I really enjoyed the monthly challenges given to me as a 2017 Island Batik Ambassador. I loved them so much, I’m traveling around now with a new talk, “Stranded on Island Batik.” I share how I accomplished each challenge and give the audience a handout with lots of challenge ideas to bring to their quilting friends and guild members. If you would like to see this unique trunk show and learn a bit about Island Batik fabrics, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will find a date that works! Feel free to call New England Fabrics in Keene, NH to ask how well the first talk was received. (603-352-8683)
Fortunately or unfortunately, I didn’t use all the fabric that I was given. I had a 40 piece strip set entitled, “Northern Woods” which I didn’t use. Once this challenge came out, I used it up in rather un-traditional ways. I washed and then fused Mistyfuse onto the back of half of the strips. Then I free hand cut rounded squares and rectangles. I decided to have fun and make a humorous quilt using my NEW Cool Bull Moose II pattern (available here). I followed the instructions until I decided to have the moose track the human. I quilted the sole imprint in various sizes on the background. Then I looked at my hubby’s hunting rifle, and free hand cut fabrics and fused a gun for the Moose. The moose’s name is HUNTER which I embroidered on a pocket bulging with ammunition. I put empty shells in it.
I still had 20 strips left, and a little clothesline from another project…so I decided to piece the fabric strips together on the diagonal with my Sew Easy guide to make one long strip.
I trimmed the corners off, pressed the seam allowances open and then pressed the entire length in half the long way.
Next step is to cover the clothesline. I used a number 12 foot for my Bernina. It has a large chunk taken out of it so the clothesline can run in that channel. I used Aurifil thread and folded the raw edges over from right to left and then the fold over from the left to the right. With a straight stitch, jeans needle and 2.5 length stitch, I covered the clothesline.
The next step is to form the bottom of the bowl. I pinched about and inch or so of the end of the covered clothesline and bent the so that it laid flat. I switched to a zig zag stitch as wide as possible. I have a 9mm machine so I used an open toe foot so that I could see that my stitches were catching both the cording and the new row of cording I was adding as it turned around. It’s very important to have the project rotating counter clockwise and the strip you are adding is on your right.
I made the base about 12″ round and then held it up with my left hand created a bowl shape as I continued to add around the sides. I used all 20 strips! Yippie! I used it up!
Here’s a photo of my wool pieces and thread for my next project. It is coming along…It was supposed to be my winter project, but it’s already spring. The colors are bright and cheery. I keep modifying the pattern. You will have to keep visiting my blog to see how that project turns out. I update my followers every two weeks with my quilting exploits.
I hope you might think to make a fabric bowl with some left over strips. You control the size. You could make business card holders, paper clip holders, or even bowl big enough for knitting supplies.
Here’s the complete list of Spring Fling Blog Hop just in case you missed any of the projects and want to go back and look at them.
Monday, April 16, 2018
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Wednesday, April 18, 2018
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Friday, April 20, 2018
Saturday, April 21, 2018
Sunday, April 22, 2018
Thanks for joining me today on this blog hop! I hope you have been inspired by all the alumni projects. We may not be ambassadors anymore, but we sure do love thinking up new ways to use fabric!