June Island Batik Ambassador Challenge

Sleep in Heavenly Peace / Quilt Across America

Featuring Deb Tucker / Studio 180 tools

All children deserve a safe, comfortable place to lay their heads. Across the US, too many boys and girls go without a bed—or even a pillow—to sleep on. These children end up sleeping on couches, blankets, and even floors. This can affect their happiness and health. That’s where Sleep in Heavenly Peace comes in. A group of volunteers dedicated to building, assembling, and delivering top-notch bunk beds to children and families in need. 

So many great charities provide clothing, meals, and toys to families in need. But as wonderful as this aid is, few organizations offer suitable beds and bedding to the kids in these families. Sleep in Heavenly Peace fully believes that a bed is a basic need for the proper physical, emotional, and mental support that a child needs. If a child needs a bed, Sleep in Heavenly Peace wants to make sure they get one. NO KID SLEEPS ON THE FLOOR IN OUR TOWN!

Quilts Across America is a program that relies on the generosity of quilters everywhere to provide a quilt with each bed that is delivered. Quilts Across America was initiated by Studio 180 Design and Tucker University in July 2023. Help make this the largest quilting project in America and complete the process of getting kids, Off the floor, Into a Bed, and Under a Quilt

If you are interested in helping out, check out Shpbeds.org and note the requirements below.

Quilt Requirements

  1. Size between 50” to 60” wide and 75” to 90” long. 
  2. Simple quilt designs. 
  3. Colors that appeal to kids and young adults from 2 to 17 years of age. 
  4. No religious or holiday themed fabrics. 
  5. Quilted, not tied. 
  6. Machine bound is preferred. 
  7. No buttons or glued on embellishments. 
  8. Simple allover quilting is recommended.

I was excited to join this cause and selected some pretty, uplifting colors of Island Batik fabrics. I opened Electric Quilt and designed a quilt that I could use my Studio 180 tools to make the blocks.

This is the design I settled on.

The lightest fabric I chose is Frosting by Island Batik, from the Foundation line available all year round. I also used it for the backing and binding. I absolutely love the subtle color changes within the design.

Frosting by Island Batik

The other fabrics I used are:

Pin dot mini floral teal chameleon https://www.missouriquiltco.com/products/pin-dot-floral-batiks-mini-floral-teal-chameleon-yardage

Chromatic Triangles Teal Aruba https://www.missouriquiltco.com/products/chromatic-batiks-triangles-teal-aruba-yardage

Morning Glory Vine Teal Parakeet https://www.missouriquiltco.com/products/tropical-oasis-batiks-peonies-multi-blue-green-yardage

Tropical oasis sprig multi pink purple https://www.missouriquiltco.com/products/tropical-oasis-batiks-sprig-multi-pink-purple-yardage

Tropical oasis leaves multi pink yellow https://www.missouriquiltco.com/products/tropical-oasis-batiks-leaves-multi-pink-yellow-yardage

Tropical oasis peonies multi blue green https://www.missouriquiltco.com/products/tropical-oasis-batiks-peonies-multi-blue-green-yardage

This is the Magic Wand. It is used to mark on either side of it to indicate the stitching lines. I used my Hera marker which creates a crease so you don’t have to worry about getting any chalk or other kinds of lines out later on. It’s one of my favorite tools.

Then I stitched on the creased lines.

After stitching both lines, I used my rotary cutter to cut down the middle between the two stitched lines, creating two pieces. I pressed those pieces and then placed another square, used my Magic Wand again and stitched on both creased lines.

Then cut between the two stitched lines.

Press and now you have a Flying Geese unit.

This is where the Wing Clipper comes in. Line up the seams with the lines on the tool and trim the excess.

Turn the unit upside down and trim on the other two sides.

The first few blocks on my new Felt Right design wall. Loving my blocks and the design wall as well! At this point I chose to name my quilt Looking Up because of the arrows pointing upwards.

The third Studio 180 tool I own is the Tucker Trimmer. It is used to trim down half square triangles, among other things.

It’s on the longarm! I love my Handi Quilter Forte (now called Amara 24) and Pro-Stitcher!

This is the design I chose to use for quilting. I liked the clouds and swirls. It is by Christy Dillon and is called Calm Clouds e2e.

I love the positivity in this quilt! The arrows pointing upwards, the plus signs, and the friendship stars. I hope it brings a young person endless snuggles and happiness.

This is a good picture of the backing, Island Batik Frosting and is available all year round. I love the very subtle color changes.

This is how I bind quilts by machine. I sew the binding to the back side of the quilt and then bring in to the front and sew using the serpentine stitch.

Quilt Stats

Pattern; Looking Up by Lana Russel

Fabric: Island Batik

Iron: Oliso

Needle for piecing: Schmetz Microtex 12

Batting: Hobbs 80/20

Tools: Magic Wand, Tucker Trimmer, and Wing Clipper by Deb Tucker Studio 180

Quilting: Handi Quilter Amara 24, Pro-Stitcher, Calm Clouds e2e by Christy Dillon

Be sure to check out what the other Island Batik Ambassadors did for this challenge. I love this group of creatives!

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Renee Atkinson ~ Pink Tulip Quilting
Megan Best ~ BestQuilter
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts

Susan Deshensky ~ Lady Blue Quilts Studio
Brittany Fisher ~ Bobbin with Brittany
Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts

Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Kim Jamieson-Hirst ~ Chatterbox Quilts
Victoria Johnson ~ Forever Quilting for You

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Connie Kresin Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ A Quiltery

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Sarah Pitcher ~ Pitcher’s Boutique
Lana Russel ~ Lana Quilts

Julia Schweri ~ Inflorescence Designs
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Carol Stanek ~ Stitch with Color
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt

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