April 23, 2019

April Island Batik/Accuquilt Baby Quilt - Blowing in the Wind

Note, the fabric and batting for this project and the Accuquilt Go! fabric cutting system were given to me as part of the Island Batik ambassador program.

The Island Batik challenge for this month is a joint challenge with industry partner Accuquilt. Accuquilt sent the Ready, Set, Go! ultimate fabric cutting system to each of the ambassadors and our challenge for this month was to use it to make a baby quilt. The Go! fabric cutting system comes with 8 dies and a book with tons of inspiration. The hardest part was choosing which blocks I wanted to use, lol.
Island Batik baby quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
Once I chose my blocks, I picked through the remains of my Blossom fabrics. This is now my third quilt with the Blossom line (Sparkler and one I still can't share were the first two) and though I have some left, it's not much. That makes me sad because I love, love, love the colours and prints in this line! The Island Batik solid grey is the perfect choice for the background.

With the kids I babysit, I sometimes have days where it's only me and the 3 year old, Silas. I figured he'd have a blast rolling the fabric through the Go! so I brought it out one afternoon. I was right! He loved it 😊 I sent his mom pictures with the message, "He's having so much fun he doesn't realize it's child labour, lol!" She responded with "FYI, he loves vacuuming, too 😉"
This picture is shared with permission from his mom.
In no time at all we had all the pieces cut for the quilt. I didn't have enough of either of the teal fabrics, so I used them both. They're close enough to work together, but different enough that it adds a little extra interest for anyone who looks carefully.
Island Batik fabric and Accuquilt Go! | DevotedQuilter.com
Here are all those pieces, sewn together 😊 I really like the diagonal movement in this design.
Baby quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
I chose to use two different blocks. Clay's Choice, because I love a good pinwheel block.
Clay's Choice quilt block | DevotedQuilter.com
And a Double Four Patch because I loved the movement and the way it connected with the cornerstones of the Clay's Choice blocks.
Double Four Patch quilt block | DevotedQuilter.com
I added 2" finished sashing, with teal cornerstones to continue the design. Can you see the difference between the two teal fabrics in this picture?
Swirl hooks free motion quilting | DevotedQuilter.com
I basted with Hobb's 100% cotton batting and then I tried to plan some custom quilting, but between the swirls in the pink fabric and the pinwheels in the Clay's Choice blocks, this quilt was practically begging for some swirl hook quilting. Who am I to argue with the quilt? I used Aurifil 2600 and reminded myself to quilt big. I think I'm getting better at it, so I was very amused when I posted a picture on IG and the first comment was someone asking if they have to be so small and close together! Ha!

I backed the quilt with solid white and I love the texture from the quilting. And yes, there are definitely some small swirls in there, but I had to fill those small spaces somehow. Right?
Swirl hook free motion quilting | DevotedQuilter.com
Silas and I have since used the Accuquilt Go! two other afternoons to cut up scraps for future projects. He loves that it's something only he gets to do, since he's the oldest. I love that we're slowly taming the scraps, lol 😊
Baby quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
This was such a fun quilt to make! Have I mentioned how much I enjoy being an Island Batik ambassador and getting to play with these beautiful fabrics?

Note, the pattern for this quilt is now available! Click to buy your copy today.
Blowing in the Wind quilt pattern | DevotedQuilter.com


  1. What a great helper! I love the movement in the quilt, too. And of course your quilting sets it all off beautifully, Leanne. Lovely!

  2. Love it! I'm glad Silas gets to play, too. Great job, team!

  3. Wow...it's awesome. I wish I had some of those bright fabrics to play with. I might have to break down and order some fabric from the USA.

  4. Great job. Those two teals play very well together. I really like the block combo also. The sashing blends so well that it just becomes part of the design.

  5. I can see why you love that fabric, it's so pretty! Great design for a baby quilt, and you had a super helper for those cuts!

  6. It;s a very pretty baby quilt. I can see how well the colours work with the IB solid grey. Nice combo of blocks and the quilting makes it gorgeous.

  7. Great movement in the quilt, it is very pretty! You've got a good helper!

  8. I would never know there are two different teal fabrics. The quilt is so pretty, the quilting really complements it, and how fun to have such a great helper!

  9. Perfection! Child labor, mixed up teals and a great pattern. Love everything about this Leanne.

  10. Bahaha on what Kathleen wrote. I love seeing how simple this machine is that a child can operate it! Makes me giggle even more because I admit I had some trepidation! Aren't the HSTs just fanTAStic?? I love the colours you've used, and the overall design, and of course, the lovely quilting! Well done!

  11. It's only "work" if you're not enjoying it, right, Silas?

    Nice job, both of you!

  12. Awe, I need a helper like that. Your quilt is wonderful.


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