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My May Island Batik Challenge

The May challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to design and make a modern quilt featuring Hobbs batting.

Modern quilt designs are harder for me so this one took a long time to gel. A modern quilt typically includes one or more of the following:

  • Bold colors, often solid

  • High contrast

  • Large negative spaces (spaces where there is no piecing, but instead lots of fantastic quilting)

  • Improvisational piecing

  • Minimalism (less piecing, easy piecing)

  • Alternative grid work (blocks laid out in something other than the common rows and columns)


I played with several ideas, repeating the mantra “Minimalize! Minimalize!” so I would get it right. Nothing really struck me though until finally I hit on an idea to do a sort of color wheel.

I’ve been wanting to make a color wheel quilt for some time now, and I’d put ideas in my design book. It was when I was looking through my design book recently that the ideas finally came together.

For the “between” colors like yellow-orange, I’d create a sort of transparency effect that would make it look like the yellow square was blending with the orange square to create the color. Now here was an idea I could finally get behind!

Once I had a plan, cutting the quilt was easy. I used my AccuQuilt Go! to cut about half the shapes—there were a few I didn’t have dies for. <sob> Still, I had the quilt cut and ready to sew in no time.

As I was piecing the quilt, the phrase “After the Rain” came to me because it’s only after a rain that we see a rainbow. Those of you who follow me know that this hasn’t been the easiest year, so the idea of a rainbow in my life after all this rain made me happy.

For quilting, I decided to create raindrops on a sidewalk. The sidewalk is represented by parallel lines. These kinds quilting designs (radiating circles and parallel lines) are often found in modern quilts so I thought it was very apropos.

And look how it shows off that wonderful Hobbs 80/20 batting! This batting is a blend of cotton (80%) and just enough polyester (20%) to create a smooth glide through the batting for your needle. It is also the choice of most longarmers I know. So if you haven’t tried Hobbs 80/20, you should give it a try!

Because of the rainbow motif, I decided I wanted to take photos of my quilt by the Rainbow Bridge in Broad Ripple, a cute artsy village near me. Ironically, I had to wait to a period between rain storms to get my shots!

It was worth it, don’t you think?

For fabrics, I chose tone on tone batiks from my large Island Batik stash. For the backing, I used #121714220, Mini Dot Nasturtium from the Plum Delicious collection.

Here is a closeup of the quilting. I had such fun with this! To create the circles, I traced around my spool cap, then simply used the edge of my walking foot to guide me as I quilted bigger and bigger circles.

For the straight lines, I used ruler work. To do ruler work on your domestic machine, you’ll need a ruler foot (a foot with high sides that prevent the needle from hopping onto the ruler accidentally) and acrylic rulers made specifically for quilting. My sewing machine came with a ruler set so I was all ready to go!

The straight ruler shown here has parallel lines you can use to create your quilting lines. I simply measured one ruler line out from the previous stitching line to create the next stitching line. I could have set the lines wider apart by going two, three, four or more measured lines out from the stitching line.

To stitch ruler work on a home machine, you simply hold the ruler with one hand and guide the quilt underneath the needle while keeping the edge of the foot against the ruler. It takes a bit of practice to do this but not much. I was up and running in a few minutes.

If you haven’t tried ruler work yet, you really should! I find it relaxing because I don’t have to think about where to move the quilt. Instead I just guide the foot along the ruler.

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Here are the quilt details:

"After the Rain"
44” x 44"
Original Design
Fabrics: Island Batiks scraps plus a White batik (a Neutral); Backing is #121714220 Mini Dot Nasturtium (Plum Delicious collection)
Batting: Hobbs Batting 80/20
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2024 (White)
Quilting Threads: Aurifil 50 wt. #2024 (White)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

This quilt turned out to be a lot of fun, but man it took a long time to come up with an idea I liked. Next month, our challenge is to use a new technique. I’ve done an awful lot of quilting so coming up with something new will be hard. Oh well. That’s what I love about these challenges—they really push us to expand our quilting repertoire!

Speaking about a challenge, let me share with you a few photos of my cat Zora who presented quite the challenge while I rushing to take some closeups as the light was fading.

I guess you could say she won, but really so did I. She’s a perfect kitty that she simply makes me smile.

So What Are You Working On?

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My April Island Batik Challenge

The April challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to design and make a baby quilt using our new Accuquilt Go! cutters.

This wasn’t the first time I’d used the Accuquilt Go, but it was the first time I used it to cut out an entire quilt. Man was it fast! I had that quilt cut out in no time. And all the pieces were so perfect!


Designing for the Accuquilt Go! was easy. The box of dies we were given (the Go! Qube 8” Block Mix & Match) contained all the dies you would need to make any 8” block that uses HST, QST, Flying Geese, squares, diamonds, or rectangles.

I played around with designs in Electric Quilt and came up with this one, which I’m calling Oh My Stars!

The fabrics I used are from the Elementz collection from Fall/Winter 2017. I had a set of fat eighths, so I had to do a lot of planning before I started cutting to make sure I had enough fabrics.

To cut fabrics with Accuquilt Go! you simply cut a strip the width of the die. You don’t have to be absolutely accurate here so I find this kind of strip cutting fun and fast.

You lay the strip on top of the die, lay the cutting mat on top, then crank the whole package through the rollers.

After the fabric and die is rolled through, you lift the cutting mat and peel away the slight excess. Most tell you to cut strips then subcut them to the rough size of the die, but that’s too much cutting for me! Instead I just lay the strip on top of the die and roll it through. On the other side, I trim the excess from the leading edge of the strip.

You can cut multiple sets at a time (in this case, QSTs) by simply folding the fabric back and forth on itself, up to six layers.

To cut the next set of triangles here, I just snipped the excess from the leading edge of the strip, returned the die to the left side of the roller, layered the strip on the die again, put the cutting mat on and cranked it through. Easy-peasy. I didn’t need to for this quilt, but I could have cut hundreds of triangles in minutes.

Aren’t those triangles simply perfect? Repeating the process with other strips and changing the dies out when needed, I soon had the entire quilt cut out (including the border squares).

I love the bright fun colors in Elementz, and how it looks with white.

I quilted the stars rather simply, 1/4” in from the edge. I wanted to do something fun in the large white negative spaces, so I quilted free-flowing feathers with random curls every once in a while.

For the border, I quilted a single curvy line. I’m not too good with feathers but I think these turned out pretty so I’m happy.

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Here are the quilt details:

"Oh My Stars"
38” x 38"
Original Design
Fabrics: Island Batiks from the Elementz collection, plus a White batik (a Neutral)
Batting: Hobbs Batting 80/20
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2310 (Lt. Beige)
Quilting Threads: Aurifil 50 wt. #2024 (White), #4150 (Creme Brule variegated), 2180 (Turquoise), and #4020 (Fuchsia); Invisifil 100 wt. #702 (Chartreuse)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

I really had fun with the Accuquilt Go. I plan on using it a lot more in the future! (In fact, I’ve already used it to cut out a lap quilt bound for Market. Man I love how fast and accurately it cuts!)

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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.

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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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