Island Batik Ambassador challenge is "Make It Modern". Our industry sponsors are each singled out for one of our challenges, and this month it is Hobbs Batting. (Last month was Accuquilt, and July is Aurifil!) Our parameters include: "the use of...graphic areas of solid colour ...minimalism...and expansive negative space". Clearly, it also needs to include some Hobbs batting! :)
I decided to start with the background - a solid white Island Batik- and quilt that first. I've never done a quilt this way before, but part of the "modern" approach is one of improvisation and deviating from the norm a bit. Our quilt was to be crib sized.
I've been saving this special cream-of-the-crop Tuscany silk blend batting, which Hobbs sent in our first Ambassador box, for a special occasion. I confess to being a bit of a batting snob, because a good quality batting can make a huge difference in your quilt. This silk batting is one of my favourites...along with Tuscany wool.
I cut the whole thing into a giant apple shape, and turned under the edges. I then used this piece as a pattern to cut a layer of Hobbs wool batting, which will add a bit of loft to make the apple stand out from the background(trapunto).
I auditioned the placement on the quilted background, and decided it needed to be nearer the bottom, rather than centred.
Last year in one of our Ambassador boxes, Aurifil sent a spool of the same colour green in all the different weights. I've gotten a lot of use out of this collection. Again, it was the 80 weight I chose to use for applying the leaf.
With 28 weight thread, I stitched in the ditch along the curved seams through both layers of batting.
Our apple tree would have been the perfect spot to shoot this, but sadly, it is probably a month off blooming!! You can see I added a snazzy green binding, using one of the fabrics in the leaf.