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.
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!