Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Island Batik challenge featuring Aurifil



I feel like the luckiest gal around(well along with 49 others) that I get to work with Island Batik fabrics every month.  But this month we are also working with the wonderful Aurifil threads.

The challenge this month is called Artsy Fartsy.  Meaning we are to make something artsy using Island batiks and embellishing with Aurifil threads.  I have to say I was way out of my wheelhouse, or my comfort zone or out of my box!!  I was really fearful I couldn't pull it off.  But I rose to the challenge and am happy to report that I really like my finished product.



Never ever have I done improv curved piecing before.  I watched a You Tube video and from there I just winged it!!  I wanted it to be like grass or green rolling hills and then the sky.  See the pink row of tiny flowers growing on the hillside:)

I used the decorative stitches on my Janome Skline 7 to make pretty stitches with Aurifil thread.  I used 80 wt, 50 wt, 40 wt, 28, and a floss!  For the floss I put it in my cording foot and did a small zig zag over it.  

I thought one of my Island Batik buttons was appropriate to adorn my little quilt. Now we need Aurifil buttons!  My little wall hanging is about 11 x 18. 


Thank you Island Batik and Aurifil threads for making me jump out of my box and create something fun!  Thank you for the products used in the project also.


I used fabrics from several different collections to get the coloring I wanted for this project.  Most were from the 5" x WOF rolls that are just perfect for adding to your stash. 

Next month I will be joining several of the ambassadors in a blog hop using beautiful Island Batik fabrics that were released at Market last May.  It's going to be a really fun hop so I hope you'll be back and watching for that.  

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28 comments:

  1. I love your little quilt so much, Vicki! The Island Batik button looks like the moon in your sky.

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  2. It's beautiful! Your fabrics are so well placed, it even looks like you have a lake in there. This is awesome, Vicki!

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  3. I will be watching for next month's project! This is such fun. I do hand CQ, but I have used machine stitches on baby quilts and Christmas stockings and it is so much fun! So what needle did you use to machine with the 28 wt? I use 12 wt in my handwork often, and sometimes the floss, too.

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  4. Vicki, that is so cool! I love the layout of the colors and curves - and those fun stitches, too. You did a wonderful job going outside your comfort zone! Are you going to hang this one somewhere?

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  5. Beautiful landscape improv quilt! The Aurifil threads are the icing on the cake!

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  6. Interesting. It looks like a valley with rolling hills. Love it.

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  7. This is a fun little quilt and and aurifil button would sure be nice. I don't have any of my aurifil things with me, so that's a good reminder when I get near them next week. Its a lovely little piece and a perfect way to use/show off all the great threads!

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  8. This is beautiful. Love the colors!

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  9. You did a great job designing this fun little quilt!

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  10. You know I like this one. And improv -- you go! I knew you had it in you :-)

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  11. A quick look at the quilt among the Hibiscus and Geraniums, I thought your button was the rising moon or setting sun. What a fun addition to your beautiful little curve-pieced quilt!

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  12. A beautiful little quilt you've made. I should make more curves, looks fun.

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  13. Well now....you need to get out of your box more often. that is simply gorgeous.

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  14. Super fun! It looks like a perfect day at the beach. Nailed it!

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  15. Oh! you rocked this challenge! This piece is beautiful!

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  16. You do great being artsy fartsy, LOL!!! I love using decorative stitches for small projects.

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  17. Hi Vicki! What a great challenge, and what a fabulous job you did meeting it. Artsy fartsy is well out of my wheelhouse too - although as I type that I wonder why? I mean, you have to be somewhat creative to quilt and to put fabrics together that are pleasing. You know you've seen something that you wonder why on earth they chose those fabrics?!! Anyhoo - very cool. I totally see the grass but rather than sky I see sea. And that darkest blue looks like a shark to me in a beautiful tropical sea. So there you go - another view outside that box for you. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  18. This is so, so great! Just a tiny, perfect landscape. I love that you used different stitches in all the thread weights. You're such a clever person and I'm always inspired when I visit your blog, Vicki :)

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  19. Thank you for linking up with me today.

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  20. Artsy Fartsy??? You do the first part and Paul can tell you that I am great with the second one :-p Gorgeous little mini. So much to admire in a small piece. Love it.

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  21. Great little quilt, Vicki! You really nailed it. Love the design, fabrics and your decorative stitching.

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  22. You are so creative Vicki! Love this little wall hanging; it looks so pretty hanging out with your flowers. :)

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  23. Beautiful work Vicki! It was scary but exhilarating to right?

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  24. This is beautiful! I love your color progression.

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  25. Lovely project and so clever! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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