Wednesday, March 25, 2020

Island Batik Ambassador's One Die Wonder with Accuquilt Project

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.


  1. Great job on making it modern. I love it on point, and of course, your quilting is fabulous.

  2. Always fun to see what you are creating! I don't have a die cutter, but I can see the advantages of owning one. Another fun quilt, Suzy! Hope you are doing okay with everyone at home :-)

  3. That's a great finish. Love how the dog ears are cut off to make sewing/trimming so much easier.