My April Goals

Today’s my birthday and I’m working at the quilt store surrounded by lovely fabric. If you live nearby, stop in and say hello! Tonight I’ll see my daughter and have a nice dinner.

It’s April and time to list my quilting goals for the month. I wrote this up ahead of time so I didn’t have to do this on my birthday. Maybe I’ll get some time to sew instead.

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. As you know, because of a challenge at the quilt shop where I work, I’m making a Star Trek quilt for my daughter in 12 parts, over the course of a year. The goal for April is to piece the remaining half of the large Enterprise block that’s featured in the center of the quilt..

  • Make a Accuquilt Go baby quilt for the April Island Batik challenge. As you know, the Island Batik Ambassadors got an awesome Accuquilt Go cutter in our first box of supplies. The challenge for April is to design and make a baby quilt using my Accuquilt Go dies. I have the 8” Block Cube, so the block is going to be 8” finished. The rest is up to me!

  • Make progress on the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge You can read about the challenge here, and why I haven’t gotten it done just yet. My goal is to get the appliques all fused and edge-stitched. I got a lot of them done last month, but need to finish that. I’d like to commit to getting more done, but this month is pretty busy so I’m trying to also be realistic.

  • Make two Bee Inspired blocks. I’ve shamelessly had this one on my to-do list for months, but I have to get these blocks done and mailed to my bee mates. Wish me luck! Based on past history, I’m going to need it.

  • Write three new patterns for Island Batik. I’ve got three quilts in the Island Batik Spring Market booth, so I need to finalize the three patterns and get them ready to sell to quilt stores who will be so impressed with my quilts when they see them at Market that they will order tons of patterns! <grin>

  • Timeless Treasures recently selected another one of my designs for a free download pattern for Quilt Market. My goal is to get the pattern written and submitted for publishing by mid-April.

    They’ve also asked me to make a sample, which I need to get done and quilted before Quilt Market which is in mid-May. So my goal is to get the quilt cut out and pieced before the end of the month.

    Cant show you anything yet since the fabric collection I’m using won’t be released until Spring Market.

  • Host two blocks for the Sew Let’s QAL. We’ll be releasing Blocks 3 and 4 in May, and I’m playing host by creating step by step photo tutorials to help you make each of the blocks. Block 3 is released tomorrow, so be sure to come back!

Those are my goals for April! Wish me luck!

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March Goals Recap

Although the weather hasn’t warmed up that much, March is out of here and it’s time for me to recap how I did at meeting my March goals.

  • Make progress on a quilt for my daughter. The Star Trek quilt I’m making for my daughter is being done in 12 parts, over the course of a year. The goal for March was to piece half of the large Enterprise block that’s featured in the center of the quilt, and I got that done, and I made progress on the April goal which is to piece the second half.

  • Make a Vintage Reimagined quilt for the March Island Batik challenge. The challenge for March was to take a vintage quilt and use it as inspiration to make make something new. I got this one done too, making a modern version of a double-wedding ring quilt. You can read more about it here.

  • Make progress on the January Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop challenge—Despite my modest goal (to finish the top by fusing the appliques in place), I didn’t make it. I got most of the appliques fused and stitched in place, but not all of them.

  • Create a new pattern for Timeless Treasures. Timeless Treasures recently selected one of my designs for a free download pattern, so my goal was to get it written and submitted for publishing. Got this one done but I can’t show you the pattern yet since the fabric collection has not yet been released.

  • Host two blocks for the Sew Let’s QAL. Got this one done too! I made Block 1, but not Block 2. However, I created the tutorials I wanted to, and now they are available on my Tutorials page.

    Block 1 was a Sewing Machine. Click here to learn more about it. For Block 1, I created a tutorial for the stem and outline embroidery stitches.

Block 2 was a Quilter’s Mug. Click here to learn more about the block. I didn’t make Block 2, but I did create a tutorial on printing on fabric for it.

So those were my goals for March. Let’s see how I did:

I had 5 goals and got 4.5 of them done. That’s 90%

I’ll be publishing my April goals on Monday. Come back then to see what I’ll be working on in March!

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Wednesday Wait Loss 113

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss. Please share what you’ve been working on!

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

Basically, I’ve been working this past week on one project and on Sunday, I got my March Island Batik challenge done! I really like how this one turned out.

The challenge was to be inspired by a vintage design to create something modern, and I chose the Double Wedding Ring pattern. You can read more about my Wedding Bands quilt here.

Since getting the quilt done, I’ve been organizing my goals for April and getting to work on them. I’ll be reviewing my March goals and publishing my April goals later this week but for now I can show you this—-progress on the Star Trek quilt I’m making for my daughter!

Last month, I finished the first section of the Enterprise.

On Tuesday I started working on Section 2, and quickly got this far. Woot!

Well, that was my week!

Now let's see who made this week's feature

Here are my favorite posts from last week.

First up is Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing, who also finished her March Island Batik challenge. She calls this Pretty in Pink and man it sure is!

Next is Works4me19, who shared her Owl block from the Fall into QAL I hosted last fall along with my Partners in Design. She calls this her Chocolate Owl. Isn’t it adorable?

Finally, I’d like to welcome Vasudha @ Storied Quilts who shared her Island Batik March challenge quilt as well! Vasudha calls this Bali Sunrise, and it’s inspired by the classic log cabin block. I just love those colors!

Be sure to drop by her blog and welcome Vasudha to our Wednesday Wait Loss group. Also, be sure to congratulate her on her 2nd Blogiversary!

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My March Island Batik Challenge

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I face a monthly challenge to design and make a new quilt. In March, the challenge was to create a new design inspired by a vintage quilt.

My inspiration was an old double wedding ring quilt I’ve had for decades. The quilt was made by the Amish and is hand quilted.


I have always wanted to make a double wedding ring quilt, but I’m not a big fan of curved piecing. There are other methods for making a double wedding ring, but I’ve always longed for a simple, pieced version. So with this challenge, I decided to design and make one!

The fabrics I decided to use are from the Twilight Chic collection. I had a 2-1/2” strip pack and some coordinating yardage.

It’s hard to create the illusion of circles using straight piecing, so to emphasize the large intersecting wedding rings, I quilted curvy loops inside them. To create contrast, I quilted straight lines inside the large center squares.

I did ruler work to quilt the lines—my first time ever! It turned out to be a lot easier than I thought. I may do more ruler work in the future.

To create the illusion of a curved edge, I used a light yellow along the outer edge of each sashing row.

I played with the idea of a faced finish, then decided on a pieced binding. That way, the illusion of the curved edge would be kept intact.

Here are the quilt details:

"Wedding Bands"
48” x 62"
Original Design
Fabrics: Island Batiks from the Twilight Chic collection, plus Custard (a Neutral)
Batting: Hobbs Batting 80/20
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2370 (Sandstone)
Quilting Threads: Aurifil 50 wt. #4150 (Creme Brule variegated) and
#4644 (Smoke Blue)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

I’m really happy with how this turned out! I hope you enjoyed it too.

While you’re here, why not take a moment and share what you’ve been working on in my weekly show-and-tell linkup, Wednesday Wait Loss? Click here to read all about it and to link up a photo.

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

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