Thursday, June 30, 2016

Modern Batik - an Island Batik Ambassador Challenge

Our Island Batik Ambassador Challenge this month was 'Modern Batik'.

I had some half square triangle leftovers from a 'Geese on the Run' project and decided to play with them in a 'modern' sort of way. Now scrappy doesn't seem very modern, but I hope that you can appreciate the effect that it provided this piece. I'm using the #islandbatik Rainforest collection.

This was my initial layout. I played with it for a while and eventually decided on a layout and sewed it together. I found a very thick piece of leftover poly batting (~1" thick) and quilted it on my long-arm. I left the dark green unquilted, just ditched along its edge and that thick batting really left it to pop! Straight line quilting inbetween and on the edges. I left the outer background triangles only ditched for a pop around the edge.

I've been nurturing these calla lilies and begonias outside my studio and just had to position my finished piece in the planter for this shot.
The 'Geese on the Run' design used for both runners below can be pieced in at least two methods. The one on the right left me with the HSTs that I used in the piece above. I also had fun creating an interesting back (right image)....a bit of improvisational piecing. The bluish one uses contrast to create a pattern. The orange and green one used some of the HSTs to create this corkscrew effect. Kind of a core drill through different layers of sediment.

This "Geese on the Run" runner design is available in my studio and I'm willing to ship, but can also be ordered wholesale from me directly or shops that carry Island Batik fabrics can also order it with the new line through Island Batik.


  1. Love it! I'm always looking for a way to use those leftover triangles - can't waste fabric, you know ;)

  2. I LOVE the colors in this. What a great way to use up those extras!

  3. Enjoyed seeing both designs....don't you just love working with the batiks?

  4. Enjoyed seeing both designs....don't you just love working with the batiks?

  5. Really like how the quilting makes the green pop! Great use of scraps!