Thursday, January 21, 2021

IBA Unboxing videos - Day 2


I hope you were able to catch my unboxing video yesterday, but if not, you can watch it here:


 Today we have three more Ambassadors sharing what they received from Island Batik - 

Preeti Harris of Sew Preeti Quilts who is a new Island Batik Ambassador,
Jane Hauprich of Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting, who is also new to the group,
and Connie Kauffman, of Kauffman Designs who is a returning Ambassador!  

I hope you are enjoying getting a preview of the new collections arriving at quilt shops everywhere!  

Wednesday, January 20, 2021

IBA 2021 Unboxing day number 1!

 Yahoo!  Today is the day I've been waiting for, when I get to unveil all the awesomeness I received as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program in 2021!  I had planned to do a live video, but realized that the time fram wouldn't work, so I recorded my opening yesterday and have it scheduled to go up on my facebook page - PamelaQuilts - at noon today!  Pop on over and check it out!

Here are some of my goodies stacked up on the shelf.  I can't wait to get sewing with all of this glorious beauty! Today, Megan at BestQuilter, and Jenner from The Inquiring Quilter will also be sharing with us!

This is a great way to meet the Island Batik Ambassadors and you will love them all!

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Out with the old, in with the clean!

 This week has mostly been spent putting away Christmas and cleaning!  I did manage to finish a custom order for two pillow shams to go with the Stepping Stones Sampler quilt which is off to a loving home.  

I'm always a little sad to sell one of my favorites, and this one was lovely in my guest room, but since we were forced to remodel that room due to last year's roof leak it no longer had a purpose, and had never been used.  I am so glad that someone will use and love the quilt, and I got to use some of the leftover bits to make the pillow shams. 

Here's that rascal, Scamper telling me that he doesn't want the tree to go away!  So sorry, Scamp - it will be back next year for you to lay under!  Now I just need to go tidy up my sewing room and I'll be ready for all the new projects that are on my list.  

Next week I get to show you what came in the first Island Batik Ambassador box of 2021!  Can't wait!

Sunday, January 10, 2021

A Slothful Day

 Not really, but I couldn't resist the pun!  I decided to work on making a sloth block every Sunday so I can finish that top by the end of the month for my OMG.

I completed the one on the right today, so that puts me at halfway done already!  I do love them, they are super cute, but each one takes a good three hours plus to cut out and sew together.  (The pattern is Sleepy Sloth by Elizabeth Hartman)  I might have to make a fifth block in baby girl colors for a baby version.  We'll see!

In contrast, this little gem took about 15 minutes to make!  It's block 14 for the Sewcialites Quilt Along. I'm happy that I'm all caught up with this project, and back to looking forward to the new blocks each week!

I found a nice weekly prayer journal and bought copies for all five daughters.  I hope they are enjoying it as much as I am.  This is a good time to be a little introspective and think about how we live our lives.  I have to admit I'm struggling a bit lately to be positive and keep a good outlook.  I think I might stay away from the news and hunker down in my sewing room this week - I have plenty of projects to keep me busy!

Linking up with:

Design Wall Monday

Monday Making

Saturday, January 09, 2021

Project Quilting Challenge one for 2021

I almost forgot that this week was a challenge week for Project Quilting!  Yesterday, I realized that I hadn't even thought about what I wanted to make - but at least I knew that I had some yellow Island Batik in the form of Stash Builder Rolls and solid gray so I was set for fabric.  (I received these fabrics as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program in 2020)

I decided that I didn't have enough mental energy to actually design anything, so I decided to just make a lot of half square triangles and see where my muse would take me.  It was fun just to do some simple sewing, and these were super simple, I just sewed a quarter of an inch all the way around a pair of yellow and gray 5 inch squares, then cut in half diagonally both ways.
I even figured out that I could stack three of them and cut them even faster!  This method makes quick half square triangles, but they do have the bias on the outside, so you have to be a little careful with them.
Trimming off all the corner triangles took a bit of time, though!  No shortcuts for that step!

Then I just laid them all out randomly with all the gray triangles pointing one way.  I made sure to space out the darker yellow triangles, but didn't worry too much about all the rest.

I ended up liking this layout so much that I just started sewing them together!  The little mini clips sure come in handy for this!

It's amazing how much smaller the rows are after sewing together!  

It didn't take very long to finish sewing the rows to each other and have a top ready for quilting!  I layered it up using some of the Hobbs fusible batting.  I am really enjoying using this product and love not having to deal with pins!  I received a queen size package of this in my second Island Batik Ambassador Box in 2020, really good stuff!

I quilted it with a swirl using a bright yellow Aurifil thread in 50 weight, I love the fun soft texture contrasting with the graphic nature of the triangles!

I used more of the solid gray for the back.  See how nice and flat it is?  That fusible batting is good stuff!

I hurried outside to grab some good pictures before the sun went down!  I really lucked out that it was a dry day today and I could lay it out on the patio.

I made the binding half and half from the remaining half of the lighter yellow strips.  I had just enough!  My quilt finishes at 21 1/2 inches square and was made in Coos Bay, OR!

I'm very happy with this quilt, especially considering that I made it in an afternoon with no plan in mind at all!  Hop over to Kim's Blog to see the rest of the entries for this week's challenge, they are just fabulous!

I'm also a sponsor this year, so I'll try to be better about reminding you to make a quilt for the next challenge!  

Friday, January 08, 2021

New Year Plans - UFO list for PHD in 2021

 Now that it's a New Year, I suddenly feel like I have free reign to start a whole ton of new projects, after all - I have 12 whole month for those finishes!  I hope I don't get too carried away with all of them because I'm going for my Quilting PHD in 2021 with Gail.  I've got 12 projects all lined up and ready to go already.  This will put me pretty darn close to having all my UFO's off the books and is a pretty lofty goal, but after finishing up Dear Jane last year, I think I'm up to the challenge!

1)  Quilter's Recipe Box - this is the top from my 2017 Quilt Along.  All I need to do is add a border and quilt it, and it will be finished.  

2)  Seashore Splendor.  This quilt is the top from my 2019 Quilt Along.  It just needs to be quilted!

3)  Super Saturday Sampler.  This was a quilt block of the month from the local quilt shop that I taught with a quilting friend.  We each designed and taught half the blocks.  I still need to make the bottom left block, then I can put the quilt together. 

4)  Joy.  This quilt is the original pattern by Jacquelyne De Jonge.  I have the middle block of the center done, but I'm not sure about my backgound color choice.  To tell you the truth I'm not sure if I am in love with it enough to want to do the rest of the quilt (which is all paper foundation quilting), or if I might want to design a simpler border to finish it off.  Time to make a decision and get this one finished for better or worse!  I did stock up on a ream of newsprint to use for the piecing if I decide to go for it.

5)  Giant Dahlia.  This was a stitchalong project I found here in 2013.  I have the dahlia done, and a couple of fabric options for the background.  I need to figure out the center, and if it needs borders, or am I going to finish it as a lap quilt.  

6)  Farmer's Wife.  I started making this in Christmas fabrics.  Love the book and the stories and all the traditional blocks.  Time to get this past the finish line!  I'm not crazy about my choice for the background of these blocks, but it will look great with the right sashing.  I need to count my blocks and see how far in I am!

7)  Alouette. This was going to be a sample for the quilt shop that never got made.  I'll be taking care of that this month, and I have everything organized and ready to stitch up!

8)  Mini Memories of the Titanic.  Started this one some time ago as well.  I have all the border blocks done, so the rest shouldn't be too hard, right?

9)  Big Surf.  I made a shop sample of this and have enough fabric cut out for a second one.  Just need to make it!

10)  All Seasons Basket.  Another shop sample that never got finished.  I think the fabrics are just lovely, so I really want to get this one finished!

11)  Perry's Horse Quilt.  This is a wall hanging size quilt I want to expand into a couch quilt for my DH, his current quilt is in tatters and it's time for a new one! He will love it, I'm sure.  I need to figure out what blocks I want to make for the next border and get going on it.

12)  Cat's Fancy.  I have a ton of fabric left from previous projects that I want to use for a lap quilt. No pattern yet, so this is just a collection of fabric at the moment, but it's definitely going to become a quilt!

So that wraps up my UFO list for the year.  I need to work a bit each month on the two more time consuming ones - Joy and Farmer's Wife.  It's a pretty big commitment to add them both to the list for one year, but I think I can do it!  

Don't know if I'll ever become a one project at a time kind of person, but I definitely don't want to have this number of projects piled up again!  Finish what I start is my plan, and I'm looking forward to it!  Come join us if you want to get control of your projects, too:

PHD in 2021 Link up

Wednesday, January 06, 2021

2021 - Good News!

 I am really happy and excited to announce that I have been chosen to participate in the Island Batik Ambassador program for another year!

There are some new Ambassadors this year, and some old friends from the previous year as well! I am looking forward to the new challenges and sharing the lovely new fabrics with you as well!

From left to right:
Megan Best ~
Pamela Boatright ~
Elizabeth DeCroos ~
Epida Studio
Jennifer Eubank ~ Archipelago Quilting
Jennifer Fulton ~
The Inquiring Quilter
Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Joanne Hart ~
Unicorn Harts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~
Mania for quilts
Connie Kauffman
~ Kauffman Designs
Emily Leachman ~
The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~
For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~
Mary Mack Made Mine
Claudia Porter ~
Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~
Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~
Sew Cute And Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~
Creative Blonde
Gail Sheppard ~
Quilting Gail
Andi Stanfield ~
True Blue Quilts
Jennifer Thomas ~
CurliCue Creations
Suzy Webster
~ Websterquilt
Janet Yamamoto ~

I also want to acknowledge the additional product partners - Accuquilt, Hobbs batting, Aurifil Thread, and Schemtz Needles. All of these generous sponsors are supplying us with products so that we can make our projects. I can't wait to get started!