Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Island Batik Ambassadors Mini Challenge Quilt 3 - Part 2

I love to Free Motion Quilt!  It's one of my favorite parts.  Here's the back of my Island Batik Ambassador Magnificent Mini about half way through.  Be sure to read all the way through to find out WHY it was finished in the hospital...

The finished quilt.

Picking out quilting thread...Aurifil of course!  The batting I chose is Hobbs Tuscany Silk.  I love the draping help it gives my minis so they're not too stiff.

Look how well the black hides.

A close up of the black pattern is my favorite Webster Clams.

I love how the arches in the center make it look like a snowflake!

Auditioning border ideas...

I decided to go bold and stitch the feathers swags in red.

The finished back!  Time to bind.

I've been working with 1/8 inch binding on these minis and I continue to do so.  It's a bias binding of course.

I sew it on with my trusty Bernina zipper foot.  It works amazingly well for small seam allowances and as a bonus I can use my even feed system on the foot!  Perfect.

All sewn on and ready to hand stitch.

Binding clips are amazing.

The binding's done.  BUT there's a story behind it...

You see I had a very VERY sick child who had to go to Children's Hospital and get fluids.  I knew I would need something to keep my hands busy so I took the binding along.  Once he was settled and comfortable I was able to calm down too and bind.

All done!

I hope you get to quilt today!


  1. I love this quilt and the quilting on it. You inspire me to be a better quilter. My feather work is "iffy" -sometimes they are good and other times not so good.

  2. Gorgeous! I do hope the patient is better.

  3. Hope the sick kid is out of the hospital and feeling better. It is a beautiful quilt and the quilting is amazing.

  4. Hope your son is doing better and is home. Love to see what you are working on, and I'd love to be able to fmq like you do! I've never thought to use a zipper foot on the binding; great idea! I really like the design of this quilt, Suzy!

  5. I hope your little is doing better! Always scary when they have to visit the hospital! Your mini is wonderful and I love the feathers in red on the black - awesome!

  6. I hope all is well! Stunning quilt!

  7. EIGHTH inch binding?!!! WOW!! Your quilting, everything about this mini is amazing. I hope your son is out of that hospital and feeling a lot better by now.