Category Archives: Island Batiks

Back to School & Giveaway!

Back to School Blog Hop GraphicBack to School time has been a bittersweet time for me. The weather starts to cool which is a good thing, but reminds me that our yard will soon be thickly carpeted with leaves and acorns (we live in the woods) that take many, many hours to clear. Also, when my children were school age, I was never one of those parents who celebrated going back to school. I loved having them home! As the temps get increasingly colder, however, I spend more time in my studio – a great thing!

Island Batik Solstice

This month as part of the Island Batik Blog Hop,  I had the joy of working with the Island Batik Solstice. The colors are so rich and I love the geometrics. I knew immediately the quilt I would make with this line. I’ve made this quilt several times before and knew I needed one for myself! I first made this quilt at a workshop and unfortunately, after contacting the workshop leader, she informed me that she has chosen not to publish the pattern, but there is a similar pattern available on the net, “Bento Box.”

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This would make a perfect quilt for a college dorm room. No, I don’t have any college student in mind – this one’s for me!

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To celebrate this fabulous collection, I am giving away a stack of 60 – 5″ squares and coordinating Superior Master Piece thread.

Two chances to win – (1) leave a comment telling me what you like about fall; (2) Follow this blog. Winner will be chosen randomly on Wednesday, October 4.Note: for this giveaway, comment must have name and email on comment form (won’t be published publicly) so that I may notify the winner! Open to continental USA only.)

Blog Hop & Give-Aways!

Back to School Blog Hop Graphic

Back to School – that’s the theme for the Island Batik Ambassadors in September and we’re doing a month-long Blog Hop!

We’ll be introducing the newest fall lines and as a bonus, each ambassador will be doing a giveaway and…so will Island Batik!  The schedule for the blog hop is below. I’ll be back with my hop and give-away on September 27. I can’t wait for you to see these beautiful fabrics!

WEEK 1

Monday, September 4 – Beaujolais
Quilting Affection DesignsFunThreads Designs

Tuesday, September 5 – Country Dozen
Cheryl Lynch QuiltsInspired Layers

Wednesday, September 6 – Bonsai
Little Bunny Quilts

Thursday, September 7 – Sakura
Masterpiece Quilting

Friday, September 8 – Empress Garden
Dessert Bloom QuiltingSlice of Pi Quilts

WEEK 2

Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins
KISSed Quilts

Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms
Kathys Kwilts and More

Wednesday, September 13 – Olivera
Joan KawanoVicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Thursday, September 14 – Rise & Shine
Den Syende HimmelSally’s Quilting Corner

Friday, September 15 – Diner Days
Ark Angel CreationsKaren Overton

WEEK 3

Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed QuiltsWhispers of Yore

Tuesday, September 19 – Vineyard
The Inquiring QuilterInchworm Fabrics

Wednesday, September 20 – Abalone
PamelaQuiltsYellow Cat Quilts

Thursday, September 21 – Batiks Go Retro
Adventures in Applique and Quilting

Friday, September 22 – Captain’s Anchor
Purrfect Spots DesignsBeaquilter

WEEK 4

Monday, September 25 – Cherry Berry
Freemotion by the RiverMary Mack Made Mine

Tuesday, September 26 – Lobster Bake
Seams to be Sew

Wednesday, September 27 – Solstice
Bejeweled QuiltsheARTs Creations

Thursday, September 28 – Sour Apple
Seams Like a DreamKauffman Designs

Friday, September 29 – Zen
Lizard Creek QuiltingQuilt’n Party

 

My New Bag – Quilt As You Go

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An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

Intimidation! That’s what I experienced when I saw the August Ambassador assignment. I have never done a quilt as you go, and did not want to begin another quilt, table runner or pillow. After recently sorting through my handbags and tossing and donating a few, I decided it was time for a new one! I used a free pattern off the internet – The Phoebe Bag, and adapted the pattern to quilt as you go.

QAYG fabrics (Medium)

I pulled and pulled fabrics from my Island Batik bin. Purples won! Instead of batting or stiff interfacing, I used foam! In the fabric store it’s located with the interfacings and you can get it plain, fusible on one side or fusible on both sides. I chose the fusible on one side. Much to my delight it was a dream to sew!

QAYG 1st block (Medium)

I placed a rectangle in the center of the main part of the bag, and then placed another on top. I then sewed the two fabrics together, directly on the foam. I pressed open and quilted on top. I repeated that around and around until the bag piece was covered, then trimmed. I repeated for the back. For the straps and closure flap I used interfacing.

QAYG bag back, heartscreations.com (Medium)

Following the pattern, I added a pocket to the lining, and then a second pocket sized for my cell phone. I have a feeling this will be a favorite for a while. No doubt I will be using this method for another bag soon.

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Quilt As You Go

This August be sure to check out what the other Island Batik Ambassadors are creating for their Quilt as You Go projects.

Linking up with: Em’s Scrapbag.

A Box Full of Treasure!

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

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Being an Island Batik Ambassador has been such a fun adventure and a valuable learning experience. Late yesterday afternoon it got even better! The second shipment of glorious fabrics arrived! Many of the other ambassadors had already received their boxes (we post on a private FB page). I was SO sure I’d have to wait until Monday, but this treasure was on my front porch when we got home!

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I’m not one to wait and look at an unopened gift or box. Tearing into this box certainly did not disappoint.

Here is an always useful neutral and a bonus pack. In my opinion the whole box is a bonus! There is also yardage of a polka dot rayon (ha, ha, more polka dots!) I haven’t garment sewn in forever, but this will definitely be a must do.

The next 3 batches, which includes a pack of 10 inch squares, can only be peeked at as these fabrics have not been released yet. Of course I have been through all of them just marveling at the beautiful designs and colors.

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And finally, and I think my favorite, are the packs of five inch strips. There is such a wonderful variety there and makes for such happy choices when designing a quilted piece.

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Now to put it all away. Problem is, my Island Batik bin is full. Such a problem, right? Ha – I’ll need to do some rearranging and empty another bin, aka happy work!

Baby Bear Baby Quilt

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

Mountain Bear 1 (Medium)

Our Ambassador challenge for July: Baby and Crib quilts. Wonderful timing as there is a family I know expecting a baby and of course I wanted to make a quilt. I decided to go with a mountain theme, “baby bear,” and picked out some great tan, brown and green Island Batiks. The piecing was done using Aurofil Thread and for the quilting I used two Superior Threads’ Fantastico, both variegated. They absolutely quilt like a dream!

Baby quilt fabrics (Medium)

Oh Baby! Crib QuiltsThis was not looking like your typical baby quilt with bright primary colors or batiks, but I really liked the idea of keeping the mountain theme in the quilt. The body was all half-square triangles with the center being framed. The bear and pine tree are appliqued.

This was a fun and fairly quick project and best of all, I have a gift done long before the new arrival!

Be sure to check out all the Island Batik Ambassador creative projects.  #islandbatiks

Mountain Bear 2 (Medium)

Linking up with Em’s Scrapbag

Fun with Curves Challenge!

 

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

Curvalicious Quilts (Medium)

Whew – posting this with only hours to spare! Haven’t missed an Island Batik Ambassador Challenge deadline yet, and don’t want to find out what happens if I do!

June’s challenge is curved piecing. My sofa has been crying out for a quilted pillow, so here was my chance. I chose brown and gold. One half is a checkerboard and the other side is curved piecing.

Laying one piece on top of another, gentle curves were cut, pulled apart, the two to be pieced marked, pinned, then pieced. If the curves are not too deep, the piecing is easy and smooth and I love the results.

On the checkered side, I chose a curved quilting stitch to help play into the theme. On the curved side and around the border, I chose to use my Sashiko machine and sew the simple yet elegant Sashiko stitch.

Curved quilting on squares

Sashiko quilting

SASHIKO Stitching

 

 

Full pillow cover

Confession: technically it is not completely finished – it needs a pillow form. Next trip out I promise – can’t wait to see it on the sofa!

For more Island Batik Ambassador Curved projects, please check out the links here.

Modern Batik Challenge

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

For May, we were challenged with a Modern Batik quilt. My first choice was to do a small wall hanging – I find those a little easier for modern than a larger quilt, but then I decided it was time to break out of the mold and go bold so I chose to do a small lap quilt.

Modern Batik

I went through all my yummy Island Batiks and chose blues and greens, various neutrals for the top portion and a neutral for the section out of the main square. I love this color palette and doesn’t that make sewing them together that much more fun? This quilt is made up of all five inch squares set on point. I did do a pencil sketch, but somehow when the squares were on the design board, I was not happy. What to do? I had them all cut. Then a funny thing happened. I sat on the sofa on the other side of the room and looked over at the design wall and it appeared totally different than when I looked at it straight on! I liked it! Whew!!

Modern Batik

Lots of piecing and then straight line quilting. Wouldn’t it be interesting to know how many stitches are in the quilting? Then again…maybe not! I used Aurifil 2311 (neutral) for the piecing and Fantastico 5166 for the quilting – both a dream to work with.

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Be sure to check out all the Modern Batik creations by the Island Batik Ambassadors here.

Linking up with My Quilt Infatuation, Silly Mama Quilts

Adventurous Applique

An Island Batik Ambassador Adventure

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Our April IBA project was “Adventurous Applique.” This played perfectly into a little project I have been wanting to do – a little project tote bag. I pulled out a number of the six inch strips from the rolls we received from Island Batiks, cut them into various strip widths and sewed two sets together. I sewed those to a neutral top.

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I pulled out my bag of IB scraps and cut a bunch of long skinny flower petals. I fused a stem and then fused the petals. I did the flower as a raw applique and added a center.

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A lining was added and voila! A cute little project tote bag that’s full of color, color, color!

Applique Bag (Medium)

Applique bag inside (Medium)

Linking up with:  My Quilt Infatuation, WIPS on Wednesday,  Let’s Bee Social