Friday, October 6, 2017

Cobblestone Quilt



I'm so glad that today's the day I can show you what I've been working on!

The Cobblestone Quilt!









I did the fabric layout and the cutting for this quilt during our power outage due to Hurricane Irma.

Knowing that because of our location we weren't in any danger from the storm, but we would probably lose power for an extended period of time, I made sure to iron my fabrics the night before the storm hit so I would be all ready to start rotary cutting in the morning when we would surely have no power.

I planned to layout my fabrics later in the day, since I wouldn't need any electricity to do that either.

  It all worked out pretty well until it started getting dark, the power was out, and I wasn't quite finished deciding where everything was going to go.  With the help of my husband and his super powered flash light that he normally uses at work, I was able to get my Cobblestone Quilt layout finished that evening.








Because there's no background fabric with this quilt, the layout was pretty simple.  Just move the fabrics around a little bit until you're happy with the arrangement and you're finished.  Perfect for a project partially done by flashlight!

Before a hurricane I usually have a project planned that doesn't require electricity, and during Irma I decided to cut and layout this quilt.  It's nice to have something to do to keep your mind off of the storm outside and the mess that will be left behind. 

Usually I go for binding in a hurricane, but just recently I've been trying my hand at machine binding, with great success I might add.  But machine binding obviously won't work for a hurricane project.

Forty five hours later, our power was back on, the yard was cleaned up and the sewing began!  Our phone line was still out, but you don't need a phone line to run a sewing machine, so it didn't bother me.








After the piecing I was on to the quilting.


I've been trying to work on my free motion quilting some recently, so I did some flowers and swirls on this quilt.  I've done them in the past and I like how they turn out.  This quilt seemed to call for flowers, since there are so many pretty flowers in the cute LuLu Lane fat quarter bundle by Corey Yoder of Coriander Quilts that I used.

Using the darks and the lights in the Lulu Lane bundle was so nice. Patterns that require just a fat quarter bundle are great! No background fabric to choose!  I have a few fabric bundles in my sewing room that are waiting for a pattern that includes the dark and the light fabrics from a bundle, just like this one!









 Then it was binding. 

Did I tell you that I've been doing some machine binding lately?  I tried it once many, many, I won't say how many, years ago and it did not go well. Not. Well. At. All. I said I'd never do it again. Never.  

Never say never, right? Now so many people are binding that way I thought I'd eat my words and try it again.  After a little trial and error, I thought it was a great success!  What a difference! I won't say that it's really easy to do, but I do love how it looks and I definitely think it's worth the effort so I can get more quilts finished and in use!


The Cobblestone Quilt was a great quilt for machine binding since there were no pesky points to worry about anywhere near the binding.  In fact, there weren't even any points on the whole quilt, which made it a breeze to piece.








While I was making it, I was thinking that this is the perfect quilt for that fat quarter bundle that draws you in with its gorgeous dark and light fabrics.

Using both the darks and the lights in the Lulu Lane fat quarter bundle was so nice.  The Cobblestone Quilt has several different size options so you can make it big or you can make it small. The interlocking blocks are created with simple strips so the piecing is quick and easy.


I'm glad I could share my latest finish with you today.

If you go over and visit The Fat Quarter Shop at the Jolly Jabber you can find the other stops on the Cobblestone Quilt Along and see more versions of the Cobblestone Quilt!   



Monday, October 2, 2017

It's October!


Happy fall y'all!

Welcome to October and the Minis and More Parade!



First, I'd like to announce the pattern for next month.

Corey Yoder's Mini Dashing Pattern caught our attention this time around, so it will be our featured pattern for the November Parade.

You just need a charm pack, a little background, a border and of course your binding and you are on your way to making this cute mini quilt.


Photo from Corey Yoder's shop. Used with permission.  Thanks Corey!


I love the fun secondary pattern that you see here!

You can find the Mini Dashing pattern in Corey's Etsy shop or in the Fat Quarter Shop.




I'm happy to show you Mindy's Berry Baskets Mini Quilt!  The Berry Baskets Mini pattern was designed by our cohost of the Minis and More Parade Sherri McConnell.  This adorable basket pattern is so cute in mini form and Sherri has made a pattern for a large version that is just as beautiful.  Mindy's cheery mini quit was made with a mix of Bonnie and Camille's fabrics and it just says 'happy' to me!  Thanks so much for sharing it with us Mindy! 






Cathy, from the blog Sew Pieceful, has been busy lately but she couldn't pass up the chance to make this Berry Baskets Mini. She had a great time pulling fabrics from her stash for this cute quilt.  The Fat Quarter Shop's YouTube video on mitered borders helped her through the process of adding her own spin on the quilt and I think she did an amazing job!






Sherri has some more Mini Berry Baskets from the Parade on her blog, A Quilting Life, so don't forget to go over and visit.

Enjoy pumpkin spice everything this month, make your Mini Dashing quilts, send us those photos, then be sure to meet us back here and watch the Parade on November first!

See you then!


Friday, September 8, 2017

We're back to school and it's time for the Lady Of The Lake Quilt Along



Hey everyone!

Welcome to my stop on the Fat Quarter Shop's Lady Of the Lake Quilt Along.


  I'll start it off with a little history lesson.

Traditionally, the Lady Of The Lake block is made with only two contrasting fabrics.  

I did change mine up slightly by making my little half square block in the corner out of a different fabric, but I used the same colors and the same fabric line. 

Sweetwater's Elementary is what I went with, and I used Moda's Bella Solid Ivory as my background fabric.

That's one of my favorite go to background fabric choices.  It goes well with just about anything that has an ivory tone to it. 









I thought the Elementary fabric line was especially appropriate, since so many of us are in the 'back to school' mode right now.

I was even inspired to hang a few of my blocks on one of my antique yardsticks from my collection, since I was going with the 'back to school' theme with this quilt.









You might be interested to know that surprisingly the Lady Of The Lake block is one of the few quilt blocks that hasn't been known by a variety of different names.

Many quilters believe the block was named after Walter Scott's 1810 poem titled, Lady of The Lake.

The first Lady Of The Lake quilt blocks started showing up around 1900 and
I guess the name has just stuck ever since!








The Lady Of The Lake blocks are super easy, classic blocks.

The Fat Quarter Shop has even taken some of the math out of the process and made those half square triangles in the patterns easier and more accurate, by including half square triangle paper in their newly released Lady Of The Lake Quilt Kit, featuring The Good Life fabric by Bonnie and Camille.

Visit the Jolly Jabber to see the other stops in the Fat Quarter Shop's Lady Of The Lake Quilt Along.


Thanks for visiting me here at Island Life Quilts and I hope this back to school post taught you a thing or two about the classic Lady Of The Lake block!


Friday, September 1, 2017

It's all about pumpkins!


You really can't go wrong with pumpkins can you?

You can find a type of pumpkin that will fit in just about anywhere. 

There's real or imitation, ginormous or tiny, glass or ceramic, white or orange, and even blue!



In this month's Minis and More Parade we're focusing on the quilted type of pumpkin.


It's adorable and I love that it has all kinds of pumpkins, including different sizes and shapes.

 Some are just one fabric and others are pieced!






My Mini Pumpkins quilt got a little crazy.  I had a great time going through my long neglected batik stash, looking for some fun pumpkin fabrics.  I have some lighter ones in there and I pulled in a few purples too, just to make it a little different than any other pumpkin quilts that I have around.  I think I'll keep the total number of pumpkin quilts that I can see from where I'm sitting right now to myself.  You might even gasp out loud if I told you how many I have. And yes, I do have them out already.....







I love the dark background that Mary from the blog Needled Mom used for her Mini Pumpkins quilt! The bright orange fabrics really pop with that nice background.  Mary completed her mini quilt quickly, knowing that she had a busy month ahead.  If I had to pick my favorite pumpkin in Mary's quilt it would have to be the one with the white and orange chevron fabric. Beautiful, Mary!







This cute pumpkin mini was sent in by Sigi of Little Quiltsong.  She used colors similar to those in the pattern and I can definitely see why!  It's wonderful!  That green binding really frames the whole quilt nicely and makes it look so fresh. Thanks so much for sharing it with us Sigi!








Now on to Mindy's Mini Pumpkins.  She used nice light orange fabrics for her pumpkins and I love that she threw in a blue one too.  Blue pumpkins seem to be the thing right now and Mindy didn't hesitate to include one in her runner.  The light green border is a beautiful touch.







Patty from Elm Street Quilts made her pumpkins in three different sizes and they're all cute! She stuck with the wonderful traditional orange to make an adorable mini that she'll be sure to love for a long time.  After reading Patty's fall post I had to run out to Target to get some of the first crop of candy corn this season!   







This full size quilt was made by Kim!  You can find her at Lily Patch Quilts.  Kim went with a lighter background and used a variety of shades of orange for her pumpkins.  I love that she went big and made the large size quilt.






The rest of the Mini Pumpkins Parade is on Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life.

Don't forget to stop by and take a look.



I'm so excited about the next Parade!

The featured pattern is brand new.

Berry Baskets Mini is a cute basket pattern recently designed by Sherri.


Photo by Sherri McConnell used with permission.


The pattern is available in both PDF and paper form in her shop.

She will be dropping the price of the Berry Baskets Mini PDF to $4 for a limited time, so if you've ever considered joining us for the Parade this would be a great time to do it!


These baskets would be beautiful in any kind of fabric.

We can't wait to see your creative ideas!

The Berry Baskets Mini Parade will be on Monday, October 2 so send your project photos in as soon as you're ready.

It'll be a great Parade!

Questions about how to be involved in the Parade? Don't hesitate to ask!



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Mini Tulip Market




Hello!

Everyone is having a busy summer, including me! 

Last month we took a nice vacation to the mountains of North Carolina and we visited Georgia Tech on the way home.

My youngest son will be starting his senior year of high school, so it's time to make some plans and get those college applications filled out.

We're looking forward to a busy, fun fall!

And since fall is right around the corner, are you ready to sew some pumpkins?

The Minis and More pattern for our next Parade is Mini Pumpkins designed by Allison Harris of Cluck Cluck Sew.



Used with permission.


I can't wait to get started on this adorable pattern.

Allison has a large version of this quilt too if you're interested.

I don't think you can have too many pumpkin quilts!

 I love pumpkins and I probably have too many pumpkin items for someone who lives in Florida, where pumpkins only arrive on trucks!

Here we have to make our own fall, but I sure have fun with it!



The pattern for this month's Parade is Mini Tulip Market by Corey Yoder.



Mindy could not stop making these cute tulips.  She quickly went from three to twelve!  So she made  an adorable table runner and a pillow too.  She has a few tulips left over for another sweet tulip project!  I can see why you couldn't stop making tulips Mindy!    





Dont forget to see the other half of the Parade on Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life!

Email us your Mini Pumpkin Quilt pictures before the end of August and we will get them in the Parade.

Happy sewing!



Monday, July 3, 2017

Summertime


It's definitely summer!

The kids are out of school, you can fry an egg on the sidewalk, and vacation is about to begin!

So there's no better time to have our Minis and More Parade with a summer theme.





June was a month of patriotic pincushions for me! These Sweet Liberty Tuffets by Carrie Nelson have been on my list of things I want to make for years.  I'm not kidding.  I've had the pattern and a pile of red, white and blue scraps ready to go for that long.  I'm so happy to be able to cross them off that list and enjoy them before the Fourth of July!

This Schnibbles pattern is now out of print, but if you haven't made any of these cute pincushions yet you're in luck.  Carrie Nelson kindly shared the pattern on Moda's blog, The Cutting Table, last year.  You can still find it in the post called 'A Sweet Little Treat'.  Thanks so much Carrie!











Mindy's cute flower mini is perfect for this Parade.  This was a from a Block of the Month that the Fat Quarter Shop did a few years ago. The light, bright, colors of the fabrics look so summery! 








An adorable mermaid mini quilt is Patty's Parade entry.  How creative!  Patty made this as a gift for a good friend.  She paper pieced it and used fun, organic, wavy lines for the quilting.  This is her twenty-sixth finish of the year!  Wow!  That's impressive!  You can read more about it on her blog Elm Street Quilts.      







The other half of our summertime project Parade is on Sherri's blog, A Quilting Life. Be sure to go over and view the rest of the summer themed projects!




Our July mini is a cute new Mini Tulip Market Pattern by Corey Yoder.

You can find this charm pack friendly pattern here in her shop.

Corey used a gray fabric for the background, which looks amazing, but any color would be wonderful for the background and it would give this adorable mini quilt a totally different look.

Have fun with it!

Send photos of your completed tulip mini quilt to Sherri or to me to be entered in the next Minis and More Parade before August first.

We hope you'll join us!




Thursday, June 1, 2017

The June pineapple parade



Hello! We're welcoming June with a pineapple parade.

You can see half of the Minis and More Parade here on my blog, and the other half of the Parade is hosted by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life.

This month's Parade is all about pineapples, big and small!

The featured patterns are pineapple tutorials by Jackie Padesky and a mini pineapple tutorial based on Jackie's pattern written by Sherri.

Everybody is crazy about pineapples right now and we are no exception!





This pair of pineapple placemats is perfect! Karen sent these to us and they are wonderful.  That bright green makes the beautiful yellow fabrics pop! I can see these being used outside on a nice sunny day with a fun summer snack. They are beautiful Karen!  








This adorable mini pineapple is from Patty at Elm Street Quilts.  Its so tiny and cute!  The black binding Patty used really works well with the small bits of black in the fabric of Patty's pineapple.  I'm sure she found the perfect spot for this pineapple mini in her home.









Mary from the blog Needled Mom sent in this lovely picture of her pineapple.  I love the bee fabric up in the corner!  What a great touch!  And Mary's quilting is wonderful too.  She plans to make a quilt full of pineapples someday and I've got one on my list of projects to start too.








I made a few non-traditional pineapples for the Parade.  I was planning on making mini pineapples, until I realized that the original pineapple pattern was a perfect use for those mini Charm packs with 2 1/2 inch squares that I've been saving.  The two pineapples below are both made from a combination of Sherri's fabric line Bright Sun and Vanessa Goertzen's fabric line Sugar Pie.  I think the two lines look great mixed together!   












That leads me to our next project which is anything that says summer!

Get out your summer patterns and get started!

Sherri and I are talking about popsicles, beach balls, flowers, fireworks, fruits, whatever makes you think of summer.

Red, white and blue will work too.


Also, congratulations to Mindy!  She was our latest Minis and More prize winner.


See you on Monday, July 3rd for the next Minis and More Parade featuring your new summer quilts.


Happy summer!