When my friend Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis asked me to participate in a Digital Challenge – I couldn’t resist!
Tammy is a designer with Island Batik. Her newest collection, Just My Type, is arriving in stores now. Her designs are so inspiring — both her fabrics and her patterns.
So just what is a digital challenge? Glad you asked! Tammy knows that her designer friends are busy making quilts and meeting their own deadlines this time of year so she was the clever one that came up with this idea of creating or re-creating quilts using her collection, Just My Type.
Ingenious actually! Sew much fun to take the fabric swatches and drop them into my EQ8 (Electric Quilt Software for those unaware). By opening up past projects I began playing around with Tammy’s fabrics to re-create a few of my favorite patterns. Okay, so maybe I got carried away as I couldn’t stop with just one – I mean seriously, the fabrics are so much fun!
When I discovered that Just My Type is available in precuts I knew I wanted to recreate Illuminated Journey Not only is this my first truly “published pattern” it’s also one that I have remade several times in multiple colors. It is made with one 2 1/2″ strip package of Island Batik precuts and 1 yard of background fabric. I love precuts, don’t you? A fabulous way to get a small taste of the full collection which naturally makes you want more!
Here’s my digital remake of Illuminated Journey in Just My Type precut 2 1/2″ strip package from Island Batik using one of their neutral fabrics called Coconut.
Next I decided to play around with Mint Chocolate Chip, another pattern I have remade several times with various Island Batik Collections. I think the round typewriter keys look especially good in this design.
Here’s my digital remake of Mint Chocolate Chip in Just My Type fabrics.
Just like eating potato chips (or ice cream) I couldn’t stop with just one, or even two….but I will stop at three (grin).
If you know me, you know that my favorite block is a Lemoyne Star, and my preferred method of construction is using the Studio 180 Design tool, Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star. This fun quilt has been remade digitally in a number of Island Batik collections and perhaps one day I will actually pull out fabric and remake it.
Here’s Enchanted Stars digitally remade in Just My Type fabrics.
Seriously, I could go on and on with these beautiful fabrics created by Tammy Silvers. I know they are inspiring you to run down to your local quilt shop and ask for them by name for your own special creations.
I hope you will visit Tammy’s blog throughout the week as well as the other designers scheduled to share their digital challenge. Here’s a listing of each designer.
Nov. 3 Jen Frost and Karen Overton (you are here!)
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