Endeavourers Transformation Reveal

Change/Transformation was the theme for this quarter's quilt challenge of The Endeavourers. You can read the purpose of our group HEREas well as read a brief synopsis of each member's project.

I always begin thinking of ideas for the challenge by finding the definition of the theme.

Transformation was an interesting idea from a mathematical perspective. I actually began a project (see the end of the post for a photo) with the concepts of geometric rotation (turn), translation (slide), and reflection (flip), resizing, congruent, and similar. But I stopped, it seemed too medallion-like, and chose to make something I haven't made yet.

Instead, I chose to think of CHANGE and the change in color when paints are mixed...or when different colors of tissue paper overlapped.

I gathered some fabrics from my scraps and fat quarters that looked as if they would make the transparency effect when sewn.

This is the quilt top sewn:

I will say the quilting CHANGED the appearance of the top.

I have never done such intricate quilting. I used my walking foot and a disappearing fabric marker to mark lines. Two layers of polyester batting were used so the triangles puffed.

This is after being quilted (17" x 16"):
I am very pleased.

Visit the other members of the group to see what they made for their Challenge Quilts!
Here is the Transformation project I began. I will finish it.


Peek at My Projects

Just a little peek at what I have been working on the past few weeks. 

The May reveals will be soon. 

May 1 is the reveal of  The Endeavourers' Quilt Challenge. 
The theme this quarter is Change/Transformation.

May 7 - 10 is the 
X-Block Blog Hop
and my posting date is May 9. 
Stop by and see what I came up with.

And while I can't show the quilt yet, and not sure even a little corner would suffice, 
I have a pattern in the proofing stage with Cut Loose Press. 
I'm waiting to approve the final proof, then it will be revealed at Quilt Market. 

And lastly, pieces of the row I am working on (and writing the pattern, as well)
for the September 2018 My Happy Place Row Along, 
many small blocks.

Oh, my fish. . . a steelhead. 
Two very healthy dinners--baked with lemon pepper and sliced lemons on top.

Enjoy time doing your favorite things! 


Island Batik Alumni Ambassadors Blog Hop

Today I will show my project for the Spring Fling Use It Up blog hop. Some of the Island Batik alumni ambassadors, and some of the current ambassadors, are participating. 
The idea came from Alumni Patti, with the idea of "Use it up." We were to make any FUN - SMALL project. The goal is to use up our Island Batik scraps, leftover from when WE were blogging - with what was the current IB fabrics.
I have quite a few scraps:

I wanted to use my Accuquilt Go! cutter (I haven't used it in a while) and chose the Flying Geese die. I cut out more pieces than I needed. I did not use the yellows or the red and orange scraps, so another project is in the works with those. I liked using the blues, greens and sandy colors. I laid out two options:

I chose the second layout because of the movement I got with the flying geese units. I kept thinking SAND and SEA every time I positioned the units. So the title of my table runner is "OF SAND AND SEA."

And here is the final project, free motion machine quilted and bound:

But, darn it! I still haven't used up all the scraps of Island Batik fabrics! Perhaps, there will be another Alumni Ambassador Blog Hop. That would be fun!
Thank you for visiting.

If you haven't seen all the Alumni projects, here are the links:

Monday, April 16, 2018
Lemon Tree Snippets

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Seams To Be Sew
Mary Macks Blog

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
One Quilting Circle
Seams Like a Dream

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Kathy's Kwilts and More

Friday, April 20, 2018
Inspired Layers
Masterpiece Quilting

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Purrfect Spots
Patchwork Breeze

Sunday, April 22, 2018
For Quilts Sake


Sunny Quilt Day

It's been a busy day from the start!
It began with me fixing hubby's cell phone. It said the SIM card was not recognized and there was nothing on his network. I told him I would research what to do while he and his cousin went river fishing, hoping to catch a steelhead or two. I cut two tiny pieces of post-it note paper to pad the SIM card and give it enough pressure to make a connection with the inner workings of the phone. I also wiped the copper curcuit on the SIM card with a micro fiber wipe and a dab of alcohol to clean it. All is working well now! Glad his cousin has a cell phone with him.

The sky was dreary until about noon. The sun finally came out and the snow is melting! (OK, there is some rain coming in this evening and maybe a little snow over night.)

I'm sitting at the dining room table working on a pattern for an upcoming blog hop listening to the drip, drip, drip from the roof. But it is great to have the sun shining in the windows. 

The pattern is for the September Row Along hosted by Seams To Be Sew. The theme is My Happy Place. We are required to have the pattern ready and sent to our host in June. I am trying to work through EQ7 with the piecing and have not learned the ins and outs of the paper piecing printing in EQ. But if I can fix a cell phone, I'm sure I can figure this out, too.

I have this binding to put on a T-Shirt quilt that is a graduation gift. I'll press it and get the sewing machine to the dining room table, because this quilt is BIG! (75" x 84") This young man is tall. I used all the t-shirts his parents gave me. I am sure this quilt will cover his dorm bed.

I am following 2 blog hops.
I made sure I visited today's blogs for the Island Batik Alumni Ambassadors blog hop. A list of the participants can be found HERE.
And the other is a blog hop in which some of my bee mates are participating. They are using Simone's fabric collection, On You Mark  by Paintbrush Studio Fabrics. You can find a list of the bloggers HERE. Her fabrics are so fun looking and the projects that have been made with them so far are wonderful.
Thanks for visiting. I wish you a sunny day and hope you get time to craft.


Spring Fling Blog Hop Begins

Today is the first day of the Island Batik Alumni Ambassador Spring Fling Blog Hop!

Wow, that was a mouthful!

Well, those of us who have been ambassadors do have some pieces of fabric leftover. I haven't done much with my scraps in the two years that I have been away from creating with Island Batik. I liked the opportunity to get spurred into using those beautiful scraps.

My blog post date is April 21, so come back to see what I made with my scraps (or some of them)!

In the meantime, visit the other ambassadors (alumni and current) who have some projects to show you.

Monday, April 16, 2018
Lemon Tree Snippets

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Seams To Be Sew
Mary Macks Blog

Wednesday, April 18, 2018
One Quilting Circle
Seams Like a Dream

Thursday, April 19, 2018
Kathy's Kwilts and More

Friday, April 20, 2018
Inspired Layers
Kissed Quilts

Saturday, April 21, 2018
Purrfect Spots
Patchwork Breeze

Sunday, April 22, 2018
For Quilts Sake


Projects This Week

This past week I worked on a number of sewing projects.
I've been using my paper calendar to keep up on what I needed to do to keep up with deadlines.

I embroidered Michigan potholders for the shop I consign with. These take about 30 minutes each to make--AFTER I choose the fabrics and threads!

I finished sewing the long middle strip of fabric in the quilt top my daughter worked on 2 weeks ago at her house. 

She and her husband got a very pretty grey day couch for the living room and she wanted these colors in a pattern she saw on Pinterest. We drew out the design (we even got to look up the Pythagorean Theorem to find the width and length of the quilt), figured the fabric amounts, went shopping and started! 
We cut the strips and layed them out before sewing anything. 

She did change out small orange strips with the small yellows strips--there was just too much orange for her. She did most of the work, I just gave her tips for ease in making it. 

I finished squaring it up at my house. I have a 56 x 36 cutting mat on the pool table (Hubby has given up trying to keep me off of it.) and used a few rulers to get everything right. 

This weekend I will visit her and she can decide on how she wants it quilted. How would you quilt it? Matchstick, lines parallel with the base of the white side triangles? Or something all together different? 

I also am the Queen Bee of the Gridsters Bee 2018 this April. I look forward to the mail deliveries. I got 2 blocks today from Rachel. 

This is the schoolhouse friendship block I designed. When I get it the pattern corrected and the quilt done (hopefully by June) I will post the free pattern. I am keeping up with adding the sashing and using my design wall. 

And I continue to work on The Endeavourers Challenge quilt that will be revealed on May 1, 2018. The theme of "Change/Transformation" really had me pondering for a month.

What have you been working on?


Quilty Mail

This month I am the Queen Bee of the Gridsters Bee Group. The block I asked my fellow beemates to make was one I designed that I'm calling "Schoolhouse Friendship Block." I have wanted to make a schoolhouse quilt for 20 years. I thought by asking for help making the blocks, I might finally get the quilt done.

Here are the two I made when I tested the pattern. 
The roof is paper pieced and the rest of the block is pieced units. 
Here are the 4 blocks that came in the mail. 
I only expected one block from each member.
Mary made the top two. and Joan made the bottom two. 
Joan even made a pincushion with a schoolhouse. 
The pieces around the door are 1/4" wide!

I'm working on my projects for:

Island Batik Alumni Ambassadors 
Spring Fling Blog Hop
Begins April 16, 2018

The Endeavourers Quarterly Quilt Challenge
Reveal May 1, 2018
Theme of "Change/Transformation"


What are you working on today?