February 23, 2018

Diamond Dance Wall Hanging in Island Batik | Finished or Not Friday Linky Party!

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Welcome to Finished or Not Friday where you can share your finished {or not} projects!

My Finish is a wall hanging / table topper in my new pattern, Diamond Dance!  A special thanks to Island Batik for providing the fabric for this project.

Diamond Dance will be released next Friday if all goes as planned.  The quilt pattern includes 7 sizes from wall hanging to king and is Accuquilt friendly though specific instructions are not given for it.  Diamond Dance will be my first pattern to be released as a paper pattern shortly after the PDF is available!

It's picture overload, because this is the first time I quilted individual blocks with separate border and corners on my computerized quilting machine rather than an edge to edge design.  Doing something new for the first time on the machine is always challenging to figure out, but thanks to some videos, it eventually worked out.  The blocks were easy peasy, but getting the border and corners to fit was a workout, and of course I chose a pretty complicated design right out of the chute!

As a member of Craftsy Unlimited, I watched The Perfect Finish course on binding quilts and learned some new tips for applying bindings, one of them being using a walking foot. It really did help keep the binding nice and smooth on this quilt.  I also learned there is a right way to fold corners to get them to lie flat and square every time.

As an Island Batik Ambassador for 2018, I will be making a number of projects with their beautiful fabrics.  This quilt is for the Mini Love project for February.  While this isn't exactly a mini quilt, it definitely is mini compared to the bed size quilts I usually make.

Quilt Stats:

Size:  29" x 29"
Fabric:  Island Batik Morning Sunshine, plus other collections with Island Batik white
Batting:  Hobbs Cotton
Quilting:  Double feather block and scroll borders in white thread on Gratitude.


I promised you over a month ago that I would be giving away a box of scraps and would not announce the Giveaway in the post title.  You found the Giveaway by reading this far!!  Yeah!  I am giving away a Large Flat Rate Priority Mail box full of scraps.  I request that the winner pay shipping of $19.  Open to US addresses only.  Giveaway ends February 28th. Enter via the Rafflecopter here.

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It's your turn to share your finish {or not}!  What's welcome at this party?  
  • Any in-progress or finished project made with fabric, yarn, or thread.
  • Projects from this week only.
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February 22, 2018

Mrs.Singer Antique Longarm Quilting Machine on Throw Back Thursday

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Congrats to Joni, who won the Island Batik and Aurifil bundle in a recent giveaway.  I have another giveaway running right now, so go find it!

It's Throw Back Thursday!  Here's Mrs. Singer, a 31-15 mounted on a longarm quilting frame.  I purchased her in 2010.  She is between 87 and 117 years old!  This machine and the quilting frame on which she sits are currently for sale after having purchased a HandiQuilter Fusion with ProStitcher, Gratitude, last year.

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