Thursday, May 4, 2023

May Tool Craze Blog Hop and drawing


Cirque du Soleil

27 1/2" x 27 1/2"

May is time for another Island Batik Ambassador Blog Hop.  

This hop is called Tool Craze and our challenge was to use the Surprise fabric bundle that was in our latest box.  Along with that we were to use the Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design ruler that we were given.  Interesting challenge!

This was my surprise bundle.  It's always exciting to see what we receive.

I received the V Block ruler. 

The Island Batik fabrics in my bundle was the collection Make a Wish by Kathy Engle.  These fabrics should be in the shops now, so go to your local stores and ask if they have it.  If they don't have it now- tell them they should order it!

Aren't these cute prints!  Such a feeling of a party with balloon, candles, steamers, etc.

The Studio 180 Design ruler I received was for making V blocks.  The block is just like it looks on the label.  The ruler enables you to make 11 different sizes of V blocks.  An added challenge was that we were to make at least 30 blocks with our ruler and to make 2 different size blocks with it AND if we had other Studio 180 rulers it would be good to include them in the design.  That's a big challenge, but I was able to do it!

I am easily inspired by fabrics, but putting the requirement of what kind of block to use with it requires a bit more thought.  I like that these rulers allow you to make different size blocks, although making two different size blocks in one design was an added challenge.

I selected 13 fabrics above from the collection to use and also Island Batik solid white.  Two of the fabrics were used for the backing.

As I worked with the fabrics and the design it reminded me of a circus.  See if you get the same feeling.

I ended up making  4 V blocks that finished 3" x 3".  They are surrounding the center square.  I made 40 V blocks that finished 2" x 2".  These are in the outer border.  They may be harder to see as I butted the blocks up to each other in pairs.  

I also used the Corner Pop ruler I received last year.  I made 4 corner pop blocks that measure 3" x 3".  They also surround the center block.  

I added some fused appliques with Lite Steam a Seam 2 that I button hole stitched once the quilt was basted.  I used Hobbs Cotton batting which is great for wall hangings and one I use a lot.

I used three colors of Aurifil thread that matched perfectly.  It's so great when you have the perfect color on hand. I always use Schmetz needles in my machine.  I love their non stick needles when working with any fused applique.

I used two fabrics from the collection for the backing - an extra surprise!

For added embellishment I added 22 buttons.  It took awhile to sew them all down!

Does the quilt remind you of a circus?  I named it Cirque du Soleil which is French for Circus of the Sun.  I think it's a perfect name.

Thanks to Island Batik, Aurifil Threads, Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design, Hobbs Batting and Schmetz Needles for providing products to make this project.

I have a drawing of two stash builder rolls.  Leave a comment below to be entered.  USA entrants only due to postage costs.  I will draw a winner at the end of the blog hop.  Make sure that I can contact you if you win.

This is the first week of the blog hop.  Island Batik has a great drawing of two fat quarter bundles this week - either Make a Wish or Let it Snow.  Don't pass up this chance to win some great fabric!  Be sure to enter here.

Also, be sure and check out all the Ambassadors to see what fabrics they are working with and what they have designed.


  1. oh my I love your quilt. It has so many feels to it. The fabrics look divine to work with. Thanks for sharing and inspiring. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  2. Great name for your quilt.

  3. Very cute! I love the colors!
    cecilialyoung at gmail dot com

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  5. You did a beautiful job with your quilt! I love the addition of the buttons, but yes, they do take a while to stitch down. I tried using my sewing machine to do it once but I kept breaking the buttons as they were small and you had to have them positioned just right to prevent the breaking!! Thanks for sharing a great giveaway. I love Island Batiks as they have such rich colors!

  6. I LOVE this, Connie! It is just adorable!!

  7. I am amazed! That fabric is perfect for your design! I can't stop staring at it. Just beautiful and the buttons are a major enhancement. Wow!

  8. Wow, Connie! The quilt is so awesome. I really love it and the fabrics. Very beautiful!! Thank you for the chance to win your giveaway.

  9. Such a cheery quilt! I love the buttons in the border.

  10. This is such a bright and fun quilt! I agree about the circus theme, so the name fits. Naming a quilt is one of the most difficult parts for me.

  11. Great job! It's such a bright and festive quilt.

  12. Your quilt truly evokes the circus of the sun! Very bright and festive and I loved reading your process.

  13. Very fun quilt! I love what you did with the collection and the rulers. The contrasting color buttonhole stitching on the fusible pieces adds to the festive look. Have a great weekend!

  14. I love your circus quilt! So bright and fun! Really enjoying this blog hop.
    Darlene B

  15. You have made ANOTHER beautiful quilt!! The colors are beautiful together! The design is beautiful! And the buttons really top the whole thing off! They were a great addition! It is ALL beautiful!!

  16. Your newest creation certainly does remind me of a circus! The colors, applique and buttons all add to the fun. You really put those rulers to great use!
    duchick at gmail dot com

  17. Kathy R.
    Good looking wall hanging. I picture this as the flag at the top of the circus tent.

  18. Island Batik hops are always inspiring. I enjoy reading about the process and seeing the wonderful creations.

  19. I love your joyful, whimsical quilt! The colors are perfect for this happy wallhanging. Thanks for sharing it!

  20. Happy looking quilt--I think you picked the perfect name!

  21. I'm getting ready to stitch down some fusible appliqué and really appreciate the advice to use a non-stick needle. Thanks so much! Beth T./

  22. Gorgeous quilt! Love your use of buttons! Mumbird3atgmaildotcom

  23. A great happy wall hanging! I love seeing all the fun projects made with the Island Batiks!

  24. What a fun quilt, the colors are so bright!