Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Oh, Baby! Island Batik Ambassador Challenge for April 2019

It's the end of the month, so I guess I'd better get this post published for the Island Batik Ambassador Challenge!
I've actually had my quilt finished for over a week, but haven't had the time to write this post.  The challenge was to make a 40 to 48 inch square baby quilt using Island Batik fabrics and Accuquilt dies.   Part of the Ready, Set, Go package we received was an 8 inch Qube set that includes 8 different dies that make tons of different blocks!  There is an included book by Eleanor Burns that includes 46 different block patterns.  I chose nine of them to make a fun sampler quilt!
I am really having a blast using the Accuquilt Go! cutter on my projects - I just love how accurately it cuts the pieces, and how portable and easy to use the cutter is.  I cut most of my quilt while sitting in the living room watching tv with my husband one evening.

I used the Ditty Stack I received in my first Island Batik Ambassador Box.  I love the soft pastels in this set, though they are really hard to photograph!  It was also a lot of fun to figure out how to cut the pieces for my project using the 10 inch squares.  It was really a great way to practice using the cutter as I went through my blocks and figured out how best to get the amount of units needed and cut them efficently. 

I pulled out a spool of cream Aurifil 50 wt that was in my Ambassador box for the piecing.  (Thanks to Aurifil thread for the great threads included in my box!)  I love 50 wt for piecing, it's a strong, but thin thread that doesn't add extra bulk in the seams!
The blocks all came together perfectly because the pieces were cut perfectly!

I used the 2 1/2 inch strip cutter to cut the cornerstones and sashing.  For the cornerstones I used two 10 inch squares.  I cut three strips from both squares in one pass, then turned the strips I cut 90 degrees and cut them into 18 squares in a second pass.  What a quick and easy way to get them done.

Since I needed 5 strips for the sashing, I used a 14 inch piece of fabric (Almond from the neutral collection) and folded it on the mat so I could cut all five in one pass.  Then I just cut 24 sections of 81/2 inches.  Easy as pie!

Here it is on the design wall - I assembled in rows of blocks and sashing, and cornerstones and sashing.  I love using cornerstones because they help you line up everything so it's perfectly straight.

Then I was ready to get it quilted!  For me one of the most challenging parts of finishing is deciding how to quilt my quilts.  This one was no exception.  I finally decided to quilt butterflies and loops.  For batting I used the Hobbs Classic cotton in crib size from my Ambassador Box.

I used a pretty lavender 50 wt thread from Aurifil.  Doesn't it look pretty? 
Not fancy, but it's pretty cute!  I think the quilting is pretty and soft, just like the colors of the Ditty fabrics.  Look at how nicely those points meet!  Accurate cutting makes great quilts!

My little sampler quilt came out to 43 inches square.  I really enjoyed using the Go! cutter and dies to make this fun quilt.  I picked star and pinwheel looking locks, and each block was fun to make.  Using the dies made it easy to put my blocks together because the pieces matched perfectly and were so well cut. I used every die except for the 4 1/2 inch square and 4 1/2 triangle for my project!  

Thanks again to AccuQuilt for the fun challenge, and for providing the Ready, Set, Go! Ultimate cutting system, Island Batik for the lovely fabrics, Aurifil thread, and Hobbs Batting for the rest of the supplies to finish my project.

Here is the complete list of Island Batik Ambassadors - there were some lovely projects this month, you will want to check them out!

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts (me!)
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
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
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 Wiens ~ Seams like a Plan
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore


Creativeblonde66 said...

Beautiful quilt,love the quilted butterflies 🦋

Barb said...

It is amazing what one can do with the go cutter and qube...love our quilt!

Alison V. said...

This is darling! :D

Calicojoan said...

What beautiful soft colors!

Kathleen said...

I always love samplers and this one is terrific. I love the colors and the similarities among the blocks but the differences too.

KaKa said...

Congratulations on a good job! Let as many such projects as possible. Many interesting information I can find what I am very happy. I like your every project!
Regards, CTNBEE