Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Island Batik Ambassador Studio 180 Blog Hop featuring Beeswax

Hello!  Welcome to day two of the Island Batik Ambassador Studio 180 blog hop.  This is my quilt, Beeswax.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this quilt were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.
This month's challenge was to make a quilt using the ruler we were given in the second Ambassador shipment, paired with a new Island Batik fabric collection that also came in the second shipment.  

I received the Beehive Buzz fabric collection by Kathy Engle.  Isn't it fabulous?  These fabrics are sweet as honey!  This project is the second quilt I made with this collection.  I've also sewn a catalog quilt.  I'll share that with you in a week or two.  The Beehive Buzz fabric collection should be hitting the local quilt shops now.

The Studio 180 ruler I received was the Four Patch Square Up.  When I opened up this ruler I thought, "I don't need a ruler to make four patch units.  I've made so many in the past.  I'm an expert."  Haha!  Boy was I wrong.  My past four patches were acceptable, but the four patches I made with Deb Tucker's ruler were nearly perfect!!!  It's an outstanding tool, I'm not much of a ruler girl, so that is saying a lot.

To make the four patches, you cut your fabric into strips, pair them together with opposite sides facing and then sub cut into strip set pairs.  So easy!

After sewing the strip sets together, you use the ruler to trim them down to the correct size.  Look at the points on this four patch!  Plus all four squares will come out perfectly equal (as long as you are cutting correctly).  The ruler makes it easy.  It was quick, too.  I used a spinning rotary mat to easily trim all four sides of the units.

I made a lot of four patch units.

I also used the Wing Clipper ruler by Studio 180, which I already had in my collection for this project.

The Wing Clipper makes Flying Geese units.

I put together the Four Patch units and the Flying Geese units to make 12 Beeswax blocks, pieced with my favorite Schmetz needles, of course.

I used my Prairie Spirit Alpaca pressing mat to press all those seams super flat before sewing the top together.

Then for the quilting, I used the Hobbs Tuscany Collection Cotton Wool Blend.  This makes a super light and super warm quilt at the same time.  Just right for the upcoming Autumn front porch sitting sunset watching time of the year.  

I used gorgeously matching yellow Aurifil thread for the quilting.

Quilting, quilting, quilting.

Here it is, all quilted with a loopy meander.

I used a two yard cut of this beautiful fabric also from the Beehive Buzz collection, for the backing.

I made the binding from a light black dotty fabric.  I love the dots.

Beeswax folds.


Quilt Stats:
Finished Quilt Size:  40" x 52"
Block Size:  12" x 12"
Fabric:  Beehive Buzz by Island Batik
Batting:  Tuscany Wool Cotton Blend by Hobbs
Thread:  Aurifil
Needles:  Schmetz
Designed in EQ8

Giveaway time!  Visit Island Batik's blog to enter their weekly giveaway during the blog hop.  This week they're giving away bundles of Bee Kind and Baroque.  Click here to visit the Island Batik blog.

I'm having a giveaway, too!  I've cut some 5" charms from my remaining pieces of Beehive Buzz. To win, leave me a comment below (scroll all the way to the end of this post), and to make it fun, comment your favorite flower.  What do you like to see the bees pollinating?  Giveaway open to USA residents only.  Please make sure I have a way to contact you, should you be the lucky winner.  The winner will be determined by random drawing at the end of the blog hop.

It's only the second day of the Island Batik Ambassador Studio 180 Blog hop.  Here's the complete list so you don't miss a thing!

September 6

Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads

Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde Gifts

September 7

Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

September 8

Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs

Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter

September 9

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway


September 12

Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

Suzy Webster, Websterquilt

September 13

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese

Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail

September 14

Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

September 15

Megan Best, Bestquilter

Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

September 16

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway


September 19

Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio

Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting

September 20

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood

Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

September 21

Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia

September 22

Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts

Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts

September 23

Blog Hop Week 3 Round Up + giveaway


September 26

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts

September 27

Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum

Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today!

Jennifer Thomas
Curlicue Creations

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  1. Daffodils are my favorite flowers, and that bright yellow would be perfect for that. Your quilt is so bright and cheerful.

    1. Thanks, Sharon! I love daffodils, too. Every year I look for the first daffodil of Spring.

  2. Great design! Don't you just love Studio 180 tools!

    1. Thank you! Yes, the Studio 180 rulers helped my quilt to come together quickly and effortlessly.

  3. My favorite flower (currently) is hydrangeas. I have a couple plants and love the big flowers! I like your quilt - a great fit for those fabrics!

    1. Hydrangeas make me swoon! I've been trying to grow one at my home, but the deer keep eating it to the ground, so after three years, it's still only a foot tall!

  4. I'm torn. I love when the 1st daffodils come up, but summer in the South is so hot I know that 🌻 mean cooler weather soon! They are so happy, too. Your quilt is beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much! I love the daffodils in the spring and sunflowers in the fall, too. They certainly do herald the changing of the seasons.

  5. I love how your quilt turned out. We have bee keeping neighbors so lots of bees around me. I love sunflowers, bees not so much. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

    1. Thank you! I agree with you about the bees! They are nice to have around, but not too close for me!

  6. Hello! I also love Deb Tucker rulers. The yellows in this fabric collection are beautiful! My favorite flower... hmm...I have so many. This week Sweet Pea will be my favorite. Beautiful colors, subtle scent, such a hopeful little flower.

    1. Thank you so much. I don't normally use a lot of rulers in my quilts, but the Studio 180 rulers work well and made this quilt top come together quickly and easily. Everything is so accurate!

  7. I love your quilt, Jennifer, and this collection is awesome!! The yellows, blacks and white are amazing together! Beeswax is the perfect name!!

    1. Thank you Brenda! I do love this collection, too. I also made a catalog quilt with it.

  8. I love roses and carnations. I Iove watching Bees. I love the Bee batiks. Perfect for my small group "queen bee quilters"
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  9. Love your Beeswax quilt! Such a happy quilt! One of my favorite flowers is Peony and I love seeing the bees pollinating our fruit trees!!

  10. Your quilt is stunning, love how the colors worked so well together. Sunflowers are my favorite right now, I cut mine yesterday to dry out and 1 of them was 14" across. The birds will love them this winter.

  11. I love your quilt design! So creative! I like tulips and snapdragons.

  12. Beth T/ wordygirl@earthlink.netSeptember 10, 2022 at 11:23 PM

    My favorite flowers are roses, but I love to see bees pollinating anything! Right now they are competing with me as I pick blackberries!

  13. I love your dramatic quilt! Thank you for sharing it. This collection is so striking. I'd love to make a bag with it. pk_sews at yahoo dot com

  14. Beautiful quilt! My favorite flower is the rose. My dad used to really have a green thumb with them!