Thursday, February 10, 2022

February Quilt - Island Batik Row By Row Challenge - I Love You and Fabric

 This month the Island Batik Brand Ambassadors are creating Row By Row Quilts using new Island Batik Collections and Island Batik is giving away these Collections each week on their blog (scroll down for details). 

I had the pleasure of working with the new Graphix Collection. I played with basic shapes and blocks inspired by antique samplers and quilts in my collection along with my love for word play and wonky modern quilts. And since it is February, I just couldn't resist making a Valentine's Day quilt. When I'm not making traditional antique repro quilts, I like to paper piece with graphic black and white prints and so this collection was just perfect! 

I LOVE YOU and fabric
30" x 32"
Original Design
Sandra Starley 2022

Traditional pieced and foundation paper pieced blocks, Graphix and Contempo Batiks: (Graphix Collection)
Backing: White (Solids Collection)
Piecing Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
Quilting Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
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 Graphix Collection by Kathy Engle  - wonderful black and whites and greys with dots and geometrics. I was able to use all 20 different fabrics from the Collection to make my blocks with traditional piecing and foundation paper piecing.

I also received the Contempo Collection and used the pinks/red to add accents to the Graphix Collection. I also added some basic solids and blenders and a yummy salmon pink from the Ravishing Reds gradations.

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


This week- Week 2

Feb. 7 -  
                   Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood      
Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights 

Feb. 8 - 
Suzy Webster, Websterquilt
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs 

Feb. 9 - 
Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts

Feb. 10 - 
Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky
Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

February 11:

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


Week 3 -
Feb. 14 -
Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde
Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting

Feb. 15 -
Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia

Feb. 16 - 
Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum
Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

 Feb. 17 -
Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio
Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads

February 18:

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


Week 4
 Feb. 21 -
Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail
Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter

 Feb. 22 -
Mania Hatzioannidi, Mania for Quilts
Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

February 23:

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

And don't forget to visit the earlier posts for more inspiration

Week 1
Jennifer Thomas - Curlicue Creations
Denise Lonney - For the Love of Geese

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts
Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

Megan Best, Bestquilter

Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine
Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs


Wednesday, February 9, 2022

SEW GOOD Blog Hop - Fabrics Full of Fun!!!

 I'm sew pleased to be part of the launch of the cutest fabric collection ever! Deb Fisher of the Fish Museum has designed her first fabric line full of pure whimsy: SEW GOOD. Pincushions, strawberries and pins; buttons, scissors, and thread; and delightful scallop polka dot stripes for binding.   It is almost impossible to pick a favorite but here are my 4 favorite blocks. The pincushion girls and little birds and buttons are sew sweet, but then look at those scissors and pins and those buttons!  ***Be sure to scroll down to see and visit all the other amazing designers taking part in this blog hop **** 

The fabrics all feature Deb's signature whimsical design style. They made me smile every minute I was sewing or even just gazing at them. Here's my favorite block at the moment.

I decided to make a simple paper pieced star quilt showcasing the wonderful prints.

Cheddar is Sew Good!!
Sandra Starley, 2022

I was inspired by this antique quilt in my collection --

Antique Cheddar Stars, C. 1890, Ohio
Starley Quilt Collection

I love how the new SEW GOOD fabrics make the new quilt totally different from my earlier version shown below made using reproduction fabrics. Cheddar Stars Over Moab Pattern available in my Etsy shop. It has 3 inch blocks which you can enlarge for the 6 inch sized blocks I used for the SEW GOOD quilt.  **Perfect if you want to make your own Cheddar is Sew Good Quilt.

Cheddar Stars Over Moab
Sandra Starley, 2010

***Visit all the stops on the SEW GOOD BLOG HOP**** You'll have a great time!
February 4 - Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts
February 5 - Lissa at Lovingly Lissa
February 6 - Jen at Dizzy Quilter
February 7 - Kim at Go-Go Kim
February 8 - Sherry at Powered by Quilting
February 9 - Sandra at Textile Time Travels :) You are here now.
February 10 - Amy at During Quiet Time

Sunday, February 6, 2022

Sew Much Fun - Quilt Block Tour - Week 28

 Hello, I'm glad you are joining me on the Sew Much Fun!! Tour.  I hope you have been following along and collecting (and making) all the awesome blocks. Here's the link, if you need to catch up.  And be sure to check in next weekend (Feb. 13) for another great pattern. The host will be Penny Spool Quilts  

I love playing with high contrast fabrics like black and white and pink for pizzazz. I decided to make a spool block. And since I'm a 2022 Island Batik Brand Ambassador I decided to share some of their great new fabrics for the block (pink is for contrast, not part of the block). Fabrics courtesy of Island Batik from the new Graphix Collection by Kathy Engle for Colourwerx. Pink is from the new Contempo Collection by Kathy Engle.

  PATTERN: Here's a pinnable image you can pin or save or print out with everything you need to make the block. *Note trim half-square triangles to 2"*

Step by Step Pattern for the 6 inch finished (6 1/2" unfinished) spool block using simple pieces and easy half-square triangles.

#1 -Background and Spool fabrics

     Cut 2 sets (4 pieces from each fabric)

2 squares - 2 1/2" x 2 1/2"  (used for 4 corners -diagonal seam 1/2 square triangles)

2 rectangles - 3 1/2" x 2"

#2 - Thread fabric (block center) - Cut

1 square-  3 1/2" x 3 1/2"

#1 - Diagonal seam
- Half square triangles using 2 sets of light and dark 2 1/2" squares (background and spool fabrics).

Place a background and spool square right sides together and draw a diagonal line from corner to corner on back of light fabric. Then draw a sewing line 1/4" on both sides of the diagonal. 

You will sew on these lines. Cut on the middle line and press block to the dark. Repeat for 2nd pair of half squares. This makes 4 half square triangles. ****Trim units to 2".

#2 - Block Construction  **for nesting seams and no dark fabric shadows, I pieced in vertical rows not horizontal.

Left and right sides: 
 sew a 1/2 square triangle to top/bottom of each background rectangle, press in toward rectangle.

Middle row -
sew a spool rectangle to top/bottom of spool square, press out to rectangle.

Join left row to middle section and then add right side.  Press left & right rows to center. 


You have a Sew Much Fun block.  For more patterns, visit my Etsy Shop, Textile Time Travels

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