Monday, January 21, 2019

Winter Park Getaway

This is the beginning of week three of a month of posts by Island Batik Ambassadors featuring all of the newest collections of fabric. Today I am sharing what I made with the collection Winter Park that I received in July.


With a collection called Winter Park and having the blog hop in January, where is the perfect getaway location? Five minutes walk from my home! I live next door to a forest filled with paths and cross country skiing tracks. The forest is where I pick blueberries and raspberries in the summer, and lots of people are walking their dogs here all year around. In winter with good snow conditions there are plenty of skiers lining up in the cross country tracks.

The Winter Park bundle I received consisted of 22 half yard cuts of this beautiful cool palette.

When I  received the bundle back in July, I knew exactly which quilt I was going to make. I have had the Churning Fourteen pattern by Hunter's Design Studio for a while now, and immediately knew that this was perfect for my Winter Park bundle. The pattern is originally designed for 14 fat quarters, but having 22 different fabrics at my disposal gave me even more freedom.

Lots of churn dash blocks to be made!

This is the construction of the smallest blocks, 3.5" finished.  

Chain piecing of the largest blocks.

The different sized churn dash blocks. With so many different fabrics I managed to get a good variation in color combinations of the blocks.

I laid out all the pieces on the floor and puzzled them into a pleasant layout.

The resulting top (without borders) using all 22 fabrics of my bundle. I love the cool winter colors!

I added two narrow borders to my quilt, the inner one is the neutral Sprinkles and the outer is solid grey. The day I put the borders on it was snowing in the morning (Sprinkles looks like tiny snowflakes), and in the afternoon we had heavy rain that made all the snow disappear and it became completely grey outside. The binding is solid black, which represents winter nights. 

This adds up to a total of 25 different fabrics in my quilt top. I used Hobbs Heirloom Cotton Batting with Scrim Binder in the quilt sandwich, and used Aurifil thread for the quilting, five different colors and two different weights. I quilted meandering, "organic" lines across the quilt. I feel this complements the modern feel of the quilt.

The photo shoot was done in freezing weather of -10 degrees C (14 degrees F). Both the quilt holder and myself were almost freezing our fingers off!

A polar low pressure system dumped loads of snow the day before the pictures were taken, and brought the temperature down. Perfect for a Winter Park quilt! The only slight downside is that the pictures turn a little blueish.

A more detailed look at the quilting resting on a snow covered picnic table.

A playground is also a great place for a Winter Park getaway.


Thank you for stopping by my blog today!  

On the Island Batik blog you can find the full schedule of the blog hop, as well as a giveaway of a rainbow of 20 Fat Quarters of Island Batik Basics, don't miss out on entering!  

Sunday, January 13, 2019

First Finish in 2019

My first finish for this year is the mystery quilt-along I joined as 2018 turned into 2019. Kim Lapacek of Persimon Dreams hosted the week long mystery/QAL, and the result was this great-looking, scrappy wall hanging/table runner.

I dug into my scraps for this project, cut lots of 2.5" squares, and had lots of fun piecing this wall hanging. It was a great, little break from piecing my January ambassador quilt. I free-motion quilted the wall hanging with matching colors, and it will be a great addition to my sewing room wall.

Keep on quilting!

Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop

The Getaway Blog Hop started yesterday. For the next few weeks the 2018 Island Batik Ambassadors will show you wonderful quilts they have created using brand new batik collections. Join us in weeks of fun!

Getaway Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, January 7 - Crystal Ball
Tuesday, January 8  - Ditty
Wednesday, January 9 - Elk Lodge

Thursday, January 10 - Feline Fine

Friday, January 11 - Flea Market

Monday, January 14 - Fortune Teller
Jennifer Fulton- The Inquiring Quilter

Tuesday, January 15  - Gypsy Rose

Wednesday, January 16 - Paisley Park

Thursday, January 17 - Soul Song

Friday, January 18 - Twilight Chic

Monday, January 21 - Winter Park

Tuesday, January 22  - Bazaar

Wednesday, January 23 - Blossom

Thursday, January 24 - Boho

Friday, January 25 - Brookview

Monday, January 28 - French Blue

Tuesday, January 29  - Midsummer Night

Wednesday, January 30 - Oh Deer

Thursday, January 31 - Snow Berry  

Friday, February 1-  Candy Cane Lane and Icicle
Anne Wiens- Icicle - Sweetgrass Creative Designs

Barbara Gaddy - Candy Cane Lane  -Bejeweled Quilts by Barb 

One Monthly Goal - January

I am joining in the One Monthly Goal Linky Party hosted by Elm Street Quilts .

My January goal is to baste, quilt and bind my quilt to be ready for the Getaway Blog Hop later in January. My day is January 21st, come back and visit me then!

EDITOops, turned out that I was a little late to join the linky party, better luck next month!

Monday, December 24, 2018

Whimsical and Wonky with Island Batik

Welcome to the reveal of my Island Batik project for December, her name is Sister Square. Here she is in a very appropriate setting, outside a barn in my neighborhood.

Sorry about the poor natural light, but the outside pictures were taken at the darkest day of the year when we have least amount of daylight, just a couple of hours.

All the fabrics, thread and batting for this project were generously provided by Island Batik and their industry sponsors Aurifil and Hobbs.

The theme for the December Ambassador project was Whimsical and Wonky, and I knew right from the start what I was going to make. The inspiration was this Square Cow that I made in 2014, a little mug rug of 7"x 8" for a blog hop. She has now gotten a BIG SISTER!

The starting point for my project was a pattern from a book by Mary Lou Weidman and Melanie Bautista McFarland: Out Of The Box With Easy Blocks.

I gathered leftover fabrics from several earlier Island Batik projects in addition to the gorgeous new Check It Out batik that I received in three different colors of in the Ambassador box in July.

The made fabric for the body of the big sister is an improvisation with Check It Out in dark blue and Paisley Dot Brights in matching colors. I kept straight straight angles in the piecing to stay in line with the squares of the Check It Out fabric, and she IS a square cow, right!

The background is a neutral batik called Milk Shake. It is a difficult fabric to take pictures of, it looks completely solid here, but it really has lots of structure. I used a green batik from Southern Blooms for the grass, and Batik Foundations  and various leftovers for the rest of the cow. All the piecing was done with white Aurifil thread.

I used Hobbs Tuscany Cotton Wool Blend batting in the quilt sandwich, and that was a dream to quilt with. For the quilting I used several different Aurifil threads to match the fabric, actually more colors than showed in the picture above.

The main photo shoot had to be taken around the neighborhood farm, which creates perfect surroundings for a domestic animal like a square cow, right?!

In the winter season tractors are used to clear off snow, but Big Sister is still willing to pose next to it.

Big Sister, or her name is actually Sister Square, is relaxing in the snow. You can see the texture of the quilting better if you enlarge the picture.

Here Sister Square is posing on my living room floor. The real colors are better reproduced in the indoor pictures in winter time, the snow background "steals" the depth of the colors.

She finished at approximately 43" x 46" after quilting.

I had a ball quilting this piece, starting with micro stippling her name, Sister Square, in the negative space. Then I did a lot of free motion quilting, of boxes in her body, swirls in her head, and continued with walking foot quilting on her ears and legs.

The background is further quilted with leaves and swirls, pebbles, and a meander in the border. All the quilting is done by myself, and it was a great exercise!

The binding is the green Check It Out batik, it looks fabulous!

Look at the eyes with the gorgeous eyelashes!

Sister Square was also fed properly, the hay is made of Batik Foundations run through bias tape maker.

The wind wanted to show off  the backing of the quilt, too. Sister Square had a great time in the photo shoot, she felt at home!

Tuesday, December 11, 2018


The December project for the Island Batik Ambassadors are 'Whimsical and Wonky', and we can make it any size. The inspiration for my quilt is the quilt  'HST Cow All Squared Up' that I made for a blog hop with Mdm Samm in 2014.

The mini quilt above is blogged in this post here .

Here's a sneak peek of the progress of her BIG sister. All in Island Batik fabrics; Check It Out, Paisley Dot, Southern Blooms, and Batik Foundations.

Happy quilting!