This month’s Island Batik challenge is called Magnificent Minis! I was given this fabric by Island Batik. I have to admit, I had a harder time doing this than I would have liked. Mostly, it was a time issue.
I was working on last months Island Batik project, Getaway to Dragon Island for a good part of the month. Then February I committed to two quilts for two blog hops: Fantastic Flannel Box Cars (book hop)and My Purple Martins (wings hop) were keeping me way too busy. My Purple Martins could have made the cut but 2 fabrics on the front, the background and binding were not Island Batiks so more thinking….
I was getting ready for a class called Everyday Creativity where we would make a 10″ quilt (mini!!!). I thought well here’s my chance – this will be my mini. I knew it would work and I would have time if it didn’t – be experimental! Canterbury 2, the quilt above is hers, and was a winner at last years Quilt Con in the appliqué category. How lucky was I to be taking a class from her!
Debbie Grifka has spent 100 days in 2017 and 2018 creating. This class taught us a little about the process. One year she did 10″ quilts – usually taking about 2 hours. She did something a little different in 2018 and this years is different too. We had less time than that (and it was my last night and an evening class). We had prompts to work with – curves, triangles, numbers, weather, raindrops, and on it went.
I began working and wanted to do curves. I also wanted a little transparency with the shading of colors that I had. Curved piecing wasn’t working and rather than spend too much time, I just glued pieces. We then pillowcases the quilt and quilted the sandwich. Once again, I used the Hobbs Thermore batting – a favorite as an Ambassador as they so generously donate it! It is perfect for flat projects!
My quilting is not phenomenal, but it works. The zig-zag around the appliqué pieces will keep the edges from fraying. The curves reinforce one of the themes. I was going to use some different colored thread but time is of the essence in a 3 hour class. There is a little more to show from the class, but I’ll post separately about those two pieces.
The piece I drew began with the curves on top, and I think that is the way I like it. But I wanted to take a look at the other possible orientations. What do you think?
A final look at “TC Experiment” – transparency curves experiment – an Island Batik Mini. This was also a project on my first quarter list here. I am thinking of doing this – on a smaller scale – as I am sure it will help shape my creativity in some ways I wouldn’t expect.
Island Batik Ambassador 2019 February Magnificent Mini
10″ x 10″
Hobbs Thermore Batting
Fused & Machine Quilted
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