Go With the Flow

The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

Did you know there are only 28 days in February? I mean, I'm sure we all know there are 28 days (29 in a leap year), but does it really register until it is the 28th and the next day is March? For me the answer is no. In my mind, somehow, I thought I had at least 2 more days for the monthly challenge. Thank goodness I didn't leave it till the last day!

February was also a full month for Island Batik fun. We got our boxes at the beginning of the month, and we had an extra challenge to create a mug rug or post card for Galentine's Day. Our second challenge was to create a mini quilt, no larger than 24" x 24" and post it by the end of February. 

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Now we all have our color preferences, and mine definitely isn't pink. My mug rug was enough pink to last me the year, maybe 2, so I had other plans. I had this really great green bundle from one of last year's boxes. I used that as a jump off point and started pulling cool blues, earthy browns, and added a maroon and purple (which I later pulled out). The whole thing just made me feel calm. 

Original fabric pull with maroon and purple included.

Final fabric pull before pressing, cutting, and assembling quilt. 

It took me a couple of days and I played with numerous ideas. Some were in my head, and some I mocked up in EQ8. Finally I settled on using improv pieced curves and adding a border. Rob Appell of Man Sewing has a really great tutorial that I watched ages ago. This is the exact method I used to create my curved units in the blocks.

I made sure in piecing my blocks to intermix the blues and greens, and pay attention to varying the different values and textures throughout the blocks. Of course this process took a toll on my sewing room and just spread out everywhere. At least it was a pretty "mess".

Did I mention already that there aren't at least 30 days in February? Welllll, as a result of my miscalculation my mini quilt did not get quilted. I decided to Go with the Flow and just post about it as it is. Speaking of Go with the Flow, it is also what I decided to name this mini. The whole process of creating this left me with a sense of calm, and the blues and greens in the blocks made me think of water and nature. 

Quilt laid out on point. Final measure would be 22" square.

Mini square. Measure is 15.5" square.

My mini finished square at 15.5", but I couldn't help mocking it up on point, which if I do before quilting it would end up measuring 22". Which way do you like best? Please let me know below in the comments. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog post, and be sure to check out the creations by the other Island Batik Ambassadors.