Island Batik “Try A Tool” Challenge

slice star quilt with title

The August challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to use a new fabric collection and a specialty ruler from Studio 180. I was assigned the Butterfly Blooms fabric collection, which I love. The colours are so bright and cheerful and work together well.

butterfly blooms fabric collection from Island Batik.

The ruler I received was the Corner Pop III. This ruler is designed to make a triangle that is three times as tall as it is wide on the corner of a block. So if it is 1″ wide, it will be 3″ tall. The triangles can be used on any size of block.

corner pop 3 ruler by studio 180.
corner pop 3 ruler on fabric.

There are a lot of different ways the ruler can be used, but I decided to keep it simple. I made 6″ blocks with 4″ tall triangles on the sides. Because of the ruler, I didn’t have to worry about trying to calculate 1/3 of 4″. The ruler did it automatically, making it easy.

I joined the blocks together so that the triangles formed stars.

wedge star with corner triangles.

I made a layout so that some blocks would have triangles on opposite sides, making two stars. I had to sketch it out so that I would know what colours to put on which blocks.

block with two triangles of different colours.

Happily, I was able to make the blocks and get them together without any problems. I added two borders to finish it off.

For the quilting, I used straight diagonal lines that followed the angle of the triangles. I really like the angled grid design.

sliced star quilt outside.

For the back of the quilt, I used a coordinating Island Batik fabric and some pieces left over from the star fabrics.

back of sliced star quilt.

This was my first time using a Studio 180 ruler, and it was very easy to use. There are video tutorials and pattern inspiration, so I had a lot of options.

Be sure to check out all the other Island Batik ambassador projects.

Thanks to Island Batik and Studio 180 for providing tools and materials for this project.

Island Batik logo
studio 180 logo


Elizabeth DeCroos - Epida Studio.

Elizabeth DeCroos

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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8 thoughts on “Island Batik “Try A Tool” Challenge”

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    Beautiful finish, Elizabeth. I love your slant on quilting 🙂 Pun intended. The angled grid is awesome and the pieced back is lovely. How big is the finished quilt?

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