This month, half of the Island Batik ambassadors were involved in the “A Piece of …” Blog Hop and the rest of us were challenged to use our favourite tool and make a quilt. I started out with one idea and made the top. However, I had forgotten to take pictures of me using the tool with the Island Batik fabric. Now that was plan dumb!!! So – that quilt got put aside and I changed my tool and design. I did use EQ to plan both quilts. That was tool #1.EQ
For both quilts, I used “Quiet Shades.” In July, Island Batik sent me a stack of 10″ squares, along with 4 yards of 2 coordinating fabrics and coordinating ½ yard cuts. More than generous amounts to make a quilt. They also sent yardage in solid black, white and grey. Perfect to use for backgrounds!
And yes, I did design the quilt with the triangles going left or right … but when it was finished, I prefer the up and down version. The quilt is square, so it can go either way!
Of course, I used my iron. I like a dry iron, but find that I often need to use a little mist of water to get out the wrinkles … so I have a little tiny sprayer from the dollar store that has a perfect fine mist!
Then there is my sewing machine. My Janome 6500 is the machine I use for piecing when I’m at home. When I’m away, I use my trusty featherweight. You can see my other frequently used tools on the bed of my machine. Scissors that are super sharp, tweezers, snips, stiletto, and I hate to admit it, but my seam ripper.
Other tools that I used for this quilt were:
- Shape-cut Ruler by June Taylor
- Tri-Rec Rulers by Darlene Zimmerman & Joy Hoffman
- Cutting Gizmo by Gypsy Quilter
Here is a video that shows me using both of the Shape Cut & Tri-Recs rulers:
The blocks were placed on the design wall:
Once, I had all the blocks made, I webbed them together. Webbing keeps the blocks organized and saves a LOT of time! See this POST to learn more about webbing a quilt.
I used Hobbs black batting. It was the perfect choice for this quilt! I was amazed that it didn’t make the light coloured fabrics “greyer”! They retained their crisp, soft colours.
It was quilted with Aurifil “smoke” invisible thread in the top and a dark grey thread in the bobbin. All of the quilting was straight line, using my walking foot! There was a lot of twisting and turning, but I like the end result! The quilt is 59″ square.
*The Aurifil invisible thread (Monofiliment) was bought from Karen @ Sew Karen-ly Created. She lives in Nova Scotia and is a great Canadian resource!
Here is a picture of the first quilt that I designed using Quiet Shades and EQ:
When making this quilt, I neglected to take pictures of the tools I used. As well, it’s an easy quilt to make with the Accuquilt 8″ Cube dies – sew … it didn’t really fit the criteria for “Tool Time.” I love how soft & pretty it is!
At our guild meeting, we recently had a speaker talk about Colour Theory. She showed 3 colour wheel quilts. One had a black background, another had a grey background and the 3rd had a white background. I didn’t make the same quilt with different backgrounds, but the following picture shows how different coloured backgrounds affect the look of the main fabrics.
Disclaimer: The products featured in this Blog post were given to me by Island Batik, and their program partners: Aurifil, & Hobbs Batting!
One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!