March’s Island Batik Challenge
I love working with Tri-Rec rulers. I know they were not around when my Grandma did a lot of quilting, but I do know that she used cereal boxes and the like to make templates for her quilts. I have no idea if she ever made the block that I used in this month’s challenge.
I found a block … 54-40 or fight in EQ 7. The history of this block was from the 1800’s when the British and the Americans were deciding on the border between the USA and what is now known British Columbia. Many people wanted the 54th longitude and the 40th parallel. They finally settled on the 49th parallel as the dividing line for between the USA and Canada. As I child growing up in Victoria, on Vancouver Island, I was aware that Victoria was below the 49th parallel. Also, as we rode the ferry to Vancouver, we always travelled through US waters. How much different would my life have been if the border had been 54 -40? You can read more about the history HERE.
Also, for this challenge, I wanted to use this wonderful fabric stack and the coordinating yardage. I just LOVE each fabric in this collection: “Icicle.” Isn’t it pretty?
I spent a lot of time with EQ, downloading the fabric images, and designing the quilt. On point? Straight? Sashing? No sashing? I think I ended up with about 40 versions and finially settled on one by process of elimination.
Then I started the quilt.
First, I took 8 dark 10″ squares and 8 light 10″ squares. I cut them into 4 ½” strips and then used my Tri-rec rulers. I’m thinking that when I purchase more dies for my Accuquilt, the Tri-rec die will be my first purchase. Accuquilt calls these “Triangle in a Square” and they come in 3 sizes: 2″, 3″ and 4″. Whoohoo!
These 40 blocks were then sewn together.
The 4 patches were next. I used the Accuquilt for these. Talk about speedy … very speedy.
I cut 2 ½” strips of the dark blue and the light. I also took (1) 10″ lighter blue square and sewed them lengthwise. Pressing to the dark side.
This was the super fast part! I took the strips and laid them on the accuquilt, starting with the bottom strip: Right side up with light up, dark down … and the strip that was laid on top right side down with dark up, light down, matching the seams. I fed this through the Accuquilt cutter and I had all my pairs together – ready to sew into 4 patches. All accurate, perfectly sub-cut 2 ½”. I have NEVER had such perfect units before!!!
The units to the right were made for the half blocks on the sides and end of the quilt. Paired with the Triangle in a Square / Tri-rec blocks, 4 patches and the blocks came together nicely!
The blocks are set on point, with light sashing and dark blue cornerstones.
At this point, I was in love with this quilt!!!
Then borders needed to be added.
However, deciding how to quilt it took awhile. It had to sit and perculate for a long time. In the end, the 4 patches have orange peels, the tri-rec blocks have straight lines on the blue and curls on the the white triangles. The corners also have curls, as does the border.
Here is the finished quilt:
I know that I’m biased … but I LOVE it!!! The finished size is 45″x 63″.
Here are some “staged” photos: I know there’s a bit of boasting, but the hyacinths are blooming and they smell so pretty!!!
And a close-up, with the flange binding!
Disclaimer: The products featured in this Blog post were given to me by Island Batik, and their co-sponsers Aurifil, Hobbs Batting & AccuQuilt!
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