TriAngles with Island Batik

The Challenge

The May Island Batik Challenge ” Triangle Tricks ” for its Ambassadors was an exciting challenge for me. All of my AccuQuilt Companion Sets-Angles were still in cellophane and until now I had no inspiration to try them out. Shape 13 in every Companion Set Angles is a Triangles in Square-Center and it was perfect for what I had in mind. But first I needed to decide on the fabric.

Challenge Guidelines:

  • Project Type: Quilt
  • Size: Any
  • Any fabric 
  • Any technique
  • Post any day in May


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.

Box 1 this year included a precut bundle from Island Batik named Wondrous. Wondrous was designed by Jerry Khiev for Island Batik and is just one of many from the new Fall/Winter 2021 release, yardage is available now.

island batik wondrous

Also included in box 1 was a light and dark coordinating fabric from the Foundations line. Shell is on the left and Pomegranate on the right and I used these as fillers/background fabric.

wonderous fabric, island batik

Am happy to say I used all of the Pomegranate and Shell and almost all of Wondrous.


island batik fabric, accuquilt dies, traingle quilt

The dies cut nice clean lines with dog ears removed, how can it get better? It does though, all the blocks sew together perfectly because ” I ” did not cut them with a rotary cutter.

island batik fabric, accuquilt dies, traingle quilt

After cutting a bunch of triangles I used the Wondrous patches in the center of Pomegranate and Shell.

island batik fabric, accuquilt dies, traingle quilt

I love watching a quilt come together so perfectly with nice points. Sometimes we get lucky and there is no unstitching.

island batik fabric, accuquilt dies, traingle quilt, hobbs batting

Hmmm, I did not think about the sides once the large triangles were sewn into rows and joined. Lucky for me there was still a little Wondrous left so I cut more using the 6″ Companion Set Angles.

island batik fabric, accuquilt dies, traingle quilt

I like this but there is still no straight edge to bind and cutting through all this gorgeous fabric was not an option for me. Sooooo, I tried something new to me.

island batik fabric, accuquilt dies, traingle quilt, hobbs batting


For quilting I used Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Cotton Batting-Bleached. This is a great low loft batting and it’s a lot lighter than 100% Cotton, which I love too.

island batik fabric, accuquilt dies, traingle quilt, hobbs batting

Did you know Aurifil makes a longarm thread now? Its called Forty3 and comes on a yellow cone, it is wonderful. Until now I could not use their thread on my Gammill so I am in heaven.

Well, after adding smaller triangle units to each side to fill the deep inset valley’s I think it looks pretty cool.

island batik fabric, accuquilt dies, traingle quilt

Other than straight edge binding I’ve only ever bound one irregular shaped quilt so I wasn’t sure where to begin. I started like you would with any other quilt by measuring and after I had a pretty good estimate of the number of strips to cut for binding the process began. You’ll be happy to know I did not have to cut more binding strips and only cut a 6″ tail off.

Normally I sew the binding the front and flip to the back but I think you have a little more control of the outcome when you fold to the front, so that is what I did.

While I am happy with the binding it is not on my list of things to do again.

Visit other Ambassadors to see what they are working on

island batik ambassadors


  1. I love this, Denise. I’m not sure how I missed it until now though! I saw it when I was checking the sign in sheet! I used the 2-1/2 inch strips of Wondrous for mine!

    1. Thanks Jennifer. Believe it or not it went together very fast once I wrapped my head around those triangles.

  2. This is stunning, Denise!!!!!! Beautiful fabrics and I love the design! Is all of it shape #13 from the cube/companion set? I didn’t know you could do that with that shape–I just got the companion sets recently and haven’t used all the shapes yet. I absolutely love the colors in this, I just want to keep looking at it!

    1. lol, it does kind of have the effect on you. Yes, shape 13 from the 12″ and 6″ Companion Qube angles is exactly what I used. The 6″ was used to fill in those deep valley’s. I wasn’t sure if it would work but after a few confirmed test blocks the cutting began.

    1. It was one of those times when you have to turn the volume down on the tv. The outer points were simple but the inner points took a few tries.

  3. Hi Denise! What a fun challenge, and I’d say you met it quite nicely. I love those fabrics especially the gorgeous pomegranate. Both the background fabrics do their job well and let Wondrous shine. The addition of those smaller triangle blocks into the deep valleys was a brilliant idea! It’s a fabulous finish. {{Hugs}} ~smile~ Roseanne

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