New Beginnings is the perfect theme for this first month in a New Year! As all of you who have been following our Island Batik Blog Hop already know, we Ambassadors were assigned and challenged with this theme. (If you haven’t been following go back and visit each stop on the blog. You won’t want to miss any of it, nor the prizes. Look for the schedule and prizes down below.) Each of us has specific Island Batik fabric lines to use along with our choices of other Island Batik fabrics. Mine is Gone Fishin‘. These are the fabrics from that line which I received. There are more in this line so be sure to click on any of these fabric photos to visit Island Batik and view them all.
Obviously, I could have created a quilt with a fishing theme, which would have made perfect sense. However, one of my earlier Island Batik quilt designs was “Under the Sea” and although a quilt with a father introducing his son or daughter to fishing would have been ideal, I preferred trying something different. Instead, what came to mind was a memory of beginning friendships. The summer I turned 5, my family moved to a different city. I quickly met a boy my age who lived just 3 houses up the street and we became fast friends. That reminded me of a silhouette I had once seen and fallen in love with – one that would suit the theme perfectly. It can be found in many places online, but unfortunately has been copied and posted without the required credits and copyright information. I spent a long time searching for the missing information and finally, and thankfully, discovered one image which included the artist’s name. With a further search, I found its talented artist and designer – Viktoriya Yakubouskaya and her website. I was excited, then absolutely delighted when she granted me permission to use the silhouette in my project. (Thank you, Viktoriya!) That’s how my project was born. Be sure to take the time to click on Viktoriya‘s name to visit her web pages, learn more about her, and visit her blog (the link to it is near the top of her web page). There, you will see more of her wonderful work, and possibly even find something special that is free! Without further ado, here is her darling silhouette.
Isn’t it adorable? Don’t possibilities and a wealth of memories come immediately to mind? – My original plan was to use the usual black for the silhouettes, but I chose the dark blue from this Going Fishin’ line instead and am very pleased with the result. Here is a closeup of that section of my quilt. I’m delighted with it, too. Once permission was received, I immediately knew the scene I wanted to create – a lovely sky, a landscape, a path up a hill to a one-room schoolhouse, and of course, these 2 children. I liked the idea of 2 New Beginnings – frienship and starting school. However, for some inexplicable reason, the first time I actually started working on my project and each and every time I returned to it, my plans kept changing. Mostly, they simplified. My visions of appliquéd landscapes changed to the intriguing use of strips and the quilt-as-you go method. I fused the appliqués then sewed along their edges with a straight stitch. We were asked to use at least 8 fabrics from those given along with any other of the batiks we wanted or needed. Looking at my fabric photos above, then visiting the Gone Fishin’ web pages to see the rest of this line, you will surely be inspired to create the perfect quilt for the fishing-loving men and boys in your life! You can see that I did include a fish pond in mine.
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3 Free One-Year Subscriptions to The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM)! Three lucky readers will each receive a 1-year free subscription. That amounts to a full year with about 60 quilt patterns which includes BOMs, plus Book/Tool Reviews, and Articles. You will also thoroughly enjoy Island Batik Ambassador Anna Branch‘s always-interesting monthly musings. 3 StepsTo Winning:
- Post both your comments about today’s blog and your answers in our comment section (found at the top just under today’s blog title).
- Find the fabric number on Island Batik‘s Gone Fishin’ page which goes with this fabric and include it in your comment.3. Visit The Quilt Pattern Magazine‘s website. Look around, then let me know what one thing you like best about it. 4. You must enter before 4 p.m. EST. on February 1, 2017.
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Hop Schedule & Fabric Lines
January 9 – Coastal Mist Stone Cottage Quilts
January 11 – Drizzle
January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs
January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River
January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting
January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs (That’s me!)
January 26 – Twilight Blush
January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake
January 30 – Jolly Holly
January 31 – Frost