Thursday, April 23, 2020

Island Batik Ambassador's Creative Borders and Bindings Challenge

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!
Stay Safe and Healthy!

Be sure to check out what my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors are up to!
Asmussen, CarolinaWilton, Connecticut
Best, MeganFerndale,
Boatright, PamelaCoos Bay, Oregon
Fulton, JenniferIndianapolis, Indiana
Govindan, VasudhaHouston,
Hart, JoanneBirmingham,
Hatziioannidi, ManiaAthens, Greece,
Henton, CarlaWright, Kansas
Kauffman, ConnieNappanee, IN
Leachman, EmilyCharlotte, North Carolina
Looney, DeniseGrafton,Il
Malasky, LeahLake City, SC
Manke, SallyArcadia, Michigan
McAuliffe, MaryellenFranklin Square
Moellers, CarolGreene, Iowa
Renna, GailTallahassee, FL
Riley, SharonWallingford, PA
Roberts, MichelleBethersden, kent,
Sheppard, GailSurrey, British Columbia, Canada
Strauser, JenniferMETUCHEN, NJ
Thomas, JenniferHenderson, North Carolina
Vermilya, AlisonGettysburg, PA
Walker, SandraKingsville Ontario Canada
Webster, SuzyApple Valley, MN
Yamamoto, JanetHamilton


  1. How fun! I love your quilt and enjoyed all the close ups of the "scrappy" quilting. Have a wonderful day!

  2. What a beautiful design, Suzy! I love your one giant block/border concept. It's really fresh and unique.

  3. Such a pretty design, and great quilting.

  4. I love the fabrics in this quilt, as well as the design, Suzy. The quilting looks great!

  5. What beautiful colors! I love the idea of most of the quilt being the border--fun!