Wednesday, September 6, 2023

September Island Batik Blog Hop - Pieced to Perfection

 This month’s challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors is “Pieced to Perfection”. We each had a specific new fabric collection to use and were to make a lap size or larger quilt using paper piecing - either foundation paper piecing (machine) or English paper piecing (hand). I used foundation pp which is one of my favorite techniques for accuracy and sharp points.

Look at these beautiful fabrics! I love the yellowy butterfly print.


I received the Buds and Blooms Collection by Kathy Engle for Swan Amity Studios.  Such yummy garden prints.

I usually use paper piecing for tiny projects like the little 1.5" pumpkin from myAugust project but this time I used it to go big - 15" Rolling Stone Blocks (one block is almost as big as my entire pumpkin pillow :) It was fun using the technique for big blocks. Rolling Stone is one of my favorite quilt patterns especially in antique signature quilts. Here's one from my collection - it is inspired my new quilt.

I played with block placement and how to make the each block pop and shine. This was one choice.

And here's the full quilt. I really felt like the fabrics needed the green garden fabric to highlight each lovely pair of pretties. And I got to use the 19th fabric of the collection for the corner stones.

Rolling Stone Flower Garden
55” x 55”
September 2023
Sandra Starley
Foundation paper piecing
Machine Quilting
Original Design

19/20 fabrics
Batting: Hobbs Tuscany Cotton Wool and 
Piecing and Quilting Thread: Aurifil #50 weight

The Blog Hop just started. This is Day 2
Check out Sarah Pitcher's blog for her amazing dog portrait made with the same collection I used. You won't believe how cool it is.
 And visit the Island Batik Blog all month to follow along and enter the great giveaways


  1. I love that yellow print too! And your quilt! such a cool block!

  2. I really love your quilt Sandra. I have made a quilt using this pattern, but not those gorgeous fabrics. Your quilt is so beautiful.

  3. It's beautiful! I really love the way you make classic quilts in batik fabrics.

  4. So pretty, Sandra. I love all the fabrics in this collection!!

  5. I love these fabrics. Your qiult is gorgeous


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