Today I'd like to introduce you all to Gene Black (make sure and check out his blog, he is an incredibly talented artist!).
He was the winner of the P&B textiles fq set a few weeks ago and he chose Island Breeze to make his project with.
I love how Gene explains his process in this post, and the result is a vibrant, happy quilt!
Nice work on the quilt Gene, and the quilting you did on it is fabulous!
The first thing that drew me to the Island Breeze collection was the vibrant colors. I almost immediately saw butterfly wings flitting in the sunlight. Penny had asked for a the comment of which collection you would choose and " if you already have an idea, what you might make with them?" I thought, "These would be so fun to make a wall quilt for our church youth room." I had heard that the Youth Director was looking for something to put on the walls. She had looked at one of my quilt wall hangings a year ago but it sold to someone else.
When I won, I realized that I needed to make a plan. So I did a mockup in Electric Quilt. Of course I had to use the embellishment butterflies that were in the program unless I wanted to create them from scratch for the mockup.
After I had a basic plan, I thought about how I would use the fabric to make the butterflies. I decided to do fusible applique and die cut the shapes. I used some heart shapes and some "feather" shapes to create the wings. For the bodies I cut some single daisy petals.
Some of these I modified by free cutting with scissors for the final quilt. Of course I applied the fusible to the fabric before cutting the shapes. That required choosing the fabrics to be the butterflies. I chose these.
I also had to make the background blocks and I chose to use black along with a couple of the other fabrics from the line.
I got the quilt all sewn and free motion quilted.
It all went quickly since it was so inspiring to me. I love the quilting on the back which is all black.
I am glad this quilt is going to be where I can visit it again. As you can see, it really makes me smile.
They are a fabric loving sister duo (Lastenia and Mayka) who exude love for their (rather large!) families.
Here's a bit about them!
We are two sisters who love fabric and love to sew. Lastenia is the oldest and wisest of our family of 7 children and I (Mayka) am the 5th. Combined, we have 13 children who are rambunctious, rowdy, and amazing. Lastenia started sewing as a young girl making all our Cabbage Patch doll clothes thanks to 4H, eventually making all our wedding dresses. While she was honing her mad dress-making skills, I was running around in wheat fields pretending to be an Indian princess. Eventually I learned how to sew enough to where I could decorate my room. Since then we’ve become level 37 sewing ninjas turning out everything from doll clothes, dresses, even bow ties, pillows, and curtains. When we’re not running around to 5 different soccer teams or 12 music lessons between our two families, we create things with our handy-dandy sewing machines. Fabric makes us happy, so it seemed only natural to open a fabric shop. Our goal is to make something out of every fabric we sell in our shop, which won’t be hard since we create with each other, and love it.
Here are a few of their joint ventures:
Now for some really exciting news! FabricCadabra is generously offering you 15% off all the bundles in their shop from today through next Friday Nov 21. Use the code BONANZA15 when checking out for your discount!
Also, they are giving away this beautiful Melody Miller "Mustang" bundle! Leave a comment on this post to enter. I'll choose a winner on Wednesday Nov 19!
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I'm so thankful World Book Media has championed reprinting Patchwork 318. It was originally printed in Japanese way back (not that it contains many words/instruction) and it's the first book that set my heart on fire for paper piecing.
To celebrate the reprint, Lindsay from WBM skillfully organized this blog hop to spread the word and inspire you, giving examples of how to use the blocks in the book through utilizing talented bloggers who are accomplished at paper piecing.
Kerry started the blog hop off on Monday, giving very detailed instruction on how to use the patterns and sew them. Since the book doesn't break the patterns up into sections or have any instruction whatsoever, make sure you check her post out, it is brilliantly written and explained.
For today's post, I chose to utilize these three veggie patterns out of 318 Patchwork Patterns and incorporate them into a gardening apron, which I will be using as a sewing apron. (The apron pattern is available in my book The Paper Pieced Home, which is on pre-order now and will be shipping in November.)
As Kerry metioned in her post, the paper piecing patterns in 318 Patchwork Patterns are chock full of y-seams. Once again, she does a fab job of explaining how to sew a y-seam, so I won't beat that into you, but I do want to give you a tip that helps me when a pattern has a y-seam.
For this pattern (radish? beet?), you'll have to look close, but I have indicated 3 of the bottom sections with a pink line. One section is left of the beet, another is the small top part of the beet, then the beet is the third section. If you evaluate the top line of the beet, you'll notice it isn't a straight line, but contains two angled seams. These would be the Y-seams. To help keep me straight as I'm sewing the sections, I always place a green dot on the pattern where a y-seam comes into play to remind myself not to sew into the seam allowance of the section that has several seams (the small section that is the top part of the beet). Not sewing into the seam allowance will allow me to manipulate that top section when I sew the corner and make the point more crisp.
In Kerry's example, she does the same thing in step "iii". Although I don't use freezer paper and I sew the pattern in sections, this step is the same either way you choose to sew the pattern.
For those of you who made it this far, I have some exciting news! WBM is offering a copy of 318 Patchwork Patterns for one of my readers. Just leave a comment on this post to enter!
And make sure and check out the other posts as they come up!