Tuesday, August 25, 2020

Try a Tool with Studio 180 Design ~ The Snowflake Quilt

 Snowflake is my August Island Batik Ambassador project.

Disclaimer:  The materials used to make this quilt were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.
 This month's challenge is Try a Tool.  Each one of the ambassadors received a Studio 180 Ruler as the new "tool".  The guidelines were to make a quilt using at least 16 of the units with the new ruler.

 I received the Corner Pop ruler.  This ruler helps you to make blocks with pieced corners with very little wasted fabric.  You can sew blocks in 22 different sizes with this ruler.  There's a helpful video demonstration available, too.  You can view the video here:  Corner Pop Ruler Video

 I used the Prairie Skies collection by Kathy Engle for my project, plus a large cut of Island Batik solid white fabric.

 The instructions for the ruler show you how to cut the corners the correct size for your block.  Then, instead of sewing on a corner square and cutting away the extra triangle as waste, the square is cut in half and used to make two corner triangles with very little waste.  The chart showed me I needed to cut 4-1/4" squares for my blocks.  I cut 4-1/2" squares instead, so I could use my Accuquilt Go to cut them out super fast.

 As you can see, even cutting the squares 1/4" larger than called for, there was very little waste to trim off.  Using the Corner Pop ruler is a two step process.  First you use one set of markings to cut away the background corner.  Then you use the other set of markings (as shown) to trim up the newly sewn corner.

 I made 8 three corner blocks and 8 four corner (snowball type) blocks for the Snowflake quilt.

 This is one of the four corner blocks, more commonly known as a Snowball block.

I tried Hobbs Heirloom Fusible Cotton Batting for this project.  It was easy to press the quilt sandwich together, and the fusible part of the batting is quite forgiving.  If you make a mistake and press in a wrinkle, you can simply re-separate the fabric from the batting, smooth it out, and re-press.

 I quilted in diagonal straight lines out from the center with white Aurifil thread and Schmetz needles.  It was easy to quilt this small size project on my Janome Memory Craft sewing machine.

 Lovely folds on my front porch rocking chair.

 I chose to use Island Batik solid gray fabric for the backing.  It blends nicely with the cool blue and snow white on the quilt top.

I used this blue Aurifil thread for the piecing and to sew on the binding.  

 I used two fabrics from the Prairie Skies collection to make the binding.

 Fun folds.

The Snowflake Quilt

Quilt Stats:
Finished Quilt Size:  37" x 37"
Finished Block Size:  8" x 8"
Fabric:  Prairie Skies by Kathy Engle for Island Batik
Batting:  Hobbs Fusible Cotton
Thread:  Aurifil
Ruler:  Corner Pop by Studio 180

Be sure to visit the other Island Batik Ambassadors to see what they're making here:
Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Megan Best ~ Best Quilter
PamelaBoatright ~ PamelaQuilts
JenniferFulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts
Mania Hatziioannidi~ Mania for Quilts
CarlaHenton ~ Create in the Sticks
ConnieKauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
EmilyLeachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
DeniseLooney ~For the Love of Geese
LeahMalasky~Quilted Delights
SallyManke ~Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~Mary Mack's Blog
Kathleen McCormick~Kathleen McMusing
CarolMoellers ~Carol Moellers Designs
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Sharon Riley ~ Sew Riley Designs
MichelleRoberts ~Creative Blonde
Gail Sheppard ~Quilting Gail
Jennifer Strauser~Dizzy Quilter
JenniferThomas ~Curlicue Creations
AlisonVermilya ~Little Bunny Quilts
SandraWalker ~mmm! quilts
JanetYamamoto ~Whispers of Yore

Be creative ~ Sew something beautiful today.

Jennifer Thomas

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  1. Pretty! The Corner Pop tool looks very, very useful!

  2. So pretty! That is a great tool, your blocks look perfect and I love the cool colors,

  3. I love this, the classic first cut snowflake block.