Winter Wonderland

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Island Batik ambassadors are hosting Winter Wonderland this month!  The fabric is fun–light and dark blue strips… but what to make?  Well, I’ve been decided on making some fun mug rugs!

I really like Quilting on the Square’s monthly Newsletter because it has small free patterns that are fun to make. The swirly squares on the left were a little paper piece challenge from their December newsletter. 


As a Certified Instructor for Judy Niemeyer I have the opportunity to “proof” patterns this past summer.  One of her new patterns is called Broken Daisy Placemats.  When given the pattern this summer I was also given a couple copies of the pattern,  1/4 sized.  I thought at the time that they would make cute mug rugs.    I made one, just to try it… IT TURNED OUT SO CUTE!

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I think they will be great to use when I sip cocoa in my new house.  I added a backing and a little batt and stitched it all up. 

Overall it was a crazy busy month and even though I started this early, I finished it late!  I also planned on a couple more Broken Daisy mug rugs. They make a fun decoration for the upcoming winter solstice since I think they look like the sun!

Happy December!

MISA update!

Well, this is a tad delayed in getting posted but I didn’t want it to interrupt the Blog Hop for Suzy Webster’s Folk Art Quilted Traditions book launch.  Madeline Island School of the Arts was phenomenal!

This was the ferry over and pictures of MISA.

There were over 60 quilters who came to sew.

We had demos of each technique, for each quilt type…  and once demo’ed we were off to the races!

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Everyone showed up for the group photo:

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What a successful, fun time.  We’ve already made plans to come back!  See you July of ’18 for another Quiltworx University.

Pumpkin Fest!

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It’s that wonderful time of the year–crisp air, falling leaves, bright leaves, and pumpkin EVERYTHING!  I’m not kidding here… pumpkin spice coffee, Pumpkin Cookies (see recipe below), pumpkin patches, carving pumpkins (Hello, Halloween!), the 1469 pound pumpkin at Alaska State Fair (ok so that was last month but it’s still cool!), and on Kodiak the local Safeway sends pumpkins to the villages (there are 6 villages on Kodiak).

These fantastic Island Batik fabrics just added to my fall fun!  I started with a 9″ finished block from Pellon on this quick little wall hanging.  I really liked the block but needed a wall hanging.  The first thing I had to do was MATH.  I resized to 3x the original block (to approximately 27″).

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The tricky thing was to get the right size for the half square triangle.  I found a great graphic on Blossom Heart Quilts.  It’s the thing that made getting the HST correct.

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So here is the process:

Draw a line corner to corner, sew a 1/4″ from that line on both sides, once done cut apart.

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Trim a corner using the 45 degree line on ruler.  Finally, trim using cutting mat and ruler to correct size.

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Once I had all my pieces cut, sewed and trimmed up I started putting it together.

Once top was pieced together I added a border…

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With borders the wallhanging turned out to be 37 1/2″ square.

Here’s to having a happy fall!

 

Don’t forget…

Pumpkin Cookies

2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon ground cloves

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup butter, softened

1 1/2 cups white sugar

1 cup canned pumpkin puree

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

bag of chocolate chips

 

Frosting

2 cups confectioners’ sugar

3 tablespoons milk

1 tablespoon melted butter

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ground cloves, and salt; set aside.

In a medium bowl, cream together the 1/2 cup of butter and white sugar. Add pumpkin, egg, and 1 teaspoon vanilla to butter mixture, and beat until creamy. Mix in dry ingredients Mix in chocolate chips. Drop on cookie sheet by tablespoonful.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes in the preheated oven. Cool cookies, then frost.

To Make Frosting: Combine confectioners’ sugar, milk, 1 tablespoon melted butter, and 1 teaspoon vanilla.

Folk Art Quilted Traditions Blog Hop

I have been lucky enough to participate in Suzy Webster’s Folk Art Quilted Traditions book launch this month. I am not an “appliquér” by any stretch of the imagination.  I have been working on challenging myself to increase skills in my “weaker” quilt areas–appliqué is among those areas I have been wanting to get better at.  When this opportunity presented it’s self I jumped at the chance.

I really loved Suzy’s Jeweled table runner.  I have been working with Stitch-N-Peel to help define the area I am working with.  It’s a cool product that is like a sticker but is VERY pliable and when it gets wet (the first time you wash) it dissolves.

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The first thing I did was cut out the shape from a xeroxed page and stapled multiple sheets of Stitch-N-Peel in order to cut out the shape I needed.  After cutting all the layers, I made sure my fabric was also large enough to be covered by the flower shape and placed it on.

I then trimmed the fabric to about 1/8″ and used a glue pen and purple thang to roll the edge over so that I didn’t have raw edge to appliqué.  Next came sewing on each piece.

Some of the things I needed to do was go to a smaller needle size (60/8 Microtex), use a good quality silk thread, run my silk thread through my bobbin case hook, set my stitch length a tad wide and short,  and check my stitch.

You will notice as I started to work I swapped out my original colors (oranges and reds) for something a little more dramatic.

This was slow work for me and as I layered on the flowers I caught myself tacking down bits before I had placed new pieces… which lead to a little ripping out and fixing.  (Note in first picture how the center ring is sewn down and in the second picture I have put in the stems for the buds…)

I took my time around the outside flowery bits–making sure I dipped into each corner and around each curve.

 

Eventually, I got it all together and finished this sweet little top.

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The detailed information in this book really helped ease my fear of doing an appliqué quilt!  This was very fun to make, and while I still need to quilt this project, it has whetted my appetite for my next project out of this great book!

This is what Suzy is giving away in her Rafflecopter.

The drawing will be open Monday-Saturday.  

Please enter!

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Check out the Blog Hop!

Monday, October 10

Suzy Webster – http://websterquilt.blogspot.com/

Connie Kresin Campbell – http://www.conniekresin.com/

Jennifer Eubank (me!) – https://jennifersewing.wordpress.com/

Tuesday, October 11

Bea Lee – http://www.beaquilter.com/

Sally Johnson – http://sallysquiltingcorner.blogspot.com/

Suzy Webster – http://websterquilt.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, October 12

Jessica Cadwell – http://www.desertbloomquilting.com/blog/

Anna Branch – http://arkangelcreations.blogspot.com/

Vicki in MN – http://knitbug2.blogspot.com/

Thursday, October 13

Pamela Boatright – http://pamelaquilts.blogspot.com/

Teri Lucas – http://generationqmagazine.com/

Maryellen McAuliffe – http://teachpany.blogspot.com/

Friday October 14

Adele Mogavero – http://adelemogavero.com/

Joan Kawano – http://moosestashquilting.blogspot.com/

Lara Buccella – http://www.buzzinbumble.com/

Saturday October 15 – Final Wrap-up

Folk Art Quilted Traditions Blog Hop

Coming up!

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Monday, October 10

Suzy Webster – http://websterquilt.blogspot.com/

Connie Kresin Campbell – http://www.conniekresin.com/

Jennifer Eubank – https://jennifersewing.wordpress.com/


Tuesday, October 11

Bea Lee – http://www.beaquilter.com/

Sally Johnson – http://sallysquiltingcorner.blogspot.com/

Adele Mogavero – http://adelemogavero.com/


Wednesday, October 12

Jessica Cadwell – http://www.desertbloomquilting.com/blog/

Anna Branch – http://arkangelcreations.blogspot.com/

Vicki in MN – http://knitbug2.blogspot.com/


Thursday, October 13

Pamela Boatright – http://pamelaquilts.blogspot.com/

Teri Lucas – http://generationqmagazine.com/

Maryellen McAuliffe – http://teachpany.blogspot.com/


Friday October 14

Suzy Webster – http://websterquilt.blogspot.com/

Joan Kawano – http://moosestashquilting.blogspot.com/

Lara Buccella – http://www.buzzinbumble.com/

MISA and Quiltworx University

I’m sitting in a hotel in Minnesota waiting for my friend, Judel, to pick me up for the drive to Madeline Island School of the Arts (MISA) and Quiltworx University! This has been a project for everyone associated with Quiltworx, MISA, and Quilters Quest for a couple of years now. 

This summer I was lucky enough to make a couple samples for the class. The first was a Lakeshore Sunrise.

The second is my Madeline Island Mixer. 

The fun thing about these quilts is that the center is a 60″ circle, then a 4 1/2″ circular border then another border. They are all interchangeable–a fun way to design a “mixer”! Those designers–Judy and Bradley Niemeyer–are so clever!  

Participants at the Quiltworx University got to pick their Mixer pattern out then were given several color ways to choose from and kits were cut by Judy and Celeste (from Quilters Quest) this summer. Judy and 3 of her certified instructors (Kristen Bender, Jodie Madsen and I) will lead 63 participants through their own quilt during the next week. 

I’ll post more pictures at the end of the week. Time for a quilting adventure!

a bountiful table topper!

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As September days shorten and begin to darken early up in Alaska, I thought the challenge this month from Island Batiks we very appropriate–a sweet little table runner.  I took this idea and ran with it… Fall days are crisp in Kodiak but the darkness comes in like, well, night!  So , I pulled out the brightest Island Batik fabric I could find and made something BRIGHT!

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Once I decided on the 10″ blocks I looked around at patterns and found this delightful, quick pattern by OliVen on Craftsy for free! Her Chevron Table Runner was just what I needed.

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And working both sides at the same time made this a FAST project.

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Once at a length that was manageable, I trimmed it up and tried it out!

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It’s slightly modified from OliVen’s directions (I didn’t border it!) but it turned out lovely… so much, in fact, I made a quick birthday present for my friend Belinda who loves to make French Braid quilts (similar concept).

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The real beauty of this is Belinda also quilted both hers and mine!