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Let the Designing Begin! February 18, 2017

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A box full of Island batik fabric, charm squares, 5″ rolls, and yardage along with Aurifil thread and Superior Masterpiece and Fantastico thread arrived from California.

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My heart was pounding as I caressed these pieces of precious cloth. Now the challenges begin. I will blog every month on whatever I decide to design. I look forward to hearing from you! Let me know if you like the projects and especially if you try them yourself.

With the Valentine bunch, I made two mug rugs.  I used the same pattern which I used Kaffe Fassett fabrics and posted earlier.  It is amazing to me how exciting this Valentine bunch is, once stitched together.  I played a bit more with the design of the mug rug.  It’s so much fun to be spontaneous.  I hope you like them.

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There are 35 Ambassadors for Island Batik this year.  Below is a list of all the people joining in on this adventure.  I encourage you to check out what they are designing from supplies in their boxes.  We all don’t have the same fabric, but we are given the same prompt.  I just love this!  Even if we were given the same fabric, I know that our projects would be as individual as each of us.  I’m learning a little bit about each Ambassador.  I have a lot in common with some.  I do hope to meet them sometime. I think it’s giving me a great excuse to travel a bit more.

Here’s the list of Ambassadors and their websites:

Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Anna from Ark Angel Creations
Kathy from Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Sharon from Yellow Cat Quilt Desgins
Tina from Quilting Affection Designs
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Sally from Sally’s Quilting Corner
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Joan from Moosestash Quilting
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 Seams to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Vicki from Vicki’s Crafts and Quiltling(me)
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Terri from Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Suzy from Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore

 

No time to waste….I’m working on something “mini” for March!

Linda
 

Fast Friends Animal Shelter February 17, 2017

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Today I enjoyed meeting two young ladies at the Fast Friends animal shelter.  I donated two boxes of Milk Bones and 6 kennel quilts. This was my first donation made with Island Batik fabrics.  They were very thankful. The facility was clean and inviting.  The photo below shows the kennel quilts on the counter and the happy dog photos on a slideshow on the wall.

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Our dog, Rocky enjoys playing in the yard with his doggy friends on Saturdays during the good (non snowy) weather.

This was a great way for me to give back to the Keene, NH community with my quilting skills.

 

Linda

Island Batik Ambassador 2017

 

“Gal”entines Day! February 13, 2017

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This is not a typo! I’ve been informed that Feb. 13th is “Gal”entine’s Day.  It’s a day to celebrate our girlfriends! In celebration this year I was challenged to make a mug rug from specific fabrics in my Island Batik box. Because I haven’t received my box yet and the day has arrived, I used some Island Batik fabrics from my stash along with some other fabrics to create something to celebrate with the rest of the world!

My new friends and those who stay connected from Massachusetts keep meet inspired to create almost every day! Thank you! I celebrate all of you!

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I added a little bling to the elephants and hearts. Elephants seem to be very popular this year. I’ve seen lots of quilts with elephants. Elephants are big and strong and have a friendly smile. They remind me of the big, strong and friendly ideas we share as girlfriends. Thank you for making a better version of myself!

I also designed a mug rug with a contemporary flare. This idea came from learning to add “poppers” to quilts at a retreat I attended in January. This can be made with 3/4″ strips OR any size scrap at least 3/4″ side or more and the Popper technique. I described this technique in my last Inspired Layers Newsletter.  You can sign up for my newsletter on my website, http://www.inspiredlayers.com.

I also changed the size by adding a few more inches to the top and bottom pieces to turn this into a mouse pad.  My hubby uses a cordless mouse, but is concerned about scratches that may be left in the table top. As a result, he’s getting a new mouse pad for Valentine’s day tomorrow so I can have my mug rug he is currently using for a mouse pad.

I think  of my Grammie and how she would laugh as I describe what our table would look like with all the use that darn mouse has gotten over the years.  Can you imagine living to 99, as my grandmother did and using the mouse as much as my husband does?  I think the next generation’s kids would see a deep cup carved out of our table! (HaHa) Quilted mouse pad to the rescue!

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I will remake this mug rug with the  Island Batik fabrics as soon as they arrive.  I think the snow we’ve been having this past week has hindered the shipment. It’s all good!  The snow is needed to quench the thirst of the land after a very dry summer last year.  It is really beautiful in New England. I feel so happy for the mountain resorts full of snow boarders, skiers and snowshoers too! Our coal stove is keeping us warm.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy  “Gal”entine’s Day,

Linda Ramrath

Ialand Batik Ambassador

Inspired Layers, owner

 

Island Batik Ambassador February 7, 2017

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Last November I saw an exhibit of quilts by Island Batik Ambassadors from around the world at the Connections Quilt Show in Nashua, NH. I’m so glad that I stayed for the talk that Linda Pearl shared about each quilt. I loved that although each piece was made with batik fabrics, they were so individual in design and finishing.

In December Linda Pearl shared with her Facebook friends, the opportunity to apply to be an Island Batik Ambassador i n 2017. I thought it was a long shot, but a shot none the less, so I applied.

In February I got an amazing offer to join the very talented Island Batik Ambassadors! YIPPIE! If I could still do a back flip, I would, but those days are over. I can dream of doing several though!

As I wait for a box of gold….I mean Island Batik fabric and Aurifil thread to arrive, let me share with you a little bit about Island Batik, the company. Island Batik has been a leader in the batik industry for over 14 years! They are located in Carlsbad, CA, and pride themselves on quality and outstanding customer service. Their bread and butter product is cotton batik that is mainly used in the quilting industry, however they also have a rayon line. I’ve been thinking of making some scarves and maybe tops for the summer…

Island Batik fabrics are designed by lead designer, Kathy Engle along with additional fabric artists and designers, and are handmade in Bali, Indonesia by skilled artisans.  Every yard of fabric is created using a wax resist method, a process of using wax and dye, to create patterns and give the fabric outstanding depth and range of color.  Once made, the fabrics are laid out in the sun to dry and allow the colors to set.

Island Batik launches new seasonal line two times a year, each launch corresponding to International Quilt Markets that occur in May and October. The fabric arrives in stores in July/August and January/February.

I will share with you what I create from the box of goodies on Facebook and this Blog.  Please share it with your friends!

My box is due to arrive tomorrow or Thursday.  I will take photos and share the excitement with you. In the meantime, I want to share some charity work that Island Batik is doing. There is a need for 12″ x 18″ kennel quilts. Ambassadors are asked to make some kennel quilts and share them with a local shelter in need or send them to a shelter in need such as:

Bark and Roll Rescue Companions

3105 Shadows Lake Drive

Baton Rouge, LA 70816

We adopted our dog, Rocky 8 years ago.  Rob and I were not “dog” people, but our daughter talked us into this deal. He’s one of the best additions to our family! Here’s Rocky in Vermont, looking at our mountain view…

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Rocky keeps me company in my quilting studio too! He helps me to stay fit by taking walks every day, in all types of weather. I’m not sure who rescued whom.  We are both very happy!

I made some kennel quilts and shared them on a previous post. Please join me and Island Batik and make some kennel quilts for treasured members of our community! Remember to wash all the fabrics and use only cotton, because dogs and cats can have allergies too!

Happy quilting,

Linda Ramrath

inspiredlayers.com

 

Kennel Quilts February 6, 2017

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As I wait for my Island Batik box of goodies, I made some kennel quilts 12″ x 18″ with all cotton batting and fabrics. Since it’s close to Valentine’s Day, I started with some Valentine fabric and dog paw print fabric that I had in my stash. I also used a little “pop” of black print fabric using the technique I described in my February newsletter.

Here is a close up of the “pop”.

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How did I get that 1/4″ “pop” so even? I cut a 1″ strip of back fabric (my fabric reads black even though it has a print on it).  I stitch the fabric to the paw print fabric using 1/4″ seam allowance.

Press the towards the “pop” and not the paw print.

With right sides together add border fabric which is my valentine fabric.

Turn the fabrics so you can see the 1/4″ seam facing you.

Using your 1/4″ foot, stitch using the left part of your foot along the stitching line.  The extra pop fabric can be trimmed after stitching.

I find this technique easier than the flange for adding a straight pop of color.

Let me know what you think.

 

Here’s another sample:

Then I made 2 more kennel quilts from Island Batik fabric which I could wait to stitch!

Happy quilting,

Linda Ramrath

 

Mistyfuse to Collage Quilt January 22, 2017

Last fall I attended a quilting get away in Kennebunkport, ME. I brought lots of Kaffe Fassett fabric scraps and some Mistyfuse – white and Ultraviolet. I also packed my BoNash Amazing Pressing Sheet. These are three of my favorite quilting supplies.

I started by applying the Mistyfuse to the fabric scraps with the use of my Amazing Pressing Sheet and the heat of an iron.

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The next step was to trace my moose outline to the background fabric.

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The fun begins! Free hand cut shapes to fill in the moose.  I decided to use hot colors and cool colors to differentiate the front of the antlers from the back.

I ironed on each antler after I was happy with the fabric choices.  Then I proceeded to collage the face and then the body.

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Next I layered the backing, two layers of batting (cotton request and then wool on top) and then the top.  I secured it with a few safety pins and raw edge appliqued the pieces down with a purple thread.  I like the dark color thread.

More fun continues when I put white thread in my HandiQuilter and a pre-wound white Fil-tec size M bobbin. I didn’t plan any stitches.  I wanted to sew lots of different “doodles” in the background. I like how the shiney thread catches the light. Although this is background stitching, I didn’t want the background to disappear.  Hidden in the stitching are some moose tracks wandering through the quilt.

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I self faced this quilt because I didn’t want a frame around it.

I have already done this pattern using very different fabrics.  It’s fun and easy.  I like my playful quilt so much that I made greeting cards for friends and family this past holiday season.

I’ve also added a workshop on how to collage quilt. My website will be updated and I am taking bookings for workshops starting in April.

Linda Ramrath

Inspired Layers

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Dresden Plate Quilts December 8, 2016

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I was given two Dresden Plate quilts to quilt.  They were both purchased for short money. They were both quilt tops.

The first one I tackled was stitched together by hand and by machine with thick quilting thread.  The  fabric used consisted of plaids. They were stitch to old dish towels.  The kind my grandmother had.  I often dried dishes after Sunday dinner at Grammie’s house.  My mother had several plain, white/yellowed dish drying towels too.  They were rectangular in shape. Notice in the photo below how the edges are all off…

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My customer is not a quilter and liked the irregular shape. There were however, hems in the seams and many holes in this quilt top.  I needed to take the quilt apart and square up the blocks and try to darn and mend some of the holes. Which I did. Then I stitched the top back together.

My next step was to look at my stash for plaids….none!

At my next Delectable Mountain Quilters meeting, my new quilter friends brought plaids from their stash for me to look through.  I decided to create a story of the dresden plate sections falling into place on this quilt. I covered up bigger holes with dresden plate sections.  I hand appliqued them onto the top.

Next step is to layer the quilt.  I found 108″ wide fabric with old newspaper clippings collaged with sayings of love and blessings.  I used this for the back. I used Quilter’s Dream Cotton for the batting.

The fun part was next. I quilted a spiral in the center of each Dresden Plate block and then 1/4″ away from the edge of each plate, I echoed within and then 3 times around each block. To finish, I stitched a ribbon connecting to the loose dresden template pieces.

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I stitched the binding on by hand and returned it to my customer on Thanksgiving.  The note she sent to me is priceless. Although the shape was a square, she was very pleased and amazed at the transformation.

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The second Dresden Plate quilt I received to quilt was hand appliqued with the finest of stitches.  The template pieces were curved, unlike the quilt above. This quilt was a real steal!

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I was provided a backing. I pressed it and then layers cotton batting and the quilt top.

I know this customer loves cross-hatching so I did that in the center of each block.  Then I echoed the Dresden plated inside, stitched close around them and feathered along the lattice.  It was fun and a pleasure to be a part of such a beautifully stitched quilt.

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Perhaps some more cross-hatching could be added to connect the Dresden plates with the feathers.  What do you think?

I never know what quilts will enter my studio each year.  It is fun to see similar patterns come in and go out quilted very differently.

Linda

Inspired Layers