Summer brights…

Welcome to July’s Island Batik Ambassador challenge. this months challenge was to create a quilt showing a secondary pattern. The fabrics in this blog were given to me from Island Batik, as part of the ambassador program

Secondary patterns often emerge from a quilt designs without intention! Layout, color placement, and value all contribute to quilt design and creative use of any or all of these things can give you not one but two patterns in your quilt”

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So first up was to choose my fabrics, i decided to leave my comfort zone, and head for the ‘paisley dot brights’…



I knew i wanted to try out a pattern i had created for a recent challenge called ’30 quit designs challenge’, hosted by @mmmquilts. This was design 20 of mine. I did make a few changes as i went along…


I created my block, using lots of half square triangles, and filled in the spaces using the lush ‘Aqua’ basic, i rotated the blocks to create my secondary pattern…



I added a lovely think boarder using the ‘watermelon’ basic, and backed the quilt with some more ‘aqua and ‘Bermuda’. To enhance the secondary pattern or even the tertiary pattern, i quilted squares 1/4″ inside the newly created patterns…


I’m super pleased with how this turned out, i would love to hear your thoughts, please leave me a comment below



Come back soon, as i will be back on the 6th August for my Island batik Blog Hop, called ‘The Great Outdoors’ which will include a very special giveaway

“I love a giveaway”

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Stockist for the fabrics found in this tutorial

UK stockists

Fabritastic, Plush Addict, Sew Hot, The Sewing Studio and Cotton Patch



7 thoughts on “Summer brights…

  1. Hi Michelle! I just LOVE the colors in this quilt, especially the aqua and the watermelon. Boy, that really sounds like a summer color and it represents just perfectly. Happy Thursday! ~smile~ Roseanne

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  2. I really like the brightness of this quilt!! I think using the bright background color was a great idea. Everything is so positive!! Have a great day!!


  3. So much fun to see quilts coming alive from the design challenge. I have at least one I really want to do but don’t have the right fabrics for it – just yet. Love the colors and the brightness – and the patterns are fun to see.

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