Storm at Sea Blog Hop!

This month’s challenge, Storm at Sea, was a JOY to make! I love the Storm at Sea pattern and have made it many times in the past.

The first time I made it was about 1996 or 97. I made it as a going away gift for a paraprofessional in my classroom. It was purple, cream, salmon and had silver metallic lightening bolts in it. I only tell you all the colors because, unbeknownst to me, I only had black and white film in the camera.

See those sweet girls in the first picture? They turned out to be the mommas of the babies I gave these two quilts to:

To get ready for this month’s challenge I started early with a couple of newer patterns printed at 50%, a bunch of scraps, and ideas swirling around in my head.

Orange/blue pattern by Sylwia BK of I Love to Quilt,
Blue/green/purple/pink pattern is Ripple by 3 Dog Quilting

Both patterns were very fun to make at a smaller size. I love how the Ripple turned out–I think it looks like an eye with all it’s 45 degree angles. It willl make an amazing back of a quilted coat someday. The orange and blue is a little too big to be a placemat so I think it could be a nice table topper eventually.

When I opened the package to find out my color way, I completely fell in love with the Passion Petals collection. This collection was designed by Kathy Engle for Carol Moellers of Carol Moellers Designs and its colors are soft and BEAUTIFUL.

I was trying to figure out how I could incorporate one of the circular Storm at Sea patterns I had when I stopped by my quilter to drop off a quilt. Martha had been going through her patterns and had A Little Bit More Storm at Sea quilt pattern from Cindy Edgerton that she was looking to get rid of. PERFECT for one of my ideas. I snapped it up and ran home! These patterns are printed to a “meatier” tissue paper and are really fun to work with. The pattern instructions are just a page and really are simple and straightforward. Its original size is 52 1/2 by 52 1/2.

I decided to also quilt the Storm at Sea 3D pattern I had gotten from Sylwia BK of I Love to Quilt which is approximately 34 inches wide and place it in the center of the “flat” Storm at Sea pattern. So I got to work using the delicious “Butter” foundation fabric included with the collection color way.

It turned out great except I didn’t use enough of the collection for my liking–to show off the delicate, soft pinks and purples in the rest of the collection. I also decided I needed more of the butter fabric and so I ordered five more yards thinking I could back it with the left over. Once it arrived I got busy working on the background Storm using A Little Bit More Storm at Sea pattern. I kept placing the circle as I worked on it–wondering if I was doing the right thing!

I finally got all background pieced. I made a few decisions about color/pattern placement: I only had four different pinks and didn’t want to have too much of one pattern “clumping up” in the design. Also, with only two blue on blue fabrics I wanted to be purposeful on where they were placed. The purples were too lovely to make super scrappy so I deliberately pieced them on same blocks, hoping it would give the quilt a solid background to place the circle in so it would sort of “float” off. I reversed the butter fabric on the background Storm hoping that the dark purple on purple would define the sphere and have it lift off the background.

I have found on previous quilts the trick to something like this is to place the circle into the background rather than appliqué it. In order for the placement to work out, I needed to find the center of both the background Storm and the 3D Storm.

To make sure I placed the 3D block correctly I pinned north, south, east and west with longer pins to the background and then really pinned down the rest of the circle to the back of the background. The trick to dropping in a circle is that the cut away circle has to be 1/2″ SMALLER than the circle you are putting in. Well, these were monster pieces–a 34″ circle?!? What to do? Mark it with a pen? Chalk? How to do it?! I needed to cut UNDER the 3D Storm. For the sake of ease I decided to sew around the 3D block (using Schmetz 70/10 needle) with a different colored Auriful thread–bright red!

Once I had my red thread guide, I unpinned the two pieces, grabbed my small ruler and cut 1/2″ inside the red line.

I found my north, south, east and west pins and repinned the background to the 3D center. Sewing such a nice gentle curves on my Bernina 350 is just so easy–as long as I pin the heck out of it! Then, once placed, sewn and pressed I simply snipped out the red thread.

While I “drifted” a little on the placement–it’s not quite centered on west/east placement–I like how it turned out! After the bubble was placed, I finished up the border using, Opal, another great foundation fabric that was sent with this collection.

This made the quilt size stretch out to 52 1/2″ by 60 1/4″. Once the center was placed, the border added, I pieced the left over butter fabric I bought for the backing (perhaps five yards was a bit overkill!), grabbed my Hobbs Batting and raced off to my friend, Martha, who is my long arm quilter. She quilted a pattern that looked like a wild wind.

Students holding up my Storm at Sea.

Kodiak is an island where the storms at sea last for days, sometimes weeks! The storms are unforgiving, ferocious and wonderful. This will be a quilt I will give to a graduate next year–to remind them where they come from and how wild it can get here–to keep them warm wherever they go.

Don’t forget to enter the Island Batik Blog Hop giveaway!

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There are some beautiful quilts already posted and more to come! Jump into the hop and see what the other Ambassadors have made–I predict you will love them!

November 1:

Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail 

Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

November 2:

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts

Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting

November 3:

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese

Megan Best, Bestquilter

November 4:

Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia

November 5:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway

November 8:

Mania Hatzioannidi, Mania for Quilts

Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter

November 9:

Joanne Hart, Unicorn Harts

Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

Jennifer Eubank, Archipelago Quilting

November 10:

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

Janet Yamamoto, Whispers of Yore

November 11:

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood

Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

November 12:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway

November 15:

Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio

Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

November 16:

Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky

Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde

November 17:

Sally Manke, Sally Manke Fiber Artist

Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

Suzy Webster, Websterquilt Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail 

November 18:

End of Blog Hop

Try a Tool: Studio 180 Design

This month’s challenge was to use at least one of Deb Tucker’s tools and a new fabric collection to make a fun quilt.

I was sent the Midnight Dazzle collection in my July Island Batik Ambassador box. This BEAUTIFUL fabric collection spoke to me immediately—I love some bright jewel tones!

I was also lucky enough to get the Split Rects tool. I own some of the Deb Tucker quilt patterns and have been meaning to do a few of her patterns for a while. (Don’t we all have one or two!?)

My sew sister, Tina, just happened to have several of Deb Tucker’s tools and a couple patterns. As I was rummaging through her ruler organizer, I decided to borrow her Deb Tucker’s Corner Pop tool and make a baby sized Fiesta quilt. The fabric seemed to be a perfect match for this project.

Deb also had a really GREAT video about how to use the Split Rects tool where she demonstrates how to use if you’re right handed or left handed. The video really helped me see the potential of this great tool. I can’t wait to create more quilts using it!

This quilt started off fairly fast and easy. I love “spinning” the lumps out by pressing the blocks in the same direction. It makes everything lay down so nicely.

And I worked quickly through the pattern using all the fabrics for this project. I was given two coordinating blues from Island Batik that I decided to incorporate into the quilt.

Background and border.

I used the lighter fabric, Rain, as the background and I elected to set off the border on the quilt by using the darker coordinating blue, Waterfall.

I felt an urgency to complete this quilt ASAP and I wasn’t sure why.

While I was working on this project a tragedy struck. In Canada in a tiny town named Lytton, there was a wildfire that raced through their town leveling it in about 15 minutes. I knew why I was working so hard to complete this baby quilt!

I used the Hobbs Tuscany 100% Wool Batting that was sent in July.

A call went out from Katja Marek in Kamloops, BC, Canada over Instagram, they were asking for quilt donations for the homeless residents of Lytton. I went to the Kodiak Bear Paw Quilters guild and urged them to donate to our Canadian neighbors. When it was all said and done the guild donated over 15 quilts to them. I was so happy to include the baby sized Fiesta quilt in one of the donation boxes!

This quilt would not of been possible without the Split Rects tool from Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil thread, Schmetz Needles, Island Batik, and my trusty Bernina!

Don’t forget to enter this week’s Island Batik giveaway:
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Also check out my sister ambassadors:

August 10:

Mania Hatzioannidi, Mania for Quilts
Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail 

August 11:

Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio
Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

August 12:

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood
Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

August 16:

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts
Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads

August 17:

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese
Sally Manke, Sally Manke Fiber Artist

August 18:

Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky
Suzy Webster, Websterquilt 

August 19:

Jennifer Eubank, Archipelago Quilting
Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter

August 23:

Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

August 24:

Megan Best, Bestquilter
Janet Yamamoto, Whispers of Yore

August 25:

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia
Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde

August 26:

Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights
Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

August 30:

Joanne Hart, Unicorn Harts
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

A HUGE thank you to:

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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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