I was excited to play with hearts! It reminds me of elementary school when we got to decorate bags or boxes for Valentines day. I usually make heart animals with my students at this time of year. I googled heart animals and came across a heart dragonfly. It was so cute I knew that's what I wanted to make.
I took a 10 inch square of Island Batik in royal blue and found some yellow and orange scraps. I applied Steam-a-Seam 2 light to the back of the scraps and cut out a bunch of hearts.
It took me a while to figure out how I wanted to position the dragonflies nicely. I finally decided to make them next to each other.
I then stitched around the edges of the applique with invisible thread because the thought of changing colors too often was daunting.
For the quilting I decided on a simple echo pattern to emphasize the dragonflies. I an't wait to show it to my first graders.
This month's Island Batik Challenge was to make placemats. We just received our first box of fabric and supplies for 2021. Thank you so much to all the sponsors: Island Batik, Schmetz Needles, Accuquilt, Hobbs Batting, and Aurifil.
I was thinking about placemats and how they are traditionally rectangular. I decided I wanted to make them a different shape and try to make then a little more modern. I wanted a leaf shaped design.
I started with some gorgeous Island Batik foundations fabric (fabric available all the time) called Baja which is gorgeous blues and greens. I then layered it with my favorite Hobbs 80/20 cotton/poly batting and started quilting away.
I had just taken an online class from Julia Quiltoff on Doodle quilting and was practicing my skills.
I love the overall look of the piece once it was quilted. It was hard to cut into, but I really did want a leaf shape.
I decided that I wanted to add some feather appliques onto the placemats once they were quilted so I pulled out my Heather Feather Border die and my Accuquilt Go BIG. I found a beautiful dark navy to cut my feathers out of and cut a piece the size of this die.
But then I had all this scrap that still had fusible on it. I use Steam-a-Seam 2 Lite and I love to use it up as much as possible. So...
I strategically placed the larger pieces to get more feathers.
The smaller pieces were put on my circle die to get some circles to add in.
Next, I made the leaf shape and then started playing with the feathers to make a leaf "vein."
Then I cut out the leaf shape.
All done! They turned out just how I wanted. I watched a video tutorial on how to put binding around odd angles and it really helped these come out just perfect. I used a single layer bias binding to help me go around the curves easily. This was stitched on with the amazing Schmetz Microtex Chrome Needles. They work so well!
There are a lot of fun ways to lay these out. They could go in the middle of the table for a centerpiece or be used as individual placemats.