Placemat Challenge

My January challenge for Island Batik is a placemat challenge.

I am taking an on demand Mid-century Modern quilt class from Carole Lyle Shaw and had originally planned to make my placemats using some of her techniques but the more I got into the class the more I decided to use the technique in a later planned quilt. I just want to go on record as recommending this class–she goes over some great ideas, techniques, and consideration when/how to use different colored fabrics.

The first set of placemats is from a pattern called Release the Geese by Sarah Bond (@slbphilly on Instagram). I took this awesome class last summer and she gave us patterns to make copies of so I got to thinking about combining to make fun placemats. Sarah Bond’s classes are easy to find if you subscribe to her Instagram or go to @quiltfest and check out the shows/online classes. F. U. N. I’d love to take her mini geese class someday…

I used the technique I use to make Double Wedding Ring quarter blocks. In this whole “trying to figure this out” as I worked I decided to use Latifa Saafir’s 12″ Clammy acrylic I have to make the “melon” in the center… I eyeballed it and it worked AMAZINGLY well!

Once together I made a second one in greens using the same . Both placemats used the “stash builders” (four 5″ strips of various fabrics) the backgrounds are Island Batik’s foundations fabrics. I used some of the great black that was sent in my Island Batik boxes I got at the beginning of the month both as backing and as binding once I quilted the placemats.

Ok full disclosure: I’m a singleton. I also live in a tiny house. My placemats don’t have to match I only use one at a time. 🤣

That being said I also wanted to make some New York Beauty blocks into asymmetrical placemats. I have HUNDREDS of NYB block patterns. Seriously, it’s almost a problem how much I love them… many are of unknown origins (out of magazines) but several of these 1/4 blocks are from Tobacco Shed Quilts off Etsy.com and the double flying geese is from Carl Henstch (on Instagram as @3dogdesignco).

The fabric bundle I used to make my NYB placemats was one of the AMAZING colorways Island Batik posted back in December. I could not stop myself from buy a fat quarter bundle of Floralicious and now I am so glad I did–I love how these turned out. Again, I backed them with some of the black fabric Island Batik sent.

I used needles from Schmetz–which I love and ALWAYS use in my machine. I also was happy to use some of the great colored 50wt thread that Aurifil sent. I am crazy for their neutral grey and use it without fail for piecing but have a fairly limited amount of colored threat so it was SUPER generous of them to include several spools in my box from Island Batik.

This was a fun way to ease into the new year and I am looking forward to more quilt adventures!

Island Batik Ambassador!

I am thrilled to announce I was selected to be an Island Batik Ambassador this year! What is that you ask? Well, let me tell you… It’s an awesome monthly challenge for me involving small projects and large using Island Batik fabric. They also have some fantastic partners–Aurifil, Hobbs Batting, AccuQuilt, Schmetz needles, and more! This is going to be an exciting year… I’m already working on January and February’s challenges so stay tuned!

I can be found on Instagram @jeubank99615

I’m on Facebook at Archipelago Quilting

I reopened my Etsy store.

I’m on Pinterest

Come take a peek… if you have questions I’ll do my best to answer them. Happy New Year!

Stocking Shenanigans

Last year I spent Christmas with my niece and five great nieces and great nephews. To my everlasting shame they had terrible stockings that were bought at the store that were knitted but an adult could not get their hand into. Additionally, the gifts kept getting caught in the yarn in the inside. They were terrible. I promised the kids that I would make them stockings to replace the really unfriendly mass produced stockings they had.

You see, my mom, their great grandmomma was an amazing knitter and had made each of us stockings that we have had since we were all little kids. The great grandbabies started showing up well into her decline into Alzheimer’s–they never knew her or her knitted gifts. Time to take up the mantle.

Well, about two weeks ago I remembered my promise from last Christmas and I borrowed a pattern from my super great friend and fellow quilt sister, Martha. I ordered fabric but it got all caught up in crazy shipping issues so I hit my fabric stash…

So began the quilted stocking mania! I started with the baby’s.

A stocking for Norman!

Then I got all inspired by Ingrid Alteneder from JoeJuneandMae. Her blog about stockings is so motiving! Read it here. I completely love her stocking (mostly the clamshell) but definitely something worth emulating! While I am a very dedicated quilter I am not much of a hand quilter… give me a machine and an idea then WATCH OUT!

Once I made Norman’s I was HOOKED! I have twin great nieces who love pink and purple. The deal is these girls are identical and often swap preferences and (except the freckles) are hard to tell apart! Stockings followed for Ellie and Mika.

The older kids were much easier to figure stockings for!

Athena’s stocking.

My oldest great nephew LOVES being a big brother to a little brother so I made his a stocking that match color-wise his little brother.

Jacob’s stocking.

Whew! I felt great as I dropped them in a box with a big bag of candy and sent it off to the kids for Christmas night.

Here are all of them hanging!

All the stockings hanging!

The problem I am having is that I CANNOT STOP making stockings now. They are so satisfying to design and make!

The beauty of these stockings is just how satisfying they are. Little mini quilts each! I get to practice stitching in the ditch, free motion quilting, straight-line quilting… the possibilities are endless! Plus, this is a fun way to use up little orphan blocks! Quick, turn up the Christmas music, time for me to get busy!

This one has got me thinking!!

Sugar Skull Quilt

Back in April I had decided to make a Calavera Quilt for my brother. I picked up a GREAT Pattern from Kelly Fox’s Etsy store. Her quilt is just so amazing! It was fun to make and it turned out just so nicely! What an excellent pattern. I learned a lot about making this quilt.

Sadly, in an act of arson, his house was burned down and his pets died in the fire in April. This quilt ended up being just about his only possession for a while.

The thing about my brother is that in his heart he believes himself to be Mexican. No one can convince him otherwise. Which is funny because he’s not but, I thought this would be the best quilt for him.

A quilt for my brother.

I could not get this pattern out of my head though. I love stretching my skills so I found a cross stitch pattern and plotted out a sugar skull quilt for myself.

My plotted out skull with my fabric pull.

Although it’s more of a Dia de los Muertos quilt than a Thanksgiving quilt, I work in the time I have. This week I put it all together, finishing it today!

Since I have a little more time before the Thanksgiving holiday is up, on to unfinished projects… tomorrow!

Double Wedding Rings galore!

A few of the things I really love doing is making graduation quilts for people, or baby quilts for new babies, or quilts for elders. This has been the summer/fall of making double wedding rings though. Mainly co-workers were getting married and I wanted to make a couple little gifts and stretch my skills a little.

A gift for Todd and his new wife Tracy.
A gift for Taylor and her new husband.

Most recently my former principal’s daughter came to work for the same school district her mom taught in. She is now an OT and newly married (right before the pandemic). It is so lovely to see her! I had most of the arcs made. I threw together this in about five days, my friend Martha quilted it and it was given in about a week. I really like how it turned out.

UPDATE: I’m working on another already!

I woke up and decided to work on 6×6 ring DWR quilt!
Once it got put together, it looked pretty nice!

Ripple Quilt

I’ve been blasting along and I stumbled onto an amazing color combo… I love when that happens! It’s like knocking one out of the park.

I ran across Carl Hentsch’s Ripple Pattern one morning and bought it immediately. It’s a compelling pattern–interesting and clever.

I had recently purchased fabric from my friend’s quilt shop, Big Foot Quilts, using a birthday gift certificate. I RARELY buy orange and was surprised to get this yardage… I checked my order–it was EXACTLY what I had bought. I decided it could be perfect for this project. I dug through my fabric, pulling anything I could think might work…

Once the fabric pull seemed to come together I started to cut and swapped a few out but it essentially ended up being what I needed. Then I just started to sew! I added my mistake–I got carried away sewing in my Y seams.

I am fortunate enough to have wonderful friends and had received the jellyfish fabric from. It seemed to tie everything together.

My sister has asked for this quilt. I am happy to have her love it as much as me.

Calavera Quilt

I’m trying to blast out some of my #10in12challenge quilts and the Calavera quilt by Kelly Fox (@chicagofox) has been on my “to do” list since before she published her pattern!

This is a labor of love in a way. I had decided to give to my brother, as I made it, who likes to claim his Mexican heritage. He actually happens to be not Hispanic in any way except in his head.

Tragically his house, with his pets in it, actually was burned down in an act of arson this spring. 😢 It was a horrible, sad day.

Hopefully this will be something to help him feel less sad about this spring. I love this pattern so well I’ll do it again with my own design elements. Fun pattern!! ❤️

Rugs!

The beauty of iSEWlation due to CoVid19 is that I face my quilting UFOs, projects to start, patterns, and misc projects every day! 😂

One thing I’ve always wanted to do was to sew a jelly roll rug. I finally just dove in and made one…

End (and side) pieces from quilt backings, cut into 2 1/2” strips. Fun!

Or two…

For Mike (Tina’s husband) in his new remote house at the Kitoi Hatchery.

Or, finally, my Sisyphus Rug… I sew it and once I put it on the floor, my cats sharpen their nails on it! I have restitched it many times! 😂🤣

53” x 55” so far.

I’m trying to get it up to 72” roundish. Made from my scrap bags… I cut scraps to 2” x 2 1/2” for postage stamp quilts and this lends to it. I’m running into a space problem… my house is too small to sew this (it needs to be flattish!). I’m doing other projects for a while.

Grandmother’s Flower Garden

This quilt has been a goal of mine for about (at least) 15 years. I finally started it on New Year’s Day this year and now 3 + months later, it’s done. It’s my 5th quilt in the 10 quilts in 12 months challenge my friends and I are doing together, separately. This is my time killer quilt–80+ hours. This pattern is out of a magazine called Quilts with Style or, since it stopped publishing, you can get some of the patterns at eQuiltPatterns. I loved the magazine back in the day–it was originally the Foundation Piecer then Quilts with Style. I was sad when it stopped being published. I owned all of the issues at one point and then ended up giving them away and have missed them ever since!

It took a while to get the fabric together. Each of the backgrounds reflect the different flower’s colors. It’s a little difficult to tell in the pictures though.

I didn’t like the way the pattern’s edges were uneven and the flowers cut off so I expanded the quilt so not only is it square but also the flowers complete. I plan on one more 3″ boarder with my favorite green, spinach, all around it. It’s approximately 112″ x 126″ currently. Each of the equilateral triangle pieces are 7″ finished.

My sweet girl kitty loves this quilt. I’ve had to shoo her out of it, from under it, and off of it for the last week. I think it’s a winner (for her anyway!).

In the days of this terrible virus (and our government’s negligent response) I just want to remind everyone to PLEASE be safe. Wash your hands. Physically isolate. Love your friends and family. Be kind to yourself. LIVE.

Magical

So finishing this post is this is a VERY late… I completed this quilt top back on February 15th. It’s an awesome pattern that if you know how to strip piece you can actually set this up to go a lot faster. I had fun making it. It’s a little big–110″x 110″ I believe. Five borders!

This is one of my 10 quilts in 12 months quilt. It covers the Traditional piecing and kit quilt categories.

Middle of Magical. 5 borders to go!
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