The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, including Aurifil thread.
This month's Island Batik challenge was to go modern. I thought it was the perfect opportunity to play with my Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares technique in a larger scale.
I settled on a scrappy palette of pink, purple, navy, and turquoise, using the light Lilac fabric for my background. The Lilac was a limiting factor as I had only half a yard. (I ended up with about 8" x 10" of Lilac leftover.) Here are some of my feature fabrics:
- Lavender Snowflake (Mountain's Majesty)
- Grape Juice Pinecone (Mountain's Majesty)
- Lavender Bark (Morning Sunshine)
- Turquoise Bark (Morning Sunshine)
- Navy (Foundations - Basics)
- Grape Juice Jungle Animals (Petting Zoo)
- Turquoise Jungle Animals (Petting Zoo)
The Planned Improv: Scrappy Squares technique revolves around starting with squares and designing the layout before cutting background pieces.
It's a bit of a puzzle. This one was more complicated than normal and I painted myself into a bit of a corner. No worries! I was able to finish piecing it with a series of partial seams.
This was my final seam of the quilt top -- the little partial seam right in the middle!
Once it was all together I had to contemplate quilting motifs. I chose Aurifil 50wt Light Lilac (#2510) for the background and Berrylicious Variegated (#4647) for the squares.
First I did some walking foot quilting to stitch in the ditch quilting in Light Lilac along the perimeter of the sections of squares.
Then I did a jagged stipple in Light Lilac all over the background. Finally, I finished up by quilting Berrylicious spirals throughout the square sections. The hot pink, turquoise, and white was the perfect companion to my palette! I chose a curvy motif to contrast the jagged quilting in the background.
I finished the quilt with a faced binding. I love how the squares and the quilting float all the way to the edge of the quilt.
The quilt finished at approximately 40" x 40". The batting is Quilter's Dream Cotton Select.
Thank you for visiting to see my Island Batik Modern Batik baby quilt!
Check out some of the other modern creations this month by Island Batik Ambassadors:
Myra at Busy Hands Quilts
Connie at Freemotion by the River
Tina at Quilting Affection Designs
Steph at Steph Jacobson
Bea at BeaQuilter
Anne at Sweetgrass Designs
Alison at Little Bunny Designs
Sherry at Powered by Quilting
Vicky at Vicky's Crafts and Quilting