TGIFF: Island Batik Secondary Pattern

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik and Aurifil.

I'm pleased to be hosting TGIFF with my latest Island Batik finish. This month's Island Batik Challenge was to create a quilt using a block that created a secondary pattern when the block is repeated. The first thing that came to mind for me was The Bee Hive Quilts block tutorials (from a bee I participated in in 2015). They were all specifically designed with secondary patterns in mind. In my year in the bee I made numerous different blocks and one that I found was quick to sew an had a strong visual impact was the Checker block.

I took this opportunity to use the solid black fabric from my recent Island Batik box. I paired it with a Paisley Dot print in blue, a couple Island Batik Foundations, and my new Island Batik neutral, Rice.

Here's my first Checker block.

I love the versatility of this block. Here are some possible settings. These each use 16 identical blocks and finish at 48" x 48".

And finally... my finished quilt top.

 

I opted for some simple gentle curve quilting with the walking foot and backed the quilt with the rest of the blues and greens from my Island Batik stash. You get a sneak peek of Petting Zoo in two of my backing fabrics. Next month I will be featuring a project with the entire Petting Zoo line.

 

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26 thoughts on “TGIFF: Island Batik Secondary Pattern

  1. Mel Beach

    I enjoyed seeing all the layout possibilities for this versatile block! The colors just pop!! Looking forward to seeing what you create for your next IB challenge!

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  2. It took me a minute to understand that your quilt was not actually pinwheel blocks with sashing! I really love how the Checkers block can be used to create so many different primary and secondary patterns. And I love your finished quilt, too. :)

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  3. This block design is great. It is crazy how many different patterns it creates depending on layout - some of them are rather calm (like the one you chose) and others look chaotic (the second layout?) Really interesting. Love the animal print on the backing fabric.

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    1. sarah

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      Indeed, Bernie. And I’ve thought of or seen even more possible settings since I posted. Also, it could have great variety by changing where the different values are in the block. The initial tutorial had two slightly different fabrics where my light neutral is which would give a little checkerboard effect where I have light rectangles. I love the animal prints, too. :-)

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    1. sarah

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      It was a very thoughtfully designed block. I’d love to make another quilt with a different look. Thanks for visiting!

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Bobbi. The back was a “use what you’ve got” moment and I really love the color blocking that I ended up with.

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