Welcome to April’s Island Batik challenge – Creative Borders and Binding…
I completed this challenge just in time (she checks her watch, yep with hours to spare), we have certainly all found ourselves in different and sometime difficult times over the last few months, but we are all a little bit closer to getting back to ‘normal’ times.
I know one thing, I could never be a school teacher – hats off to all teachers out there!
Just this week alone, I’ve revisited the history of the Civil War, Oliver Cromwell, Food chains, Probability and Fractions…
This months challenge was to get creative with borders and binding, some examples of these were… Easy Braid, Prairie Points, Piping, Yo-Yos, Scalloped Edges, Log Cabin Spiral, Flying Geese or Double Sawtooth
I was super excited to work with my pack of 40, 2 1/2″ strips of Ancient Etchings designed by Jackie Kunkel for Island Batik
I graded the colours of the strips as they cascaded their way through the quilt
I kept the darker colours to the one side, to create the borders, and teamed them with Island Batik solid black…
It was time to bring it altogether, to create a 60″ x 60″ quilt…
I may go back and add a silhouette or two to the centre piece, I’m thinking a lizard, a tree or a couple of love birds , would love to know your thoughts…
I quilted using Aurifil threads, Schmetz needles with Hobbs cotton batting inside. The yellow binding really popped against the black border.
I backed the quilt with Island Batik Marbles from their basic range, and Cherio in Lemonade
Thanks for stopping by to see what I’ve been up to this week, hopefully this bright, colourful quilt has made you smile…
Next months challenge is to create something for the home, using a new line of fabric – I’m so excited as I haven’t even opened the ‘surprise’ fabric bundle yet… be sure to keep an eye out to see what all the Island batik ambassadors make next month
Stay safe, stay strong
‘Do what makes your heart smile’
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