4/05/2016

Island Batik April Showers Challenge


April Showers is the Island Batik Ambassador challenge for this month:
"Make a spring-themed quilted project of any size."
Easter has passed and my mind jumped to flowers. 
With snow a few days ago, I see this little wallhanging as a bright, spring treat. 



On March 30, an email arrived with, 
Bouquet of Tulips Bonus Block, a cute applique project by Amy 
of Sew Incredibly Crazy
I decided to make it with some cheery, 
happy "Coral Reef "fabric colors from Island Batik.


Aren't these colors just luscious and wrapped so pretty?


I had a pre-cut pack of 10" squares (42 squares). 
For this 12" Tulip Block I didn't use much.
(I appliqued it to a 12" x 17" piece of white backing for a wallhanging.)

This is a bonus block that goes along with the IN THE GARDEN HOP
I contacted Amy asking if I could post about this block and the hop. 
The free block will be available HERE for the year .

She has a tutorial on her blog, HERE; so I won't detail how I made this.

I will mention that I connected the handle and the spout to the watering can
so it was one traced piece of fusible. 
I also cut out the center area of the watering can, 
so it wasn't so stiff. That is a personal decision. 


I had to use Deco Foil for the heart and leaves on the watering can. 
Amy got me hooked on Deco Foil and I really like its characteristics. 
She has a tutorial HERE.

The binding was another piece of Island Batik green that I bought in Paducah. 
I cut 2 strips, 2-1/4" x Width of Fabric and used one strip and just a bit of the second strip. 

I just think it is such a cute little quilt to hang in my breezeway.
But, alas, it has been promised to our younger daughter
to hang on her apartment entry door.
But, I have MORE Coral Reef fabrics to make another for myself! 

Thanks for visiting. 
Happy Spring, may beauty bloom each day for you.




8 comments:

  1. great little quilt. and love your blog background btw

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  2. so cute, and the batiks really bring everything to life..

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  3. I wouldn't have thought of batiks for the tulips, turned out sweet.

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  4. That looks great! I am glad Amy encouraged you to try our Deco Foil. It looks like a great accent with the tulips!

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  5. Fabulous use for the bonus block. The batiks look wonderful.

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  6. ohhhhh would be so cool to see as you open the front door first sign of spring......love it ty for sharing.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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