Sunday, October 6, 2019

Child's Play - September Island Batik Challenge

Hi Everyone!  It's been a while because my August Island Batik challenge was due the first week of the month, and then I spent the rest of the month making clothes and doing fun stuff because it was my birthday month!  And then September's project ended up being late because I also volunteered to make a stuffed animal for Quilt Market (which I can't show you yet) and I had absolutely no idea how difficult making a stuffed animal was!  Oh. My. Word. it is October 6th, and I just finished attaching the binding yesterday afternoon.  
The items used in this post were provided to me by Island Batik
Our theme this month was Child's Play, using the Accuquilt Block on Board die that we received in our July box, and the size requirement was 45x60 inches. The finished quilt is to be given to a child that we love or a child that needs comfort.  I have a call out to a local organization that I'm hoping will be able to provide this to a child in need.
I received the Spider Web die, which makes a beautiful black & white spider web, perfect for Halloween!!  πŸ•ΈπŸ•·
BUT, I wanted to use some of the colorful fabrics that I've received from Island Batik so I chose the 10" squares of Kaleidoscope, along with some of the other coordinating fabrics. 
I decided to check out the patterns on the Accuquilt website first to get some ideas  Did you know that there are a bunch of FREE patterns on their website?  I decided on the Clover Hollow Spider Web pattern.  It's an awesome pattern, and it would have gone together rather quickly if I hadn't limited myself to working with 10" squares for the majority of the quilt top.  I had to get resourceful with my cutting and discovered something kinda fun - Did you know that you can get FOUR 4x6 pieces out of a 10" square?  Yep!  I needed a 4x6 piece to cover the spider web die (except for that larger white piece), so I played around with it on paper to find the best use of my fabric.  So I was able to get four of each shape out of one 10" square.  
Now, you would think that one spider web "block" would look like a spider web, right?  Well, it doesn't!  One 6-1/2" block" is a quarter of two separate webs. 
You can see how they go together in this pic. This pattern calls for sashing and cornerstone blocks.  Otherwise, the four sections would go together to create a complete web. Oh, and speaking of those sashing strips - I also have an Accuquilt 1-1/2" strip die that I purchased recently because I have plans to make a queen-size quilt for our bed.  That might be a little crazy, but it's going to be a lot of awesome! 
I also used my 2-1/2" strip die for the binding strips out of the same red fabric. 
As September was coming to an end and I was still nowhere near finishing this quilt, I decided to stop making webs and start piecing the rows.  I don't typically like to add borders to my quilts, but this wasn't anywhere near the required size, so I added 5" borders.  

I thought I would dread basting a quilt after I got rid of my longarm earlier this year, but I really don't mind it.  This Kwik Klip really does help make the job a lot easier, and I don't break any nails!  

Because I was running behind, I decided to do straight-line quilting using one of my favorite threads - Aurifil #2024 40 wt. Before I got my longarm in 2017, I had straight-line quilted almost all of my quilts.  Then I started adventuring into echo quilting and other walking-foot designs.  I still love straight lines or straightish lines because they're simple and don't take away from the piecing.  I used Hobbs Tuscany Cotton Wool blend.  This batting is SO nice to work with!  I think this might be one of my absolute favorite battings and will definitely be using this again!  
As I pieced each of the rows and quilted the straight lines, I kept thinking how the sashing looked like roads and the webs looked like traffic circles, so I got our collection of Hot Wheels & Matchbox cars out of the garage (belonging to my husband and 30-year-old son).  How fun is this!?!
Don't forget to check out all of the other Island Batik Ambassadors! 
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


  1. Don't you just love the Island Batik fabrics, your quilt surely pops with those bright colors. Love it.

  2. Love the quilt and love that you chose to use the Clover Hollow pattern from AccuQuilt as I designed and made that one!! Great job on this!!

  3. Love this so much! The red sashing looks fantastic! And the shots with the cars--sooo cute!

  4. This is such a great quilt! I really love the colors, and they look so great with that spiderweb design!
    Also, I love that are giving the quilt to a child that needs it. 😍

  5. The addition of the sashing looks great! I never considered using to make on a die to figure how to maximize precut fabric use. Thanks for the tip.


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