Night Flight – An Island Batik Ambassador Quilt

Disclaimer: Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, Accuquilt and Aurifil supplied fabric, batting, dies/cutter and thread for this project.

Welcome to my May Island Batik Ambassador Project – Night Flight. This month’s challenge is sponsored by Island Batik AND Hobbs Batting and is called Make it Modern with Hobbs! The quilt I make should be a crib size or larger quilt, use Hobbs Batting and include some of the qualities that make a quilt modern as defined by the Modern Quilt Guild.

What are some of the qualities of a modern quilt?
– the use of bold colors and prints,
-high contrast and graphic areas of solid color,
-improvisational piecing,
-expansive negative space, and
-alternate grid work.

I have been playing a lot in Electric Quilt 8*. In addition to playing, I am taking a monthly class with Kari Schell (On Point Quilter) and have learned so much. The above image intrigued me when I was fooling around with half rectangle in a star block. This reminded of the birds that travel near the river we live on – and I often hear the geese flying overhead – even at night. I was surprised by the night flight (though why I was is beyond me). So, back to the quilt – I decided on an 8″ square…because I had Accuquilt* and Sizzix* dies that would work! So, when I finalized the design I needed 9 8″ blocks.

The preparation was pretty easy:
1. Cut 18 HSTs (half square triangles) with my Sizzix Die, #657611*
2. Cut 18 Half Rectangles with my Sizzix Die # 657622*
3. Print 9 paper piecing templates for the small isosceles triangle.
4. Cut 9 rectangles for the body.
I redesigned the pattern you see above, so that the extra blocks were strips in the rows. I figured out the strips I needed and cut 8 1/2″ wide strips to complete the top.

The sewing went quickly and then I had to figure out the quilting. I loaded the EQ image into an editing program and drew designs. In the end, I wanted air currents. So, the quilt was sandwiched, using the 80/20 cototon/poly Hobbs black batting*. This is the second time I used it and I love it for dark quilts. Those yellows really pop against the black an there is no lint on the front of the quilt!!

You can see that I did the air currents at about 3/4″ apart.

Once I did the first air current in a section I used those guides to make the lines consistent. I could have eyeballed it, but why leave it to chance? Almost every walking foot comes with them and I did switch it to the left or right bar depending on which side I was quilting.

What do you think about more quilting? I am indifferent as to whether to add some quilting to flatten the area around the birds. Also, there is not quilting in the birds – should I? Tell me what you think. I wanted to finish and figured I could go back if I really wanted to.

Once this was done I cut my 2 1/2″ binding strips on the Accuquilt Go. It was so fast to cut those binding strips!

Did I make a modern quilt? Indeed I did! Night Flight contains the following elements:
-the use of bold colors and prints,
-high contrast and graphic areas of solid color,
-expansive negative space, and
-alternate grid work.
I also learned that I can make a modern quilt of my own design! I can quilt with little or no marks on the quilt, I just freely drew these lines in each section – no chalk lines as was my first thought about quilting. This was also one of my quarterly goals, for 2019 Finish Along.

The Malden River is just beyond horizon.

Night Flight 40″ x 40″

Inspired by watching the birds fly near the Malden River and hearing them at night!
Island Batik black, wild things #11803048, and yellow #BE32-C1
Hobbs 80/20 Black Batting
Aurifil white for some piecing
Mettler dark grey for quilting
Sizzix and Accuquilt Dies, Paper Piecing

Coming Soon:
A finished quilt for Hands 2 Help
From Designs to Quilts – how do I do it?

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