This month’s Island Batik Ambassador challenge.
AccuQuilt generously supplied the 2019 Island Batik Ambassadors with a GO! Qube. Thank you AccuQuilt. NO April Fools.
- 40″ to 48″ square baby quilt using AccuQuilt GO! dies
- Any fabrics except “surprise” fabrics (the fabrics I cannot yet share). I’ll be using Island Batik Stash Builders. They contain twenty 5″ x 44″ strips of various fabrics, rolled and tied. Roughly 2 3/4 yards per package. I’m also using Island Batik Marble Storm, sku BE24-D2. For background fabric, IB white.
I’ll also be using
My designs are mostly paper pieced so I don’t have an original design on hand. AccuQuilt has many free patterns on their website and in this particular bundle they have included a GO! Pattern Book by Eleanor Burns. If you’d like to see more detailed information click here.
The design possibilities are endless. While I could have followed one of their patterns precisely I decided to change it up a bit. You can click here to view the free patterns on their website..,
The pattern I drew inspiration from was in the Quilt in a Day GO! Qube pattern book. The pattern is called Boats and Frayed Four Patch Wallhanging. I chose to make a chain block instead of a solid sashing.
Half square triangles
Recently I mentioned to the other Ambassadors that I am a home body, my family and friends tell me I don’t get out enough. They say I have lived in the woods too long. So when I opened the box I was just a tad overwhelmed by this gift. I felt like Granny Clampett who had just moved from the backwoods of Arkansas to the modern Beverly Hills.
In my March Island Batik post I shared that half square triangles intimidate me, they are so finicky. So I take the one thing that intimidates me (hst) and pair it with the AccuQuilt GO. Not only was I amazed but I heard my hubby bragging to a friend. And I quote, “I’ve seen her standing there cutting triangle for hours. With the cutter she had perfectly cut triangles in no time at all”. Yes, he insisted I bring it out to show off my new favorite tool.
The waste was minimal and best of all I had no misfit blocks. This is how much waste there was for the entire quilt, plus a few larger pieces that were added to my batik scrap bag. Not bad huh? I am so happy with the GO! I promise you, had I cut through 6 layers of fabric with my rotary cutter my pieces would not have been perfect and the pile much larger.
72 half square triangles and no issues, no wonky blocks. I LOVE THE GO!
The 3 blue fabrics in the hst’s come from the Stash Builder rolls. The (2.5″ ) squares are Island Batik Marble Storm, sku BE24-D2.
2.5″ strip die
The 2.5″ strip die also makes for quick cutting of binding.
Check back next week for the finish.
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