Monday, December 31, 2018

Island Batik Ambassador Challenge: Whimsical and Wonky

My last Island Batik Ambassador challenge project for the year is part of the Whimsical and Wonky theme. This challenge was a harder theme for me to figure out.

When I designed my original project, I created a basic block that I repeated 4 times to make a simple table runner.  I was not completely happy with this design, I felt it was not Whimsical or Wonky enough for this Challenge.

So I decided to play a little bit further and came up with the design mockup pictured above.  At this time, I was a bit behind on this Island Batik project due to I have been completing two other quilts that were due to Island Batik for their Spring/Summer 2019 Catalog.  So once I finished them, I had 4 days to complete this project.  On Friday, I started making all my blocks.

The fabric I choose for this project was from the Island Batik "Check It Out" Collection from the Fall/Winter 2018 collections. Did you know that you can get a plain black, white and even grey Batiks?  Island Batik has a Foundation collection where you can get these colors.  If your local quilt store doesn't have them ask for them.  They are beautiful fabrics, and they are must in any stash.

To make the blocks I used the Deb Tucker Studio 180 Design tools, Square Squared® 6" and V Block® Tools.  The central unit in the blocks was from the High/Low Technique Sheet.

I started with making the two different High/Low Units, one slanting to the left and the other slanting to the right. These were made with the V Block® Tool.

Next, I made all the square squared units.  These units had two black corners on opposite sides and the colored fabrics on the other edges.

With all the units made it was time to assemble the blocks. Making sure to line up the correct colors to match the slanted units.  I only needed two of each block.

The final block I needed was a basic 9 Patch block for the center of the quilt.  Now all blocks made, to position them on my design wall.

By the end Friday evening I had finished adding all the sashing pieces.

Saturday morning, I started cutting all my corner and side pieces. Once I had the quilt stitched together. I trimmed it to prepare for the borders. By the end of the day, I completed the quilt top, and by the end of Sunday, I finished the whole quilt including the binding.

Here is the final product which I'm calling "Whimsical Chimes."  This quilt was a blast to make and watch come together.  So, I have decided I will be adding this quilt to my list of workshops in the next couple of weeks. If you would like me to teach this at your quilt guild or shop, please contact me at

The 2018 Island Batik Ambassadors have one more project for a January. Starting the week of January 7th - February 1st will be hosting the "Getaway Blog Hop," knowing these talented ladies we will have some exciting projects using new collections from the Fall/Winter 2018 catalog.  So stay tuned.

I sure love being an Island Batik Ambassador, so many exciting projects this year.

I will be hosting "Graceful Points" Quilt Along starting February 1st.  The blocks using Deb Tucker Studio 180 Design Blockbuster Blocks.  If you would like to get more information, please visit the original block post HERE.

I would like to wish my fellow Island Batik Ambassador, Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors and all my readers a Happy NEW YEAR!  See you in 2019!

"Designs to Inspire"


  1. Wow,from start to finish in record time! I love it. It's a good workshop project. By the way, what thread did you use for the allover quilting?

  2. I love the way your blocks came together. They look terrific in the Check it Out fabrics!

  3. Amazing!!!!! The Check it Out collection is a favorite!

  4. What a fun quilt - good work getting it done so quickly!