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 Beat the Heat Blog Hop

The items used in this post were given to me by Island Batik as part of the 2019 Island batik Ambassador program.

Hey Guys,

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!

Thankyou so much for reading guys!

Until next time

Happy sewing! xx

Jo x

Island Batik July Challenge

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

Its Island Batik time, and July’s challenge is Artsy Fartsy with Auriful thread.

The Brief:

  • Use any fabric art/non traditional quilting/sewing/thread painting technique using 3 Aurifil thread weights.
  • Any size

For this challenge, I didn’t really have a plan and just went with the flow. I started by piecing the background in a log cabin kind of way, adding pieces of fabric as I went, this was great as I got to use up some of my scraps from previous projects. For this part I used a white Aurifil 50wt thread in colour 2024.

I used one of my favourite battings by Hobbs, the 100% Cotton and quilted straight lines in a cross hatch design using a deep purple 28wt Aurifil thread in colour 2568, Not only is this my first time using 28wt but its also my first time using a thicker weight thread in my sewing machine, I used the same 50wt white thread in the bobbin that I used in the previous step and a 90/14 needle. It worked a treat!

I then cut strips of fabric around 1″ wide and sewed them down randomly for form another kind of grid pattern, I stitched these down along the centre of each strip using a 12wt pink Aurifil thread in colour 2479 again using my sewing machine with the 50wt in my bobbin. I love 12wt thread, its definitely my favourite to use.

To finish the front I added some hand stitches in a bright orange 12wt Aurifil thread in colour 1104. This colour is so vibrant, I love it!

The fabrics I used:

  • Custard from the basics collection
  • Grey from the solids collection
  • Plum from the dandelion collection
  • Aubergine from the basics collection
  • Raspberry from the bubbles collection
  • Carnation from the bubbles collection
  • Chameleon from the basics collection
  • For the backing I used French Blue from the Berry Vine collection
  • For the binding I used Chambray icicles from the pine leaf collection

I used my favourite binding technique by Victoria Gertenbach, its called the Non-binding binding technique and you can find the tutorial here. You cant see it at all from the front and gives a lovely border to back.

my quilt finishes at 29″ x 22″

Its been another super fun challenge! thankyou so much Island Batik, Aurifil thread and Hobbs Batting.

Thanks for reading guys, next month ill be sharing that surprise bundle with you I received in Box number 1

Until next time

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo x

Island Batik May Challenge

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

Its Island Batik challenge time and May is ” Make it Modern” with Hobbs Batting

The brief:

  • Crib size or larger
  • Any fabrics
  • Must incorporate one of the characteristics of modern quilts as defined by the Modern Quilt Guild (the use of bold colours and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid colour, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, alternate grid work)

For this challenge I decided to go back to my favourite technique, Foundation Paper Piecing. I designed this simple block with the intention of just using 2 colours. I have wanted to make a black and white quilt for the longest time and thought this was my perfect opportunity.

I printed out 39 of the templates and 3 squares all measuring 7.5″ each. Once all the blocks were complete, I laid them out in the order I wanted them, flipping each square to make them look uneven then sewed them together in 7 rows of 6.

For this quilt, I used the 3 solid prints we received in our first box, Black, White and Grey, the black and white for the front of the quilt and the grey for the backing. I also added a little bit of Bubble Carnation from the SS19 Petal Pushers collection to add a little extra colour. I Used Hobbs Hierloom 80/20 bleached Batting , This is my favourite for lighter coloured quilts, it helps so much to keep that crisp white colour and its also lovely to quilt with.

I had quite a few scraps left over, as I always do with Foundation paper Piecing so I made a super fun improv cushion cover to go with my new black and white quilt.

I used Gutermann Cotton Thread for both projects, piecing and quilting. for the quilt I did matchstick quilting, I love the texture it gives and I think it looks great with a modern design.

This Challenge has been super fun, and definitely more into my comfort zone, especially improv piecing, its so nice to not follow a pattern sometimes and the end result is always one of kind.

Thankyou so much for reading guys, next month I will be trying something new!

Happy Sewing!

Jo xx

Island Batik April Challenge

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

Its Island Batik challenge time and April is “Accuquilt Ready. Set. Go! Challenge Baby Quilt”

The Brief:

  • baby quilt using Accuquilt dies
  • 40″ x 48″

For this challenge I wanted to use the FW18 Icicle collection I received in my box, I don’t often sew with a full collection, I normally just pull random fabrics from my stash that I think will go nicely together so it was a real treat to use these fabrics. As the main colour in this collection is blue, a boys baby quilt was a must make for me and I decided on a robot.

So, the main requirement for this challenge was to use the Accuquilt Go die cutting machine. My strips were already pre-cut to 2.5″ wide so I used the strip die to cut them into squares. I lay the strips across the width of the die making sure to align the straight edges, this was super easy to do as the die has clear marking on to cut a variety of shapes including 60 and 40 degree angles, I also used the 2.5″ square die to cut a few squares in custard and pistachio.

My quilt used a total of 480 squares and the Accuquilt Go made it so easy and quick to do!

Instead of adding the robots arms and legs into the pieced design, I decided to add those separately to make the quilt a little interactive. I cut strips of grey fabric 3″ wide for the arms and legs and used the 4″ die to cut the hands and feet using Pine Leaf – Chambray Icicle.

I added some applique to the face and used a blanket stitch to secure the pieces to the fabric, I used Hobbs Batting 80/20 and quilted straight lines in a cross hatch design using my walking foot.

I used Prym Consumer Love Colour snaps to attach the arms and legs to the quilt, so they can be removed should I decide to make extra sets to change the look of the quilt.

The finished size of my quilt is 39″ X 46″ It was super fun to make and i really enjoyed using the Accuquilt Go, it cuts squares in half the time and they are always perfect too!

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

Happy Sewing

Jo xx

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