Saturday, March 21, 2020

One Die Wonder ~ Featuring Hattie's Choice

 Hello There!  I've been away from the computer all month working on a lot of secret sewing projects.  I managed to fit in my March Island Batik Ambassador quilt, too!  Here it is.

Disclaimer:  The products used in this quilt were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners at no cost to me.
 This month's challenge was One Die Wonder with Accuquilt. Each ambassador received one of the four above BOB dies to sew a quilt.  The quilt had to be at least 45" x 60" and use the die in a way that showcased the blocks.

 I received the Hattie's Choice die.  Look at the fun shapes in this block!  Diamonds, triangles, and kites.  I couldn't wait to play.

 I used Island Batik's Faded Blue Jeans collection for this quilt.  The 2-1/2" strip pack gave me a nice variety of blues and whites.  I also used Island Batik solid black and white fabrics to round out my design.

If you are intimidated by sewing together triangles and diamonds, I wanted to show you how easy the Accuquilt die makes it.  There is no offset piecing to make the seams match up with Accuquilt dies.  See how the corners are automatically trimmed when you cut the pieces?  This makes them fit together perfectly, for perfectly easy and fun sewing time.

 When I'm piecing, I like to play with my quilt units on a design wall.  This gives me ideas for future designs.  There are so many fun things you can do with the triangles and diamonds cut from the Hattie's Choice die.  Look at these fun shapes!

 The triangle diamond units could make a jazzy border, or a fun hexagon star block, or a star.  So many ideas!

 I didn't even see these butterfly shapes until after I pieced my quilt together.

 My quilt also has this flowery diamond X shape.

 And this curvy shape with a star in the negative space.

 I used Schmetz needles and Aurifil thread for all of the piecing.  I used white Aurifil thread for the pebble quilting in the diamonds.

 I used this Hobbs 80/20 Black batting because the majority of my quilt was solid black.

 This shows the quilting in the border areas.  I quilted circles in the white borders, back and forth lines in the blue border, and a half feather along the outer black border.  

 I quilted a loopy meander in the black negative space, pebbles over the white diamonds, and back and forth lines over the blue triangles.

 Folded view of Hattie's Choice.

 Horizontal bed view of Hattie's Choice.

 I used a yellow Island Batik fabric for the backing of my quilt.  I see snowflakes.  What do you see?

 I bound the quilt with solid black to match the outer border.

 Pretty folds.

Hattie's Choice on my front porch.

Quilt Stats:
Quilt size:  45" x 60"
Block size:  8" x 8"
Fabric:  Faded Blue Jeans by Island Batik
Batting:  Hobbs 80/20 Black
Thread:  Aurifil
Dies:  Accuquilt Hattie's Choice, 1-1/2" strip, 2-1/2" strip
Needles:  Schmetz

Thank you for stopping by to see my quilt!  Have a fabulous day, and be sure to:

Be creative ~ Sew something beautiful today.

Jennifer Thomas

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