April brings a new Island Batik ambassador challenge and this month is all about creative borders and binding. For this project, we had to create a quilt 36″ x 36″ or larger and be as creative as we can with borders/binding. The fabrics I used were:
Almond – Neutrals range (for the background)
Fern leaves – Basics range
Carnation – Mini Flower
Mustard – Basics range
Dot – Dreamsical (one of my favourite prints)
Lemonade – Circles
Thistle Bloom – Wildflower (for the backing)
White – Solids range
I wanted to do foundation paper piecing for this challenge (as i always want to do foundation paper piecing!) I started out with my Unicorn pattern for the centre piece which i enlarged to be 17″, and created a simple modern border to go around to tie in the the modern feel of the quilt block.
For the outer 3D border i used solid white 5″ squares folded corner to corner twice to create the prairie points and 4 1/2″ cirlcles cut in half to create the half moon shapes. I then basted them evenly around the quilt and sandwiched them imbetween the layers and topstitched around the edge to finish.
Thankyou Island Batik and industry partners, its been another super fun challenge as always, Stay tuned for next month where all Ambassadors will be sharing brand new fabric lines! x
Its that time again when I get to complete a new monthly challenge as an Island Batik Ambassador. This month we had to use the BOB (Block on board) die from Accuquilt we received in our January box. I got Hatties Choice.
The brief this month was to create a quilt using the primary block design, I decided to go quite uniform with my fabrics and just adding a few pops of colour to add a little more interest, the fabrics I used are Grey, White and Black from the solids line, Mustard, Bluebird, Fern Leaves and Lemonade from the basics line.
The Accuquilt Go cutter is great for making a quilt with a continuous pattern, you are able to cut all the pieces in no time at all! and each piece is always perfectly cut, I find my self using it more and more.
The die board is clearly labelled and is so simple to use! it even gives you instructions on what size to cut your fabric.
For this project, i also used Hobbs Batting Premium Cotton batting. I pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50Wt 2024 and Shmetz Microtex Chrome 80/12 needles.
As always, its been another super fun make, thankyou so much Island batik, Accuquilt, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil and Schmetz for supplying all the awesome tools to work with.
Thankyou so much for reading guys! I hope you are all staying safe! xx
Today is my stop on the Island Batik Log Cabin Blog Hop. I’m sharing the gorgeous Bloomers collection designed by Kathy Engle. Its a lovely selection of pinks and purples with a couple of blues and low volumes added into the mix. This super pretty collection is shipping to stores this month
So the brief this month was to make a quilt using a log cabin design using as many prints from the collection as possible, I managed to use all of them 🙂 I also used white and grey solids.
Log cabins are my favourite! There are so many different ways to make a quilt using this technique, and I LOVE all of them! I was going to go for the pineapple block but for this project I wanted to go for a more modern design.
I used Lemonade from the basics range for the centre of each block which is a gorgeous vibrant yellow and I thought it went well with the colours in this collection.
By changing the colour placement on each block from light to dark gives the illusion of different sized squares and gives the quilt a cool modern look.
For this project I also used Hobbs Heirloom Natural 100% cotton batting, one of my favourites
I used Schmetz Chrome Microtex 80/12 needles for the piecing and quilting. The microtex needles are great for tightly woven fabrics like Island Batiks as they have a super sharp point and pierce the fabric so easily. I also used Aurifil 50wt in colour 2410 which is a light pink colour and part of the Sardina Colour Builder box. I quilted wavy lines all over using my walking foot.
I love how my quilt turned out, I had so much fun sewing with this lovely new fabric and I cant wait to see what the other Ambassadors make 😉 Head over to Island batiks website here to have a look at all the new collections and for all the Ambassador links.
Island Batik are also giving away a 10″ stack and a 2 1/2″ strip pack of another new collection called Ancient Etchings designed by Jackie Kunkel, so check out this link here to enter for your chance to win! Good Luck! x
Its the first Island batik Ambassador challenge of the year and this month is “Lets get scrappy!” the brief is:
Scrappy sewing is one of my favourite kinds of sewing to do, I keep all my scraps, even the tiny pieces! I find it so relaxing and the end result always turns out different to the next/last! I got rummaging through my box of fabric and found lots of scraps from last years shenanigans.
Something I actually need and have been meaning to make is a drawstring bag, big enough to hold my nail varnish collection so that’s what I decided on.
I started by cutting a piece of solid grey fabric and batting a little bigger than I needed (around 13″/14″ square), from there I would keep adding scraps of fabric on top sewing around each piece to secure it until the whole piece was covered. I find that adding the batting underneath gives it a bit more stability and makes it easier to sew, I used Hobbs 100% cotton.
Once all my fabric was sewn on I quilted using my favourite technique, matchstick, this way of quilting is honestly so forgiving, you really don’t need to be precise its still looks great at the end. It also gives your project extra stiffness so is great for bags and things like that. I used Aurifil 2425 50wt from the Sardina colour builder box. I made 5 panels in total and trimmed each one down to 12.5″ square.
I constructed my bag the same way you would a cube and repeated with the lining. For the lining I used Amethyst Petal from the Wildflower collection.
For the drawstring channels I cut a selection of 4 pieces measuring 10″ x 3″ which I put at the centre top of each square and I found some peach coloured rope from my stash that worked beautifully with the colours on the bag.
It turned out a really great size and I even have room for more nail varnish now! 🙂
I’m super excited to share with you, I have been selected to be an Island batik Ambassador again this year! Island Batik are such a wonderful company to work with, the Ambassador program is really great and I had so much fun making with them last year! The program this year looks even better so I cant wait to get started!
My first box arrived a couple of weeks ago and here’s what I recieved:
A whopping 6 yards of a neutral fabric, this one is called Almond, I love dots on fabric and this one is covered in them!
Next up we have a bundle of 12 foundations and I’m super excited about some of these as they are from the new solids range and the colours are so vibrant! I have Pink, Fuschia, Green and Yellow.
The remaining 8 foundations are:
Ivy – Basics
Foulard – Grass
Cat Scratch – Smore
Navy – Basics
Dandelion – Wisteria
Pumpkin – Basics
Geranium – Basics
Mini Flower – Carnation
I received half yard cuts from the Bloomers Collection designed by Kathy Engle which is a lovely selection of pinks and purples and 2 yards each of a light and dark co-ordinating fabric to go with them called Wildflower – Thistle bloom and Tossed Feather – Grape Juice. This gorgeous collection will be shipping to stores in February.
Next we have a rainbow pack of 10″ squares from the Kismet collection designed by Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis, again with co-ordinating 2 yard cuts each of a light and a dark called Bubbles – Salmon and Mardigras – Basics. This collection also ships to stores in February.
Next is the Sundance collection designed by Kathy Engle. I recieved a pack of 2 1/2 strips with 2 yard cuts of co-ordinating fabric called Mustard – Basics and Large netting – Brownie. This ones a bit out of my comfort zone, I’m not used to sewing with these colours so hopefully I can do them justice. This collection is part of winter 2019 and ships to stores in May.
I’m always so happy to receive these stash builders! they come in so handy, adding a little extra to your project when needed, here we have 2 packs with 5 rolls in each pack, each piece is 5″ wide x WOF and you get 4 pieces in each roll.
Next I received 2 yards of a Rayon, this one is called Floral Petals and each year all ambassadors recieve a rayon scarf, this year I got this pretty blue one xx
And finally on the fabric front, I received 2 surprise packages that I can’t share with you just yet, this is a new collection not yet released but stay tuned for the reveal in May!
Now onto the Industry Partners…… Schmetz Needles are new on board this year which is very exciting, Ive used Schmetz needles for as long as I can remember but I have never tried any of the selection we received. Also included in the package is a super handy pocket guide explaining which needles are best for each technique. Also a sturdy plastic colour code chart which shows which needle you have in your machine which is so great! I’m always forgetting which one I have in mine!
Hobbs batting are partners again this year, I love them! and we got 2 kings sized 100% cotton battings in this box.
Accuquilt are a returning partner again, I had a great time last year cutting fabric with their Go cutter and this year I received the Hatties Choice (BOB) block on board die, I love this pattern and cant wait to use it!
Aurifil are back on board with us, and this year we get to try their new colour builder boxes, I couldn’t be happier with the 2 chosen for me, I got Verona Mauve and Sardina Pink and each one has 3 large spools of 50wt thread.
And that’s a wrap on my first box! So much goodness to play with! Thankyou so much Island batik, Schmetz Needles, Hobbs Batting and Aurifil Thread xx
I would also love to introduce you to my fellow Ambassadors, head on over to see them and see what they received in their boxes xx
Thankyou so much for reading guys, I hope you will follow along with with me to see what I make this year xx
Its the final Island batik Ambassador challenge of the year and December’s brief is:
Bring 3D into your project by any method of your choice
I thought about this one for a while and scrolled the internet for inspiration for ages before finally deciding on a stuffed bear. I downloaded the pattern from www.mybearstory.tedsby.com who can also be found on Instagram here. Ludmila, the designer/creator makes the most beautiful bears, if you haven’t already checked her out, you totally should! She offers a free template to make this bear which can be found on the link attached to her Instagram handle. I enlarged the templates to 200% to make mine.
The fabric I chose for this project is the gorgeous Spots -Sun-Tweet.
I stitched her together with Aurifil 50wt 2024 and added some handstitched details with 12wt 2530 which is a salmon pink colour. I used a DMC perle cotton N08 in black, colour 310 to add the face details
I stuffed using a mixture of bean bag fill and these plastic pellets I picked up from Amazon, which also gave it a little weight.
For size reference, I managed to get my fur baby to stand by it for 2 seconds and she is about half the size of an average cat!
Its been such a great year with Island batik, The Ambassador program is really great! A big thankyou to them for having me on board, its been so fun! x
Thankyou so much for reading guys
Happy New Year to you all and here’s to a fab 2020!
Its Island Batik time again and November’s challenge is “Tool Time”.
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.
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
Its Island Batik challenge time again and this month I’m getting my Halloween on!
Create a holiday runner or table topper
Must use an applique technique
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.
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 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!
Welcome to my stop on the Island batik Beat the Heat Blog Hop, I am so pleased I can finally share with the secret package I received in my first ambassador box back in January! This is one of the newest fabric collections called “Petal Pushers” and will be available very soon! You can also see the full collection here
I received a half yard cut of every single fabric in the collection and 2 yard cuts of 2 of the prints aswell! And here they are all together…… Those strawberries look good enough to eat! don’t you think? and oh my gosh! don’t get me started on the mushrooms!
I was trying to think of a quilt pattern I could use that would allow me to incorporate all of the prints together and remembered a quilt I have wanted to make for a while which is the “Pecking Order” quilt by Missouri Star Quilt Company, I have been watching the lovely Jenny Doan on Youtube for as long as I can remember, she is a fabulous teacher! and she shows you how to make this actual quilt on YouTube which can be found here.
I deviated a little from the pattern, instead of using white as the background, I used the white for the little star points and used the prints as the background. I think this showcases the fabric a little more and I love the scrappy look it gives to the quilt. There are a lot of little half square triangles left over that I must make something with! watch this space! 🙂
The finished quilt top…
I mostly use a single fabric for the backing of my quilts, but for this one I decided to piece together 12.5″ squares, I think it makes a quilt more fun and also a great way to use up those smaller cuts of fabric, here’s the back…..
For the batting I was really excited to use the Hobbs Tuscany Collection Silk blend, I haven’t used this batting before and I loved it! it’s so nice to quilt with and it gives a wonderful drape to the finish too. I think this one would be great for wall hangings aswell! its definitely a new favourite of mine and I cant wait to use it again!
I used Aurifil 50wt 2615 to piece and 50wt 2024 to quilt. My finished quilt measures 56″ x 60″ I love how it turned out and its already on the sofa waiting for a good film and a snuggle!
Head over to the Island Batik website here to see the full list of participants in this tour and all their fabulous makes! and also to check out all the gorgeous new fabric collections that will be hitting quilt shops very soon!