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.


beaquilter said...

great little quilt. and love your blog background btw

Marian said...

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

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allthingzsewn said...

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

Julia Sandvoss said...

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

works4me said...

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

Anna brown said...

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