Circular is my May project for the Island Batik Ambassador program. The theme for May is Make it Modern. Modern is just the thing for me. I love the free-form, unconstrained design aesthetic of modern quilts. I had several ideas for May but this simple design won out.
The fabric for this quilt was provided by Island Batik and the batting was provided by Hobbs Batting as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program.
I’m glad May has 31 days. This was a very busy month for me. This is the only sewing project I was able to work on, and the only blog post for the month. The piecing and quilting was completed a couple of weeks ago but it has taken me a while to get pictures and write up this blog post. It still needs a hanging sleeve and a binding, which will be done this week.
For this project, I wanted something with simple piecing so I can spend some more time quilting. I picked out a few squares of turquoise and orange Island Batik fabric and backed them with fusible web. I cut out concentric quarter circles of different sizes. Then, I mixed up the pieces, fused them on to background squares and used a blanket stitch to sew them in place. I tried many interesting layouts for the squares but in the end, I decided on a somewhat symmetrical setting similar to a New York Beauty quilt.
In my Island Batik ambassador box, there were several rolls of batting from Hobbs. Most were Hobbs 80/20 blends that are my usual choices for baby, throw and bed quilts. There was a new kind of batting (new to me) called Thermore. I used a bit of it in my February mini project.It is very thin but I love how well the quilting shows with it. The quilting lines have very good definition. I wanted to use Thermore for this quilt as well. In addition, I also used a Hobbs 80/20 batting. I believe using two layers of batting makes the quilting stand out.
For the quilting, I wanted to try something new. The main quilting theme is closely spaced vertical lines along the length of the quilt. The lines are broken up by the turquoise and orange circles as well as islands of heavy free-motion quilting. I marked circles and squares using a Hera marker at random locations. Some of them touch and overlap, and others stand on their own. In each quilting island, I used a different design/motif – McTavishing, feathers, spirals, pebbles, wish-bones, horizontal lines and a combination of them all. It was very hard to stitch in the ditch around the circles on my long-arm because these circles are quite large and I didn’t have a ruler to help me draw a good circle.
I took the quilt off the frame and quilted the outlines of the circles using a walking foot on my domestic. See the before and after pictures above – what a difference it makes!
Size: 44″ x 52″
Fabric: Assorted Island Batik squares in Turquoise and Orange
Background: Island Batik solid grey fabric
Batting: Hobb’s Thermore and Hobb’s 80/20 cotton/polyester blend.
Here’s a list of all the 2019 Ambassadors. Checkout their awesome May projects:
Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Gene Black ~ Gene Black
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Tina Dillard ~ Quilting Affection Designs
Becca Fenstermaker ~ Pretty Piney
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II
Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Carla Henton ~ Creatin’ in the Sticks
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog
Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
Lisa Nielsen ~ Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Anita Skjellanger ~ Quilt in a not-Shell
Laticia “Tish” Stemple ~ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
Suzy Webster ~ Adventurous Applique and Quilting
(Debora) Anne Wiens ~ Seams like a Plan
Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore