Island Batik and April Showers

April-ShowersWe Island Batik Ambassadors were given a fun challenge this month – create a quilted project with an April Showers theme.

I received an absolutely beautiful bundle of fabrics – Island Batik‘s Seashore Collection. Here they are spread out in a fan shape to view and appreciate. Be sure to click on their link above – the better to see and appreciate their wonderful colours and their beauty!

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I was inspired by a stained glass project in the Stained Glass Pattern Book by Ed Sibbett, Jr. With the permission of Dover Publications, I used its flowers and leaves to create my April Showers wall hanging.

For the first time, I used fabric glue instead of fusibles to place each flower, flower center, and leaf. I just rubbed some glue into the center of each which held them down nicely for stitching around the raw edges. It was my intention to do a simple raw-edge applique, but then realized I’d prefer a very loose satin stitch.

Can you see the raindrops? For those, I did a free-motion stitch. My original intent was to use a silver metallic thread for them. However, I’d had the thread for a long time and found that with just the slightest tug, it broke. I’m assuming it simply dried up (brand name unknown). Instead, I used a light gray thread.

I love Aurifil Threads and used them for all of my piecing and most of my applique stitches, too.

Finally, it came time to decide on a border, but when doing trials, I realized I wasn’t happy with including one. Slept on it and in the morning, realized that a wide binding was just what was needed.

April Showers by Maria Hrabovsky

April Showers by Maria Hrabovsky

In the full view, it may be difficult to see the raindrops falling on the grass and some of the leaves and petals. Here are some closeups.

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The background grass fabric is from Island Batik‘s wonderful Hollywood Hills collection. The flowers, leaves, and binding are all from the beautiful, new Seashore Collection

Island Batiks fabrics are not only absolutely gorgeous, they are terrifically wonderful to work with!

You will want to see all of the other April Shower projects presented this month, so visit each of our Ambassador’s Blogs and where necessary, scroll down to find them. A few have yet to be posted, but will be by week’s end.

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