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.



  1. Beautiful quilt! I love this block!

  2. Your quilt is so gorgeous! This pattern has been on my list to use for a long time and the quilt I want to make is very similar. I am so glad there is now a tool to use. Thank you for sharing today.

  3. I love, love, love curvy looking quilts! So fabulous. This fabric collection looks awesome to play with as well. Have a great day!

  4. Beautiful, Leah! I was going to say that if I win the fabric, I'd make this exact quilt, but I don't think the 2.5" strips would be enough. Oh well!! I could still make something beautiful with them. Thanks for this chance!

  5. Love the color placement in your quilt. Fantastic design.

  6. I have helped a handful of people get started in quilting. Most of them still do some quilting and 3 of them are avid quilters and close friends. It's nice to have friends who are quilters!

  7. I made this pattern many years ago and had to make my own templates. Great job.

  8. Love, love, love this quilt.... my favorite so far!!!

  9. I love the movement in your quilt!

  10. Love the movement in this quilt!! The fabrics are beautiful!

  11. Your quilt is gorgeous. I love how these fabrics play off of each other so well. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  12. Great quilt. When my son was deployed to Afghanistan our daughter-in-law stayed with us. I taught her to quilt and now she's hooked! Thanks for the giveaway.

  13. Your quilt is so beautiful! I have been looking for a quilt pattern/inspiration to make for the physician who cared for both of my parents for many years. I think this will be perfect, as a starting point. I'm sure I can use my AccuQuilt Go to cut many of the blocks, which is a bonus for me. Thanks for sharing!

  14. What a gorgeous quilt and fabrics.