What a month this has been! People quarantined in their homes with the people they love (hopefully). My husband and I have been joking “It’s a good thing I like you.” Not too much has changed for us though. My husband works from home, and I’m a quilter. If I was locked in my home for a year, I couldn’t use all my fabric or finish my wish list of quilts. I hope and pray all is well in your world. We will get through this.
This months Island Batik Ambassador challenge is using our AccuQuilt Go Cutter and a Block on Board Die. The AccuQuilt BOB Dies include all of the shapes you need to create a quilt block on a single die. The shapes are clearly labeled “A B C D” with directions for precutting your fabric to place over the shapes.
The block I was given was the Glorious Nine Patch, not a block I would want to attempt without the AccuQuilt cutter. It was wonderful to have all those curves cut precisely with dog ears, notches, and accurate 1/4″ seams for easy piecing. Also, you can layer up to 6 layers of fabric allowing you to cut more than one block at a time. What a time saver!
I chose the Island Batik’s solid black basic with four colors of the foundation fabrics (Marble-Aqua, Dandelion-Wisteria, Foulard-Apple, and Foulard-Waterfall). I loved the dramatic look the black brought to the quilt with the contrasting bright colors. I used only two colors instead of the three recommended: I lost a little of the block look, but I liked the effect.
Construction was fairly easy; you still had bias edges to deal with, but with a lot of pinning it came together well.
I designed the quilt using EQ8 and my design wall. I extended the borders to complete the feather design; the quilt ended up 62″ square and used all four yards of black batik I was given. I used the brights and pieced together the binding.
The quilting was also fun for this block. I used Aurifil #4241 on the black, which gave just enough contrast to show the quilting. I also used Aurifil #5005, #2520 and #1231 in the blocks.
The weather has been perfect for eating out on the deck and for pictures. Although I missed my great photographer (my son David), I am proud that he is serving as a deputy sheriff in the midst of this national crisis. His county recently closed its beaches, so stay off the beaches folks and stay safe!