The April challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is to sew a baby quilt using AccuQuilt dies. No problem! I used the AccuQuilt Go! cutter for last month’s challenge, the Vintage Quilt Reimagined, and loved how quickly and accurately the cutting went.
Since the color scheme for the Border Quilt top that I finished last year is still on my mind, I decided that blues and teals were the way to go for this quilt. So I fished out an assortment of Island Batik 5″ stash builder strips (plus some of the dark blue yardage that I used on last month’s quilt) and some solid white batik yardage. Did you know that there are batik solids available? I didn’t until opening the box of fabrics that Island Batik sent for me to work with!
I wanted something simple for such a small quilt, so I looked for blocks that could be made with 2″ squares and HSTs. The Road to Oklahoma fit the bill perfectly. I modified the block coloring slightly in EQ8 to suit the variety of fabrics.
All I needed were the AccuQuilt Go! cutter and the 8″ Go! Qube dies #2 and #5 . It turned out that the 5″ strips were perfect for these dies and I didn’t have to do any rotary cutting for the blue and teal fabrics (which is good, because I’m super lazy). Since batiks are tightly woven, there was very little fraying and the dies made clean cuts. An added bonus to the tight weave? Not much stretch on the bias!
Using the AccuQuilt dies for half-square triangles makes for really accurate stitching. The dog ears are non-existent, and it’s easy to line up the triangles and find the 1/4″ seam allowance. I had ZERO need for trimming when I was done. Cutting and sewing this quilt top went by in a flash!
But, alas! Then came the…
I chose Hobbs Heirloom bleached cotton batting because of the amount of solid white fabric in the quilt. Once the quilt was sandwiched and spray-basted, I ironed a big piece of freezer paper over a section of it to sketch out some quilt designs. I had kind of a vague idea of what I wanted, but I really needed to see it full-sized and on the fabric.
I used a white Aurifil 50wt thread with the walking foot on my Bernina 550QE to quilt a diagonal grid. (Jacquie Gering’s book is a great way to learn about walking foot quilting.) Then I added the stars and spent way more time procrastinating and complaining about the filler lines between the stars than I actually spent quilting them. Finally, I switched from the walking foot to the Bernina stitch regulator to add some irregular pebbles inside of the stars.
We had some beautiful spring sunshine and I took a little walk for a photo shoot. The blues and whites stand out beautifully against the mossy rock steps, don’t they?
My home is on a cranberry farm, and the red pump houses are a perfect color contrast to the bogs, dams, and canals that surround them–not to mention ideal surfaces for quilt photography.
The quilt’s named “Road to Stormy Hill” as an homage to the Road to Oklahoma block, but since it was made and photographed near the road to Stormy Hill (at not even 80 feet above sea level, it’s one of the highest points in the area), the name change seemed appropriate.
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