Disclaimer: The products used to make this project were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.
For the Tool Craze Blog Hop, we were challenged to use our "surprise" fabric collection we received in our January Ambassador boxes. Do you remember that? We were to pair it with the Studio 180 ruler we received as well. Additionally we were required to make a project that included at least 30 units made with the ruler, in two different sizes and as many of the fabrics from the new fabric collection as possible. That's a lot! I'm always up for a good challenge.
The fabric collection I received is Sorbet by Claudia Pfeil. It was paired with the Diamond Rects ruler. The Sorbet fabric should be hitting quilt shops now. If you live in my area, you can get Sorbet at Bernina World of Sewing in Raleigh, NC.
There are too many shops to list them all, but here are a few others that will have Sorbet:
El Friede's Fine Fabric in Boulder, CO
Keep Me In Stitches in Tampa, FL
Colchester Mill Fabrics in Colchester, CT
Heartfelt Quilt Shop in Spearfish, SD
Quilter's Quarters in Cottonwood, AZ
To find a shop that sells Island Batik fabrics near you, try the Store Locator.
I haven't made a lot of quilts with diamond shapes in the past. I'm a little intimidated by the angles. The Diamond Rects tool was easy to use. Look at how nicely the diamonds cut out. The tool comes with detailed instructions. Additionally you can access videos at Deb Tucker's website.
The tool also easily cuts out the side triangles for the unit. I used Island Batik's Merlot fabric for many of the side triangles.
After you cut and sew each unit, you use the ruler to trim the Diamond Rects unit down to the size you need. Easy peasy!
I made 32 Diamond Rects units for the blocks for the center part of my quilt. Look closely. Can you tell that they are a Storm at Sea variation?
The blocks came out great! But I still had to make Diamond Rects units in another size to fulfill the challenge requirements. I decided to make a sparkling diamond border for my quilt. I made 80 more Diamond Rects units for the border.
I snapped this fun pic with them all up on my design wall. They look kind of like a stained glass window to me. I used a variety of fabrics from the Sorbet collection for the diamonds and mixed them up randomly.
Here's a few more pics of Brilliant Bijou from the photo session. It was a little windy on picture day, so it's not hanging perfectly flat, but almost!
I used Aurifil thread color 2520 for the piecing, and Aurifil thread color 1243 for the quilting.
I used my favorite, Schmetz needles for this project.
The batting is Hobbs Poly Down which is nice and light for a summer project. It has a beautiful loft for quilting.
Look at that gorgeous fabric! I really love this collection. Some fabrics just make my heart happy.
Brilliant Bijou relaxing on the front porch.
Quilting close up. I did my standard loopy meander.
I used Island Batik's solid black for the backing.
I usually match my binding fabric to my outer border, but I had one fabric left that was unused in my quilt, so it became the binding fabric. I really love the way it looks! What do you think?
Brilliant Bijou quilt.
Quilt Size: 50" x 50"
Block Size: 9" x 9"
Fabric: Sorbet by Claudia Pfeil for Island Batik
Thread: Aurifil 2520, 1243
Batting: Poly Down by Hobbs
Ruler: Diamond Rects by Studio 180
Designed in EQ8
I'm giving away a 5" charm pack of 17 of the fabrics from the Sorbet collection. To enter, scroll all the way to the end of this post and leave a comment. To make it fun, let me know what your favorite flavor of Sorbet is! I love raspberry myself. I will draw a winner randomly at the end of the blog hop. Open to US residents only, due to postage costs. Please be sure I have a way to contact you, should you be the lucky winner.
Have you been enjoying the Tool Craze blog hop? Be sure to visit all of the Island Batik Ambassadors to see the new fabric collections and what everyone made with their Studio 180 rulers. Here's the list:
Have you seen the Heart Match Doll Quilt and Pillow pattern I designed for Connecting Threads? This was one of the most fun projects I've created this year. It's available through the Connecting Threads website as both a kit with the fabrics shown here (their General Store collection), or as a PDF download pattern (use your own fabric ~ it's a nice stash buster for using up a few scraps)
Doesn't dolly look sweet and oh so happy with her own quilt and pillow? She's ready for naptime!