The June 2021 challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors is called “Spread Love and Joy with Accuquilt”. We got to make a quilt of any size to spread love and joy.
Accuquilt generously sent us a “Block on Board” die. These dies have all the pieces required to make a block, so you can cut a whole block with one pass.
I received the maple leaf block die. At first, it doesn’t seem like the die would be necessary for a simple block, but this block finishes at 8″ square. If you are cutting and trimming half-square triangles with a traditional ruler, that will involve some tricky fractions (8/3). With the die, there is no math required.
As a Canadian, my initial thought was to make a Canada Day quilt in red and white. But I did not receive much red and white fabric from Island Batik, so I had to rethink that. I have seen a lot of fellow ambassadors make quilts with black backgrounds, so I decided to go with scrappy jewel tones on a black background.
These aren’t traditional fall or leaf colours, but I love how it turned out. The fabrics glow on the black background.
The inner section of the quilt is four fancy pinwheel blocks. These pieces for the flying geese and half square triangles were cut with other Accuquilt dies that I had.
I don’t usually put multiple borders on quilts, but I decided to add a border with half-square triangles. This gives it a really nice touch.
In the Island Batik Ambassador package, Hobbs Batting sent a black batting, and this seemed like the perfect chance to use it. I have never used black batting before, and it was great to work with. It is just as soft as any of their other battings.
The quilting is wavy diagonal lines. That adds to the feeling of movement with the leaves and pinwheels and is easy to do on a domestic machine.
I love how this quilt turned out.
Thanks to Island Batik and the other industry sponsors for donating their products!
Elizabeth DeCroos is the designer and teacher at Epida Studio. She loves to work in quilting, pojagi and embroidery and teach these techniques to others.
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