Sunday, January 21, 2018

Four Seasons Blog Hop - Paisley Dot, Star Shower, and a Giveaway!

Hi!  Glad you stopped by to see my post for the Four Seasons Blog Hop (brought to you by Island Batik!)  This week we are celebrating summer.

Today's fabric line is Paisley Dot.  What a gorgeous line!

The precuts come in two collections - brights and earthtones.  I got the whole set to play with in a fat quarter bundle - and what fun it was!  You will definitely want to keep your eye out for these - they will be arriving at your local shop soon.

Aren't these colors amazing?   If you like this, you need to keep reading and see the front of my quilt -  this is the back side, which I pieced from some of the leftovers!  Now I will tell you the rest of the story...

When I found out the theme of the blog hop, I started thinking about summer, and one of my favorite things about summer is staying up late and watching the stars, so of course I decided to make a star quilt.

Variable stars make up quickly using flying geese blocks, so that's what I went for.  I had a blast mixing and matching all the colors to make stars that reminded me of all the great things about summer.  Sunny blue and yellow.

Green grass and rainbow sherbet!


Watermelon, so juicy and sweet.  I could just go on and on, so many fun colors that made me think of summer - sand and water, fresh fruits and veggies, ice cream treats, swimming pools....I just can't wait for summer to get here now!  Making the blocks was fast and easy.  For each block I chose three fabrics - a background, center and star points.

For the star points I made flying geese units.  I used a 7 3/4 inch square from the background color and four 4 1/4 inch squares from the star point fabric.


I used the Ultimate Flying Geese Tool by Creative Grids and it helped my flying geese to be so nice and perfect at 3 1/2 by 6 1/2 after trimming up.

Then I cut a 7 inch square from the background fabric and subcut that into four 3 1/2 inch squares

And added one center square cut at 6 1/2.

Sew it all together and you get one star.

I repeated these steps, mixing and matching different fabrics until I had 16 squares.  

All of this summer beauty goes perfectly surrounded with a blue deep enough to be the summer evening just as the stars come peeking out, before it gets fully dark.  I had just enough of the deep blue to cut nine 12 1/2 inch setting squares, and the triangles for the outside!

(Wasn't it nice of the sun to come out just for this picture?)

I cut 2 inch strips from 18 fat quarters for the scrappy binding.

I loved making this cheerful quilt, and used every single color I received in my bundle - scrappy is definitely my love language for quilts!  I used a darkish blue Aurifil Thread for the quilting.  I feel like I use this swirly quilting a lot, but it really went so well with the fabric I decided to just go with it, even though it's not super exciting.  I love the way the thread blends in with the darks and the lights.



Now it's time for a giveaway!  I have three Stash Builder Rolls to share with someone - due to the postage costs this prize is restricted to US residents and all three rolls go to one lucky winner.  I would love to give something away to those of you who don't live in the US, so if my winner is an International entry I will send you three of my PDF patterns - so everyone can enter.  Leave me a comment telling me what rotary ruler you used last - I'm curious as to what fun rulers everyone else likes!


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If you haven't already entered, Island Batik is also hosting a giveaway for some awesome precuts - you can enter that here:

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Here is the schedule for this week - make sure you visit all the blogs to see the beautiful fabrics and enter to win the giveaways.  Fall starts next week, so stay tuned!

SUMMER

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90 comments:

teachpany said...

That's beautiful! I love the colors in this collection. The last ruler I used was the Fiskars 6 1/2 by 24 1/2" to cut strips for my quilt, post due on Wed. I wish they still made this ruler. Not many others come with the extra 1/2" and have a good 1/4" mark along the edge.

GranChris said...

I have completely fallen in love with Quilters Select rulers. Now I just need enough money to buy more. I used the 6in last. These and the Bloc Loc HST rulers have changed my life.

Pamela said...

I love your quilt. That beautiful blue you used for the background highlights your gorgeous blocks so well. Thanks for the inspiration! The last ruler I used was a 12 inch square ruler that I love for squaring up the corners of projects.

Sewgirl said...

Your quilt turned out great! The last ruler I used was my 12 x 6. I like it for cutting strips which is was I was last doing. Thanks for sharing the awesome giveaway!

Jane Weier said...

Beautiful star quilt...love the colors! My very favorite go to rotary cutter is the Olfa yellow & black 45 mm that automatically retracts when you’re done cutting so you accidentally cut yourself...

Anita said...

You made a beautiful scrappy star quilt!
I always use my 24" Omnigrid ruler, but the last speciality ruler I used was the Quick Curve Ruler.

Lisa Marie said...

I mostly use basic rulers although I own a variety of specialty types. My very favorite is the one I use for trimming blocks when paper piecing and for cutting small pieces. It's 3 1/2" by 9 1/2" which might not be a common size, but I use it all the time.

Allison said...

Your quilt is gorgeous! I love that intense blue background! The last ruler I used was my Creative Grids 7 1/2" square ruler. I use it all the time.

Gail S. said...

Beautiful quilt! I like seeing all the "in progress" photos. Last ruler: Creative grids 6 1/2 x 12 1/2.

Nancy Lewis said...

Your quilt is beautiful. Anything with batiks and stars really gets my attention. The last ruler that I used is my Creative Grids 1 1/2 inch ruler. This ruler is so handy and I love that it doesn't slip.

Holly Yingling said...

Gorgeous quilt, vibrant colors and scrappy. The last ruler I used was my Creative Grid 8 1/2" x 12 1/2", love CG rulers!

Charlene S said...

Last ruler I used was one of Bonnie Hunter's to cut quarter square triangle pairs.

Jayne said...

Last ruler I used was my Omnigrid 24 x 6. I was using it to cut wallpaper!

Pam Geisel - For Quilts Sake said...

Nice quilt! I used my Omnigrid 6.5" x 6.5"

Joyce Carter said...

I love your scrappy star quilt Pamela! It is really beautiful.
Since the weather has been so frigid, it has been too cold to go in the sewing room so I have been doing a lot of cutting.(On the kitchen table) The rulers that I was using was the 12 1/2 x 12 1/2 and the 6 1/2 x 6 1/2 Omnigrid. Thank you for the giveaway.

Cecilia said...

I love your Stars quilt! That blue is beautiful! The last ruler I used was my Creative Grids 6 1/2 by 24 and a 12 1/2 square. I was trimming my quilt, getting ready to put the binding on it.

Angie&Gary Short said...

Very pretty quilt! Thank you for sharing! The last ruler I used was an 8 inch square block to square up my blocks. Have a fun day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

Barb said...

Very Cheerful quilt, love the fabrics!!

Alice Ronne said...

Not too exciting. I used my Omnigrid long ruler to prep some fabric for sewing.

Abbigail said...

I used my 6 inch Quilt in a Day ruler last.

LJ said...

Gorgeous. I love 'dots' and these fabrics literally make me salivate. I use quite a few rotary rulers - I know they say stick with the same one through-out your project. - but I'm an equal opportunity user. My tried and true is always the 6" x 24".

works4me said...

Your quilt is beautiful and vibrant. Thank you for the chance to win. I used both my 24"x3-1/2" and 12"x6" last night. I am amazed at how frequently I use the narrow ruler.

Vicki H said...

I last used my 6 x 24 ruler.

cjmont said...

yesterday i used my 6.5 inch easy square and my 6X12 inch omnigrid rulers. love these fabrics and your quilt is beautiful.

VickiT said...

My Creative Grids 6 x 12 ruler is probably the one used most when I'm sewing or quilting. It's so handy for so many things.

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

I love scrappy too! This is a beautiful quilt and it sure shows off the lovely batiks. Hmmm. The last ruler I used was an Omnigrid 4" x 12". Sure a handy size!

Dawn F said...

I don't really have any special rulers, just a normal 6x24 and 12.5x12.5 square. They suffice for what I need, though! I love your quilt!

Dale said...
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Dale said...

My 6 by 24 inch Omnigrid ruler is the last ruler I used, and the first one I grab when I quilt. Thanks for sharing your pretty quilt. Beautiful colors!
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mumbird3 said...

Great quilt! I love those saturated colors! I use Creative grid rulers - my fav is the 8.5 inch square but my smaller 2.5 inch square one gets tons of use - I had to buy a second one cuz I had worn the first one out! mmumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

Kathy Kinsella said...

It's such a cheery quilt ... love it!

ShirleyC said...

Several years ago I won a Creative Grids ruler on a blog giveaway, and I'm telling you, it's the best!
I love your quilt! I'm also a lover of scrappy I guess because of the way I was taught to quilt. That was all we had was scraps!

tubakk said...

I love star quilts. Yours is great.

Annmarie Tegen said...

I used both my 12.5 inch square and my 6 x 24 inch rulers last night. The only specialty ruler I've ever used is the Lil' Twister. Love your quilt, even the back - always looking for new layouts for piecing backs. Good way to use up stash.

Sabrina van Ginkel said...

I used my 12.5 in ruller last.

JANET said...

I think it was my combo ruler/cutter. I have been working on an applique quilt, so I haven't been piecing lately.

tac73 said...

I use my Creative Grids basic 6.5 by 24 inch ruler most but I just got a fussy cut ruler to try. Love your quilt.

Calicojoan said...

That is "sew" bright and cheery. Perfect for that cold winter day around here.

Diantha said...

What beautiful fabrics! I love how they look in your quilt with the deep blue.
Nothing exciting - I have my basic rectangle ruler for cutting.
Thanks for the chance at the giveaway.

VA said...

Your quilt is beautiful! I last used my 12 1/2 inch square and 6x24 frosted Olfa rulers to trim a quilt--they are my favorites!

Lori said...

most of the time I use my 24 inch ruler.
your quilt is gorgeous. perfect background for those lovely stars

barbara woods said...

I mostly use my six by 24 ruler.

Janarama said...

The last ruler I used is the Creative Grids Pineapple Trim Tool Mini. Your quilt is so cheery with all of those bright colors ... love it!

LeAnne said...

I'm in love with all the Loc-Bloc rulers: half-square triangle, flying geese, and the pineapple ones. I use them every chance I get because they make squaring things up so much easier.

Quilting Tangent said...

Just used a BLOC LOCK and a stripe ruler both work great. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Barb said...

I have been using my newest ruler (Simple Folded Corners Ruler)by Doug Leko, as well as the Essential Triangle Tool by Bonnie Hunter--they both work very well!
barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

rosemaryschild said...

Easy Rule Jr - has a great 1/2" seam line marker! Thank you, Susan

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

Love the quilt! I like the blue you added. It balances out all the batiks. I use my 6.5" square and 6"x 24" rulers daily. I like any square ruler.

Kansas Kay said...

What a happy quilt! The colors are set off beautifully by the stars! The Island Batiks are gorgeous and I would like to win those! I have been using my June Tailor Binding Buddy this morning because it is 30 inches long so very easy to use with my large mat, as I was cutting long strips of fabric. I also have been using my EZ Quilting Easy Square Jr that is 6 1/2 inches square with lots of grid markings, as I square up some blocks. Thanks for the giveaway!

JM in Toronto said...

Lovely bright colors in your star quilt!
The ruler I used last (and use the most) is my Omnigrid 6" x 12" ruler.

Farm Quilter said...

The last ruler I used was my 6x12...it is my go-to ruler for anything less than 12"!!

anna brown said...

Just my goto 5" charm square...
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Lee said...

I use my 24 inch Omnigrid and 12.5 square all the time! Love your star quilt - Thank you for the giveaway and being in this hop!

Jodi - usairdoll said...

Love your quilt! Beautiful! That blue is amazing!! The last ruler I used was a 6 1/2 x 2 1/2 for some handwork.

Super giveaway! Fingers crossed!

usairdoll (at) gmail (dot) com

Deb B. said...

The last ruler I used was my 6 1/2" x 24" because I was trimming up a quilt for adding the borders. Your quilt is beautiful, thank you for sharing it with us.

Karen said...

Beautiful interpretation of summer. I love to sit out and watch the stars as well. We have fireflies too! Most recent specialty ruler was the Jaybird Hex and More. So fun and so versatile.

Diane Nickerson said...

I am in the middle of doing some crumb quilting; I actually have 4 rulers I have been using. Not sure which was the exact last one, since I use all 4 in one sitting. The 4 sizes are a 12 1/2" square, a 9 1/2" square, and a 2 1/2" square all from Omnigrid and a 2 1/2 x 8" from MSQC.
Love the quilt...that background blue is fabulous!

Melody Lutz said...

Just took a class from Cheryl Lynch, creator of the Curvalicious ruler-working with Silk Dupioni!

Deborah said...


I adore your star quilt, it makes me smile and think of summer. The last ruler I used was my Omnigrid 6 1/2 square. Thanks for the chance to win.

OhioLori said...

Last ruler I used was my Olfa 6x24...use it the most often. :) Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too :D

Mom C said...

Generally I use my multi purpose 6"x24" but I've been squaring up HST and using the BlocLoc squares which I love. Thanks.

Gene Black said...

The last ruler I used was my OmniGrid 6 by 24 ruler - I use it most - followed by the 12 1/2 square one.

Kathy H said...

The last ruler I used is the June Taylor ruler that has lines every 1/2 inch. It is great for cutting strips of up to 12 inches. I think they have one that will go up to 18 inches too.

Kelly Dee said...

I am paper piecing right now so my Add-an-eight and Add-a-quarter are getting a workout.

Judi Droz said...

I used my 6.5 inch square, love the star quilt

Liz Dyer said...

The last ruler that I used was my 20 1/2" square. I had to cut a background piece that was 18"x 16"

Sandra Walker said...

I last used my 8.5" square

Sandra Walker said...

Sorry wanted to say that I LOVE stars, and do love your quilt! I am in FL for the next 6 weeks, so if I win, you could send it to me here, tee hee ;-) (don't want to be using an extra comment as an extra entry, so please delete this!)

Sally said...

I used my Creative Grids 8-1/2” X 24-1/2” ruler last. It’s my go to for so many tasks. PS...love all those perfect flying geese stars!

Jennifer said...

Beautiful!

Ellee said...

The last rotary ruler I used was my 6"x12" Olfa Frosted. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Dena said...

Beautiful! I love stars ⭐️ !

Karen said...

Beautiful star quilt. The last ruler I used is my 6.5" square. I was using it to square up hst blocks.

djw quilts said...

What's not to love?.....Scrappy plus stars equals another winner Pam! Love my Wing Clipper 2 ruler!

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful quilt!

Kathryn said...

I love my new Creative Grids 7-1/2 inch square. Love your quilt since I always love stars.

Beth said...

This morning I was cutting rectangles with my Missouri Star Quilt Co. 5 x 15. I think it is a good, manageable size.

Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net said...

Love the colors in your quilt. The last ruler I used was my 6" x 24" Omnigrip ruler.

Brenda / SBD Embroidery and Quilting said...

Love the scrappy design and colors of your quilt-especially the dark blue squares between the blocks. They really look so well together! The last ruler I used I think was my Creative Grids 6-1/2 x 24-1/2. I usually use a few different ones when I'm cutting fabric, but this is probably my favorite!

Kathy E. said...

What a beautiful star quilt...than blue is so gorgeous! I don't know the name of my ruler that I use the most, but it is a 3" wide straight edge ruler that is by my side always!

Angie Bowling said...

I used my 15" by 15" ruler today. I'm making bags for rev war reenactors and this ruler is perfect.

Audrey said...

Your star quilt is lovely. The last rotary ruler I used was my 20 1/2" square. When I first bought this ruler my was skeptical about how often I would use it. My skepticism was unfounded as I use it regularly.

Nancy said...

I don't have many rulers but the last one I used was a 6"x24"

BarefootThunder said...

Last ruler I used was a Skyhawk, 6 1/2 by 24. Your stars are gorgeous !!

Deb M said...

What a beautiful quilt! The last ruler I used was a 20 1/2" square ruler.
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Tabitha Keener said...

My go to ruler is my 6 x 12 inch. It’s the easiest to handle in the small space I have. Plus, I’m still way lacking in piecing but even when I mess up, I keep going because I hate to waste fabric. This year I will get better. Thanks so much for a look at your lovely quilt, it’s so colorful, just my type!

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Sewbig said...

What a bright and happy quilt! Great fabrics and quilting!

Linda Williamson said...

I use my Olfa 6x12 inch ruler everyday. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

Karen Hootman said...

The last ruler I used was my 24” Omni ruler.

kathy slaughter cummings said...

Creative Grids 6 1/2x 12 1/2.
kcummings71@gmail.com