Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Island Batik Modern Challenge and EQ7

Modern Batik ChallengeToday you get a two for one deal….some EQ7 fun and an Island Batik Ambassadors challenge.

This month we were given a modern quilt challenge. First I had to figure out what a modern quilt really was. I searched and found that modern quilts might contain…

  • Bold colors
  • High contrast
  • Large graphic areas
  • Improvisational piecing
  • Minimalism and negative space
  • Alternate grid work

An idea for some blocks tumbling across the quilt popped into my mind so I headed over to my EQ7.

My first step was to draw a block and set it in the corners of my quilt layout.


Did you know you can click the little red square on the Grid Tool to get a fly out menu? Just click and drag the grid to draw your block in one motion.

grid tool

Then I started fill in some colors until I had my general concept.


I really didn’t need to sew all those white blocks so I went back and removed some of the lines to simplify the spaces.

altered blocks

Tumbling squares were added on Layer 2. Then I added the Island Batik fabrics to my Sketchbook and auditioned them in the final design.

Modern layout

Many of Island Batik’s Blenders and Basics read as solids but with a little extra interest.


I hope you enjoyed this little peek into the design process.

modern challenge island batik

Why is it always cloudy on the day I need to take a quilt photo?

Be sure to visit all the Island Batik Ambassadors and see what they’ve got going for
♥Modern Batik Challenge♥

Nan from Purrfect Spots Designs
Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Anna from Ark Angel Creations
Kathy from Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Kate from Seams Like a Dream
Sharon from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Tina from Quilting Affection Designs
Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Sally from Sally’s Quilting Corner
Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs
Joan from Moosestash Quilting
Bernadine from Needle and Foot
Bea from Beaquilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts
Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations
Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marian from Seams to be Sew
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts
Linda from Inspired Layers
Vicki from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting
Carol from FunThreads Designs
Terri from Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Suzy from Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Jean-Sophie from Sophie Junction
Janet from Whispers of Yore

#modernbatikchallenge #islandbatik


Calicojoan said...

That is so cute. I might just have to play some more!

beaquilter said...

This quilt is just awesome! looks like either tetris gone wild or legos or minecraft- though not in bright colors.... it's FAB! turn it into a pattern, it will sell!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful and very modern!!

QuiltShopGal said...

I think you nailed it. Gorgeous. I sure hope you'll enter this in an upcoming MQS, as well as consider publishing a pattern for this design. I think it would be very popular.


Barb said...


Vicki in MN said...

In my opinion a perfect example of a modern quilt!

Marian said...

Great Quilt and design Carol, I really love it... so clever.