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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.

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

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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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Finally! My December Island Batik Challenge

Regular readers know that December and January were bleak months for me and that I did not post my December Island Batik challenge quilt on time. Slowly things are starting to come back to normal, or at least the new normal for me.

If you can forgive me for my lateness, I’d like to show you my December Island Batik Ambassador challenge quilt.


The December challenge was called Whimsical and Wonky, which we could interpret however we wanted. I had several ideas but in the end I decided to make a wonky star table runner.

Some people find wonky kind of hard to do. There was a time when I would have agreed. Then I had a breakthrough of sorts and found a way to create wonky stars quickly and easily. Here’s a tutorial for creating a wonky star if you want to give it a try.

To create the stars, I used Christmas fabrics from several Stash Buster rolls. Stash Busters are rolls of 5” x WOF strips and are a great way to add to your batik stash.

I added a wonky prairie point border by creating prairie points in different sizes and arranging them randomly.

I quilted the table runner with snowy swirls and snowflakes.

For the quilting, I quilted swirls of snow. Every once in a while I added a snowflake.

Here are the quilt details:

"Wonky Stars Tablerunner"
13” x 49"
Original Design
Fabrics: Various Island Batik fabric collections from Stash Builders
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

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed my December challenge quilt, even if it was a bit late. If you come back tomorrow, you can share what you’ve been working on in my weekly show-and-tell linkup, Wednesday Wait Loss.

Later this month I’ll be showing off my February Island Batik challenge, Magnificent Mini.

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

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November Island Batik Challenge

This month’s Island Batik challenge is log cabin quilts! I love log cabin blocks so this one was easy in theory.

I say in theory because I love log cabin blocks so much that designs were simply dancing in my head! So it shouldn’t surprise you that it took me a while to come up with my favorite log cabin design.


I knew that I wanted to use the Alpine Jingle fabric collection for this quilt, and I had a layer cake and some coordinates so my design had to be able to work with that.

In the end, I decided to paper piece a central motif—a Christmas tree in the woods—and to use two different log cabin blocks in the quilt—a traditional log cabin block and a courthouse steps version.

Here’s my quilt.

For the quilting, I quilted swirls of snow. Every once in a while I added a snowflake.

I continued to learn more about my new sewing machine as I made this quilt. First, I had to tackle 1/4” piecing. Janome offers several 1/4” inch feet for it’s machines, and mine came with two different O feet—one with and without a metal guide. Here I’m using the foot without the guide because that’s what I’m used to. My machine also came with three different needle plates—a regular one, a straight stitch one (with a single hole) and a Professional Grade plate that I think you use with the Professional Grade walking foot.

With my old Bernina, I typically used the straight stitch plate for everything, unless I needed to do a zig-zag or something similar. Using the plate improved my pieced and stopped that annoying “suck the fabric down the hole” thing that often happens when you start stitching. My Janome doesn’t do that at all, so I haven’t found a reason to switch to the straight stitch plate although I probably will.

There is a button for everything on my new machine it seems, so it should surprise you that I had to find and select the Quilting 1/4” stitch to use the 1/4-inch foot properly. That took a bit of reading in the book to discover, but after that the blocks stitched up quickly.

Free-motion quilting was another hurdle. Try as I might, I couldn’t find anything about that in my manual (I’ve since found it—wouldn’t you know <grin>). So I tried lowering the feed dogs after I figured out how to do that. But that isn’t enough. First, there are several feet you can choose—two walking feet, two “hopper” feet, a foot that works with the Professional Grade stitch plate, and three free motion quilting feet (one open toe, one closed toe, and another that makes echo quilting a breeze). I tried the open toe foot but kept having problems with missed stitches. Then it hit me—I’m quilting batiks so I better use a new, sharp needle to quilt through them. Changing the needle helped a ton but I still had some skipped stitches so I decided to use one of the hopper feet shown here in the photo (it hops up and down as you free motion stitch).

My Janome came with a package that included a Glider, a teflon sheet that you put on the bed of your machine to reduce the friction and make it easier to free motion quilt. I loved it! I’m amazed how great my stitches look with this machine. Almost magical!

Here are the quilt details:

"Christmas in the Cabin"
26-1/2" x 26-1/2"
Original Design: Fall Romance Too
Fabrics: Island Batik Alpine Jingle fabric collection (the center gold fabric is @121706040 which was also used as the backing; the binding is #121723685—both from the collection)
Batting: Quilter’s Dream Select Batting
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2605 (Grey)
Quilting Threads: Connecting Threads Essential Quilting Thread 50 wt. #21004 (Ivy) and Sulky 40 wt Rayon #1055 (Tawny Tan)
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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