This month’s Island Batik challenge is to use the Accuquilt die we were given in January.
I recieved the “Glorified Nine Patch” die. At first, I was not thrilled to recieve it. There are curves … yes, CURVES, and I was not a friend of curves. But, I decided that I needed to become friends with curves and the guild was offering a curves workshop. I signed up. During the workshop I learned a few tricks to sewing curves. One of the biggest stumbling block for me is that curves take TIME. No speeding through at 100 miles / hour (or however fast my machine can sew.)
When I finally decided on the fabric to use for this quilt, I was quilting with friends. Darcy happened to have a Go! Big Electric Fabric cutter. Oh wow! It was great to use it. I could layer 8 batik fabrics and it sliced through them with ease! My cutter will do 6, which is just fine for me. But when I had 140 yellow and 140 lights to cut, layering 8 layers made quick work of it! Thank you, Darcy, for letting me use it!
Below is a picture of the Accuquilt die (left) and the die on the cutter with fabric pieces on it.
I designed this quilt on EQ7. I couldn’t find a “glorified 9 patch block” or an “improved 9 patch block,” so I drew my own. I’m not sure if it’s perfectly to scale, but it was good enough for my purpose!
Then I just coloured in the blocks … even though I no longer have some of the fabrics, or enough of some of them to make the quilt, this gave me a starting point.
I gathered up my “fall” coloured Island Batik fabrics and cut out the pieces. Some of them are from the “Soil & Seeds” collection by Kathy Engle, some are from basics and the rest were in my Island Batik box without a sticker on them. Unfortunately, I didn’t have enough fabric that coordinated with the fabrics I chose to make this quilt much bigger. (Interesting, when my daughter saw the quilt, she said, “it’s a nice spring quilt, mom.”) I guess the lighter green fabric lends itself to the spring-like touch!
The sides of the blocks were placed on my design board. And I made one block, just to make sure it would be what I wanted. It was.
Sewing this quilt took some organization. I numbered and pinned each of the centre portions because it would be a total mess (not to mention a LOT of unsewing!) if the colours got mixed up. But, if you know me, I LOVE challenges like this!
Sewing took TIME. Curves take TiME. But each block got made. One stitch at a time!
Cutting these blocks with the Accuquilt ensured that the pieces were cut perfectly! The notches matched perfectly. And, as you can see, 3 of the corners turned out almost perfect – the 4 th corner, not so much … (I NEVER have said I’m perfect! … and it says so at the top of my blog!) However, I can NOT imagine trying to make this block using templates! Using a Go cutter is the only way to go!
Here is the quilt with 3 rows in order, 4 more rows to go!
The thread I chose to quilt this with is Aurifil #2205. It is a very light light peach colour that went well with all the fabrics. I did not want the thread to say “here I am,” but I’m becoming a huge fan of having the thread as a subtle contrast on the light /white, fabric. I quilted a ¼” on each side of the petals and stitched in the ditch through them. I did an “orange peel” flower in the brown squares, followed by a circle surrounding them.
I used Hobbs 80/20 for the batting. I absolutely LOVE this batting!
My husband and I went to Cresent Beach to attempt a photo shoot.
It was late in the day and I wasn’t impressed with the natural colour distortion. But it is what it is. We did see and eagle fishing and it landed in a tree above us. Can you see it in the picture?
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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