Modern Bicycle for Island Batik and Hobbs Batting

Follow along as I create the May 2019 Island Batik Ambassador Challenge. Fabrics and batting were given to me by Island Batik and their industry partner, Hobbs Batting.


Getting Started

Here the fabrics are selected, pattern drafted and supplies assembled to get started. Our goals is to incorporate one of the characteristics of modern quilts, as defined by the Modern Quilt Guild (the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, alternate grid work)

Only two fabrics will create the sharp contrast needed for this quilt; Black and Tie-Died, both form the Basics line. Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 Black Cotton Blend is a perfect choice when working with black or dark fabrics. Pattern design is worked on graph paper for easier size scaling. Clover Bias Tape Makers always seem to make their way into my work and this project is no exception. The bias are adhered with Steam A Seam 2 - 1/4” tape.

Using my favorite Clover 3/4" Bias Tape Maker and Steam A Seam 2 tape (1/4"), many inches of bias tape was created. The Clover tool neatly finishes both edges while the Steam A Seam holds it in place for stitching. After covering pattern with silicone sheet, bias tape is pressed into bike shape.

The bias tape bike is transferred to black Island Batik background fabric. Trusty pan lid keeps additional bike wheels perfectly round. After checking measurements bias is pinned to background then steamed to keep in place for stitching.

Stitching Begins

With the bias tape bike carefully stitched to the black Island Batik background fabric, it's time to mark some lines for quilting. Modern quilts are noted for their expansive negative space so that calls for thoughtful quilting.

Off to the Handi Quilter Avante for some ruler work quilting with Aurifil 50 wt black thread.

Quilting the negative space outside the bike is completed. Time to add a bit of interest with my Babylock Sashiko 2.

The Finishing Touches

Adding just teeny tiny spark of color before binding this project. Using Susan K Cleveland's Piping Hot Binding Tool, cording is covered with fabric then PRECISELY stitched into place.

Here are some close ups of the details. Finished quilt can be a table topper or wall hanging. Size: 47” X 44”.