Island Batik Back to School Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hi and welcome to my day on the Back to School Blog Hop. Today’s featured Island Batik collection is called Vineyard, and it’s absolutely gorgeous!

When we were given the theme Back to School for the hop I wasn’t sure what I wanted to make. Should my quilt feature ABCs? 123s? Books? Pencils? A thousand ideas ran through my head.

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In the end though I decided to make a quilt for my daughter in college who is a lover of all things purple. The Vineyard collection features lovely purples, blues, and greens so it was perfect for her.

Katerina is a Junior this year and she’s living in an on-campus apartment. Actually, it’s an old house with a two-bedroom apartment upstairs and another one downstairs where Katerina lives. The apartment is run by the college so we see this as a half-step up into a real world apartment experience.

The house has several lovely old fireplace mantels (the fireplaces no longer work), and it’s here that Katerina decided she’d like to hang a mini-quilt.

I call my quilt Basket of Blooms. It’s based on an old pattern called Basket of Tulips, designed by the WPA (Works Progress Administration). As a former President of my Quilt Guild, I was challenged along with the other former Presidents to take one of these old WPA patterns and use it as inspiration to make a new quilt. These quilts will be hung together in a special exhibit at our up-coming quilt show.

The original pattern uses applique, but I wanted to go in a different direction for my quilt so I created a pieced design that was inspired by but not a duplicate of the original pattern. I call my quilt Basket of Blooms because I don't’t think my flowers look like tulips, but rather like peonies. Still, I don’t think peonies come in purple so I’m leaving the flower type up to your imagination and not calling the quilt Basket of Peonies.

I quilted the flowers in a swirly pattern that emphasized the points. For the background, I quilted some leaves and swirls of wind. In the border, I quilted circles.

Here are the quilt details:

"Basket of Blooms"
17" x 17"
Fabrics: Island Batik Vineyard collection
Pattern: Original Design, based on the WPA pattern "Basket of Tulips"
Batting: Quilter's Dream Request
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2605 Grey
Quilting Thread:  Madeira 40 wt. Polyneon #1904 Dark Sage, Wonderfil Konfetti #KT1609 Sky Blue, and Mettler #50 wt. #0581 Deep Purple
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

Please visit Jeanette @ Inchworm Fabrics, who is also featuring the Vineyard collection today.

More Vineyard!

I love purple, so Vineyard was practically designed for me! As a result, I’ve used my Vineyard fabrics in a quite a few projects, including a sales rep sample that included all the colors in the collection.

Sales Rep Sample

Modern Vineyard

Modern Vineyard

Dash Away, Dachs Away!

Dash Away, Dachs Away!

I just can’t stop working with the wonderful fabric so I made this quick little zippered pouch for Katerina as well.

I designed the pouch to hold a sketch book and pencil (Katerina loves to draw and she even designed the blue kitties I use on my blog.) If you’d like to make a zippered pouch for yourself, they are pretty easy. Here’s my new photo tutorial that shows you how.

Enter My Giveaway!

To celebrate the Island Batik Back to School Hop, I'm having a giveaway! Leave a comment below to enter to win this lovely charm pack from the Vineyard collection (US residents only--sorry!). The giveaway is open through the blog hop, and closes on September 29th at midnight EST. I'll announce a winner on September 30th.

Be sure to leave your email address when prompted. If your name is chosen and I can't contact you, I'll select another winner.

Enter the Island Batik Giveaway!

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the Island Batik giveaway. Who knows? You might win an entire fat quarter collection from the beautiful Captain's Anchor, Batiks Go Retro, or Abalone collection!

Continue the Hop to Enter More Giveaways!

Be sure to visit the other Island Batik Ambassadors and see even more beautiful Island Batik fabric collections! There are additional giveaways, so be sure to visit each stop on the hop.


Monday, September 4 – Beaujolais
Quilting Affection DesignsFunThreads Designs

Tuesday, September 5 – Country Dozen
Cheryl Lynch QuiltsInspired Layers

Wednesday, September 6 – Bonsai
Little Bunny Quilts

Thursday, September 7 – Sakura
Masterpiece Quilting

Friday, September 8 – Empress Garden
Dessert Bloom QuiltingSlice of Pi Quilts


Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins
KISSed Quilts

Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms
Kathys Kwilts and More

Wednesday, September 13 – Olivera
Moose Stash QuiltingVicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Thursday, September 14 – Rise & Shine
Den Syende HimmelSally’s Quilting Corner

Friday, September 15 – Diner Days
Ark Angel CreationsThe Quilt Rambler


Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed QuiltsWhispers of Yore

Tuesday, September 19 – Vineyard
The Inquiring Quilter (this is me!)Inchworm Fabrics

Wednesday, September 20 – Abalone
PamelaQuiltsYellow Cat Quilts

Thursday, September 21 – Batiks Go Retro
Adventures in Applique and Quilting

Friday, September 22 – Captain’s Anchor
Purrfect Spots DesignsBeaquilter


Monday, September 25 – Cherry Berry
Freemotion by the RiverMary Mack Made Mine

Tuesday, September 26 – Lobster Bake
Seams to be Sew

Wednesday, September 27 – Solstice
Bejeweled QuiltsheARTs Creations

Thursday, September 28 – Sour Apple
Seams Like a DreamKauffman Designs

Friday, September 29 – Zen
Lizard Creek QuiltingQuilt’n Party

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