Double Take

Sunday, July 29, 2018

This month's Island Batik ambassador challenge was to create a quilt with a secondary design. A secondary design is one in which some surprising design appears when you put the blocks together - making you do a double take!


Fizzy block modern quilt using purple and teal Island Batik fabrics


I started this month's challenge by scouring Pinterest for ideas. I found a quilt design that I absolutely loved (see it here), but ultimately knew I would not have the time to make it this month. So I went with my second choice, the Fizzy Block by Play Crafts. It's a free block tutorial on the Blossom Heart Quilts blog as part of The Bee Hive quilt block series.

I went with a favorite color combo - purple and teal. I went through all the fabrics Island Batik has sent me and pulled every rich purple and teal I could find. (I ultimately took out that light purple dot. It just didn't have the same vibe as the rest.)


Purple and teal Island Batik fabrics

Next, I used the template that Alyce has on the tutorial post to cut the drunkard's path pieces. I just printed the template on regular copy paper and cut the fabrics with a rotary cutter by cutting along the edge of the templates.


Drunkard's path quilt block pieces

I sewed the pieces together using Aurifil 50wt thread in Dark Dusty Grape #2581.


Drunkard's Path blocks

A quick press made the blocks lay flat.


Drunkard's Path quilt blocks using Island Batik fabrics

And a quick trim made them all the perfect size.


Drunkard's Path quilt blocks using Island Batik fabrics

It takes four drunkard's path blocks to make the Fizzy Block.


Fizzy block modern quilt using purple and teal Island Batik fabrics

Then rotating every other block when laying them out creates an amazing secondary design!


Fizzy block modern quilt using purple and teal Island Batik fabrics

I loaded the quilt on my new-to-me longarm (read more about it here) with a sheet for the backing. Now, that's definitely something I've never tried before! And honestly, I don't love it. But I did not have enough matching fabric for the back, and I didn't have time to piece it. So I went through my stash and had half of a twin sheet leftover from making curtains for my firstborn's nursery (over five years ago!). It was the perfect size and color, so it won the argument. The batting is Warm & Natural from The Warm Co.


Aurifil 50wt on my Gammill longarm

For thread, I used the Aurifil 50wt Dark Dusty Grape #2581 and Aurifil 50wt Bright Turquoise #5005.


Quilting on my 1989 Gammill longarm with Aurifil 50wt thread

When I bought my longarm, the seller was adamant about what type of thread I needed to use. She said it only liked one kind of polyester thread. Well, look who's proving that wrong! Aurifil for everything!!


Quilting on my Gammill longarm with Aurifil 50wt thread

I started by quilting a double curve in all of the purple pieces. Since my longarm can not accommodate rulers (or should I say, I haven't outsmarted it yet!), I have to freehand everything. (The foot hops too high for rulers. So far, the hopping distance can not be adjusted and the foot can not be changed. But I'm brainstorming some ideas!) This led to some very imperfect curves.


Quilting on my Gammill longarm with Aurifil 50wt thread

I free motioned a meander design in all of the teal fabrics. Definitely a much more manageable quilting design for me!


Fizzy block modern quilt using purple and teal Island Batik fabrics

Once finished, I machine stitched the binding on using one of the dark purples.


Fizzy block modern quilt using purple and teal Island Batik fabrics

I absolutely love the deep saturated purples and teals in this quilt! 


Fizzy block modern quilt using purple and teal Island Batik fabrics

And I also love the design! This is one I would love to make again! The blocks are so simple to make, but the end result has such a wow factor!


Fizzy block modern quilt using purple and teal Island Batik fabrics

This is the first quilt finished in our new house!


Fizzy block modern quilt using purple and teal Island Batik fabrics

The quilt measures 48" square and is my 34th quilt finish for the year!


Fizzy block modern quilt using purple and teal Island Batik fabrics

I have a secret quilt to make this coming week. In fact, it uses purple and teal Island Batik fabrics too! It will be in a magazine in January, so I won't be able to share it until then.

Next month is an Island Batik blog hop. Each ambassador will be sharing quilts made with new fabrics that are just showing up in stores. I am SO excited for my quilt idea for the blog hop! I haven't started it yet though, so I'm crossing my fingers it will work. I'll be sharing lots of sneak peeks on Instagram and Facebook before the big reveal, so be sure to follow me there to see what crazy things I'm up to!


Fizzy block modern quilt using purple and teal Island Batik fabrics



Linking up with Main Crush Monday at Cooking Up Quilts, Monday Making at Love Laugh Quilt, What I Made Monday at Pretty Piney, Linky Tuesday at Freemotion by the River, Let's Bee Social at Sew Fresh Quilts, Wednesday Wait Loss at The Inquiring Quilter, Midweek Makers at Quilt Fabrication, Needle & Thread Thursday at My Quilt Infatuation, Finished or Not Friday at Busy Hands Quilts, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop at Confessions of a Fabric Addict, TGIFF, and Friday Foto Fun at Powered by Quilting.


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25 comments:

  1. I like the color combination, and the pattern is really fun!

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  2. O. M. G. This quilt is stunning. The colors, turquoise and purple, who'd expect them to work, and work this well?? It's like a glittering jewel. I'm so in love with this!!

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  3. I can see how your first pick of patterns would be a bit time consuming! As beautiful as it is. The colors really make your quilt a beauty. And, that's a great photo spot on the fence in front of your new home!

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  4. I LOVE it!! the colors, the pattern, I love it all. I've done curves successfully but haven't tried a Drunkard's Path curve/block - yet. This just MIGHT be the one that will change things. I agree on the great photo spot on the fence...

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  5. I love this setting, great design coming through. Perfect choice of colors to make it all pop!

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  6. This is so cute! Everything about this quilt is fun and happy. :D

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  7. Your quilt is stunning! I have never done a quilt with curves before, but this makes me want to try it!

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  8. How stunning! Teal and purple is a vibrant color combination and I love how the fizzy block created something so different in the quilt layout.

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  9. Wow factor, indeed! I actually said, "Wow!" when I got to the fizzy block photo. I would have never guessed that was the underlying block shape! Very cool pattern and the colors you chose just make it sing! Congrats on a super neat-o finish :)

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  10. This is a gorgeous quilt. These are beautiful fabrics and the block and pattern are perfect with it.

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  11. Gorgeous combo of two of my favorite colors. Well done! Thanks for linking up to What I Made Monday. It's always fun to see what you've made!

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  12. Your quilt is stunning! The purple teal combo is definitely WOW! I love all drunkard path layouts!

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  13. Those are winter projects for you. We are sweltering on the west coast of USA this summer with smoky air, some from Siberia fires even. We are looking forward to winter here. Love your quilt.

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  14. love the colors & such a cool double design:)

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  15. That quilt is absolutely stunning! The block is really nice, and the contrast of the rich purples and bright teals makes it shine. Perhaps I'll have to get over my fear of curves and make this as a baby quilt.

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  16. Those colors are amazing. I love your layout. What a fantastic quilt! Makes me think of stars and eclipses.

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  17. Drunkard's Path is such a great block, but you have really made it into something gorgeous. Love it!

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  18. I've always loved the Fizzy Block! Gorgeous color combination with the teal and purple!

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  19. Love the colors. DP is a cool block but I'm not brave enough to try curve piecing. Yours are looking perfect!

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  20. Simple design with a beautiful execution! As you know, I love teal and purple. Bravo! Thanks for sharing this on Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  21. Your quilt is so beautiful. The colors feel like a cool ocean breeze. That bright purple just sings! The pattern is lovely and the secondary one is a nice touch. You make me want to whip out my dresden again... it's an oldie but goodie with so much possibility!

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  22. oh soo pretty <3 . My current fave color!! Thank you for the pattern link!

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  23. Great WOW factor! The design and the fabrics make it

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  24. I love this! The colours are so rich and vibrant. I've been working with curves lately. Thanks for linking up with Thank Goodness It's Finished Friday (TGIFF).

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