Batik Scrap Stash

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Scrappy quilting with my Island Batik stash #IslandBatik #Stash #quilting

For the last couple of days I have been working on a secret quilt project and finally finished it today. I won’t get to share it until May! I still have several other things going on but I decided I needed a little break…..quilting just for fun! Are you tired of winter?

I know I am! I pulled out some of my batiks from my Island Batik scrap stash and my AccuQuilt GO! dies and started to play.

I barely have any scraps left from the Cherry Berry collection, I think I made 4 or 5 projects from it including pillows and a Scattered quilt.

I am using the AccuQuilt GO! 8″ Qube Angles Companion Set which has a die for half-square rectangles.

Scappy AccuQuilt Dies and batiks

It took no time at all to make up some blocks. I know some people don’t care to sew with batiks, I never have any problem.

Scrappy quilting with my Island Batik stash #IslandBatik #Stash #quilting

I use Schmetz Microtex 80/12 needles most of the time. I usually buy them up when Joanns has a 50% sale on notions.

Scrappy quilting with my Island Batik stash #IslandBatik #Stash #quilting

Some of the batiks were in the little 5″ strip packs that I received in my Island Batik Ambassador box. Can you tell I love bright colors!

Lighting in my quilt studio

When Builder Bob designed my studio for me, he made sure to put in plenty of lights. There are still times when I need more lighting. I took the photos for this post last night around 7:30 pm when it was pitch dark outside. I have two umbrella lights that I use. Notice the step ladder, that is left out and used all the time. I also like that I can move my cutting table around and of course my sliding design wall.

Quilt Studio lighting and table for photos of quilt projects

Last year I took part in the Quilt Qwazy Queens blog hop and showed quite a few photos of my quilt studio. It is my happy place

Scrappy quilting with my Island Batik stash #IslandBatik #Stash #quilting

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  1. Good morning Connie,
    I always look forward to your email post. Thank you for keeping quilting fresh! The picture of your studio table with light umbrellas, there’s a table topper on the wall to the right side, what is it called? Would love to make it.
    I’m glad Rusty is so happy. You can see it in his face.

  2. I also love bright colors, and batiks are some of my favorite fabrics. I’m working with bright batiks, along with black and white in a project right now.

  3. Connie Dear you and your studio are amazing. I love how you utilize each and every piece of beautiful Island Batik fabrics. You are a wealth of knowledge and information and I am very grateful. I wouldn’t know about all the cool and helpful sewing suppplies. Creative Bliss Dear…<3

  4. Brenda Ackerman says:

    Hello Connie; Your bright fabric scraps are going to be fun to work with. I look forward to seeing what you have created. Like you, I enjoy bright bold fabriIcs. I need to write down the information you shared about sewing needles. I do not have the opportunity to sew with batiks very often but would like to try your needle choice and see if it makes a difference. Thank you for sharing! Have a great day!

  5. Thanks for the info on the Microtex needles for batiks. I’ve always used them for heirloom sewing but in a size 70. I have been using Superior Threads 80/12 needles for years for other stitching and embroidery, but will definitely head to JoAnn’s this weekend to pick up some Microtex 80/12’s!

  6. Such beautiful fabrics. It will be fun to see what you create. Love your umbrella lights. I used to have some good lights and the umbrellas but had to give them up when I moved. There is just not enough space for everything! I was interested to read about the Schmetz Microtex 80/12 needles. I’m on the verge of quilting a batik quilt and was wondering if I should use a special needle. It’s certainly easy to tell the difference in batiks and regular quilting cotton.