Hasn’t this Island Batik Blog Hop been wonderfully exciting? So many talented quilters and so many wonderful quilts!
Today is especially exciting for me because it is my turn along with Adele Mogavero‘s (The Fit Quilter)! We are working mainly with Holiday Happenings, seen below on the right. The gorgeous fabrics I was sent to work with are, from left to right, Sea Salt Sandy, Holiday Happenings, Lavish, French Roasted (for a different project entirely and not included here) and Hollywood Hills. Be sure to click on those links for closeups. Look for these fabrics at your local quilt shop too, and if they don’t happen to have them, request them. (Find a shop near you.) – Also, be sure to read through to the end because there are prizes to be won!
When we first learned that this Hop’s theme would be Travel, my mind immediately went to different and wonderful places. In fact, it went all the way back to one of the first flights ever known – Santa with his sleigh and reindeer. I just had to recreate my Santa’s Visit design with this beautiful selection of Island Batik fabrics. Aren’t the colours luscious? Just looking at them is inspirational and every time I do, new inspirations strike!
I used many of the Hollywood Hills fabrics in my Santa Travels quilt, and some of the others as well. For the majority of my projects I usually chose from among all the fabrics received. First, here is Santa’s Flight. (I know. ‘Tis not the season, but it will be again.)
There is an interesting story behind this quilt. I consider my husband and myself a design team for two reasons. One is that his expertise as an artist and former high school art teacher provides me with great information and references. The other is that many of his drawings inspire me to create new quilt patterns. This one came about when I saw one of his geometric designs. It immediately made me think of Christmas stockings hanging on a fireplace and I designed the rest of the quilt around it. However, at the time, I did not want to try drawing Santa so asked him to draw one for me with the specification that we not see his face. (I didn’t want to deal with such tiny applique features.) Didn’t he draw the cutest one?
This wall quilt would do well partnered with the book, ‘Twas The Night Before Christmas (also known as A Visit from St. Nicholas) by Clement C. Moore. The blocks are named: Waiting! – Here! – Filled! – Santa! – Decorated! – Going! – Going!! – Gone! The starry night sky fabric is from the Winter Wonderland collection. I also used Hollywood Hills and Holiday Happenings to create this quilt. For the Decorated! block, I used beads as embellishments to trim the tree.
The more I looked at my Hollywood Hills fabrics, the more I saw coral reefs – not the Coral Reefs fabric line, which you have already seen on this Hop – actual coral reefs. My imagination took flight! First, I flew by plane from Ontario to Buffalo, New York. From there I took a train down to Florida, then rented a car to go to the shores of the Atlantic Ocean. At the beach, I transferred to a glass-bottomed boat so I could visit and see the beautiful coral reefs just off the coastline. To remember their beauty, I took photos of them and put them in an old-style photo album, as you can see here in my Coral Reef Photo Album quilt.
Most of the fabrics in this one are from Holywood Hills. I also used a little Sea Salt Sandy and a tiny bit of Lavish. The “photos” on the top left and bottom right are appliqued (with fusibles). The “photos” on the top right and bottom left have only the fish appliqued on them. The background fabrics looked like coral reefs to me and it was fun to use them in this manner. I used Basic Black for the sashings and borders and Sprinkles for the white photo borders.
The wonderfull Sea Salt Sandy fabrics can read as, or have the effect of, solids and they can be used in so very many ways. Nan Baker of Purrfect Spots, whom you visited on Monday, had lately been urging me to make a new variation of my Starbursts and Diamonds quilt – the first of my quilt designs back in 2001, also based on one of my husband’s geometric drawings. That came to mind as I admired these fabrics and realized that they would be perfect for it – and while we are travelling, why not travel to the stars, too? Instead of making an entire quilt though, I enlarged and made just the Starburst block. It measures 12 x 12 inches and can either be a hungry-man-sized mug rug (you think?) or a small wall hanging. As the latter, it would be a good reminder to ourselves and to our children to always”reach for the stars” – a good goal for us all.
For the back, I decided to use up some of my leftover bits of strips and rectangles. I cut a 4-sided shape for the center, then added to it in a Log Cabin style. It makes me think of a futuristic tunnel into the depths of space. (Obviously, I had the stars and outer space on my mind.)
We Island Batik Ambassadors enjoy keeping in touch with one another and sharing our projects. Lately, we’ve been commenting on how pretty our leftover snippets of fabric are and sharing photos of them. Here is my example. See what I mean? Beautiful colours!
I began to wonder what could be done with them. Because my friend, Martha, is taking lessons in painting abstracts, I thought of using them for abstract art. This is what I came up with. The fabrics aren’t as bright as those above because of the method used. I dropped the snippets on a square of batting with a backing under it – one large enough to add the borders afterwards. Then I spread them around as evenly as possible to cover the space. On top of that, I placed some netting. With a clear monofilament thread, I free-motion stitched quite solidly over the whole area to hold everything down. The netting cover does mute the bright colours somewhat. Since I also have coral reefs on my mind, it reminds me of the reefs teeming with life. My husband sees an autumn scene it it. If anything, what do you see?
And now for 2 Sets of prizes!
Thank you for visiting and spending time with me today. I look forward to reading your comments. Good luck for both draws!
From me there will be 6 prizes, chosen at the end of this Hop. Two will be awarded to Canadians who leave comments, 2 to our U.S. readers, and 2 to readers from other countries. Each will win a pattern of their choice from my Craftsy Pattern Store. How to win? Leave a comment answering all of the following questions.
1. Which of the projects above is your favourite?
2. Why did you choose it?
3. What country are you from?
Winners will be chosen from among those who leave a comment. A computer-generated random number calculator will be used.
Winners will be announced at the end of the Hop on March 5th.
To enter for a chance to win, click on the Rafflecopter widget below.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles Blog Hop Schedule
Tuesday, February 16 – London Fog
Moose Stash Quilting
Thursday, February 18 – Crystal Cove
Freemotion by the River
Tuesday, March 1 – Tuscany Sun
Thursday, March 3 – Fire Island
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