Working with batiks is one of my favorite things to do and this month the Island Batik ambassadors were challenged to make something based on vintage quilt blocks.
I absolutely love working with traditional quilt designs so I picked this fun Maple Star block for my Vintage Reimagined quilt project.
There are several different ways to create this block, you could make flying geese blocks or half-square triangles which is the way I made it. Either way makes a beautiful block especially when you use bright and colorful batiks as I did.
Click on this link for the tutorial for the 12-inch and 18-inch Maple Star block.
Maple Star Quilt Block for Vintage Reimagined
I used a collection of Island Batik fabrics called Caribbean Breeze. The stack is 10-inch squares and worked perfectly for my blocks with the addition of the Egg White neutral for the background. I made a beautiful baby quilt.
I mentioned in my newsletter that I was spending a week at my daughter’s house babysitting so I hurried up and finished quilting my Maple Star quilt before I left so I could take some photos at her house. I used my vintage 15-91 Singer with Aurifil thread on it.
Unfortunately, there was still a ton of snow on the ground at her house, and trying to take photos of the quilt inside wasn’t easy at all.
Cats on quilts!
Every time I laid the quilt down and got ready to take a picture…..one of the cats jumped up on it!
At least I know the quilt is a hit with the cats!
You can always find more information about me being an Island Batik ambassador. I just noticed I need to update the list of ambassadors for 2019! You can see the new list and what Island Batik ambassador goodies I received for 2019 here.
Would you believe we got snow again last night! It wasn’t much but…..I am so done with snow! I’ll take some better photos of the quilt and share how to make the quilt block soon.
I have received emails from some of you worried about the flooding here in Iowa. I took the photo of the river below yesterday and placed a photo of the ice that was on the river one week ago. I have my quilt hanging on the bell pole which is now underwater.
We will definitely have a flood, we just don’t know how high the water will get yet. What happens up north makes a big difference. In the meantime Builder Bob has sandbags, a pump, and his construction list in case he has to build a wall to keep the water out of our basement/garage and most importantly….my quilt studio!
He has sand lined up so it is just a matter of watching the river and deciding when or if we need to sandbag. There is talk that this might be as bad as the 1993 flood.
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