• Megan Best

Spread Love and Joy with Island Batik



This months Island Batik quilt is all about spreading some love. Part of the challenge is sponsored by Accuquilt and I had to use a BOB (block on board) die. I have the Maple leaf die and I was also to use the 8" cube die parts to accent the Maple leaf.







I drew up a plan in Electric Quilt. I then chose fabrics. I love working with the solid-ish fabrics.

I grabbed my Accuquilt Go! to cut the pieces.



Accuquilt makes it really fast to cut accurately!










With the high contrast fabrics, I pieced with both Aurifil's white and red threads. I do not use neutral thread, I match!




I set up the maple leaves and stitched them quickly and easily.


Once I pieced the top, I designed the quilting with ProStitcher Designer. I wanted a modern linear design but with something more.

Here is the quilt in process:

I used Hobbs Cotton/Wool batting. I really love this batting. It has a bit more texture that the Hobbs Heirloom that I normally use. This is my new favorite batting.

When it came time to take the quilt out for it's photo shoot, I was at a loss at what to do this month.

Husband and I decided to use his drone.

The color of the hay in my fields matches with the peachy color of the batik in the outer edges.

I love how the whole quilt came out.

Here is the video:



In the whole scheme of things now, a quilt is such a small item.

It can mean SO much when given.


This quilt will be given to someone who is in need.

I am often asked for a quilt for a charity or for an auction. I try to always have a few on hand that can be readily given at a moments notice. As quilters, this is what we do.


Here is the finished quilt, close up:


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

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 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



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