Island Vacation by Denise Burkitt

by Judy Gula

Island Vacation by Denise Burkitt

by Judy Gula

My excitement when the latest fabric collection from Denise Burkitt arrived in the shop was off the charts — and I wasn’t alone! I’ve asked Chris to share her thoughts on her latest quilt project — she was the first recipient of our new fabric kit to make Island Vacation Basket Weave Quilt.

Some Tips on Making the Island Vacation Basket Weave Quilt

Guest post by Christine Vinh

I knew when I first saw the Basket Weave Quilt at the Trunk Show in May when Scott Fortunoff, President of Jaftex (the parent company of FreeSpirit Fabrics) visited the shop that I wanted to make the quilt using the complimentary pattern from Free Spirit Fabrics.

Christine Vinh loving the new Island Vacation by Denise Burkitt fabrics

After fondling the fabric when it arrived at Artistic Artifacts, I downloaded the pattern and cut the required amount of the beautiful designs that make up the Island Vacation collection by Denise Burkitt. Above, the fabrics that make up the Artistic Artifacts quilt kit so you can create your own.

Island Vacation fabric strips to make the Basket Weave quilt, a complimentary pattern from FreeSpirit Fabrics

Following the Weave Blocks Table in the pattern, I then cut required number of squares and rectangles for one block at a time. I started with Block 4, which required enough cut pieces for four blocks. It was easier to start with the four blocks to get the pattern steps down and decide how to best piece the blocks.

Reviewing the Island Vaction Basket Weave quilt pattern

After reading the entire pattern and cutting instructions, I chose to cut the 4½ inch strips the WOF (width of fabric), but not to sub-cut into the squares and rectangles all at one time. I preferred to cut for each block design as I went.

Piecing components of the blocks that make up the Island Vacation Basket Weave quilt

Once I was ready to piece, it was easy to string piece the number of 4½ inch squares and rectangles as well as the 2-inch squares and rectangles. I used my BERNINA #97D foot and the Sew Steady Easy Glide Mat to chain piece the block components.

Careful pressing and Wonder Clips make the quilt go together precisely

Careful pressing towards the rectangles made piecing the strips together much easier, allowing the seams to butt together. And using the Mini Wonder Clips made the piecing of the strips go smoothly. Before I knew it, the first four blocks were done! Each of the other block combinations required fewer blocks, so it all went together quickly after that.

Continuing to piece the Island Vacation Backet Weave quilt

When I put the blocks together, I did repress the horizontal rows, again to be sure I was able to butt the seams together. I was not able to do that for piecing the rows together, but since I had used DecoBob 80 wt thread in my bobbin and top thread, the seams were fairly flat and stitched together well.

Quilt blocks that make up the Basket Weave top

I added the border rows to finish the quilt top, which is now off to our quilter, Susan Bentley, who will work her magic with her long arm machine. Below, FreeSpirit Fabrics’ photograph of the Island Vacation Basket Weave quilt.

Basket Weave quilt featuring Island Vacation by Denise Burkitt, a free quilt pattern from FreeSpirit Fabrics

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