Saturday, July 29, 2017

Island Batik Ambassador's July Challenge - Oh Baby!

This month's Island Batik Ambassadors challenge was to make a baby quilt.  I received a wonderful bundle of the Batiks Go Retro Collection by Tamarinis.  I knew right away that the graphic nature of these prints would work fabulously for a Passacaglia quilt.  This is one block of a larger pattern from Millefiori Quilts by Willyne Hammerstein.  My mother made one and I wanted to try it (though I did my English Paper Piecing by Machine rather than by hand.  I ordered pieces double the usual size from paperpieces.com and had a blast using the collecting to make a baby quilt!



 I started with the center star using these great orange shapes.


Then I added some blue pieces for a lot of contrast.


Next I made ten stars.  I fussy cut the purple so they would each have a starburst in the middle.  Because after all, half the fun of paper piecing is fussy cutting fabric!


Then I added diamonds to the stars and formed them into a ring.



Then I assembled the pieces and added the dark blue border.  So much fun!


Then I started quilting it and having fun.  Here's a few final shots of hte quilting.


 I tried using some echoed curls like Angela Walters does, it's not as fluid as hers, but it was fun.


As usual, working with Island Batiks was a blast!



I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

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