This month's Island Batik Ambassadors challenge was to make a baby quilt. I received a wonderful bundle of the Batiks Go Retro Collection by Tamarinis. I knew right away that the graphic nature of these prints would work fabulously for a Passacaglia quilt. This is one block of a larger pattern from Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein. My mother made one and I wanted to try it (though I did my English Paper Piecing by Machine rather than by hand. I ordered pieces double the usual size from paperpieces.com and had a blast using the collecting to make a baby quilt!
I started with the center star using these great orange shapes.
Then I added some blue pieces for a lot of contrast.
Next I made ten stars. I fussy cut the purple so they would each have a starburst in the middle. Because after all, half the fun of paper piecing is fussy cutting fabric!
Then I added diamonds to the stars and formed them into a ring.
Then I assembled the pieces and added the dark blue border. So much fun!
Then I started quilting it and having fun. Here's a few final shots of hte quilting.
I tried using some echoed curls like Angela Walters does, it's not as fluid as hers, but it was fun.
I hope you get to quilt today!