The October challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors was to make a quilt with Creative Borders and Bindings. I decided to use this great 10" package of Elementz fabrics by designer Tammy Silvers, as well as a dark orange from the Island Batik Blenders and a yard of Elementz fabric in a lighter orange.
Aren't the colors yummy! I fell in love with these fabrics just from how they were wrapped in the package. Here is another close up
I loved the little strips of color and how they looked on the diagonal just as they were folded in the package.
Some of the fabrics remind me a bit of the packages of a fruit gum from years ago...
Knowing I wanted to cut the fabrics on the diagonal/bias, I knew I wanted to make the blocks of my project with paper piecing. With paper piecing you can manage working with fabrics on the bias. Kind of crazy to do a whole quilt this way, but it had the look I wanted and it worked out great. I actually cut the 10" squares in half on the diagonal and continued to cut strips as I needed them on the diagonal. I didn't need any the other half of the squares. Those 10" square packs actually have a bit of fabric. You can do a lot with them!
Here is my quilt called Tutti Fruitti II. I love the bright colors. It could be a wall quilt or one for a table. I think the colors will brighten my home this winter.
This whole quilt is actually made with different borders around a central block. I just added border after border. I thought of also doing a scrappy binding with leftover strips, but decided the quilt looked busy enough without it.
This fabric line was lots of fun to work with. You might enjoy making a bright quilt this winter. Look for Elementz by Island Batik at your local stores.