Island Batik Ambassador

My March Island Batik Challenge

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I face a monthly challenge to design and make a new quilt. In March, the challenge was to create a new design inspired by a vintage quilt.

My inspiration was an old double wedding ring quilt I’ve had for decades. The quilt was made by the Amish and is hand quilted.


I have always wanted to make a double wedding ring quilt, but I’m not a big fan of curved piecing. There are other methods for making a double wedding ring, but I’ve always longed for a simple, pieced version. So with this challenge, I decided to design and make one!

The fabrics I decided to use are from the Twilight Chic collection. I had a 2-1/2” strip pack and some coordinating yardage.

It’s hard to create the illusion of circles using straight piecing, so to emphasize the large intersecting wedding rings, I quilted curvy loops inside them. To create contrast, I quilted straight lines inside the large center squares.

I did ruler work to quilt the lines—my first time ever! It turned out to be a lot easier than I thought. I may do more ruler work in the future.

To create the illusion of a curved edge, I used a light yellow along the outer edge of each sashing row.

I played with the idea of a faced finish, then decided on a pieced binding. That way, the illusion of the curved edge would be kept intact.

Here are the quilt details:

"Wedding Bands"
48” x 62"
Original Design
Fabrics: Island Batiks from the Twilight Chic collection, plus Custard (a Neutral)
Batting: Hobbs Batting 80/20
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2370 (Sandstone)
Quilting Threads: Aurifil 50 wt. #4150 (Creme Brule variegated) and
#4644 (Smoke Blue)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

I’m really happy with how this turned out! I hope you enjoyed it too.

While you’re here, why not take a moment and share what you’ve been working on in my weekly show-and-tell linkup, Wednesday Wait Loss? Click here to read all about it and to link up a photo.

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

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What's Up - March Progress on My Island Batik Challenges

Unfortunately, I fell behind on my January Island Batik challenge after my sister fell ill and never finished it in time for the blog hop. The last time you saw that project, it looked like this.

I’d sewn together the background, created all the parrots, and made templates for the leaves I was using to create a jungle effect.

The quilt uses fabrics from the Fortune Teller collection by Island Batik and I was inspired by them to create a nighttime jungle scene with brightly colored parrots.

Since you last saw the quilt, I have started fusing and edge-stitching all the shapes. First, I fused down the branches and edge-stitched them. Then I fused each parrot down onto the background and edge-stitched it. This takes a long time because there are so many colors and I have to keep changing threads.

I haven’t finished with all the parrots yet, but I have stitched down some of the leaves. It’s a jungle out there! <grin>

I’ve also made progress on my March Island Batik challenge. I’ve finalized the design and chosen the fabrics. Today I’ll start cutting and sewing the blocks together.

This collection is called Twilight Chic. Twilight Chic is in stores now. I really love these colors!

I’ll leave you now with these tantalizing works in progress. <grin> Be sure to follow me if you’d like to see the end results! You’ll find ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.

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My February Island Batik Challenge

As an Island Batik Ambassador, we are challenged each month to create a new quilt. For February, the challenge was to make a Magnificent Mini quilt.


Because it was February, I decided to pull red and pink batiks from my Island Batik stash.

I started there, with a fabric pull. Aren’t these wonderful batiks?

The fabrics inspired a theme — hugs and kisses, and that inspired my design (Xs and Os). The Xs are part of the sashing, while the Os are in the blocks. I call my pattern Hugs and Kisses!

I used an Island Batik Basic, Cherry, for the backing and binding. Because it’s a Basic, you should be able to find it in any quilt store that carries Island Batiks.

I quilted the heart block with matching swirls.

For the sashing, I did a gentle zig-zag using a lovely pink variegated thread. For the centers of the O blocks, I quilted a path with a tiny heart at the end.

Here are the quilt details:

"Hugs and Kisses"
13” x 49"
Original Design
Fabrics: Various Island Batik fabric collections from my stash
plus Cherry for the backing and binding
Batting: Hobbs Batting 80/20
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2021 (Natural White)
Quilting Threads: Aurifil 50 wt. #2250 (Red) and #4660 (Pink Taffy variegated)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my February challenge quilt. While you’re here, why not take a moment and share what you’ve been working on in my weekly show-and-tell linkup, Wednesday Wait Loss? Click here to read all about it and to link up a photo.

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

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What's Up - Progress on My Island Batik Challenges

As you know, I fell behind on my January Island Batik challenge after my sister fell ill. The last time you saw that project, it looked like this.

The quilt uses fabrics from the Fortune Teller collection by Island Batik. As you can see, I was inspired by those fabrics to create some brightly colored parrots in a nighttime jungle. Included in the collection was a dark blue batik that I chose for the background. I didn’t have much of that blue however, so I needed to do some careful cutting to create a background large enough for my design (larger than shown here in the first photo).

Since you last saw the quilt, I have cut and pieced the background to make it narrower and longer. I have also made some smaller parrots and fused some branches to the background for the parrots to sit on. I’ve also designed some patterns for the tropical leaves that I want to add to complete the scene.

Progress! <grin>

Meanwhile, I’ve also been making progress on my February Island Batik challenge, which is to make a Magnificent Mini quilt. Here is my fabric pull, a very Valentine-inspired fabric grouping. This is not an actual collection, but simply a grouping of random reds and pinks from my Island Batik scrap pile.

I think I may have already told you that I have created a design for this project that I’m happy with.

Since then, I have cut out all the pieces. I’ve even started piecing some of the blocks! Here’s a sneak peak of my progress. Hmmmmm. I wonder what it’s going to be? <grin>

I’ll leave you now with these tantalizing works in progress. <grin> Be sure to follow me if you’d like to see the end results! You’ll find ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.

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