Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Island Batik May Modern Challenge

This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to create a modern quilt project that was bigger than 36" x 36".  We had to incorporate the following characteristics in the modern quilt:
  • the use of bold colors and prints
  • high contrast and graphic areas of solid color
  • improvisational piecing
  • Minimalism
  • expansive negative space
  • alternate grid work
With these parameters,  I had to come up with a design, but I also had to consider the fabrics I had left to use in my Island Batik Ambassador box.  I decided to use some of my Island Batik “Pressed Petals” Strips and a background fabric called “Twilight Bush”.

I'm calling this one "Brick Breaker" was a simple weekend project. I made 9” blocks out of the strips sets.  This pattern only used 10 different strips from the package and 7/8 yard of the background fabrics.  The finished quilt measures 36” x 36”.  For the quilting, I did an edge to edge pantograph with squares and rectangles.

I will be offering "Brick Breaker" as a free pattern in the next couple weeks for a limited time.  So watch your emails and social media!

Also, make sure you check out the other Island Batik Ambassadors Projects:

Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marian from Seam to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore

See you next month for another great challenge.


  1. That's lovely! I think the simplicity of the design really showcases the beautiful fabrics.

  2. Love your quilt! I would love to make one like the simplicity of it!