October Island Batik Challenge

I know that some of you are expecting my Wednesday Wait Loss, but I hope you understand that I needed to publish this month’s Island Batik challenge first. Wednesday Wait Loss will appear tomorrow on my blog, at noon EST.

This month’s Island Batik challenge was all about paper piecing! I could have done English paper piecing for the challenge, but I chose foundation paper piecing instead.

I made a variation of my pattern, Fall Romance, for this challenge. Fall Romance is one of the patterns included in my book Idiot’s Guides: Quilting, which you can purchase in my store.

I love fall and because I got married in the fall I always find the changing of the leaves so romantic. That’s why I called the pattern in my book, Fall Romance. When I found out our challenge this month was paper piecing, I knew I had to revisit Fall Romance. The result was Fall Romance Too.

For my challenge quilt, I created two new leaf blocks (Fall Romance includes the leaf block pattern shown on the left in my challenge quilt), enlarged the blocks, and simplified the border.

This new quilt is a tribute to my darling husband, with whom I celebrated twenty five years of wedded bliss this month.

Here’s my quilt.

For the quilting, I quilted veins in each of the leaves.

I quilted vines and small leaves in the background, quilting out into the borders.

I used a variety of Basics and Blenders in my quilt, and a lot of fabrics from Stash Builders.

Here are the quilt details:

"Fall Romance Too"
18" x 44"
Original Design: Fall Romance Too
Fabrics: Island Batik Basics, Blenders, and Stash Builders.
Batting: Hobbs Premium 80/20 Cotton Blend
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2370 (Sandstone)
Quilting Threads: Aurifil 50wt. #1147 (Light Leaf Green), #2150 (Pumpkin), and #2395 (Pumpkin Spice); Guterman 50 wt. #8640 (Dark Spruce)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

Disclosure: The products featured here were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, Aurifil, and Hobbs.

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