The products used in this project were given to me by Island Batik, Hobbs, and Aurifil.
Sunday morning, as I left the Purim celebration at our synagogue, I took a peek at the new Project QUILTING challenge that had been announced that morning. Craving Chocolate. I immediately had a plan. I would make a quilted hamentaschen.
Purim is one of the lesser Jewish holidays, a spring festival in which Jews read from the Book of Esther. The holiday officially starts tomorrow evening. One of the ways we celebrate the holiday is with tasty cookies called hamentaschen. They are a butter/sugar cookie that can be filled with, among other options, chocolate.
I couple things went into my fabric choices. I don't use much brown fabric, but I knew I had at least a scrap of brown Island Batik from this project. I thought I had a larger piece, but the 3 1/2" x 5" piece I found would have to do. It drove the finished size of the project. Additionally, I knew that one of the neutrals that I had received in my most recent Island Batik box was called Batter. That seems like a close choice for a sugar cough dough. :-)
I opted for a double batting in my dough, wool and cotton, to give it a thicker, cookie-like shape. My cookie was about 6 inches in diameter before it was folded up around my chocolate filling. The finished cookie is about 5 1/2 inches on a side.
I've linked up to the Project QUILTING Craving Chocolate challenge. Once the challenge ends on Sunday you can vote for your ten favorites. (Mine is #3)
After a two week hiatus, I managed to crank out a *very tiny* finish for this week's Project QUILTING challenge. I took my word of the year and turned it into a quilt. Mostly my technique was slice and insert and it was all a bit of planned improv, I wanted skinny lines and to make all the letters about the same height as the E which I finished first.
The strips finish at about 1/8" wide and the quilt finished at 2 1/4" x 9". It ties my Patchwork City mini mini quilt for the smallest quilt I've ever made. Fabrics are Alison Glass Kaleidoscope: Iris, Opal, Aqua Marine, Dragonfly, Beetle, and Peacock. It was pieced with Aurifil 50wt White (#2024) and quilted with Aurifil 50wt Medium Grey (#1158). I quilted it by walking foot echoing the letters, then I pillowcase bound it. By the way, my daughter wasn't very impressed. She told me, "It's hardly a quilt. It doesn't even have binding!" Here are a few process pictures to go with my finished photo above.
I'm linking up to the Project QUILTING 10.5 challenge. Voting will be open soon. You can pop over and vote for your ten favorites. (Mine is #70.)
It's been a busy week of sewing. Curves and Swoon blocks and Project QUILTING, oh my! I mentioned this week's Project QUILTING challenge to my daughter and she made a quilt for the challenge, too! I'm so proud of her and really enjoyed her excitement. This week's challenge was to make a quilt with only red, white, and blue (though we didn't have to use all three). I love the fairly open ended theme and endless possibilities. Early on I decided that I would limit to blue and white since I don't have much in the way of red fabric. I've admired these temperature quilt blocks by Cheri and decided on some improv triangles for this challenge. I chose a dark blue solid for the main portion of the blocks and was able to cut sixteen 4" squares from my scrap of fabric. Of the two coordinating prints I chose, I was most limited on the crosshatch, so those were cut into small strips. The units went together quickly. My initial plan was to use a straight set layout with all blocks in the same direction like this first photo. Then I played with potential layouts and decided I'd go with the fourth one.
In piecing my rows together two rows got switched and I didn't realize it until I was done with the quilt top. With the other deadlines this week I decided I didn't have time to unsew and I would just stick with the happy accident that happened when I swapped rows 3 and 4. I went simple with the quilting by using Aurifil 50wt Medium Delft Blue (#2783) for diagonal walking foot quilting. My final design decision was to bind in solid Kona Red. My daughter and I both used this fabric for our binding, so that saved me some time by making it all at once. The quilt was machine bound with Aurifil 50wt Red (#2250). Since I pieced with Aurifil 50wt White (#2024), I not only used red, white, and blue fabric for this quilt, but also red, white, and blue thread as well!
The quilt finished at approximately 15" x 15".
I'm linking up to Project QUILTING 10.2. Voting is open! You can vote for your ten favorites. Mine is #74 and my daughter's submission is #72.