For July, the Island Batik Ambassador challenge was to make a project that would be used at the end of the year. Makers often think of “Christmas in July”, but it was not limited to Christmas. Any holiday, including Halloween, Thanksgiving, New Years Eve and more were welcome as well as other things like winter projects.
I did go with the obvious, because this was a great chance to do one last test-make for a new pattern that I am in the process of releasing.
This Christmas tree window hanging looks great in the Island Batik Fabric. I used a green blender called “Bubble Hole Leaf” and the “Moo Milk” neutral. I also used some small scraps of other fabrics. These colours work well together, and like all Island Batik fabrics are wonderful to use.
The window hanging is done with reversible pojagi patchwork seams so it is finished on both sides. There is no batting or backing. This technique is different from regular patchwork, but it is easy to do once you see how it is done.
Sitting on the table, it doesn’t look too different from traditional quilting, but in a window, you can see the stained glass effect.
There is no black fabric used in this piece. The seams are thicker, so it blocks the light from coming through. That’s what gives it this look.
Be sure to check out the rest of the Island Batik “Never Too Early” projects.
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.
Learn more and get her to speak to your group.