Wednesday, September 14, 2022

Bollywood Beats

Island Batik's September Challenge and Blog Hop focuses on the Studio 180 Design tool we received in our second Ambassador box. I received the Tucker Trimmer Tool.

The Tucker Trimmer is used to trim down units that are made with triangles: half square triangle squares, quarter square triangle squares (hourglass units), and combinations of half square and quarter square triangle squares (combination units). 

I also received the Honeycomb fabric collection, designed by Kathy Engle for Jackie Kunkle of Canton Village Quiltworks, shipping to shops in September. 

Schmetz Microtex Needles 70/10 and Aurifil 40wt Thread were used for piecing.  I used 16 out of 20 fabrics to make 60 half square triangles.

Ready to Piece

Ready to Trim

Tucker Trimmer in Action

I chose Island Batik Solid Black as a background. I knew the hot colors would pop on the solid black background.

Setting Triangles

Piecing in Progress

I enjoyed every moment of the process. This Honeycomb collection is my absolute favorite in the entire Spring 2022 collections. Goodness, these are my colors - fiery, spicy and intense. There is nothing soothing or calming about this color palette. They make me want to break into a song and dance. 

The quilt is bursting with energy and dancing with passion. Therefore, I have named her Bollywood Beats. It is no surprise that at one point during the photoshoot, Bollywood Beats just took off, down the wooded path, all sass and style. 

There she goes

Oh no...

I am so glad I was wearing sneakers and I was finally able to catch up with her, panting and out of breath. 

Paul: She is yours, alright.

Me: Of course. Wait, what do you mean?

Paul: Precocious and Opinionated.

Me: Paul, you are not helping!!!

Paul: Naughty Bollywood Beats

Me: I have a good mind to hang her upside down over the water.

Paul: Will she learn her lesson?

Me: It is worth a try.

Naughtiness Tamed

Paul held her tight.  Consequently Bollywood Beats promised to pose for pictures. Here she is, behaving herself.

Bollywood Beats

And then, like any other naughty child after the tantrum is over, she is hugging me.  


Then we danced and twirled together, as Paul took more pictures.

Showing off


Diva much?

Swirling with Bollywood Beats

One more picture with the flowers - gosh don't they echo the colors of the Honeycomb collection? Honestly, I feel like the fabrics did all the heavy lifting and I had all the fun.

Nature Inspired?

The pieced backing is Fondant (Island Batik Neutral). I chose the Hobbs Black 80/20 Batting.

Island Batik Neutral - Fondant

Hobbs Batting - 80/20 Black

Quilted a grid using a walking foot with all over squiggly lines. I used Schmetz 90/14 Needle and Aurifil 40 wt thread for quilting.  Binding is also Solid Black.

Fondant Backing

Bollywood Beats finished at 70" by 88". Oh, but I hate to finish this blogpost, because it has been so much fun. A few more pictures? 

Be still, my heart!

Love the Contrasts


Deceptively soothing backing :-)

Of course, I am in love with Bollywood Beats, but I'd love to hear your thoughts. I will be sharing with all my favorite linky parties. See full list on the sidebar. 

Topsy Turvy Quilt Pattern (also using the Honeycomb Collection) is on sale in my Etsy Store till 9/15.  

Did you know that the Island Batik Blog has fabulous giveaways every week? You don't want to miss it. 

Please visit other Island Batik ambassadors blogs. See full schedule below. Not only they have gorgeous quilts to show off, they may also have giveaways of their own ;-)


September 6

Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads

Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde Gifts

September 7

Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

September 8

Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs

Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter

September 9

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway


September 12

Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

Suzy Webster, Websterquilt

September 13

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese

Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail

September 14

Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

September 15

Megan Best, Bestquilter

Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

September 16

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway


September 19

Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio

Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting

September 20

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood

Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

September 21

Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia

September 22

Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts

Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts

September 23

Blog Hop Week 3 Round Up + giveaway


September 26

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts

September 27

Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum

Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky

September 28

End of Blog Hop + Final Round Up


  1. Love the flyinig away picture and that story in photos! And yes, it is a very you color combination - bright, happy, alive... Enjoy your finish! xo

  2. Such a pretty quilt! I love the design but the colors steal the show!

  3. the quilt looks great and sounds like it had a bit of an adventure

  4. Gorgeous quilt! I love the story you told with the photos. The joy really comes through. Honeycomb is one of my favorites this time, too. Have a great day!

  5. Pretty quilt. I like the picture over the water.

  6. This diva deserves all the attention and love she is getting!!! I love her reflection in the water!!!! The fun you had with these fabrics sure does shine in the quilt and the post!!!! xo!

  7. Honeycomb is a beautiful collection and Bollywood Beats shows them off perfectly. I love the way the reflection of the quilt in the water sparkles and twinkles. :)

  8. That is a real beauty! That black background is perfect to showcase the colors. And I really like how you quilted it - simple but just perfect.

  9. Bollywood Beats is fabulous. Love how some quilts just do have their own personality and this one surely does! The reflection in the water is stunning!

  10. This is such a beautiful collection and you did a great job taming that quilt!! The photos are so much fun! I love the contrasting quilting you did! The wavy lines are perfect for this!! You rocked this challenge!

  11. That is such a wonderful quilt-the colors are perfection!
    Your joy has started my day just right.

  12. Love Bollywood Beats and your story with pictures was a lot of fun.

  13. Gorgeous, gorgeous quilt, Preeti. I hope you are keeping this one for yourself. It matches your spirited personality!! xo

  14. Bollywood Beats certainly is gorgeous, and so very you!

  15. Love the quilt, Preeti, and the name is perfect! I love the swirling photo of you and the quilt!

  16. What gorgeous colors!!! it is a very pretty quilt!!!

  17. you for sure got my favorite line this time - I've been on such an orange and pink kick. Fun quilting, fun colors, and fun post! Even if you had to violate the Geneva Convention (just a little) to get decent pictures....

  18. Great choice of colors and love the white quilting

  19. Very pretty! What a lovely collection and you really made it pop! Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss.

  20. Preeti, Bollywood Beats is absolutely gorgeous!

  21. It's very pretty Preeti! I love the way the quilt reflected in the water looks like autumn leaves floating on the surface. Love the photos Paul took of you dancing too.

  22. It is gorgeous, Preeti !! Sooooo happy and bright, love the water photo and of course the Diva one.

  23. What a delightful quilt. Your photo shoot was fabulous. You need to hang onto that Paul guy!

  24. Oh là là, such a beauty! I love everything in this quilt, the bright and cheerful colors, the black backround, the sweet backing, and of course, the photo shooting!! Both Diva are pretty ;)
    Thank you for sharing and linking up!

  25. Love it. The grid quilting in that light colored thread was brilliant. Thanks for sharing with Oh Scrap!

  26. Oooh. Simple blocks, simple construction. At first I thought the grid was the fabric! I'm a fan of Deb T's rulers.

  27. A happy and clever design which showcases the beautiful fabrics perfectly. Oh and such fun photos and commentary!

  28. In your first photo, I thought the background was a cutting mat for a while. The black sets off those luscious hot colors and they match the impatiens, too. Congratulations.

  29. Your post had me smiling, you two have so much fun! Loving this orange & pink combo!

  30. That fabric collection is totally misnamed. Honeycomb, indeed! That is DEFINITELY the Sew Preeti Collection!! My favorite picture is the one of you "swirling" with your quilt, and please tell Paul I'm disappointed that he didn't zoom in on that one because you and your quilt both look so beautiful and happy in that shot!

  31. Bollywood Beats is gorgeous! Love the black background and the setting of the blocks, and that quilting is just perfect! I first thought that it was a black grid print fabric. The photo with the reflection on the water was a great idea.

  32. So very striking. I like how you used lighter thread to quilt it and give the dark color a grid appearance. Love the flying photo so much.

  33. These blocks look so much more complicated set on point. It is stunning.