This year you won't find as many designs on Instagram because we decided to protect them by having a private FaceBook group. The number of designers sadly has dropped to about half. Some have said they just don't have time this year, but we are wondering if it is a bit of an aversion to yet another private FB group...you're preaching to the choir here; I basically only use FB for Island Batik and one good friend, and now this. If you'd like to be a part, and are fine with using Instagram, then that is absolutely fine and it's not too late! In fact, we are considering extending the deadline from May 15 to the 25, which is 70 days total, what the other two years were. That still gives you 5 weeks! Shoot me an email or DM me through Instagram; we really are a supportive group, and there have been some terrific designs, some digital, lots on graph paper, so if that's a concern, banish it!
Did I mention there are some sweet prizes?!
One person who finishes will get one of their designs made up into a backyard quilt, similar to this one, by Quilt Designs in the Yard.
Two other prizes are gift certificates to Clinton Modern Creative and Cali Quilt Co. 😊 More fabric. Yessss!
The first challenge leads into the second one. This month's challenge with Island Batik is to make a baby quilt using the AccuQuilt Go! dies.
With that in mind, I picked a block from the booklet that comes with the 8" dies and opened up EQ8 and started to play a bit. I've already shown this design on Instagram, but here is what I eventually came up with:
This will be the third of my own designs all grown up into real fabric this year! Moody Blues was the first, and Cheerio! was the second. Here is it starting to bloom on my design wall:
I cannot tell you, unless you have experienced it, what a thrill it is to see something you drew on graph paper, or saw in your head, or played around with the colouring and orientation in EQ, start to be. Which may be why I highly encourage you to consider joining our 30 Quilt Designs Challenge!
I will admit that:
1. at first I was over the moon to use this machine: speed! precision! get more quilts made!
2. and then after my initial testing with scrap fabrics, I was rather skeptical because there is some waste, like 1/4" around each shape. And that does add up.
However. The HSTs....
I followed the tip about putting your fabric RST before loading it onto the die, so the HSTs come out in pairs, ready to be sewn.
Look at that stack of 'em ready to be simply plucked off in pairs and sewn.
THE DOG EARS ARE CUT OFF!!
Yes I yelled that, and yes I love it because you open them up and boom! Done. Next!
And then.... when I sewed the single HST on either side of the HST square, everything just lined up...
|I. Can't. It's just so perfect.|
So did Rufus last night, sneaking into my 'new' sewing room which is in our old bedroom off the living room:
Light pink and green also are making me smile.
I'll be back soon with a flimsy to show you and a finish by the 30th! This Saturday is DrEAMI! so if you've had a Drop Everything And Make It! moment, I hope you'll link it up, as those squirrels are meant to be shared.
I lied. There are actually a few more challenges going on in my life. One is the renovations. This next stage (I know I owe you a kitchen reveal post) is the upper storey, where I sew, and where we are putting in dormers, two out the front to give our little house a Cape Cod flair, and one shed one out the back. Here is the sewing room as of this morning, stripped front half by my faithful hardworking MacGyver.