Friday, November 30, 2018

Island Batik Cozy Cabins

This months Island Batik Ambassador challenge was all about the Log Cabin.

Confession I have never made a log cabin quilt. What??!! I know!! I was so excited to get to this challenge and try it out. I designed my own take on the log cabin quilt using two different widths for the strips. All of the products in this post were given to me through the Island Batik Ambassador program, including the Aurifil thread and Hobbs batting. I used the 2 1/2" strip pack of Dear William fabrics as well as yardage for the border and binding.

Shhhhhh! She might be my favorite.

Here's a close up of the quilting.

I love my Frixion pens and use them to do all my marking, on the wrong side of the fabric. I *never* use them on batiks because it takes away the color on the fabric and you never get it back.  For this quilt I decided to try the Hera Marker. After I pinned my layers together I used my ruler and the marker to make lines on my top.

When following the lines you can't see them as the walking foot moves along so you need to look ahead of the walking foot to stay on track.

I also used pins to help me with the stopping point, because they disappear in the sewing machine light.

Here's a close up of the quilting on the border, which is really hard to get by the way. Every time I angled it so you could see the shadow of the quilting the color would go from pink to red. I drew some arrows so you can see the direction of the lines. The lines change direction when they get to the border and only cross in the middle of the border.

I used Hobbs cotton batting for this wallhanging. It quilts like a dream, but you do need a lint roller for when you are done. As with all cotton batting it gets a little fuzzy, but it's super soft and totally worth it.

I used three thread colors from Aurifil to quilt this piece, all 50 wt. Plum: 4030 Forest Green 4026 Very Light Brass 2915

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Happy Stitching!

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  1. Beautiful quilt and quilting. When I use the Hera marker, I too, have trouble seeing the markings and sometimes lose my place. I've got an additional light on my machine that sometimes I can get angled in such a way that I can see the markings. I've tried different times of the day hoping it would help. I really thought it was my eyes. Did all the quilting cross in the middle? Such a wonderful job.

  2. Wonderful piece and wonderful quilting! I use the Hera sometimes, but often finds it disappears to quickly for me. Maybe I do need more light.


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