New Beginnings

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.

Gone Fishin'- Set 1

Gone Fishin’ 


Gone Fishin' - Set 2

More from Gone Fishin’


Gone Fishin' - Set 3

And Even More from Gone Fishin’ 

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.

Silhouette by Viktoriya Yakubouskaya

Child Silhouettes by Viktoriya Yakubouskaya

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.

New Beginnings: Friendship - by Maria Hrabovsky

New Beginnings: Friendship – by Maria Hrabovsky


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:

  1. 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).
  2. 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.

Three of those with the right answers included in their comments will be chosen via a computer-generated random number generator. Three of those with the right answers plus their comments will be chosen via a computer-generated random number generator. AND . . . Free Mug Rug Pattern from the Quilt Pattern Magazine For Everyone!A Free Mug Rug Pattern from The Quilt Pattern Magazine! To get your Free Mug Rug, click on the image above and play the game. AND . . .

Sign up for TQPM’s Newsletter and get Free Hot Pad Patterns from too! Click here for those.

AND . . .

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Hop Schedule & Fabric Lines

January 9  – Coastal Mist Stone Cottage Quilts

January 10 – Dotalicious
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Pamela Quilts Inchworm Fabrics

January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt

January 12 – Fifi and Fido plus Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection

January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs

January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River

January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angel Creations
Jennifer Sewing

January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting

January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs (That’s me!)

January 25 – Surf and Sand
Linda Pearl

January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts

January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake

January 30 – Jolly Holly
Connie Kauffman

January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting

February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner


  1. The color of the lovely blue in Gone Fishing is 121611520. It is a nice color blue! I really have enjoyed looking at all the fabrics Island Batiks have offered. I want a little of all the fabrics of course! What I like about The Quilt Pattern Magazine is that I can get the magazine downloaded to my computer so when I don’t have internet access I can still browse through it. Also, all the patterns! I may not use many of them but it is always fun to look through and chose my favorites! ~ And the silhouette you chose is adorable! (wouldn’t it be just too cute to incorporate one of your own child or grandchild as well!)

    • It is a beautiful blue and Island Batik has many gorgeous blues. – Glad you already enjoy TQPM! – You are right. Great idea! Silhouettes of our grandchildren would make perfect quilt gifts to them! Wish I’d though of it when they were all small. Still, even though older now, silhouettes of the side profiles of their heads would be just as nice! – Good luck in the draw! Thank you for leaving a comment!

  2. Barb K.

    121611520 is the number for the beautiful blue fabric. I have never subscribed to an online magazine but this looks like an amazing variety of patterns. Also really like the quilt and the fact that you found the artist of the silhouette design!

    • Thank you, Barb. Glad you like the quilt! 🙂 –
      TQPM includes about 60 patterns per year plus more for only $16.95 U.S.! Good luck in our draw! Only 2 days until the winner is announced!

  3. 121611520 is the number for that particular fabric in the collection.
    I’ve followed tqpm for years and still have the emags for the years I got the pd subs tucked away in my quilting folder. have learned some neat things, made some cute patterns using tqpm over the years.

  4. gone fishing is my fav of the collecttions! the batiks gorgeous colors are the perfect background for those sihlouettes. and, thanx, viktoriya’s how-to may be just the advice I need to redo my wall pix.

    • Thank you! Very happy that you found advice you needed on Viktoriya’s website! 🙂

  5. Allison

    Love those fabrics – they just glow! Like the design!
    Fabric number is 121622520
    I like the patterns in the magazine!

  6. The fabric number is Gone Fishin’ – 121611520

  7. Just checked out The Quilt Pattern Magazine. Ran over to the tutorial section. Took a look and new I had a new bookmark.
    Thanks for sending me there.

    • You are welcome, Monica. Don’t forget to check all the free things there too.

  8. Your quilt made me think back when I was little in school and we did the shadow silhouettes onto black paper. Big SMILE

  9. It’s a beautiful use of the fabric, and a beautiful backstory. I also love your silhouettes…a very unique design indeed! If this were my quilt, it would make me smile every time I saw it.

    • Thank you very much, Linda. Your comments will make me smile every time I read them! 🙂

  10. Maria

    That is adorable!

  11. Delaine

    The silhouettes you chose are adorable! The number is 121611520, I think the tutorials section of The Quilt Pattern Magazine is awesome! Thanks!

    • Glad you like the tutorials, Delaine. Thanks for taking the time to comment and good luck! 🙂

  12. Tina

    Such cute silhouettes. I love blue and the gone fishin’ is a wonderful choice. Thanks! And it is #121611520. I hope to win the TQPM because I am so inspired by great patterns. tljeo at yahoo dot com

    • Glad you like this line from Island Batik, Tina. – Good safe way to include your email address! Because I use WordPress to generate my blog, email addresses are automatically inlcuded in my private files. It’s very handy that way.

  13. I love this fabric line. The blues are so rich and wonderful.
    The fabric # is 121611520
    The Quilt Pattern Magazine has a very helpful tutorial section.

    • Island Batik blues truly are wonderful. I love working with these fabrics! Have just made a quilt using many of Island Batik greens which I’ll post here after my gift has been given and seen. 🙂

  14. Beth T.

    Those silhouettes are sweet. They remind me of a picture my grandparents had; the silhouettes were painted on the inside of the glass and the background was set behind it. I always loved that.

    I think your fabric is #121611520.

    On the TPQM website, I often refer to their Kennel Quilt patterns, and enjoy seeing how other quilters are donating their time and talents to benefit shelter pets.

    • Thank you for reminding us that silhouettes were once very popular in homes, especially in the 1800s, before cameras became commonplace. In the 1920s too. They are still an interesting art form. – Were the silhouettes you remember of family members? – Glad you enjoy TQPM’s Kennel Quilt program, too!

  15. Chris

    The colors in the quilt are outstanding. The pictured print is GONE FISHIN’ #121611520. I love all the patterns available at the magazine and that I can actually print them out.

    • That’s what most love about TQPM. It’s convenient to print only what is needed or to follow them from our different devices. Nothing to stack up and store. – Island Batik fabrics all have wonderful, outstanding prints and colours. Thank you!

  16. Judi D

    I love the abundance of patterns that are included with the magazine subscription

  17. Judi D

    the fabric number is 121611520. such a wonderful collection

  18. I surely like the water and blue! What a great seaside scene and cute appliqué.
    The print is GONE FISHIN’ – 121611520
    I like the Quilt Magazine site, because it seems like it has pictures of every quilt that is patterned in each issue. I’m dying to get my hands on Winter Fleur–I just love snowflakes! They look so elegant and Celtic-like!

    • Thank you Rachell. To get the Winter Fleur pattern all you need do is buy the back copy that it appears in.
      I love snowflakes, too. Good luck in our draw!

  19. Patricia Cash

    Love the blues and the silhouettes are darling! The fabric number is 121611520. Their price for a subscription is the best.

  20. Laura

    Beautiful silhouettes. The fabric number is 121611520. I like that the patterns are well tested for TQPM. Thanks for the giveaway.

  21. Teri

    Love the silhouettes! Thank you for sharing your design.
    The fabric #121611520. I liked the tutorials are the Quilt Pattern Magazine and the BOM’s look interesting.

    • Thank you for leaving a comment Teri. I think that everyone who sees those silhouettes loves them! 🙂

    • Thank you, Teri. Those tutorials are very helpful indeed. Good luck in the draws!

  22. Kathy E.

    Maria, your silhouette project is just adorable! It’s a great use of the batiks!
    The blue batik shown in your post is Gone Fishin’ – 121611520. Also, I really like the tutorial section in The Quilt Pattern magazine…especially the one on resizing a block pattern. I’ve struggled with that many times.

    • Thank you, Kathy! It’s always a delight to know that our designs are liked. Island Batik fabrics are truly fabulous!
      Glad you found a tutorial that helps you on the TQPM website, too! 🙂

  23. Dawn F.

    Thanks for the chance to win a subscription. That would be such a fun surprise. I like how you made the landscape out of stripes and kept is simple since the silhouettes are very simple as well. The background didn’t detract from the focal point at all. The fabric number that matched your example is 121611520. I like that the magazine has 12 issues! More fun more frequently!

    • Thank you for commenting, Dawn. Glad you liked my use of fabric strips and I appreciate all of your comments. Good luck on our prize draw!

  24. Melody Lutz

    The fabric number is 1216611520.

    • Don’t forget the rest of the answers if you hope to win the prizes, Melody. You can add them in a new comment.

      • Whoops! Ignore that, Melody. Now I see that your other answers were already added.Apologies!

  25. Melody Lutz

    What a great way to show off those fabrics! I liked the FREE PATTERNS at The Quilt Pattern Magazine.

    • Glad you like the Free Patterns and thanks for the comment of my use of the fabrics! 🙂

  26. So wonderful post! I am very glad that you have found it possible to use my design for your excellent work. Thank you for sharing.

    • Thank you very much, Viktoriya! I’m so pleased that you like my post, and most especially how I used your darling silhouettes in my design! I thank you once more for so graciously allowing me the use of them! It has been a real privilege!

  27. The silhouette is perfect – what a great idea. The fabric you show it number 121611520 I think. The color looks different but the print is right. I am already a subscriber to The Quilt Pattern Magazine for the patterns. There is something I want to make in every issue.

    • Thank you, Mary! Glad ot know that you are already a subscriber and even happier that you find something in each issue that appeals to you! – Colours are difficult because they can look different on each monitor, but also because the fabric photos I included were taken with my camera. Different lighting is another reason. Glad you realized that the print is the same.

  28. Julie Averill

    I LOVE this collection….I always have to have every fishing line available so cannot wait for this to come out 🙂 The Gone Fishin fabric # is 121611520. I like the tutorials that are available on Quilt Pattern Magazine. Thanks for a wonderful give away.

    • I’m glad that this great collection is so right for you and that you like our give away. The “Gone Fishin” line is out and available. Look for it and/or ask for it at your local quilt shops and/or your favourite online shops.

  29. Becky T

    I am a bit confused….Am I suppose to comment I time for each question? Once for the fabric number ( I found 16 different numbers, one for each design in the collection) (121620570 is the one I like best) …once for the Magazine( I really don’t know how I feel about an online mag and this would be one way to find out) and once more for how you feel about the quilt (Love the Silhouettes by Viktoriya Yakubouskaya, I thought they were a classic long time around pair)

    • Becky – All questions are to be answered in one reply/comment, please. – Glad so many of us feel the same way about the silhouettes! 🙂

  30. Lovely quilt, Maria, and thanks for the plug. I am going to check out Vicktoriya’s blog as well as I, too, like silhouettes.

    • Thank you, Anna, and you are welcome. 🙂 You already know how much I enjoy your monthly contributions to TQPM!

  31. Beautiful work and love the silhouettes!

  32. NANCY

    SUCH CUTE silhouettes, THE FABRIC # IS 121611520, Thank for the giveawawy!!

    • As you already know, I agree about the silhouettes! 🙂 You missed out on one direction for winning a free subscription!
      Answer it too – and good luck in winning!

  33. Allison Evrard

    What a cute quilt! I’ve never seen Quilt Pattern Magazine. I like the fact that the patterns are printer friendly. The beautiful blue fabric from Gone Fishin’ is 121611520.

    • Thank you! So glad that you like the quilt – and yes, TQPM is definitely printer-friendly.

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