I wanted to be a bit adventurous and not just do the obvious thing of joining the blocks up in a grid. I've admired the quilts Jill Fisher (Pie Lady Quilts) makes for some time. She has a unique style and makes unique quilts in bright colours, with bold geometric designs. Jill also loves improv and is not bound by 90 degree angles.
|The blocks were all about 10" square|
So I was brave and started to cut the 10" square blocks into smaller squares and rectangles. I bought 2.5 metres of a bright blue batik to use as the sashing. I chose blue because it looked like the sea, and it worked well with all the bright colours in the blocks. A lot of batiks come from Indonesia, which is a country made up of many small islands sitting between the Indian and Pacific Oceans. Bali is a popular holiday destination in Indonesia - hence the name Bali Batik Bliss.
I know I've still got a long way to go to make a quilt as effective as Jill's, but this is my first step on that path. I don't know how I'll quilt it yet, but I won't be hand quilting it because I don't like hand quilting batiks (the thread count is very high and it's hard to pull the needle through the fabric - especially with the thicker threads I like).
The top measures about 70" x 80".
Now I'm ready to win my next set of blocks at Capital Quilters!