Category Archives: Island Batik Fabric

The Great Outdoors Blog Hop

The products in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

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Back in February when I received my Island Batik Ambassador Box 1 it contained a secret bundle that could not be shared until now!  Through out the month of August “The great Outdoors Blog Hop” is featuring Island Batik Ambassador’s creations using fabrics that were introduced at the 2018 Spring Market.  Go to Island Batik for links to all the Ambassador Blog Sites.

I was given fabric from the “Spring Blossom” line:

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I managed to use 20 different fabrics from this gorgeous line in my quilt as shown above.

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I named my quilt “Firefly”.  It is my original design, and uses Studio 180 Design Split Rects & Corner Beam tools.  It measures 66″ x 78″.  It is designed using one 6″ finished block.

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Each block contains 1 – 4″ finished Corner Beam unit, 2 mirror image 2″ x 4″ finished  Split Rects units & a 2″ finished square.

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I chose 7 different fabrics for the Split rects units and 10 more fabrics for the Corner Beam units and squares.

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I got one star block by place the corner beam units in the center and a 2nd star block by placing the 2″ squares in the center which created the “Firefly” in the center, how cool is this?  I had so much fun making this quilt.

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To celebrate the great out door places in Utica, NY, my sister Mary & I went all over taking pictures of my travelling quilt.  We went to the historical Utica Train Station, Forest Hills Cemetery (the tree was up the hill from John Quincy Adams granddaughter’s grave), Rutger Park 1 & 3, Franklin Square, Liberty Bell Corner, Bagg Square & Utica Bread (fabulous bakery) and then upstairs to Jay Groah Realtor Group (his office has the coolest 70″s vibe), we finished up at the Eagle with a beautiful view of Utica.

GIVEAWAY:  Please leave a comment about this post and I will choose a winner to receive this Island Batik Spoolin Around Charm Pack!  (Giveaway is US Only and ends September 5, 2018.  Please leave your email in the comment.)

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Great Outdoors Blog Hop Week 1

Just in case you missed the links to the Island Batik’s Great Outdoors Blog Hop, you can see our creations and get in on free give aways here are the links:

Monday, August 6 – All A Flutter
Yellow Cat Quilts, Creative Blonde

Tuesday, August 7 – Birds N’ Bees
Ark Angel Creations, Patterns by Jen

Wednesday, August 8 – Canterbury Manor
Sally Manke, Powered by Quilting

Thursday, August 9 – Eclectic Garden
Desert Bloom Quilting, Sew Karen-ly Created

Friday, August 10 – Vintage Morris
MooseStash Quilting, Devoted Quilter

I will be up next week, so enjoy this weeks links.

 

The Reveal of Island Batik Box 2

I received my 2018 Box 2 from Island Batik and decided to video the reveal to share with you.  Thank You Island Batik, Aurifil & Hobbs for your generosity.

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A Field of Popped ‘V’s”

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The Island Batik Ambassador’s Challenge for July is “Pattern Play, Secondary Pattern”.  I chose a simple design using BlockBuster  18 A Popped V  pattern from Deb Tucker which uses Studio 180 Design V Block & Corner Pop tool and the Side Kick High/Low technique sheet.

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Last year I made four Popped V blocks and loved the secondary pattern that came from putting together the blocks.  Notice the nice sharp points?

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I love my bright orange & green Island Batik fabrics.  But, this time my blocks looked a little different…there’s a story there!  I don’t know about you, but when I’m at a quilting retreat with my quilting buddies I’m usually  talking way too much and that’s how mistakes are made!  My in-attention to detail led me down the primrose path of error!

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I was organizing my fabrics, I decided to make twelve 12″ blocks.  When making a quilt block, we refer to Finished & Cut size units.  The Finished size is the what the unit measures after it is sewn into the block,  the Cut Size measurement is the size of the unit before it is sewn into the block.  The Cut Size is what size you trim the unit to before sewing it into the block. 

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Checking the size chart in my V block instructions, I needed to cut 5″ strips to make 4″ finished V Block units.  So far no problem.  I pop off the corners of my V Block units with my Corner Pop tool and replace the corners with my beautiful orange Island Batik.  I popped off the corners of the center squares and continue on.

Here was my downfall, I had not cut the starter strips for the Sidekick units.  Instead of checking the technique sheet, I grabbed the Blockbuster pattern and looked at the “Cut Size” of 4 1/2″!  Drat!!!!  I cut all the background squares smaller than they needed to be.  I continued to trim the squares for the replacement side triangles.  I stitched the side triangles to squares, thinking “this doesn’t look right”, but I still kept yapping away, going down the primrose path of error.

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Needless to say my sidekicks lost their points!  That makes me “Pointless”, something I try to avoid at all costs!  I did not have enough fabric to make new sidekick units.  My secondary design has dull points, but it is a lesson learned to pay attention!

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The moral of this story is, when you find yourself wandering through “A Field of Popped V’s”, don’t end up pointless!

These beautiful fabrics are all from Island Batik and stitched with Aurifil thread.  Quilt measures 45″ x 57″.

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Blast From The Past

The fabrics featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik. 

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The Island Batik Ambassador’s challenge for June is “Modern Batik”.  Lord have mercy!  I had no idea what to do.  I love all types of quilts.  For some reason I wondered……what colors were popular in 1953?  A search on Pinterest revealed an O’Brien Paints Color Card from 1953!  It must be a sign!

I racked my brain.  I had these really cool precut rolls of 5″ WOF strips I’d received in my box “O” fabric from Island Batik.

Last year I was constantly looking for quilt blocks containing Shaded Four Patch units. This year it seems to be Split Rects units that have my mind whirling.

2 TU SR Unit Types

3 TU SR 5 thru 8

5 TU SR 12 thru 16

The above photo’s are my teaching step outs that explain the process of making Spilt Rects Units in case you weren’t sure what I was talking about.

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I chose 8 – 5″ WOF strips of color & cut 8 – 5″ strips of neutral.  Each strip yielded 12 pair mirror image elongated triangles for a total of 192 – 2″ x 4″ finished Split Rects Units that I will put together to make a multi-faceted Diamond unit.

I Combined the Split Rects units to make multifaceted diamonds.

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I was very closely supervised during this part.

I had an idea of what I wanted, but wasn’t sure how to get there.  I had 48 diamond units but needed to add something more.  I decided on Rapid Fire Lemoyne Stars.

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I went to Island Batik stash and used 2 1/2″ strips from Spoolin’ Around.  These beautiful pieces of batik have been hand dyed by skilled fabric artists in the garden village of Sanur, Bali.

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This is what I came up with.  Is it modern?  The challenge description was “must incorporate ONE of the characteristics of modern quilts as defined by the Modern Quilt Guild:  the use of bold colors & prints, high contrast & graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, alternate grid work”.

I may have hit one or two points!  But if you look to the past for inspiration what can you expect!  “Blast From The Past” measures 42′ x 62″.

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As always, my quilts are lovingly pieced with Aurifil thread!

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Pillow Possibilities

The products featured in this post were given to my by Island Batik.

Playful Pillows

The Island Batik challenge for May is “Playful Pillows”.  As I was thinking about what pillow design I would choose, it occurred to me I had a wealth of ideas at my fingertips.  So many of my favorite quilt patterns have blocks large enough for a pillow.  I decided I would make the center block from Deb Tucker’s “Carolina Lily: One Block” wall quilt pattern.

DTP005_-_No_Y_Carolina_Lily_-_One_Block_1024x1024Carolina Lily is a companion pattern for the Wing Clipper I.

My fabrics from Island Batik & threads from Aurifil.

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For each of the 3 flower blocks you will need 4 flying geese units.  Two of the flying geese units will have one pink point & one green point as shown above.  Deb Tucker’s method for constructing flying geese requires one large square and 4 small squares.  The large square is my background fabric. Three of the small squares are my pink fabric, and one is the green fabric.  Using your Magic Wand draw two diagonal lines on the back of your small squares.

To make a flying geese units position one green square and one pink square right sides together in diagonally opposite corners of the one large square.  Do Not align the raw edges, instead nudge them in toward the center just a few threads & overlapping the two small squares.  Stitch on the lines and cut apart.

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Press the seams toward the smaller triangles.

Position the remaining pink squares in the corner of the previously pieced units.  Nudge the squares as you did before.  Stitch on the lines and cut apart as before.

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You now have four flying geese units, two with pink points and two with one green & one pink point.  For Right handed cutting position your geese unit horizontally on the cutting mat so it points toward you.  Align the diagonal guide lines of the Wing Clipper with the sewn seams of the flying geese unit.  Trim up the side and across the top.  (See your tool instructions for left handed cutting.)

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Rotate the unit and reposition the Wing Clipper to align cleanup guidelines with the previously trimmed raw edges and the “X” at the top with the intersection of the seams.  Trim up the side and across the top.  Do this for all your geese units.

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Construct your lily block according to pattern instructions.  The lily block measures about  a 16 1/2″, I added 2 1/2″ borders all around it.  I like the inside of the pillow to be neat with no raw edges showing.  I want to quilt this block so I cut a backing and batting larger than my block and pin basted it.

I used my walking foot and cross hatched the basket portion of the block.

I was carefully supervised during this process.

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Once I finished with the basket, I outlined the flower parts and squared up the pillow top.

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My pillow top now measures 20 1/2″.  I cut two pieces of fabric 12″ x 20 1/2″.  On each piece, along one of the 20 1/2″ edges fold it over about 1/4″, press it & fold it over again and press it.  Stitch on the pressed over edges for a nice finish.  Position these two pieces on the pillow with WRONG sides together aligning the raw edges so the finished edges overlap in the middle.  Pin in place and stitch around the outside edges of the pillow using a 1/4″ seam allowance.

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Now you have a pillow with raw edges around the outside edge.  I like to add a binding just like it was a quilt.  That way the inside of the pillow is completely finished with no unfinished edges, which is nice for washing the pillow case.

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I made this pillow for my sister Mary, but I think Tucker & Zoey are claiming it!

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Refraction

As I was preparing for an upcoming Tucker University Diamond Rects Class I though I would make Deb Tucker’s Refraction.  It is a companion pattern for the Diamond Rects tool.

This is a great pattern to make to expand your skill at using your Diamond Rects Tool.  Using six 2 1/2″ strips & background fabric this table runner is fun and quick to make.

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I chose six 2 1/2″ strips from Island Batik’s “Spoolin Around” Island Strips pack & Cotton Egg-White for the background.

Cutting the Diamond

I opened my strips and positioned 3 strips right sides up ( you can stack more if you are comfortable), aligning the raw edges.  I am right handed, so the selvedges are to the left.  Align the guidelines of the ruler with the raw edge of the strip.  Cut along the angled edge and across the top.

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Rotate the first piece around to make the second diagonal cut near the selvedge edge.

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Continue to make cuts until you have 7 diamonds from each strip.

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Layer 3 more strip and continue to cut as before.

Cut 6 squares 2 1/2″ x 2 1/2″ from the remainder of each of the 2 1/2″ strips.

Cutting the Side Triangles

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Cut your rectangles from the background fabric per pattern instructions.

Position the Side triangle Cutting Section of the ruler against the raw edges of the stacked rectangles and cut along the slanted edge of the ruler.

Stitch, Press, & Trim

Always lay out all the pieces right sides up as they are going to be stitched.  Stitch two opposite side triangles to opposite edges of the center diamond.  I align the raw edges, but instead of centering the diamond over the side triangle, I personally nudge my side triangle toward the thicker point of the center diamond.  This gives me extra when it comes to the trim down process.  Press toward the side triangle and away from the center diamond.

Align and stitch the remaining two side triangles to the raw edges of the center diamond as before.  Press away from the center diamond.

Place the stitched and pressed unit on the cutting mat.  Position the trim down side of the ruler on the unit, aligning the “X’s” and the dashed lines with the seam intersections and the sewn seams.  Trim up the side and across the top. Rotate the unit and reposition the ruler, this time align the clean up lines on the previously trimmed sides along with the “X’s” and the dashed lines.  Trim up the side and across the top.  See tool instructions for left hand cutting.

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Complete all your diamonds.

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This was quick & fun!  Finished project measures 16″ x 51″.  Proudly stitched with Aurifil thread and completed with Quilter’s Dream Blend Batting.

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