Monday, February 12, 2024

Island Batik Log Cabin Challenge and Blog Hop

This month Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to create a log cabin quilt with their fabric bundle. I've dabbled a little with Electric Quilt EQ8 but thanks to being an Island Batik Ambassador, I'm now inspired to learn to use my EQ8. I created a traditional log cabin and added geese.

The fabric bundle I received for this challenge was the Island Batik Heavy Metal Collection by Kathy Engle. It's full of beautiful purples and blues with a few creams. From the 20 fabrics in the collection I used 18 fabrics and decided to use the white batik for the geese so they would stand out. Here is the photo of the completed quilt which measures 48" square.

I love and always use Aurifil Thread (50 weight) for all my quilting and sewing projects. I also always use Schmetz Microtex Needles for piecing my blocks. These needles are wonderful when working with batiks and also when foundation paper piecing, which I do a lot of and teach it too!

I don't quilt medium to large tops and for this one I asked Pat Yearwood at Stitch'n Quilt to do the quilting for me. She used a non-directional pattern which I think works really well with the log cabins. Hobbs Batting was also used in this quilt.

Here are some photos of the steps used in creating my log cabin blocks. Every step of the way I pressed seams with my new Oliso iron! I love hand sewn bindings but have learned how to do machine bindings and keep the hand joints much happier!

Good luck with the giveaway!

Check out other Island Batik Ambassadors' blog pages this month to see their challenge quilt and for more giveaways happening this month!

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Happy Quilting!

Monday, January 29, 2024

January 2024 Island Batik Ambassador Unboxing Video

It’s exciting to be selected as an Island Batik Ambassador for the first time! This year we have some really terrific challenges and I know you’ll all love seeing what the 26 Ambassadors create each month from the different fabric lines shipped to them. This is your chance to see our Island Batik Ambassador's boxes of fabrics that were shipped to each of us via everyone's unboxing videos. To see the other ambassador's videos just scroll down to 2024 Island Batik Ambassadors and click the links next to their names. Here's my video!

2024 Island Batik Ambassadors

Best, Megan:

Boatright, Pamela:

Deshensky, Susan:

Hatziioannidi, Mania:

Kresin Campbell, Connie:

Looney, Denise:

McAuliffe, Maryellen:

Schweri, Julia:

The 2024 Island Batik partners are @aurifilthread, @hobbsbatting, @studio180design, @schmetzneedles, @patternsbyannie, @funkyfriendsfactory, @olisohome

 Follow my blog so you're notified as soon as posts go live and keep informed on upcoming raffles!  There's one coming in February!

Island Batik Fabrics are available at the following local Georgia shops I teach and shop at:

Cottontail Quilts   2259 Lewis Street, Kennesaw, GA 30144

Thread Bear   515 Sawnee Corners Blvd, Cumming, GA 30028

Quilt ‘N Kaboodle   1628 GA-115, Cleveland, GA 30528

Magical Stitches   4126 Hartley Bridge Road, Macon, GA 31216