Modern Wind Tablerunner

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This month the Island Batik ambassadors were given the challenge to use batiks in a modern design. I wasn’t sure what I would create, I think of myself as more of a traditional quilter most of the time although I have made many things that are….different.

I found some blocks that I had made last fall and never used and all of a sudden I had an idea for a modern quilt design! I’ll share those blocks with you in the near future.

I needed to make a quilt project using one of the collections of batiks that just came out so I pulled out some fabrics from the Tradewinds collection from Island Batik.

Modern Wind made with Island Batik fabrics
Modern Batik Challenge

It is no secret that I love using batiks in my quilting…….I actually think anymore that I seem to do 90% of my quilting with batiks!

It is so much fun to get a spontaneous idea and then go with it! Once I had the idea it didn’t take any time at all to piece and quilt it.

modern Batik quilt on deck
Modern Wind quilt in batik closeup

This will make a beautiful table runner and is about 20 x 34.

I figured since it was a Modern Batik Challenge I had better change my quilting a little and make it look a little wild modern. Of course, I used my vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine and the quilting is free motion lines that are VERY, VERY organic…..or wiggly.

modern batik quilt back
Modern Wind table topper made with batiks
Star Crossed Batik Quilt

It is always fun to see the back of a quilt and for this one I used muslin.
It was a little too bright on the deck when I took this photo but I wanted a pic with my flowers.
The Tradewinds collection is beautiful and includes fabrics with seashells and fish. I also used this collection for my Star Crossed quilt. The pattern is coming soon.

Modern Batik Challenge

Many of the ambassadors have already posted their Modern Batik Challenge projects and here are some links to them. Have fun visiting!

Adele Mogavero

Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Bejeweled Quilts by Barb


For Quilts Sake

Kauffman Designs

MooseStash Quilting

One Quilting Circle

Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

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  1. You did a great job capturing the modern aesthetic. The Star Crossed quilt is s beauty too. I love your descriptors including: wild, organic, and different. Too funny!

  2. Beautiful! I need to look for Tradewinds! Batiks inspire. I have been trying to “loosen up” and go with the wavy, organic quilting. It is free and liberating. Who knrw?

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