June Island Batik Challenge, “Try It”
Photo heavy post.
This months challenge is to try a new technique, any size using Island Batik fabrics. After debating between a stippit mini and a hexi mini, I chose to make a hexi pillow.
Instead of hand stitching I would use soluble stabilizer by Ricky Tim’s for my templates, fold the seam allowance and fuse to a light weight fusible stabilizer. Next i would stitch the fused hexies to a background fabric.
I was a sticky mess. The lengths I will go through to avoid hand stitching. After using a glue stick and a half I still did not have all the seam allowances folded over the templates. AND it was taking entirely too long to accomplish.
Glad to say I did not begin again, instead I modified my original plan and it worked beautifully. It worked so well that I may attempt to make an entire quilt using this method.
Island Batik Stash Builder strips left from The Escape quilt. . Island Batik gray solid as my foundation.
Elmers glue stick
Aurifil 40wt and 50wt thread
Ricky Tim’s soluble stabilizer sheets
Lightweight fusible stabilizer. (not sure of the brand)
Now for the photos.
I had enough Hobbs Tuscany Collection Silk Blend batting to quilt the pillow top. This batting really defines the quilting when used without the added bulk of stabilizers.
What I learned
After all this, you really don’t need that additional stabilizer on the rear of your background fabric. If I were making a quilt following this method I glue baste the hexies together as I did above, then stitch them together before quilting. I’ll be exploring this method further until I am fully happy with the process.
Check out my pattern page for a FREE download of my paper pieced (not EPP) hexi quilt pattern. Its a great scrap buster. You could also use the included templates if you’d like to give this method a try.
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