Let me introduce you to Compass, my Island Batik Ambassador challenge quilt for the month of July.
This month's challenge was secondary pattern quilts. A secondary pattern is an often unexpected design that emerges when you put multiples of the same quilt blocks together with no sashing or negative space separating the blocks.
This is the main block in my Compass quilt. You may recognize it as my "Cherry Bon Bon" block from a previous issue of Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks. It was fun and challenging to give it a makeover with the Island Batik fabrics. I didn't have quite enough of some of the colors I wanted to use and did a lot of juggling to come up with a look that I liked.
I made nine Compass blocks. When I put them together, I get this simple, Diamond in a Square type secondary design.
As I sewed this quilt, I kept changing the name. Because this block's original name was Cherry Bon Bon, I started with Chocolate Bon Bon, then just Bon Bon, then somehow that morphed into Compass in the Woods, which I eventually shortened to Compass.
I love the way the fabric colors and patterns play together.
Compass looks nice hanging behind a Singer 301 in my living room. I do most of my piecing on a 301. I own a few. They are my favorite machine for piecing quilts.
The summer months are super busy for me so I did a quick loopy meander to quilt the top.
I tried this beautiful pure white Aurifil thread for the quilting. I was not disappointed! It quilted smoothly. I really enjoyed the feel of it.
I used the Hobbs Thermore batting for this quilt (back of photo). It quilted quite nicely again, just like it did on the Accordion Quilt I made for last month's challenge with all straight line quilting.
I was running a bit low on batik backing fabrics, so I used this solid sage green. It's a nice coordinate with the woodsy colors in the quilt top.
I pieced together leftover strips from several of the blues and greens used in the quilt top for the binding. I usually do my binding in the same fabric as the quilt's outer border, but I really like this fun look. I may try it again on a future project.
My boys tested the quilt's cuddly-ness. It passed.
One last photo of the Compass quilt, folded and pretty.
In summary: The Compass quilt.
Finished Quilt Size: 42" x 42"
Block Size: 12" x 12"
Fabrics: Island Batik
Batting: Hobbs Thermore
Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.
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