September 30, 2018

Island Batik September Challenge {Starstruck!}

The products used in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

Here was the September Island Batik Ambassador assignment:

"Stars are something we see quite a lot of in the world of quilting! This month, we’re celebrating stars with our Starstruck event! Incorporate stars into your September project in any way you like - star pieced blocks, star appliques, or any other creative way you can dream up! Use any technique or method you like."

I dug into my second Island Batik Ambassador box and decided I wanted to use my Island Stacks Paisley Dot Brights. (I'm a sucker for a bright rainbow of fabric.)
Wonky stars are one of my favorite blocks to make, so I made up a few to see how they looked as a scrappy rainbow on a neutral background. I *think* the neutral background is Buttermilk. I'm lucky one of my local quilt shops carries a great selection of Island Batik fabrics. I really need to be better about making note of the name when I buy fabric there, though!

I use 5-inch squares so each block finishes at 13.5 inches. Nine blocks makes a pretty cute baby blanket! (Of course I waited until the last day of September to get pictures taken and my blog post up. It's raining today, so front porch pictures will have to do!)

The backing is Kona Ash with some scraps of the paisley dot fabrics. I used Paisley Dot Purple for the binding.

For the quilting, I decided to move to the other side of my longarm and try some free-motion quilting. The wavy lines are pretty basic and easy to do, but it gives a fun look to the quilt and provides some amazing texture.

I make my quilt labels using PicMonkey and have them printed from Spoonflower. Up until now, I haven't been really happy with how I attach my quilt labels to the backs of my quilts. I recently found this method by Stash Bandit, and I've been really happy with the results. The border on the labels adds another fun bit of color to the quilt back.

Thanks for stopping by my blog! Next month the IB Ambassador task is to make something using paper piecing. My project will be complete and posted very soon, and I'll finally have my random burst quilt block pattern available for purchase.


  1. I love the way your challenge turned out. I am intrigued by the label printing - would like to do that for my island batik quilts too. Can you tell me a little more about it (like do you do a group at a time). I guess it looks like you could do all for the year/challenge, just not with your name for the quilts. That works pretty well. I do a similar label and like that very much.

  2. Your wonky stars are so pretty and that quilting is perfect for them.