Last Day of the Island Batik Hop!

Today is the last day of the wonderully exciting Island Batik Hop – Planes, Trains & Automobiles!

If you have missed it, scroll down to my turn where you will find a list with all the necessary links. Visit each stop along the Hop and enter to win the various giveaways including free fabrics from Island Batik.

Here are today’s stops. You won’t want to miss them!

March 4 – Tinsel, Holiday Happenings
Purrfect Spots Designs
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting

I will be announcing the winners of my giveaway tomorrow, so stay tuned! You have until midnight EST tonight to enter.

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March – In Like A Lion!

March has definitely come in like a lion this year. Hope it really does go out like a lamb! Fingers crossed!

Although we want to see the end of winter, blue skies and snow are beautiful to look upon! I especially love it on evergreens and trees.

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A sign of spring! The crows are back. Poor timing for them though.

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The moon is out, too. I love blue and white together!

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Last Week of the Island Batik Blog Hop!

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We are already into the last week of the Island Batik Blog Hop – Planes, Trains, and Automobiles!

My turn was this past Wednesday. If you didn’t read my blog on that day and enter for free prizes, do so now. Scroll down to view it and scroll even futher down to view the events of the Blog Hop. If you are just joining in now, you’ll want to see everything you’ve been missing and to enter the draws which have yet to expire. One of the prizes is fabric and another is a quilt pattern, and there are more! – Go! Have fun! – Be inspired! – Enter! – Win!

Click on the Blog Hop image above to go there. We are already into the last week.

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My Turn! – Island Batik Planes Trains and Automobiles Blog Hop

PTA-Blog-Hop-Large-ButtonHasn’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, LavishFrench 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!

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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.)

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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?

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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.

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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.

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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.)

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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!

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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?

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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!

Set 1

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.

Set 2

Island Batik is also giving away a Fat Quarter Bundle from their French Roasted fabrics. You will love them!

To enter for a chance to win, click on the Rafflecopter widget below.

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Planes, Trains & Automobiles Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, February 15 – Caribbean Splash 
Bejeweled QuiltsPamela Quilts

Tuesday, February 16 – London Fog
Moose Stash Quilting

Wednesday, February 17 – French Roasted
KISSed Quilts
Made In Scraps
Happy Cottage Quilter

Thursday, February 18 – Crystal Cove
Freemotion by the River

Friday, February 19 – Florida Oranges
Fun Threads Designs
Kauffman Designs
Tamarinis

Monday, February 22 – Coral Reef
Mary Mack Made Mine
Purrfect Spots Designs

Tuesday, February 23 – Sweet Georgia Peach
One Quilting Circle
KISSed Quilts

Wednesday, February 24 – Hollywood Hills
The Fit Quilter
Maria Michaels Designs – My Turn!

Thursday, February 25 – Desert Rose
For Quilts Sake
Lemon Tree Snippets

Friday, February 26 – Sea Salt Sandy
Tamarinis
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting
Pamela Quilts
Bejeweled Quilts

Monday, February 29 – Jersey Shore
Beaquilter
Lemon Tree Snippets

Tuesday, March 1 – Tuscany Sun
Tammy Silvers

Wednesday, March 2 – Lavish
Freemotion by the River
Moose Stash Quilting

Thursday, March 3 – Fire Island
KISSed Quilts

Friday, March 4 – Tinsel, Holiday Happenings
Purrfect Spots Designs
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting

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Day #5 of the Island Batik Blog Hop

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Wasn’t yesterday’s quilt a great design? Loved the background and those cute vehicles?

Today’s, using the Island Batik Florida Oranges fabric line are inspired and there are 3 great designers to visit!

 If you’ve missed any of the stops along the way, don’t worry. You can go back and see every one of them. The sehedule follows below.

Planes, Trains & Automobiles Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, February 15 – Caribbean Splash 
Bejeweled QuiltsPamela Quilts

Tuesday, February 16 – London Fog
Moose Stash Quilting

Wednesday, February 17 – French Roasted
KISSed Quilts
Made In Scraps
Happy Cottage Quilter

Thursday, February 18 – Crystal Cove
Freemotion by the River

Friday, February 19 – Florida Oranges
Fun Threads Designs
Kauffman Designs
Tamarinis

Monday, February 22 – Coral Reef
Mary Mack Made Mine
Purrfect Spots Designs

Tuesday, February 23 – Sweet Georgia Peach
One Quilting Circle
KISSed Quilts

Wednesday, February 24 – Hollywood Hills
The Fit Quilter
Maria Michaels Designs – My Turn!

Thursday, February 25 – Desert Rose
For Quilts Sake
Lemon Tree Snippets

Friday, February 26 – Sea Salt Sandy
Tamarinis
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting
Pamela Quilts
Bejeweled Quilts

Monday, February 29 – Jersey Shore
Beaquilter
Lemon Tree Snippets

Tuesday, March 1 – Tuscany Sun
Tammy Silvers

Wednesday, March 2 – Lavish
Freemotion by the River
Moose Stash Quilting

Thursday, March 3 – Fire Island
KISSed Quilts

Friday, March 4 – Tinsel, Holiday Happenings
Purrfect Spots Designs
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting

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Day #3 of the Island Batik Blog Hop

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Today is an exciting day for the  Island Batik Blog Hop because there are 3 designers to visit!
You will enjoy each of them, so be sure to view the schedule and links below to visit KISSed Quilts
Made In Scraps and Happy Cottage Quilter!  

Enjoy!

 

Planes, Trains & Automobiles Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, February 15 – Caribbean Splash 
Bejeweled QuiltsPamela Quilts

Tuesday, February 16 – London Fog
Moose Stash Quilting

TODAY! – Wednesday, February 17 – French Roasted
KISSed Quilts
Made In Scraps
Happy Cottage Quilter

Thursday, February 18 – Crystal Cove
Freemotion by the River

Friday, February 19 – Florida Oranges
Fun Threads Designs
Kauffman Designs
Tamarinis

Monday, February 22 – Coral Reef
Mary Mack Made Mine
Purrfect Spots Designs

Tuesday, February 23 – Sweet Georgia Peach
One Quilting Circle
KISSed Quilts

Wednesday, February 24 – Hollywood Hills
The Fit Quilter
Maria Michaels Designs – My Turn!

Thursday, February 25 – Desert Rose
For Quilts Sake
Lemon Tree Snippets

Friday, February 26 – Sea Salt Sandy
Tamarinis
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting
Pamela Quilts
Bejeweled Quilts

Monday, February 29 – Jersey Shore
Beaquilter
Lemon Tree Snippets

Tuesday, March 1 – Tuscany Sun
Tammy Silvers

Wednesday, March 2 – Lavish
Freemotion by the River
Moose Stash Quilting

Thursday, March 3 – Fire Island
KISSed Quilts

Friday, March 4 – Tinsel, Holiday Happenings
Purrfect Spots Designs
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting

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Day #2 of the Island Batik Blog Hop

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Some Sneak Peeks

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I’m sure you’ll enjoy these Sneak Peeks as much as I do!

Today’s quilt is exceptional! You won’t want to miss it!

Be sure to visit Moose Stash Quilting!


Planes, Trains & Automobiles Blog Hop Schedule

Today! Monday, February 15 – Caribbean Splash 
Bejeweled QuiltsPamela Quilts

Tuesday, February 16 – London Fog
Moose Stash Quilting

Wednesday, February 17 – French Roasted
KISSed Quilts
Made In Scraps
Happy Cottage Quilter

Thursday, February 18 – Crystal Cove
Freemotion by the River

Friday, February 19 – Florida Oranges
Fun Threads Designs
Kauffman Designs
Tamarinis

Monday, February 22 – Coral Reef
Mary Mack Made Mine
Purrfect Spots Designs

Tuesday, February 23 – Sweet Georgia Peach
One Quilting Circle
KISSed Quilts

Wednesday, February 24 – Hollywood Hills
The Fit Quilter
Maria Michaels Designs – My Turn!

Thursday, February 25 – Desert Rose
For Quilts Sake
Lemon Tree Snippets

Friday, February 26 – Sea Salt Sandy
Tamarinis
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting
Pamela Quilts
Bejeweled Quilts

Monday, February 29 – Jersey Shore
Beaquilter
Lemon Tree Snippets

Tuesday, March 1 – Tuscany Sun
Tammy Silvers

Wednesday, March 2 – Lavish
Freemotion by the River
Moose Stash Quilting

Thursday, March 3 – Fire Island
KISSed Quilts

Friday, March 4 – Tinsel, Holiday Happenings
Purrfect Spots Designs
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting

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Day #1 of Island Batik’s Planes, Trains & Automobiles Blog Hop!

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How very exciting! The Island Batik Planes, Trains & Automobiles Blog Hop has begun!

Start today by hopping on over to Bejeweled Quilts and Pamela Quilts!

 

Planes, Trains & Automobiles Blog Hop Schedule

Today! Monday, February 15Caribbean Splash 
Bejeweled QuiltsPamela Quilts

Tuesday, February 16 London Fog
Moose Stash Quilting

Wednesday, February 17French Roasted
KISSed Quilts
Made In Scraps
Happy Cottage Quilter

Thursday, February 18Crystal Cove
Freemotion by the River

Friday, February 19Florida Oranges
Fun Threads Designs
Kauffman Designs
Tamarinis

Monday, February 22Coral Reef
Mary Mack Made Mine
Purrfect Spots Designs

Tuesday, February 23Sweet Georgia Peach
One Quilting Circle
KISSed Quilts

Wednesday, February 24 Hollywood Hills
The Fit Quilter
Maria Michaels Designs – My Turn!

Thursday, February 25Desert Rose
For Quilts Sake
Lemon Tree Snippets

Friday, February 26 Sea Salt Sandy
Tamarinis
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting
Pamela Quilts
Bejeweled Quilts

Monday, February 29Jersey Shore
Beaquilter
Lemon Tree Snippets

Tuesday, March 1Tuscany Sun
Tammy Silvers

Wednesday, March 2Lavish
Freemotion by the River
Moose Stash Quilting

Thursday, March 3Fire Island
KISSed Quilts

Friday, March 4 Tinsel, Holiday Happenings
Purrfect Spots Designs
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting

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Sign of Spring? – Not Yet!

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What a surprise this was! Our snowdrops bloomed during the first week of February – the earliest ever! They usually bloom in mid March and as early as the last week of February. We immediately hoped it was a sign for an early spring this year.

Poor snowdrops! Our temperatures have dropped to zero and below zero fahrenheit. We wonder how they can possibly survive such freezing temperatures. However, we’ll have to wait until the snow melts to see. Fingers crossed that they are hardy enough to have survived!

Hope everyone with these drastically cold temperatures is keeping warm!

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Tomorrow! – Day 1 of the Island Batik Blog Hop

Set your alarm clock or electronic device for tomorrow!

Why?
To remember that it’s the exciting first day of the Island Batik Blog Hop!

You won’t want to miss a day! Travel along with us!

Look for lots of great quilt designs using Island Batik fabrics and some giveaways, too!

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