• Megan Best

Scrapbuster Challenge

Oh, how I love a Scrappy quilt!


This month, Island Batik challenged us to use make a scrappy quilt. I love a challenge as it really gives a quilter a stretch out of our safe box.


I collected my stash of Island Batik and pulled as many as I could to create this bright and cheery quilt.


I tested out a block with my Accuquilt Go, to see if I liked it and liked making it.


The block is Crossed Canoe.

It takes 2 squares about 6" for each block.





This block is super easy and fast to make.











After making one, I planned the rest of the quilt with EQ8.


I liked the offset. I ended up with a bit different offset of 2" instead of a half block.


I pulled as many of the bright and cheery fabrics as I could and cut 6" squares .


I cut the blocks and started pairing them up, hoping for no repeats on the 2 fabrics.


I used wonder clips to hold the piles together.


Stitching was quick and effortless. I usually made a few blocks in between other projects. Schmetz needles are fab with the tightly woven batiks.


I made 52 blocks total.


I did have to cut more blocks a few times!






I started laying out the blocks to get an idea of how I wanted the quilt to look.



I did not spend too much time arranging the blocks. I wanted the colors to be a bit serendipitous.

I did not add borders as I kind of like that look right now.

I loaded the quilt on my Handiquilter with Hobbs Heirloom Batting and decided on the edge to edge design.

Here is the quilt on my Longarm.

I added a scrappy binding.

The quilt finished at 64" by 73". It is a great couch quilt or cuddle quilt. It would add some great color in a neutral room.

It order to create a fun post, I searched for a place to set up a photoshoot. Gloomy spring days did not give me any ideas. The oranges in the quilt were very close to the color of our tractor.. I decided to clip the quilt to the box of the tractor and have hubs lift it up.



It was a bit windy so there may have been some help holding the quilt flat.







Just for fun, I asked hubs to drive the tractor a bit to see what kind of movement I got with the quilt.



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

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

Jane Hauprich - Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights

Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke, Fiber Artist

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

Suzy Webster ~ WebsterQuilt

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


# islandbatik #hobbsbatting #accuquilt #accuquiltgo #doyoueq #janome #juki

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