Tuesday, December 17, 2019

November Tool Time Challenge

Well, I'm running a bit late for my Island Batik challenge for November, but here it is!  Our challenge was to use a specialty quilting tool (ruler, template, etc).  I had this all in my head and ready to go, and then the preparation for Thanksgiving started, and having my son and his girlfriend here definitely took priority over everything else!  But they've gone back to Seattle, and life got back to normal for the most part.  As you can see, it's all pieced, but it's not yet quilted.  I'm waiting for my Christmas present to arrive before doing that ;) I'll be sure to write a blog post once my present has been opened!  I'm so excited, but I'll wait until I actually have it in my hot little hands before revealing exactly what it is ;) No, it's NOT another longarm.  LOL 
The items in this post were provided by Island Batik and Aurifil. 
It's really challenging to get decent pics these days in the Pacific Northwest. Most days, it's foggy outside when I leave for work in the morning, and it's dark by the time I get home. I can't wait for longer days with lots of sunlight! Trust me, this is full of color!  So much purple 💜

The tool that I used was the 10-degree Wedge ruler by Cheryl Phillips (Phillips Fiber Art)  I used Black Pearl by Kathy Engle, which is the same fabric that I used in my ghost for the October challenge, but it's such a great line that I decided to use more of it this month since I had a lot of 2.5" strips.  

While this ruler can make a really long lengths for a circle, half-circle, etc., I chose to make smaller wedges using the #11 mark, cutting my 2.5" strips 8.5" long.  I have actually made a full circle baby quilt using the full length of the ruler.  Super easy and super fast!  The ruler is 23" long, so just imagine what a great baby quilt or playmat this would make! 
I was able to get four wedges out of each 2.5" strip.  

I like using the 10-degree ruler because I know that it will take 36 wedges to make a complete (360-degree) circle, 18" to make a half-circle, and 9" to make a quarter-circle.  I like the easy math :) 

As you can see in the pic, I chose to make two half-circles and two quarter-circles, then did a random design from top to bottom. 

I used Aurifil #2568 50 wt (Mulberry), which is so pretty!  I used a raw edge applique technique and then flipped it over and cut the extra background fabric off the back of the appliqued section to reduce the thickness.  That's a little trick I learned from Natalia Bonner a few years ago ;) 
The quilt top is 46" x 63"  -  the perfect size for a small person (me!) and her dog (Dutch!) on the couch! 

I still have one more project to make to complete my year as an Island Batik Ambassador, so stay tuned! 

I hope that you have a wonderful holiday season with your loved ones ❤