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

Star Light Star Bright was the August theme for the Island Batik Ambassador challenge for those of us who didn't participate in this month's Beat the Heat Blog Hop.

My project features the Victoria and Albert collection by Island Batik and coordinates with my Starstruck Pillow from last year.

When I choose a thread color for quilting, I like to audition each three by unwinding a portion of the thread and laying each single strand of thread across various areas of the the quilt to see how the color plays on light and dark fabrics. For this quilt I considered Aurifil 50wt Light Sand (#2000), Light Avocado (#2886), and Champagne (#2105), three of my recent acquisitions from Aurifil's Pastel Collection. My daughter and I ultimately chose the Light Avocado. (I match my bobbin thread to my top thread for quilting.)

These sawtooth star blocks were constructed from a 10" stack to create squares and half square triangles for 16" finished blocks. The quilt measures 48" x 48".

I used a floral FMQ motif to complement the floral prints in the fabrics. My backing fabrics included Ivy, Sterling, Glacier, and Shark, all from Island Batik's Basics.

I bound the quilt using my machine binding technique. I chose Aurifil 50wt Very Dark Grass Green (#2890) to match my Ivy binding fabric.

 

 

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

The April challenge was to use the AccuQuilt Ready. Set. GO! to create a 40" to 48" square baby quilt using AccuQuilt Dies. I asked people on Instagram to vote on my fabric selection for this project. I pulled a rainbow of scraps, but then I also liked the green/blue subset. The green/blue palette was the overwhelming winner.

The Ready. Set. GO! collection includes the GO! Qube 8" Mix & Match Block which is a set of 8 dies in a variety of geometric shapes for making 8" finished blocks. I used dies 1, 2, and 4 for cutting all my green and blue squares and triangles as well as my 4 1/2" background squares. I appreciated how fast and easy it was to cut out the pieces for my scrappy project. I look forward to teaching my kids how to use the AccuQuilt, because it's easy enough for them to use (and I currently do all the cutting for their quilts).

I'm drawn to quilts with expansive negative space, like my Island Batik quilt from last April. I used Rice (from the Island Batik Neutral Foundation Basics) for my background and used my favorite design tool for creating my quilt design: graph paper. The cutting was fast and easy. The piecing was fast and easy. I decided to have fun with free motion quilting this one, using a variety of motifs in the different sections of the quilt. I like to take a photo of the quilt top and markup the image with potential quilting motifs on my phone. Here's my initial sketch.

I didn't think too much about how hard the wishbone quilting in the center background sections would be. Given that the width of that section varies from about 6 to 11 inches wide, these are very long wishbones. It started out a little dicey, but overall I'm pleased with the look. In general, I like organic quilting and don't strive for perfection when quilting. Precision sometimes, but not perfection.

This was the first project I used my new free motion quilting foot on and it went very well. I am loving the visibility of the open toe, and the hopping foot went from distracting to "the new normal" pretty quickly. This is a serious step up from the darning foot I've been using to free motion quilt for 7 years! I used 50wt Aurifil Light Grey Turquoise (#2805) from the Pastel collection for my quilting.

I chose Hobbs Heirloom Premium cotton batting. The 45" x 60" size crib batting was perfect for my 40" x 40" quilt.

In the end, the quilt reminds me a bit of nautical signal flags, though that wasn't at all my inspiration. I'm toying with making another version in warm colors for my May project, though I'll likely decide to do something else

I had nearly enough of my remnant Rice binding from my Fortune Teller quilt and added scraps from the cut off edges of my quilt backing to lengthen the binding. A little hard to see in the photo above, but the two blue and green sections of binding are on the upper right and lower left corners of the quilt.

 

Please visit the other Island Batik Ambassadors to see their AccuQuilt Ready. Set. GO! Challenge Baby Quilts from this month.

I'm linking up to Needle and Thread Thursday and TGIFF.

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This is the beginning of week two of a month of posts by Island Batik Ambassadors featuring all of the newest collections of fabric. Today I'm sharing what I made with my bundle of Fortune Teller fabric. Way back in July I was so excited to open this beautiful rainbow of fabric.

My quilt features all 20 fabrics from the collection and is 80" x 96"! I think that makes it one of the three largest quilts I've made. I optimized for using all I had of the twelve fabrics that make up the center of the quilt and didn't really think about just how big it was going to be, how much binding that would take, or how hard it would be to hold up.

I just love the bold colors and couldn't resist making a rainbow. The triangles features all the multicolor prints from the collection.

The other part of my optimization was that I had a queen sized Hobbs Heirloom cotton batting. Thank you, Hobbs!

Once it was pieced, I visited a local quilt shop to longarm quilt it myself. I chose a motif that would offer great texture without being too dense. I like that this one is quilted in rows, but that each row kind of nests with the row above it.

 

I used my machine binding technique to attach the nearly 30 feet of binding. The binding is Rice. I like that the color reminds me of clouds... fitting for a rainbow quilt.

I love how happy the color is and how great it looks on the red couch. I look forward to curling up with the quilt, and seeing it enjoyed by my family. It will be the biggest quilt in the fort building pile. :-)

 

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