Island Batik Ambassadors were asked this month to try a technique. It didn’t have to be a particular size or use a particular line – so the sky was the limit (the fabrics were provided by Island Batik). I have been quilting a long time, and worked in a quilt store, so I have tried a lot of techniques. What to do???
In April, while I was still working at Cambridge Quilts, Linda Warren stopped by with her ruler and some patterns. While I couldn’t make a decision for the store to buy it, I liked it enough to by one for me. The ruler is not very large – pieces will finish either 2″ or 4″. The pattern I chose would make a 12″ block. There wasn’t a lot of fabric, so I had to be careful
So, here it is – my new technique is using the ruler called “The Learning Curve”. This ruler is quite fun. You can get wonderful circles and create wavy borders. You can find her patterns and her ruler at Linda Warren Designs and also follow her on facebook.
The first order of business was this test block. I loved the technique and so I chose my fabrics. One thing about me is I never do the easiest pattern first – always the hardest. I did watch one of her videos, too, just to be sure that I knew what I was doing.
Island Batik sent quite a few fabrics, but it is always hard to decide which group to jump in and use. I figured since we have been in the winter of our discontent with 3 Nor’easters in March, I would do my Nor’easter quilt! I would use Alpine Ice! Here is one of the pictures that helped me figure out what I wanted to use. The middle fabric with snowflakes was a little bluer/brighter than the others so I pulled it. out. Funny that the background looks much whiter in that picture.
Linda’s business card had the setting I used with a kind of gradation of color across it. I loved the one on her business card but was afraid it would be too busy. I made one section and loved it! I tried to group the fabrics to make it work, but mostly, it think it helped the prints be in a little more control. The other batiks I had were just not going to work, so I decided to go ahead.
It is a good idea to press seams open and use a stiletto. I never liked pressing seams open, a hard habit to break. I find myself doing it more and more. The stiletto really helped control the curved piecing and no pins were damaged in this exercise. 😉
There was a lot of trimming. Her technique has a good way of giving you plenty of help to get those curves nicely done. Mostly what I liked is that it all really worked well – no puckering – no redoing of seams. I pressed to the dark batiks and that allowed the pieces to nest well when I got to joining the blocks. I highly recommend this ruler. It is a simple easy solution to get some great curves in your blocks!
I chain piece when I can, because why not!
Here is the final quilt!
You can see the quilting on the back, pretty simple as it is a small piece. I used Hobbs Thermore batting for this quilt (generously provided by them) and I loved the way it behaved. It is thin but has a bit of loft. Quite nice! Notice there are triangles I used for hanging smaller pieces.
In case you were wondering what a whole quilt might look like here’s an example. I used a program called Layout on my Iphone to do this. Note, there is a double row that acts differently and interrupts the interlocking circles, but you get the idea. If you want to see others, you can go to Linda’s facebook page from here.
And a final look!
“The Winter Of My Discontent – 2018″ 20.5″ x 20.5”
Island Batik fabrics from the Alpine Lace Line
Hobbs Thermore Batting
Machine pieced and quilted