Monday, July 25, 2022

Island Batik and Accuquilt ~ Christmas in July

This is the quilt I made with the Accuquilt Tree of Life die.  I call my quilt Fountain of Life.

Disclaimer:  The supplies used to make this project were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.

The Island Batik Ambassador challenge for July is Christmas in July with Accuquilt.  We were to use the Tree of Life die to create anything we liked and then gift it to someone.

This is the new Accuquilt Tree of Life die.  It makes a 14" square, an on-point pieced block with 73 pieces!  It's structured so there are no Y-seams.  Awesome!

I thought the tree looked a little bit like a fountain and decided to go with that design idea.  The Tree of Life die is designed so you can cut out all of the pieces for the block in one pass, but I decided to do one color at a time to keep myself from getting confused, especially as I had changed the color placement a bit to create my fountain block.

In no time at all I was ready to piece my block together.  Trail Mix helped.  

I tried my new Prairie Spirit Alpaca pressing mat.  I was so impressed!  The seams for my block came out so nice and flat.  I've never used a pressing mat and I was honestly surprised at the huge difference it made.  What a great tool to have in your sewing room.

I finished my quilt top with some blue setting squares and added a pretty gray border.  Most of these fabrics were pulled from my Island Batik foundations bundle and my stash.

I used Hobbs Poly Down batting and quilted with Aurifil 50 wt. in color #6724.  As I was quilting, I thought to myself, "This quilt needs something more....what else could I add to make it more fountain like?"

A pair of birds playing under the fountain seemed right to me.  I played with a bird block I liked from EQ8 until I had just the right design for my quilt.  I used a yellow fabric from my stash builders rolls for the birds, and fusible appliqued them right to my already quilted top.

I stitched around the edges of the birds to secure them with a small zigzag stitch and matching yellow Aurifil thread.  I used my favorite Schmetz needles, as usual.

When the birds were finished, my son pointed out that they didn't have any legs.

They're sitting down, I said.

They need legs, Mom.


Out came the Aurifil 12 wt. in bird leg color #2205.

Tiny little bird legs!

I used more yellow from my stash builders for the quilt binding.

My parents are visiting me this week from Las Vegas.  July is birthday month for both of them, so it seemed appropriate to gift this quilt to them.  Happy-Birthday-Christmas-in-July! 
Fountain of Life

Quilt Stats:
Finished Quilt Size:  22" x 22"
Block Size:  14" x 14"
Fabric:  Foundations, Stash Builders, Variety, by Island Batik
Batting:  Poly Down by Hobbs
Thread:  Aurifil
Die:  Tree of Life by Accuquilt
Needles:  Schmetz
Designed in EQ8

Please come by tomorrow to see my Island Batik Ambassador Unboxing video.  I'll be showing all of the goodies I received to make my projects for the second half of 2022.

I also encourage you to visit my fellow ambassadors to see what they're making.  Here's a list:

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Megan Best ~ Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Anorina Morris –

Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute And Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Andi Stanfield ~ True Blue Quilts
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt


Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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