Our first challenge for the 2019 year of the Island Batik Ambassadors is to make a mini quilt, any technique, 24" or less per side. We could use any fabrics in Box #1 except the wrapped 'surprise' fabrics. This is #8 on my Q1 FAL goals list.
Island Batik, and the batting by Hobbs Batting, the white thread for piecing by Aurifil. I used the white batik we had been given as background fabric.
I drew this design several months ago, intending to submit it to a magazine once I digitized it. It just popped into my head, fully formed. As usual, I had several ideas flying around in my head for this mini, but I settled on this one, decided to make it with 2.5" squares, and doing it in an ombré run...if I could make it work with the Island Batik fabrics! Well, there were enough range of blues from light to dark, and since that is my favourite colour, I got to work.
In no time at all I had cut and pieced the 23" top:
I didn't think that shot showed the gorgeous depth of the blues, so I laid it in the sunlight on our kitchen table when I went in.
Quilting commenced on Saturday. I nearly used a Hobbs unbleached cotton piece I had left over from another quilt, but it would require Frankenbatting and that would probably show through the white batik... then I remembered Thermore!! It's a lovely thin polyester batting that gives great definition, perfect for minis.
|We got another package in this box, but I still have some from my first ever Island Batik box! Ah, that was February last year...in Florida!😎|
I knew I would do straight lines, and so I loaded it on Avril, although I had seriously considered my Bernina, but figured it would be quicker on Avril the Avanté. Kinda/sorta... I have 18" quilting area, not quite, due to roller bars, and so since I was not stopping and starting on a mini, I did a LOT of rolling back and forth.
Inside pics follow because of aforementioned gale on Sunday. Had I tried to even peg it on the deck rails or in a tree, it would've been whipped off and blown to Lake Superior or further! (The winds were originally from the southwest for those geography geeks like myself.)
You observant types, like myself, will notice there's a sparkly raindrop in the bottom square...and another in the bottom of the next row, and another in the next!! Squeal, when I hit on that idea. I wanted to somehow accentuate the diagonal flow of the piece. I couldn't do a 45° line from corner to corner of the blue squares because, as you see, they don't line up. Moody - raindrops - tears - one in each of the outer blocks of each row!
Yes yes YES! I know I said it out loud when I did the first one. Oh my quilt babies, you never fail to talk to me...💙💙
When it came to the binding, I nearly did a favourite of mine (and Tish's) a flanged one, but I wouldn't have had enough of any one of these colours, as the strips are 5" X WOF right and the piece is 23" per side. Then the quilt suggested an ombré style of binding... and voilà!
@mmmquilts, and it's one I just LOVE. Used it on the first Playtime Plus quilt I made for Modern by the Yard ezine. I put a triangle in each corner for a dowel for hanging.
Here's the label (with a peek at that backing fabric):
I am just so happy to be an ambassador for Island Batik again this year. I am ecstatic to see my own designs come out of my head, onto paper or into EQ, and then evolve into fabric and a quilt!
Speaking of designs, the 30quiltdesignschallenge is going to start very soon, so stay tuned! Just working on getting some sponsors. 😀 It is run exclusively on Instagram.
Pattern: original design
Size: 23 X 23"
Fabric: Island Batik
Backing: Dot Crazy by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr by Contempo for Benartex
Batting: Hobbs Thermore
Threads: pieced on my Bernina with Aurifil; quilted with So Fine polyester 50 wt, and Sulky Holoshimmer metallic, Gütermann polyester in the bobbin.
Linking up everywhere:
Dizzy Quilts for the Q1 FAL
Cooking Up Quilts
Sew Fresh Quilts
My Quilt Infatuation
TGIFF at What a Hoot Quilts
The Madd Quilter
Free Motion by the River
Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Busy Hands Quilts
Note: my sincere apologies, but I got super-behind while making the magazine quilt wrt QBL and responding to comments. I spent 3.5 hours trying to get through the backlog, and got half way, and so I've decided I am going to read and enjoy the comments, but at this point, some are three weeks old, and so I thank you for writing to me (always!!) and I am back on track for visiting and responding for those within the past week now. Thank you for your understanding. Please also send hugs and patience to both MacGyver and me (yes, that is the correct grammar) in dealing with this munchkin, sigh... Good thing he has his adorable moments and that he is so cute.