Try a Tool Blog Hop

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Welcome to my stop during the Island Batik Blog Hop. If you have been following along you already know this hop is featuring Spring Collections that are shipping to shops in September.

Flutter Fly by Kathy Engle for Island Batik

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The collection I received is Flutter Fly. The colors are like a smorgasbord of every fruit and flower in the world.The greens are amazing and the dark purple so rich.

Studio 180 Designs

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In addition to the new Collections Island Batik Ambassadors were instructed to use the Studio 180 ruler we received in box 2 back in July. The ruler that was sent to me was the Corner Pop Ruler. Corner Pop is a pretty functional ruler, see for yourself here.

Just trim your corners off and cut over sized corner replacements using the Corner Pop. The tool has whole, half and even 1/4″ lines to make cutting and squaring accurate. Corner Pop allows you to trim squares and triangles, you can start with pre-cuts for the base or cut your own from yardage or scrap pieces.

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First I cut the base squares using the 5″ die from AccuQuilt because I could cut through 6 layers at a time. From each 5″ square I trimmed opposite corners off at the 2 1/2″ line on the ruler.

From the background fabric (Island Batik Batter-Foundations Collection) I cut the corner pieces as directed using Corner Pop then cut on the diagonal. For the first couple background blocks I followed cutting directions. Once I was comfortable I was able to cut my background blocks a tad smaller.

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Square it up using the Corner Pop. Not sure about cutting dimensions for a specific block size? Each Deb Tucker Studio 180 tool comes with a cutting chart.

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Tucker Trimmer is also great and I loved it for the border blocks.

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Use it to cut your base squares all the way through squaring up your final block..

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To make piecing quick, ask your local quilt shop for Flutter Fly 5″ Stamps and use Corner Pop for the rest. I usually don’t like cutting fabric but this was really a fun and quick quilt to make, I didn’t get bored. I couldn’t stop at the required minimum of 30 units. I just kept going and going.

hexie type star quilt

Studio 180 tools are ideal for a new quilter because they allow for sewing and cutting mishaps as long as you follow directions.

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Tucker Trimmer was ideal for making floating flying geese blocks.

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hobbs batting

Hobbs Cotton Batting because I love a low loft quilt.

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Just some squiggly lines all over using Aurifil Thread I purchased from MaryMackMadeMine. I also used Aurifil for piecing.

You can’t sew without needles. I’ve been faithful with Schmetz Non-Stick needles, they work great on Batik, fusible and when paper piecing as well.

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Wonky hexi stars finish

Different angles of lighting in the afternoon sun, mostly shaded yard.

Facing SW

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Facing NW

hexie type star quilt

Facing SE

hexie type star quilt

Loki is learning to photo bomb.

This was such a fun challenge. I love a hexi quilt without all the hand sewing

Enter to win from Island Batik

Enter for a chance of a 10″ Stack of Midnight Dazzle or Floral Wonders 2.5″ strips.

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My giveaway

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Would you like to win my unused Flutter Fly, roughly 8″ strips? Open to US residents only. Enter here by August 30th. Good luck!

Hop Links

Visit the Island Batik store locator to find your local quilt shop that carries Island Batik fabric.

To view the entire hop schedule here.

Or view links to other Island Batik Ambassadors by clicking the logo below.

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New SEW ALONG coming soon. What will it be?

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    1. Thank you. There aren’t a lot of choices for borders in hexi quilts but I thought floating geese would be a nice finish.

    1. The outside lighting always reflects better. The inside photos rarely show how you are actually seeing the fabrics, even inside.

  1. what a cool tool. those fabrics are gorgeous. oh but your quilt is beautiful. shows the fabrics well thanks for sharing and inspiring

    1. Thank you. Usually I’m not a ruler/tool person but this one is a keeper. Can’t wait to play with it more.

    1. I love the Corner Pop. There are other blocks you can make with it, but this one has been on my mind for a while and when I received the tool I was doin the happy dance.

    1. Thank you. During these hops I try to make something where you can actually see the fabric instead of cutting it in small pieces. These 5″ blocks were perfect that.

  2. Using quarter square triangles on the border, giving the impression of flying geese which can be harder to make and give less room (literally) for error, is so smart! I will be trying that!

    1. I love flying geese and have made them in all sizes and manipulated them, but I’ve never done a floating geese. I really like how they finished the quilt.

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