Island Batik Quilting

Triangle Tricks Quilting with Island Batik

The Island Batik ambassadors are getting tricky with triangles during May. For this challenge we were asked to work with the shape and I decided to play a little bit and make it my own. In the process, I came up with a fun new paper piecing quilt block that I will be releasing later this month. It was fun to do some triangle tricks quilting with Island Batik and I love my new quilt “Lightning in Color”

In addition, I loved the fabrics I used so much that I used some of the scraps to make a fun improv placemat. You can find out how to make it in my tutorial.

Disclosure: The items in this post were generously provided by Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil Thread, and Schmetz Needles.

The Fabric

One of the items that was in my first Island Batik fabric shipment of the year was a strip set of Graphix. This striking new fabric line was designed by Kathy Engle for Carl and Linda Sullivan of Colourwerx. Full of blacks and whites and graphic designs, it is fun and funky line that is available in stores as of May 2022.

I immediately knew that this was the fabric I would be using for my triangle tricks quilting project. Because the collection is entirely blacks and whites, I wanted to give it some pops of colors. I headed to my shelves and scrap box. As a result of combining the bright colors with the Graphix line, I got a playful and fun quilt which was just what I was looking for.

For the background fabric I went with Island Batik’s solid black. It really sets off the triangles nicely.

The Triangle Block

I got out my graph paper and pencil to come up with my block. Not only that, but I decided to go with a paper pieced design. That is not something I normally do, but I did want to challenge myself with this project.

Because I was using 2 1/2″ wide strips I needed to take care not to make my triangles too large. I also wanted to show off the fun colors. The smaller triangle ended up being large enough to do that.

Laying Out the Quilt

The toughest part of making this quilt was deciding on a layout and the background fabric. I laid out the triangles in more ways than I care to remember. I polled friends and family just to see what they thought.

Various background fabrics were auditioned and I even sewed some of the triangles together to make diamonds. Nothing struck my fancy. Finally, I walked away for a couple of weeks, came back and came up with my final design.

Triangle Tricks Quilting with Island Batik
Lightning in Color
How the Quilt Came Together

Once the layout was in place, I started piecing the triangles together. It is difficult to see, but even the black background is triangles pieced together.

After piecing the top it was time to quilt. I went with straight line quilting that followed the lines of the bolts of lightning. To bind the quilt I used more of those gorgeous strips from the Graphix collection.

Items Used to Make My Quilt

Thank you to the Island Batik sponsors. To make my quilt I used the following items:

Hobbs Heirloom Premium Cotton Batting – Perfect for this quilt. It gave it a nice light drape and was easy to quilt.

Schmetz Needles – I always use them in my machine.

Aurifil Thread – The thread I used with Aurifil 5004, a beautiful dark grey.

You can find some of the tools I used in my Amazon store. As an Amazon Affiliate I Earn From Qualifying Purchases.

Bonus Project and More of This Quilt

Here’s a bit more about this quilt and a tutorial on how to make an easy freeform placemat using leftover 2.5″ strips.

If you follow along with my blog you know I love to do a little bonus project with my Island Batik challenges. This month just screamed improv or freeform to me.

I came up with this fun and extremely easy tutorial on how to make a improv placemat using 2 1/2″ strips. Seriously, you can make a set of these in about an hour. It’s that easy!

The Other Ambassadors

Don’t miss the other ambassador’s triangle tricks. They are all lovely and lots of fun to see.

Brenda Alburl @ Songbird Designs
Megan Best @ Best Quilter
Jennifer Fulton @ Inquiring Quilter

Preeti Harris @ Sew Preeti Quilts
Jane Hauprich @ Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Reed Johnson @ Blue Bear Quilts

Connie Kauffman @ Kauffman Designs
Emily Leachman @ Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney @ For the Love of Geese

Leah Malasky @ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe @ Mary Mack Made Mine
Lisa Pickering @ Lisa’s Quilting Passion

Claudia Porter @ Create with Claudia <—– That’s Me!
Gail Renna @ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts @ Sew Cute and Quirky

Andi Stanfield @ True Blue Quilts
Sandra Starley @ Textle Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas @ Curlicue Creations

Pamela Boatright @ PamelaQuilts
Suzy Webster @ Webster Quilt
Elizabeth DeCroos @ Epida Studio

Mania Hatziioannidi @ Mania for Quilts
Anorina Morris @ Samelia’s Mum
Michelle Roberts @ Creative Blonde

Gail Sheppard @ Quilting Gail

One More Look
Triangle Tricks Quilting with Island Batik
Lighting in Color – Designed and Made by Claudia Porter of Create with Claudia

Give triangles a try. They are lots of fun.

Happy Quilting – Claudia


  1. Jennifer Thomas

    May 12, 2022 at 9:50 AM

    What a fun design, Claudia! They look like bands of jewels to me. Gorgeous quilt and so striking! Have a great day.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      May 16, 2022 at 7:16 AM

      thank you so much Jennifer. I love that comparison to jewels!

  2. Gail Sheppard

    May 15, 2022 at 6:56 PM

    Love how bright and cheerful this quilt is!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      May 16, 2022 at 7:14 AM

      Thanks so much Gail!

  3. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    May 27, 2022 at 12:06 PM

    Wow, Claudia. This is so striking. I love how you created the block. Looks like awesome diamonds to me! It would definitely be a challenge for me as I am not fond of paper piecing! You did a great job.

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