Thursday, February 18, 2021

Island Batik Ambassador's Create for a Cause Blog Hop

This month's Island Batik Ambassador Challenge is to use their fabulous new collections to create quilts for a cause.  I have been a member of Minnesota Quilters since I was in high school.  As soon as I saw this challenge I knew that I wanted to do this year's president's challenge for my charity.  Each year for our annual show (virtual this year) the president picks an organization to donate quilts to.  For this year's challenge Tummy Time quilts for the Nurse-Family Partnership was chosen.  Their mission is to transform the lives of vulnerable babies, mothers, and families.

For this month's challenge I received the Vincent's Garden collection which is a signature collection by Kathy Engle for Karen Overton of The Quilt Rambler.  It's a gorgeous collection that reminds me a ton of Vincent Van Gogh and his gorgeous artwork.  

These fabrics are just so gorgeous.

I decided to make two tummy time quilts since they are small and I wanted to show all the gorgeous fabrics.  I chose to make a bargello quilt and started by cutting 3 1/2" strips of the fabrics on my Accuquilt Go BIG.  I find the easiest way to make these is to sew the fabric strips into a strip set and then to sew them into a tube.  Then I cut strips off the tube.  Next, I separated the tube pieces into strips by undoing the seams where I needed as I designed the patterns.  I laid them out row by row to design the quilt.    

I decided to offset the strips so I didn't have to pin all the intersections.  It saves so much time!

Here are the two quilts I created for this wonderful organization!  I know they're not quilted yet.  I got sick last weekend (thankfully it wasn't Coronavirus, but I just didn't have any energy at all)...which resulted in them not quite being done.  Hopefully this weekend!  The of course were sewn with my favorite Aurifil thread and Schmetz Needles.  I look forward to layering them with Hobbs Cotton Batting too.


ISLAND BATIK GIVE AWAY - Two lucky people have a chance to win a 2.5″ Strip pack of the new Island Batik collections that will be featured this week: Starry Night, designed by Kathy Engle, or Painted Blossoms, designed for Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs by Kathy Engle. Head over to the Island Batik website to enter their giveaway.

I hope you get to quilt today!

Be sure to check out all the other wonderful new collections and projects!

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February 5:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway

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Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway

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  1. Beautiful quilts Suzy! I have never made this type of quilt before. It always looks too hard for me. You did an awesome job. Thanks for sharing.

  2. WOW!!! Two quilts!!! And you are brilliant!!!!!!!! I LOVE how you didn't have to match up a zillion seams!!! Absolutely brilliant!!!

  3. Beautiful quilts and colorful. I love how they appear to be in motion.

  4. Beautiful quilts! I hope you feel better soon.

  5. So sweet! Glad to hear you're feeling better.

  6. That Vincent's garden is calling me!!! Thank you for sharing such lovely projects and gorgeous fabrics. I may regret this but I might have to buy that Vincent's Garden whole set!!

  7. These are so pretty! I can't even pick a favorite!