Island Batik Week: Sand Dune & Tide Pools by Kathy Engle

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We’ve arrived at our final day of Island Batik Week and today we introduce not just one, but two collections! Double the fun and double the giveaways;). We’ve loved every bit of this week and have learned so much about these remarkable designers. The gorgeous fabrics from Island Batik are incredibly versatile and have produced one stunning project after another. We hope you’ve drawn some inspiration from what you’ve seen and that you enjoy our final post today… all about the woman behind many of the successful collections at Island Batik, Kathy Engle.

ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE
7/18 – Introduction to Island Batik
7/19 – Seashore by Tammy Silvers
7/20 – Equinox by 4th & 6th Designs
7/21 – Surf Squirt by Claudia Pfeil
7/22 – Tide Pools & Sand Dune by Kathy Engle (Today)

To learn more about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Spring/Summer releases, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.

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THE COLLECTIONS
Island Batik’s Kathy Engle has introduced two brand new collections, Tide Pools & Sand Dune. From vibrant periwinkles and seaweed greens to lively greens and sun-kissed oranges, these two collections offer a rich palette of colors on opposite ends of the spectrum. The coordinating Aurifil thread collections are available in two separate large boxes featuring our 40wt thread.

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Peer just a little beyond the surface and you’ll find Kathy Engle’s palette paradise in this season’s Tide Pools collection. Vibrant periwinkles and seaweed greens only scratch the surface of this collection’s spectrum! Seashells, swirls, bubbles and netting all play amidst the flamingo pinks and sandcastle tans. Spy a sea urchin inspired purple fabric and bottle green sea foam fabric. Tide Pools will only leave you wanting to explore more!

Tide Pools
100% Aurifil Cotton
Large – 40wt, 1094yds each, 12 colors, Large Spools
1243 – 2145 – 2545 – 2562 – 2740 – 2850 -2884 – 2887 – 2915 – 4030 – 5003 – 5006

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Embark on a journey to Kathy Engle’s Sand Dune collection where a lush desert oasis is surrounded by lively greens and sun-kissed oranges. Tanned browns and sandy hues dance in the arid winds. You’ll be craving to see what other desert diamonds lay beyond this sand dune! An assortment of leaves hand-dyed on nutmeg, toasted marshmallow, and eggshell browns will only leave you serenaded in their shade.  Wild parakeet glitter amidst sage-brush greens in this hidden paradise. Take a peek at this collection and see what Sand Dune colors you fall in love with!

Tide Pools
100% Aurifil Cotton
Large – 40wt, 1094yds each, 12 colors, Large Spools
1133 – 1231 – 2310 – 2318 – 2350 – 2360 – 2600 – 2610 – 2886 – 2892 – 5009 – 5024

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To view all thread collection info on our website, click the collection images above. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
How did you first get started in this wonderful world of textiles? 
From an early age I was very drawn to graphic art and textiles. I chose it as my career and I graduated from CSULB (California State University, Long Beach) in illustration and textile design.

Tide Pools Fabric & Thread

Tide Pools Fabric & Thread

Do you recall the first collection that you designed and what was that experience like for you?
For the first 10 years of designing fabric, it wasn’t by collection, but rather by individual hand painted tropical surf wear and action sports themed wear. It was from the next 13 years of transfering to the hot new up-and-coming quilting division that collections were inspired. Anything with nature has always been a favorite; but after 30 years I really dont have any favorites. My process moves on to the next, always moving forward. It’s never boring.

Whirlpool by Stitched Buy using fabrics from Tide Pools

Whirlpool by Stitched Buy using fabrics from Tide Pools

What first drew you to the business of fabric?
The fabric industry has made it possible to be an artist, designer, and business woman. It has given me opportuntites to teach, travel and continue to develop and learn with each new project. The love that people have for fabric is infectious!

Maze by Freemotion by the River using fabrics from Tide Pools

Maze by Freemotion by the River using fabrics from Tide Pools

How long have you been involved with Island Batik?
I have worked for Island Batik since 2008. The integrity, quality, and virtues that they have established have informed the success of their collections.

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California Coastline by Purrfect Spots Designs using fabrics from Tide Pools

What do you love most about Batik fabrics?
I love the brilliance of the colors, the saturation of the dyes, the variety and diversity of the tjaps (chops). There is so much history to making batik. The whole process of manufacturing seems like magic.

Sand Dune Fabrics & Thread

Sand Dune Fabrics & Thread

Can you tell us a bit about the process of making a batik fabric and how that factors into the design process?
First, I create black and white designs in repeat for positve and negative images. The drawings are then sent to Bali. The chop, or stamp, is created by welding copper strips and pins together into an 8-1/2″ x 11″ design. The chop is dipped in melted wax and stamped directly on the fabric. The colors and textural pattern for the background are selected and then the colors for the forground are chosen. Fiber-reactive dyes  penetrate the cloth and are dried by the sun. The wax is removed with boiling water to reveal the pattern beneath. The process may be repeated to achieve the final result.

Spinning Geese by Cindi McCracken Designs using fabrics from Sand Dune

Spinning Geese by Cindi McCracken Designs using fabrics from Sand Dune

What inspired your latest collections and how did you translate that inspiration into the designs that we see in the collections?  
The inspiration for all four collections, Tide Pools, Surf Squirt (for Claudia Pfeil), Seashore (for Tammy Silvers) and Sand Dunes came from my love for the ocean coastline, where I live with my family. The commom elements used are all tied to the earth; as is with most of my designs. Fish scales, seahorses, seaweed, coral, waves and sand all relate to a summer vacation or just a walk along the beach. I describe my colors as sophisticated clean and muted tones, realistic to nature, one that has many values and color.

Falling Stars by Mountainpeek Creations using fabrics from Sand Dune

Falling Stars by Mountainpeek Creations using fabrics from Sand Dune

Do you have a favorite project that was made using the fabrics from these collections?
I am always amazed at the creative ways designers use my collections. The diversity of their creative spirits come together in so many different projects that I couldn’t begin to choose. I love them all!

Montana Wildflowers -Bitterroot by Ladybug's Cabin using fabric from Sand Dune

Montana Wildflowers -Bitterroot by Ladybug’s Cabin using fabric from Sand Dune

The prints showcase such a variety of rich and neutral colors. What is your process for selecting the colors for the coordinating thread collection?
I try to imagine how the quilter is going to use the thread. Do they want to make a bold quilting statement or a subtle one? Will they try to match the thread colors for piecing?  I want the quilter to be able to have some creative choices for their projects within the thread collection.

Copper Clockworks by Purrfect Spots Designs using fabrics from Sand Dune

Copper Clockworks by Purrfect Spots Designs using fabrics from Sand Dune

How did you first discover Aurifil threads?
I saw a project that one of our designers had made I was taken by the magic the thread brought to the quilt.

Is there something about Aurifil thread that you feel brings out the richness of the batik you design?
Aurifil thread has the same wonderful brilliance and saturation of color that is characteristic of our batik. I like the cotton on cotton combination with the thread and fabric. I think the two natural fibers work together to produce amazing results.

THE GIVEAWAY – TWO PRIZES!!

Click here to head to the Rafflecopter page to enter-to-win one of these two prizes:

— 1 Large Tide Pools Thread Collection and one Fat Quarter Bundle of Tide Pools fabrics from Island Batik
— 1 Large Sand Dune Thread Collection and one Fat Quarter Bundle of Sand Dune fabrics from Island Batik

You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Thursday, July 28! One winner will be randomly selected for each collection and announced here on Friday, July 29. Good luck!

ABOUT KATHY ENGLE
KathyEngleKathy Brett Engle is the Vice President of Design at Island Batik. An established member of the textile industry for over 30 years, she brought her expertise of Batik design to Island Batik in 2008 to develop batik collections and products specifically designed for quilting related retailers.

Prior to Island Batik, Kathy worked for Hoffman of California. During the 23 years she was with the company, she designed fabrics for both sportswear and specialty manufacturing, and then the fabric retail division serving fabric stores and quilt shops as Design Director until 2007.

A native Californian and graduate of CSULB, Kathy is married, a mother to two grown sons, and grandmother. She lives and loves the Southern Californian coastal lifestyle!

ABOUT ISLAND BATIK
Website — Blog — Facebook — Pinterest — Twitter — Instagram
Island Batik is a manufacturer, importer and distributor of cotton batik, rayon batik and hand-printed cotton from Indonesia. Originally established in 1997, Island Batik’s mission is to share the ancient cultural art of batik and hand-dyed fabric with our many valued customers around the world.

Island Batik Week: Surf Squirt by Claudia Pfeil

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Are you having fun with Island Batik week? We’ve so enjoyed learning more about these amazing designers and are just smitten with the richly colored batiks. It’s been wonderful to partner with Island Batik and we of course love showcasing our latest thread collections. We have two more designers and three more collections for you this week which means three more giveaways! Make sure to come back daily to learn more about our talented designers to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE
7/18 – Introduction to Island Batik
7/19 – Seashore by Tammy Silvers
7/20 – Equinox by 4th & 6th Designs
7/21 – Surf Squirt by Claudia Pfeil (Today)
7/22 – Tide Pools & Sand Dune by Kathy Engle

To learn more about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Spring/Summer releases, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.

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The Surf Squirt collection by Claudia Pfeil Designs for Island Batik features colors from daisy yellows to coral reef greens to deep sea blues offering something for any sunny day fan. The coordinating Aurifil Thread Collection offers a gorgeous variety of both solid and variegated 40wt threads.

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Surf Squirt
100% Aurifil Cotton
Large – 40wt, 1094yds each, 12 colors, Large Spools
4657 – 4660 – 3770 – 4654 – 3320 – 3817 – 6737 – 5005 – 2540 – 2135 – 2245 – 1320

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To view this info on our website, click the images above. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
How did you first get involved with this wonderful world of textiles?

Growing up in Hemer, a small town in the woods with 30,000 inhabitants, in a family of bankers (Mother, Father AND Brother), I was NOT involved or educated in handcrafts at all!  My teachers were a bit desperate about my future after school as I was not really a genius in mathematics, physics or latin language (normal classes in our German school system.) Handcrafting and arts were not on the teaching schedule, but I loved to draw and paint, and tried everything like pottery, silk painting, watercolour painting, and knotted carpets outside of school.

After school, I moved to Dortmund and started my apprenticeship as a display designer in a warehouse and discovered “Patchwork” in 1985 at a Creativa-Show.

Twist-It by Claudia Pfeil

Twist-It by Claudia Pfeil

Do you remember the first quilt that you ever made and how you felt once it was complete?
The quilt ‘Number One’ in 1985 came into being without the now common rotary cutter and rulers as such tools were unknown in Germany at the time. My basic sewing machine only had the use of securing the layers for hand quilting. There was much “trial and error” as I taught myself the tricks of making templates and seams to complete Number One.

That first quilt would hold it’s place as my only large sewing project. My move from Dortmund to Krefeld where I began studies at the University of Applied Sciences Niederrhein and my work as a textile designer drew my interests into different directions – I had the quilting fever – I just hadn’t fully discovered the wide world of quilting.

Georgina Runner by Fabric Confetti using fabrics from Surf Squirt

Georgina Runner by Fabric Confetti using fabrics from Surf Squirt

What inspired you to open up your quilt shop?
In 1992 my life changed with the birth of my first son, Julian. I decided that the work I  had done in the textile arena would now change into getting the “hoarded” treasures that I had been collecting all those years out from the drawers and bins. I found my handwoven fabric pieces, done while at university on a 16 shaft loom, and I remembered “Patchwork” to give those fabrics a new life in a quilt!

These 30x30cm (almost 12 inch) unique blocks offered themselves immediately to be made into a quilt. Not having the proper “yarn” for sewing, I went to the local sewing shop where I was introduced to my first rotary cutter, mat, and quilting ruler. Again I set about the perseverance to “learn by doing” and these experimental times gave me the courage to improvise! I was soooo happy and convinced about those new tools in a second. And… I got hooked !:)

Showing this “quilt” in the sewing shop, the owners immediately asked if I would teach Patchwork for them… I said “Of Course!”  Today, looking back, I have to smile about my self confidence without having any clue!😉

The classes were running well and the students were continuesly asking where to  find real Patchwork Fabrics? Remember, in 1992/1993 there weren’t many quilt shops in Germany/Europe. I started buying fabrics (I remember Debbie Mumm was the first fabric line I bought). I opened my little shop in the basement of my home, collecting more and more fabrics. In 1997 it was time to move the fabrics into a real shop location, still individual and unique in a historical 19th century house: Quilt & Co.

Who has been the most inspiring person within your creative career?
I am not able to name one special person as an inspiration, it was more an  collective absorbing. Ideas out of American magazines and books, learning the techniques – again trial and error, sharing ideas and thoughts with other German and European quilters .

What do you love most about quilting to show? Do you have a favorite quilt that has been completed?
I was a student of textile design in the 80s, an independent textile designer in the early 90s, a patchwork quilting teacher through the 90s, a quilt shop owner since 97, and a single mother of two strapping boys. But then, my world changed completely in the Fall of 2004: I attended  a quilt show, “Carrefour du Patchwork” in France as a vendor with my shop Quilt & Co and the booth next to us  was APQS. From the first day that I played on the Millennium quilting machine, I was hooked. I got my longarm machine in March 2005 and I had found a way to express myself through fabric and thread that was exciting, addictive, and fun.

Before falling in love with my APQS Millennium 11 years ago I quilted with my DSM. I wasn’t really happy with uneven stitches, limited space to move my (mostly) large quilts. It was only a little step for me, but a large step for my further life!

I am now spending my days running my quilt shop in Krefeld while furiously piecing my next show quilt at night. A busy schedule only allows me to make one show quilt per year with each quilt taking the best part of nine months to complete. I have been consistently creating original quilts that have taken the worldwide show floor center-stage since 2006.

To name my favorite show quilt: I can’t! At the stage of piecing and quilting and see it hanging at the shows – the newest one is always the closest to my heart – probably as the memories and the efforts are the freshest ones😉 But they are ALL my “babies” !

Fern Rising by Claudia Pfeil

Fern Rising by Claudia Pfeil

What is your favorite quilting technique and why?
Using my APQS Freedom! It’s like flying like an eagle over the mountains… there is no quilting/space limitation! My favorites are for sure the freemotion and feather quilting, as thread and structures give the finish to a quilt. The quilt is always the base for playing with spaces and quilting designs. It’s not a quilt until it is quilted! The top changes completely while quilting! I am following the piecing, using it as a guide: creating spaces, working with contrasts and design elements.

My quilting  philosophy is to use simple and effective designs, but the size and the filling/high density of quilting and the combination of all elements upraises the quilting from daily quilting to show quilt format.

I am always working in quilting with contrasts as one of my design elements:

  • Size (Large/Small)
  • Density (Positive/Negative spaces)
  • Direction (Horizontal/Vertical)
  • Design (Round/Straight)
  • Style (Modern/Romantic)
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Claudia uses her Longarm even for machine appliqué! This is Fern Rising.

You recently had two majors wins for your quilts ‘Turtle Bay” and “The Magical Mermaid’s Castle” at the Dubai International Quilt Show. What inspired those quilts and about how long did each one take?
Turtle Bay  2012, Theme: Underwater  The inspiration for this quilt was my desire to pay tribute to that great creature of the sea, the sea turtle. This endangered creature is beautiful in its natural habitat. To capture the beauty of the sea, I combined silk and gauze fabrics, along with machine quilting, to give movement to the water, seaweed and corals. The shells and star fish are made from silks with hand painted designs using Stewart Gill acrylic colors and then were machine appliquéd. The waves in the water were created using a template that I created to give just the right ebb and flow. The coral reef was cut freehand and then machine quilted to give texture and movement. The sea turtles were made from hand-dyed and printed fabric and were hand appliquéd. The white seaweed is a net type fabric that had been painted with acrylic paint and then couched with Razzle Dazzle thread to make it shimmer. The net and the gauze give a mystical effect adding to the mystery of the sea.

Turtle Bay by Claudia Pfeil

Turtle Bay by Claudia Pfeil

The Magical Mermaid’s Castle 2011 Theme: Magic — Welcome to the  Mermaid’s Castle. It is a magical place filled with beauty and wonder.  Here, at the Magical Mermaid’s Castle, you will find the beauty of the corals, reminders of the Great Barrier Reef in Australia. Look closely to discover the bubbles, plant life and underwater wonder land. Watch as the Mermaids invite you in to visit this magical, underwater oasis.  Take a long look and discover the magic for yourself.

The Mermaids were printed on silk, and then stitched with filler stitches to give texture and bring the Mermaids to life. This process was a very spontaneous idea on one Saturday in the quilt shop.  With my friend Edith we were thinking how to add the mermaids, seahorses and fishes onto the quilt, though it wasn’t pieced yet. One possibility would have been repeating the drawings several times… mmmmh… I wasn´t  very happy with that idea, so we figured out how her office copy machine functioned, scanned the motifs, resized them, flipped them and printed them on transfer paper (usually used for t-shirt prints). The colors came out nearly original and we were really excited about the results. I transferred the motifs onto white silk, put a fusible web underneath and cut out the mermaids very carefully — cutting out all the tiny little open spaces was a real challenge!

The Magical Mermaid's Castle by Claudia Pfeil

The Magical Mermaid’s Castle by Claudia Pfeil

Now with the original size of the mermaids I could start the sewing process.  Beginning with the windows, the size was related to the size of the mermaids! Every step further in the sewing process was a logical development. My goal with every quilt is to have an extraordinary border.  I pieced an 11 yard long line of rectangles together, light and darker lime green silks, cut the tops with a 45° angle, sewed a silk backing onto the border and flipped it to the right side.

My challenges with adding the border to the inner part of the quilt took many attempts before I was satisfied with a square top as the silk “walks” as you sew it.

True to form, I am always trying to “stretch” the creativity with my “Show Quilts”.  This quilt features many couching and 3-D techniques. And I am always on the lookout for yarns, threads, beads and baubles that can be used in my quilts. These items are stored for quilts that have not been thought of yet. Threads used on this quilt were Superior Thread, Rainbows and Highlights. Embellished with Razzle Dazzle thread for couching and fancy yarns for the sea weed. Around 40,000 Swarovski Crystals were added onto the quilt. I pay individual attention to each crystal in it’s color and exact placement.  I spent about three weeks in my “Rhinestone Quarry” for this quilt.

Fire and Ice by Claudia Pfeil

Fire and Ice by Claudia Pfeil

How did you first get involved with Island Batik?
Roughly 3 years ago I published a picture of “Shadowplay”, a quilt I made for Quilt & Co, on Facebook/Social media. Quilters love to share and so do I! I received a message from Elizabeth at Island Batik asking whether I would be interested to publish this pattern. I received the fabrics and so everything started. Island Batik is a great company to work with and their fabrics are fabolous!:)

Meanwhile I designed about 10 original quilts for Island Batik and I am always eager and anxiously waiting to hold the new fabric lines in my hands to start the design and sewing process. I need to see and touch the fabrics/colors to get ideas for the new quilts/projects – I am not planning a quilt in advance.

Shadowplay by Claudia Pfeil

Shadowplay by Claudia Pfeil

What do you love most about Batik fabrics?
The points are:

  1. Haptic: feels good – it feels „crispy“
  2. Designs: Blending designs and colors, tons of variations
  3. Usage: nice and easy to sew and quilt, no fraying, solid-colored ( no left or right side
  4. Colors: brilliant, matching, soft transitions
  5. Handcraft : Individual and unique
Camden Bowls by Aunties Two Patterns using fabrics from Surf Squirt

Camden Bowls by Aunties Two Patterns using fabrics from Surf Squirt

Do you have a favorite project that you’ve made using the fabrics and threads of Surf Squirt?
Yes:) “Square-It” and “Twist-It”, the new projects for Island Batik. “Twist-It” is based on the traditional twister pattern, with a watercolor effect. “Square-It” is a modern quilt with squares in different sizes, sewn blockwise with a white background. The Surf Squirt collection is outstanding in their color variation – the full rainbow, it is so much fun to work with!

Square-It by Claudia Pfeil

Square-It by Claudia Pfeil

How did you first discover Aurifil threads?
Aurifil is a European company (Italy), so for us Europeans it was logical to use their threads for sewing from the beginning. Also, Aurifil is very supportive and always developping new threads for the market. When I met Alex Veronelli the first time at Carrefour du Patchwork, a big and wonderful Quiltshow in France, he asked me to try a new thread on the Longarm.

What is your process for selecting the colors for the coordinating Aurifil thread collection?
That is a dream and a nightmare at the same time! Combining and  playing with the thread spools and fabrics on the one side… deciding between hundreds of  color options on the other side! The size of the box (number of spools) is the limit. But finally, you have to reduce it to the required number – that is the hard thing! I am always asking myself: What will I use?  If I am happy with that –  that is my final decision !

THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win 1 Large Surf Squirt Thread Collection and one Fat Quarter Bundle of Surf Squirt fabrics from Island Batik, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 27! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Thursday, July 28. Good luck!

ABOUT CLAUDIA PFEIL
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Claudia PfeilClaudia Pfeil has been sewing and piecing since she was a teen. She made her first quilt in 1985 but didn’t discover her absolute obsession with quilting until 1992. It was at that time that she began teaching and eventually opened a small shop in her home. By 1997, it was time to move the shop into a proper business space and Quilt and Co. was born. Claudia became the first European APQS dealer in 2005 and runs the entire European APQS showroom in Krefeld, Germany. In addition, she makes at least one show quilt a year, and recently took home first place prizes in two categories in addition to Best of Show and Best Long Arm Quilted at the International Quilt Show in Dubai. 

ABOUT ISLAND BATIK
Website — Blog — Facebook — Pinterest — Twitter — Instagram
Island Batik is a manufacturer, importer and distributor of cotton batik, rayon batik and hand-printed cotton from Indonesia. Originally established in 1997, Island Batik’s mission is to share the ancient cultural art of batik and hand-dyed fabric with our many valued customers around the world.

Island Batik Week: Equinox by 4th & 6th Designs

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Day three of Island Batik week and we’re getting ready for our second giveaway! We’re having so much fun with this and hope that you are too. These gorgeous batiks from Island Batik have us yearning to get started on a new project and we hope that they are stirring up some fun and creative ideas with you too! To recap, we’ll be featuring one Island Batik designer each day this week to showcase new fabric & coordinating Aurifil collections. Each post will offer a fabric + thread giveaway so make sure to come back daily to learn more about our talented designers to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE
7/18 – Introduction to Island Batik
7/19 – Seashore by Tammy Silvers
7/20 – Equinox by 4th & 6th Designs (Today)
7/21 – Surf Squirt by Claudia Pfeil
7/22 – Tide Pools & Sand Dune by Kathy Engle

To learn more about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Spring/Summer releases, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.

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Fall in love with Autumn all over again with Fourth & Sixth Design‘s Equinox for Island Batik! Warm cider oranges and marigold yellows will find a special place in any project. Caramel and mocha browns add an array of warm colors amidst baby spring greens. There are so many hues to choose from – you’ll certainly find a few to fit on your shelves! The coordinating Aurifil Thread Collection features our 40wt.

Island Batik Feature || Equinox BOM

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Equinox
100% Aurifil Cotton
Large – 40wt, 1094yds each, 12 colors, Large Spools
1135 – 1147 – 2135 – 2230 – 2235 – 2260 – 2385 – 2460 – 2975 – 4012 – 5016 – 5022

Equinox

To view this info on our website, click the images above. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
What first inspired you to start sewing? 

Our mother was our first teacher. We are from a family with six children, five girls and one boy. We were each taught to use the sewing machine when we turned ten. Our mother made all of our clothing back then and she was always sewing. If she wasn’t sewing for us she was sewing for an event at school. It has always been in our lives.

Equinox BOM by Fourth and Sixth Designs

Equinox BOM by Fourth and Sixth Designs

Do you remember the first project that you made and how you felt after it was complete? 
Mary: The first quilt I completed was a queen size sampler quilt made in a beginner quilting class at the local high school. I hand quilted each block differently so I could learn as much as I could on one quilt. I did indeed learn a lot. I still love to hand quilt but no longer have the time.

Barbara: My first quilt was also a sampler and was hand quilted and put together in the Row-Row-Technique.  It was done using cardboard templates and I am so glad we no longer do it that way.  It is one of the few quilts that I have completed by following  a pattern.

When did you first start working together and was it exciting to have the opportunity to collaborate as sisters?
Mary was the owner of a quilt shop and in need of someone to sew shop samples. Barbara didn’t so much as volunteer as she was coerced into the job! The rule was that she could make anything she wanted but she only had a week to complete the project. Customers began requesting the instructions for the things we were making so Mary began jotting down some directions. In a very short time we realized that we were a pattern company. Our name reflects our birth order, Fourth (Barbara) & Sixth ( Mary) Designs.

Victorian Dreams by Southwind Designs using fabrics from Equinox

Victorian Dreams by Southwind Designs using fabrics from Equinox

What would you say are your individual strengths within the business – have you settled into particular roles? 
We both design. Each one of us may start a project but it’s never truly complete without collaboration. Barbara is the exclusive longarm quilter. Mary is the technical writer. She is also the shipping department because Barbara still quilts for clients full time. We both answer email but phone calls go to Barbara. Piecing projects falls on whomever has the most time in their schedule.

Fall Back by Fourth and Sixth Designs

Fall Back by Fourth and Sixth Designs

What do you love most about working together?
We love that we don’t have to explain our ideas to one another. As soon as we are in a room together we each just “get it”. It’s the shortest shorthand you could imagine. There have been times when we would be working on our own designs independent of each other; each working in our own homes. When we came together, we’d realize that we were each working on different aspects of the same design without ever discussing it.

How did you first get involved with Island Batik?
When Mary owned her shop she would make samples for their booth. That continued when Fourth & Sixth Designs was formed.

Zenith by Feathered Nest using fabrics from Equinox

Zenith by Feathered Nest using fabrics from Equinox

What do you love most about Batik fabrics? 
The depth of color and variety of texture. Our designs are texture and color driven.

What inspired Equinox and how did you work through the design process? 
Equinox was inspired simply by the color palette of Autumn. We both live in the Northeast where fall is a wash of beautiful colors. We’ve always been inspired by that particular palette. We had an idea to design a quilt using the leaves of deciduous trees, so we designed the line with that in mind.  It also made sense to follow Full Bloom with another seasonally inspired quilt.

Wyoming Wildflowers - Indian Paintbrush by LadyBug's Cabin using fabrics from Equinox

Wyoming Wildflowers – Indian Paintbrush by LadyBug’s Cabin using fabrics from Equinox

Do you have a favorite project that you’ve made using the fabrics and threads of Equinox? 
We love the Equinox quilt. It was one of the most difficult quilts to design, we had many late nights. We are so pleased with the end result.

How did you first discover Aurifil threads? 
Barbara first discovered Aurifil when she was quilting art quilts and needed to find a thread company that would have enough colors to match the many subtle tones and shades of the fabrics she was using in her quilts. The thread also needed to be 100% Cotton, have a great look when stitched, and run well in her longarm. This was a tall order. Once she started using Aurifil there was no going back. It is the most amazing thread and we both love the 50wt and 40 wt for our projects.

The Equinox Collection has such rich Autumn colors. What is your process for selecting the colors for the coordinating Aurifil thread collection? 
Again, taking advantage of Aurifil’s extensive color range, we can always find the perfect color match for our Edge Coloring Appliqué technique. And we always use the 40wt for our appliqué.

Four Seasons by Thimble N Thread using fabrics from Equinox

Four Seasons by Thimble N Thread using fabrics from Equinox

Do you have a favorite color or weight? 
We both love bright colors. We can’t get enough of orange and fuchsia, but we don’t really think we have a favorite. Our designs frequently use upwards of 20 fabrics because we just can’t get enough. The more the merrier!!  40wt is probably our favorite, it is great for piecing and also for quilting.

What advice would you have to offer to designers just getting started in this industry?
The industry is going through some major changes and is a lot different from when we started. Social media is so prevalent and time consuming that it is hard to find the time to design and write patterns. A designer has to wear many hats in order to succeed.

THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win 1 Large Equinox Thread Collection and one Fat Quarter Bundle of Equinox fabrics from Island Batik,  click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Tuesday, July 26! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Wednesday, July 27. Good luck!

ABOUT 4TH & 6TH DESIGNS
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Barbara_Mary1-300x199Barbara and Mary are award winning quilt artists and their quilts have been published in many quilting magazines and have been featured in Keepsake Quilting and Clotilde. They were born the fourth and sixth children in a close knit family in south Jersey. Their mother taught these Jersey girls garment sewing at the young age of ten. Skilled in all areas of sewing, Barbara began quilting in 1983 during the long New England winters while her husband attended the University of New Hampshire. She moved to Pennsylvania in 1990 and continued quilting as a hobby. In 2000 she left the corporate world to start her long arm quilting business, Quilted Heirlooms. Mary began quilting in 1992 when she moved to upstate New York. As a stay at home mom, she needed a creative outlet and immediately knew quilting was the answer she was looking for. She began teaching quilting classes in 1993 and eventually opened a quilt shop in 1999. Despite living 300 miles apart, Barbara and Mary began collaborating shortly after the start of their own businesses. This collaboration quickly became a partnership which has grown into the pattern and design company, Fourth & Sixth Designs. In 2008, C&T Publishing released their first book, StrataVarious Quilts. And in 2013 became fabric designers for Island Batik.

ABOUT ISLAND BATIK
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Island Batik is a manufacturer, importer and distributor of cotton batik, rayon batik and hand-printed cotton from Indonesia. Originally established in 1997, Island Batik’s mission is to share the ancient cultural art of batik and hand-dyed fabric with our many valued customers around the world.

Island Batik Week: Seashore by Tammy Silvers

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Welcome back to Island Batik Week!! We’re so excited to partner with this wonderful company to present a variety of new fabric lines along with the coordinating Aurifil thread collections. We’ll be featuring one designer every day and each post will offer a fabric + thread giveaway so make sure to come back daily to learn more about our talented designers to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE
7/18 – Introduction to Island Batik
7/19 – Seashore by Tammy Silvers (Today)
7/20 – Equinox by 4th & 6th Designs
7/21 – Surf Squirt by Claudia Pfeil
7/22 – Tide Pools & Sand Dune by Kathy Engle

To learn more about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Spring/Summer releases, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.

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You can just feel the sun, sand and surf in the Seashore collection by Kathy Engle forTammy Silvers of Tamarinis. The warm creams, greens and purples will bring delight to your sea-salted senses! The accompanying Aurifil thread collection offers a large box of bright hues in 40wt and a small box of 10 luscious spools of our embroidery floss. There is a colorful surprise awaiting everyone in the Seashore collection!

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
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100% Aurifil Cotton
Large – 40wt, 1094yds each, 12 colors, Large Spools
1114 – 2132 – 2150 – 2420 – 2479 – 2520 – 2560 -2780 – 2805 – 2810 – 4020 – 4093

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Small – Aurifloss, 18yds each, 10 colors, Small Spools
1147 – 1148 – 2120 – 2150 – 2582 – 2740 – 4020 – 4093 – 5002 – 5018

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To view this info on our website, click the images above. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
What first inspired you to start sewing? 

Inspired to sew?  That’s tough – because I can’t really remember a time when I didn’t sew!  I grew up with makers (like many of us!), and it just seemed to be a natural part of expression to sew what I wanted, and what I needed.  Of course, now I’ve gone from aesthetically appealing utility sewing to more artistic form of expression sewing, but it is all a natural part of my history.

Do you remember the first project that you made and how you felt after it was complete? 
My first quilt (and is it still a quilt if it was never layered and quilted?) was not the most attractive thing I’ve ever created (it was butt ugly, actually!), but something in that first quilting class inspired me, and I continued on.  The next quilt I made, a sampler, was, in hindsight, not the greatest either, but I felt such a sense of accomplishment and an excitement to go further and explore other methods of piecing.  And I haven’t stopped since!

Rondure by KISSed Quilts, using fabrics and threads from Seashore

Rondure by KISSed Quilts, using fabrics and threads from Seashore

Who has been the most inspiring person within your creative career? 
Ohhh.  Just one?  I’ve got a few.

I started teaching quilting a few years in, and I taught loads of projects from Eleanor Burns’ books and Pat Sloan’s books (two very different approaches and aesthetics), and their methods and styles heavily influenced me (I still tell people I want to be Pat Sloan when I grow up!).

And years and years ago, in the beginning of my quilting journey, I became friends with Jodie Davis.  Her encouraging, friendly demeanor and her “let’s try this” approach to traditional methods spurred me to do the same – try anything!

Modern Churn by Tamarinis

Modern Churn by Tamarinis

What is your go-to sewing technique? 
I like almost anything, but when I get really “creative” with my blocks and angles, I find paper piecing is my best friend.  It lets me get those odd angles and perfect points every time.  I’m experimenting now with an approach to improvisational piecing that will help those quilters that need just a bit more control feel comfortable with the process.

How did you first get involved with Island Batik? 
Oh, another tough one.  I don’t remember the first initial contact, but I’ve been creating projects for Island Batik for years and years and (cough) years.  It has always been a wonderful experience, whether creating projects for publications, or for my own pattern line.  I mean, who wouldn’t love working with all those luscious fabrics? Any project looks awesome in their batiks!

Sea Glass by Tamarinis

Sea Glass by Tamarinis

What do you love most about Batik fabrics?
I love so many things about batiks – the saturation of color, even in the soft pastels (yes, I do use pastels – sometimes!).  I love the high thread count of batiks, which means your piecing is true because the fabric isn’t stretching out of shape.  I love that there usually isn’t a wrong or a right side – which makes cutting and piecing so much easier.  I love the range of colors and motifs.  I guess you can tell – I love batiks in general, and they truly are my “go to” fabrics of choice.

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Do you have a favorite project that you’ve made using the fabrics and threads of Seashore?
Again with the favorites!  How can a mother pick a favorite – and yes, the quilts are very much like my children!  But ok – hmmmm.   It’s a toss up – Melon Bloom is a remake of a traditional quilt and I love how the bright side of the line really shows off the blooms.  But then Sea Salt is awesome in a different way – it pulls in some of the softer colors, and really showcases my less traditional approach with blocks that spill out into the borders.

Melon Bloom by Tamarinis

Melon Bloom by Tamarinis

How did you first discover Aurifil threads? 
At Quilt Market (I don’t remember which one – but it’s been a while!) – the full range of colors and threads was immediately eye catching.  And then once I sewed with it, that was it.  I was hooked!  I use Aurifil for all my stitching – from piecing with 50wt gray or beige, to quilting with 40wt, and then of course, embellishment with the wool thread (awesome on wool applique!) or the 12wt, which is what I’m using with my upcoming Island Batik/Aurifil projects for Fall Market.

Sea Salt by Tamarinis

Sea Salt by Tamarinis

What is your process for selecting the colors for the coordinating Aurifil thread collection? 
Selection is the hardest part.  Aurifil has such a wonderful range of colors, it is truly difficult to narrow the selection down.  But I do try to choose colors that represent the current fabric line, coordinate with it, and yet will show against the range of fabric colors.

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Do you have a favorite color or weight? 
Well, as I mentioned, I use Aurifil for everything, so I can’t imagine doing any stitching without it.  My 50wt gray is my go to for all piecing.  For embellishment, it’s a toss up between the wool thread (I LOVE that you can use it in the machine for top stitching) and the 12wt.  They have such a wonderful look against the smoothness of the fabrics.  As for color – well, all the colors in the Seashore collection are wonderful.  But…..can we just take a minute to admire that awesome teal (#4093)…….yes!

THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win 1 Large Seashore Thread Collection and one Fat Quarter Bundle of Seashore fabrics from Island Batik,  click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Monday, July 25! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Tuesday, July 26. Good luck!

ABOUT TAMMY
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Unknown-3Tammy Silvers is the designer behind the brand Tamarinis. She’s been designing quilts for 10 years, and prides herself on offering bold, fresh new patterns for quilters of all levels. She enjoys working with almost any fabric, but her favorites (the one that makes her drool and blow a carefully constructed budget) are batiks, bold prints, and chicken prints. Having a background in art and literature, another of her guilty quilty pleasures is finding ways to use “words” in her work, be it in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece.

Tammy is a Georgia native and currently lives in Acworth with her husband, children (when they come to visit!), dog, and her favorite fat cats.
 
Under the label Tamarinis, her designs are regularly published in a variety of quilt magazines, including Quilt, McCall’s Quilting, American Patchwork and Quilting, Stitch, Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting, Quilty, Quilt It…Today, Sew It…Today, Stitch and Create and Decorate. She also works with some of the major fabric manufacturers designing projects to showcase and promote their fabric lines, including Island Batik (of course!), Northcott Fabrics, Blend, Camelot and Fabri-Quilt.

ABOUT ISLAND BATIK
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Island Batik is a manufacturer, importer and distributor of cotton batik, rayon batik and hand-printed cotton from Indonesia. Originally established in 1997, Island Batik’s mission is to share the ancient cultural art of batik and hand-dyed fabric with our many valued customers around the world.

Island Batik Week!

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Welcome to Island Batik Week!! We’re so excited to partner with this wonderful company to present a variety of new fabric lines along with the coordinating Aurifil thread collections. We’ll be featuring one designer every day and each post will offer a fabric + thread giveaway so make sure to come back daily to learn more about our talented designers to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

To learn about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Spring/Summer releases, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.

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ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE
7/18 – Introduction to Island Batik (Today)
7/19 – Seashore by Tammy Silvers
7/20 – Equinox by 4th & 6th Designs
7/21 – Surf Squirt by Claudia Pfeil
7/22 – Tide Pools & Sand Dune by Kathy Engle

THREAD COLLECTIONS

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ABOUT ISLAND BATIK
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Island Batik is a manufacturer, importer and distributor of cotton batik, rayon batik and hand-printed cotton from Indonesia. Originally established in 1997, Island Batik’s mission is to share the ancient cultural art of batik and hand-dyed fabric with our many valued customers around the world.

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We’ll be back tomorrow with our first interview and giveaway! Happy Monday!

Showcase Sunday {7.17}

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Welcome back to Showcase Sunday, our forum to showcase the beautiful work that all of you do!  We are truly in awe of every stitch you make, so keep tagging us and sharing your work and we’ll feature some of our favorites here every other Sunday. Don’t forget to check in on Facebook & Instagram to see more! Happy Stitching:).

(Click on any image below to visit the artist’s Instagram account for more!)

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Ragged & The Denim Studio

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With The Denim Studio by Art Gallery Fabrics, the quintessential American fabric has been reinvented so once more you can “Feel the Difference”. It is a new series of premium substrates, that brings a whole new approach to create your projects. Featuring an array of prints and textures on trendy colors, these fabrics are ideal for quilting, apparel, home decor and accessories. Ragged is the coordinating thread collection, hand-picked to suit all needs including 40wt, 28wt, 12wt, Linen, & Wool!

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THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Ragged: The Denim Studio
10 Small Spools
Details:
2310 – 1248 (Cotton, 40 WT, 164yds/spool)
6722 – 2145 (Cotton, 28 WT, 109yds/spool)
2312 – 2610 (Cotton, 12 WT, 54yds/spool)
2920 (Linen, 22WT, 87yds/spool)
8092 – 8780 – 8333 (Wool, 12WT, 54yds/spool)

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To view this info on our website, click here. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

THE INTERVIEW
How did the idea to develop a line of specialty denim fabrics first come about? 

Denim is the quintessential American fabric. It’s an amazing substrate and was long neglected in our industry. At AGF, we always thought that denim had great potential and we wanted to launch a trendy line to be used in garment sewing but at the same time that could be brought into play for quilting. Quilting with denim is very fun!

Tell us a bit about the different types of denim available with this collection.
We have several types, which are different in texture and weight:

SMOOTH SOLIDS are the classic denim that are very thin and have the same weight of quilting fabric.

TEXTURED SOLIDS are thicker and more structured for sturdy projects.

CROSSHATCH TEXTURED DENIM consists of a beautiful woven pattern.

OUTLAND YARN DYES are lightweight with an attractive denim look.

LOVEY DOBBY super soft and great for many projects, especially garments.

PREMIUM LINEN BLEND a blend of linen and cotton with a soft touch.

STREAKED BLEND for unique for out of the box projects.

DENIM PRINTS are the stars of the group. They are super soft and lightweight denim, ideal for sewing and quilting with many creative designs printed on them.

[editor’s note: visit the website for a closer look at all offerings]

What inspired the designs for the denim prints?  
We really wanted the quilting community to start creating quilts with denim, so the idea of adding prints came as a no-brainer. Quilters can create a multitude of unique quilts with our variety of prints!

There is often a conception that denim is meant for apparel, but we’ve seen some incredibly inspiring non-apparel projects lately. What are your favorite non-apparel projects with these new fabrics?
Well, we have to admit that we love quilts, bed runners, totes, more totes, clutches and even toys just to name a few!

How were the threads for Ragged, the coordinating thread collection, selected? 
We love the quality of Aurifil threads and they come in several materials and weights to help create many different techniques when sewn on denim. The colors coordinate perfectly and that makes them ideal for sewing and quilting with our types of denim.

The collection includes a wonderful variety of thread weights, including 40wt, 28wt, 12wt, Linen and Wool. What tips would you share with consumers for how to use the various weights in their projects?
There are not many tips we can recommend since Aurifil threads have the best quality, so you can use them at will!! They resist breakage extremely well, so they can be used in bobbin work, hand embroidery and stitching, high-speed machine quilting, topstitching, hand quilting, and sashiko as well. Imagine the possibilities!

What do you love most about Aurifil threads and how it partners with your fabrics? 
We are incredibly honored to be partners with Aurifil! We share the same values and quality products are at the top of our lists. The color range is unbelievable and they come in every weight you can ask for. We love the luster and sheen of each of the cotton spools and how delicate the wool threads are. We even love how they barely produce lint which means that we have less lint to clean in our sewing machine hooks! What else can anyone ask for? Aurifil threads are perfection!

THE GIVEAWAY

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To enter-to-win,  click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Friday, July 22! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Saturday, July 23. Good luck!

ABOUT THE DENIM STUDIO

ABOUT ART GALLERY FABRICS
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Screen Shot 2016-07-15 at 12.47.30 PMCreativity, beauty and design are our passions here at AGF. When it comes to design, we love to create fabrics that fit a modern lifestyle with a chic, sophisticated touch. Enticing color palettes and artful, intricate prints are what make our collections one of a kind. We are often described as the most “trendsetting” fabric company these days for always keeping originality and uniqueness on the top of our list.

** All collection images courtesy of Art Gallery Fabrics.

 

 

Aurifil 2016 July Designer of the Month Wendy Sheppard

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I’m Designer, Author, Radio show host Pat Sloan.. Our July Designer is Wendy Sheppard of Ivory Spring, as her motto says “Where treasures of past and present connect”. Wendy and I live in the same area and we discovered we have a love of Applique, quilts with great color, Aurifil thread, and  days without rain!!  We both noticed that when we had a regular Tuesday evening meeting.. it seemed to ALWAYS rain!

What I love is how Wendy’s patterns spam a great many techniques and styles. Besides her applique, my favorites are the pieced patterns that look amazing, but are very easy to do! Wendy is a master at that, which I think you’ll see today.

I have talked with my friend Wendy  2/15/16 on my talk show CLICK to Listen or subscribe by Itunes

Let’s get to know  Wendy!

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Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 3

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We’ve made it to Part 3 of Quilt Construction for Wendy Sheppard’s Thread Journey Quilt Along! We are so thrilled to be embarking on this journey with all of you and are have loved seeing the progress that so many of you have already made! If you’re sewing along and want to share your images on Instagram, please consider tagging Wendy (@ivory_spring), Aurifil (@aurifilthread)and #threadjourneyquiltalong so that we might share in your process! Have fun and happy stitching!

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Hello Friends, we are at the point of finishing up with the construction of our Thread Journey quilt top today! Pretty much, we will just be adding the final borders to what we have already constructed, and finally the applique pieces.

If you haven’t joined the quilt-along and would like to, please do so and jump right in. The links to the first and second parts of the instructions are here and here.

DISCLAIMER:

#1. I intend for YOU to have fun making this quilt. Therefore, you are free to change things around anytime, anyway, or anyhow! It is YOUR quilt.

Elizabeth Bennet in BBC’s Pride & Prejudice said it best, and I quote, “Maria, this is your trunk; these are your gowns. You may arrange them in any way you wish. (whisper) Lady Catherine will never know.”

#2. I understand that this sew-along will reach quilters of various skill levels. Considerable effort is made to present clearly the steps to make this quilt. Basic and common techniques are not presented in detailed, assuming quilters can look up information on the techniques for themselves to prevent this post from being too lengthy. However, if certain hurdles persist in attempting this project, I will do my best to assist you.

#3. Should you have additional questions or need assistance, I will be checking in on this post as often as I can. Please leave your questions in the comments and I will do my best to help you out! 

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PART 1: Inner border
1. Inner border #3. Cut from inner border #3 fabric, 2 (1 1/2″ x 36 1/2″) and 2 (1 1/2″ x 38 1/2″) strips. Sew 2 (1 1/2″ x 36 1/2″) strips to opposite sides of quilt center, followed by 2 (1 1/2″ x 38 1/2″) strips to the remaining opposite sides of quilt center.

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When pinning the border strips to the quilt center, I make sure I have the back of the quilt center facing me — that way, I can see where my needle hits and do my best to make sure it hits “right” at the points of the stars, when I sew the pieces together. I am hoping you can see my needle is just about to meet that “point” from the picture.

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And you can see by doing that, my star points show up nicely on the right side of the quilt.

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2. Inner border #4.  Cut from inner border #4 fabric, two 2-1/2″ x 38-1/2″ and two 2-1/2″ x 42-1/2″ strips.  Sew two 2-1/2″ x 38-1/2″ strips to the opposite sides of quilt center, followed by 2-1/2″ x 42″-1/2″ strips.

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PART 2: Outer border.
1. Cut from outer border fabric, two 6-1/2″ x 42-1/2″ and two 6-1/2″ x 54-1/2″ strips. Sew two 6-1/2″ x 42-1/2″ strips to the opposite sides of quilt center, followed by two 6-1/2″ x 54-1/2″ strips.

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2. Adding applique. Basically we will follow the applique method of choice for the quilt center to add applique to the outer border. If you need a refresher, our first post has the information.

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For the outer border applique: refer to page 3 of the PDF Packet for placement guide for applique pieces, and pages 8-10 for cutting and preparing actual applique pieces.

PLEASE NOTE that piece #33 is not reversed for fusible machine applique. Please do so before tracing the applique shape onto the paper-side of the fusible.

I used the pale pink (#2423) in my Subtle Strings collection to buttonhole stitch around the applique shapes.

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One of the reasons the subtle shades are selected for the collection is because I actually use these shades as I would neutrals — in piecing, and in this case finshing around applique shapes. Though there is no doubt the thread is pink, but when it is used, it blends well with other fabrics, giving the illusion that it might even be white or gray or beige.   You can read more about the versatility of subtle shades here.

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When I buttonhole-stitch around the applique shapes, I also use the same pink bobbin thread. That way, I don’t risk having a different color showing on my quilt top from the bobbin thread being pulled to the top during the stitching process.

Also, if you have a knee lift on your machine, use it by all means. It really helps while turning corners when going around those swirls.

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There you have it, Friends! Our quilt top is finished!!! I will be back with suggestions on how to quilt your quilt. I hope you have enjoyed constructing our quilt top. Meanwhile, start thinking the threads you might want to use to quilt your quilt. I will be using different threads from my Subtle Strings!! See you next time.

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FULL SCHEDULE:
June 2: Thread Journey: Quilt Along with Wendy Sheppard
June 16: Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 1
June 30: Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 2
July 14: Thread Journey: Quilt Construction, Part 3 (Today)
July 28: Batting & Thread
August 11: Process of Quilting, Part 1
August 18: Process of Quilting, Part 2
August 25: Process of Quilting, Part 3

ABOUT WENDY:
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Originally from Southeast Asia, Wendy came to the US for her tertiary education.  After her degrees in Chemical Engineering, she worked in research in a wind tunnel for a spell.  Nowadays, she is a stay/work-at-home Mom to a 7 year old.  Wendy’s designs have been featured in major quilting publications, both home and abroad.  She is also an author for Landauer Publishing, as well as an online quilting instructor.  She is passionate about encouraging quilters to enjoy their quilting journey.  During her free time, she loves to read history, and indulges in hand needlework.

ABOUT SUBTLE STRINGS: (Wendy’s 2015 Aurifil Thread Collection)
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12 Large Spools of 100% Aurifil Cotton, 50wt
Colors included:
2310 – 2847 – 4060 – 2130 – 2715 – 5021
2210 – 2510 – 2886 – 2326 – 2423 – 5014

 

Top Ten Tuesday {Christmas in July}

Top Ten

Merry Christmas in July! We just love seeing all of the Christmas in July sew alongs, quilt alongs and new projects. With the rising heat, it’s the perfect time to think about cooler days and get a head start on your holiday sewing! We’ve rounded up a few of our favorites to get you started.

1. Little Joys Quilt Along — Fat Quarter Shop

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2. Holiday Forest Pillow — OLFA

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3. Scrap Wraps — Meg Dunton for Moda Bake Shop

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4. Bakers Dozen Quilt — During Quiet Time

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5. Modern Improv Christmas Wreath — Quilter in the Closet

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6. Holiday Wishes Quilt Along — Fat Quarter Shop

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7. Christmas Ornament Pillow — The Sewing Chick for Quilt Story

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8. Merry Christmas Patchwork Pillow — A Quilting Life

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9. Christmas Baubles Quilt — Jen Daly Quilts for Moda Bake Shop

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10. Christmas in July Table Runner — A Sewing Chick

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