Island Batik

Paper Piecing with Island Batik

Introducing my latest quilt. My Shining Crowns quilt was made with a paper pieced pattern that I designed, and I am very happy with the way it turned out. I made it for a monthly Island Batik ambassador project. The ambassadors were given one of Island Batik’s new fabric lines and I was assigned Magenta Dusk. This elegant collection is filled with various purples, plums, blacks, and golds. Here’s more about my paper piecing with Island Batik.

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

The Fabric

Island Batik lines usually have 20 different fabrics in them and Magenta Dusk is no exception. I have never made a secret of the fact that I absolutely love their gold fabrics. I was delighted when I saw the fabric line I got. That is because it has quite a few of their golds in it. Designed by Kathy Engle, it is a luxurious line.

For the background I used their gorgeous new neutral called Sugar. It was perfect for this quilt.

Ask for the Magenta Dusk and Sugar in your local quilt shop or online store. It will be in stores in October of 2023.

The Design

I used Electric Quilt 8 software to design the quilt and the block. It was fun playing with the various layouts of the block. I ultimately decided on mine because I wanted to make sure the fabrics were the focus. I’m always amazed at how my quilt turns so closely to the software version.

Making the Quilt

To make my quilt I used Hobbs Batting Tuscany Collection which is a wool/cotton blend. It gave this quilt a really nice feel and was easy to quilt through.

I used Auriful #2123 (Butter). It was perfect for this quilt. The needles I used for this (and that I always use) are Schmetz Microtex. They sew beautifully.

The Paper Pieced Block

I’m in the process of finishing up this block to release it as a pattern. It is fairly easy to make if you have some paper piecing experience and I can’t wait to bring it to you.

The Photos

The wind was not cooperating when I went out to take photos however I managed to get a lot of them! Special thanks to my husband who always holds up my quilts, even when I ask him to go up on a steep wall!

These photos were taken up near Cook Forest in North Western Pennsylvania.


  1. Quilting Tangent

    September 14, 2023 at 8:06 AM

    Congratulations on designing your own block and quilt. Excellent quilt holder! Looks like you had a gorgeous day for your stroll.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      September 15, 2023 at 8:36 AM

      Thanks and it was a nice day. Windy and cloudy but I like that kind of weather.

  2. Jennifer Thomas

    September 14, 2023 at 8:08 AM

    Beautiful new design, Claudia! You are so lucky to have a supportive (and brave) husband. Have a fabulous day!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      September 15, 2023 at 8:36 AM

      Thanks Jennifer. He’s a great quilt holder!

  3. Joyce Carter

    September 14, 2023 at 8:58 AM

    Great job Claudia! It is so awesome that you created your very own design. I love the fabrics that you used.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      September 15, 2023 at 8:37 AM

      Thank you so much! I appreciate that.

  4. Emily

    September 14, 2023 at 8:13 PM

    Beautiful! The crowns are so great for these deep colors! My favorite photo is the one on the train track!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      September 15, 2023 at 8:39 AM

      Thanks Emily! It’s always fun looking for different places to take pics!

  5. Beth T.

    September 14, 2023 at 10:20 PM

    The quilt is gorgeous, the scenery is spectacular, but that shot on the high wall makes me nervous–your husband must be a very calm man!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      September 15, 2023 at 8:39 AM

      Thanks. He’s a great guy and always willing to help me with my photos.

  6. Susan

    September 15, 2023 at 9:09 AM

    Beautiful pattern & choice of colors, Claudia! I think this pattern might be a nice for a signature quilt , with the names written in the center of each star…just a thought!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      September 22, 2023 at 12:26 PM

      Good thought. Thanks for stopping by!

  7. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    September 15, 2023 at 11:32 AM

    Great design and use of the fabrics, as always, Claudia!! Love it, as well as the photo locations!

  8. Lori Smanski

    September 15, 2023 at 1:40 PM

    oh but your quilt is lovely. I love how the fabrics are show cased. Yay for your husband. Such a joyous trooper

  9. lee

    September 15, 2023 at 8:14 PM

    Beautiful design and quilting!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      September 22, 2023 at 12:25 PM


  10. Nicole Sender

    September 16, 2023 at 9:36 PM

    Love your quilt!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      September 22, 2023 at 12:25 PM

      Thank you. I appreciate it!

  11. Lana Russel

    September 17, 2023 at 7:24 PM

    I love the quilt you designed! It really sets off this fabric collection nicely!

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      September 22, 2023 at 12:25 PM

      Thanks so much Lana!

  12. Cindy Shelley

    September 19, 2023 at 5:01 PM

    Great design.

    1. createwithclaudia_7j76hs

      September 22, 2023 at 12:24 PM

      Thanks Cindy!

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