Friday, September 20, 2019

Just Batty!

It's getting to be that time of year when all things Halloween creep out of the shadows. My newest quilt creation - Just Batty - fits in just fine!

Just Batty quilt in the wild by QuiltFabrication

Above, a rare sight of bats hanging out in the wild during the daytime, and below, seeking the shadow of a tree,

Just Batty quilt in the shadows by QuiltFabrication

while here, the bats got spooked and are taking flight! 

Just Batty quilt taking flight by QuiltFabrication

Ahh, reminds me of our visit to Noosa Heads, Australia a few years ago. Every night before sunset, the parrots would squawk like crazy while flocking to the trees, en masse, to settle into sleep. Then silence. And as the sky darkened, small, careening black shapes flew overhead as massive colonies of bats took flight in their search for food. We never tired of witnessing the brief moment of mass movement of birds every night - it's really quite the sight!

So, I have to say - I'm in love with this quilt!! Have you ever made a quilt that made your heart sing when laying out the blocks? Or feel such joy when the quilting brings it all to life? Well, that's this quilt for me, and it will be going onto my All Time Favorite list at the end of the year.

Just Batty quilt lap size by QuiltFabrication

Suitable for the confident beginner quilter, Just Batty is composed of one block, and uses the same background fabric for each one. The fun part is creating a variety of bats from different blacks, and adding sparkle with several oranges - a great way to use fat quarters! 

black fat quarter variety and oranges for sparkle for the Just Batty quilt

Because I want Just Batty to be one of your favorite quilts this Halloween season, the multi-sized pattern (wall, crib, lap, twin) is available for half-price at the QuiltFabrication Etsy shop, now through September 30, 2019. And with super easy block assembly, there's plenty of time to add bats to your Halloween decor!

Now, how about some close-ups? The background is a silver colored print, and the backing another grey full of swirls to go with the quilting.

loops and hooks quilting and backing on the Just Batty quilt

The quilting uses a dark grey Glide thread called Anchor, and the redrawn, by me, EZ Loops pantograph. 

loops and hooks quilting on the Just Batty quilt

I loved the loops and hook element in the original pantograph, but not the repetition - way too boring for this quilt!

So, with the help of the photocopier, I singled out one motif, mirrored it, rotated it, re-positioned it, and joined it to two identical motifs to create my own pantograph. I'm calling it Loops and Hooks.

Loops and Hooks pantograph

Complicated, yes, but oh so worth it! These new all-over loops and hooks really accentuate the flying bats for a perfect pairing. BTW, did you know I offer longarm quilting services? I would be happy to quilt this pantograph on your Just Batty quilt - just shoot me an email: quiltfabricatio (at) gmail (dot) com to discuss prices and shipping.

Just Batty quilt by QuiltFabrication
Yes, I'm Just Batty over this quilt - 
Happy Halloween!

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Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Midweek Makers #193

Welcome to the Midweek Makers linky party! My share is a new project, debuting on Friday, which I've really fallen in love with - here's a couple sneak peeks:

block pieces,
block parts for a new project

and a portion of the block - any guesses? Can't give it all away just yet!!
portion of block

On another fun note, because I love to celebrate national whatever days, did you know that this Saturday, September 21, is National Jelly Roll Day?? 

It's a day quilters are encouraged to rip off the plastic of those jelly rolls and create something special! You can do this on your own, or join in at a participating quilt shop - check the map for one in your area. If time permits, I'm going to try to get in on the fun - hope you do too!

And at first glance of last week's Midweek Makers, what jumped out at me was all of the teal projects - seems a very popular color this year! Let's have a look:

from Kathy's Quilting Blog,


from Scrapbox Quilts,


from Patchouli Moon Studio,


from Sew Yummy,


from Sew Preeti Quilts,


from Den syende himmel,


and from Quilting and Learning.


What's at your sewing machine this week? Come link up!

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Monday, September 16, 2019

More FREE Pumpkin Quilt Projects!

It's fall, which means pumpkin season! To add to last year's popular Eight FREE Pumpkin Quilt Projects, I've compiled a group of 5 new pumpkin projects to add to the list!

Along with the cute and fun pumpkins from last year, there's this scrappy beauty of modern prints from Sassafras Lane,

                                    Free Patchwork Orange Mini Quilt Pattern 

quilt-as-you-go pumpkin mug rugs from the Patchwork Posse,

                                        quilt as you go mug rugs pumpkin

quick and easy pumpkin coasters from A Few Scraps,


a pumpkin block tutorial, made into a runner at Sew Lux Fabric,


and an adorable modern pumpkin wall hanging designed by Amanda of Jedi Craft Girl for Thermo-Web.


In the pumpkin spirit now? I am, as I'm decorating with the Pumpkat Patch runner,

Pumpkat Patch table runner by QuiltFabrication

another runner made with the pumpkin applique block,

pumpkin applique block by QuiltFabrication

and over on the sofa, the Pumpkin Harvest lap quilt.

Pumpkin Harvest lap quilt by QuiltFabrication

Love all those pumpkins! And for lots of creative ways to decorate for Halloween, check out FREE Halloween Decorating Ideas - enjoy!

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Sunday, September 15, 2019

Back to School - Week 3

School is still in session at the Back to School Blog Hop, hosted by Sam of Hunter's Design Studio.

Learned something new? I have, and I'll be sharing the my favorite highlights at the end of the hop.

But today, let's have a look the next seven tutorials from these awesome quilters!

If you're just joining in, check out the last 2 weeks of tutorials:

There's still more to come - check back next week!

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Friday, September 13, 2019

My Favorite Block - 9-Patch

It's my day for sharing my block for the My Favorite Quilt Block Blog Hop, hosted by Carla of Creatin' In the Sticks. And what could it be? The ever-versatile 9-patch, recently featured in my Fall Leaves quilt.

Fall Leaves wall hanging quilt by QuiltFabrication

Not only does Fall Leaves feature the favorite 9-patch maple leaf block in two sizes, but the wall hanging version has a 9-patch setting.

Fall Leaves wall hanging quilt closeup by QuiltFabrication

Now, before we get any further, I have to give a shout out to the other fellow quilters showing off their blocks today. They are:
hope you get inspired!

Now onto my favorite. The 9-patch block can be simple squares, 

or incorporate HST's, like in the leaf block,

the shoo fly block,

a snowball,

and the friendship star.

Of course, HST's aren't the only possible design change. The possibilities are endless when other designs are introduced in the squares - check out these blocks:

this could go on forever!

And how about quilts, especially the disappearing 9-patch? A very popular quilt pattern created by cutting 9-patch blocks both horizontally and vertically, then rotating the results. 

Convinced about how great a 9-patch is?? Want to make some, but not sure what size squares to start with for a given finished block size? No need to do any math - it's all done in this handy chart!

The first column is the size square to cut, the second column is the unfinished block size after nine squares are sewn together, and the last column is the finished block size once it's sewn into a quilt top. Notice the finished block size gets pretty big toward the bottom of the chart, but that number is useful to determine a quilt size with a 9-block setting.

And last but not least, create more time for quilting - check out the tutorial Efficiently Sewing a 9-Patch using the chain stitching technique. Now I'm off to play with more 9-patches!

Happy Quilting!

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