February 2019 Island Batik Challenge – Magnificent Minis

Magnificent Minis

This is my first challenge post as a new Island Batik Ambassador.  The February Challenge was Magnificent Minis.  I choose to make my mini using the “Stash Builders”.

“Stash Builders” are wonderful to use for a scrappy project like this mini.  They contain lots of variety in an array of Island Batik fabrics.  The strips are pre-cut to 5″ wide and one package contains almost 3 yards of fabric.

This is my Magnificent Mini – Aomidori, which means Blue/Green in Japanese.  Let me share with you how I made this cute 24″ x 24″ little quilt.

Aomidori

I selected 2 packages of Island Batik “Stash Builders” for a nice selection of medium and dark fabrics in two colorways.

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I choose a purple and teal color combination with using the Island Batik “Yolk” fabric for my neutral background. I selected 8 purples and 8 teals for the project. A total of 16 – 5″ strips to make this miniature quilt.

The Stash Builder strips are pre-cut 5″ wide.  I cut the 5″ wide strips in 8″ sections.

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Now here is where the fun happens.  I used my Accuquilt GO! to cut the 1″ strips.  I used the GO! 1″ strip cutting die #55052. In a matter of minutes I had all the strips cut to start sewing my mini blocks together.

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Place on cutting die

The GO! will cut perfect 1″ strips. The strips finish to 1/2″, to make the 9-Patch and Fence Rail 1 1/2″ finished blocks.

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I cut my Island Batik “Yolk” neutral fabric for the background the same way.

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I used Aurifil Cotton Mako 50wt. thread, a 70/10 topstitch needle and a 1/4″ presser foot.

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Next sew 2 strips together to insure you have an accurate 1/4″ seam.  It is very important you sew with an accurate 1/4″ seam allowance for this project.

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Sew your 1″ strips together to make the fence rail blocks. Sew 2 – background neutral strips on either side of a batik strip. Cut them into 2″ squares. The blocks will finish to 1 1/2″ square.  You will make 64 – 2″ unfinished mini fence rail blocks. Press the seams open to reduce bulk.

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To make the 9-patch blocks, sew a purple strip in the middle of 2 teal strips and 2 purple strips on either side of a teal strip.  Then place these strip sets on the GO! 1″ cutting die and cut them into 1″ units to make the 9-patches.

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You will make 81 – mini 2″ unfinished 9-Patch units.  Press the seams open to reduce bulk.

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Cut 36 – 2″ squares from the neutral background fabric.  Lay the units out on a design wall, alternating 9-patch and fence rail units.

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Sew the 9-patch and fence rail blocks into rows and then sew the rows together to make the center of the mini quilt.  Press the seams open to reduce bulk.  This is a picture of what the back should look like.

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Trim off the outside points to make the center square.  When trimming make sure you are leaving a 1/4″ seam allowance on the outside edge.

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Attach borders to the sides, top and bottom.

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To make the mini 1/2″ border, sew a number of strips together.  Lay the strip on your 1″ GO! Strip cutter and cut 7 perfect 1″ fabric strips all at one time.  A quick and easy way to make a perfect pieced border.

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Attach the mini pieced border to both sides, top and bottom of the quilt.

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Now attach the outside border.  I edged my mini with cute little prairie points. Adding this border will make arranging the cute little prairie points on the quilt top so easy to do.  If you prefer to not do a prairie point border, then just layer the quilt with batting and backing and you are ready to quilt.

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I used a Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Bleached Cotton batting in this little mini.

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For the finishing edge of the quilt I made 1″ prairie points.  To make the prairie points cut 44 – 2 1/2″ squares from a variety of purple and teal batiks.  Fold the square in half and then fold again to make the prairie point.  Place the tips of the prairie points on the inside of the pieced border.  11 prairie points will fit on a side.  I glue basted to hold them into place.

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Layer the quilt top with batting on the bottom.  The quilt top is place face up on top of the batting and then place the backing on top of the quilt top.  Pin the layers together around the edge to keep everything from moving as you sew around the edge of the quilt top.

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Sew the layers together, stitching a 1/4″ from the edge of the top layer. Leave a 8″ wide opening on one side of the quilt for turning the quilt inside out.  Trim away the excess batting and fabric a 1/4″ away from the stitching line.

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The 8″ opening on one side will look like in the picture below.   Leave the opening un-trimmed.

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Trim the corners to reduce bulk before turning inside out.

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Turn the quilt inside-out using this 8″ opening.  To help straighten the outside edges and corners gently pull in the prairie points.  Press both from the front and back sides ensuring there are no creases in the fabric. Press the opening to form a straight seam along the back side edge of the prairie points. Whip stitch closed, using the stitching line on the back of the prairie points as your guide.  Your stitches will be slightly past the stitching line.  Give the top a good press on both front and back.

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Now you are ready to quilt as desired.  I quilted with an all-over stipple but you could quilt it with just a simple stitch in the ditch.

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This miniature was so quick and easy to make.

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I hope you enjoyed following along on how I made this cute little miniature quilt.  Each month I will be sharing with you more projects as your new 2019 Island Batik Ambassador.

Subscribe to my blog and the other ambassadors blogs to see all the new Island Batik fabrics and the projects we will be sharing with you in 2019.

Happy Quilting!

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Links to all the 2019 Island Batik Ambassadors web sites.

Asmussen, Carolina
Carolina Asmussen
www.carolinasmussen.com
Black, Gene
Gene Black
blog.geneblack.com
Boatright, Pamela
PamelaQuilts
https://pamelaquilts.blogspot.com/
Campbell, Connie K
Freemotion by the River
https://conniekresin.com/
Clyke, Anja
Anja Quilts
https://anjaquilts.blogspot.com/
Dillard, Tina D
Quilting Affection
https://quiltingaffection.blogspot.com/
Fenstermaker, Becca
Pretty Piney
https://prettypiney.com
Fulton, Jennifer
Inquiring Quilter
www.inquiringquilter.com
Gaddy, Barbara
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
www.bejeweledquilts.blogspot.com
Gardner-Stephen, Dione
Clever Chameleon
www.cleverchameleon.com.au/blog
Goer, Sarah
Sarah Goer Quilts
https://www.sarahgoerquilts.com
Govindan, Vasudha
Storied Quilts
storiedquilts.com
Haase, Lori
DakotaCityQuilter II
http://dakotacityquilterii.blogspot.com
Hart, Joanne
N/A
Hatziioannidi, Mania (Magdalini)
Mania for Quilts
www.maniaforquilts.com
Henton, Carla
Create in the Sticks
https://createinthesticks.blogspot.com/
Jacobson, Stephanie
Steph Jacobson Designs
https://www.stephjacobsondesigns.com/
Kauffman, Connie
Kauffman Designs
www.kauffmandesigns.blogspot.com
Kawano, Joan
Moosestash Quilting
https://moosestashquilting.blogspot.com/
Lapacek, Kim
Persimon Dreams
www.kimlapacek.com
Leachman, Emily
The Darling Dogwood
http://thedarlingdogwood.blogspot.com/
Leanne Parsons,
Devoted Quilter
devotedquilter.blogspot.com
Lee, Bea
BeaQuilter
www.beaquilter.com
Lischko, Toby
Gateway Quilts & Stuff
gatewayquiltsnstuff.blogspot.com
Locke, Bill
Bill Locke Designs
www.studiobilllocke.com
Looney, Denise
For the Love of Geese
https://fortheloveofgeese.com
Malasky, Leah
Quilted Delights
quilteddelights.blogspot.com
Manke, Sally
Sally Manke
https://www.sallymanke.com/blog/
McAuliffe, Maryellen
Mary Mack’s Blog
http://teachpany.blogspot.com/
McCormick, Kathleen McCormick
Kathleen McMusing
kathleenmcmusing.com
Moellers, Carol
Carol Moellers Designs
http://carolmoellersdesigns.com
Neary, Karen
Sew Karen-ly Created
http://karenneary.ca
Nielsen, Lisa
Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam
www.thequiltjam.blogspot.com
OBrien, Jackie
If These Threads Could Talk
https://ifthesethreadscouldtalk.com/
Piland, Laura
Slice of Pi Quilts
http://www.sliceofpiquilts.com/
Roberts, Michelle
Creative Blonde
www.creativeblonde.co.uk
Schlimmer, Vicki
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
http://knitbug2.blogspot.com/
Sheppard, Gail
Quilting Gail
https://quiltinggail.wordpress.com
Shish, Sherry
Powered by Quilting
poweredbyquilting.com
Skjellanger, Anita
Quilt in a not-Shell
https://quiltinanotshell.blogspot.com/
Stemple, Laticia “Tish”
Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
http://www.tishnwonderland.com/
Strauser, Jennifer
Dizzy Quilter
http://dizzyquilter.com/
Thomas, Jennifer
Curlicue Creations
http://curlicuecreations.blogspot.com
Vanden Bosch, Terri
Lizard Creek Quilts
Vermilya, Alison
Little Bunny Quilts
https://littlebunnyquilts.blogspot.com/
Walker, Sandra
mmm! quilts
https://www.mmmquilts.com
Webster, Suzy
Adventerous Applique and Quilting
https://websterquilt.blogspot.com/
Weins, (Debora) Anne
Sweetgrass Creative Designs
www.sweetgrassdesigns.wordpress.com
Wilkins, Geraldine
Living Water Quilter
www.livingwaterquilter.com

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