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Let’s Get Scrappy


This is my first year as an Island Batik Ambassador, and I am loving the challenge.  As an ambassador I was sent a box full of  beautiful Island Batik fabrics, Aurifil threads, Hobbs battings, Schmetz needles, and an Accuquilt Go Cutter with dies which I will show you in an Unboxing Video on the 28th of January.

Each month there is a challenge that I and my fellow ambassadors will share with you on our blogs and other social media sites.  I will include their links so you can check out their projects as well as mine.

IMG_1779 January’s challenge was a scrappy quilt of our choice.  When I thought of a scrappy quilt, my mind went to half square triangles.  While I was playing on EQ8 with half square triangle designs, I remembered a quilt I had rescued from an estate sale a while back.  It became my inspiration.  The original was hand sewn, but never progressed to a quilted quilt.  Do you blame the maker?  I would never complete a quilt with so many pieces by hand!  Now we have so many better options.


Catching Dreams


Using the beautiful collection by Island Batik designer Kathy Engle (for Kari Nichols of Quilting Renditions), Catching Dreams, I made half square triangles 8 at a time.  Studio 180 Design has a Technique Sheet explaining how to do that.  I also used Studio 180 Design’s Tucker Trimmer to make all those half square triangles perfect.

Next I had to figure out how to make the Shaded Four Patch units (also a Technique Sheet); this required a few tweaks.  I wanted my units scrappy so I had to make sure I pieced it together scrappy.  When I was finished the unit wasn’t quite what I wanted , but with the use of the Corner Pop tool I was able to make the end square a half square triangle.  That’s why I love the Studio Design 180 tools:  they are so versatile, so many sizes, so many options.

I finished the table runner, which I’m calling “Table Scraps”, and decided to try out the Chrome Microtex needles to quilt it with Aurifil color 2520.  The color was perfect and the needles did a great job for free motion quilting, nice and sharp.


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Table Scraps

Be sure to check out the other ambassadors’ sites to see what they made, and stay tuned for February’s challenge!

Carolina Asmussen ~ Carolina Asmussen

Megan Best ~ Best Quilter

Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts

Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts 

Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts

Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts

Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights

Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke

Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog 

Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs 

Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads

Sharon Riley ~ Sew Riley Designs

Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail 

Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter

Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations

Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts

Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts

Suzy Webster ~ Adventerous Applique and Quilting 

Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore


Disclosure:  The products featured here were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, Aurifil, Schmetz, Hobbs, and Accuquilt Go!


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15 thoughts on “Let’s Get Scrappy

  1. What a pretty runner! I love the colors in Catching Dreams! I’ve never used Studio 180 tools and it’s nice to see some of them at work.


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