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  • Writer's pictureMegan Best

Try a tool with Studio 180 and a GIVEAWAY

The challenge with Island Batik for August was to use a new tool(to me) from Studio 180 and use a specific line of fabrics. Scroll down for the giveaway details.

I got the Corner Beam tool.

I played in Electric quilt until I got a design I liked. I named the quilt: Hay Stars.

The fabric group that I am using is Peacock Plume and should be in your shops soon!

I picked my favorite fabrics for the star units and a few square in a square units.

The instructions for the tool are easy to follow, and the units are quick to sew.

I made 2 sizes of the unit. 4" and 2" . The 2" units are super cute!

There is so little waste in getting the units a perfect size.

The background fabrics I chose is Yolk. It is a super summery yellow and white fabric.

I keep a map close by when I am piecing the quilt together. This quilt is all 4" squares.

I don't have a design wall, but I do have longarm bars and a big floor! This is how I layout my quilt as I am stitching it together.

The quilt finished at 64" by 68", perfect lap size quilt.

Next up is the quilting plan.

I had thought about custom quilting it, but I love allover feathers and this just spoke to me! The design is Anne Bright, Simple Feathers .

The quilting in process with a yummy yellow variegated thread. I used Hobbs Cotton/Wool blend. It is my new favorite!

After quilting, I bound the quilt with 18" strips of all the focus fabrics. I love scrappy bindings.

I chose to take the quilt's portrait out in my hay field. It is now a hay bale cover!

And of course the super trendy slo mo unfurling of the quilt:

Disclosure: The products featured here were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, Hobbs, and Studio 180 Designs.

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

Visit all the Island Batik Ambassadors for their quilts made with the Studio 180 Tools:

This months Blog hop:

August 10:

Mania Hatzioannidi, Mania for Quilts Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail

August 11:

Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

August 12:

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

August 16:

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads

August 17:

August 18:

Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky Suzy Webster, Websterquilt

August 19:

Jennifer Eubank, Archipelago Quilting Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter

August 23:

Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

August 24:

Megan Best, Bestquilter Janet Yamamoto, Whispers of Yore

August 25:

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde

August 26:

Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

August 30:

Joanne Hart, Unicorn Harts Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

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Jennifer Thomas
Jennifer Thomas
Aug 25, 2021

What a fun reveal with the hay bale! I love your quilt. It has a beautiful modern feel to it. Have a great day!


Nancy Bird
Nancy Bird
Aug 25, 2021

I love the design - simple, a great way to showcase the quilting, and love the video!


Aug 25, 2021

I love the bright colors and Island Batik always delivers. Sticks and Stones is a colorway that speaks to me in a different way.


Aug 25, 2021

Love the quilt and Island Batiks


Aug 25, 2021

I love the quilting on this quilt. The design is quite beautiful.

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