Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Island Batik Mini Madness for March

As a Ambassador for Island Batik we were asked to make a mini for our March project. It didn't matter what as long as it was no larger that 24x24. Looking at all the pretties they had sent me in this box I kept getting all kinds of ideas, but I finally settled on one and went for it on Sunday. Yes I completed it start to finish all in one day!!!

I will tease you with a few steps of my process before showing you the finished Mini. If you have never used Island Batik's before you really need to give them a try. Wowie, they are so pretty and what a wonderful feel to them.  They are wonderful to applique with, there are no ravels going on at the edges so no need to use a fusible or turn them under.  I chose to use 4 pieces from their Stash Builder rolls they sent me, plus a background pastel aqua from their Lavish collection for this project.


So as you see, I began by cutting my pieces, layering the centers together and tacked them together using a little Elmers washable school glue and heating them just a bit with the iron.  See this little bottle, I found a pack of 3 at Hobby Lobby in the art department. They came with these little metal tips...super awesome!!  Just add a bit of Elmers glue and you are set.   Next I laid my flowers, stems, and leaves on my background and using my Frixion pen, put in some registration marks so that I could quilt right up to the appliques. 

And let the fun of quilting begin!!  I had just finished Christina Cameli's Wild Quilting Craftsy class this past week and I was feeling majorily inspired!!  After all my longarm years of quilting I still felt very uneasy at combining designs on the 'fly'.  When I saw Christina was doing a class on it I didn't hesitate at all, she is a great instructor and made me feel like I could jump right in and do it. So why not!!  Yes I did this on my longarm using 2 layers of Airtex batting-they were samples from a quilt show so I do not know what content they are, but guessing 80/20. I wanted to leave the area under the applique unquilted so it would poof out the flowers, leaves and stems once I appliqued them down.



 For the applique I had the perfect Superior King Tut thread in my stash that had never been used so why not experiment with that. The centers were done in one pass of zigzag stitching. Then I added the 2 outer layers to the flower.

Ok I'll stop teasing you ;-)  Here's the finished Mini weighing in at 13.5" square.  I used Suzie's Magic Binding technique.  See the penny-thought you might want to see the size of the quilting in comparison!

This picture actually shows you a bit of the dimension achieved by using 2 batts and quilting the background first leaving the area behind the applique unquilted, then doing the actual applique.  I had so much fun doing my first project, thank you Island Batik for trusting in my to be one of the Ambassadors for 2016!!!

 Just look at the gorgeous fabric!



The pattern came from Jan/Feb. '10 Quiltmaker magazine. Here is what it was supposed to look like...

Linking up with several of the fun parties this week, you will find the links all on the left side bar.


37 comments:

  1. Wow Vicki, is this beautiful!!! The combination of batiks, applique and your awesome quilting......wow!!!!!

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  2. Batiks are always so beautiful in applique. ANd your quilting adds the perfect finishing touches. I agree with Connie: WOW!!

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  3. Love the quilting, and the design. Very pretty!

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  4. love it and love the little triangles on the binding.

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  5. Very nice work and great instructions. It's fun to make a pattern in your own way.

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  6. Very nice work and great instructions. It's fun to make a pattern in your own way.

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  7. Looking great with the first share, Love the finished flanged binding with the prairie points.

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  8. Love the teasing...wow worth it to see it at the end! I've done trapunto years ago, but never put two battings together like you did here. WOW! Your quilting is just lovely Vicki. I love King Tut thread. Those batiks are so rich, mmm, want to lick 'em. I think IB will be mighty pleased they accepted you as an ambassador.

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  9. This is lovely. Your quilting is fantastic!

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  10. Very pretty! Love your mini!

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  11. Your quilting is exquisite. So much love in a such a small quilt!!! Congratulations on being chosen as an ambassador.
    Preeti.
    http://sewpreetiquilts.blogspot.com/

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  12. This is not only gorgeous, but the quilting is spectacular!!!

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  13. Love the placement of the prairie points and your lovlely quilting!

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  14. wow Vicki, this is the sweetest! Love the bright colors you selected, and the quilting is fab :)

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  15. Pretty! I love that bright blue fabric! :)

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  16. What a stunning finish! Love the blue and those cute little prairie points.

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  17. This is gorgeous! The quilting is as lovely as the quilt.

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  18. I loved your process shots on this gorgeous mini. And your wild mixed quilting is beautiful!

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  19. That is so pretty, and your quilting is just amazing!

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  20. Stunning! I had never thought of quilting first and applique after so was really interested to read about this. Thanks for sharing.

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  21. That is such a pretty quilt! Love the quilting. King Tut threads are my favorite for quilting.

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  22. I love batiks, and you have a lovely colour choice. Your quilting is lovely, but what I love best is the prairie points. I do prefer your version with just three, it just works and draws the eye around the quilt. Lovely.

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  23. Oh wow Vicki!! The quilting is making me light headed...just gorgeous! It's been a long time since I used any Batiks, but boy are those gorgeous! Congrats on this finish, its amazing!

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  24. This is stunning! I'd love to make one of these for my sewing room!

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  25. Wow - your quilting is just stunning! What a gorgeous piece. Thank you so much for sharing at TGIFF.

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  26. Oh, oh, oh! Gorgeous everything! Fabric, design, quilting--oh my! Amazing, my friend.

    Julie @ Pink Doxies

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  27. oh my gosh....soooo beautiful!

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  28. Your quilting is absolutely stunning! I'm also nervous about combining designs so I typically opt for something really simple. Now I want to try something a little more complex!

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  29. That is lovely, and the dimensional effect is very clever.

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