Friday, August 23, 2019

Star Light Star Bright Challenge with Island Batik



The August challenge in the Island Batik ambassador program (for half of the ambassadors, the others participate in the Beat the Heat blog hop) was to create a quilt using any star quilt block pattern. The only requirement was that the quilt had to be lap size or larger.

The first idea that popped into my head was to make BRIGHT stars, and I knew I had the right batiks for that in my stash. In last years first ambassador box I got a bundle of Southern Blooms that I used for two different challenges, in May 2018 and June 2019 . These are bright, rainbow colors with gorgeous butterflies in many of the prints.

I still had enough of these batiks for the center squares of the Friendship Stars. For the star petals I used Island Batik foundations and stash builder rolls. I used 20 different prints from Southern Blooms, and 20 different prints for the star petals. I love it when I can use fabrics from my stash to make new quilts, I hardly ever throw away leftover fabrics!

In addition I used solid white batik for the background and solid grey for the diamonds in between the stars. The design is based on a picture I saw at the Internet.


All the blocks were cut using my Accuquilt Go! fabric cutter, and that is a real time saver! The squares and HSTs are 4" finished.

The piecing and quilting is done with Aurifil 50wt #2024. Walking foot quilting makes up the main design, while I made a "string of pearls", or circles of different sizes in FMQ, in stripes crossing the quilt.

I used Hobbs Heirloom Cotton Batting with Scrim in the quilt sandwich


The finished quilt dimension is 48" x 60".


I used a fun print from Ikea for the backing. The binding is black solid batik.


The quilting is easily visible here where the quilt is hanging over the porch wall.


Today was a beautiful day for a photo shoot, and I brought the quilt with me to a nearby lake.


The sun shining through the quilt showing off the fun print on the back. The sun rays glittering in the lake creates a perfect setting!


The wind isn't always cooperating!


Ready for take-off! Is this the Flying Carpet?


A glorious late-summer day by the lake!


The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik.


Thursday, August 15, 2019

Frog Quilt for Charity



This is my latest charity quilt, from original idea to finished quilt the whole process took less than 12 hours.


It all started with a panel with six cute frogs. I cut the panel into 6" squares, added some green striped fabric and some yellow bubble fabric, and voila!, I had a center panel for the quilt.


An orange small plaid fabric became the inner border, and a cute cartoon frog fabric became the outer border.

I quilted it using my walking foot with a meandering cross hatch pattern with a corn silk colored thread. The binding is a fun orange/multi colored striped fabric. The binding is machine sewn on the quilt.

The whole quilt was finished less than 12 hours from the idea of the quilt emerged. The 39" x 50" quilt will be a good comfort to a sick child at the hospital.


Here's a detail of the fun frog print in the outer border. A whole lot of frogs are having fun bowling!

This is my seventh charity quilt for the year, and 36th all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Friday, August 9, 2019

Meadowland Quilt


My Meadowland scrappy quilt top was completed during my vacation, but the quilting had to wait until I came home.

I had to admit it is not very scrappy, the blocks are big (16" finished) and I only used fabrics from my stash. The colors are bold and bright, the dark blue/navy background is perfect for a charity quilt to a young, adolescent boy, or girl for that part.


The quilting is a simple crosshatch pattern, I feel this is right for this modern quilt.

I found this perfect "quilt holder" in my walk in the forest. The uprooted tree looks like a monster or troll holding my quilt up.


The quilt measures 48" x 64" and is the perfect size for a charity quilt.

There are so my great photo locations in the forest/recreational area. I am very fortunate that it is only a 10 minute walk from my house.


The quilt is backed with a print from Ikea, and the binding is the navy fabric.

This is my sixth charity quilt for the year, and 35th all time for the children's ward at the hospital.

Friday, August 2, 2019

Island Batik Unboxing Summer 2019


All the items described in this blog post were given to me by Island Batik as a part of their Ambassador Program. 



Here's an overview of what arrived in my second Ambassador box from Island Batik this summer. 


The box arrived at my house more than two weeks ago, but I was away on vacation and couldn't open it until today.

This is what I found when the contents were revealed. Details of each item follows below.


Firstly a Spring 2019 Collection precut of 10" squares from Island Batik, the collection is called Kaleidoscope. I was also given two 2 yard cuts of a yellow and a purple from this collection.

This will make a vibrant rainbow quilt!


This Batik Foundations bundle  coordinates with the spring precuts I received, and contains eight half yard cuts, 4 basics & 4 blenders.


The Summer 2019 precut is Sand Bar, 40 pieces of 2 1/2" strips, in addition to two 2 yard cuts of a light and dark from this collection. I love the toned-down colors!


The Batik Foundations bundle that coordinates with the Sand Bar collection contains gorgeous colors and designs!


The last precut bundle is Blue Sea, an amazing collection of blues, purples and turquoise quarter yard cuts. This is a real treasure chest, and ideas are already spinning around on what to create from this beauty.


Each Island Batik Ambassador were also given a generous 4 yard cut of a neutral fabric. I received Almond, tiny dots of grey, purple, green and blue coming together in subtle swirls. A great background fabric.


The Ambassadors also received three 4 yard cuts of batik solids in black, grey and white. These batiks are great to use as backgrounds and contrast in quilts, and are wonderful to work with.

Later this year Island Batik is adding several new solids to their collection, go check it out on their website: Island Batik


Aurifil gave me these large spools of 50wt thread, #2905 Army Green will coordinate very well with the summer collection, while #2545 Medium Purple is going to look fabulous together with the spring precuts.



Hobbs Batting provided a queen-size cotton batting and two throw-sized battings, one cotton-wool blend and the other 100% wool. All the battings are wonderful to quilt with.


Last, but not least, AccuQuilt included a fabric cutting die in the Ambassador box. This will be used in the September challenge, I'm looking forward to that one!

Thanks to Island Batik and their industry partners for letting play and create beautiful quilts for the rest of 2019!

Island Batik Ambassador