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!
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.
Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Megan Best ~ Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Anorina Morris – sameliasmum.com
Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute And Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Andi Stanfield ~ True Blue Quilts
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt