Island Batik: Step by Step Challenge

Each ambassador has been given a gradation package containing 20 different shades of fat quarters. The Basics Gradations yardage is available at your local quilt shops.

I am not known for swooning … but I certainly came close when I opened my box and saw the lovely bundle of Tantalizing Teals … Oh my … aren’t they beautiful?

We were challenged to make a lap quilt that shows the 20 gradations … I had to think about what to make.

I started out by putting them on the design wall and then using a black/white filter. I know it was obvious that the 4th from the left on the bottom had to be moved.

I shuffled a few others around … the end result was MUCH better! I then labelled them #1 – #20. Some of the fabrics are so similar in colour, that I needed to keep them organized!

I started by cutting 1 1/2″ strips from each of the 20 colours and sewing them in groups of 4.

Then, I used my 60 degree ruler and cut them all into triangles … and this is what my design wall looked like. Not too bad, but not too great. I was not happy, even though I liked the randomness of the triangles …

Then the Hexies started to form …

And eventually, plain triangles were added in. The hexies go from light on the top to dark on the bottom and the triangles have dark on the top going to light on the bottom.

They were all pieced together and quilted. I used Hobbs 80/20 batting, a Schmetz needle and Aurifil # 2815 Teal … and it is bound with the “Lagoon” fabric that I had received in a previous box (which is part of the Tantalizing Teals).

The weather was not cooperating and there was a breeze … consequently, the quilt looks as though it has a wavy bottom … but it is straight.

Wait … There’s More

This quilt was made … just because I had just enough of some of the fabrics to make it. Once the inspiration hit, I got busy making it and forgot to take pictures of the process. I started out with 5″ squares of white Island Batik solid and 1″ x 5 1/2″ strips of all of the blues. The 5″ squares were randomly cut diagonally and the blue strip was inserted. The blocks were then squared up to 4 3/4″.

This quilt used 13 of the Tantalizing Teals:

  • Aruba
  • Bridgewater
  • Caribbean
  • Cerulean
  • Cool Water
  • Icicle
  • Malibu
  • Mermaid
  • Pool
  • Scuba
  • Sea Glass
  • Surf
  • Teal

I used Hobbs Cotton Bleached batting, a Schmetz needle and Aurifil # 2600 Dove.

Visit the other Ambassadors!

The other Island Batik Ambassadors are busy posting their “Gradation” quilts … make sure you visit each one … they all have beautiful quilts!

Disclosure: The fabrics, batting, thread and needles were generously supplied by the following companies: Thank you, Island Batik  Aurifil Thread  Hobbs Batting & Schmetz Needles !!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting!    

17 thoughts on “Island Batik: Step by Step Challenge

  1. Pingback: Island Batik Blog Hop … and Studio Happenings! | Quilting Gail

  2. Wow! Not one, but two quilts! Amazing job! I do love your process making the first quilt! The fabrics really are beautiful. I love the way your matchsticks make the colours in the fabric just pop. Great quilting Gail.

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  3. Stunning, from the fabrics to the 2 finished quilts. Thanks for showing the process on the hexi quilt. I was in love from the first version on the design board.

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  4. Hi Gail! Oh, those teals!! All in one bundle of goodness. I really like where you took those fabulous triangles . . . but the second matchstick block quilt is beyond. So cool! Great job . . . I could easily see how you forgot to take pictures once the inspiration strikes! {{Hugs}} a bunch. ~smile~ Roseanne

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