Borders and Binding challenge…

Welcome to April’s Island Batik challenge – Creative Borders and Binding…

I completed this challenge just in time (she checks her watch, yep with hours to spare), we have certainly all found ourselves in different and sometime difficult times over the last few months, but we are all a little bit closer to getting back to ‘normal’ times.

I know one thing, I could never be a school teacher – hats off to all teachers out there!

Just this week alone, I’ve revisited the history of the Civil War, Oliver Cromwell, Food chains, Probability and Fractions…

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This months challenge was to get creative with borders and binding, some examples of these were… Easy Braid, Prairie Points, Piping, Yo-Yos, Scalloped Edges, Log Cabin Spiral, Flying Geese or Double Sawtooth

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I was super excited to work with my pack of 40, 2 1/2″ strips of Ancient Etchings designed by Jackie Kunkel for Island Batik

I graded the colours of the strips as they cascaded their way through the quilt

I kept the darker colours to the one side, to create the borders, and teamed them with Island Batik solid black…

It was time to bring it altogether, to create a 60″ x 60″ quilt…

I may go back and add a silhouette or two to the centre piece, I’m thinking a lizard, a tree or a couple of love birds , would love to know your thoughts…

I quilted using Aurifil threads, Schmetz needles with Hobbs cotton batting inside. The yellow binding really popped against the black border.

I backed the quilt with Island Batik Marbles from their basic range, and Cherio in Lemonade

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Thanks for stopping by to see what I’ve been up to this week, hopefully this bright, colourful quilt has made you smile…

Next months challenge is to create something for the home, using a new line of fabric – I’m so excited as I haven’t even opened the ‘surprise’ fabric bundle yet… be sure to keep an eye out to see what all the Island batik ambassadors make next month

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Stay safe, stay strong

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‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle

6 thoughts on “Borders and Binding challenge…

  1. Wow, those colours together are superb. The black in the border is so right with those oranges and golds. Home schooling. English and fractions, that would suit me OK, history, not so good at all. Trying to juggle everything, and for those who have to work at home, in an office situation, maybe the kitchen table, must be so trying, a friend has borrowed my large cutting table , as she has two large monitors to use, and the signal didn’t get to the table so well, She longs to get her bedroom back to normal!!! ( That is where the router/modem is). And there are no youngsters there, just the two of them, her husband is our so valued grocery pick up man.

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  2. I think I would pick the silhouette based on where the quilt may go – intended recipient, etc. If that is not in play, I think it looks pretty tropical to me, so I would pick something reflective of that. Its a great quilt, thanks for sharing.

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