Friday, March 31, 2023

March 2023 Island Batik "It's All Up To You" Challenge - Rocky Road

 This month's Island Batik Challenge: "It's All Up To You" meaning everything about the new project was up to ME! The pattern, the size, which fabric, etc., it was totally open. SEW many choices and options. I decided to use the awesome new collection Royal Crown to remake an antique quilt made by my Great Grandma.

Here's the antique inspiration Rocky Road to Kanosh and the new remake Rocky Road

Rocky Road
22" x 22"
Sandra Starley
March 2023
Foundation Paper Piecing - 6" blocks
Original Design, Antique Inspired

Fabrics: Royal Crown Collection - every fabric (20 pieces)
Backing and border: Dandelion Jelly  (Blenders)
Piecing Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
Quilting Thread: Aurifil #50 weight
75/11 Chrome Microtex Needle: Schmetz Quilting Needles 
Pieced and quilted by Sandra Starley 

***Fabrics provided by Island Batik, batting by Hobbs, thread by Aurifil, needles by Schmetz  ***

I used the Royal Crown Strip Pack/ 2 1/2" strips to make my Rocky Road blocks using foundation paper piecing.  Look at all the yummy colors and patterns.

Some of the stores carrying Royal Crown
A & A Sewing (LA)
Bird in Hand (PA)
Boutique for Quilters (FL)
Creations Quilt Shop (MN)
Creekside Quilts (OR) (CO)
Hancocks of Paducah (KY)
Quilters Dream (TX)
Quilteroos (LA)
Sew This (LA)
Stitchin Heaven (TX)
Whimsical Workshop (AZ)
Castle Sewing Centre- CANADA BC
JellyRollFabric.Net (IN)S

This is what the blocks looked like before I added the purples to create background and a frame. 

The beautiful purples of Royal Crown

Close- up

More of the Rocky Road to Kanosh made in the 1930s by my Great Grandma Isabelle Rogers.

Why not challenge yourself to create a new quilt for April!
 For inspiration see all the amazing quilts, my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors made in March. 

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Renee Atkinson ~ Pink Tulip Quilting
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Susan Deshensky ~ Lady Blue Quilts
Brittany Fisher ~ Bobbin with Brittany

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Victoria Johnson ~ Forever Quilting for You
Randi Jones ~ Randi’s Roost

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ Quiltery – For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine

Anorina Morris ~
Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Sarah Pitcher ~ Pitcher’s Boutique
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Lana Russel ~ Lana Quilts

Elita Sharpe ~ Busy Needle
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt


  1. I love it, Sandra!! I really love seeing the inspiration for this quilt as well!

  2. Beautiful interpretation. I love the secondary design that snuck in there!


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