Friday, August 30, 2019

Island Batik Ambassadors Star Light Star Bright Challenge

Who doesn't love a rainbow?!  I had such fun making this original star quilt using Island Batik's Moroccan Bazaar collection.  I cut all the pieces on my Accuquilt GO! Big cutter which made piecing this quilt a dream.  I love not having to trim dogears off half square triangles.  It uses Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Poly Heirloom Batting and for the quilting I used 28 weight Aurifil Thread.

To start the quilting process I decided to do all the colored pieces in my gray Aurifil.  I chose the thicker thread so the quilting would stand out a little more against the colors.  I thought about changing colors and matching, but that would've been 20 color changes and it seemed a bit overwhelming!  I'm happy with the final results.

I chose to do a continuous curve on the pieces to minimize stops and starts.  Ruler quilting and I don't always get along so I did these free form and I'm happy with how they turned out.

For the edge I did some loose spirals.  You can also see that I chose to topstitch my binding down.  I like the way it looks and I don't have to worry about missing the ditch.

To get a different texture in the middle ring of the quilt I used these curvy radiating lines.  You get the same effect of straight lines with a lot less worry about whether or not they're perfectly straight.

Here you can see the continuous curve of the middle and the swirls I put in the background.

I love how the colors play in the final quilt.  Thanks to Island Batik, Hobbs, Aurifil, and Accuquilt for the amazing products!  I had a blast.

I hope you get to quilt today!


  1. Another pretty quilt and quilting, Suzy. Love those bright colors, and the starburst is perfect!

  2. It is lovely -and colorful. I love the curvy radiating lines part of the quilting.

  3. Beautiful quilt and beautiful quilting! I love the different motifs in each of the white sections and the continuous curve in the colored pieces. I am about to hop back into a quilt I started a while ago and hope to feel free enough to do it without a ruler on my longarm - somehow that is a bit easier on the smaller machine.

  4. A bright and colorful star quilt! Beautiful quilting!