Sunday, January 30, 2022

Island Batik Gradients - Step by Step

January's Island Batik Ambassador challenge was all about gradients.  

I got to play with some ravishing reds.

I had to build this one very carefully so I didn't put the wrong shades in the wrong spot. I started in the corners and worked my way to the middle. I put the 20 different colors in pairs so each rectangle has one dark and one light fabric along with some solid black and gray.

The triangles go from dark to light starting from the bottom left and the strips go from dark to light starting from the top right.  Its double gradient movement meeting in the middle.

I sewed and quilted this one with microtex needles by Schmetz.
They sure work great with Island Batik Fabric.

For the quilting I used Aurifl thread in gray #2605 and red #2260
The red looked great on the black and even the light colored fabrics.

Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 bleached cotton batting was perfect for this quilt.

It quilted out nice and smooth.

This quilt measure approximately 54 x 48.

How long did it take me to make it?

Not including design time,  it took 8 Star Wars movies.

So I think I may call this one Force Gradients.  Which side do you prefer?  The light or the dark?

Boonky checked out all the different fabrics before I cut everything up.

Afterwards...Boonky tested and approved.

Happy Sewing!


Wednesday, January 26, 2022

Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop

Welcome! Thanks for stopping by on this third day of the Polar Bear Plunge Blog Hop hosted by Joan of Moose Stash Quilting!  I hope you have been enjoying the hop so far and seen some good Polar Bear Plungy inspiration.

I had been itching to make a scrappy double bear paw quilt and this was the prefect hop to do just that.

My inspiration came from the pattern by Material Girlfriends, but I altered it to have more bear paws and less white space and added a couple borders.

I cut up lots of let over blue scraps from my Island Batik collection to make the center of the paws. I picked shades that reminded me of icy cold waters in the arctic.

I used two different Island Batik browns for the claws on the paws and even the borders came from my personal Island Batik Stash. I used up lots of left over Island Batik fabrics for this one.

For the back I picked a snowflake print for the center and then lined it with several different blues to make a striped piece backing.  Again using up the fabric stash for the backs.

The beach was the perfect place to photograph this one.  The colors of the water and the sky that day were perfectly matched.  But don't be fooled it was a cool 50 degrees with water temperatures to match. Not quite freezing, but cold enough for me.

I did not plunge into the water but sure enjoyed watching the dolphins play that day.  They don't seem to mind the colder water temperatures this time of year.

Make sure to not to miss any of the other stops today and check out their fun polar-ific creations.

Happy Sewing!


Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Island Batik Ambassador for 2022

I am excited to say I am Island Batik Ambassador again this year!

Island Batik Ambassadors already received their first challenge boxes and have gotten busy on the January project.  Check out my video below to see all the lovely fabrics and extras I get to work with during the first half of the year.

The video below gives you a nice close up of the Island Batik fabrics hitting your stores now (or in the next few weeks) and some of the foundations you can get year round.

Special thanks to AurifilHobbs Batting, and Schemtz Needles for sending their materials to help with our projects.