Sunday, March 31, 2019

Churn Dash Mix-Up - Vintage Reimagined

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I have been provided with some of the items mentioned in this post, including Island Batik fabric, Aurifil Thread, Hobbs Batting, and Accuquilt Go! 

Welcome back!  It's been a little bit, but I've been super busy with life stuff like applying for a job, interviewing for a job, getting an offer for that job, and then finally starting that job!  Whew!  It's been crazy, but I think I'm finally catching up, and I have a fun quilt to share with you!  

When I learned that the March challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was Vintage Reimagined, I knew exactly what to do --- pull out ALL the vintage quilts in the house for some inspiration!  I'll share the story of these quilts and some close-up shots in another blog post. In short, they were part of the package when we purchased our very first home in 1989.  While I didn't know the maker of these quilts personally, I did know that we were now responsible for taking on the "job" of using these quilts just as they were meant to be used -- to provide warmth and love. 
I chose this red, white, and blue churn dash quilt as my inspiration for this challenge.  It's one of my favorites and this is one of the quilts that we used and loved until it fell apart. 💓 
Our challenge quilt needed to be a minimum of 36" square, so I got out the graph paper and started drawing churn dash blocks and coloring them in with my colored pencils.  I went online to search for 12" churn dash blocks because I was sure that someone had already done the math for me :) and I was right!  I found this tutorial by Sherri McConnell of A Quilting Life.  But I needed to add a little more...something to mix it up...a churn dash reimagined.  Hmmm.....So I did a little more online searching and found several variations AND also discovered that there were different names for the same block!  Who knew???  I did some more coloring on my graph paper and eventually came up with a plan!  This pic also includes my original quilting design, which changed just a little ;) 
That took WAY longer than I thought it would, and they're not even complicated blocks!  Decisions, decisions.....🙄

I got out the Accuquilt Go! (one of the many awesome benefits of being an Island Batik Ambassador!) and started cutting the pieces needed.  This is just a small set of the pieces I cut, and it all went so fast!!  I used the 4.5" die, the 5" die, and the 2.5" x 4"5 die.  Super fast! 
I used the Island Batik white solid, several of the 5 x WOF strips in shades of blue, as well as the 2.5" red strips of text fabric in the Soul Song collection.  Some of the blues - the rain drops and the trees - were perfect to represent the Pacific Northwest, where I've lived for the past 26 years.  I used Hobbs 80/20 bleached batting and Aurifil 40 wt thread, #2024 for quilting.

My dude (aka quilt holder) and I walked around downtown to find just the right spot for taking a good pic, and I think this is the perfect one!  Our downtown has some spectacular murals!  
I went with a "simple" quilting design with some stitch-in-the-ditch and echoing.  All of the quilting was done on my domestic machine -- Husqvarna Viking Scandinavia 300 -- using a walking foot. This is the first decent-sized quilt I've quilted since closing my longarming business, and I enjoyed every single minute of it.  Yes, it takes much longer, but that's okay as long as I make my deadline ;) 

I opted for a fun binding technique - matched binding.  I used this on my dude's birthday quilt a few years ago.  You can find a tutorial from A Quilter's Table here.  

There are some pretty amazing quilts from the other Island Batik Ambassadors this month!  Check them out! 

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II
Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack's Blog
Kathleen McCormick ~ KathleenMcCormick
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki's Crafts and Quilting
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Anita Skjellanger , Quilt in a not-Shell
Laticia "Tish" Stemple ~ Tish's Adventures in Wonderland
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
(Debora) Anne Weins ~ Sweetgrass Creative Designs
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore