This month is "Inspired by Nature" Island batik Ambassador's Blog Hop! Are you feeling inspired already?! Don't forget to enter both giveaways at the bottom of this post!
"The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik"
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I was already inspired by my super secret (until now) surprise bundle for this challenge (remember those super wrapped shinny packages on my last Ambassador's unboxing video?!).
Let's start talking about this. The Island Batik collection for my blog hop project is "Coco Cabana" designed by Kathy Engle.
It's beautiful, isn't it?! I was very lucky with the perfect shades for an "inspired by nature" project ;)
The turquoise shade automatically reminded me of a very special place for my family in Switzerland. We use to pass by the Walensee on our way to Flumserberg during our ski trips. It is where my kids learned to ski, it is less than an hour from our home there, besides the breathtaking view. It's definitely an all year destination!
Credit: © Carolina Asmussen Designs
For the blog hop project, besides the theme the goal is also to show case all the beautiful shades of the fabric collection. So I decided to work with 2 1/2" stripes and cut it at a 30 degree angle (yes some geometry for you!) in diamond shapes. The design composition of the quilt happened in a very spontaneous way, as I was cutting the fabric and playing with the different shades and motives.
If your machine has an integrated dual transportation (IDT) it is the perfect project to use it, because you want to make sure that the top and bottom fabric are being fed at the same time without any slippage. It is a precise piecing project!
The Walensee quilt has already a lot of piecing information, because it is a composition panel quilt with different shades and fabric designs, so for projects like this one I like to keep the quilting very simple and basic. The batting is an important factor to consider while choosing the quilting style. For this quilt I used Hobbs Tuscany Collection in Silk Blend, it is a lightweight blend of silk and fine polyester and can be used for hand or machine quilting. I choose to quilt with vertical straight lines every 1", just to keep the layers together. The color of the thread is also very important in this case, because the wrong choice can totally ruin the quilt. I used Aurifil 50wt color 2330, it was the perfect color option to blend with most of the fabrics.
And here is the overall image!
And last but not least... Don't forget to enter the Inspired by Nature Blog Hop Week's giveaway, just click on the image below to get there!
And also my GIVEAWAY on Instagram starting by the end off the day (also click the image to get there), only US, rules on my post there, closes on Sunday 11.15 at 10pm NYC time! Good luck and come play with me :)