I’ll be completely honest – the “May Make it Modern” challenge for Island Batik fabrics featuring Hobbs batting was one of my favorites! I really like attempting to create modern quilts. I’m not sure if I always get there but I have a lot of fun playing around with it.
The fabric for this quilt was provided by Island Batik and the batting was provided by Hobbs Batting as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program.
I knew right away that I wanted to improv piece with the scraps I had from the first three quilts I’ve created this year for Island Batik challenges. Improv piecing is just so carefree and calming. All you do is sew a bunch of bits together, cut them up a bit and sew some more! I tried to improv them in a log cabin style … some of the logs were made of a bunch of improv scraps themselves. I did this because I wanted to double up the challenge with the log cabin challenge for Quilt Expo. If I can double up on projects I’m definitely going to do so!
Once I had enough log cabin improv “chunks” finished I sewed them together in a manner that looked pleasing to me …or at least I thought it might. Had I been happy with this layout I would have had this project finished and posted two weeks ago! But, I decided it just wasn’t where I wanted it to be. So, I cut it up some more. I actually made my cuts in a large log cabin pattern. I rotated some of the pieces around, added some bits to some of them, and re-sewed everything back together. Here is what the second version looked like. It’s better but I had envisioned more of the Island Batik grey solid in my final piece. This had a lot of prints in it and still didn’t feel quite right. I did what I always did when I don’t know what I should do. I slept on it. Sure enough, in my dreams I came up with a new plan. I sketched a courthouse log cabin that would end up in the dimensions I needed for the Quilt Expo and decided that most of the horizontal logs would be cut from the improv quilt I just made and the majority of the vertical logs would be cut from solid grey Island Batik fabric. After sewing one 1.5” log cut from the improv fabric I decided all future 1.5” strips would be cut solely from the solid fabric. I also felt that the final vertical strip should be cut from the improv piece just because I was getting bored with the solid. Finally, I had my third version of the quilt created. I was finally happy and decided it was time for quilting.
I layered Hobbs Heirloom Natural Cotton Batting between the quilt top and the checker board Island Batik fabric I chose for the back.
Once the quilt sandwich was prepped it was time for quilting. I may have went a bit crazy quilting this piece. I just have so much fun playing with different designs and different threads. This piece was quilted with a combination of Aurifil 50 wt variegated thread and 40 wt King Tut thread from Superior Threads.
I may have over-quilted this piece. I’m guessing a simple linear pattern would have the overall quilt a better effect. But it was still a ton of fun to do and I know I’ll be using some of these patterns again in future quilting. It’s definitely a piece you’ll either love or you’ll feel like it’s too much. But either way –it’s done and I enjoyed the entire process.
Don’t forget to take a peek at the modern quilts made by the other Island Batik Ambassadors!
Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Tina Dillard ~ Quilting Affection Designs
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II
Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog
Kathleen McCormick ~ KathleenMcCormick
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Lisa Nielsen ~ Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Anita Skjellanger , Quilt in a not-Shell
Laticia “Tish” Stemple ~ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
Suzy Webster ~ Adventerous Applique and Quilting
(Debora) Anne Weins ~ Sweetgrass Creative Designs
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore