September 30, 2019

Burst - Island Batik September project

Note, the fabrics for this project were given to me by Island Batik as part of their ambassador program.

I love scrappy quilts so this month I really enjoyed making Burst from my Island Batik scraps 😊 Unfortunately, because September was an absolute whirlwind, it's only a top at this point.
Burst quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
The Island Batik ambassador challenge for September was to make a juvenile inspired quilt using the Accuquilt Block-on-Board die that we were sent in our second box of goodies. I received the Crossed Canoes die.
Crossed Canoe die | DevotedQuilter.com
I have to admit that I had a hard time seeing anything particularly inspiring in the block for a long time. It's a fine block, but it had me feeling rather 'meh' until Laura (Slice of Pi Quilts) mentioned that she was using her die to cut the pieces for her quilt, but not creating the block they were intended for.

With that in mind, I started playing around with design ideas using a quarter of the Crossed Canoes block as the whole unit. Once I hit on this idea of having scrappy units radiate out from the center, I was excited to dig into my Island Batik scraps and get cutting!
Burst quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
Silas was my cutting partner again for this project and he still loves rolling the fabric through the Accuquilt Go! machine and seeing what the newly cut shapes look like. Now every time he sees one of my quilts he says something like, "we already cut the pieces for that one" 😊

While I was designing Burst, I tried using a few different colours for the background, but I kept being drawn to the white. I love how the colours pop against the white and using grey or black just wasn't giving me the same feel. I do feel like white is really impractical for a quilt (how long will it stay looking white if you're actually using the quilt?), but sometimes design has to win, so white it is.

I cut a whole stack of white squares to alternate with the pieced units, only to discover I cut them ½" too small. Whomp, whomp, whomp!
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The Crossed Canoes die makes a 9" finished block, which means each of the quadrants is a 4 ½" square. Somehow, I forgot that that means it's 5" unfinished and so I cut my squares at 4 ½". I think I was thrown off by the finished size of the unit being a ½" measurement when I'm so used to that being the unfinished size. It's a good thing Island Batik sends lots of those beautiful solids in our ambassador boxes so I could cut more squares at the right size or I'd have had to rethink my entire design!

I love all these bright scrappy pieces!
Burst quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
Burst quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
Burst quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
Burst quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
 I'm planning to write the pattern for Burst, so keep an eye out for that, hopefully in the near future. In the meantime, I need to decide how to quilt it. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated!

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Burst quilt | DevotedQuilter.com

6 comments:

  1. Love this! Great use of the die! I'm a lazy quilter so I would do a large spiral that starts in the center.

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  2. Look at those lovely points! Very neat design on this one, so creative!

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  3. Totally awesome! This is a terrific setup and the blank square is just right. So sorry about the mistake for the cutting the first time around - I do hate when that happens.

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  4. Love this so much! I would never have thought of putting the blocks together that way!

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