Wednesday, June 8, 2022

New York Beauty Blog Hop - June 2022- Island Batik Brand Ambassador Project - Quilt the Raven Nevermore

Have I mentioned that I love orange/cheddar quilts and Halloween?? Well, I do!! So, the new Island Batik Halloween collection - Moonlight Hollow- was a delight to play with and create. 

I really love the raven fabrics and the pumpkins. And the polka dots and stars and moons and cobwebs, etc. 

As you may have guessed by now, this month the Island Batik Brand Ambassadors are creating New York Beauty Quilts using new Island Batik Collections and Island Batik is giving away these Collections each week on their blog (scroll down for details).  

Each month, we get a new challenge and this month was definitely challenging! We had to use a special secret fabric collection that we didn't show in our unboxing videos and we had to make a NEW YORK BEAUTY. Yikes, not a 9 Patch or a Churn Dash but one of the truly epic patterns. Curved piecing is not for wimps.

My sister and I worked on designing a paper piecing pattern and a plan with the help of EQ - Electric Quilter. I created preview templates to make sure no ravens were harmed in the making of this quilt. Aren't they perfect for fussy cutting.

It was daunting to create so many little sawteeth and sew the arcs to the backgrounds. Curved piecing is challenging. Lots of pinning was involved and very slow stitching. I will do a special post sharing some of the tips and tricks I've learned in the process. 

And after all the 36 blocks were sewn. I then had literally hundreds more straight sawteeth to sew for the inner and outer borders. They do look pretty cool, though. I used my new AccuQuilt cutting system to cut the black sashing strips and the plain borders.

Yes, all the work was worth it! Here's my Crown of Thorns, Rocky Mountain Road, or New York Beauty. Because of the crow/raven fabric and because I'd never made a NYB before (and may never again) - I christened it "Quilt the Raven, Nevermore". Of course, my witch doll had to join in the photoshoot fun, and Oliver the Owl from the Funky Friends Factory March challenge flew in too.

Quilt the Raven, Nevermore?
70" x 70"
Original Design
Sandra Starley 2022

Traditional pieced and foundation paper pieced blocks, Graphix and Contempo Batiks: (Moonlight Hollow Collection)
Backing: Beige (Foundation Basics)
Piecing Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
Quilting Thread: Aurifil #50 weight

***Fabrics provided by Island Batik, batting by Hobbs, thread by Aurifil, and needles by Schmetz and Accuquilt Go by AccuQuilt. ***

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To see more amazing New York Beauty Quilts and join in the Giveaways, visit my fellow 2022 Island Batik Brand Ambassadors' Blogs and the Island Batik Blog :

Week 1  
June 6 - Harvest Night


Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail
Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio
    
June 7 - Jewel Carvings
Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts
Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

    June 8 - Moonlight Hollow 
- you are here :)

Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

    June 9 - Nightshade

Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter
Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts

June 10:
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway at Island Batik Blog

WEEK 2

    June 13- Pumpkin Spice

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations
Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

June 14- Santorini
Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts
Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum

June 15 - Savannah
Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde Gifts
Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

June 16- Snowsicle
Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

June 17 
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway at Island Batik Blog

Week 3
June 20 - Tranquility
Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia
Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky

June 21- Winter Sky
Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads
Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

June 22- Winter Wonders
Megan Best, Bestquilter
Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

June 23 - Woodblock Bouquets
Suzy Webster, Websterquilt
Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood

June 24
Blog Hop Round-Up Week 3 and Giveaway at Island Batik Blog

Week 4 
June 27 -Woodcut Blossoms    
Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs

June 28
End of Blog Hop and  Final Round-Up at Island Batik Blog











Saturday, May 14, 2022

Triangle Tricks - May Project Island Batik Brand Ambassador

 May's Challenge was to step away from squares and rectangles and play with TRIANGLES! 
  

Cutting and sewing triangles can be a bit tricky ...  but luckily, last weekend I received a wonderful new Accuquilt cutting system with the 8" Mix and Match Cube. Thanks Accuquilt!! So I opened up the package and started cutting!  I cut and pieced 4 triangle blocks, featuring new collections- Contempo and Woodcut Blossoms Batiks along with Brilliant Blues.


I love how the different blocks made with the 8-inch cube fit together and allowed me to do lots of straight line (and diagonal) quilting through the blocks and create lots of little triangles with my machine quilting. I quilted 11 horizontal and 11 vertical lines to make squares and then quilted diagonally across them to create X's in each or 4 triangles for 400 little triangles.

Photoshoot Fun!


Tricky Triangles
20" x 20"
Original Design
Sandra Starley
May 2022

Backing: Heavenly (Brilliant Blue Collection)
Piecing Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
Quilting Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
75/11 Chrome Needle: Schmetz Quilting Needles 
Pieced and quilted by Sandra Starley 

***Fabrics provided by Island Batik, batting by Hobbs, thread by Aurifil, and needles by Schmetz. ***

To see more amazing Triangle Quilts, visit my fellow 2022 Island Batik Brand Ambassadors:

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Megan Best ~ Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Anorina Morris – sameliasmum.com

Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute And Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Andi Stanfield ~ True Blue Quilts
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt


Tuesday, April 19, 2022

Owl's Well - April 2022 Island Batik Brand Ambassador Project

 This month's Island Batik Brand Ambassador was sponsored by the soft toy company, Funky Friends Factory. I picked Ollie the Owl because I think owls are awesome and I'm a night owl.  I used 3 fabrics from the new Graphix line (great black and white geometrics) and added an orange dot (Blenders) for a fab pop of color. I searched through my Grandma's button box and created a perfect pair - a big black button and a little white one that fit inside it. The pattern shows felt for the eyes and beak. I used the batik and pinked the edges with pinking shears.


Oliver Owl
Pattern by Funky Friends Factory
Sandra Starley 2022

Pattern: Ollie the Laid Back Owl, Funky Friends Factory
Fabrics: Graphix and Orange Blender Batiks: (Graphix Collection)
Piecing Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
Quilting Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
Pieced and quilted by Sandra Starley 

***Fabrics provided by Island Batik, pattern by Funky Friends Factory, batting by Hobbs, thread by Aurifil, and needles by Schmetz. ***

 I had sew much fun sewing this soft toy owl using the FFF pattern and the new Graphix Collection by Kathy Engle. The owl pattern has a lot of personality and pizzazz, especially with the black and white and orange! It has great quilted details too. The pattern is available as an immediate PDF download and so you could start on your own Ollie today! 

If you haven't done any toy or stuffed animal sewing, don't be aftraid. The pattern is very clear and easy to follow. There is even a step-by-step photo tutorial that walks you through the whole process. 

There are oodles of different toy patterns available. Visit my fellow 2022 Island Batik Brand Ambassadors to see their new Funky Friends:

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Megan Best ~ Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Anorina Morris – sameliasmum.com

Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute And Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Andi Stanfield ~ True Blue Quilts
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt


Thursday, March 31, 2022

March Quilt - Amalfi Magic - Island Batik and Aurifil Italian Color Builder Project

My March Island Batik Brand Ambassador project is centered on the Amalfi (Italy) Color Builder Thread Collection and embroidery work.




Amalfi Magic
18" x 14"
Original Design
Sandra Starley 2022

The Amalfi Italian Color Builder Thread Collection featured 3 beautiful purples  2562, 2520, 2545 

I found the text from the collection box very inspiring:

"Wind whips through your hair as your '63 Alfa Romeo speeds along the edge of the Mediterranean coastline. The brightly colored houses look like an impressionist painting, highlighted by blue skies and twinkling sunlight. A burst of color catches your eye and you pull over to admire the Bougainvillea, its beauty accentuated by the soft hum of the bumblebees." Here's the piece before I did A LOT of quilting/embroidery/threadpainting with all 3 purples from the Amalfi Collection. Click on each quilt picture to see the difference the thread makes! **Note - I used 2 layers of Hobbs Batting (a wool and a cotton) for stability and to hold up to heavy stitching.

I think I've shown the beautiful coastline, colored houses, blue skies, twinkling sunlight, and the bougainvillea. I also had to add the ever-present colorful boats and beach umbrellas. The variety of bright saturated colors in the new Contempo and Woodcut Blossoms helped me bring my vision to life.


In addition to the inspiring text and thread, I did a lot of googling to create my design. Here's a bit of the beauty of Amalfi.
 

Words were foundation paper pieced - improv piecing blocks, featuring new collections- Contempo, Woodcut Blossoms, and Graphix Batiks 

plus a number of Brilliant Blue gradations (perfect for sky and ocean)


Backing: Cloud (Brilliant Blue Collection)
Piecing Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
Quilting Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
75/11 Chrome Needle: Schmetz Quilting Needles 
Pieced and quilted by Sandra Starley 

***Fabrics provided by Island Batik, batting by Hobbs, thread by Aurifil, and needles by Schmetz. ***

 I had sew much fun using the new collections and creating a portrait of the beauty of AMALFI.

To see more amazing Step By Step Quilts showcasing the Gradations, visit my fellow 2022 Island Batik Brand Ambassadors:

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Megan Best ~ Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Anorina Morris – sameliasmum.com

Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute And Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Andi Stanfield ~ True Blue Quilts
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt



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