Friday, May 24, 2019

Make it Modern - May Island Batik Project

Note:  All products in this post were given to me by Island Batik as part of their Ambassador program.

It's time to share my May Island Batik Ambassador project.  This month's theme stated:

Make a crib-sized quilt using Hobbs batting. 
Must incorporate one of the characteristics of modern quilts, as defined by the Modern Quilt Guild (the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, alternate grid work).
My piece checks off four of the six modern characteristics.  That's a win in my books!

This quilt was supposed to be 40 inches square, but due to a miscalculation on my part with the backing, it ended up being about 37 x 41 inches.  The challenge was to make a crib size or larger.  You could ask 100 people what crib size means, and you'd get 100 different answers.  I generally make my baby quilts around 36 inches.

This quilt is a result of my participation in the 30 Quilt Designs Challenge 2019 hosted by Sandra @ Musings of Menopausal Melon.  I started out using a technique shown by Teresa @ Sewn Up, Teresa Down Under in her book Turnabout Patchwork.  This is a modified version of my original design.

My test block used a 2.5-inch square on a 5-inch block.  Four of those blocks put together made a 9.5-inch block.  But I felt I needed more background to showcase the "flower," so I increased the corner square to 3.5 inches.  I'm not totally satisfied, but I didn't re-do them because I didn't want to waste fabric.  I think next time, I will try using a 3-inch square.

I used the Island Batik Stash Builders for the "flowers".  They are pre-cut 5-inch strips, so there was very little cutting.

I used Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 batting.  This is the only batting I use, and I love it.  I always buy the queen size (90 x 108 inches).  I can get it at Michael's, so the bonus is that I'm able to use coupons to save some money.

I used Aurifil thread #2021 Natural White for some straight line quilting and #2886 Light Avocado for the binding.

The Accuquilt Ready. Set. Go! Ultimate fabric cutting system is great for cutting 2.5-inch strips for binding.

Thanks to Island Batik, Aurifil, Hobbs Batting, and Accuquilt for the wonderful products.

*I haven't come up with a name for this quilt yet.  I'm open to hear any suggestions you may have.

If you have a finish this week, consider linking up with:

Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday @ Pretty Piney
Can I Get a Whoop Whoop? @ Confessions of a Fabric Addict 
Finished or Not Friday @ Busy Hands Quilts
Needle and Thread Thursday @ My Quilt Infatuation
Brag About Your Beauties @ From Bolt to Beauty 
Friday Foto Fun @ Powered by Quilting


  1. WOW! Look at you from design to finished quilt, way to go. Beautiful!

  2. Love it! The colors are great and bold and work really well in this. It screams pinwheel to me, maybe Baby's Pinwheel? I'm not particularly good at creative names...

  3. Lovely baby quilt! Beautiful colors!

  4. You nailed it!!! Love the bold colors!

  5. This is so great and so much fun to see finished! I love the fun design and the quilting - bravo!

  6. crib size to me means whatever size the quilt finishes up depending on how much fabric I have! I think some crib sizes are nearer bed size. I like about 38" or so too. Love the primary colours in this, really does fit the modern brief. But .... where is the orange?

  7. I love this Anja, as you know, and I love it more because I got to see it from kernel of a design to finished useable product, and you even used a quilting suggestion of mine, ha! How about Primary Spin for a name?

  8. You checked off a lot of those MQG boxes, and you nailed the alternate grid. Well done!

  9. Good use of the negative space in this little quilt to give it a truly modern feel. Very fun.

  10. I love the block and the fun layout with all the negative space! It was fun to see this one go so quickly from first idea to finished quilt :)

  11. Very cool baby quilt, you nailed all of the modern attributes!


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