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:
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 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