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  • Writer's pictureMegan Best

ICE: My Step by Step challenge

I am beginning my 3rd year as an Island Batik Ambassador. This has been a very cool endeavor. This month, the Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to use a gradation set of batiks.

I got this stunning set of blues!

I chose a nice grouping from all those pretties:

I wanted to make something that was really representative of the cold going on here in Western Washington.

I cut a bunch of rectangles to make some Diamonds with my Accuquilt Go.

Started piecing them at the beginning of a bit of snow right after Christmas. I love using my Janome M7 with my Accuquilt go pieces. Everything turns out so very nice.


Stacks of diamonds!

Pieced into a top!

Add borders to float and then finish the top.

I loaded the top on my longarm with my favorite Hobbs batting.

I was going to crop out the hot mess that is my studio, but decided to show it as it is! No judging!

Here is the nice version as I am finishing loading on my HandiQuilter Forte.

Quilting Diamonds on the Diamonds.

Close up of the quilting:

This quilt really says ICE. So that is what I named it.

I really wanted a snow pic. We had about 18" of snow here.

I barely got out of the path I had shoveled to my studio.

Here is the whole quilt pic:

I really loved making this quilt. It was a fun one to sew up during our blizzard!

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

Its 2022 and even though things are looking up, we are still in the midst of a Pandemic. We really need to find some joy. The bright colors and act of creating with fabric can bring so much joy in a stressful time. I will continue to create while I am just beginning to start traveling and teaching. Follow me on Instagram to find more fun and colorful quilt projects (and some gardening and cooking too!). @bestquilter

Visit all the Island Batik Ambassadors for inspiration.

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Jennifer Schifano Thomas
Jennifer Schifano Thomas
Feb 05, 2022

Your Ice quilt is very cool! (Pun intended). The diamond quilting over the diamond piecing is perfect. I hope you thaw out soon. Have a great weekend!


Kathleen McCormick
Kathleen McCormick
Feb 02, 2022

This is beautiful, Megan, and so perfect in the snow!


Maryellen McAuliffe
Maryellen McAuliffe
Jan 29, 2022

I love it! Stunning and very icy. 🥶


Jan 29, 2022

Megan, that is an awesome quilt!!!

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