Tuesday, August 7, 2018

The Great Outdoors Blog Hop Day 2 - My stop!

Island Batik Ambassadors are all participating in The Great Outdoors Blog Hop this month.




See the surprise packages that we received in February made up into beautiful pieces. Plus there are giveaways galore!

Find the schedule on Island Batiks' page HERE along with an opportunity to sign up for a prize, or three.

Today is my stop on the hop, along with fellow Ambassador Ark Angel Creations.




I was thrilled to open my surprise package of Bird N' Bees fabrics. The prints. The colors. Oh, those colors!

I chose one of my unpublished patterns, still named "Kelly's quilt" for the person it was designed for. Maybe that will change, but it's stuck so far.

HERE is Kelly's version from Feb 2017.

It's a simple quilt, with strip piecing, though there are instructions that are given for keeping directional fabrics upright. Large and small squares are perfect for showcasing the fabrics that you loved, but maybe have prints that are too large for traditional piecing.



I was able to piece the entire top in two evenings. I chose to make mine more of a gradient version, as I felt the fabrics worked will with that idea. 

The background fabrics, the gorgeous green and cream, I used opposite of gradient plan of the blocks. I hoped it would showcase the lighter and darker pieces better.



Throwing in a little modern touch, to me anyway, I mixed up the background pieces a bit.

Well laid plans...

I didn't get Kelly's quilt quilted. As a family child care provider, my quilting time is usually evenings and weekends. There wasn't a weekend in July that wasn't planned with something. It's next on my to do list though, and I hope to release Kelly's quilt as a digital pattern by the end of the month.



Giveaway

Ready for a chance to win some fabric? This giveaway will be through Sept 7th in order to give everyone a chance at the prize.

What is the prize?  All of my scraps from the first box I received as an Island Batik Ambassador in February! Some of them are small scraps, but there are some 10" squares, 5" strips, fat eights, and a larger cut or two.

Good luck and don't forget to visit each day's ambassador. To make it easy for you I will have a blog post up each afternoon with the next hop.

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Happy Stitching!
Jen



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34 comments:

  1. The fabrics are displayed beautifully in this quilt. I can't believe you pieced it in two evenings!!

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  2. Beautiful quilt. Such pretty fabrics 🌸 🐝

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  3. I wish I liked green ... but I love batiks!

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  4. Jen, this is a great quilt! I love your design and the fact it is a quick one to piece!

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  5. those fabrics are so happy and pretty. i love your quilt that shows them off to perfection
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  6. The pattern looks complicated so it surprises me that it is a quick quilt to piece! Love those batiks!

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  7. Love Island Batik fabric. Great colors too.

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  8. Wow great job hun so love this quilt. ..happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  9. Great design and use of fabrics!

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  10. I love all the fabrics. Who doesn't love batiks? Great design too.

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    1. Thank you so much! They were a joy to work with. Enjoy the blog hop!

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  11. I so love this fabric as well....wonderful quilt.

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  12. I love how there seem to be banks of color going across the quilt!

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    1. Thank you Suzy! I played with the layout a lot in EQ, and then switched it around and played some more when it was laid out. I'm glad you like it!

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  13. The fabrics are so pretty. It's a good pattern to display our favorite fabrics.

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  14. I love the way this looks so different than Kelly's quilt! Great job and great way to showcase the fabrics.

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  15. Fabulous quilt Jen, and look at all that wonderful greenπŸ’šπŸ’šπŸ’š

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  16. Pretty quilt - love the fabrics!

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  17. Wonderful fabric collection and such a pretty quilt.

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  18. Lovely quilt Jen! I love the variation of designs with the same fabrics!

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  19. This is a beautiful quilt and great use of the fabrics.

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  20. Love your quilt, Jen. I hope you will share the after quilting pics with us too. Have a fabulous day.

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  21. Jen, you must be so pleased with this graphic beauty. I love how the bigger pieces show off the delicious prints. :)

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  22. Great design, Jen! I love how well it showcases the beautiful fabrics :)

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  23. Great quilt! It's one of those designs where you can have fun deciding on which fabrics to use and where to place them.

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