Winter Getaway for Island Batik
Who knew creating a WINTER GETAWAY quilt for the Island Batik January 2019 Getaway Blog Hop would reflect the weather so completely? As this blog is written, schools are cancelling for the fifth consecutive day, businesses including our post office are closing early, blizzard conditions and sub zero temps impact our area. Fortunately, most of winter can still be an enjoyable WINTER GETAWAY.
Requirements for this Island Batik Ambassador Challenge
• use fabric in Surprise Package given to me by Island Batiks
• feature as many of the Island Batik Snow Berry collection as possible - 20 in collection, 19 used
• create a lap sized or larger quilt - 55” wide X 70” long
• consider following the getaway, destinations, travel theme - Winter Getaway
Planning the Bargello Background
Here’s the Snow Berry Collection, some sketches to help with planning, the order of use and an each strip cut the width of fabric plus each strip cut again at half the width of fabric.
Winter Getaway quilt continues with cutting Bargello columns and arranging into desired mountain shapes. Additional sky and foreground fabrics need to be added. Note to self...plan better to avoid ever needing to do this again! The math calculations added time and frustration. The 1/2 yard array of each color was extremely generous but challenging for the top and bottom.
Columns are carefully stitched together, matching each cross seam. Column seams are pressed open to eliminate bulk under applique added in next step. The Strip Stick helps open seams without distorting previously pressed seams.
Adding Applique to Bargello
Details are developing with the addition of a pond in the foreground, trees, winter sports and some critters. Trees and wildlife are fussy cut from Island Batik Snowberry. Snow boarder & skater are sketched on freezer paper then cut out. All are applied using raw edge applique with Misty Fuse.
Snow caps are a layer of Island Batik Sprinkle bonded to Island Batik white then machine appliqued to smooth the rough edges of mountains. This double layer of fabric prevents the darker colors from showing through. Snow caps and frozen pond are machine stitched with a blanket stitch. The setting on my Viking Sapphire 830.
Ready to be quilted
Be Sure to Visit Each Blog During the Island Batik Blog Hop
Monday, January 7 - Crystal Ball
Tuesday, January 8 - Ditty
Wednesday, January 9 - Elk Lodge
Thursday, January 10 - Feline Fine
Friday, January 11 - Flea Market
Monday, January 14 - Fortune Teller
Jennifer Fulton- The Inquiring Quilter
Tuesday, January 15 - Gypsy Rose
Wednesday, January 16 - Paisley Park
Thursday, January 17 - Soul Song
Friday, January 18 - Twilight Chic
Monday, January 21 - Winter Park
Tuesday, January 22 - Bazaar
Wednesday, January 23 - Blossom
Thursday, January 24 - Boho
Friday, January 25 - Brookview
Monday, January 28 - French Blue
Tuesday, January 29 - Midsummer Night
Wednesday, January 30 - Oh Deer
Thursday, January 31 - Snow Berry
Friday, February 1- Candy Cane Lane and Icicle
Anne Wiens- Icicle - Sweetgrass Creative Designs
Barbara Gaddy - Candy Cane Lane -Bejeweled Quilts by Barb