Wednesday, September 20, 2023

Island Batik Pieced to Perfection Blog Hop

I have been itching to show off this new quilt I made for the Island Batik "Pieced to Perfection" Blog hop!  There is also a giveaway by Island Batik. Keep reading to see how to enter.

I got to play with the Island Batik fabric line called Park Avenue, a Claudia Pfeil Design Original, which is should be arriving in quilt shops next month! 

The challenge for this blog hop was to use either Foundation Paper Piecing or English Paper Piecing in our projects. I went for the Foundation version and fiddled around in EQ8.

I tried out designing blocks using the curved drawing options.  They turned out pretty good, but I still have some learning to do to get all the blocks to line up perfectly and to have the actual paper piecing pattern print out with curves.  

Some printed correctly and some printed half curvy and half blocky,  I do believe it was the way I drew out the shapes but I'm not 100% sure what I did. I will have to go back and watch more You Tube vidoes and play around some more.

After getting the layout done, my next challenge was dispersing the colors and fabrics to keep my yardage under half a yard for each print.  All the colors in this line play so well together it ended up being easy to mix and match the prints to make everything flow.

I used 15 of the 20 prints that came in the Bundle.

I opened a package of Hobbs Heirloom Premium Wool batting for this one. It quilted up fantastic and has such a nice fluffiness to it.


I used a Schmetz 90/14 needle for the piecing and the quilting. 


I had enough white Aurifil thread for the quilting and the perfect blue for the binding.

I did some free motion quilting on this one using the points of the blocks as my guides. I don't enjoy marking my quilts so I am glad there were lots of points on this one. 

This was a fun project from beginning to end. I really enjoy paper piecing and had a good time sewing out each unit. I didn't even mind taking the papers off the back.  There is something fun to me about tearing perforated paper.

Make sure to check out my fellow Ambassadors who are also showing off this fabric line today:

Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts

Now for the Giveaway! Island Batik is giving away two fat quarter bundles!

Two fortunate winners will each receive one of the two Fat Quarter bundles, featuring new Island Batik collections highlighted this week – Pin Dot Floral by Kathy Engle or Park Avenue by Claudia Pfeil

To enter for your chance to win one of these these stunning batik bundles, please follow the easy-to-use prompts on Rafflecopter! 

You can also visit the Island Batik blog post to enter if the Rafflecopter is not showing g properly here.

Happy Sewing!



  1. Wow!!! I can see why you were excited to share this project. It is fantastic! I love your design and the way you quilted it. Have a fabulous day!

  2. Great job piecing and using the colors provided.

  3. wow your quilt is gorgeous. thanks for sharing and inspiring. I love to paper piece also. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  4. Beautiful piecing. I love the final quilt.

  5. Oh My!! That is a beautiful quilt.

  6. I have used freezer paper for paper piecing, have not tried the tear away afterwards way.Your quilt is stunning, amazing, and the way you used those delightful fabrics showed them off so well. My next project is a log cabin block to go on and be a bag.

  7. This is just gorgeous. I love all that piecing and you did a fabulous job. Not sure what is next on my list, but I do know a baby quilt is coming up!

  8. That is such a gorgeous quilt!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing! It really made my day to see it!

  9. Oh My! This is an amazing quilt!!!

  10. WOW!!! Leah, your quilt is absolutely gorgeous and so awesome! I LOVE,LOVE,LOVE it!

  11. This is such an amazing quilt, Leah! You did a fantastic job designing and making this! The fabrics are fantastic too!