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.
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.
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.
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