Wednesday, March 20, 2024

Island Batik Finishing Spree Part 4

Have you ever had a quilt pattern you've always wanted to make, but it looked way too hard?  For me that has always been the double wedding ring.  However, after sewing many curves using Accuquilt's curved block on board dies I got up the courage to try it.

I was excited to try this die because it would make the cutting so much easier.  I cut the backgrounds in black and then cut up a variety of colorful Island Batik scraps for the rest of the pieces.  It went together quite slick.  I would totally be willing to make another one!

I used a single fold bias binding to do the curvy binding as well.  It too worked nicely.

I hope you get to quilt today!


Tuesday, March 19, 2024

Island Batik Finishing Spree Part 3

This quilt was made with all the leftover half square triangle units I had from another project for Island Batik.  I have always loved the ocean waves pattern so this is my play on it using only the pieces I already had.  I didn't want to make any more even though they were cut quickly with my Accuquilt 8" Qube! 

I can never quilt enough feathers.  I just adore them.  I'm excited to hang this one fore the Fourth of July this year!

I hope you get to quilt today!


Monday, March 18, 2024

Island Batik Finishing Spree Part 2

Last week I posted my first finish of the month, a project for Island Batik ambassadors using up some of my scraps and my Accuquilt Pickle Dish Die. 

Today I have another Accuquilt finish.  This is the Carpenter's Wheel die.  It too uses Island Batik fabrics and has been sitting in my closet for over a year waiting to be quilted.  I love how soft this one is.

I had just 10" squares of many of these fabrics and I added a few fat quarters.  Funnily enough when it was sitting in the closet I happened to go into a quilt shop that had the same background fabric which I bought to go on the back.  It of course uses my favorite Hobbs 80/20 cotton/poly batting, Aurifil thread, and I used Schmetz Microtex needles, and my trusty Oliso iron.

I love the way the quilting looks on the back.

I hope you get to quilt today!


Wednesday, March 13, 2024

Island Batik Ambassador's It's All Up To You Challenge

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were given the choice of what they wanted to create.  I decided to take this as motivation to finish up some of the numerous quilt tops I have.  Most of which are Island Batik.  I tend to be pretty good about getting the top complete.  And then they languish. 

I actually had 7.  Yes 7!  Quilt tops that were pinned and ready to quilt.  So I got busy!  There will be a parade of completed quilts coming your way the rest of the month!

Here is the first.  I have a love of the pickle dish block.  And the fact that I can cut it with my Accuquilt makes it that much easier.  I decided to cut all my small scraps into triangles for the blocks.  I ended up with enough for 48 blocks.  I had NO IDEA how long it would actually take me to sew it together.  I found some of my favorite Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Poly blend batting and it showed the quilting so nicely.  The quilting is done in Aurifil thread with Schmetz Microtex needles.

But it was my goal to get it done and I did!  

The backgrounds are all assorted tan and gray light prints.  The center marquis shapes are a dark gray solid Island Batik.  This quilt is twin size.  I had no idea it would get that big!

I didn't want to get bored quilting this monster so I decided to different background fills in a trip around the world style.  The center 4 blocks have one fill, then a ring of the next, etc.  Here are some closeups.

Here we have some large swirls and some ribbon candy (? I forget the common name for this) in the center dark gray areas.  I repeated this in the inner border and added some classic feathers on the outside border,

I also used my own design I call webster clams for some of the backgrounds.

In the very corners I used matchstick quilting.

I sew down most of my bindings by machine these days and my new Oliso iron is fantastic for pressing over the binding before sewing it down!

I hope you get to quilt today!