I am happy to start off September’s Island Batik Blog Hop by sharing the quilt I made with my most favorite tools. If you don’t already know it, I absolutely love Studio 180 Design tools! I was introduced to the tools in a class I took from Deb Tucker back in 2013; I was so impressed that I went on to become a Certified Instructor and have been using and teaching Studio 180 Design tools ever since!
Be sure you read to the end to have a chance to win some gorgeous Island Batik fabric!
I’m sure you have noticed I call them tools and not rulers; that’s because they are very specific, like tools. You wouldn’t hammer with a screw driver; and you don’t make a V-block with a Wing Clipper. Each tool is specific for the unit it makes, but each tool makes multiple sizes of that unit.
The tool I was given to use for this challenge is the Four Patch Square Up. This tool is just what it sounds like: when making a Four Patch unit, it is made a little larger than necessary and then trimmed down to perfect.
The fabric I used to make my quilt is Baroque by Kathy Engle for Sarah Fabian. The colors are just beautiful and the designs have a soft, organic feel.
I made my Four Patch unit larger than needed and used my Four Patch Square Up tool to trim each block to the precise size. I did my piecing with Aurifil 50/2 weight thread, a light weight thread that does not build up as much lint in my machine as other cotton threads. I used a Schmetz 80/12 microtex needle in my machine.
I love pressing my seams so I get a little Four Patch in the center which eliminates the bulk of the seam. I used my Prairie Spirit Alpaca mat for nice flat pressing, it is a combination of wool and alpaca!
While designing on EQ quilts with Four Patch blocks I came up with this rolling Four Patch. While I was playing with the design, a song popped into my head and I couldn’t get rid of it. The funniest part was I had the words all wrong! I always sang “Willie go ’round in circles. Willie fly high like a bird up in the sky.” It wasn’t even a question, I just assumed Willie went round in circles, and he was flying high … must have had to do with the era I grew up in. So if you know the song, the lyrics are, “Will it go ’round in circles? Will it fly high like a bird up in the sky?” Oh boy, the design question was “Will it go ’round?” We’ll leave the flying alone!
I love that while I’m designing in EQ, I can download the fabrics I’m using to get an idea of what they will look like in the finished product. This design would show off a lot of the fabrics, which was something I was hoping to do. They are all so gorgeous!
To make my Four Patch units “Go ’round”, I used the Corner Pop tool and popped off all four corners of my block, replacing the corners with the opposite fabric. I could make each side the same length without doing all that math. The tool does all the math for you.
I used my design wall to play with the colors as I built my quilt. My design wall makes my sewing room one of my favorite place to hang out.
I went over to our local nursery (Tallahassee Nurseries) to take photos with the help of my husband.
The fabric was so beautiful I used some of the leftover fabric to piece the back.
Here’s a little video of my how I quilted the blocks. I used Aurifil #2770 for the quilting.
Disclosure: The products in this post were provided by Island Batik, Studio 180 Design, Aurifil Thread & Schmetz Needles
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End of Blog Hop + Final Round Up