The April Challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is the Creative Borders and Bindings Challenge. For this one I decided I wanted to try to challenge myself to incorporate a huge border into a quilt that could be pieced as one really large block instead of adding on a border later. I was also going for that Scandinavian snowflake sweater look but in turquoise instead of more traditional colors.
I started with these gorgeous stash buster rolls all in dark teal and a cream neutral. I cut all the pieces using my Accuquilt strip cutter dies. It was an interesting challenge since the rolls are 5 inches wide. I needed to make sure I had enough to complete the quilt and binding! Careful cutting ensued...
You can see that I pieced this on the diagonal and ended up trimming off the excess edging later.
Since I decided to make this quilt look scrappy I decided the quilting should look scrappy too. I just had fun quilting whatever came to mind. It was awesome and freeing. I of course used my favorite Hobbs 80/20 Blend Batting and Aurifil thread for the quilting. The piecing was done with my new favorite Schmetz Chrome Microtex size 80 needles. They slide through Batik amazingly well.
I love how playful and geometric this quilt turned out!
I hope you get to quilt today!
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