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.
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.
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
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
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