Tuesday, June 30, 2020

June Island Batik Ambassador Challenge - Free!

This month's challenge was to make whatever we wanted to make out of any Island Batik fabric!  And wow, there have been some awesome quilts made this month. 
Since my "big" project this month has been my June Mini Madness project, I really wanted to feature that as my challenge quilt.  And since I've now presented all the blocks, here is the finished quilt! 
The materials I used for this project were provided by Island Batik and their industry partners
30 mini blocks, one for each day in June.  I made this version with scraps from the Freedom collection I used last summer for a Quilt of Valor.  The background is solid white.  I used the last bit of my Hobbs batting from the Heirloom cotton with scrim.  To quilt it, I used an Aurifil thread in pale blue.  50 wt as usual! 

I quilted it every half inch on the diagonal.  And I used the Schmetz Professional Chrome needle in a size 10. These needles really are amazing, I have noticed a lot less thread breakage since I started using them for quilting!  And you really need to check out all the great info on the Schetz website, very informative!

I'm delighted with my finish and am looking for the perfect spot to display it!  One of the most enjoyable things about my little project has been seeing my friends jump in and try their hand at my mini project.  I had fun making daily videos and sharing tips.  It really was the perfect project to get my mind centered and thinking positive thoughts this month.  I also made another version with three inch blocks and one with six inch blocks.  They aren't finished yet, but they are also made of Island Batik fabric.

This one used fabrc from Stash Builder rolls.  I just need to decide on a border.  These are the 3 inch blocks.
This one is made from Magical Reef - it's the leftover fabric from my Tidepool quilt.  It needs a border or two as well.  I need to see how much fabric I have available.  I wanted to make this one a bit bigger so I set it on point. I think I'm going to quilt this one in a spiral!  Haven't done that in a while, and this quilt is a good size for that. 

Hope you enjoy my "crazy" quilts, I had a ton of fun doing my Mini Madness - all the posts are still available and you can make the blocks anytime you like. 

Now it's on to the July challenge!  (And a new Ambassador box filled with lots of yummy new fabric arriving later today...whoopie!) 

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Jennifer Thomas said...

I didn't realize your June quilt was a mini until I clicked over to your blog. I love minis, and this is fantastic. I like the three different versions you made, but the red white and blue is my favorite. Have a fabulous day!

Kathleen said...

How wonderful this project was! What a great way to focus and have fun in this strange time. Congrats on a great finish!

Emily said...

That this is a mini is incredible! Your blocks are so small! Love the red white and blue look.

Denise said...

All of these are so beautiful I couldn't choose a favorite if I had to. Thank you so much for linking up to Put your foot down.

Dione Gardner-Stephen said...

Your wonderful quilt is so deceptive in scale, it is very hard to convince the brain that it is not full size. It will look lovely hung. Thanks for linking up with the Chameleon's Colour & Inspiration Tuesday. :)

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

Love these! There's something so wonderful about itty bitty blocks. It's fascinating to see how the quilt changes with each fabric collection. Love them all! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.