Welcome to Christmas in July, today’s post is serving double duty. It just so happened that Carol at Just let me quilt announced the Christmas in July Blog Hop about the same time I started working on my Island Batik Christmas in July challenge.
There will be no linky party this week but I hope you’ll come back next Thursday.
Before I begin I’d like to first thank AcucQuilt for this generous gift, Island Batik for believing in me and sending all the wonderful fabric, Hobbs Batting for the best 100% cotton batting, and Schmetz Needles who is a new IB industry partner. Lastly but definitely not least, Carol from Just Let Me Quilt for organizing all these wonderful hops.
AccuQuilt sent the Ambassadors a GO! Me Fabric Cutter Starter Set with 2 dies, a 3″ finished hst and a 3″ finished qst dies. The challenge was to make something with just these two dies, then gift the fabric cutter and the project. We could also use the 2 1/2″ strip die, which I did for a border and the binding. With this many points I didn’t want to chance cutting them off during binding.
A few months ago AccuQuilt sent me a different GO! Me. It was difficult to decide which of my 2 quilting sisters to give it to so I just placed it on a shelf.
GO! Me Fabric Cutter Starter Set
- Ultra portable – allows quilters to take the GO! Me with them anywhere
- New quilter gains confidence in their art form faster
- Elevates workmanship of the quilter
- Same cutting performance as the GO! – Fast, Accurate, Easy and Safe
- Includes two GO! Dies, cutting mat and pattern book
- A great gift for any quilter
What AccuQuilt couldn’t tell you, before I received my GO! I avoided half square triangles because they can be so finicky. Now I love them almost as much as I love flying geese.
The fabric I chose to use is from the IB Nordic Nature Collection designed by Kathy Engle, available in stores now. I love green so this collection felt right at home.
In May during the Ultimate Home Decor blog hop I used Nordic Nature to make a runner for my bay window.
AccuQuilt gives pre- cutting directions with their dies but I like to cut my fabric in strips to run through the cutter.
This is how it comes out and I just trim the end off and advance the strip.
All of my pieces cut and ready to assemble.
There was a lot of chain piecing happening for a couple evenings. I love how quickly you can move patches around and end up with something like this.. Not gonna lie, I did play with designs in EQ.
The challenge itself didn’t call for a Christmas themed project because it was all about the giving, spreading the love. Well, I loved this fabric collection and it is perfect for a Christmas themed table runner which my sister could use. The sister this GO! Me was given to hosts Christmas dinner at her house and it will be perfect for the goodie table, which I also love.
Natural lighting in the shade is great, even better now that we have grass, cough cough, weeds.
Since receiving the Schmetz Needles in box 1 I have been using them faithfully in my Juki and hope to try them soon in the Bernina. To my amazement the sewing machine needle police have not knocked on my door. (I say this because I have always used the brands that came with the machine.)
For batting I used a remnant of the Hobbs Heirloom Premium.
Photo above, on the left is the new set, on the right was from last year.
Below: My oldest sister on the right, Linda received the GO! Me AccuQuilt sent me last year. Melissa is the one on the left, she is the 3rd oldest and 4 years older than me. She received the GO! Me that was part of the Island Batik AccuQuilt challenge which meant she also received the table topper I made. I think it looks pretty good on her distressed wood table and will be a perfect addition to our Christmas get together.