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  • Writer's pictureMegan Best

Paper piecing and a Mothers Day Brunch And a Giveaway!

This month Island Batik challenged the Ambassadors to create a paper pieced quilt.

Scroll all the way to the bottom for the giveaway from Island Batik!

When we got our boxes from Island Batik in January, there was a surprise bundle for this month.

It is a beautiful collection that really spoke to me.

I thought I would try a different kind of paper piecing that I normally do.

created the design in Electric Quilt

and transferred the design to freezer paper.

I picked out the selection of fabrics from the collection that would look great.

With this kind of paper piecing, you don't have to tear out the paper. You fold it out of the way to stitch the pieces. When you press, it sticks to the freezer paper.

I stitch my seams.

I then use an "add a quarter" ruler to trim the excess fabric to 1/4".

I pressed each addition out with my Oliso Iron.

Here is my sample block:

I starched and pressed all the blocks.

I squared the blocks to 12-1/2"

I made 12 blocks and added 4 solid corner blocks.

I then added 4" borders that matched the corners. The quilt finishes at 57" square.

Oops. I sort of stitched this one on wrong.

Unstitch and restitch. At least once every quilt.

I chose a very modern and linear design.

I also superimpose the design on a pic of the quilt to see if I like it.

I LOVE how this looks.

I bound in matching purple and a great turquoise back.

It really shows off the fabulous quilting.

Here is the whole quilt:

It really is vivid and stunning . I set it so it looks like a traditional star block.

I may be on a purple kick.... Even Violet (from last month) agrees.

My daughter set up a brunch for mothers day.

Here is the Giveaway info:

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

Be sure to visit all the Island batik Ambassadors to see all the beautiful projects this month.

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs

Renee Atkinson ~ Pink Tulip Quilting

Megan Best ~ BestQuilter

Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts

Susan Deshensky ~ Lady Blue Quilts Studio

Brittany Fisher ~ Bobbin with Brittany

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts

Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts

Kim Jamieson-Hirst ~ Chatterbox Quilts

Victoria Johnson ~ Forever Quilting for You

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Connie Kresin Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Denise Looney ~ A Quiltery

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights

Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine

Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion

Sarah Pitcher ~ Pitcher’s Boutique

Lana Russel ~ Lana Quilts

Julia Schweri ~ Inflorescence Designs

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail

Carol Stanek ~ Stitch with Color

Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels

Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations

Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt

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Cindy Shelley
Cindy Shelley
May 17

Love your design 💜💜💜


Allison Church Bird
Allison Church Bird
May 14

Beautiful quilt! Lovely design!


Jennifer Thomas
Jennifer Thomas
May 14

How lovely! The quilt and the brunch with your daughter. Happy sewing!


Lee Butler
Lee Butler
May 13

Lovely fabric and quilting! I think taking your time with the entire process is the best lesson I have learned! No hurry - have fun!


Nikki Moshier
Nikki Moshier
May 13

My most valuable lesson is to have extra fabric to help correct the mistake!!!

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