Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Island Batik New Beginnings Blog Hop

Today is my day for the New Beginnings blog hop for Island Batik and the featured collection today is Dotalicious!  It's a big collection featuring lots of different colors and patterns of dots!  Who doesn't love a good polka dot?  I know I sure do!  You can check them all out here.

The theme for our hop is New Beginnings - perfect for the month of January!  I love the beginning of a new year and I always have lots of things I want to change and do differently.  One of the things I wanted to do this year is to start making some of those quilt patterns that I admire.  You know, the bucket list quilts that one never seems to get around to?  With a beautiful stack of 18 colorful Dotalicious fabrics in front of me, the Ocean Waves pattern sprang to mind, so I started thinking about how I wanted to make this quilt.

Even though batiks are not really embraced by a lot of modern quiltmakers, I think they really work great, so decided to make my blocks bold and graphic.
As you can see, this whole block is made from just half square triangles!

I wanted to make a wallhanging size piece, so 12 blocks was just right for my purpose.
They looked mighty pretty on my design wall while I was arranging and rearranging them.
I didn't have a specific plan for the quilting when I started, but the dots got me to thinking if I could quilt it in a way that looked like more dots!  I pulled some thread to match and started free motion quilting spirals.  My Juki has lots of room for moving the quilt through the arm, so I was surprised at how fast it went!  
And here is the finished quilt - what a lovely bright spot above my fireplace.  Usually I hang a wintry blue and white quilt here during January, but I am excited to have a New Beginning with a bright and bold quilt gracing my wall for the month!  It makes me smile to see it there, this fun quilt definitely makes up for the gray skies outside.

I enjoyed making this quilt so much that I thought I would like to share it as a pattern.  I have it available for sale on Etsy as well as Craftsy, but if you go to my Payhip shop and use the coupon code NewBeginning you can download it for free until January 17!  

I also have a few extra pieces for blocks that I cut out and didn't use.  If you would like to have these, enter my giveaway below.  There are enough pieces for 6 blocks, and I'll be sure to send the winner a free pattern as well.  This giveaway will end in a week, so make sure you enter soon, and share it with your friends as well.


Last but not least, Island batik is giving away TWO bundles of batik fabric!  Make sure you enter this one as well.

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Make sure you keep up on the posts for the hop - today there are four!

Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist
Stone Cottage Quilts
Tuesday, January 10 – Dotalicious
DelLillians
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
PamelaQuilts (Me!)
Inchworm Fabrics
Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt
Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection
Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs
Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River
Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angel Creations
Jennifer Sewing
Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting
Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs
Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
The Patchwork Pearl
Beaquilter
Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts
Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake
Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Connie Kauffman
Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting
Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner

65 comments:

  1. I would love to make a modern double wedding ring quilt

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  2. One day I want to make a quilt from a Judy Niemeyer pattern. Her designs are amazing.

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  3. A New York Beauty is on my bucket list as well as a Baltimore Album! churcae(at)auburn(dot)edu

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  4. An Ocean Waves quilt is on my list.

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  5. I would love to make a Storm at Sea quilt. This is on my bucket list.

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  6. A Blazing Star and Storm at Sea are two I would love to make.

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  7. I might like to make the one you just made. I really like your use of the bright bold colors. It's dramatic, and very visual clear across a room. Very nice!

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  8. Beautiful quilt, love that collection!

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  9. I've always wanted to make a simple log cabin. Somehow I always end up making something else! Maybe someday:)
    lstangl482 at aol dot com

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  10. I would like to make a Patch Pals quilt. Ohh, I have a great niece or nephew due in June, this would be perfect your quilt is gorgeous. thanks for sharing the pattern and fabrics.

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  11. I want to make a complex Mareners Compass. Following with Bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  12. i am going to attend a class on machine embroidery this month. One of the projects on my 2017 goal list.

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  13. I embroidered squares for a red work quilt. Someday I would like to actually make it using the Irish Chain pattern. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  14. A feathered arrow would look great with these type of colors.
    And I think your quilt looks as modern as tomorrow.

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  15. Would really like to make a mariners compass quilt.

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  16. I just finished 2 on my Bucket list a Twisted Log Cabin, it's hanging in my husband's office. The second was the 1910 red and white Infinity. I still need to quilt it. I think I would like some more Illusion quilts but I need a rest from hard ones.

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  17. I love it! Ocean Waves is a great pattern. I want to do a double wedding ring. I wonder if I can get to it this year.

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  18. A feathered star is on my bucket list.

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  19. One more thing----I forgot to thank you for the fantastic pattern - Big Surf. Looking forward to making this.

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  20. A Pineapple quilt. I have the ruler, just need the motivation. Love your quilt, so very fun and bright. Thanks.

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  21. Someday I would love to make a double wedding ring quilt.

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  22. There are so many on my list, it is hard to pick just one. Probably a Baltimore Album quilt.

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  23. I would love to do a double wedding ring and a marines compass quil Right!

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  24. I would like to make a New York Beauty one day. Love your bright quilt. It turned out so nicely.

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  25. Pam, super nice quilt. Love the bright colors you had to play with!

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  26. This is a bright, happy quilt...the perfect touch of color to warm up your living room in the midst of winter. I love it when I walk into a room and a quilt makes me smile. Bravo for tackling a bucket list quilt...I'm working on the stash of UFOs.

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  27. What a fun quilt.....

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  28. Delightful, bright, happy quilt! - Batiks work wonderfully everywhere!

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  29. I love a good bear paw.. one day I will get it done... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  30. I love a good bear paw.. one day I will get it done... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  31. I would love to make a double wedding ring quilt someday.

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  32. To FINISH my double wedding ring...still in pieces.

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  33. I'd like to make a New York Beauty someday.

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  34. I want to make a Double a Wedding Ring quilt some day. I love the colors and quilting of your wall hanging.

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  35. "Sew" bright and "sew" fun!!!!!😘

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  36. "Sew" bright and "sew" fun!!!!!😘

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  37. "Sew" bright and "sew" fun!!!!!😘

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  38. Love your Wallhanging! Perfect for a Winter "view"...looks Great on your wall! :) I would like to make a Cathedral Windows quilt someday...

    Thank you foe chance to win your Give-a-way too! :D

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  39. Pamela, your quilted wallhanging is perfect for these dreary winter months. We've had plenty of gray skies here, so I commiserate with you! I love color anywhere! I am planning on following along with a blog as we made the Postcards From Sweden quilt in March. I've admired it for so long.

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  40. I am going to make a log cabin quilt one of these days. :)
    craftyccain@gmail.com

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  41. I want to make one of the curved-pieced quilts by Sew Kind of Wonderful. I should just do it!

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  42. Anonymous11:11 AM

    I really want to make a New York Beauty quilt some day (after I get a lot better at accurate cutting). Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  43. Oh there are so many great quilts. I would like to finish up my drunkard's path.

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  44. I've always wanted to make a Mariner's Compass. There are so many designs to choose from. And I need a lot of practice before tackling one.

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  45. I have all my fabrics set aside to make a Curlique Crush. I need to make at least one quilt for me this year! Thanks so much for the free pattern. I love the pretty batiks and the movement in it.

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  46. I love the colors! I think we need bright colors during the winter. Very nice wall quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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  47. Anonymous11:21 AM

    I really would like to make a Dresden Plate quilt!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  48. I want to do stack and hack next. I love modern quilts, so this has my interest right now. Wouldn't it be cool with batiks!!

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  49. I want to make a double wedding ring.

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  50. Anything by Jinny Beyer!

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  51. Baltimore Album Quilt.

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  52. A New York Beauty.

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  53. I would also like to try a double wedding ring quilt someday.

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  54. I never thought about modern culture is not liking batiks. I run into people either love them or hate them. I wonder what it is that we see in batiks that we like so much.

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  55. I would like to make a Drunkard's Path quilt.

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  56. I would love to make a Lollipop Quilt.

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  57. i have lots on my bucket list, but some of my top ones are a Judy Niemeyer pattern, a log cabin by Derek Lockwood called Starburst, and a snowflake Dresden quilt. and definitely more quilts with Island Batiks!
    reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  58. Your blog is beautiful! A New York beauty quilt is on my bucket list.

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  59. Your blog is beautiful! A New York beauty quilt is on my bucket list.

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  60. I would like to try anything by Jacqueline de Jonge or Jinny Beyer

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  61. I would love to make the Floral Irish Chain quilt! My goodness, your sight is beautiful!

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  62. I like the quilt you made. The colors are luscious. patchworkbreeze (at) gmail (dot) com

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