Love the Birds – Great Outdoors Blog Hop and Giveaway

An Island Batik AdventureGreat Outdoors Blog Hop

“The Great Outdoors” – what a broad subject! Hubby and I do love the great outdoors. we walk, hike, bike ride, and kayak.  The heat of the summer, however, doesn’t agree with us for such activities and we do spend a great deal of time on our screened porch enjoying the great outdoors of our yard. We have lots of plantings, live among the trees and have a LOT of birdhouses.  Several bird couples have moved in at different times this season, had babies and have now relocated.  Several bird feeders and a bird bath keep the winged activity going quite strong. We even have owls and hawks – oh my! My decision for this challenge was made when I went through my pattern bin (yes, a bin full of patterns!) and revisited this cute birdhouse and bird wall quilt design, Remembering Annabelle by Bloom Creek.

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The collection of batiks that Island Batik provided for this project is WhatnotSuch amazing fun colors to work with!

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I did not follow the pattern exactly.  I added the suns in each of the corners. I thought the black and white checked border really helped to set off the whole design.

The center of the pattern had words. I chose, instead to add a butterfly.  At that point I was not wanting to do any more applique, so I cut a square, starched it heavily and found an origami tutorial for folding a butterfly. It worked! The first one was too large for the center, so I perched him in one corner and did a second, smaller one to add to the center.

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The end of this fun and talent packed blog hop comes to an end today. There’s still time to visit the other blogs, enter their giveaways and to enter the Island Batik giveaway below. Now for heARTs Creations giveaway! – 1 fat quarter and 7 fat eighths.  All you need do is leave a comment telling me what you like about the Great Outdoors.  Please note, I will need to contact the randomly chosen winner by email and this giveaway is for US addresses only. Winner will be announced Sunday, September 9.

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Monday, August 6 – All A FlutterYellow Cat Quilt Designs, Creative Blonde
Tuesday, August 7 – Birds N’ BeesArk Angel Creations, Patterns By Jen
Wednesday, August 8 – Canterbury Manor Sally Manke, Powered By Quilting
Thursday, August 9 – Eclectic GardenDesert Bloom Quilting, Sew Karen-ly Created
Friday, August 10 – Vintage MorrisMooseStash Quilting, Devoted Quilter
Monday, August 13 – SafariSew Incredibly Crazy, SweetGrass Designs
Tuesday, August 14 – Spring BlossomsMary Mack Made Mine, If These Threads Could Talk
Wednesday, August 15 – Victoria and Albert Bejeweled Quilts, Clever Chameleon
Thursday, August 16 – Wild ThingsFreemotion By The River, Kauffman Designs
Friday, August 17 – Petting ZooDen Syende Himmel, Sarah Goer Quilts
Monday, August 20 – Ocean OdysseyGateway Quilts, The Quilt Rambler
Tuesday, August 21 – British RoseBusy Hands Quilts, Mania for Quilts
Wednesday, August 22 – Dear WilliamThe Inquiring Quilter, MMM Quilts, Living Water Quilter
Thursday, August 23 – Dragonfly DreamsInchworm Fabrics, BeaQuilter
Friday, August 24 – Fur-ocious FriendsQuilting Affection Designs, Dizzy Quilter
Monday, August 27 – Globetrotter Pamela Quilts, Curliecue Creations
Tuesday, August 28 – Jungle CruiseVicki’s Crafts and Quilting, Little Bunny Quilts
Wednesday, August 29 – LavendulaCarole Lyles Shaw, Masterpiece Quilting
Thursday, August 30 – London CallingQuilt in a Not-Shell, Lizard Creek Quilting
Friday, August 31 – Spirit Rhythm Steph Jacobson, Whispers of Yore
Monday, September 3 – Sweet Tweets Kathleen McMusing, Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Tuesday, September 4 – Whatnot – heARTS Creations, Me!;   Slice of Pi Quilts

Linking up with WIPS on Wednesdays, Needle & Thread Thursday

60 responses »

  1. Brenda @ Songbird Designs

    My favorite thing about the great outdoors is hearing the birds sing, the crickets chirp, and the sound of the wind rustling the leaves – especially in the fall!! I love your quilt and origami butterflies!

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  2. Joyce, I love it! You are so creative and skilled.

    Jean

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  3. What a cheerful, happy quilt!

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  4. I love when the spring migration of songbirds begin. I know spring has arrived when I hear the bubbling song of a house wren. Your quilt is beautiful!

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  5. I love fall for going apple picking. It’s such fun. Your quilt is so cute and whimsical

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  6. Your quilt is beautiful. I like the butterflies, they are a great addition.
    I like my garden. It is small, but watching things grow that I planted is amazing. The weeding isn’t even that bad.

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  7. What a sweet collection. I love the way you played with the pattern. Your quilt is so lovely.

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  8. Each creative pattern you complete gives me inspiration. Thank you Joyce.

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  9. Great, colorful quilt!
    I love the clean air and peacefulness in the forest close to my home.

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  10. Linda Williamson

    I love your appliquéd flowers and the border really pops. I like to spend time fussing with my flowers in my garden. We’re also close to a national park that we visit often. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  11. Your quilt is beautiful. I love the colors and that origami butterfly is so cute.

    I love the fresh air and sunshine, the fragrant mix of woods, grass, and flowers, the rhythmic sound of the running brook, the rustling of of leaves as the gentle breeze awakens the trees, the cool grass beneath my bare feet, the silent whisper of God’s voice as I attempt to take in the indescribable beauty of His creation.

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  12. I love how you made this quilt your own! Origami butterflies? I never thought of that and now have something else new to learn. 🙂 As for the great outdoors, Bob and I are out there every day doing farm chores, but we have not become immune to its beauty and magic. Every morning is different from every evening, and all the animals (farm and wild) intrigue us. My favorite is looking at the sky and the ever changing clouds and colors. And sometimes, if I’m lucky, I’ll see a bald eagle fly by against the backdrop of those clouds. I can’t imagine living anywhere that I couldn’t step outside my door and be in the Great Outdoors.

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  13. This quilt is amazingly cute. You never fail to amaze me with your ideas and talent. I always look forward to the fall. I love the colors changing and watching the leaves falling off the trees and floating through the air. It always makes me think of the old Disney cartoon “Winnie the Pooh and the Blustery Day”.

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  14. Living in the south, I love the sunshine and flowers. No fall colors here, but beautiful colors with plants. The fabric is so pretty and colorful.

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  15. Great quilt for this collection! Love the little changes and the way the fabrics work so well. I also love the idea of using some of those patterns we have been waiting to use! (another ambassador). Have fun today on the hop.

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  16. wow your quilt is gorgeous. i love the black and white border. and your butterflies are lovely. such a special addition. this will brighten any room. thank you for sharing and inspiring today. i love all the creatures out doors and the many varieties of plants.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  17. Pretty quilt! What I like about the great outdoors? The other night we were sitting around the campfire, and looked up at the stars. So many and so bright–amazing!

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  18. Cute quilt! I love flying at low altitudes and going slow in our small private plane. You get such a different perspective of everything from above. Thanks for sharing your quilt with us.

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  19. Quilting Tangent

    Enjoy seeing the wildlife in all its shapes and sizes. Pretty quilt.

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  20. Love the colors,sure need new fabric

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  21. Your quilt is fantastic…so happy in those yummy batiks. I’m currently in my happy outdoor place…Aqua Fitness…with 80, yes 80 other ladies and 2 men (they eat up all the attention they get)at our local municipal pool ( it’s a BIG pool). We start in May and end in October, easy to do in Southern California!

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  22. The fresh air, sunshine, and the music the leaves play in the breeze.

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  23. Your quilt is wonderful. I live in the country and I love everything about the great outdoors except the snakes. Had one in my basement the other day. Only about 12 in but still I prefer he stay outside. Took hours to get a sweet Humming bird out of the garage one day.

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  24. After moving from Arizona to Massachusetts I’m loving all the tree can’t wait for fall love the quilt and the butterfly adding texture dimension depth to a quilt is awesome 3D makes it come alive

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  25. Wow! Beautiful quilt. One of my favorites in this blog hop. I love the outdoors for the serenity it brings when I am out wandering in wilderness. Thanks for sharing a great giveaway too!

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  26. What I love about the great outdoors is when you are in a quiet area and it is so peaceful. Your quilt is beautiful!

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  27. Your quilt is beautiful!!! Love the birds and the butterfly!!! I love going outside especially up in the Smoky Mountains of western North Carolina!

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  28. This quilt really depicts the great outdoors as it reminds me of the view from my lounge window. Hope I can enter the giveaway as I do have a US postal address.

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  29. I love the smell of fresh air and fresh cut grass.

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  30. My favorite place in the great outdoors is at the lake, relaxing and listening to the sound of the water lapping on shore.

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  31. I love hiking outdoors at least when it’s not too hot or wet. Your quilt is lovely.

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  32. I love going to camp and listening to the whipperwill up in the U P of Michigan. happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  33. thedarlingdogwood

    The suns in the corners are a great addition! I love most things about the outdoors–the air, the smells, the sounds of nature, babbling brooks. I have enjoyed this blog hop so much!

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  34. Had to comment because I love the 3-d butterfly. Exclude me from the draw as I live in Canada.

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  35. I live in the country, and I love the way we interact so closely with the animals and birds, as well as the insects, snakes, butterflies, and other creatures. I’m always learning new things, and it brings peace to my soul.

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  36. Way too cute! I love the suns in the corners.

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  37. Love the quilt…and you know how I feel about birds!

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  38. Maryellen McAuliffe

    Great job! The quilt is so pretty, and I love the added butterflies.

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  39. I love the clean fresh air! I sit in bumper to bumper traffic every morning and evening. Smelling everyone’s exhaust is exhausting! lol Cute quilt. Love the butterflies in the corner. Great choice of fabric in the giveaway.

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  40. I am a country love and, like you, are surrounded by trees. Your quilt is wonderful. I am IB Ambassador and in Canada so double exempt.

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  41. I love your quilt and the butterfly especially! I love trees the most in the outdoors!

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  42. Your folded butterfly is the perfect touch to a beautiful project! I need to remember that detail! The great outdoors brings me such release of tension when I get to walk my dogs or just simply sit on the porch and read a book. The fresh air and sounds of nature are never over-rated!

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  43. We live in the country too, on an old farm..Looove the trees, deer,wild turkeys..and all the colors of sky (weather changes) and seasons. My fave season is Fall..colors are AMAZING round us. 🙂 Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too 😀

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  44. Lovely quilt! I really enjoy walking outside as well, but I don’t like the heat. I am excited for the change of seasons. Bring on the fall!

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  45. Beautiful Joyce! I love the greens of nature against the blue sky!

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  46. Love the birdies, and that butterfly, wow!

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  47. Deborah Browning

    I love going for walks with my husband. During the summer I really enjoy seeing all the trees, flowers, and wildlife (birds, foxes, and deer) out my window. Your quilt is beautiful and I think the butterflies are a clever addition.

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  48. I love EVERYTHING about the great outdoors EXCEPT excessive wind, excessive rain, and mosquitos!! Love your quilt.

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  49. I love feeding and watching birds in the early mornings. I love your happy quilt.

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  50. I love the trees in the Great Outdoors–would have a hard time living where there were no beautiful trees!

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