The specific fabrics I used are as follows:
Pink - Watermelon
Orange - Nasturtium
Blue - Pool
Green - Lemongrass
Purple - Jelly
White - Sprinkles
Purple for backing - Glowing Embers
I played around in EQ7 for a bit before settling on 3" blocks with a "boomerang" design. It's a "simple" design, but I wanted the bright batik fabrics to be the focus! The small blocks would allow for an 18" square finished mini quilt.
I printed the templates, tossed the fabric into my suitcase, and headed off to a quilt retreat (read about that fun weekend here)!
Once at the quilt retreat, I cut 4" squares out of the white Sprinkles fabric and some rectangles from the colors to use for the blocks. Being organized with my fabrics from the get-go allowed for me to chain piece and chat away at the retreat!
Once all the blocks were pieced, I trimmed them up and sewed them together to create the top.
Next came the fun part - removing the paper! My handy pair of tweezers that I keep in my sewing box came in quite handy! (Surely I'm not alone in using non-sewing things as sewing notions??)
Next up was a good pressing before making the quilt sandwich. As usual, I pin basted.
While designing the quilt and sewing the blocks, I could not come up with how I wanted to quilt it once finished. Even after having the top done, I just stared at it for a bit. Finally, I took the print out I had made in EQ7 and started drawing lines. Before long, I knew exactly what to do!
Using the walking foot on my vintage Bernina 930 Record, I quilted the diamond design onto the white sections. I did the "right" side of the diamonds, stitching all the way across the quilt. Then I would turn around and quilt the "left" side of the diamonds going back.
After quilting, I trimmed off the extra batting and backing and added orange binding to finish the quilt. It felt great to start and finish an entire project in a single day without any interruptions from kids or washing machines or dogs or .... Did I mention how much I enjoyed the quilting retreat??
I love how bright and cheery this quilt is! I'm ready for spring!
I'm sure the other Island Batik Ambassadors would love for you to stop by and see what they've been up to!
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Linking up to TGIFF at Celtic Thistle Stitches, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts, Needle and Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, and Finish It Up Friday at Crazy Mom Quilts.