Thursday, August 26, 2021

Island Batik Try A Tool Blog Hop

This month Island Batik Ambassadors are showing off the new fabric lines shipping out very soon along with different specialty rulers by Deb Tucker of 180 Studio Design.   

I got to play with Sticks and Stones by Jean Wells for Island Batik and the V Block ruler.  Check out the bottom of the post for info on how to win some of your own Sticks and Stones fabric.

Sticks and Stones was designed by Jean Wells and takes inspiration from different elements in Nature.
It is Black, White, and Gray with some muted browns and blues.  It was super fun to work with.

I downloaded the fabric swatches in EQ8 and played around with color placement till I came up with the quilt I have now.  I am calling it Curved Sticks and I was able to use all the prints.

The ruler I got to play with is the V block ruler.  It helps make precise triangle in a square blocks, or V blocks as some call them.

These V blocks are seen in the 54-40 or flight block and its variations, which I used in my quilt.

When paired well with other blocks, these V Blocks create the illusion of curves in the whole quilt.
It is a fun way to create movement without sewing curved seams.

And there is Hobbs inside!  I love that hashtag they use on social media  #hobbsinside.
I used their Heriloom Premium Cotton Batting for this one.

It is quilted with #2625 gray Auriful Thread.  These fabrics are super busy and custom quilting wouldn't show up so well, so I did an all over straight and curvy design.

Pieced and quilted with Schemtz needle.  Pieced with a Microtex needle and quilted with a 90/14 quilting needle.

Make sure to also visit Andi Stanfield of True Blue Quilts. She is also showing off her creation using the new Sticks and Stones Fabric line.

Happy Quilting!

Island Batik is giving away some Sticks and Stones Precuts to two lucky winners!. Enter using the Rafflecopter link below and visit their blog post for all the details.


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

Orange You Glad Blog Hop

I was excited to join this hop hosted by Carla of Creatin in the Sticks

I had the perfect fabric just waiting to be unrolled!

I was sent these orange Stash Builder rolls in one of my Island Batik Ambassador boxes and knew they needed to be used in their own quilt. 

In my most recent Ambassador box I was sent the V Block ruler by Studio 180 Design and knew these two items would go great together.

FYI - You can stop back on the 26th for my day of the Island Batik "Try A Tool Blog Hop" when I show off another project using this same tool and an new Island Batik Fabric line coming to stores soon!

It was easy to pick what size triangles I wanted to cut for this quilt. I just used the size of the strip!
I lined it up on the 5 inch Cut Strip mark on the ruler and started cutting.

I also had some blue stash builders and used strips from those for the background triangles. 

The V Block ruler makes it easy to trim up the blocks nicely. 

I made 120 V Blocks and turned them into 30 Pinwheels.

They sewed up pretty quick.

Next I had a border dilemma... go with an all orange border or a thin inner orange border with a thicker outer blue border.

I couldn't decide so I took votes from the family. The inner orange/outer blue won out.

I took the quilt on Vacation with me and got its picture in front of Center Hill Lake in Tennessee. 

I used up some of my older stash fabric for the back.

For the quilting I used orange thread. It blended well with the blue fabrics.
I quilted an all over meander swirly design... pretty much what ever I felt like drawing with the needle.

And there is Hobbs Batting inside.  I sewed together two large left over pieces of Hobbs Natural Cotton batting with Scrim.  I love this batting.  Everything sticks together so nice and quilts up soft.

This was a fun little quilt to put together!
 It measures 55 x 63.

Thanks for stopping by and be sure to check out the other projects today!