Friday, February 15, 2019

Island Batik Ambassdors Mini Challenge Quilt 2 - Part 2


My inspiration for this project came from post-it notes I collected during a meeting.  I then dug through my Island Batik stash looking for the right colors.  I decided on the four below.  The bright pink was really not in my stash, it's very neon.  I decided this darker pink provided the right amount of contrast.

After playing around in EQ7, I decided on the block below.  In retrospect, I chose to change my dark orange to one with less contrast because the pieces were going to be so small.  This finished block is 3 inches square and those little squares are only 1/2 inch.  I did decide to paper piece the oblong triangles to make sure they were accurate.

Here are the blocks complete.

And of course I started playing with how to lay them out.

Once I'd made my final decision I started thinking about how to quilt my project.  Lines,  feathers...hnm.

Swags, paisleys...

This was my final decision.

Here it is with the lines all quilted.  I love how they add directionality to the piece.  I chose to again use Hobbs silk batting in my mini.  I love the way it drapes and I thought that property would be helpful in a mini to keep it flexible instead of stiff.  I also chose to use my favorite Aurifil threads to quilt my piece.  I love how they blend in to fabrics.

I decided then to do some feather quilting in the pink.

I love how it looks on the back!

The whole quilt quilted.  I thought about stitching the oranges, but decided against it since the quilt is so small.

I decided to try something new on this quilt and use a 1/8 inch binding on this project.  I also used bias and it worked PERFECTLY.  I sewed it on with a zipper foot for ease.

Here's a closeup of the corner.  AMAZING.  I think I am becoming a bias binding convert.

I hope you get to quilt today!


  1. I love this design. The quilting really enhances it - plus it looks lovely on the back. I should learn to audition my quilting designs.

  2. This is just so gorgeous, Suzy! I love the back just as much as the front! :D

  3. So pretty! I love your quilting plan for this quilt. Have a lovely day.

  4. Pretty, reminds me of a flock of birds.

  5. Very pretty. The back is my favorite on most quilts. For the love of geese

  6. These colors are amazing, and the back is beautiful too! That's some tiny piecing. Will you ever write this up as a pattern to sell?

  7. Love your block, the layout (looks like tessellations!), fabric choices and your quilting is perfect!!

  8. This is so pretty. It's so fun to quilt minis. So many possibilities and you chose perfectly.