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I always have so much fun being an Island Batik ambassador and creating a new quilt project every month!
This new house remodel really has me behind in my quilting but I managed to finish a small quilted project that I’m calling my Artsy Fartsy project for my July ambassador project.
Artsy Fartsy Hidden Wells Quilt
The other day I shared a quick tutorial on how to make the Hidden Wells quilt block and also showed you a couple different ways you could put the blocks together.
I used some Island Batik leftover batiks and only had enough strips to make one Hidden Wells block. I really didn’t want to add another orphan block to my stash so I thought it would be fun to use the leftover strips for a border and make a completed quilt project.
Since the month is almost over and I haven’t made my Artsy Fartsy Island Batik project I decided to create it with this block.
Quilt project from one block
I just cut two 8½” squares from the 4 strips when I made the Hidden Wells block and decided to use the leftovers for a border. Here is how.
- Cut 1½” strips from a neutral batik and add that around the block first with a ¼” seam allowance.
- Next I cut the leftover strips into 1 3/4 inch pieces that were 4½” long.
- Cut eight of them.
- Sew two of the strips together. Do this four times.
- Match the center of your block to the middle of the strip.
- Sew with a ¼” seam allowance and trim.
Note: the strip will be longer than the block. I just added the strip and then trimmed it. Yes, you’ll end up with smaller pieces on each end but this is a Artsy Fartsy quilt project and perfection isn’t needed.
Repeat this for the other three sides.
Here is the pieced quilt project which looks better on the floor than on my old ironing board. Now it is time to quilt it.
The challenge this month was to use 3 different weights of Aurifil thread in our Island Batik quilt project. I originally wanted to do some kind of applique project but that just didn’t happen.
Here are the Aurifil threads that I used in this quilt project.
- Aurifil Cotton 50wt cone for my piecing #2324
- Aurifil Cotton 50wt spool Purple #2545
- Aurifil Cotton 40wt spool Green #5018
- Aurifil Cotton 80wt wood spool cream #2309
Aurifil has a product guide brochure you can download from their website which has wonderful information about what needles work best for the different weights of thread. There are also lists of uses for each thread weight also.
I had never used the 80wt thread before which is very fine. I used it to do some pebbling in the cream border. It has been a while since I did free motion pebbling but I think it came out pretty good.
I normally sew with the 50wt Aurifil thread, when I switched to the 40 wt thread I had to loosen my upper thread just a little. Interestingly it also worked well for the 80wt. I did some simple organic freemotion quilting with the purple and green.
Builder Bob is going to get another project! The lighting is terrible upstairs in my “temporary quilt rooms”.
We also have a beautiful Maple tree out front with bright lime green leaves which completely blocks the window and keeps out the sun. Unfortunately it also turns all of my quilt projects……green! At first I couldn’t
Mistake with the binding
Now this was a first for me!! I’m going to blame it on the lighting and the fact that I just had my eyes checked and need new glasses.
I really like sewing my binding to the front of my quilt project and I could believe that I was sewing the binding on with the folded edge in the seam allowance! Fifty years I’ve been quilting and never did this! Thank goodness I always keep a seam ripper handy!
Here is my Artsy Fartsy Hidden Wells quilt project all finished. Have you ever tried different weight of threads when quilting or doing applique? Do you have a favorite weight?
Back of quilt project
Would you like to see the back of my quilt? I used a basic purple from Island Batik for the binding and backing which was left over from a past quilt. I hope you have enjoyed this fun little quilt project and don’t forget to check out some of my other tutorials! Thanks Island Batik and Aurifil for the supplies to make this quilt.
Here is a list of the other Island Batik ambassadors. Be sure and visit them and see the projects they are working on!
- Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
- Gene Black Gene Black
- Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
- Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
- Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
- Tina Dillard ~ Quilting Affection Designs
- Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
- Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
- Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
- Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon
- Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
- Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
- Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II
- Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts
- Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
- Carla Henton ~ Creatin in the Sticks
- Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs
- Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
- Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
- Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
- Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
- Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
- Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter
- Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
- Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
- Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
- Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
- Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
- Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog
- Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing
- Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
- Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created
- Lisa Nielsen ~ Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam
- Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
- Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts
- Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
- Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
- Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
- Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
- Anita Skjellanger ~ Quilt in a not-Shell
- Laticia “Tish” Stemple ~ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
- Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
- Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
- Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
- Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
- Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
- Suzy Webster ~ Adventurous Applique and Quilting
- (Debora) Anne Wiens ~ Seams like a Plan
- Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
- Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore