Hi and welcome to the my day on the Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop!
Today’s featured Island Batik collection is called Dear William, and I'm in love with it's warm golds, rich purples, and deep greens and blues!
Dear William is part of the Spring collection, currently in quilt stores.
With the theme "great outdoors" as my muse, I immediately thought of a cabin in the woods. That thought led to Log Cabin and Bear's Paw blocks and well, I soon had a design!
I call my quilt Bear Cabin.
I love how the colors play together. What really fascinates me is the almost floral look of this quilt, despite it's warm rich color palette.
Forgive the photo below. I tried getting some outdoor shots in natural light, and it started raining. Just sprinkling, so I went ahead and took a few quick "glamor" shots. There's a drop of rain on the lens, and a bit of mud on the quilt top because it slid off and fell into a dirt/mud patch. Ugh.
Oh well! It can be washed and I much prefer natural light when I can get it. And soon after getting these shots, the skies opened up and it started really pouring down. So I'm kinda feeling lucky.
Anyway, enjoy the beauty of this photo. Or not. <grin>
I chose these threads to quilt my quilt top.
For quilting, I started with the Bear's Paw blocks. I made a simple loop in the center of the large square, with two half loops on either side. Then I did a half loop on each side of the "claw" part of the HSTs.
I quilted the sashing with a simple curvy line with swirls at both ends. The green center square was quilted with half loops on each side.
For the sashing between the blocks, I quilted a curvy line with curlicues at each end. In the green square in the center of the quilt, I quilted curves along each edge.
I repeated the quilting pattern used in the large Bear's Paw blocks for the mini Bear's Paw blocks in the corners of the quilt. For the borders between these blocks, I quilted a long ribbon down the center of the border with random curls along it's length.
I did something interesting for the Log Cabin blocks. On the blue half, I quilted a series of angled lines from corner to corner of the logs. On the gold side, I quilted a curly version of "feathers".
Here are the quilt details:
30" x 30"
Fabrics: Island Batik Dear William collection
Pattern: Original Design
Batting: Hobb's Heirloom Premium 80/20 Cotton Poly Batting
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2326 Sand
Quilting Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2785 (Very Dark Navy) and #2132 (Tarnished Gold), Aurifil 40 wt.#2885 (Medium Spruce), Aurifil 12 wt. #4030 (Plum), and Guttermann #6340 (Light Navy)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton
Please visit Bea, Sandra, and Geraldine who are also featuring the Dear William collection today. You'll find a link to their blogs and to the other Ambassadors participating in the blog hop at the bottom of this post.
Enter My Giveaway!
To celebrate the Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop, I'm having a giveaway! Complete the Rafflecopter below after leaving a comment to enter to win a lovely charm pack from the Dear William collection by Island Batik (US residents only). You can earn an extra chance to win by visiting my Inquiring Quilter Facebook page. If you like what you see, please Like my page and Follow Me.
The giveaway is open through the blog hop, and closes on September 4th at midnight EST. I'll announce a winner on September 5th.
For International residents, the prize will be one free PDF pattern from my shop. I'm sorry I can't afford the cost of shipping overseas, but I wanted everyone to have a chance to win something. Just leave a comment and complete the Rafflecopter below to enter. You too can earn an extra chance to win a pattern by visiting my Facebook page.
Congratulations Judy Biggerstaff! You won! Send me your postal address and your charms will be on their way.
Enter the Island Batik Giveaway!
Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the Island Batik giveaway! Up for grabs is a Jungle Cruise 2-1/2" strip pack.
Continue the Hop to Enter More Giveaways!
The blog hop continues through September 4th. Be sure to visit the other Island Batik Ambassadors each day and see even more beautiful Island Batik fabric collections! There are additional giveaways, free patterns, and tutorials so be sure to visit each stop on the hop.
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Disclosure: The products featured in the post were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, Aurifil, and Hobbs.
Other Happenings This Week
I've been busy I must say. Yesterday, I released my block pattern for the Fall into a Quilt Along. The pattern is free for a limited time. Make the block to enter our giveaway! Click here for details.
Tomorrow I'll be hosting a special Wednesday Wait Loss link up. (Yeah I know, it's on Thursday this week.) Drop by and share State Fair quilts (or quilts with animals, food, games, or anything else related to a state fair) for a chance to win that giveaway!
Yep, it's giveaway week here on my blog! <grin>