My November Goals

As usual, I have too many goals for a single month! This month I think I’ll try to whittle my list to something more realistic.

  • Make a quilt for the Island Batik challenge for November. The challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors for November is to make a quilt with log cabins. I’ve got several ideas swirling around my head…gotta wait for one to gel!

  • Write up a new pattern for Timeless Treasures. One of my designs was selected for a free download pattern and I need to get that done soon. The fabrics will be arriving in stores soon.

  • Write up a new pattern for a Timeless Treasures collection. Another pattern was picked up by Hancock’s of Paducah for a collection premiering in January so I need to get this written and tested soon.

  • Add the applique to my Fall into a Quilt Along quilt The quilt along is over, and I’ve shown off final quilt top. It’s missing the applique however, and I’d like to get that added by the deadline for our final giveaway, which is November 13th.

  • Create three new quilts for Island Batik. Three of my designs will appear in the Spring/Summer 2019 catalog, so I need to make three quilts for their Spring Market booth and a traveling trunk show by December. The quilt making comes first, then the patterning. I’ve got to work fast because the quilts are due on January 2nd.

It’s a long list again and I’ll mostly be focused on those three quilts. Still I’m hopeful I’ll get everything done!

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October Goals: Recap

October’s gone and it’s time to recap how I did on my goals. Let’s take a look.

  • Quilt samples for an upcoming workshop. I didn’t get to my Peppermint Twist and Water Vortex table runners either. Sigh. I’m not doing so hot on my goals!

Water Vortex and Peppermint Twist table runners

  • Make a quilt for the Island Batik challenge for October. The challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors for October was to make a quilt using paper piecing. Here it is, Fall Romance Too! You can read all about it here.

  • Write up a few new patterns for quilts I've designed. I'm being featured at Always in Stitches in October (the shop where I work) and so I wanted to write up some new patterns for my quilts. Here they are—Berry Cross and Peppermint Twist. You can purchase the patterns in my shop.

  • Make more blocks for my Happy Go Lucky quilt. I didn’t get these done either. Sigh. What have I been doing?

  • Write two new patterns for Timeless Treasures. Two of my designs were selected for free download patterns for upcoming Timeless Treasures fabric collections, and one of them is done with the other close behind. The fabrics aren’t officially released yet, but I’ll share these patterns with you when I can.

  • Write five new patterns for Island Batik. Two patterns were selected for the Spring/Summer 2019 catalog, with the collections to be released in January. I’ve got these done but can’t show them to you just yet.

    I have three patterns to do for the Fall/Winter 2019 catalog, and three quilts to make by December. The quilt making comes first, and the fabrics have just arrived so I haven’t made much progress other than to create a list of what needs to be cut.

So how did I do? Let’s see. I had 11 things to do, and I got only five done. That’s 45%. Hope I do better next month. Come back on Monday to see what my goals are for November!

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Wednesday Wait Loss 91

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss (even though it’s Thursday <grin>)!

I can’t wait to see what you’ve been working on!

First let me tell you what I've been up to

Last week I officially released another new pattern. Meet Peppermint Twist! Click here to visit my store and purchase Peppermint Twist.

I also completed October’s Island Batik challenge, which was paper piecing. Here’s my quilt—Fall Romance Too. Click here to read all about it!

Well, that was my week.

Before we find out what you did this week, let’s take a look at who made this week’s feature.

Let's see who made this week's feature

Two weeks ago I had a special Halloween link up. Brenda @ Songbird Designs missed the linkup but shared this awesome Halloween quilt last week. Isn’t it too cute?

Brenda’s participating in the Peek a Who? Blog Hop and you simply must visit her blog to learn how you can see all the wonderful Halloween quilts!

Next up is Shasta @ High Road Quilter, who shared a special house warming quilt. I love the charms she added!

Chris @ Chris Knits Sews shared this awesome Mini Dashing quilt.

Vicki @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting shared her snowmen that she’s making for a show. She also talked about her snowman table runner, which I just love. Look at that quilting!

Congratulations ladies! Here's an I Was Featured badge for your blogs or to simply print out and wear with pride! Thank you for supporting my blog!

Wednesday Wait Loss Featured

Our next special link up is November 21st

Our next special Wednesday Wait Loss is November 21st and we’ll be celebrating Thanksgiving and harvest quilts. Thanksgiving is celebrated here in the states, and to us it is a celebration of food and family, featuring turkeys, corn, bread stuffing, cranberries, pumpkins and other foods harvested in the fall. We also celebrate the American Indian at Thanksgiving, without who’s help the first pioneers would never have made it through those difficult first winters in a new land. Most cultures celebrate harvest time with some kind of festival, and I’d love to hear stories about that as well!

As usual, if you link up a quilt that somehow reminds you of Thanksgiving or harvest time, it’ll count as two chances in my giveaway. Other quilts linked up will count as one chance.

Time to link up!

Now it’s your turn to link up your works in progress and recently completed quilts! Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.

  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, 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.

  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties.

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October Island Batik Challenge

I know that some of you are expecting my Wednesday Wait Loss, but I hope you understand that I needed to publish this month’s Island Batik challenge first. Wednesday Wait Loss will appear tomorrow on my blog, at noon EST.

This month’s Island Batik challenge was all about paper piecing! I could have done English paper piecing for the challenge, but I chose foundation paper piecing instead.


I made a variation of my pattern, Fall Romance, for this challenge. Fall Romance is one of the patterns included in my book Idiot’s Guides: Quilting, which you can purchase in my store.

I love fall and because I got married in the fall I always find the changing of the leaves so romantic. That’s why I called the pattern in my book, Fall Romance. When I found out our challenge this month was paper piecing, I knew I had to revisit Fall Romance. The result was Fall Romance Too.

For my challenge quilt, I created two new leaf blocks (Fall Romance includes the leaf block pattern shown on the left in my challenge quilt), enlarged the blocks, and simplified the border.

This new quilt is a tribute to my darling husband, with whom I celebrated twenty five years of wedded bliss this month.

Here’s my quilt.

For the quilting, I quilted veins in each of the leaves.

I quilted vines and small leaves in the background, quilting out into the borders.

I used a variety of Basics and Blenders in my quilt, and a lot of fabrics from Stash Builders.

Here are the quilt details:

"Fall Romance Too"
18" x 44"
Original Design: Fall Romance Too
Fabrics: Island Batik Basics, Blenders, and Stash Builders.
Batting: Hobbs Premium 80/20 Cotton Blend
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2370 (Sandstone)
Quilting Threads: Aurifil 50wt. #1147 (Light Leaf Green), #2150 (Pumpkin), and #2395 (Pumpkin Spice); Guterman 50 wt. #8640 (Dark Spruce)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

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

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