Friday, January 18, 2019

Island Batik Ambassador Getaway Blog Hop!



Welcome to Day 10 of the Island Batik Ambassador Getaway Blog Hop.  Today Jackie O' Brien aka If These Threads Could Talk and myself are bringing you wonderfully bright and gorgeous fabrics from Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design Signature Collection "Twilight Chic." Jackie and I, are both Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors, so it was only fitting that both we received these fabrics for our Surprise fabrics in our Island Batik Ambassador box for this blog hop.


This was not the first time I played with the Gorgeous Collection, I was part of the "Evening Elegance" Blog Hop, which introduced the fabric collection to the public. In the blog hop, we added two new blockbuster blocks using this fabric collection each day over a week. I love the bright and bold colors that are featured in the collection.  

For this blog hop, the theme is Getaway.  Getaway means time to travel home to the West Coast to visit family, or we love to take long drives to get out of the Hustle and bustle of the busy Washington DC area.
  

Anyway, the project I designed for this blog hop reflects that flight of the great getaway.  In this design, I used nine different 1/2 yard fabrics from the Twilight Chic collection.  I also used the following Studio 180 Design tools; Split Rects®, Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star®, and the Square Squared® 6"


I started by making some mirrored split rectangles using the fun Split Rects® tool.  Each of the split rectangles used the same light background color, but the other half of the rectangles were in 4 different blues and purples. I think the Split Rects tool is my favorite tool of all the Studio 180 design tools. 


Next, I made some fun Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star for the corners of the blocks.  





In these Lemoyne's I used to different background fabrics to add some interest to the blocks. Each of the points are done in blues and purples.


The last units I made were the Square Squared® units.  You will notice from the picture about each of the triangles in the corners are the opposite the other.


Now, that all my units for the blocks were complete, It was time to assemble them into two different blocks.


Once my blocks were completed I assembled my quilt top.  All I needed to do next was add borders and get it quilted.


I finished the quilt using the Hobbs Heirloom cotton batting.



Finally, I finished this gorgeous quilt, which I'm naming "Getaway."  The butterflies in the quilt are taking a flight to get away from the busy world around us. This quilt measured 45" x 45" when finished. I'm currently working on developing this into a pattern, so please stay tuned for the official announcement, by following my newsletter and blog here, to find out the release date.

Giveaway!!!

Thank you for stopping by my blog today, but before you go; be sure to check out the giveaway on the Island Batik blog page, they are giving away a Rainbow of 20 Fat Quarters.  

GETAWAY BLOG HOP SCHEDULE

WEEK 1

MONDAY, JANUARY 7 – CRYSTAL BALL

Maryellen McAuliffe –Mary Mack’s Blog
Sandra Walker- mmm! quilts

TUESDAY, JANUARY 8 – DITTY

Stephanie Jacobson –Steph Jacobson Designs
Michelle Roberts- Creative Blonde

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9 – ELK LODGE

Connie Kresin Campbell – Free Motion by the River
Anna Branch –Ark Angel Creations

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 – FELINE FINE

Bea Lee –Bea Quilter
Sharon Parcel- Yellow Cat Designs

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 – FLEA MARKET

Geraldine Wilkins – Living Water Quilter
Jessica Caldwell- Desert Bloom Quilting

WEEK 2

MONDAY, JANUARY 14 – FORTUNE TELLER

Sarah Goer –Sarah Goer Quilts
Sherry Shish –Powered by Quilting

Jennifer Fulton –The Inquiring Quilter

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15 – GYPSY ROSE

Jen Strauser –Dizzy Quilter <– That’s me! 
Janet Yamamoto- Whispers of Yore

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16 – PAISLEY PARK

Dione Gardner-Stephen- Clever Chameleon
Nancy Scott –Masterpiece Quilting

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17 – SOUL SONG

Carole Lyles Shaw- Carol Lyles Shaw
Toby Lischko –Gateway Quilts & Stuff

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 – TWILIGHT CHIC (Today)

Jackie OBrien –If These Threads Could Talk
Tina Dillard- Quilting Affection (ME)

WEEK 3

MONDAY, JANUARY 21 – WINTER PARK

Jennifer Thomas- Curlicue Creations
Anita Skjellanger- Quilt In a Not Shell

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22 – BAZAAR

Karen Overton- The Quilt Rambler
Alison Vermilya- Little Bunny Quilts

Turid Bakken- Den syende himmel

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23 – BLOSSOM

Karen Neary –Sew Karen-ly Created
Leanne Parsons –Devoted Quilter

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 – BOHO

Laura Piland- Slice of Pi Quilts

Myra Barnes- Busy Hands Quilts

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 – BROOKVIEW

Vicki Schlimmer –Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Amy Warner –Sew Incredibly Crazy

WEEK 4

MONDAY, JANUARY 28 – FRENCH BLUE

Pamela Boatright –PamelaQuilts
Joyce Mullis –Hearts Creations

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29 – MIDSUMMER NIGHT

Kathleen McCormick –Kathleen McMusing
Connie Kauffman – Kauffman Designs

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30 – OH DEER

Jen Shaffer- Patterns by Jen
Jeanette Jones –Inchworm Fabrics

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 – SNOW BERRY

Sally Mannke –Sally Manke Fiber Artist
Joan Kawano –Moosestash Quilting

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1 – CANDY CANE LANE AND ICICLE

Icicle

Terri Vanden Bosch – Meanderings along Lizard Creek


Candy Cane Lane


Mania Hatziioannidi –Mania For Quilts
Barbara Gaddy –Bejeweled Quilts by Barb


Also if you love Quilt Alongs and Studio 180 Design Tools be sure to check my "Graceful Point" Quilt Along Starting February 1st. You can read more about this Quilt Along, right HERE!

Tina
"Designs to Inspire"

Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Goals for 2019!

Happy New Years and Welcome to 2019! 

A lot of exciting things have happened to Quilting Affection Design business in the past year.  Starting off with completing one of my long-term goals of becoming a Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor.  Which as brought me some great teaching opportunities and helped me with the pattern designing part of my business.  I was lucky enough to get Checker Distributor’s to carry my patterns as well. I continued as a 2018 Island Batik Ambassador.  Looking back at my main goals of 2018, such as growing my Social Media, Blog, and Newsletters, Lecture and Teaching, building my business.  I feel they were all met, but there is more room for growth in all aspects.

Now that I have looked back in 2018, its time to list my goals for 2019.  

Starting off with my long-term goals
  • Building my business name as a quilt pattern designer
  •  Work with other Fabric Companies
  • Gain more distributors

  • know these long-term goals will take several years, but to get there, I will need to build myself and business with the following short-term goals.

    ·         Continue to Grow my Social Media, Blog and Newsletter followers.
    ·         Blog Hops
    ·         Host QAL’s (Quilt Along’s)
    ·         Monthly Newsletter posts, making them fun and exciting.
    ·         Blog twice a week
    ·         Post more pictures on my projects and happenings on Social Media

    ·         Grow my Lectures, Workshop listings
    ·         Add Workshops using the Studio 180 Design tools
    ·         Lectures, trunk Shows on Studio 180 Design
    ·         Send letters to Guilds, Stores, Etc.

    ·         Make 2019 a profitable year
    ·         Continue designing my patterns
    ·         Have a booth a Quilt Market
    ·         Attend more classes to build my business starting with Creative Arts Business Summit, in March.

    ·         Design more patterns not just with Batiks, but spreading out using Cotton quilting fabric, such as Cotton & Steel, Michael Miller, etc.

    ·         Lastly, find time for myself, by scheduling 1-2 days of fun sewing, Sewing Retreats, taking classes.

    Now I have my goals down for the year, its time to start acting on them and making them work for my business and you my customers. 

    I want to thank you all for subscribing to my Newsletter, and I want to encourage you all to find goals for yourself and work on them throughout the year.  You will find them helpful in anything you do in life.


    Tina
    "Designs to Inspire"

    Monday, December 31, 2018

    Island Batik Ambassador Challenge: Whimsical and Wonky



    My last Island Batik Ambassador challenge project for the year is part of the Whimsical and Wonky theme. This challenge was a harder theme for me to figure out.


    When I designed my original project, I created a basic block that I repeated 4 times to make a simple table runner.  I was not completely happy with this design, I felt it was not Whimsical or Wonky enough for this Challenge.


    So I decided to play a little bit further and came up with the design mockup pictured above.  At this time, I was a bit behind on this Island Batik project due to I have been completing two other quilts that were due to Island Batik for their Spring/Summer 2019 Catalog.  So once I finished them, I had 4 days to complete this project.  On Friday, I started making all my blocks.


    The fabric I choose for this project was from the Island Batik "Check It Out" Collection from the Fall/Winter 2018 collections. Did you know that you can get a plain black, white and even grey Batiks?  Island Batik has a Foundation collection where you can get these colors.  If your local quilt store doesn't have them ask for them.  They are beautiful fabrics, and they are must in any stash.

    To make the blocks I used the Deb Tucker Studio 180 Design tools, Square Squared® 6" and V Block® Tools.  The central unit in the blocks was from the High/Low Technique Sheet.


    I started with making the two different High/Low Units, one slanting to the left and the other slanting to the right. These were made with the V Block® Tool.


    Next, I made all the square squared units.  These units had two black corners on opposite sides and the colored fabrics on the other edges.



    With all the units made it was time to assemble the blocks. Making sure to line up the correct colors to match the slanted units.  I only needed two of each block.


    The final block I needed was a basic 9 Patch block for the center of the quilt.  Now all blocks made, to position them on my design wall.


    By the end Friday evening I had finished adding all the sashing pieces.


    Saturday morning, I started cutting all my corner and side pieces. Once I had the quilt stitched together. I trimmed it to prepare for the borders. By the end of the day, I completed the quilt top, and by the end of Sunday, I finished the whole quilt including the binding.


    Here is the final product which I'm calling "Whimsical Chimes."  This quilt was a blast to make and watch come together.  So, I have decided I will be adding this quilt to my list of workshops in the next couple of weeks. If you would like me to teach this at your quilt guild or shop, please contact me at qa@quiltingaffection.com.



    The 2018 Island Batik Ambassadors have one more project for a January. Starting the week of January 7th - February 1st will be hosting the "Getaway Blog Hop," knowing these talented ladies we will have some exciting projects using new collections from the Fall/Winter 2018 catalog.  So stay tuned.


    I sure love being an Island Batik Ambassador, so many exciting projects this year.



    I will be hosting "Graceful Points" Quilt Along starting February 1st.  The blocks using Deb Tucker Studio 180 Design Blockbuster Blocks.  If you would like to get more information, please visit the original block post HERE.

    I would like to wish my fellow Island Batik Ambassador, Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors and all my readers a Happy NEW YEAR!  See you in 2019!

    Tina
    "Designs to Inspire"