The last 2 years we’ve made two projects together, a mystery quilt and a mini blocks quilt.
This year, as Michael Miller brand Ambassador I’m participating in a QAL to make “Peek Into Batiks” and I’d love you to join me.
Peek into Batik free pattern
Download from the Michael Mirller blog.
This quilt uses Michael Miller batiks and Cotton couture in black for the background. The Cotton Couture range is silky and beautiful to work with.
The batiks are vibrant and beautiful to work with too.
You can get a large range of Michael Miller batiks.
Ask at your local shop if they carry them or can order them for you. Otherwise you can get a range of them on Amazon.
Some of my favourites:
How I’m making Peek into batiks
I was very lucky to receive an AccuQuilt GO! on my role as Michael Miller brand Ambassador, so for this quilt I’m using AccuQuilt to cut all my fabric. I actually got the pack in the photo.
I totally recommend buying a Qube. Peek into batiks uses the 8″ Qube though you can also get a 6″, a 10″ and a 12″ Qube. The beauty of the Qube is that you can mix and match the dies to create many different blocks. You don’t have to worry about the math, the dies have been created to work together.
It’s my first time with AccuQuilt but I’ve already fallen in love with it. Even if I try to use basic tools for my tutorials, after using the system for just a couple of blocks so far I can tell you it’s a truly time saver.
I don’t know about you but I often put off projects because of the thought of having to cut hundreds of pieces to make a quilt. With AccuQuilt you’ll have all your pieces cut in no time. You can cut through 6 layers of fabric so you can see how quickly you can get all the cutting done. And of course the cutting accuracy is great.
Does it waste a lot of fabric? Check out the waste below after I used the machine for the first time.
Warning: on the video I placed the fabric facing the wrong direction. You’re supposed to place the fabric with the grain facing the roller.
So let’s have fun!
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My book Turnabout Patchwork
“Turnabout Patchwork. Simple quilts with a twist” is all about playing with blocks – making a block, slicing it up, and turning or repositioning the pieces to make a completely different block (sometimes two smaller blocks) to yield endless quilt tops.
Buy individual chapters of my book
Now that my publisher is going out of business I have bought the rights to publish my book. Now you can download individual chapters. Each digital download is a bundle with 4 quilt patterns in it.
As well as the instructions and fabric needs to make the blocks you’ll find a section on quiltmaking basics at the end of the pattern that discusses:
- Squaring up blocks
- Assembly and quilting
See all the quilts in the book in a real life project
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