33" x 34"
Individual patterns by Emily Taylor
Made by Connie Kauffman
The April Island Batik Ambassador Challenge is a great one. It's called It's All Up To You. That means we were able to create what ever we wanted in what ever size we wanted. Anything goes!
I had been wanting to make a collage quilt for a long time. I like the patterns and process created by Emily Taylor. She has wonderful patterns and great videos that are very helpful. You can see them at her website www.CollageQuilter.com. I bought her pattern Woodlands to try out her techniques.
Emily's pattern came with many different separate patterns. It's up to you to decide which elements you want in your design and how you want to arrange them. On the cover photo of her pattern Woodlands there is a squirrel, flowers, mushrooms, dragonflies, leaves, nuts and a snail. I liked those, but inside the pattern there was also a pattern for a rabbit that I thought was adorable, so I included that in my quilt.
I jumped right in to making parts of the patterns and forgot to take photos of the process- sorry! In short, you pin the pattern to a design wall and then pin a piece of parchment paper over the pattern. You add fusible to the back of fabrics you think you will use and you use ALOT of different fabrics! You cut the fabrics in small shapes of various sizes in the shades shown on the pattern piece and lightly fuse them to the parchment paper. Then once you have the whole shape as you want it- fuse it well and then you can remove the whole piece and move it around to where you want it on your background fabric.
Here are some of my pieces once they were fused to the parchment paper. It was really fun to arrange and rearrange them on the background. I used an Island Batik neutral called Egg White for my background (not shown in the photo below).