Savannah by Tamarinis from Island Batik

Savannah is one of those gorgeous lines of batik that you just get exited about when you see how bright and happy it is! Reminiscent of the beautiful wrought ironwork and vines filled with flowers, this collection just begs to be played with and doesn't disappoint when you start cutting it up for quilts, and home dec items alike.

Tamarinis has wowed me again with her creative approach to fabric design and a list of colors and value that create drama and beauty. This is the reason that I absolutely adore Island Batik fabrics and their top quality batiks.

When I first got a look at this line, I knew I was going to want to make so many things with it, but I was immediately drawn to recoloring a project I had done in late 2020 called Shape Shifter. So I got to work.

It might have been a bit hard to narrow down what I wanted to work with. The fabrics were all so pretty and I only needed 8 for my design.

But when I landed on my 8 final selections, I couldn't have been more pleased with them. I went with magenta, purples, greens, turquoise, and one of the luscious black options.

Piecing with them was a dream.

You can almost feel my joy as I began to layout the final design with all of my completed blocks. The color contrast really kept my eye moving around the quilt and gave me so much interest.

I was already eager to quilt it and dreaming about the colors of thread I would choose.

You can see here in my basted quilt, that I found lots of space to break up the background with line work to create pockets for quilting later.

The quilt had come together as well as I had hoped and all of the beautiful Savannah fabrics were gloriously showcased.

Time to pick the thread!

I love a selection of Aurifil and it was easy to find some variegated blue, with turquoise, pinks, purple, and green that all suited the project. I threw in some black and a bright white to complete the set.

One of my favorite things about Auriful is how well it partners with Island Batik fabrics.

Here you can see some of my free motion in progress. I use a technique I call Organic Machine Quilting and Divide and Conquer to create stabilization and complementary fill designs. You can join me on Zoom later this summer and begin to define and practice these techniques for your own work. Visit my Class Page to find out dates and times!