Saturday, March 17, 2018

Island Batik Ambassador's Try a Technique Challenge - Part 1

I've been a quilter for over thirty years, so thinking of a technique that I hadn't done before was a bit of a challenge for me.  But thanks to the amazing group of Island Batik Ambassadors and their brainstorming skills I finally settled on a technique...Seminole Piecing.  I've watched my mom do it, but I'd never tried.

Seminole piecing comes from the Seminole Native American tribe and you can read about it here.

I started by picking some fabrics.  The left fabric is called Blackberry and it's one of my absolute favorite solidy batiks from Island Batiks.  The other three fabrics were from stash buster rolls.  I know the far right one is from the Fire Island line a few years ago.  I love the combination of these colors.

I started by constructing two strip sets like these.  I then cut 2 inch wide pieces at a 45 degree angle.

Next I figured out how I wanted to sew them together.

And then a lot of cutting ensued...

To get them aligned just right I put some tape on my cutting mat.  The first top piece of tape is where the black and green meet on the bottom piece.

The bottom piece of tape is where the end of the black fabric is on the top piece.  This method yielded very close and accurate results. 

Here are the first two sewn together. 

Now they're a set of seven.

The last step is to trim the outside triangles so you have a parallelogram?

But it is a beautiful parallelogram!  Come back next Wednesday to see what happens next...

Be sure to check out the other amazing Island Batik Ambassadors projects!


Adventerous Applique and QuiltingArk Angel Creations
BeaQuilterBejeweled Quilts by Barb
Busy Hands QuiltsCarole Lyles Shaw
Clever ChameleonCreative Blonde
Curlicue CreationsDen Syende Himmel
Desert Bloom QuiltingDevoted Quilter
Dizzy QuilterFreemotion by the River
Gateway Quilts & StuffheARTs Creations
If These Threads Could TalkInchworm Fabrics
Inquiring QuilterKathleen McMusing
Kauffman DesignsLittle Bunny Quilts
Living Water QuilterLizard Creek Quilts
Mania for QuiltsMary Mack Made Mine
Masterpiece QuiltingMMM Quilts
Moosestash Quilting PamelaQuilts
Patterns by JenPowered by Quilting
Quilt in a not-ShellQuilting Affection Designs
Sally MankeSarah Goer Quilts
Sew Increadibly CrazySew Karen-ly Created
Slice of Pi QuiltsSteph Jacobson
Sweetgrass DesignsThe Quilt Rambler
Yellow Cat Quilt DesignsVicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Whispers of Yore

I hope you get to quilt today!


  1. I agree that Blackberry fabric is yummy. Great color combination, and fun to see your process. I've never tried Seminole piecing. Looking forward to seeing the next step!

  2. This looks great, never tried it before, it's on my to-do list now 😊. Fab colour combo

  3. Love the colors!! Signing with tape is awesome, can't wait to see what you do with it!

  4. Can't wait to see what you do next with this fabulous piece of patchwork. Such an eye-catching combo of colour and design. :)

  5. Beautiful project, color choice and pattern! Thank you for the great tutorial!