Saturday, July 31, 2021

Island Batik Ambassador's Never Too Early Challenge

It's time for Christmas in July!  This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to create a project fit for an end of the year celebration.  I chose Christmas and decided to play around with red and green scraps.  

I recently received the new 4 inch Qube from Accuquilt and I'd been dying to try it out.  So I made one big block for the center using my 8 inch Qube and then four half blocks to go around the edges using my 4 inch Qube.  It is a wonderful addition to the Accuquilt Qubes!  It works like a charm.  I was amazed how well those tiny blocks turned out!  They were pieced using my favorite Microtex Needles from Schmetz.

The trickiest part of this project for me was figuring out how to quilt all the white space in this quilt.  I decided to make strings of beads with pine needles like extensions coming out on both sides of them.  I really like the way it turned out using my favorite Aurifil Thread of course and Hobbs 80/20 cotton/poly batting.

In the green areas I quilted a ribbon like motif and in the red I did a simple continuous curve.

For the outside white I decided to quilt a mostly circular string of beads and then continue the pine needle extensions even though some of them were going to be really long.  I'm thrilled with the way it turned out!

I hope you get to quilt today!


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Jennifer Fulton ~
Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Joanne Hart ~
Mania Hatziioannidi ~
Emily Leachman ~
Denise Looney ~
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Claudia Porter ~
Gail Renna ~
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Michelle Roberts ~
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Andi Stanfield ~
Jennifer Thomas ~
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  1. This is really pretty, love all the quilting.

  2. So beautiful! I love the way the quilting accents the design.