Hi, and welcome to my day on the Try a Tool Studio 180 Blog Hop with Island Batik!
This month the Island Batik Ambassadors are trying a new (to us) tool from Deb Tucker and Studio 180 Designs, and using the Spring 2021 Collections. We hope to inspire you to check with your favorite Island Batik retailer and use a new collection for something fun. Island Batik provided us with the tool and the collection, plus 2 yards of dark and light fabrics, and Hobb's Batting, along with Schmetz needles and Aurifil thread.
I was sent the Moonlight Sky collection for Kate Colleran. It's a pretty grouping of cobalt blue, apple green, aqua, and shades of purple, plus black and white designs. The tjaps include fronds, stars, moons, and various other geometrics, as well as a checkerboard design, triangles and doves.
I was sent the Rapid Fire Hunter's Star Petite tool and Hidden Treasures Book to inspire the design.
I like using Studio 180 Tools. They make me a better piecer, and work in a variety of sizes. I have quite a few of them that I've purchased, and Hunter's Star was a bucket list quilt. This tool has you cut the trapezoid shape as a precision size, with oversized triangle and diamond shapes that you trim down. The book's instructions suggest 7" blocks, but I decided to make 8". The chart included with the tool has the cutting suggestions for the 5-8" finished blocks. I do like to go big, lol.
I looked at all of the designs in the book, and I have another pattern that uses the larger Rapid Fire Hunter's Star, and kept coming back to La Caribe. It's also in blue, aqua and lime, which may have influenced my decision, but I liked the layout, and that it was different from the traditional look. I did choose to do the alternate layout (lights and darks are reversed), and picked the blues, aqua and lime shades of the collection. I picked Sprinkles for the background.
From Hidden Treasures
To test out the tool, I cut enough pieces for a few blocks, and was happy with the mix. I continued to cut pieces from 9 fabrics from the collection, plus the blue Cheerio fabric and Sky for the borders, as well as one of the 1/2 yard collection pieces, Apple, that was in the latest box. I was quickly able to assemble 48 blocks. With the borders, it finishes at 74 by 88"
All pieced and trimmed, and perfect because the tool makes it easy!
I think the quilt looks like it belongs at my local pool!
Or by the mural of the beach scene on the bathhouse at the pool.
Rath Park in Franklin Square, NY. Thanks to the lifeguards who cooperated and held the quilt for photos! I wanted to get someone jumping off the diving board for a splash, but no one was on line. The colors work so well with the location!
Sun Deck at the pool.
I used Aurifil Forty-3 in 2710 Light Robin's Egg with Kim's Feather panto on my Handi-Quilter Amara with Prostitcher. Hobb's Heirloom Bleached Cotton 80/20 is inside, and a grey swirl wide back is on the back.
I used the Apple fabric to make a faux piped binding. I love the spark of green at the edge.
Please visit Jane's blog to see what she's done with her tool and this collection.
And the rest of the blogs this week!
Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine
Megan Best, Bestquilter
Janet Yamamoto, Whispers of Yore
Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia
Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde
Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights
Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts
Joanne Hart, Unicorn Harts
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs
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