My first challenge as a 2019 Island Batik Ambassador is: Magnificent Minis. The rules were to use any technique, using any fabric (except the Surprise fabric) to make a maximum 24 x 24 inch mini during the month of February. An easy task I thought...until I sat down to design something. 😊
As I was looking for inspiration, I found a book in my sewing room that I didn't know I had and have no idea where or when I got it -- The Modern Quilt Workshop by Weeks Ringle and Bill Kerr. When I picked up the book, it fell open to a brightly coloured pattern called Confetti, using batik fabrics.
Here is Tumbling Triangles -- my version of the pattern. I printed the templates at 85% to get a 18-inch mini.
Once I decided on which fabrics to use, I only cut fabric for a couple of blocks to see how piecing went and to see what size block I'd end up with. I used the Snowman print from the Icicle fabric collection for the triangle centres.
Piecing went quickly, so I cut more fabric and continued sewing. And before I knew it, there a quilt top. And then I realized I hadn't taken any in-progress photos. Oops.
I used the Island Batik Stash Builders for the background. These are rolls of 5-inch strips of fabric. There are so many awesome prints and colours. It was difficult to choose which ones to use. I can't wait to play with them again.
I did a loopy stipple in the background and a wishbone motif in the triangle centres using Aurifil thread #5008 Sugar Paper.
I used Hobbs Thermore batting. It's a thinner batting used for clothing and miniatures.
I was feeling pretty good about my efforts...until I saw what other Ambassadors had made. Wow! The talent is amazing. I generally don't compare myself to others, but I felt my mini was inadequate and didn't come close to the skill level of the other Ambassadors. I encourage you to check out some of the fabulous projects -- see the Ambassador list at the end of this post.
So I decided to make another mini. The end of the month was quickly approaching, but there was still time. I decided on floating triangles using the black solid fabric as the background. And then on Sunday, the theme for the next Project Quilting challenge was announced -- Pixel Play. So I decided to use floating squares instead of triangles to complete two challenges with one project.
I was travelling on Monday to attend my aunt's funeral, and we stopped to have something to eat. We ended up at McDonald's, and this was their wallpaper. I decided to re-create a part of the wallpaper (as shown in the green box) for my mini.
As we continued driving, I was thinking that the wallpaper reminded me of roads. And then I started thinking of the times in the summer I spent with my cousins and being at my aunt's house. It's a small town, and we walked everywhere (not that there was a lot of "everywhere" to go LOL). The term running the roads was commonly used. I remember walking down the road to Blueberry Hill to pick blueberries with my aunt and cousins.
Here is my fabric pull. And once again, I forgot to take in-progress photos. I need to put a note on my sewing machine that says: Stop and Take Photos!! 😊
This mini finishes at 15.5 x 19 inches, and it's called Running the Roads.
I'm linking up at:
Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Alycia Quilts
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
2019 Island Batik Ambassadors:
Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Tina Dillard ~ Quilting Affection Designs
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 ~ Creatin’ 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 ~ Kathleen McMusing
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Lisa Nielsen ~ Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam
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
Suzy Webster ~ Adventurous Applique and Quilting
(Debora) Anne Wiens ~ Seams like a Plan
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore