Monday, October 30, 2017

Borders and Binding Island Batik Challenge

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...
Image result for old juicy fruit gum

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.