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Under the Big Sky

Blog HopBack in February, a big box arrived on my front porch. Inside was a wonderful collection of Island Batik fabrics, Hobbs Batting, and Aurifil threads. There were two wrapped packages of fabric I had to promise to keep under wraps until now. It’s been killing me, because the fancy package contained half-yard cuts of each of the fabrics in one of Island Batik’s Spring/Summer 2019 collections. The plain brown wrapper held two two-yard lengths of a light and dark fabric from the collection. That’s right, 14 yards of fabric! It’s okay to be jealous.

Behold, the Graphic Gems collection, designed by Kathy Engle!

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There are twenty fabrics in this collection, and my challenge was to try to use all of them, which meant a scrappy quilt was in order. I  knew I wanted large pieces to show off the tjaps used in making these batiks.

IMG_3415I had been toying with a simple quilt pattern for a basic class on the Sidekick® rotary cutting tool, and decided this was the fabric collection for the sample quilt.

IMG_3402My quilt required two 4.5″ strips  of each of the twenty fabrics. I paired the prints up. Each set of four strips would make two blocks in the finished quilt. One block would have a dark star on a light background, and the other block would have a light star on a dark background.

Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts invented the Sidekick® tool, and has a tutorial video on her website. The instructions that come with the tool are very well written, and the tool is easy to use.

IMG_3408To make each set of blocks, I began by cutting six 4.5″ diamonds from a dark strip and six from a light strip.

IMG_3405I cut twelve 4.5″ triangles from the other dark strip, and twelve from the light strip.

IMG_3409The light triangles will go with the dark diamonds, and the dark triangles go with the light diamonds.

I made sixteen full hexagonal blocks and four half-blocks.

Once I decided on a layout, I chose to use the darker of the two coordinating fabrics Island Batik had sent to make the half-triangles needed to straighten off the sides of the quilt. IMG_3410

Only then did I realize I needed those half-triangles to be twice as tall as the triangles in the blocks. Fortunately, Jaybird Quilts also makes the Super Sidekick®, which makes triangles up to 8″ tall. I needed two 8.5″ strips to cut a total of eighteen half-triangles. (I forgot to take a photo until I was down to the last triangle.)

I will use this fabric for binding as well, and I have plenty left over to piece a backing.  This quilt was pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50wt cotton thread, I’ll use a Hobbs batting. All materials were supplied by the companies.

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My fellow Island Batik Ambassador Gene Black also received the Graphic Gems collection. Visit his blog to see what he made with it!

To see all of the Spring and Summer Island Batik collections, follow the “Beat the Heat” blog hop:

Monday, August 5th – Blueberry Patch

Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

Sherry @ Powered by Quilting

Tuesday, August 6th – Clockworks

Bill @ Studio Bill Locke

Lisa @ Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam

Wednesday, August 7th – Electric Desert

Sandra @ mmm Quilts

Terri @ Lizard Creek Quilting

Thursday, August 8th – Enchanted Forest

Pamela @ Pamela Quilts

Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing

Friday, August 9th – Blog Round Up Week 1 and Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Monday, August 12th – Garden Party

Anne @ Sweetgrass Creative Designs

Gene @ Gene Black

Thursday, August 15th – Kaleidoscope

Tina @ Quilting Affection Designs

Bea @ Bea Quilter

Friday, August 16th – Blog Round Up Week 2 and Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Be sure to come back for this special post.

Monday, August 19th – Petal Pushers

Joanne @ Unicornharts

Carla @ Creatin’ in the Sticks

Tuesday, August 20th – Quiet Shades

Connie @ Kauffman Designs

Vasudha @ Storied Quilts

Wednesday, August 21st – Seedlings

Vicki @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Mania @ Mania for Quilts

Thursday, August 22nd – Soil & Seeds

Gail @ Quilting Gail

Friday, August 23rd – Blog Round Up Week 3 and Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Be sure to come back for this special post.

Monday, August 26th – Steam Engine

Maryellen @ Mary Mack’s Blog

Jennifer @ Dizzy Quilter

Tuesday, August 27th – Sunny Side Up

Categories: Aurifil Threads, Hobbs Batting, Island Batik Ambassador, Island Batik Fabric, Scrap Quilts, Sidekick® Tools, Tools | 20 Comments

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