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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My Teal Mini

I don’t know if you were aware of it or not, but September was ovarian cancer awareness month. The color for ovarian cancer awareness is teal, and a group I met online decided to raise money for ovarian cancer research by having a teal mini quilt exchange.

The swap was incredibly successful and raised over $4,000 for the cure! After signing up, I was assigned a swap partner. My partner was Barb, and she lives in Alaska. We had until October 2nd to mail our finished quilts to our partner. Barb was in the process of moving to another state, so I got my quilt a little late. Here’s what Barb made me.

I told her that I wanted her to make me something that would remind me of Alaska and the new friend I’d made. Barb has an embroidery machine so I knew her quilt would feature some kind of embroidery, but wow! Isn’t the bear truly awesome?

We were each given a small bit of teal fabric to include in our quilt--in this case it was the modern stripe fabric you see in the HSTs. Barb even included some teal ribbon fabric in her mini. Wasn’t that great?

Here’s what I made Barb. It’s my Berry Cross block, set on point with a flying geese border. Isn’t it beautiful?

I quilted it with close parallel lines, and I really like the result! It’s traditional to send along some things from your home state, so I included an Indy tour guide, a postcard showing the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and a magnet celebrating our state’s bicentennial. I also included some Amish pecan crunch. If you’ve never tasted this stuff, you’ve never tasted heaven! It’s buttery crunchy deliciousness.

My only regret is that in the rush to get the quilt sent, I forgot to take a photo of just the quilt. Here’s the best photo I’ve got—a late night shot of the quilt before I put the binding on.

Here are the quilt details.

Tealberry Cross
18” x 18”
Original design
Fabrics: Kona Snow and scraps from my stash
Batting: Quilter’s Dream Request
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #5011
Quilting Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2024 and Mettler Metrosene Plus 100 wt #0554
Pieced and Quilted by Jennifer Fulton

This was a project on my 2016 FAL list, so I get to knock another one off.

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2016 Q3 Finish Along Recap

Sorry I haven’t been blogging a lot lately, but it’s almost Quilt Market time and I’m busy writing patterns and making fabric samples for several fabric companies (my day job). Wish I could show you what I’m working on but it’s super secret stuff! The new fabrics and patterns are really beautiful and fun though, so expect a lot of wonderful things in your quilt stores soon!

Quarter 3 is over, and it’s time to recap my progress on my UFOs for the 2016 Finish Along. Actually, it's past time! I had this all written but forgot to post it and to link up to the FAL. Oh well. I've decided to go ahead an post what I did so I have a record of it here on my blog.

My list of Quarter 3 WIPs is here. It’s a long list, but I’m a dedicated list maker so a giganto list is what works for me. Everything to do in one place. Here are my finishes for Quarter 3.

  • Zippered pouches
  • New school block pattern for my shop
  • Bingo fabric cards for my Guild
  • Cloud 9 new block pattern
  • Rainbow quilt for Pulse
  • Quilted gift for Terry

Zippered pouches

I designed several zippered pouches for the Christmas in July blog hop and I’m pretty proud of them! I used to be afraid of zippers but gradually we’re becoming friends.

New school block pattern for my shop

I had a goal of adding new block patterns to my shop this quarter, and I’m happy to say I did! I think this school block is awful cute and would make a cute quilt, wall hanging, or zippered pouch for a teacher or a young child off to school for the first time.

BINGO fabric cards

As some of you know, the members of my bee have been working for some time to create fabric BINGO cards for our Guild Christmas party. First we had to scour our stash for the right colors/categories, then cut 2-1/2” squares. I think I cut over 200. Then we needed to sew up the squares into fabric cards. I sewed about 40-50 of those, and my daughter joined in and sewed 25-30! We’re finally done thanks to our committee chairs who organized the whole thing!

Cloud9 new block pattern

I knew the Cloud9 new block blog hop was coming up this quarter, but putting on my FAL list ensured that I wouldn’t get too scared and back out. There were over 70+ designers involved in the hop and it was pretty intimidating, let me tell you! I really pushed myself to design something special, and I think the results are stunning even if I do say so myself.

I’m offering the quilt pattern for free in my quilt along which just started! If want to quilt along with us and you post a photo of your fabric selections to Friday's post by next Thursday, you might win a prize! Jump over here to learn more about the quilt along and view the fabric requirements. Then be sure to come back on Friday to learn how to post your fabric selections and enter the giveaway. Don't be like me and just forget! <wink>

Rainbow quilt for Pulse

When I heard about the terrible events in the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, I knew I wanted to make a quilt. The Orlando Modern Quilt Guild coordinated the efforts, and I designed and quilted this quilt in response.

I’m adding the goal of making this pattern to my 2016 FAL Q4 list so look for it soon in my shop!

Quilted gift for Terry

Regular readers will recall that I recently lost a good friend, Terry, who took it in her head to move to a different state. Why can’t people just stay put so I can see them on a regular basis? <grin> Anyway, I made a wonky block for Terry who was collecting them for a future quilt. Knowing her, she’ll have it done soon. She’s not a procrastinator like me. <wink>

I also made Terry a zippered pouch using my Bee block pattern.

Well that’s it! I’m off to update my Quarter 4 WIP list, which is due on October 16th for those of us participating in the 2016 Finish Along. Wonder if I'll remember to post it after I write it? Sigh.

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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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