Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Back to School with Island Batik

Hurray!  It's finally my day for the Island Batik Back to School Blog hop!  I really do love this time of year, I think one of the main reasons is that it means that fall is just around the corner.  Even here on the Oregon coast where the seasons aren't quite as dramatic as other places I look forward to the leaves turning color, the nights getting cooler and the fact that it's a great time for quilting (of course - because the kids are back to school!).


The line I got to work with is Abalone.  It's a beautiful beach themed line with loads of gorgeous color and fun prints.  There are Stars, Sand Dollars and even Lobster prints.  I really had fun playing with this set of prints, and was super happy that I had enough of the lovely pink-orange print (Carnation) for the background.  Setting the other prints against it made me think of a lovely fall sunset at the beach, so I call this quilt Sunset Glow.


Aren't the colors amazing?  Here are all the fabrics laid out before I washed them - so yummy!


My quilt features two different blocks in an alternating setting.  One block features the Butterfly Unit from last month's Quilter's Recipe Box.  This was my original plan, but I ended up switching the blue swirl fabric for another fabric from Island Batik's Basic collection - Pool.

For the second block I used a big triangle to show off the anchor print.  I also changed this block, moving the purple print to the inside of the block instead of the outside.  
I finished the top back in July because I knew that August was going to be a little bit busy, but I had no idea how crazy it was going to end up!  Luckily, that still left me with time to get it quilted, even with the extended trip we ended up taking at the beginning of September.  I was able to get a wonderful match to the Carnation fabric from Aurifil (2420 in 50 wt), so had fun doing some over the top quilting on the background.  I used 1248 for the dark colors, then for the border 5009 was the perfect shade!


I used some ideas from Angela Walters Book "Shape by Shape Collection 2"  Lots of really great ideas in this book!


The border quilting features a ferny looking vine pattern, but I used a thread that blended in so you don't really see it much.  I wanted to let those lobsters shine on their own :)
The inner border is another fabric from the basics collection:  Bluebird.  I am really delighted with how this quilt came out - it really is quite stunning, don't you thing?  It even looks lovely against a gray and gloomy sky - we are thankful for some rain at last, but I did hope for some sun for a picture.


And what would a blog hop be without a giveaway?  Island Batik is having a big giveaway, and if you love the Abalone collection as much as I do, you need to enter because they are giving away a bundle of this as well as two other collections!


a Rafflecopter giveaway


In addition I will be giving away two Stash Builder Rolls myself!  These are a favorite of all the Island Batik Ambassadors - four strips 5 inches by the width of fabric.  That comes out to 20 inches of fabric in each roll - plenty for a variety of projects!  You can enter my personal giveaway below:

a Rafflecopter giveaway

I thought this fabric was so much fun that I wanted to make another project from it as well.  I used my Pacifica Tote pattern to make a large tote for my daughter:

Don't those lobsters make a great bag?  I added a pocket using a piece from the newest box.  If you like this pattern, you can download it during the rest of the blog hop for free from my craftsy shop:

Download Pattern Here!
Here is the schedule for the rest of the hop - make sure you check out the other blog posts and collections - lots of giveaways and great projects, you will enjoy every stop!

Island Batik Back to School Blog Hop
Monday,​ ​September​ ​4​ ​- Beaujolais – Quilting Affection, Fun Threads
Tuesday,​ ​September​ ​5​ – Country Dozen – Cheryl Lynch Quilts, Inspired Layers
Wednesday,​ ​September​ ​6​ ​- Bonsai – Little Bunny Quilts
Thursday,​ ​September​ ​7​ – Sakura – Masterpiece Quilting
Friday,​ ​September​ ​8​ – Empress Garden – Desert Bloom Quilting, Slice of Pi Quilts

Monday,​ ​September​ ​11​ ​- Fresh Pick’ins – Kissed Quilts
Tuesday,​ ​September​ ​12​ – Lotus Blooms – Kathy Bruckman
Wednesday,​ ​September​ ​13​ – Olivera – Moose Stash Quilting, Knit Bug 2
Thursday,​ ​September​ ​14​ – Rise & Shine – Den syende himmel, Sally’s Quilting Corner
Friday,​ ​September​ ​15​ ​- Diner Days – Ark Angel Creations, The Quilt Rambler

Monday,​ ​September​ ​18​ – Seas the Day – Needle & Foot, Kissed Quilts
Tuesday,​ ​September​ ​19​ – Vineyard – Inquiring Quilter, Inchworm Fabrics
Wednesday,​ ​September​ ​20​ – Abalone – Pamela Quilts, Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Thursday,​ ​September​ ​21​ – Batiks Go Retro – Webster Quilt
Friday,​ ​September​ ​22​ – Captain’s Anchor – Purrfect Spots, Bea Quilter

Monday,​ ​September​ ​25​ – Cherry Berry – Free Motion By the River, MaryMack’s Blog
Tuesday,​ ​September​ ​26​ – Lobster Bake – Seams To Be Sew
Wednesday,​ ​September​ ​27​ – Solstice – Bejeweled Quilts, heARTS Creations
Thursday,​ ​September​ ​28​ – Sour Apple – Seams Like A Dream, Kauffman Designs
Friday,​ ​September​ ​29​ ​- Zen – Lizard Creek Quilting, Quilt’n Party


Thanks for joining us!

50 comments:

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

My favorite season of the year is fall. I love the cooler nights and everything seems to start slowing down.

Lisa Marie said...

I love fall as well, for many of the reasons you mentioned. Also because it's football season!

Charlene S said...

My favorite time of year is spring although autumn comes in a close second. The cool temperatures and beginning of greenery makes for pleasant times.

Nancy Lewis said...

I love fall because the heat starts to fade and you feel like getting something done!! I love decorating indoors and outdoors!! Great time of the year.

Alice Ronne said...

I love spring! The "awakening" after winter tends to invigorate me since I love gardening and more sunshine. Thanks for the giveaway! akronne17@gmail.com

Joyce Carter said...

I love your quilt Pamela. It is a very beautiful quilt made in these fabrics. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway.
My favorite Season is Spring. I love that everything is becoming new again.

quilter said...

Spring is my favorite season all the colors and smells, plus the end of PA winter!
Thanks for sharing and the giveaways!
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Lori said...

wow your projects are wonderfully bright and fun. what awesome fabric to work with.
thanks for this chance to make the tote and for the free pattern

Cecilia said...

I think Spring is my favorite, although here in Florida there isn't a lot of difference between the seasons. 😊 I love your quilt! Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

BarefootThunder said...

I love summer, Granddaughters get to come and stay for a week or two !! Your quilt is beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

beaquilter said...

really cute quilt and fun tote!

anna brown said...

Hands down its fall not to hot not to cold...great job on your quilt and cool tote... happyness04431@yahoo.com

JANET said...

Fall! It is cooler, and time to gather and prepare for the holidays coming up.

Melody Lutz said...

I'm an autumn girl at heart: gettin' out the crock pot, more quilting, cooler temps...it's my summer-I get mire active, spending lots of time outside! lutzcats (at) yahoo (dot) com

Annmarie Tegen said...

Love the quilt, love the tote. Love all the fabrics in this collection. My favorite season is Spring. We wait so long for it here in northern Wisconsin. Love it when all the shades of green start to pop.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Stunning quilt in those beautiful fabrics! Your tote is the neatest and I love how you incorporated the Leah Day block into it!

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

I must admit, Autumn is my favorite with all of the smells and colors exploding everywhere!

teachpany said...

Gorgeous! The colors are just wonderful, and how you played with them is inspiring. I would love to see a detail shot of the border quilting. Great job! I love all seasons, for different reasons, but I'm looking forward to cooler weather.

Sewgirl said...

Your projects are great! And your quilting turned out wonderful. I love the ideas in Angelas books too. Thanks for sharing. I love summer the best and am sad to be seeing it come to an end...

Quilting Tangent said...

Fall is my favorite, love the changing leaves. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Sharon Denney Parcel said...

I love that tote! and your quilt turned out gorgeous!

VA said...

Fall is my favorite time of the year--the leaves, cooler temps (and no bugs!) and all thingsn pumpkin!

Allison CB said...

Great work!! Love those fabrics!!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

Jayne said...

I would have to choose Autumn. Your quilt is beautiful thank you for sharing

Allison said...

Such beautiful colors! I particularly love the pinks. Spring is my favorite with all the plants in the garden starting to peek through.

Susan L. said...

Spring is my favorite season. I love seeing green again, & my spring flowers coming up.

Kathy E. said...

Spring is my favorite and it always seems like a long time coming here in Iowa! Winter seems to be half the year and once the snow melts, we not-so-patiently wait for the grass to turn green and the robins to return! Your quilt is beautiful, Pamela!

OhioLori said...

Favorite season is Fall!! :) Love your quilt!! Gorgeous job!! Thank you for chance to wion your Give-a-way too :D

GranChris said...

Great quilt. I love Spring, new life everywhere.

Yvonne said...

Awesome fabric and I love the blocks you created with them.

Barb said...

I like Fall--wonderful colors and leaves, pumpkins and Halloween, a fun holiday!
Your bag is so pretty--love those batiks.
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Janarama said...

Spring is my favorite time of year because that's when nature comes alive once again. Also we can throw open the windows after being closed in all winter. Your quilt and bag are awesome.

Anita said...

My favorite season is spring, I love seeing nature come back to life after a lot and cold winter.

Angie&Gary Short said...

Fall is my favorite season! Your quilt is awesome! Cute bag! Have a great day!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

Lee said...

I love both Fall and Spring the most -pretty much a tie for me! Love the cooler weathers! Thank you!

Dawn F said...

I love fall! Crunchy leaves and cooler weather!

delaineelliott said...

I love winter the best. There is nothing better than to be snowed in at home with a cozy fire going to keep warm with. Thanks!

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Amanda Wood said...

These batiks are beautiful! I can't wait to check them all out. Personally, I love autumn. I love getting cozy in my sewing room and getting work done while the world outside is cold and crisp. The colors make me feel bright and cheery!

Angela Bowling said...

this is a beautiful quilt. The colors are great.

Angela Bowling said...

My favorite season is fall. I like the cooler days and the changing colors of the trees.

Monica said...

The colors that you used our great.

myzbarb said...

I love spring! The green halos on the trees, flowers peeking through the snow, just the renewal of life in general. That being said...I'm nuts about the colors of fall!

Vicki H said...

My favorite season is spring. So happy when winter is over.

Mom C said...

I have a hard time choosing my favorite season, mainly because I like the changes. Fall and Spring are fairly equal. Spring because we see all the new spring colors after white, white and black and Fall because of the richness of colors, harvest and the fun of being able to be outside and comfortable during the day. Love your work. Thanks.

Linda Williamson said...

I love the Fall season best. We live in the Shenandoah Valley and the colors variations are so stunning. Thanks for the giveaway, grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

Carol Johnston said...

I love springtime, but September is my favorite month of the year--between summer and cold weather. Batiks are my favorite fabrics because I love intense colors

Booking Lost Time said...

Most years it's fall. The bugs go away and the allergies get better. The light changes are lovely too. My comment name doesn't match me rafflecopter e-mail.:O)

Julie said...

LOVE SPRING !!!!

cindy m said...

Fall has always been my favorite. Sunny days, cool nights, campfires, sweatshirts, little girls going off to school in their red plaid dresses. The smell of Autumn leaves crunching under my feet, pumpkins, mums, comfort food for dinner:) Just some of my favorite things)
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minibea12 said...

I love spring the most! Planting veggies and flowers and working in the garden is such fun.
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