Wednesday, May 17, 2023

Its Wednesday!

Marrying someone from halfway across the globe has its perks.  There is always something new to learn. Recently Paul introduced me to the Addams Family.  I fell in love with Wednesday and she is the inspiration for my May project! 

Wednesday Mock-Up in EQ8

But let's start at the beginning. The May Challenge requires that we use the Studio 180 Design Tool and the Winter 2022 Collection to  make a project of any size.  The guidelines included the following:
1. Work with two or more different size units. 
2. Must use at least 30 units total, made with the Studio 180 Design tool you received.

May Challenge

I received the Square Squared Ruler and the Wild Blooms collection, designed by Kathy Engle, coming to stores in May 2023.

Tool and Fabrics

Wild Blooms is gorgeous collection with yellows, greens, pinks and purples.  I am excited to work with this collection.

Wild Blooms - Arranged by Color and Value

Designing in EQ8,  several ideas were made and discarded. Here are the rejects.

35 units, 3 sizes

32 units, 2 sizes

27 units, 3 sizes

Only one size units

Only one size units

If it met the design guidelines it looked blah/dated and when it looked fresh/interesting it failed on the guidelines. What a bummer!!! 

That is when Paul suggested we watch the new Netflix Series - Wednesday Addams.  I said yes, welcoming the distraction.

I fell in love with not just Wednesday's dark vibe but also her sparkling wit and doggedness. Later I returned to EQ8.  Starting over, I chose a 6" grid because that is the largest unit I can make with the Studio 180 Tool.  And I let Wednesday's intuition guide me with the design.

EQ8 Mock-up

In the end the quilt design has a total of 29 square in square units. 22 of those were made using the Square Squared ruler - three units finishing at 3", 16 units finishing at 4", and three units finishing at 6". 

3" units

4" units in process

4" units

Seven units are larger (three of 8" and four of 12") than what can be made by the ruler. 
Four leftover square in a square units are used on the back.  

12" unit in process

So I did not meet the guideline of at least 30 units, made with the Studio 180 Design tool.  But I believe that I tried to follow the guideline (the best I could) without sacrificing the design. 


I used Schmetz 80/12 Microtex Needle for both piecing and quilting. I used Aurifil 50 wt thread for piecing and 40 wt for quilting. I used Hobbs 80/20 Batting. The backing is pieced from Island Batik Foundation fabrics leftover from previous backings.  I incorporated the leftover units into the back.  I used my walking foot to quilt at 2" intervals using a squiggly stitch.

The binding (and the background) is Island Batik Solid Black. I stitched the binding to the back of the quilt sandwich and used a zigzag stitch to secure it to the front.

Wednesday finished at about 44" by 50". It contains 26 units (22 on the front and 4 on the back) made from the Tool, falling short of the suggested 30 units.  This continued to bother a nagging voice in the back of my head. Temporarily subduing it, let's proceed to the photoshoot.

Here is the completed quilt. Emily of The Darling Dogwood is the photographer. My painted toes are the bonus :-)

Thank you, Emily!

Pieced Backing

Did I mention that Emily and I got together for a brief meeting of Island Batik Ambassadors? It was a very select group of Island Batik Ambassadors. Actually, it was just the two of us :-D 

With Emily!

It had rained all morning but the clouds parted and the sun smiled when we met :-) 

Technically, this should be the end of the blogpost. But this is Wednesday, after all. So here is the thing (pun intended).  I took her with me to my trip to Myrtle Beach, SC. I visited the Huntington Beach State Park.  The Atalaya Castle on the beach was the perfect setting for Wednesday's photoshoot. 

On the brick floor

Matching Green of the wrought iron grills :-)

In the courtyard

Climbing a tree

Swinging from the window shutter

Hanging from the window!!!

That Wednesday!!! She is a handful. But she is mine.


And a few close up shots.

Pretty Purples

Zigzag Binding Stitch

Wednesday Sparkles!

Be sure to visit the Island Batik blog and all the Ambassadors’ blogs to read more about the Studio 180 Design‘s tools they used, discover their inspiring creations, read the stories behind each project and participate in their bonus giveaways!

The full list of Ambassadors’ names, collections they will be using in their projects, and their post dates are as follows:


May 1

Susan Deshensky, Lady Blue Quilts

Randi Jones, Randi’s Roost

May 2

Elita Sharpe, Busy Needle Quilting

Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts

May 3

Brittany Fisher, Bobbin with Brittany

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts

May 4

Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese

May 5

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway


May 8

Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts

Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

May 9

Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail

Lana Russel, Lana Quilts

May 10

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia

Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum

May 11

Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

May 12

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway


May 15

Victoria Johnson, Forever Quilting for You

Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

May 16

Renee Atkinson, Pink Tulip Quilting

Sarah Pitcher, Pitcher’s Boutique

May 17

Suzy Webster, Websterquilt

Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts (You are here)

Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

May 18

End of Blog Hop + Final Round Up

Here is a small zippered pouch made with four square in square units, bringing the number up to the suggested/required 30 units. 

The last four units

Very nice

I like you a lot!

No more nagging voice. I am done...unless you have something to add. I am always up for that :-)

Did I forget something?
Oh yes, oops.

For a chance to win one of these two sets of 5" squares (26 each) from the Wild Blooms collection, please leave me a comment on this post, mentioning which one of the Island Batik collections is your favorite. 

5" squares - Giveaway

I will announce the two winners on Sunday, May 28, 2023.
Update on Sunday, 5/28/23 - The two randomly chosen winners are KathyE (12) and Sara (41). Emails are sent.


  1. Wednesday is pretty cool. I like the different size blocks in her! My favorite collection is the Maple Island. Thanks for the chance to win!

  2. I love your playful design Preeti! And the on location photos are fabulous. I like some of the other designs you came up with, too.

  3. Wow! I really love the design of your quilt. And these fabrics are so gorgeous. This one and Sea Cookies are my favorite.(I love the softer colors in these collections) Thank you for your giveaway.

  4. I love Wild Blooms but I also love Sea Cookies - love your quilt - my brother lives near Myrtle Beach and I was just there to visit him last fall

  5. Awesome quilt!!! Wednesday--lol! Yes, I remember her! What gorgeous quilts in the wild photos, Preeti! I really like the ribbon-y version, too!

  6. Love Wednesday! She's so pretty. Wish I could have been there with you and Emily. I bet you had fun. That little zippered pouch was clever. Thanks for sharing on my weekly show and tell, Wednesday Wait Loss.

  7. Love, Wednesday, the series and quilt! I wish your giveaways were available worldwide! They are such beautiful sets of batik squares! 😍

  8. I love the Studio 180 rulers. Your new design is terrific and your serpentine grid quilting is an inspiration. Thanks for all the blog hop links.

  9. wow your quilt is gorgeous. I love its name. I used to love The Adams Family years ago. thanks for sharing and for inspiring. I both of your give a ways, but having to choose, I choose the one with the dragonfly's at the bottom quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  10. I love the Summer Twilight collection of batiks!! You are so creative with your fabric! Love that little pouch that u made🥰❤️

  11. Loving this quilt! Wednesday on the Addams Family was my favorite character, I think mostly because she was like me...moody with a sparkle of pizazz. Just like your quilt! All of your "rejects" are gorgeous too and I hope you'll re-visit them at another time. My favorite IB collection is Make A Wish. Enjoy your Wednesday!

  12. It's so hard to choose a favorite! They are all so pretty.

  13. Your quilt is lovely!! My favourite is sorbet.

  14. Since I love real wildflowers and grow them, I have to say Wild Blooms is my favorite.

  15. It's always interesting to follow your thought processes! Any one of the original designs on EQ would have looked great, but Wednesday sure does sparkle! Lovely finish and photography session - nice that you were able to share it with a fellow ambassador

  16. I always love to see your quilts. Wild blooms is my favorite

  17. I don't have a favorite collection. I like fabrics from all the collections. In your picture the orange fabric with fern leaves is beautiful.

  18. I love how your quilt turned out! So lovely. I like Sea Cookies the best...reminds me of picking up sand dollars at my mom's house when she was still with us.

  19. "a very select group of Island Batik Ambassadors."? lol! I bet the two of you had a blast. What fun! Thank you for a very enjoyable post. I love your quilt. The background is perfect for the bright colors of the collection. I think Sunny Meadow is my favorite collection, but it is so hard to pick just one. I love them all.

  20. Wow, I love the story behind your quilt design. I also really liked the first designs in EQ8 that you decided against! I am amazed at all of you who come up with patterns and designs, because I am a pattern follower, not a pattern maker!

    My favorite collections have been Sorbet and Sunny Meadow.

  21. So many great pictures! As others have mentioned, all of your 'rejects' were great as well. This is so bright that I would never have guessed it was inspired by Wednesday Addams, who is much more of a gray character. Maybe I think that way because I watched the TV show in black and white? I'm guessing you watched the movies, but the TV show was quite something. Your Wednesday is so much brighter and happier!

  22. Yes! yes! yes! Sew glad you used the black background. It brings all the colors forward. And you slipped in a squeeze of your favorite color too!
    Maple Island appeals to my frame of mind.

  23. I love your Wednesday version, and making a quilt inspired by her is quite genius! I love how you mixed the colors too, these squares are so pretty. And of course I'm not surprised that the four missing squares ended into a beautiful pouch ;)) This fabric collection is like candy, very yummy!

  24. I absolutely love your quilt and the way those colorful blocks seem to float on the background. And what a fun story about its inspiration! Thanks for sharing all this! Wild Blooms is my favorite collection so far. It has all my favorite colors and those yellows provide such a joyful pop.

  25. I fell in love with Sea Cookies before I knew there was a giveaway! hahaha! I love that green & pink & turquoise combo. Of course what really caught my eye was the name -- who can resist a good cookie!??!

  26. Preeti, watch The Addams Family movies - different tone to the series, but they are a hoot! I love your design so interesting to look at irregularly, yet regularly, placed "units."

  27. I love all of these fabrics. they are all gorgeous. And, I love your design with the studio 180 rulers. Lovely!! Thanks

  28. I love Wednesday! The photo shoots are awesome, especially with the teal fence. The Addams family was always a favorite show and I loved the new series Wednesday…dark but fun….just like your quilt. Great back, too! So fun you saw Emily and had one photo shoot with her!

    1. Don’t know why I am am anon….this is!

  29. Great post - loved how you worked through to the finish and even made a pouch, too. I would choose Let It Snow. I guess I’m already needing a rain shower so more snow which could melt. Oh well. Howland no space quilt at gmail no space dot com.

  30. Wedensday...and her photo shoot...awesome!! It is so colorful and I love the squiggly quilting you did! Great collection that really pops on that black background. So glad you and Emily had a chance to meet up.

  31. I like the Wild Blooms collection. Love that Wednesday!

  32. I love your quilt and Wild Blooms is my most favorite of the fabric collections.

  33. That's a fun, creative quilt. Congratulations for your finishl

  34. Blocks On point with lots of negative space makes an interesting quilt! Gail at the Cozy Quilter

  35. Wednesday is a beautiful, fun quilt! I love the combination of various sizes of blocks. Congrats on another great finish!
    It's hard to choose a favorite from all of the batik collections. Today I'm leaning toward the cool colors in Maple Island.

  36. I think my current favorite is Let It Snow. But then I look at Sandalwood and think it could be a contender. I love your quilt, both sides of it, and the bonus bag. . . great way to use up the extra pieces. Your tutorial was perfect.

  37. I love them all, it's hard to decide but I think my favorite's are Celebrate, Sea Cookies and Wild Blooms.

  38. Every time I saw a new collection, I changed my mind! I thought it might be Sea Cookies--especially because of the designs--but now I am thinking it might be Wild Blooms. What a delightful dilemma.

  39. How fresh and Sparkling is this Wednesday!!! I think you nailed it! and so much fun to have an exclusive meeting of ambassadors!! haha!! Sounds like you had a wonderful time. the photo shoot is amazing!! You found wonderful spots!!!

  40. Even your rejected designs are gorgeous - and maybe you will use some of those designs in the future. Such a pretty quilt. I always love bright colors on a black or dark background.

  41. Lol, of course you would put the missing units in a pouch ;) Love the pictures from the castle. And so fun you two ambassadors got to meet! xo

  42. Wow, what a beautiful quilt. The backing is gorgeous as well. I love the Sea cookies collection. Thank you for sharing your inspiration.

  43. Love your inspiration. You quilt is beautiful. I love the Sea Cookies fabric collection.

  44. I love this quilt. Preeti, do you have a site where you sell your patterns?

    1. I will look for your Etsy shop (because it wasn’t a “live” link on your Instagram bio, I missed it !!)