I made this quilt top several years ago. The fabrics were from a prize pack of batiks in colours that I would not normally choose. I have not boosted the saturation of the colours at all!

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Quilt top completed about five years ago

I had a commission to make a toddler quilt using a non-standard block inspired by a quilt by Debbie Schulze at Juniper Quilts and Thinking Outside the Block by Sandi Cummings.

I used the batik fabrics as a learning exercise to create these blocks in the most efficient way without wasting a lot of fabric. I’d got my system worked out by about half-way through, but kept going until I had used up all the bright batiks. The finished top has languished on the top shelf of my cupboard until now.

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Spray basted, later pinned around the edges

As usual, I spray basted and pinned around the edges, then quilted using some wonderful rayon thread given to me to try by fellow Quirky Quilters Sheila Pye and Phil Thomas, both multi-award winners, teachers and quilt judges. Both these highly skilled quilters were loving the rayon thread and generously gave me a few spools to try out.


After a few small adjustments to tension, and a new needle, my quilting proceeded without tears. I too am now a convert.

Lombok Sunset 45" x 45"
Lombok Sunset 45″ x 45″

This is the real quilt. I much prefer the colour scheme.

Nicholas’ Quilt, 40″ x 50″