Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Needle, Paper, Scissors {Paper Piecing with Island Batik!}

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I am provided with samples of various lines of Island Batik fabrics to use and share with you!

If you've followed me for any length of time, you know that I absolutely LOVE foundation paper piecing! I've been looking forward to this challenge since we got our project calendar all the way back in January.

When we got our July shipments, I decided that I wanted to use the London Fog fabrics to make a new version of our Christine's Kitchen pattern. This pattern was our 2017 QAL -- when I made my original version, I also used Island Batik fabrics in greens with a cream background.

This time around, I pulled out the yardage and strip pack of London Fog and decided to use a grey solid for my background.

This is one of the projects that I started while I was at quilt camp in August. I used the larger cuts of two different fabrics from the line for the piecing of the larger pieces and used the dark strips for the accents in each block. Here are the first three blocks that I made:

For the largest blocks, I made half with the floral print and half with the speckled print. For the smaller blocks and the center coffee pot, I used just the 2.5" strips for the piecing. This meant that for a few of the blocks I had to get creative in piecing the blocks -- like for the sugar bowl and creamer where I made them look "dip dyed" instead of just one color for the majority of the block.

Here are most of my paper pieced blocks for this project all laid out together:

Next up will be making the applique flower blocks and then putting the whole quilt top together. I cut all of the background setting pieces before I started the blocks, so putting together the top will be quite quick!

Interested in the Christine's Kitchen pattern but scared to commit? We have a two block preview that is free on our Craftsy site! The preview only contains the pattern for one teacup and one coffee pot and has no setting directions, but is a good way to practice paper piecing with scraps until you're undertake the full pattern!


  1. Oh my teapots!!! They are absolutely adorable. I am almost inclined to forget that PP is tedious if the outcome is so pretty. But you have never shared Island batik fabrics with me...tch tch tch. You do have my address now, don't you Alison.

  2. Oooh, I like how sophisticated the quilt looks in the London Fog colorway!

  3. Beautiful paper piecing and the batiks are perfect for it!

  4. I love paper piecing too Alison. London Fog was the perfect choice for this project. I love the green too.

  5. Your tea and coffee pots quilts are both cute. I love lime green so loving that one.

  6. So perfect in the blues! I love it!

  7. These are wonderful blocks! I love how you tied them all together using the darker color. As huge fan of paper piecing myself...this is inspiring!


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