Sunday, April 21, 2019

April Challenge - Ready, Set, Go!



The Island Batik Ambassadors were given an Accuquilt Ready, Set, GO! package this year as part of an industry partnership with Island Batik. For the April challenge we were asked to use the Go! cutter and the included 8" Cube to make a baby quilt.


Note:  All products in this post were given to me by Island Batik as part of their Ambassador program


Looking through the Eleanor Burns book I decided to make a modified  Road to Oklahoma pattern using these two dies. The resulting blocks from these dies are 2" finished, square and HST , respectively.

I love making scrappy quilts, so I decided to use leftovers from earlier Island Batik project, Paisley Dot Brights, as the main fabric.


The cutting of blocks goes very fast with this system, six layers of fabric at a time. I had enough of the dark and light blue for the star blocks, and the rest of the Paisley Dot Brights were use to make the colorful four patch blocks. In addition I used stash builder rolls for the inside of the stars.

The neutral Milk Shake was used for the background.


 The quilt top consists of a total of 504 pieces, and here they are all together. I assembled a few of the HSTs before this picture was taken, and it was great not having to deal with the dog ears!


Here are the two different blocks the quilt is made from. The colors are yummy!


The quilt top is a real color explosion!


For the quilting I used the walking foot and made a meandering cross hatch design. It really compliments the stars and four patch design and gives life to the quilt. Aurifil 40wt in a silver color (#2600) was used for the qulting, with Aurifil 50wt #2024 in the bobbin.

Hobbs Cotton Batting was used in the quilt, and it gives a nice loft.


The resulting size of the quilt is 40" square. Grey Island Batik solid was used for the binding.


The fun backing adds extra life to the quilt, this really is a Color Explosion quilt!

Monday, April 1, 2019

Super Hero Quilt


My latest  quilt finish is the result of a successful mixture of super hero fabric and matching solids. The red border with circles that could be interpreted as planets or asteroids gives it a great finish. The zigzag binding in green and white adds fun to the finished object. I am sure this one will give great comfort to a sick child.

This is my third charity quilt for the year, and 32 all time for the children's ward at the hospital.