Have you been enjoying all of the beautiful quilts made by the Island Batik ambassadors as they take part in the Great Outdoors Blog Hop?
Today I get to finally share the beautiful group of batiks called Wild Things that I used to make my Stacks quilt.
The collection of Island Batik fabrics that I am working with is called Wild Things, if you like batiks with animal designs you’ll really like this collection! This collection was available at Hancock’s of Paducah.
Grab the Stacks pattern!
Our weather has been hot here in Iowa and I took this photo yesterday of little Sadie sitting on the quilt. The poor little girl looks hot!
When I received the first box from Island Batik this year, it included half yard pieces of the Wild Things collection and also threads from Aurifil that coordinated with the fabrics. My first thought was…..”Wow is this a wild collection!” (before I read that the collection was called Wild Things).
I wasn’t sure what kind of quilt I would make but I had made a sample baby quilt with a new design I was making and decided it would be fun to see how it turned out using these batiks.
I ended up using 18 of the Wild Things batiks in my quilt!
Last year I received this queen size batting of Thermore from Hobbs Quilt Batting in my Island Batik ambassador box and decided to use it for my Stacks quilt. It is an ultra-thin polyester batting and it was wonderful to quilt. It makes a very thin quilt and I’ll be using the leftovers for some mugs rugs and wall hangings.
Look at how big the quilt is! I usually layout my backing, batting and quilt top on my 4′ x 8′ cutting table and then pin it before quilting on my domestic vintage 15-91 Singer sewing machine.
You can’t see it but I put weights on the backing fabric to keep it taut. Many times I use nylon clamps that I have “borrowed” from Builder Bob. I also use these when I want to hang a quilt over a tree branch or desk rail so the quilt won’t blow away.
A couple of weeks ago I did a post about my new quilt photography setup and I really like this photo!
The colors in this quilt would make it a great quilt for that special guy or as a throw for your den. I have it hanging on this neat white wood ladder against my fake brick wall. You can’t tell it is fake, can you?
Take a look at my Scattered quilt on the brick wall.
We were at the grocery store last week and believe it or not they had 5′ x 7′ rugs for only $40 and I grabbed a gray one to go with my brick wall. What do you think?
This quilt was too big to hang on my new brick wall so I took it to our neighbor’s house. Builder Bob is helping him build a new deck on the other side of his house. It will be in the shade and I have a feeling I’ll be sneaking over there to take pictures of my quilts!
For most of the spring and summer, I couldn’t show a quilt down by the river on our bell (which works great for displaying a quilt) because the river was over the wall but now the river is back to the level it should be.
Doesn’t the Mississippi river make a beautiful backdrop for the Stacks quilt? I am using a bell on a pole that my dad put down by the river. It is perfect for hanging a quilt over it.
The quilt is made up of rectangular blocks.
Here is a photo of the quilt that I took down by the river on the rocky shore.
It is possible to free-motion quilt a quilt this size on a domestic sewing machine, it builds up arm muscles!
I should have taken a picture of it while I was quilting. You really need to have additional tables to the left and behind your machine to keep the quilt from hanging over the sides.
The weight of the quilt hanging is what makes it hard to quilt. I just keep it all bunched up on the table. I guess I should do a post showing this, right?
Stacks is a fun quilt to make and very easy and I am so happy to have the pattern finished! There are 7 sizes in the pattern!
You can read more about the Stacks quilt pattern and see it in some colorful fabrics that would be perfect for a children’s room.
I hope you have enjoyed seeing my Stacks quilt pattern and the Great Outdoors Blog Hop!
Here is a list of all of the Island Batik ambassadors with the collection they will be sharing and on what day.
Monday, August 6 – All A Flutter – Yellow Cat Quilt Designs, Creative Blonde
Tuesday, August 7 – Birds N’ Bees – Ark Angel Creations, Patterns By Jen
Wednesday, August 8 – Canterbury Manor – Sally Manke, Powered By Quilting
Thursday, August 9 – Eclectic Garden – Desert Bloom Quilting, Sew Karen-ly Created
Friday, August 10 – Vintage Morris – MooseStash Quilting, Devoted Quilter
Monday, August 13 – Safari –
Tuesday, August 14 – Spring Blossoms – Mary Mack Made Mine, If These Threads Could Talk
Wednesday, August 15 – Victoria and Albert – Bejeweled Quilts, Clever Chameleon
Thursday, August 16 – Wild Things -Freemotion By The River,
Friday, August 17 – Petting Zoo – Den Syende Himmel, Sarah Goer Quilts
Monday, August 20 – Ocean Odyssey – Gateway Quilts, The Quilt Rambler
Tuesday, August 21 – British Rose – Busy Hands Quilts, Mania for Quilts
Wednesday, August 22 – Dear William – The Inquiring Quilter, MMM Quilts, Living Water Quilter
Thursday, August 23 – Dragonfly Dreams – Inchworm Fabrics, BeaQuilter
Friday, August 24 – Fur-ocious Friends – Quilting Affection Designs, Dizzy Quilter
Monday, August 27 – Globetrotter – Pamela Quilts,Curliecue Creations
Tuesday, August 28 – Jungle Cruise – Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting, Little Bunny Quilts
Wednesday, August 29 – Lavendula – Carole Lyles Shaw, Masterpiece Quilting
Thursday, August 30 – London Calling – Quilt in a Not-Shell, Lizard Creek Quilting
Friday, August 31 – Spirit Rhythm – Steph Jacobson, Whispers of Yore
Monday, September 3 – Sweet Tweets – Kathleen McMusing, Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Tuesday, September 4 – Whatnot – heARTS Creations, Slice of Pi Quilts
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