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!

1 comment:

  1. Stunning, and yay for a finish! My goal is to finish a few, too, but I did start something new.