The first challenge for the Island Batik 2019 Ambassadors is to make a miniature quilt and post sometime during February. The guidelines were pretty broad:
- Must be 24” x 24” or smaller
- Any fabrics except “surprise” fabrics
- Any technique
Quilting Beauties, and since it has the templates and foundations on a CD, it's really easy to resize the blocks in the printer menu.
For the background fabric, I used a piece of the Check It Out from my December project. I love the subtle colour change in this print, and knew it would not overpower my little quilt. For the light print I chose a piece called "Almond", from the Neutrals line. It has a faint marl of purplish-pink running through it. Underneath the spikes, is a pure white batik so that the points will show nicely.
The piecing was pretty straight forward and the centres for the side blocks were easily sewn in.
For the centre, however, I decided to eliminate the seams and appliqué a complete circle on top of the spikes. To do this, I put my pins in straight down through the fabric, and then gently bend them back and slide them in horizontally. This way the circle stays in place as each pin goes in.
Looks like we are ready to quilt! I always love comparing the piece to the sketch drawn in EQ8 to see how close I came. Not bad!
The thread chosen to quilt this miniature is the same Aurifil 80 weight used for the appliqué. The space for quilting is pretty small, so a fine thread is perfect. I kept regular 50 weight thread in the bobbin, and switched my needle out to a size 10/70 Topstitch needle. The larger eye of the needle prevents drag on the thread when doing free-motion.
I didn't do a whole lot of quilting, as I didn't want to overpower the design of the patchwork. There are curves in the white triangles under the spikes, a little lick of flame in each spike, and tiny fleur de lis flanking the centre New York Beauty blocks. The background has some echo quilting, and a heart added in each setting trianle.
Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, and Aurifil thread for the products used. You can find the pattern for X and O in Quilting Beauties.