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  • Writer's pictureMegan Best

Quilt Modern Blog Hop and Giveaway

This months Island Batik Challenge was to use a specific group of fabrics and create a Modern Quilt. Read to the bottom for the giveaway link.

I used a hexagon design, with some negative area. I love the fabric choice:

Meet Hexagon Sprinkle:

What STUNNING fabrics.

The Line is Jewel Quest by Kathy Engle for Nan Baker. These are my favorite colors.

I created the quilt in Electric Quilt. I have been using this software for well over 20 years. It makes designing quilts fun!

I used the half hex die from Accuquilt for the cutting. I like to cut smarter not harder....and Accuquilt makes the difference.

I cut a 5" strip from each of the 20 fabrics. Well, 19 because one fabric is beige and just did not fit my process.

I cut a bunch from the background which is the neutral from this group. I love that it is a greyish fabric.

I pieced with this purple Aurifil thread.

I piled them in groups and grabbed while following my roadmap.

This is a pretty easy quilt to stitch.

Rows and rows: just make sure you picked the right ones for each row.

I am really organized in how I line up my stitched rows.

I added a floating border of the neutral, then a frame of purple and another floating border.

The quilt is about 64" by 69". It is a nice lap/couch quilt size or a great wallhanging size.

Once pieced, I plan my quilting. I am ALL about the quilting.

I bring my backdrop image from EQ8 into ProStitcher Designer. I designed and digitized the quilting design for a border on another quilt a few months ago. I made it larger to use as an all over quilting design on this quilt. I superimpose the quilting design over the pieced top to get an idea of how the whole quilt will look.

I planned for a very modern linear quilting design.

Here is what it looks like outside the quilt.

You can purchase the design (in many longarm formats)

And on the quilt:

Hobbs Heirloom Batting makes the design really show well.

Another closeup of the piecing while the quilting is going on.

And now the fun part.

Where to take the portrait shots. It is getting harder to decide where to go to have some fun with the pictures.


Wait until you see the BEST SHOTS EVER.

First the good shots:

This at the old GP paper plant on the waterfront in Bellingham. It is called the Acid Ball.

Ho hum, cool.

and these silo things:

Cool, with some great photo editing (hubs, not me!)

But not as cool as THIS.

There is some construction going on near these landmarks. A plywood wall is around parts, and there is come very cool street art.

We did not even see the perfect spot until we were 3 feet away from it. It is as if the fabric was designed and the quilt was inspired by this amazing piece of street art.

It looks like the quilt and fabric were all meant to be TOGETHER with this Orca.


OMG, it is the very coolest EVER.

I can never top this. All other photo shoots will never compare.

Here is the rest of the wall: nothing as fantastically perfect with this quilt as this orca bit, but amazing.

The artist (after some digging) is here:

And now for the Raffle:

sign up HERE for a giveaway of some cool Island Batik Fabrics!

You can win one of these precuts from Island Batik!

There are giveaways each week this month on the Island Batik Blog. Check it out!

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

Here is a list of all the Ambassadors for 2021.

Visit and follow them for great ideas in quilting for 2021!

Megan Best ~ Bestquilter

Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts

Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio

Jennifer Eubank ~ Archipelago Quilting

Jennifer Fulton ~ The Inquiring Quilter

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts

Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts

Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights

Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine

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

Jennifer Thomas ~ CurliCue Creations

Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore

Its 2021 and 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 in the next few months while I am at home not traveling and teaching. Follow me on Instagram to find more fun and colorful quilt projects (and some gardening and cooking too!). @bestquilter

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Shirley Clark
Shirley Clark
May 15, 2021

Wow! This is gorgeous! I love the quilt and the photos.


Sue D
Sue D
May 14, 2021

Beautiful colors and love the hexagons.


May 13, 2021

Some quilts I store carefully, keep out of sunlight when hanging but others are just meant to be used & enjoyed!


Preeti Harris
Preeti Harris
May 12, 2021

Beautiful fabrics, gorgeous quilt and the pictures are the BEST!!!


May 12, 2021

I agree this will bring joy. Love Hexies and great color scheme.

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