Friday, June 24, 2022

Here Comes the Sun Blog Hop

Welcome to the last day of the Here Comes the Sun Blog Hop hosted by Carol of Just Let Me Quilt.
I've sure enjoyed seeing everyone's creations.  If you missed any, you can find the whole blog hop list at the bottom of the post.

The challenge for this blog hop was Summer and Sunshine.

We were challenged to sew something that has a summer theme like: sunglasses, beach items, sunny skies, and/or yellow colors. It could be a quilt, a bag, a toy, or whatever we wanted it to be.

I went with yellow and lots of it!
I even threw in some orange and reds for hot summer sun colors.

I had snatched up these Island Batik color strip packs from Missouri Star a bit ago when they went on sale and this was the perfect hop to use them.

Half of each pack makes a whole lot of four patches!  I didn't even use them all for this quilt.  When I first started, I had no clue where this project was going.  I was just sewing four patches.

As I was sewing the four patches I felt like I needed something pointy for sun rays, so I added the red triangle in a square blocks along with some orange half square triangles and ended up creating the quilt I have now.  

The other red, white, and orange prints are left overs from my other Island Batik Ambassador projects and from my personal Island Batik Stash.  It was fun to play with these colors of the sun.  

I quilted it with Hobbs Heirloom Premium 80/20 Bleached Cotton/Poly Blend.  I like using the white batting when I have lots of white in the quilt top.

The back is older fabric from my stash.  I really like piecing my backs.  Helps me clear out the stash!

I am calling this one Summer Sun.  It measures approximately 64 inch square.

Wednesday, June 22, 2022

Island Batik New York Beauty Blog Hop - Winter Wonders

Welcome to week three, day three of the Island Batik New York Beauty Blog hop!

Today I am showing off my creation using the new Island Batik Winter Wonders fabric line by Kathy Engle and I have info on two give a ways at the end of the post!

These are beautiful festive prints hitting stores now, just in time for Christmas in July!
I started with four different New York Beauty blocks and picked fabrics for each section as I went along.

Switching from green to red to tan.  It was fun to cut and sew and not really worry about what was going where. They all play so well together!

 I sewed the blocks in sets of four.  Four patterns, four different color variations for each one.

Choosing a layout was fun.  I could have turned the blocks so many different ways.  There were so many different combinations, but four circles ended up winning the vote here, so that is what I went with.

I added some sashing blocks between the New York Beauty blocks and for the outer border.

For the backing I used a red print from the Island Batik Foundation collection called Scarlet. The strips in the middle are all from the Winder Wonders collection.

I quilted it with with Hobbs Heirloom Premium Cotton Batting and Schmetz Chrome Microtex Needles.

It quilted up fantastic.

I never would have guessed I would have a project ready before Christmas in July.
It sure feels good to have a new Christmas quilt done early! Lol!

Now for my Giveaway!  

I used almost the entire half yard bundle I received for this project, but I did have enough left over to make a couple stash builder roles and cut 100 mini charms.  If your interested  in winning these, leave a comment below and I will Pick a winner this weekend after the blog hop.


Congratulations GranChris! The random number generator picked your comment! You won my little giveaway! I sent you an email.


Island Batik is also having a giveaway.  

They are giving two people a chance to win a Fat Quarter bundle of fabric from the complete Island Batik collections featured this week – Tranquility by Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design or Woodblock Bouquets, designed for Carol Moellers Designs by Kathy Engle!

To enter for your chance to win these gorgeous batiks, please follow the easy-to-use prompts on Rafflecopter!

Check out the Island Batik blog for all the new fabric lines coming out and all the Island Batik Ambassadors showing off their New York Beauty Quilts.

Happy Sewing!