Thursday, April 11, 2019

Accuquilt baby quilt-Island Batik challenge

It's just natural to think Spring when April comes around.  Hmmm, as I write this post Mother Nature is pulling a dirty trick on us by dumping another 5 inches of snow!  As if MN hasn't had enough this year.  But I am not going to let it bother me as it won't stick around long.

Anyway I was thinking about Spring when I started my Island Batik ambassador challenge for April.  The challenge is to make a baby size quilt using the Accuquilt Go ultimate fabric system we were given this year by Accuquilt for being an Island Batik ambassador.  How cool is that!!


After much deliberation I finally decided to make mine on the modern side.  I really wanted to try out these two dies to see how well they made flying geese units.  

I am happy to report they did a fabulous job!  I am so pleased with not having to cut off the dog ears and wow they are the perfect size when I was all done! And just think of all the time you can save since you can cut up to 6 layers of fabric at once.  I had thought from time to time about getting a system but well let's face it, they are not inexpensive.  BUT after using this cutter I am lovin' it and I do think I will use it a lot in the future.  Of course I wish I had even more dies.  I would love to have the 1.5" strip die for sure.  I would use that a lot for the little inner borders I put on my table runners.  Well maybe some day:)

Here is how the 8" cube looks, all cute in their own little folders.  Each die has it's own block design on a card for easy reference.  



Here is what all we received from Accuquilt. Not pictured is a book from Eleanor Burns for making a ton of different blocks with the cube.  

Ok back to the quilt I made using the Accuquilt Go.  I made flying geese in several different colors of Island Batik's Paisley Dot collection.  For the background I used Island Batik white solid.  Yes they make solid batiks in white, gray and black.  I really like their solids!  It is very white, you can see that much better in the close up photos.


Did you notice the pop of color in the binding?  


I really like that I didn't loose any of my points in the geese units. 

This shot is so you can see the texture in the quilting.  I used a layer of Hobbs cotton batting with a layer of their Thermore on top of it.  I really had fun with the quilting, straight lines, wishbones, large pebbles and swirls all go perfectly in modern quilts.  




I used the Accuquilt 2.5" strip cutter to cut my binding. 




I love how a quilt looks all rolled up.


As an Island Batik Ambassador I was given the fabric, batting and Accuquilt Go. 








26 comments:

  1. Hi Vicki! What a great finish and I'll bet it was fairly quick to put together too. I've been trying to talk Sue into an Accuquilt cutter for years now to no avail. I love the quilting patterns you chose. If I tried to quilt all nice and straight like that, everyone would surely notice that I cannot stitch a straight line! The colors are so nice and Spring-like, and adding those colors in to the binding really makes them pop. Happy Thursday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. Fun, modern baby quilt, Vicki! Great quilting, too.

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  3. Lovely! When I first looked at it, I did not see flying geese. I was really wondering how you used the cutter for it. I love the design.

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  4. It does feel like a spring quilt! And quite modern. Your quilting is highlighted so well...that texture is killer good! And I'm jealous of the Accuquilt cutter! Who wouldn't want one of those 'tool's?!

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  5. Be still my beating heart! This quilt is gorgeous! Well done!

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  6. Nice baby quilt. I tried to win one of the cutters, years ago (didn't happen). Too expensive for my budget.

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  7. I have a 12" qube and have been thinking of getting the 8 inch some day thanks for showing it

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  8. Fancy and modern! I knew you would be loving that die cutter!!!

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  9. Your quilting is inspirational to me! So uniform and neat, sigh. And I love the modern feel of this piece with the pops of color in the geese chevrons. Great design!

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  10. You nailed the modern look with this quilt. Love the quilting you did on this quilt Vicki! Batik fabric is the result of the process of applying a wax resist to fabric and dying to create the designs that become a batik fabric, so a solid isn't really a batik fabric, but the fabric they use before the wax process, right? Oh to have the space for a die cutter, long arm quilting machine, design wall. Well I do what I can with the small space I have and there isn't room for those things that would make my quilting life easier and faster. *sigh*

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  11. I love your baby quilt! What a fun design - the bright colors are so pretty and it really showcases your quilting, too. I've thought about getting an Accuquilt cutter, too - but I got a sewing machine instead, lol! I would definitely like the cutting accuracy it gives you.

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  12. What a fun quilt. Like what you did with the binding. And such pretty quilting!

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  13. Now what modern mommy wouldn't want this baby quilt! It's fresh and cute and would work for any baby. I love the quilting you did on it and yay for perfect points! This is a really great project, Vicki. You make a great IB ambassador. I just know you'll have a successful quarter getting all these UFO's finished and out the door too.

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  14. I didn't realise they were fly geese! Great design and gorgeous quilting!

    -Soma

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  15. Beautiful quilt design and your quilting is awesome!

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  16. Wow Vicki! My March and your April are kind sorta twinsies :-) Love this! Wonderful quilting on that beautiful white.

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  17. Beautiful!!!! I love the colors and the binding with the pops of color at the corners is so fabulous!

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  18. Gorgeous, Vicki! The bright colours are fabulous with that perfectly white white and the quilting is amazing :)

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  19. Getting the GO was a real treat. I'm glad you're an ambassador. This is a wonderful quilt design, and the quilting is really great on it. Is it a keeper or a donation?

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  20. A beautiful modern baby quilt! The pop of color in the binding looks great!

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