Wednesday, June 24, 2020

Island Batik Ambassador's June Challenge - the River Valley Collection

I have been excited to share this quilt since January! It's such fun! When I first looked at Island Batik's River Valley collection designed by Kathy Engle for Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Designs I immediately thought it would make a great quilt for a man because of all the gorgeous blues and greens.

To this beautiful collection I added white and a Island Batik solid foundations color called Storm.  

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River Valley Batiks Island Strips Island Batik Fabrics 40 image 0
I decided to design a block that was simple and elegant and looked appropriate for a masculine quilt.  I'm quite happy with the results. 

I chose to do a really random scrappy quilt, but with a white background I wanted my squares to stand apart in color so I left out the very lightest strips.  Then, I cut my strips into 2 1/2" squares using my Accuquilt GO! Big.  Next, I randomly sewed them into pairs or triples to create my blocks.  I stitched my blocks with my favorite Schmetz Microtex Needles (they slide through batiks so well) and Aurifil thread in white.

This quilt is BIG!  Almost twin size, so I asked my mother if she would quilt it for me on her longarm.  She did a great job quilting leaves in the blues and green and some beautiful feathers in the white.  Inside the quilt is of course my favorite Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Poly batting.

I hope you get to quilt today!

PS!  Be sure to check out all the other Island Batik Ambassadors and their amazing projects!

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. Suzy, your quilt is lovely! I love how the white lets the colours really shine and pop! Beautiful job! :-)

  2. Wow, this is stunning! I really like the Storm--it stands out just the right amount. River Valley is such a pretty collection! Great block!