This is the title for June’s Island Batik challenge. We can make what we want … but of course we need to use fabulous Island Batik Fabric, Aurifil thread, Hobbs Batting and Schmetz Needles! I didn’t use the Accuquilt Go! for this month’s project. However, the Accuquilt Go! would have been used if I wasn’t using a strip set!
In an earlier post, I teased you with the start of my project. Doesn’t the black make those blues just POP?
The Island Batik fabric I used is a fantastic strip pack called Kismet! Add a little Bubblegum pink (on the right), Island Batik’s Solid black and this is what I came up with:
I started off following a video by Man Sewing with a variation of The Three Dudes Quilt. I made the blocks as he instructs, then I went off on my own tangent, rearranging the blocks and adding sashing. The Island Batik strip set was PERFECT for this pattern. There are 2 each of the individual fabrics. Otherwise, you’d need to buy 2 strip sets.
The blocks were made by making strata strip sets, cutting them at 14″ and placing them right sides together … one horizontal and one vertical. Sew around the outside and then cut the blocks diagonally. Once the blocks were made, I didn’t care for the layout that Man Sewing did … SEW, I changed the arrangement until I was happy.
I forgot to take a picture before I sewed the blocks together … so the picture on the left is of the wrong sides of the blocks.
Here’s a couple of close-ups of the quilting. I definitely think I was some-what influenced by the quilting I did with the Helen Godden Flower Power quilt-along.
There wasn’t enough fabric for the back, so I put in a diagonal piece. The purple fabric is “Geometric Arrow Plum” from the Santa Fe fabric collection and the pink is “Bubblegum”
Here’s my process for the diagonal back …
I put the top on the design wall. I cut the rich purple piece diagonally (no it’s not at a 45 … it’s the length of the quilt, plus about 8″ … and that piece was cut from corner to corner. I placed it over the quilt top. Then I measured the distance between the 2 purple pieces and cut a strip of the Bubblegum fabric that width, plus 2″. When I do diagonal backs, I don’t want the diagonal to end up in the corners … it’s too difficult to make it line up perfectly … But, I’ll say it’s to eliminate the bulk in the corners (grin!) This method is pretty easy to do with Island Batik fabrics as it doesn’t stretch (much) on the bias. If I was using regular quilt fabric, I’d place a thin strip of interfacing down the cut.
Below is a picture of preparing to trim the pink once it was added to the diagonal.
- size: 60″ x 60″
- Thread: Aurifil #4030 for the quilting … it’s a wine coloured thread. It blended with some of the purple, but showed up on everything else.
- Bobbins: 8! yes, 8 bobbins … there’s a LOT of quilting in this one!
- Binding: 2¼” of Geometric Arrow: Plum
- Batting Hobbs Cotton Batting
- Schmetz Needles: Chrome Microtex 80/12
A HUGE THANK YOU to Island Batik and the Industry partners for the wonderful fabric and products!
One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!