m pretty sure I didn’t even know who she was at the time, I even featured several Alison Glass fabrics in Elephants on Parade, a quilt pattern from my book, “Idiot’s Guides: Quilting.” They are simply that compelling.

If you’ve never done a swap, I recommend them! Make sure however that the hostess knows what she’s doing so you get high-quality charms in return.

I participated in another swap awhile back, and received lots of cute novelties. Again, another well executed swap.

I don’t have a particular plan right now for the Alison Glass charms, except petting them! <grin>

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Brickyard: BQF Modern Quilt

Earlier today I wrote about the Blogger’s Quilt Festival hosted by Amy of Amy’s Creative Side. Bloggers like me can enter up to two quilts in the festival, and today I present my second entry, Brickyard.

Brickyard is an original design inspired by my love of the Indianapolis 500. Going to the 500 every year has become a family tradition, and I wanted a quilt to remind me of that.

I was also inspired by the fabric to create this design. All the members of my bee purchased the same jelly roll, Woodland from the Gradations line by Moda. When I saw the fabrics, I immediately wanted to feature them in some way and I thought, “a stack of bricks” and my design was born.

I love modern quilting and wanted to provide lots of open space in which to feature lovely quilting designs.

Here are the quilt details:

50” x 66
Original Design
Fabrics: Gradations “Woodland” by Moda
Batting: Hobbs 80/20
Piecing Thread: Aurifil Mako 50 wt, #2326
Quilting Thread: Superior Gray
Pieced by Jennifer Fulton
Quilted by: Cathy Franks

Don’t forget to check out the Blogger’s Quilt Festival and vote for your favorite quilts (hopefully mine!) and enter the giveaways! They've extended the time allowed for entering, so voting begins I think on Tuesday, September 27th and runs to the end of the month. Right now (through the weekend) you can vote for Viewer's Choice.


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Update on Gradations Charming Stepping Stones

A month ago, we had a Super Show and Tell in which everyone who participated in my Stepping Stones Quilt Along who also happened to be in my guild brought their completed Stepping Stones quilt to show it off. The result was an amazing parade of quilts in various colors and prints. It was so cool to see my pattern done in so many ways!

At that Show and Tell, I showed all four of my quilts, including Gradations, which was not yet complete but simply pin-basted. It got a lot of handling at the three Guild meetings that month and since there was a wrinkle in the back from the original pin-basting, I decided to repin it. Ugh. Has that ever happened to you—that you get a quilt all basted, flip it over and find some folds or wrinkles in the backing you’ve pinned in place? Can’t say it’s happened to me before, so it’s a mystery how it came to be this time, but anyway I digress.

My bee had a quilt retreat a few Saturdays ago, and I used that opportunity to repin the quilt. I must say that it went so much faster this time! I think it was the great company that kept me occupied and not focused on how exceedingly boring pin-basting is. After basting, I started quilting my quilt. Yep! I’m finally quilting it!

I may have mentioned before that my husband looked at the quilt top and said that it looked like ocean waves breaking at the shore. So I decided right then I wanted to quilt it in waves. After searching Pinterest for quilting ideas, I finally came up with something I think works well.

Can’t say it’s an easy pattern—I seem to have a lot of stops and starts. My quilting isn’t the greatest, but I have fun with it. I’m pretty proud that this isn’t a complete disaster because it has to be the largest quilt I’ve ever done on my home machine. Woot!

My Stepping Stones and Charming Stepping Stones patterns are available in my shop if you’re interested. Both patterns make up fast using precuts, fat quarters, or yardage and come in multiple sizes.






Next up is my Pulse quilt, which is all pin-basted and ready to rock and roll. Better get going on this one because the deadline for shipping is September 15th!

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