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.
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.