Twinkly – December Island Batik “3-D Challenge”

Don’t you just love the colorful lights lighting up the driveways and houses this time of year. ‘Twinkly” was inspired by the wonderful lights hanging from the roof tops of brightly decorated house in our town.

47″ x 69″

“Twinkly” was created in EQ8 (Electric Quilt). It is a very simple 3-D quilt to make. It uses strips, HST (half square triangles), and rectangles. The HST were cut using the AccuQuilt GO! 2″ finished HST die # 55063. The rectangles were cut using the GO! Rectangle-2 1/2″ x 4 1/2″ (2″ x 4″ Finished) Die # 55159.

To create the effect of the night sky I selected the Black Island Batik solid for the background fabric. Island Batik solids are great to work with because there is little fraying since they have a very high thread count. I also decided to use black for the background to eliminate shadowing from occurring since this is a high contract quilt. I also select Island Batik Blenders and Basics primary colors to capture the 3-D cascading lantern light effect. There are so many wonderful colors to choose from and so the color combinations are endless.

“Twinkly” was constructed in vertical columns and the columns were then joined together to form the completed top.

I used Hobbs Heirloom® Premium 80/20 Black Cotton/Poly Blend batting in the project. Using a black batting will eliminate bearding.

Hobbs Heirloom® Premium 80/20 Black Cotton Blend Batting (image)

The quilt was then quilted with a vertical wavy line style of quilting to enhance the 3-D streaming effect. To add additional texture I used black Aurifil Cotton 50wt. thread for the sewing and the quilting of “Twinkly”. The Aurifil thread enhances and brings to the life the lantern shaped blocks.

The image above also shows how the vertical columns were sewn together using the HST, rectangles, and strips.

I hope you have been inspired to create a 3-D project. Also be sure to check out the other Island Batik Ambassador’s 3-D projects. The links below will direct you to their posts.

Enjoy a wonderful 2020 New Year!!

2019 Island Batik Ambassadors

Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Anita Skjellanger ~ Quilt in a not-Shell
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Anne Weins~ Sweetgrass Creative Designs
Barb Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Bea Lea ~ BeaQuilter
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Carla Henton ~ Creatin’ the Sticks

Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Connie Kreskin- Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Gene Black ~ Gene Black

Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore

Jen Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations

Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Joanne Hart ~ Unicornhearts
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created

Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Lisa Nielsen ~ Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam

Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
MaryEllen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog

Michelle Roberts~ Creative Blonde
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke

Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs

Suzy Webster ~ Adventerous Applique and Quilting
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Tina Dillard ~ Quilting Affection Designs
Tish Stimple~ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts

Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Sandra Walker mmm! quilts


  1. Great job, Carol. I finally understand how you did this. It is a delightfully twinkly design. You certainly nailed the 3D aspect of the challenge. And the bright colors on black are just wonderful.

    1. Thank you Gene! I love working with bright colors. There is just something that brings happiness and joy to any quilt project.

  2. Hello Carol! I love the colors in Twinkly, and the way the quilting enhances your project. Thanks for the close up. Have a fabulous day!

Comments are closed.