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Tuesday 9 April 2019

The Top 10 Things I Love About Batiks

The Top 10 Things I Love About Batiks

10. The fabric doesn't fray.  This means there will be no stray, annoying threads trapped between the layers of your quilt.
9. Batiks obey the command "stay". When you press your seams, the fabric lays perfectly flat.  You can pretty much finger press your seams as you sew them.
8. Batiks have a high thread count, signifying they are a very good quality cotton, and will last well.
7. Batiks come in rich, vibrant colours. 
6. There is very little lint on the fabric, and no shedding in your sewing machine.

5. It's a traditional product, still made by hand the way it has been...forever. You can learn more here.

4. Blocks come out square and true every time. No need for trimming.

3. There is no right or wrong side to a batik, which is so wonderful when you are having one of those days when you don't know which way is up.

2. Because the fabric is hand-dyed, each bolt is unique.
1. The # 1 thing I love about batiks is Island Batik!

Tuesday 2 April 2019

Into The Blue

The Island Batik Ambassador challenge for April is to make a square baby quilt, using our Accuquilt Go Cutters.  
As you may recall, Accuquilt surprised the Ambassadors this year by sending along an entire cutting system, including the 8" QUBE set, to each participant. What an amazing machine this is - fast, accurate, and fun to use.  My favourite thing is that you don't plug this in - it is powered by a simple hand crank that takes no effort to turn.  This is especially important for me, as Polly has to be in the middle of everything I do and there is no way she can accidentally get herself sucked in. (yes, she is one of THOSE cats...)
A pattern book filled with ideas comes with the cutter, and there are also free patterns to be found on the Accuquilt site.  I decided to use a fabric collection I received in my Ambassador box called French Blue, which included light and dark yardage as well.
I paired the collection with a neutral called "Rice", which has a blue marl.
Hanging to dry, the fabrics suggested sailboats in sunshine;  since there was a sailboat pattern included in the book, this seemed a good choice.
I sketched this "Ship of Dreams" quilt up in EQ8 and started cutting.  
After sewing one boat, I was so taken with how easily it went together, that I decided to change up the design and add a few more triangles...and a pop of red.

 578 HST cut, sewn, pressed in about 2 hours. Seriously!!! Since the corners are snipped, there is absolutely no trimming to do.I love this AccuQuilt Go! cutter! 
Polly helped me play with the arrangement of triangles. 
 We liked that this looked like sunshine in a blue sky.

I had enough of my favourite Hobbs Tuscany Wool Batting leftover from a previous project for my quilt.
Deciding what to quilt is always a head-scratcher, but with all those triangles, I felt there was enough going on, and the quilting needed to be minimal.  I simply free motion stitched continuous curves in the light triangles, and left the coloured ones to puff.  Aurifil 50 weight in Natural White 2021 blended in perfectly.  I added some waves in the outer border.
It has a bit of a shimmer effect.
Ideally, this would have been photographed in a beautiful sunny day with shimmering water in the background.  The shining-est water around is Silver Lake, N.B., and we went on the sunniest day forecast.
Ha!  That lake is frozen solid! We couldn't even walk to the edge without sinking into the wet sand.
I do like how the quilt turned out:  a sailboat bathed in sunshine, sailing off into the blue. It measures 40" square.
I am totally smitten with the Go! cutter, and there are many more triangle quilts in my future, for sure.
There is a pattern for "Into The Blue" available for purchase.  The pattern includes a template for the triangles, so you can make it without a cutter...just not as quickly, or easily. Thank you to Cheryl Coville for her help in editing the pattern.  It is available from my website, or as a direct download here
Many, many thanks to Accuquilt, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil thread and, of course, Island Batik, for providing the wonderful products used in this quilt.

Please be sure to check out what the other Ambassadors are making this month with their Go! cutters:
Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen  /Gene Black ~ Gene Black / Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts / Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River / Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts / Tina Dillard ~ Quilting Affection Designs / Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney / Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter / Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb / Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon / Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts / Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts / Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II / Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts  / Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts / Carla Henton ~ Creatin’ in the Sticks / Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs / Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs / Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting / Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams/ Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood / Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter / Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter / Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff / Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke / Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese / Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights / Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke / Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing / Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs / Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created / Lisa Nielsen ~ Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam / Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk / Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts / Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde / Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting / Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail / Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting / Anita Skjellanger ~ Quilt in a not-Shell / Laticia “Tish” Stemple ~ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland / Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter / Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations / Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts / Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts / Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts / Suzy Webster ~ Adventurous Applique and Quilting / (Debora) Anne Wiens ~ Seams like a Plan / Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter / Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore