Island Batik March Challenge

all the items used in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

Its Island Batik challenge time and March is “Vintage Reimagined”.

The Brief:

  • Vintage quilts inspiring new creations
  • 36″ x 36″ or larger
  • Any technique

As soon as I read the brief for this challenge my mind wondered straight to my favourite vintage quilts of all time and they are the Harriet Powers Bible and Pictorial quilts, both quilts are stunning! and if you haven’t seen them I definitely recommend you give them a search! I hope to one day see them in real life at their home in Boston.

I love that you can instantly tell these quilts are handmade, they have such a wonderful charm about them and I love the idea of a quilt telling a story, so with this as my inspiration I decided to tell my own story of all the things I love……

This first block is my family, my Dad, my Mum, my older brother, myself and my younger brother.

Block number 2 is animals, I love all animals but pigs especially and I also couldn’t resist popping my pet chihuahua in this block too.

Block 3 is my love for sewing! I’m not sure what I would do without my sewing now, its my calm and my escape. I added a spool of my favourite thread, Aurifil and scissors because without sounding like a crazy person, I love them and I have quite the collection growing.

Block 4 is my sons music, he is studying music at college at the moment, his instrument is piano, I love listening to him play and I am so proud of him xx

Block 5 is about our wedding day, me and my husband got married in Cuba in 2014, its such a beautiful place and we cant wait to go back. The aeroplane in this block not only represents the flights there and back but also a charm my husband gave me just before we boarded the plane.

Block 6 is flowers, another firm favourite of mine.

I had to add a unicorn into this quilt! anyone that knows me, knows I love unicorns. We have so many of them about the house.

Block 8 is my favourite quote in short, the actual quote reads…”Some people feel the rain, others just get wet” I’m forever referencing this quote (especially living in the UK) and I like to think I feel the rain too.

Block 9 represents all the love in my life.

Block 10 is another family block, my husband, myself, our son and our pet dog.

The final block is J for me, I love anything personalised so had to add that it there too.

The finished size of my quilt is 30″ x 44″

For this project I used:

  • Custard from the neutrals range for the background, backing and binding
  • a selection of the 5″ x WOF strips for all the applique and inner borders
  • Solid white for the outer borders

I used Thermoweb Heat n bond Lite to fuse all the applique pieces down, and a blanket stitch on my sewing machine to secure each piece to the fabric. I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 bleached batting and quilted with Aurifil 12wt, colour 2024.

This quilt has been a true labour of love, the quilting alone took almost 4 spools of thread and 30+ hours to complete. It’s a very personal quilt, it takes me back to lovely memories every time I look it. It’s definitely going to be cherished and I think I need to find a spot on one of our walls for it in our home.

And just think…. All these quilts we are making now, will one day be vintage too! x

Thankyou so much for reading guys! Until next time….

Happy Sewing!

Jo x

Island Batik Ambassador February Challenge

Its the first Island Batik challenge of the year! And February’s challenge is Magnificent mini’s.

  • The brief:
  • Must be 24″ x 24″ or smaller
  • Any technique
  • Any Fabric

I knew I wanted to do foundation paper piecing for this project, as its my favourite technique, and having already gone through my box of fabrics (like 5 times!) I had the perfect combo in mind for my “oh Deer” pattern that was commissioned with Mollie Makes last year.

The fabrics I used: Pistachio and Lagoon from the basics range, Custard from the neutrals range and 2 of the 5″ strips from the stash builder rolls we received.

For the batting, I used Hobbs Thermore and basted the layers together with 505 temporary spray adhesive, and I have to give my gorgeous new pink cutting mat from Prym Consumer a mention because…well… its pink?! 😉

I pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50 weight 2024 and added some small details with Auriful Floss 6722.

and finally I added 2 hanging loops and a stick from the great outdoors to finish.

The size of my mini is 16″ x 17.5″, I used my 10″ x 11″ pattern templates and added 3″ borders to the sides and top, a 5″ border to the bottom and cut out triangles from each bottom corner to create the banner shape. Its been so fun to make and I absolutely love the texture that the batik fabrics have given to my finished quilt! I especially love Pistachio! it’s such a beautiful bright green with little hints of blue running through it.

Thankyou so much for reading guys! Next up is March’s challenge which I’ve already made a start on, and I cant wait to share it with you!

Happy Sewing!!

Jo xx

Island Batik Ambassador 2019 Box 1

“The items in this post were given to me by Island Batik and Accuquilt”

Hey Guys, I’m super excited to be an Island Batik ambassador this year!! Box number 1 has arrived and here’s what I got…….

8 half yard cuts of SS19 petal pushers collection

  • Basics – Pistachio
  • Bubbles – Carnation
  • Bubbles – Raspberry
  • Dandelion – Plum
  • Basics – Aubergine
  • Basics – Lagoon
  • Basics – Chameleon
  • Small pointed floral – Turquoise

2 yard cuts of the FW18 Icicle collection:

  • Berry Vine – French Blue
  • Pine Leaf – Chambray Icicle
  • 1 pack of 40 coordinating 2.5″ strips

These Beautiful Rayons

3 yards of each of these solid colours, Black, Grey and white and 5 yards of this Neutral named custard. 

2 packs of these 5″ WOF strips, these will come in super handy!

A selection of Hobbs batting:

  • Heirloom Cotton – 45″ x 60″ and 90″ x 108″
  • Heirloom 80/20 black – 90″ x 108″
  • Heirloom 80/20 bleached – 90″ x 108″
  • Tuscany Collection silk blend – 60″ x 60″
  • Thermore – 54″ x 45″

There’s a couple of newbies in this selection that I haven’t tried yet, so I’m really looking forward to using them especially that silk blend.

This Accuquilt “Ready, Set, Go” ultimate cutting system

This machine comes with it own little dust bag! also inside the box was the 8″ go cube, with a bunch of different sized dies, a 2.5″ strip cutter die and a pattern book. This machine literally cuts the perfect square/half square triangle and I cant wait to play with this some more!

5 spools of Aurifil thread

  • 3 spools of 50 weight
  • 1 spool of 28 weight
  • 1 spool of aurifloss

and finally 2 surprise packages that I cant share with you just yet! but I’ve had a little nosey and I can tell you they are Yum!!!

Thankyou so much to Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, Accuquilt and Aurifil for being so generous! the program for this year looks amazing! Each month we get set a different project to produce a different item using the amazing threads, batting and fabrics so kindly provided. What I really like is, with each project, I’m allowed to apply my own personal touch and ill get to sew things I wouldn’t normally sew. Its going to be a fun year!

I Hope you will follow me on this new crafty journey of mine. I will be sharing my makes here and on Instagram and be sure to follow the #islandbatikambassador hashtag to see all the other ambassador’s makes too.

Jo xxxx