It feels like I have been away forever and I hope I didn’t lose all of my Thursday friends. I am feeling like myself again with the exception of no air conditioning. Our ac unit went out over the 4th of July weekend due to a lightening strike that created a power surge. Cool air from the little window unit a friend loaned us doesn’t travel to the sewing room.
If you are still with me, thank you very much for your patience. We are back for our usual Put your foot down linky party. Since it has been so long today I will just be sharing the July Island Batik Challenge.
Christmas in July with Island Batik and AccuQuilt
Some of the products featured on this site were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil , AccuQuilt, ByAnnie and Schmetz Needles.
Opening box 2 this month, buried in the bottom was one of the newest releases from AccuQuilt. The Tree of Life BOB (block on board) die, it is amazing. You can cut all the shapes with one pass through your cutter for one block and it saves so much time piecing this 14″ finished block. HST’s are not a favorite to cut or piece but this die takes all the fear and dislikes out of the equation. Did I mention the dog ears are removed too?
The challenge this month was to make a project using the Tree of Life die and we could incorporate other dies as well. When finished AccuQuilt wanted us to bring Christmas early for someone who needed a little joy. My recipient will be out of town for two more weeks so I cannot share a photo of the gifting, yet.
Sea Glass fabric
The fabric I have chosen was sent to me last year and I stumbled upon it while adding the contents from the second box this month. Sea Glass was designed by Kathy Engle for Karen Overton of The Quilt Rambler. It shipped to shops this past December and hopefully you will be able to find some, it is beautiful.
All shapes cut and ready to begin piecing.
You can either leave the cut shapes on the die and remove them as you are building your block, or lay them out which is what I prefer.
Lovely block with beautiful points.
The background fabric (yellow hue) is Custard which was one of Island Batik Neutrals and so sad to say it has been discontinued. Please accept my apologies if it grabbed your interest and you were going to ask for more info.
Quilting with Hobbs
Hobbs Batting generously provides the Ambassadors with a selection of their batting to use in our challenges. For this finish I had a large piece of Hobbs Heirloom Premium Bleached Cotton w/Scrim Batting. As you can see it quilts nicely and hides a lot of my quilting errors.
The basket blocks were cut using the GO! Qube Mix & Match 12″ Block set.
Loki had to photo bomb.
This can be used as a table runner, dresser scarf or ? It finishes at 22″ x 64″.
Thank you Island Batik, Hobbs Batting and AccuQuilt for making this finish possible.