Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Island Batik Ambassadors Adventurous Applique Challenge!

April's Island Batik Ambassadors Challenge is named Adventurous Applique.  As it's the same title as my blog I was quite excited to get started.  I had this gorgeous set of Glowing Embers to play with, so the only limitation in design was keeping the pieces narrower than 2 1/2 inches.

I started with a flower pattern I doodled during one of my son's violin lessons.  I then decided to put a whole set of four in the middle and sets of three in the corners.  If you look carefully all of the flowers in the upper left corners are the same, upper right are the same, etc.  So there are four different colorations of the flowers.

Above you can see the strip of fabric I am going to use for my orange peel style sashing.  Below you can see lines I've drawn with my white Clover Iron off Pen to help put the orange peels in the correct places.

And here it is with all the orange peel pieces added!  Some are 1 inch pieces and some are 1 1/2 in pieces.  

And here's the back once all the stitching has been completed and the stabilizer ripped away.  

And the final quilt!  I decided to add a fat binding since I already had 2 1/2 inch strips.  I created 6 unique free motion filler patterns for this quilt which I have been revealing in my Free Motion Friday posts for the last two weeks and for the coming four weeks.  It's quilted with my favorite Aurifil 50 weight cotton thread.  Be sure to come back and check them out every Friday or join my Machine Applique Adventures Facebook group so you never miss a post!

I hope you get to quilt today!


  1. Very fun! I almost have mine to applique!

  2. Beautiful! Island Batiks fabric is among my favorites - I have quilt tops from waaay back that has recognizable Island Batik fabric!