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What's Up - March Progress on My Island Batik Challenges

Unfortunately, I fell behind on my January Island Batik challenge after my sister fell ill and never finished it in time for the blog hop. The last time you saw that project, it looked like this.

I’d sewn together the background, created all the parrots, and made templates for the leaves I was using to create a jungle effect.

The quilt uses fabrics from the Fortune Teller collection by Island Batik and I was inspired by them to create a nighttime jungle scene with brightly colored parrots.

Since you last saw the quilt, I have started fusing and edge-stitching all the shapes. First, I fused down the branches and edge-stitched them. Then I fused each parrot down onto the background and edge-stitched it. This takes a long time because there are so many colors and I have to keep changing threads.

I haven’t finished with all the parrots yet, but I have stitched down some of the leaves. It’s a jungle out there! <grin>

I’ve also made progress on my March Island Batik challenge. I’ve finalized the design and chosen the fabrics. Today I’ll start cutting and sewing the blocks together.

This collection is called Twilight Chic. Twilight Chic is in stores now. I really love these colors!

I’ll leave you now with these tantalizing works in progress. <grin> Be sure to follow me if you’d like to see the end results! You’ll find ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.

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What's Up - Designing a Quilt for Katerina

My daughter Katerina ia graduating from college in May, and I decided to make her a quilt. We have a challenge at the shop where I work, to finish or make progress on WIPs each month. Rather than pick 12 different projects, I decided to choose Katerina’s quilt and break it up into 12 parts.

I know. This means she won’t get the quilt until the end of the year. <sob> But it also means she’ll actually get the quilt at the end of the year! <grin>

My daughter, like me, is a nerd and a big Star Trek fan. Ages ago on a trip out West, I found a quilt store that had a lot of Star Trek fabric so I bought some of each one with the intention of making a quilt for Katie. Well,Now’s the time!

My first step was to design the thing. So Month 1, I created two plans, shown here on the left. Month 2, I met with Katerina and she told me what changes she wanted to see. and I came up with a final plan, shown here on the right.

The plan calls for me to create a gigantic Enterprise across the middle of the quilt. I’m using scraps of red, blue and gold, the colors of the various commands on ship. For Month 3, I made half of the Enterprise. For Month’s 4 challenge, I’ll finish it.

I have lots of stars and galaxy fabrics (yeah, no surprise!) and I really love the one we chose for the background of the Enterprise.

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The large blocks in the quilt will be filled with these fabrics, plus my scrappy blues, reds, and golds.

So I can knock off a March goal (to piece half the Enterprise section) and it’s just barely March. Yeah for me!

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What's Up - Progress on My Island Batik Challenges

As you know, I fell behind on my January Island Batik challenge after my sister fell ill. The last time you saw that project, it looked like this.

The quilt uses fabrics from the Fortune Teller collection by Island Batik. As you can see, I was inspired by those fabrics to create some brightly colored parrots in a nighttime jungle. Included in the collection was a dark blue batik that I chose for the background. I didn’t have much of that blue however, so I needed to do some careful cutting to create a background large enough for my design (larger than shown here in the first photo).

Since you last saw the quilt, I have cut and pieced the background to make it narrower and longer. I have also made some smaller parrots and fused some branches to the background for the parrots to sit on. I’ve also designed some patterns for the tropical leaves that I want to add to complete the scene.

Progress! <grin>

Meanwhile, I’ve also been making progress on my February Island Batik challenge, which is to make a Magnificent Mini quilt. Here is my fabric pull, a very Valentine-inspired fabric grouping. This is not an actual collection, but simply a grouping of random reds and pinks from my Island Batik scrap pile.

I think I may have already told you that I have created a design for this project that I’m happy with.

Since then, I have cut out all the pieces. I’ve even started piecing some of the blocks! Here’s a sneak peak of my progress. Hmmmmm. I wonder what it’s going to be? <grin>

I’ll leave you now with these tantalizing works in progress. <grin> Be sure to follow me if you’d like to see the end results! You’ll find ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.

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Love, Love, Love

I celebrated Valentine’s Day this week with my husband, so it should surprise anyone that this week has been all about love, love, love. The day started with homemade french toast (and flowers!)…

…and ended with a lovely meal at our favorite restaurant—a local Italian place.

Quilting-wise, I’ve been working on this month’s Island Batik Ambassador challenge, which is to make a Magnificent Mini. Here’s my fabric pull.

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Yep, it’s all about love! <grin>

I’ll be cutting and sewing this one next week.

Meanwhile, let me leave you with a collection of my Valentine’s quilts. Happy Valentines!

Love Entwined

Love Entwined

All You Need is Love

All You Need is Love

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