This months Island Batik Challenge is Ambassador’s Choice. We could use any Island Batik fabric, the project could be any size and we could make what we wanted.
I’ve been enjoying looking at the Petal Pushers Collection since box 2 in 2019. There have been several instances where I thought I would use them but decided to save for something else because I wasn’t ready to cut them up. Well, I loved them so much I chose to make 2 quilts for this challenge.
Here are a couple more photos of the collections.
I pulled these 6 fabrics and the IB Gray Solid. For all my paper pieced quilts I label each fabric with a Post-It noting it’s placement and the size strips I need to cut for piecing (the Post-Its stay on the fabrics as I cut). If you are a new visitor, when I paper piece the only pre-cutting I do is in strips. You can view my new YouTube Channel here to get an idea of my process. Just know I am new to videos and learning as I go, not to mention still very nervous.
The Gray Solid is always available and one of my favorites for a background fabric. It too is cut into strips for piecing.
I always use an Add-A-Quarter Ruler ™ , see it in action in one of videos.
The design I chose to make is my own which I have been working on for a while, this will be a small version of the actual design I call Galaxy. The design is really simple and as is my norm, no curved piecing or Y seams.
This mini consists of 4 blocks.
It looked a little bare, unfinished so I decided to add a border. After trying a few of the inside designs I decided to pull out my AccuQuilt GO! and cut some diamonds. AccuQuilt is an Island Batik industry partner and they sent all IB Ambassadors their own Ready Set GO! System.
Here I am chain piecing on my Juki using the Schmetz Needles we were sent in box 1 this year.
And my un-quilted top. A pattern (larger layout) will be available once I play a little more with border blocks.
Project 2 with the remaining Petal Pushers collection.
For my background on this quilt I decided to use IB Rice. It’s lovely shades of blue with dots and would make a beautiful sky fabric. I wanted a delicate design for my second quilt that didn’t require a lot of fabric for the design itself since I was limited to what I had on hand. Half square triangles are great to stretch your fabric, literally. I have the AccuQuilt GO! Mix and Match Qube 12″ sent to me as an AccuQuilt GO!Getter, that I can make 3″ finished hst which was perfect for the amount of Petal Pushers fabric I had left.
Before the AccuQuilt I avoided hst, now I love them. I’m currently working on another quilt made from mis-cut hst’s (the original reason I avoided them) from several years ago, brought back to life with the AccuQuilt Mix & Match Qube 8″ block.
Here are my 3″ finished hst and 3″ finished squares laid out and piecing has begun.
Oh, it would help if I told you about the pattern wouldn’t it? Google is amazing. I searched for some combo of hst quilts, delicate hst quilts, I don’t really remember all the search terms or combos I used. The design is from a quilt block Jenny Doan purchased on Ebay. She calls it Antique Lace and you can find her tutorial here. I cant speak for or against the tutorial since I didn’t follow it, I used my AccuQuilt GO! instead.
My quilt consists of 9 24″blocks like the one shown above. The colors are random except for the center block where I used the darkest shade I had left.
And here it is when the sun is not washing out all the colors. It still needs some squaring up and binding that I’ll do when my fabric arrives, purchased from MaryMack’s Blog. She has an Etsy store and she does sell Island Batik fabric.If you look closely you can see the splashes of lighter blue in the background.
Hobbs Batting is also an industry partner. They sent us the generous king size batting in box 1 and I was able to use one pack of batting for both of my June projects. As you can see there is still a small amount left that will be perfect for a runner or another mini.
Thank you to Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, AccuQuilt and Schmetz needles for making my design a reality and the bonus Antique Lace quilt a nice addition to my hst collections.