A Slice of Summer

Monday, June 26, 2017

I've been working on several summer themed projects lately! There's just something about the longer days, warmer weather, and green grass that puts me in the mood to sew fun patterns in bright colors!


Sliced watermelon quilt using Island Batik fabrics


This month, I finished my 100th quilt of all time! But the Island Batik fabric I used is still a secret until it's released this fall, so I can't share any pictures of it yet! (The pattern is my Snowfall quilt.) After that, I was excited to start on a project that I could share! (Here are a few of the sneak peeks I shared on Instagram and Facebook of the secret quilt.)


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This month's challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is "Curvalicious Curves." I've wanted to make my Sliced quilt in batiks for quite some time, so I was excited it was finally time to move that to the top of the list!


Sliced watermelon quilt using Island Batik fabrics


The specific Island Batik fabrics I used are:

Inner Rind - Cherry Blossom in Lime from the Empress Garden collection
Outer Rind - Ginko Leaf in Chameleon from the Empress Garden collection
Background - Cherio in Ocean
Backing - a yellow/lime-colored Island Batik fabric I picked up at my local quilt shop, but I didn't write down the name!
Binding - Cherio in Ocean

Sliced watermelon quilt using Island Batik fabrics

For this mini 30" version of the pattern, I used a bright blue as the background fabric instead of the white I've used on previous versions. I love how it pops with the other colors!


Sliced watermelon quilt using Island Batik fabrics

I also used a new batting that I discovered at Quilt Market - it's still an 80/20 cotton/poly batting like I'm used to, but it's by The Warm Co. (I used the same batting in the 100th quilt too). The batting is denser than the Fairfield brand I usually use. It is super soft, thin, and quilts beautifully. The batting feels heavier than the other brand, but I didn't actually weigh it. I just got a roll of each brand, so I'm well-stocked on batting for awhile!


Sliced watermelon quilt using Island Batik fabrics
Sliced watermelon quilt using Island Batik fabrics


I pieced and quilted the quilt with Aurifil 50wt thread. For piecing, I used Natural White (#2021) because it's what was already threaded on my machine from the last quilt. For quilting, I switched to Dark Red Orange (#2255) and used my new Janome walking foot on my Juki TL-2010Q to quilt diagonal lines (the quilting I used on the Sliced quilt I made for Moda).


Sliced watermelon quilt using Island Batik fabrics

This is my fourth time making my Sliced quilt (here's the first and second and third). I love each one just as much (if not more!) than the one before!


Sliced watermelon quilt using Island Batik fabrics


This is my 101st quilt since I started quilting in 2010 and my 22nd quilt for this year! (See all my finishes here.)

Sliced watermelon quilt using Island Batik fabrics 
Sliced watermelon quilt using Island Batik fabrics 
Sliced watermelon quilt using Island Batik fabrics
Sliced watermelon quilt using Island Batik fabrics


Be sure to stop by and see what all the other Island Batik Ambassadors have sewn up for the curves challenge too!



What summer quilting projects are you working on?


10 comments:

  1. This quilt (and its siblings!) make me smile every time that I see one of them! :) :) :)

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  2. That blue background makes this my favorite of these quilts! So much fun!

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  3. I love this version of your Sliced quilt - the colors are so vibrant and summer like!

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  4. This is a great quilt. So much fun and so much bigger than it looks in the first place.

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  5. Good work. I love the work that you have done and this is attractive and impressive as well. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. What a gorgeous quilt! Lolls so delicious! Congratulations one reaching the 100 quilt milestone!

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  7. I love these quilts! Time for a cantaloupe or avocado! Yes, Avocado would be interesting. You could show a half avocado with the seed still in it and a sliver of skin for added color contrast. But for now, I like this watermelon slice...someone hand me the salt!

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  8. Beautifully executed and so simple and crisp! Lovely summer vision. I am looking for inspiration for my "Cool as a Cucumber" QIP, and this image is wonderful. Thanks for the visual feast. Your blog is lovely.

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  9. Great pattern. You have brought the watermelon to life. Great job. Thanks for linking up with TGIFF.

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