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It Isn't All Black And White. Island Batik February Blog Hop.

Updated: Mar 23, 2022

This month we were tasked to make a row by row quilt. I have seen many row by row quilts but haven't made one. Well this month was my turn to make one and I dove right in. I received a beautiful line called Graphix that was designed by Kathy Engle for Carl and Linda Sullivan of Colourwerx. The line is all black and white and I absolutely love it. I received 20 1/2 yard cuts of the line plus two coordinating fabrics from the foundations line. This line is shipping to fabric stores this month and comes with 20 different black and white designs.

I decided to design a quilt using Electric Quilt 8 software. The black and white designs made it fun to give each element a different look. For the background fabric I used Coconut from the foundations line and one sku from the Graphix line. I used a lighter white background material for the lettering to allow it to pop more.

Love was on my mind so I decided to go with that theme and thought it would be cool using the Graphix line.

Most of my design was pieced except for the heart within a heart row. I did foundation paper piecing for that row.

I like to sew large blocks so I designed each block to be 12"x12" finished. I also like sewing them because the size lends to a graphic quilt. Not to mention, they are quicker and fun to do.

In making this quilt, I pieced and quilted it using Aurifil 50WT thread, Hobb's Heirloom 80/20 batting, Schmetz Needles and of course wonderful Island Batik fabrics.

One of the biggest differences for me in making this quilt was that I had purchased a Grace Company Frame and put my domestic machine on it to do free motion quilting. I purchased it back in November and have used it twice before two other quilts. It is a game changer! It made my life so much easier and quilting was not a struggle anymore.

I do not have room for a long arm in my home so I went with the Grace Hoop Frame which is considerably smaller. It is way more affordable too! I bought it when they had a sale so that made my mind up to get one. I put my own domestic machine on it and away we go. The final quilt size is 52"x62". As you can see, my partner in crime, Ava, decided to help out again. I couldn't make a quilt without her.

I really enjoyed using this fabric and loved quilting on my new frame. Thank you to Aurifil, Hobb's Batting, Schmetz Needles and of course Island Batik for sponsoring this blog hop and providing these wonderful supplies. .

Island Batik is hosting a giveaway. Click on the link to enter by Friday, February 11th for your chance to win these beauties. Island Batik Giveaway Link.

My fellow ambassadors have some very cool quilts, so check out their blogs too.

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

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