Tool Craze Blog Hope - Sea Cookies Quilt

Welcome to my stop on the Tool Craze Blog Hop with Island Batik and Studio 180 Designs. This month, ambassadors received a specialty ruler and a half yard bundle of newly released fabric to design and create a quilt using a minimum of 30 units (cut with the specialty ruler) and in at least 2 different sizes.

I received the Square Squared ruler along with this gorgeous range called Sea Cookie, designed by Kate Colleran  for Island Batik. Aren't these colours fabulous? 

I got to work on some design ideas on EQ8 and after much umming and ahhing (and around 18 different design and fabric combinations), I finally settled on a design which I loved. This quilt design included 68 units - all cut perfectly with the Square Squared Tool.

I pieced my quilt with my favourite Aurifil 50wt thread number 6722 - funnily enough, this thread colour is called Sea Biscuit

To ensure that I'd used all of the fabrics in the range, I pieced my backing in this fun log-cabin style design. There's certainly a lot happening on this quilt back.

Once the pieced backing was large enough, I sandwiched and pin-basted the quilt top with Hobbs Poly-Down batting and my pieced log cabin style back. Hobbs Poly-Down Batting is made with very fine, white, denier polyester which enables this batting to provide a soft feel and lovely drape. 

To quilt it, I chose to use an Aurifil 40wt variegated cotton thread (image below). Now that I'd decided on the thread I wanted to use, the quilt design was my next decision.

It had bee while since I'd spiral quilted, so that was what I decided to do. Spiral quilting. I love, love, love the look of spiral quilting - especially with variegated thread. I scrunched up the quilt on all four sides, changed to a fresh Schmetz Microtex needle and got started - I started from the middle and using my regular sewing machine foot, I quilted around and around and around. 

Here is my finished quilt. It was rather windy and exposed beside the pool (winter seems to have arrived early), so getting a picture of the quilt sitting flat was trickier than expected.

Charlie, my cavoodle, who can't let me take a quilt photo without his participation, jumped into the picture and sat on the quilt. He's lucky that he's cute.

Once again, thanks to Island Batik for the opportunity to play with beautiful, new release fabrics and for challenging us with new monthly projects..

A big thank you to industry partners who have provided product to ambassadors, especially this month's design partner, Deb Tuckers Studio 180 Design for providing fun tools to work with.

Aurifil Thread - my absolute favourite thread for piecing and quilting.

Hobbs Poly-Down Batting - very generous industry partner who provide ambassadors with a variety premium batting for our quilt projects.

Schmetz Needles - after discovering their Microtex needles, they've become my go-to. 

Here are some stores where you can buy fabrics from the Sea Cookies range:

Accent Sewing Inc
Appletree Fabrics - MA
Betty's Quiltery - SD
Bird in Hand Fabric - PA
Bismarck Sewing and Quilting - MD
Boutique for Quilters - FL
Cinnamon's - FL
Creekside Quilts - OR
D & D Sewing - NH
Divine Threads - NY
Fab Fabrics - UT
Fiberworx - TX
Foust Textiles - NC
Gardensong - MS
Gruber's - MN
Hancocks of Paducah - KY
Heart and Home - CT
Kilauea Kreations - HI
Mainely Mini - ME
Mulqueen Sewing and Fabric Centres - AZ
My Favorite Quilt Store - TX
Nine Patch Fabrics - VA
People, Places and Quilts - SC
Quilt Passions - HI
Quilted Threads - NH
Quilter's Emporium - TX
Quilters Quest - IL
Rusty Crow Quilt Shop - MC
Ruths Stitchery - CO
Serendipity Quilt Store - DE
Sew Jersey - NJ
Sew With Me - MN
Sierra Patchworks - NV
Stitchin Heaven - TX
Sweet Time Quilting - FL
The Stitching Place - IA
Vicky's Fabrics - HI


  1. just love all those batiks in that quilt

  2. Gorgeous, Anorina!! I love the back as well as the front! Such a fun quilt and the circular quilting is awesome!

  3. The fabrics in this collection is so gorgeous. You made such a beautiful quilt with them. And your quilting---WOW!

  4. Beautiful quilting and design! Thank you for sharing!

  5. Beautiful Anorina. Love the spiral quilting too.

  6. Charlie is adorable for sure. Your quilt is gorgeous. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

  7. Great design, great quilting, and so pretty.

  8. Those fabrics are gorgeous! I love how you have used them and what could be better than a double sided quilt! Great quilting too. xx

  9. I love Studio 180 rulers for their accuracy and video instructions. You used the Square Squared ruler wonderfully and artistically with beautiful batiks! Thank you for sharing!

  10. Gorgeous!! those fabric colors are amazing - and the back is such a cool idea!!!
    Charlie is a wonderful model!!!

  11. Very nice!! A great use of the fabrics and the ruler sounds like a handy tool indeed! I have't tried spiral quilting but I love the effect so I'm putting it on my must try list!!

  12. Very pretty. Love the picture of Charlie on the quilt!

  13. Oh my, such a delightful way to use batiks! The colours are wonderful, so crisp & bright! I think I better check a few LOL!

  14. I completely understand "18 different design and fabric combinations". I love what you chose. It is absolutely darling and shows off the fabrics beautifully. Spiral binding was the perfect choice. Finally, one cannot ask for a more loyal fan than a puppy to model the quilt.


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