Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Oh My Stars! Tool Talk Blog Hop - Island Batik and Studio 180 Design - September 2022

 This month's Island Batik Ambassador Challenge is sponsored by Deb Tucker and Studio 180 Design. Each of us is working on a "Tool Talk" project using a new Island Batik Collection and a ruler tool from Studio 180

My new collection is the delightful black/white and YELLOW bee themed collection: Beehive Buzz. The perfect collection for a quilter like me from the Beehive State of Utah. The bees, hives, honeycomb hexagons, and flowers are super fun. And there are polka dots too, a guarantee of joy. I used all 20 skus in the Beehive Buzz Collection and only added one fabric - an Island Batik solid yellow to the medium star backgrounds

I am new to Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design rulers/tools and was excited for the opportunity to try one out. I received the V Block ruler.  Look at those little 1 inch V blocks.

I was amazed at how many different blocks/designs can be made with the ruler. 1st - it makes 11 different sizes of V blocks, from 1" to 6" finished with 1/2" sizes in between. But the real magic is how easy the tool makes creating the tricky V angled block. It cuts the tight angle  You cut the pieces slightly bigger, sew them together, and then trim them down to size. 

And once I started playing with the ruler, I was surprised with how many designs I could make with it.
 I experimented and ended up using several different patterns to create a Star Medallion quilt. I made the large star using 6" V blocks, the central block and corner stars with 2" V blocks. The border has 3" V blocks to make diamonds and Flying Geese, and little 1.5" blocks to make the pinwheel corners. The blocks makes it easy and fun.  I added half square triangles to the middle star to give it a honeycomb look and background squares to fill in the stars -- everything else was created with the V block ruler.

Oh, My Stars!
24" x 24"
Original Design
Sandra Starley 2022

Backing: Beige (Foundation Basics)
Piecing Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
Quilting Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
V Block Ruler: Studio 180 Design

***Fabrics provided by Island Batik, batting by Hobbs, V Block Ruler/Tool by Studio 180 Design,  thread by Aurifil, and needles by Schmetz and Accuquilt Go by AccuQuilt. ***

I have lots of little pieces cut from my experimenting with the tool and design process, Leave a comment for a chance to win. USA addresses only. Please make sure I can reach you if you win. I'll do a random drawing at the end of the blog hop - end of September. And visit Jennifer and Island Batik for their giveaways (links below).

 To see more of the new Island Batik Collections and what my fellow ambassadors are making with them and the Studio 180 Design Rulers/Tools AND to have chances to win new Island Batik fabrics, follow along with this month's Blog Hop.

Week 1:

September 6:

Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde Gifts

September 7:

Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels - You are here
Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

September 8:

Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs
Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter

September 9:

 Island Batik Blog posts: Blog Hop Week 1 Round Up + giveaway)

Week 2:

September 12:

Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

Suzy Webster, Websterquilt

September 13:

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese
Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail

September 14:

Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

September 15:

Megan Best, Bestquilter

Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

September 16:

 Island Batik Blog posts: Blog Hop Week 2 Round Up + giveaway)

Week 3:

September 19:

Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio
Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting

September 20:

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood
Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

September 21:

Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights
Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia

September 22:

Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts
Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts

September 23:

 Island Batik Blog: Blog Hop Week 3 Round Up + giveaway)

Week 4:

September 26:

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts

September 27:

Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum
Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky

September 28:  Island Batik Blog: End of Blog Hop + Final Round Up)


  1. Love your quilt! The V block is one of my favorite units to make, this tool sure makes it a lot easier, doesn't it?

  2. Another great little quilt--so striking in the yellow and black.
    I have Deb Tucker's Wing Clipper, and love it. But I hadn't heard of the V Block ruler. I may need one of those. I love that block!

  3. I love yellow and black together. Great quilt. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

  4. Cute little star quilt! I love how you combined different sized V blocks to make it.

  5. This is just adorable, Sandra! I love how you used the collection and the tool to make the different V blocks! Thanks for the info!

  6. What a super sweet quilt! Love the yellows and black together!

  7. I love your quilt. I have some black & yellow fabric and this would be the perfect quilt to make.

  8. Great quilt. I especially like how you did the center,

  9. Yellow and black together is always so striking, I like how you combined the different size v blocks.

  10. Your quilt is so cute! It looks like the tool you were using can do quite a variety!

  11. Lovely quilt. I have the V block ruler. Now I need to use it. dorthac at aol dot com

  12. Very cute pattern. The tool looks like one I would use a lot. paweis at yahoo dot com

  13. Your quilt is beautiful! I love the angles and the colors. Thank you for sharing it.

  14. What a lovely design you came up with! It really highlights the fabrics beautifully.


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