September Island Batik Ambassador Challenge and a Giveaway

This month features paper piecing, either English paper piecing or foundation paper piecing. Our challenge included using our collection of fabric assigned to us to make a lap sized quilt or larger. This is week 3 in our monthly blog hop.

The Natural Healing collection is the one I was lucky enough to work with this month. Look for it coming soon to your local quilt shop.

I was given this 1/2 yard bundle by Island Batik to use for this challenge. Isn’t it gorgeous?! Natural Healing is a fantastic name for this collection.

I choose to use foundation paper piecing and found some inspiration in this book:

Paper piecing isn’t my normal mode of operation, so I used this book for some help. Since our collections this month are for spring, I went looking for some springy patterns. I thought these designs were super cute, so I used them to make a small, lap sized quilt to hang over my stair railing to decorate for spring.

We were traveling in our RV for 10 weeks, so I brought my Singer Featherweight and all the supplies I would need to make this project on the road.

Allowing 1/4″ seam allowance around the outside.

I was planning on quilting using rulers and straight lines, since I only had my Featherweight to work with, but we decided to make a bee line for home once our Airstream Caravan was over, so I had time to put it on my Handi Quilter Forte 24 longarm and use Pro-Stitcher for the body of the quilt. I still used rulers around the paper piecing.

Love the buttons and hand embroidery on these cute blocks.

This design is Spritzi from Pro-Stitcher Patterns.

Many times I choose to sew my binding onto the back and flip to the front and use a decorative stitch. That is what I did here.

I used the Serpentine stitch and elongated the width and length to fit the binding.

I think I’m gonna like it as a spring decoration!

I used Hobbs Tuscany batting, which is a cotton and wool batting which drapes beautifully. I always use Schmetz needles, a new one for every project. Hobbs and Schmetz supplied me with the batting and needles for this project.

Be sure to check out what the other Island Batik Ambassadors have done or will do for this challenge and check your local quilt shop for Island Batik fabrics.


September 5

Elita Sharpe, Busy Needle Quilting

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese

September 6

Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

Sarah Pitcher, Pitcher’s Boutique

September 7

Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs

Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

September 8

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway


September 11

Brittany Fisher, Bobbin with Brittany

Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail

September 12

Susan Deshensky, Lady Blue Quilt Studio

Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

September 13

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood

Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

September 14

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia

Victoria Johnson, Forever Quilting for You

September 15

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway


September 18

Lana Russel, Lana Quilts

Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

September 19

Randi Jones, Randi’s Roost

Suzy Webster, Websterquilt

September 20

Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts

Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

September 21

Renee Atkinson, Pink Tulip Quilting

Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts

September 22

End of Blog Hop + Final Round Up

AND NOW for the GIVEAWAY! Win this Island Batik Royal Crown 42 piece 10″ stack just by commenting on this blog. Do you enjoy paper piecing? Random winner will be drawn on September 26 (in honor of my grandson’s bday!).

26 Replies to “September Island Batik Ambassador Challenge and a Giveaway”

  1. I have never tried foundation paper piecing. This blog hop has given me a lot of inspiration to try. Your quilt is quite lovely!

  2. That turned out so cute. I love how precise of designs you can make with paper piecing. I think I would enjoy it, but have very limited time right now so haven’t learned. I am enjoying seeing all the quilts coming out of the blog hop, though!

  3. Happy birthday to your sweet grandson on the 26th!
    Yes, I have done a fair amount of paper piecing and enjoy it, but most times I’d rather do some straight piecing or playing with curves!

  4. I love the designs you chose to paper piece. Sweet quilt! I do do some paper piecing. I always appreciate how accurate it turns out too!

  5. Oh, your quilt is so beautiful! It must be difficult sewing while on the road. I’ve taken a class on paper piecing, and I’ve made a few projects using the technique. It was a great way to get perfect points on my flying geese!

  6. I’ve never paper-pieced, but I see so many darling patterns that I’m very tempted to make the leap. (Love the dog in the flower pot on your quilt, for example!) Thanks for showing/reminding me that binding from the back and being creative with the stitching on the front results in such a cute and interesting feature. Honestly, I need some kind of master list, with visual cues, to keep track of the millions of great ideas I should be bringing to my quilts.

  7. I love the quilt and I like machine binding! Such great fabrics and cute pattern! I am not much of a paper piecer but after seeing this cute quilt maybe I will give it a go!

  8. Love the binding tip! I have tried PP but did not do well. To me, it is backward (or something). It makes me feel like a left handed person trying to do something righthanded. I admire the ones that can do it so easily!

  9. Hi Lana! What a fun quilt. I have dabbled in paper piecing but haven’t done anything with the pieces. Your quilt gives me inspiration ❤️

  10. Your quilt is really cute and you did an awesome job making it. But I would have to applique all the cute designs because I DON’T like paper piecing. LOL

  11. oh my goodness your quilt is just wonderful. I love the additions like the buttons and such. Oh but this looks like such a fun book. Thanks for sharing and inspiring. Oh I love to paper piece. I have made many gifts PPing.

  12. I am trying to get brave enough to try some paper piecing projects.
    The designs you made are really fun. Thank you for sharing.

  13. Your quilt looks great over the rail! I enjoyed all of the pictures in progress and the binding info is something to keep in mind when I’m binding a quilt to add some fun stitches.

  14. I love this cute little quilt! It looks perfect over your railing! It was you who taught me your binding technique using the special stitches on my machine! Love it! You did a great job on the paper piecing. Something I’d like to try! Maybe I need that book? Lol

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