Sunday, November 24, 2019

Freelancing for Island Batik Ambassador Tool Time

The November Challenge for the Island Batik Ambassadors is
Tool Time
today I'm excited to share

 As an Island Batik Ambassador for 2019
every month there is an ambassador challenge.
November's Tool Time challenge was all about using the right tool for job.
Trying a new tool to create something wonderful to be treasured and loved.

For this month's project, I paired 
the Wedge Star tool
with the new

I had picked up Deb Tucker from Studio 180 Design's new Wedge Star at spring quilt market
when I saw the Freelancer quilt during an Island Batik Schoolhouse.
The quilt was so awesome and the pattern is included with the Wedge Star tool.
(You can see pictures of the Freelancer Quilt over at Studio 180's web site.)

I'm not super great at following patterns.  I have a tendency to get sidetracked
and add my own twist. 
This time, I started by making the included pattern for the Freelancer quilt. 
Once it was finished I noticed that if I put 4 of the quilt patterns together I could get a really cool
secondary pattern in the center. 
So I scrapped the first idea, played with the
Island Batik Kaleidoscope fabrics for placement, and constructed 4 of the Freelancer patterns
for my
Freelancing quilt. 

The white background is Island Batik Foundation Solid and I pieced the quilt with
Aurifil 50 wt thread in white.

The Wedge Star gives so many options and the illustrations on the included pattern are super
easy to follow.  There are 22 block size options and all kinds of block designs so this tool will be
handy for years to come.

Hobbs provided the Ambassadors with Tuscany Collection 100% Wool batting and I have decided
it is my "go-to".  I just love how the quilting pops and there are never fold marks in the quilt.

I quilted Freelancing on my Handiquilter with Glide thread in white.

You can find the full list of Island Batik ambassadors posting for the 
Tool Time Challenge
by clicking HERE.

I'm so in love with the colors of the new Island Batik Kaleidoscope collection
and I can't wait to try my new tool again.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!


  1. This is a stunning and beautiful quilt! The secondary design in the center is perfect and is definitely the icing on the cake. Wonderful job!

  2. Gorgeous quilt. Love the color and movement.

  3. Beautiful quilt!! You paired the perfect pattern with the perfect fabrics!!!

  4. I love this and so many options! Tools like that are worth their weight in gold.

  5. What a vivid, colorful quilt. I really love that quilt Carla.


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