Island Batik paper piecing Project featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs
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Island Batik Project: Paper Piecing!

Hi friends!

So, do you like to paper piece or do you hate it? Be honest.

I do like paper piecing. Sometimes.

Sometimes I don’t feel like ripping out paper! But, sometimes, it is the right way to go. And I love using the new Add a Quarter Plus ruler. It makes paper piecing very easy and efficient.

Island Batik paper piecing Project featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs
Add a Quarter Plus

This month, our Island Batik ambassador project was to use either paper piecing or English paper piecing and create a mini quilt. I do love a mini quilt!

I decided to play with some paper piecing. First I started with this cute little roll of fabrics from my Island Batik box.

Island Batik paper piecing Project featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs
Small roll of batiks
Island Batik paper piecing Project featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs
Fabrics from the roll

 

Then I played with with some designs in EQ. I love playing in EQ! I decide to use a star design. I realized I needed a few more fabrics so I added a pink batik leftover from my Valentines project and this great green from my Island Batik stash.

Island Batik paper piecing Project featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs
Final fabric plan

 

I pieced each section- 4 sections using the purple and orange and 4 using the pink and purple. Then I sewed two sections together and then sewed them together and then sewed the whole thing together! What do you think? I even quilted it myself.

Island Batik paper piecing Project featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs
Paper Pieced Star Mini quilt

 

Once it was priced, I had to decide on a quilting plan. Thread choice was pretty easy. This variegated thread from Aurifil was perfect. Added just a little color and texture but did not take over!

Island Batik paper piecing Project featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs
Aurifil thread

 

I knew that I was going to just stitch in the ditch around the star points to make them pop, but what to do in the “background” sections? I wanted to use my walking foot- no free motion! Luckily I had just bought the book, Walk- Master Machine Quilting with Your Walking Foot by Jacquie Gering. In it there was a quilting design she called Radiating Diamond. Perfect! So that is what I did in the corners.

Island Batik paper piecing Project featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs
Radiating Diamond quilting

 

Then I echo quilted in the other  background sections. I think it came out great! It is 12 ½” square.

Island Batik paper piecing Project featured by top US quilting blog and shop, Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs
more quilting

 

Would you like to make one? I have a free PDF with some basic instructions and the paper piecing templates. Click here to grab the pattern.

happy quilting!

Kate

p.s. Leave me a comment and tell me, if you do your own quilting, do you free motion quilt or use your walking foot? Or both? 

2 thoughts on “Island Batik Project: Paper Piecing!”

  1. Such pretty batiks and a wonderful pattern, too! I’d like to make one of these Radiating Diamonds in red, white and blues and for July 4th and hang it on my covered porch. I do my own quilting, with both FMQ and a walking foot. With more practice (like a hundred years more), it may get good enough to satisfy me!

  2. I love your fabric choices. I haven’t attempted free-motion quilting. I use my walking foot, and I just recently purchased the Walk book. I flipped through it briefly and I also have her class in my Craftsy account. I think the two will go well together. My sewing room is upstairs. No computer up there, so it’s sometimes nice to have a book at my side instead of running downstairs to the computer.

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