Welcome to my March Island Batik Ambassador Project! Our challenge this month is in conjunction with Accuquilt. We were each sent a Block on Board Die from Accuquilt to create with.
I received the Chimney Sweep Die. It will always remind me of the classic album quilts where people signed their names in the X in the center. I made one of these quilts when I was in high school for graduation. All my friends and teachers signed it. It still hangs on the wall in my entry way of my home.
So, for this quilt I wanted to try to do something a little different with the block. I wanted to see if I could make a modern quilt with it. Yes, I'm not kidding! I wanted to go outside the box.
Here's my fabric pull on my cutter all ready to go!
When I first opened the die and looked at it I realized that not only did the triangles have the dog ears cut off, but the squares and rectangles did too. At first I couldn't figure out why that was...but then it came to me.
This purple square is lined up with a green triangle. Do you see how the square and triangle have the same dog ears cut so they line up perfectly?! Brilliant! It made sewing this block a snap.
Here you can see adding the wee corner triangle. Again, lined up perfectly.
Now let's look at some quilting! I did straight matchsticks in the green to make the other areas pop. In the purple and lavender I chose to do continuous curve quilting.
Here's the back. It of course uses my favorite Aurifil threads and Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/poly batting. I also used Schmetz microtex Chrome needles to sew with. They slide through the fabric like butter.
Big swirls fill the cream areas and I had fun with the largest purple square adding a flourish to my continuous curve.
All done! Very modern and using the Chimney Sweep block. Mission accomplished!
I hope you get to quilt today! And I hope you are staying safe and healthy.