This is the quilt I made as my final challenge for being a 2018 Island Batik Ambassador, a position that has really helped me grow as a designer. I am so grateful for being accepted as an ambassador, I'm honoured to have been able to showcase these rich beautiful fabrics, I'm happy to have made new friends, and excited to have been offered new opportunities. Most of all, I am still in awe of receiving such beautiful fabrics from Island Batik, gorgeous threads from Aurifil, and wonderful batting from Hobbs Batting. All shine in this quilt. I'm also super-excited to start my second year as an ambassador in February!
The line I worked with is called Crystal Ball.
blog hop post about the designing and making of the quilt top. There you will find a few giveaways I am hosting, as well as a list of all the participants in the month-long hop where there are tons more giveaways, and be sure to go to Island Batik's blog to enter their huge giveaway, two packs of fat quarters up for grabs! I will wait...
Okay, glad to have you back.
I'd honestly told myself, "Time is of the essence, Sandra, so you are doing a fast, all-over meander, or wavy organic lines quilting job on this one."
And who was I to argue? I needed to do justice to these incredible fabrics. That's one of my favourite fillers, is this 5-petal flower, sometimes echoed, sometimes not, connected by loops.
The handles got straight lines and the wheels got swirls, something I knew I would do from the get-go. A simple jigsaw-style meander wove through the background. I was going to meander or wavy lines the entire background...but each suitcase wanted to be unique, so they each got their own filler.
I used a few different coloured threads.
The 100% wool batting from Hobbs is a dream to quilt, a dream to show off the texture, and a dream to drape on your body.
Here's the label:
I didn't have quite enough of the woodgrain wheat-coloured batik left, so I added in this fabulous Art Gallery one I got on sale from Fat Quarter Shop (no affiliation) a few years ago.
Here's the entire back:
Here's one last shot of the quilt the day before we left home. From FaceTime today with Dayna, I see we've had a decent snowfall, and I'm probably going to be wrapping this quilt around me all day once I'm home in a couple of days as I kind of think I'll be wanting extra warmth!
People have asked will there be a pattern? The answer is a resounding yes! I'd hoped to have it ready to release with this post, but it's not quite there, although in some down time in the evenings I've been able to work on it. It should be good to go shortly though, and I will let you know where you can buy it, and of course, it will be on sale when it first comes out!
Pattern: original design
Size: 69 X 84"
Fabric: Island Batik Crystal Ball
Backing: Island Batik basic and AGF (details to be updated)
Batting: Hobbs 100% wool
Threads: pieced on my Bernina with Aurifil; quilted with Aurifil 50 wt and 28 wt, and Sulky Blendables 30 wt
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