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Monday, October 2, 2017

Island Batik "Bonsai" Collection!


Over the next couple weeks, Island Batik is Introducing there Spring/Summer 2017 Fabric Collection through their blog posts.  I'm so happy these have asked me to join in the fun of writing blogs for my newest patterns that are featured in the Spring/Summer 2017 Catalog. 

This week's featured collection is called "Bonsai."    

"Octagon Gems"

Introducing my newest pattern "Octagon Gems" this quilt will add glamour to any room in your house.  This quilt measures 56" x 56" when finished.


The quilt uses 5 fabrics from the "Bonsai" Collection. Plus adds Island Batiks Basic "White" batik to the quilt. Which you probably didn't know that there was just a Basic "White" Batik.  This is lovely white batik to add to your collection.

"Octagon Gems" is an intermediate pieced pattern that uses a combination of flying geese, half square triangles, and half rectangles triangles to make up the two-block combinations.  The only difference between the blocks are the color combinations.


The pattern was written and designed for the following Bloc_LocⓇ Rulers. 
- Half Square Triangle Rulers 2 1/2"
- Flying Geese Ruler 2 1/2" x 4 1/2"
- Half Rectangle Triangle ruler 4 1/2" x 8 1/2" 

Note: the ruler's list above is only suggestion for this quilt but not required to complete the quilt top. To purchase these rulers see your local quilt store or visit Bloc_LocⓇ website, HERE.

                             

The "Bonsai" Collection is a beautiful collection available now at your local quilt store.  The fabric in this collection is also available in Precuts.

Strips
Stamps
Stacks
If you love this collection be sure to contact your local quilt store and ask them to carry this gorgeous collection for you and your quilty friends.

If you are interested in purchasing "Octagon Gems" pattern, please visit my website, HERE.  While you are visiting my site be sure to get my newsletter, signup of my blog and check out my other patterns.

Also for you store owners, I also sell my patterns wholesale or contact your Island Batik Sales Rep.   

Tina

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Island Batik Ambassador Quilt As You Go Challenge

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were given the challenge to make a Quilt As You Go project.  This has was a great challenge for all of us, know it was for me since I had not done this before.  Some of the Ambassadors even did their projects on the longarms but chose my domestic Janome 7700 machine for this project.

Bloc_Loc® Kaleidoscope Heaven
Well, I must say this was my first time with making a project this way.  So I had to do some research. So, I started doing a little research and found a great tutorial by Sherri Noel, check it out Here. So, after doing some reading, I began working on my blocks for my project.





The Blocks and Fabric

The blocks I chose for my project came from some new Bloc_Loc® Rulers and book called "Kaleidoscope Heaven."  In the book, it gives you lots of different ways to use the new Kaleidoscope ruler and templates, the design I came up with was on page 18.

Island Batik "Beaujolais" Collection
The Island Batik Fabric I used for the project comes from one of the newest fabrics collections, called “Beaujolais.”  Now, I just used a handful of the colors in this collection.  I will be highlighting more of the fabric in next month’s Back to School Blog Hop.  
 
The Kaleidoscope blocks are fair easy to make. Basically, you are cutting your “A,” and “B” templates from strips either from one fabric strip or from multi colors strip sets to get the different effects in the block.

Step 1- Trimming the units.
After all the cutting is complete, you start by sewing the template "A" and "B" pieces together.  Once they were sewn together, you use the Kaleidoscope grooved ruler to trim the units down.  Then you sew all the units together to make a 6" block.

I made a second block in a different color variation for my little quilt. Now the fun begins!!!!

Preparing Quilt Block Sandwiches

My unfinished blocks measured 6 1/2", so I needed a 7" batting square and 7 1/2" backing pieces.  

For the batting, I keep all my scraps from my quilting for varies projects that may come up. The batting I used was some leftover Black Quilters Dream Poly.  Next, the backing came from two different fabrics.

The sandwich starts with laying the backing down right side facing down, then adding the batting in the middle and finally adding top with right side facing up, basting the sandwich with basting spray. The basting spray is there to help hold the pieces in place as I quilted the blocks.  


Quilting and Squaring

Once I had made all my quilt sandwiches were basted it was time to start quilting all my blocks were in place, using my sewing machines walking foot.  It takes some time to do all the quilting, but it will be worth it in the end. 

After I completed all the quilting I trimmed the blocks to 6 1/2". 





Joining Quilt Blocks

Once all the quilting and squaring is completed the next step is the joining the blocks.  I cut out (2) 1" x 6 1/2" strips for each block.   

I placed one of the 1" strip on the bottom the block (right side facing down), then put a second 1” strip on top of the quilt block (right side facing up) aligning up the edges. Pinning if necessary.  Once everything aligned up, you sew using a 1/4" seam allowance. Continuing with all the blocks, except the ones at the end of each row.  Pressing all the strips on top of the block only to the right.

Sew all the blocks together, by layering two blocks together with tops of the blocks facing together, ensuring to align the pressed strips to the right edge of the bottom block.  Once the block is sewn together, flip the blocks open and notice batting pieces will lay next to each other nice and flat. Repeat these step to complete your row. 

After the rows are made it's time to secure the back strip down.  Start by preparing the backing strips by giving them a nicely pressed 1/4" crease on the open edge, then fold the strips over one more time and hand stitch all the back pieces down, just like you would bind a quilt.  
Once all the backings in the rows are completed, It's time to stitch all the rows together, following the steps the same steps used in joining the blocks together.  Cut (2) strips would be 1" x width of the row.  Sew all the rows together by using the front strips and, followed by hand stitching the backs together, to complete the project.

My Quilt As You Go Project is now complete.



I found that Quilt As You Go was a fun and fast project.  I defiantly would do this again.

Be sure to check out the Quilt As You Go the other Island Batik Ambassadors are doing this month. The list of Ambassadors are at the bottom.

Also come back next month for the Island Batik Ambassador's Back to School Blog Hop starting September 4th.  It will be so much fun!!
  


Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marian from Seam to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction

Janet from Whispers of Yore


 Tina

Monday, April 10, 2017

Simple and Precise Half Rectangle Triangle with Bloc_Loc Rulers!

I love working with Bloc_Loc® Rulers!  I have been using them for about 5 years now.  I first fell in love with the half square triangles and the flying geese rulers.  They have helped my piecing so much.  Last year, I began designing patterns using the rulers.  I have two more patterns getting ready to be released next month at Spring Market.  These patterns will feature the half-square triangles, flying geese and the half rectangle triangles Bloc_Loc® rulers.  

So with the preparation for their release, I decided to put this little tutorial together to show you how easy the rulers are to use by making half rectangle triangles (HRT).  

HRT A and B Rulers!
When you buy the half rectangle triangle (HRT) rulers you receive two ruler’s A (left) and B (right).


Get to know your ruler!


You will notice that all the Bloc Loc® Rulers have grooves on the backside of the rulers, these grooves lock on to your seams allowances. These grooves help keep your ruler from moving around and makes trim precise.  


Logo and Letter on opposite side of seam allowance.

With all Bloc Loc® Rulers, you can press your seams in either direction, but they will not work with open seams. When the ruler is placed on the seam allowance and locked into position the logo is always on the opposite from the seam. 

Once the Ruler is placed and locked on the seam allowance all you have to do is slide the ruler to you desired measurement.  No need to pick it up, just slide it along the seam allowance.


Prepare your rectangles


Start preparing by cutting all your rectangles to size.  For this tutorial, I cut all my rectangles to 3” x 6” to be trimmed to 2 1/2” x 4 1/2” units.  You will have oversized rectangles, this will be trimmed later.
       
Layer with right sides up!

 Layer each of the cut rectangles with right sides facing up.

Ruler A units

Cut diagonally bottom right to upper left corner!

One rectangle yields 2 triangle sets

For the A (Left) Ruler units the layered pair and cut diagonally from bottom right to the upper left corner.  Each pair of rectangles yields 2 triangles sets.


Re-arrange the triangle sets so they are laid-out how they will look when finished.

Offset by an 1/4"
Flip each of the orange triangle onto a purple triangle so that right sides are together and making sure orange is offset by a 1/4”.  Repeat for the other set.
          


Stitch a ¼” seam for each set for each set.


Press seams to one side or the other according to your pattern.

Trim using Ruler A
Trim by placing Bloc_Loc® Ruler A on top of the HRT units so that the units seams locks onto the grooves.  Once you have the ruler locked into the seams you can then slide the ruler along the seam allowance to get your desired measurement. 

Trimmed A units

Ruler B units

Ruler B is done the same way, with just a few things changed.

Cut diagonally from bottom left to upper right corner
Yield 2 triangle Sets
Cut the layer right sides up rectangles, diagonally from bottom left to upper right corner.  Yielding 2 triangle sets.


Re-Arrange the triangles sets so they layout how they look finished.

Offset by a 1/4"!
Flip each of the orange triangle onto a purple triangle so that right sides are together and making sure orange is offset by a ¼”.  Repeat for the other set.

Stitch 1/4" seam and press!
Stitch a ¼” seam for each set. Press seam to one side or the other.
Trim using Ruler B

Trim HRT units using the Bloc_Loc® Ruler B, and trim to the specified size.  
Repeat for the other units.


You now have made easy half rectangle rectangles that are precise.


The Bloc_Loc® Half Rectangle Rulers come in assorted sizes:

2:1 Mini (2.5 x 4.5) Industry Standard
2:1 Large (4.5 x 8.5) Industry Standard
3:1 Mini (2.5 x 5) * Specialty Ruler*
3:1 Large (3.5 x 9.5) *Specialty Ruler*
4:1 (3.5 x 12.5) *Specialty Ruler*

If you would like to download the directions and cutting chart, click HERE!

Also If you prefer to watch a video on how to make these units, click below



Check out the Bloc_Loc® website for all their cool rulers.  All the rulers have great videos for you to learn how to use them.  

To purchased the Bloc_Loc rulers go to their website or check your local quilt store.

Make sure you Sign Up for Quilting Affection Designs' for our blog and newsletter so you don't miss out on the release of our new patterns using these great rulers!!


Tina
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