Island Batik Inspired by Nature Blog Hop

The items used to make the quilt in this post were given to me by Island Batik as part of their Ambassador 2020 program

Hey Guys,

Today is my stop on the Island Batik Ambassador “Inspired by nature” Blog hop. Today im sharing with you a brand new collection called “Love and Kisses” designed by Sherry Shish. A lovely selection of blues, pinks and purples mostly with hearts incorporated in the deisgns. These will be shipping to stores in December. (Check out the website images here)

My Inspiration for this project was the night sky, were seeing alot of it this time of year and its so pretty looking up at it, seeing all the stars shining. I used the blues of the collection for the background and then used this lovely Simple Star pattern by Irina of Zephyrskies to create some pink and purple stars. This pattern is a great beginner project for any newbie to FPP, it comes with 2 different sized stars, 6″ and 12″ and consists of 3 templates with just 3 sections in each and is a free download too! you can get your hands on this pattern here in Irina’s Payhip store.

I pieced and quilted using Hobbs 100% cotton batting, Aurifil 2024 50wt thread and Schmetz microtex needles 80/20.

Island batik Ambassadors are sharing lots of lovely new fabric collections during this blog Hop and island batik are also doing weekly giveaways over on their blog, For your chance to win one of these bundles click here and please do check out my fellow Ambassadors to see what lovelies they have been making too

November 9:

Jennifer Fulton

Carla Henton

November 10:

Denise Looney

Carolina Asmussen

November 11:

Alison Vermilya

Janet Yamamoto

November 12:

Megan Best

Jennifer Strauser

November 16:

Joanne Hart

Maryellen McAuliffe

Jennifer Thomas

November 17:

Gail Sheppard

Mania Hatziioannidi

November 18:

Sharon Riley

Sandra Walker

November 19:

Carol Moellers

Emily Leachman

November 23:

Connie Kauffman

Suzy Webster

November 24:

Pamela Boatright

Michelle Roberts

November 25:

Vasudha Govindan

Leah Malasky

November 26:

Sally Manke

Gail Renna

Thankyou so much for reading

Until next time….

Happy Sewing! x

Jo x

Island Batik November Challenge

The items used to make the quilt in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

Its Island Batik time again and November’s challenge is “Tool Time”.

The Brief:

  • Lap size or larger.
  • Use special quilting tool like speciality rulers, templates, dies etc.

For this challenge I decided to use the awesome Accuquilt Go cutting machine i received as part of this ambassador program, (any excuse to play with it some more!) I used the 2.5″ strip cutter die and the 2.5″ square die for this quilt.

I love how this machine cuts up your fabric so quickly, its so easy to use and each shape is always perfectly cut! I had a few leftover jelly roll strips from the Mermaid cove collection I received and then used the dies to cut the rest of my fabric.

I pieced each block using 3 different fabrics, 2 for the checker board centre and 1 for the outside square. I made 25 blocks in total for this quilt.

I used Hobbs Batting 100% cotton and pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50wt thread in colour 2600.

Me and boys were lucky enough to visit America this month (Yosemite and Colorado) we had the best time and of course I had to bring this quilt along with me for photos!) These photos were taken on our hike to North Catamount Reservoir which was so so beautiful!.

As always, I had so much fun making this quilt and using all the gorgeous Island batik Fabrics. I’m going to gift this one to best friend for Christmas! I hope she loves it! xx

Thanks for reading guys! Until next time…….

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo x

Island Batik October Challenge

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

Its Island Batik challenge time again and this month I’m getting my Halloween on!

The Brief:

Create a holiday runner or table topper

Must use an applique technique

Any size

With it being October, I knew i wanted to create a halloween project. I started out by creating a Foundation paper pieced spider web as i wanted this to be my background. There were 8 templates in total and 17 sections in each template!

I then found a font I liked, traced onto heat n bond lite, pressed them to my fabric and cut out the letters for the words “Creep It Real” I fused the letters to the centre of my block and did a blanket stitch around each one using my sewing machine. I then made a quilt sandwich and did matchstick quilting all over.

I bound using my favourite technique by Victoria Gertenbach where the binding is invisible from the front and creates a lovely border to the back.

The fabrics I used for this project are:

Black and White from the solids collection

Sticks – Black Tweet

Pine needles – Nasturtium

Pine needles – Dark lagoon

Flower Zebra – Sherbet Twee

I also used Hobbs 80/20 batting , my go to for white quilts and Aurifil thread in White 2024 for the piecing and quilting.

Its been another really fun challenge! and of all the years I have been sewing, this is my first finished Halloween make!

Thankyou so much for reading guys!

Until next time

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo x

Island Batik September Challenge

The items used in this post were given to me by Island batik.

Its Island Batik time and September’s challenge was to work with the BOB (Block on Board) Accuquilt Go die we recieved in our second Ambassador box. I recieved the Ohio Star.

This die comes with all the shapes you need to make the Ohio Star block and also comes with a pattern to follow if you wanted to.

For this project i used the gorgeous collection “Sunny Side Up” which came in the form of a 10″ stack pack and the coordinating yardage to go with it.

With the 10″ squares, i folded them twice to create 4 layers and cut them on the die board to get the perfect sized 4″ finished squares.

I did the same with the remaining 10″ squares and coordinating yarding to create the half square triangles. Once all my blocks were complete, i layed them out in the order i wanted to sew them, and stitched them together.

I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Beached cotton batting.

I also used Aurifil 50wt thread in colour 2615 for the piecing and quilting, this is probably my most used thread colour as it blends really well into most fabrics. i did matchstick quilting for this one, it’s my favourite way to quilt at the moment, it takes quite a bit longer to do but really adds to the modern feel.

My finished quilt measures 60″ x 60″

I got some help with the photos from one of my favourite boys “Mr Darcy” of course after bribing him with treats! 🙂 and here’s the the gorgeous model himself….

This has been another really fun make! The accuquilt Go gets the cutting done in less than half the time it would take to use a ruler and rotary cutter and the sqaures are always perfect!

Thanks for reading guys!

Until next time

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo x

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