This month, Island Batik gave the ambassadors our choice of projects using any of the collections we received in our December boxes, except the secret collection for our May blog hop! I received a beautiful collection of 2 1/2″ strips named Bits and Pieces. This is is a signature collection designed by Kathy Engle for Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting. This collection began shipping to stores in February and are available at Hancock’s of Paducah in Paducah, KY, Missouri Star Quilt Company in Hamilton, MO, and Tiny Apple Fabrics & Crafts in Champlin, MN.
These colors and patterns are just gorgeous! I also received two coordinating fabrics as well, which are available year round in your favorite quilt store! The green is called Cherio Bermuda and the neutral is called Rice. Rice is one of my new favorites!! It has so many hints of color in it that it will coordinate with most any of the beautiful collections.
A while back, I had purchased some quilt as you go printed placemat batting by June Tailor and decided this would be the perfect opportunity to try it out and make some placemats with this collection. The strips were perfect!
I chose the strips for the braid, which are all the same in each of the placemats, and cut the strips to the required size. Next I cut the remaining pieces, using the Cherio Bermuda for the strips beside the braid and the back of the utensil holder, as well as the backing for the placemats. I decided to use different strips for the second, wider set of strips around the braids. I used the Rice for the utensil holder. And here is a photo of all of them together. I used Island Batik solid black to bind them.
I just love how these turned out! They were so much fun to make and stitched up pretty quickly. I purchased this set of June Tailor printed batting at Missouri Star Quilt Company, if you are interested in making your own set!
Fabric: Island Batik 2 1/2 ” strips Bits and Pieces, Rice and Cherio Bermuda coordinating fabrics, black solid for binding.
June Tailor printed batting.
Schmetz 80/20 needle (they are the best for stitching batiks!)
I invite you to visit my fellow Island Batik ambassadors and get inspired by their creations for this challenge!
See you soon! Until next time…