Tool Talk Blog Hop and Island Batik Give Away!

by | Sep 8, 2022 | 15 comments

Welcome to day three of the Island Batik/Studio 180 Design Tool Talk Blog Hop!! I hope you’ve visited my fellow ambassadors Tuesday and Wednesday! I have very much enjoyed seeing the different Studio 180 Design tools and new fabric lines that have been demonstrated. How fun it is to learn about new quilting tools! Don’t you agree?

For this blog hop, we were challenged to use a new to us tool from Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design. I have a few of these tools but have never used them. This was my opportunity to use them and see just how great they are! We were sent one of the new lines of fabrics from the Island Batik Spring/Summer 2022 collections, which should be arriving in your favorite quilt stores now! I am loving every one of these collections and can hardly wait to see what all the ambassadors create with them! Now on to the fun!

I was sent the Corner Beam tool from Studio 180 Design. I love that it has more than one use. Not only can you make that kite shape shown in the picture below, but you can also make different blocks by using the Sliver Technique Sheet also available in the Studio 180 Design shop!

Here is the collection I used for this quilt. It’s called Bee Kind and is a signature collection by Kathy Engle for Swan Sheridan of Swan Amity Studios. I LOVE these bees, hummingbirds, florals and leaves!

I watched Deb Tucker’s video on how to use the tool, then got busy on designing my quilt in EQ8 and designed a block I wanted to use.

I used the Sliver Technique Sheet and tool to figure out how to make the blocks I wanted. Everything started with a half square triangle (HST). So first thing was to chain stitch them. I worked on one section of the quilt at a time. I used the Magic Wand tool to draw the stitching lines. I loved that I could make two HSTs at a time with the instructions provided.

And using the tool, I slivered off the corners. Depending on the way I wanted to place the block. Some of the HSTs were slivered from the wrong side and some from the front, as shown below.

I loved using my Alpaca Wool Pressing mat from Prairie Spirit Alpacas to press my blocks. This really helped all my blocks to lay VERY flat! I have wool mats, but this combination of Alpaca wool and regular wool works SO well!

And now, I present to you my project which I named “Cosmic Jewels: One to Beam up Scottie!” Yes, I’m a Trekkie, but I also named it this because the center of the block in the left lower corner isn’t going in the same direction as the other three. This shows you how using the sliver technique in a different way can give different results. He figured he didn’t belong with the rest of them, so he was ready to return to the “mother ship!!” LOL Anyway, I had so much fun with this!

This bundle was so great I wanted to make the back using a couple of the fat quarters left over and the gorgeous Parakeet Teal basic from the Tantalizing Teals collection. The other beautiful green is called Lemongrass and is from the Glorious Greens collection. These basics are available year round. I also used Lemongrass in the front and for the binding.

Quilt info: All piecing was done with Aurifil 2420 from my stash, using a Schmetz 80/20 needle, which is my go-to choice for just about everything! The batting used was Hobbs 80/20 Cotton/Wool, and let me tell you I absolutely love this batt. It is so light weight and yet gives just the right amount of loft I was looking for! It was quilted on Ms. Mattie, my HandiQuilter Avante using Superior Threads, #401 So Fine 50 wt for the top and Silver Bottom Line for the bobbin. I used an edge to edge design from the Christies at My Creative Stitches (no affiliation – just a happy, satisfied customer!) called Rhapsody (Morning Star).

Many thanks to Island Batik, Schmetz needles, Hobbs Batting, Prairie Spirit Alpacas, and Deb Tucker Studio 180 Design Tools for this awesome challenge and providing the products used. And thanks to Aurifil for making such awesome thread!

To celebrate the Tool Talk Blog Hop, Island Batik is giving away a Fat Quarter bundle of the complete Island Batik Baroque or Bee Kind collections by Kathy Engle, designed for Quilt Basket and Swan Amity Studios respectively. Just complete the Raffle Copter below!

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Visit my fellow ambassador, Jennifer Fulton, the Inquiring Quilter, to see the project she made today with this same bundle of Bee Kind fabric! You can see all the projects made this week by the other ambassadors by viewing this post which contains the schedule for each day.

Thank you for visiting today. I’ll see you next Sunday with the schedule for next week! Until then…keep on stitchin’ and grinnin’!!

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  1. Susan

    Great design and colors on the jewels!

  2. Cyndy Lipe

    The only specialty ruler I have is an Ellenore Burns Triangle Square Up Ruler and I love it for my hst’s. Love the colors in your quilt.

  3. Maryellen McAuliffe

    Great design. Great colors. I use specialty rulers fairly often, but it depends on what I’m making. I do like the ones from Studio 180.

  4. Kathleen McCormick

    I love this quilt! It is fun to see what ambassadors come up with using the Studio 180 tools! I really love this and the way the rotating star comes together in the center of the corner blocks. It really helps your eye move across the quilt!

  5. Jennifer Thomas

    So gorgeous, Brenda! I love the way you demonstrated how the tool works. And the bees buzzing all over the fabulous colors in this collection! Have a great day.

  6. Janine Allen

    Beautiful quilt!

  7. Melisa-Pinker n Punkin Quilting

    Your quilt is so awesome! That looks like a fabulous ruler and love your pressing mat. Happy quilting

  8. Irene Bowie

    Not often enough! tend to just piece and I do have a few rulers to make special blocks but for some reason I shy away from them. Thanks maybe you just gave me some inspiration I needed.

  9. Irene Bowie

    Wow! What a surprise, I did not expect to see those different intricate looking blocks. Fab job!!

  10. KJ

    Beautiful quilt. Thank you for the details of how you approached the challenge and used the tool. I have several rulers I use to cut, and have quite a few specialty rulers and tools but have not used them.

  11. Susan MacLeod

    I haven’t used any specialty rulers yet even tho I have a few.

  12. Rita Haverman

    I do not have a lot of specialty rulers but the one you demonstrate looks very interesting. Endless possibilities. Scottie would be proud of your beautiful quilt. Thank you for this giveaway.

  13. Quilting Tangent

    I like how you included the wrong way block, gives the quilt more personality.

  14. Gail Beam

    Brenda, your quilt is spectacular and I love the batik fabrics that you chose for the quilt. Have a great weekend!



  1. End of Tool Talk Blog Hop - […] Cosmic Jewels: One to Beam Up, Scottie! by Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs (Corner Beam tool) […]
  2. End of Week 1 of Tool Talk Blog Hop and Giveaway! - […] Cosmic Jewels: One to Beam Up, Scottie! by Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs (Corner Beam tool) […]

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