Island Batik Ambassador

Welcome to My Day on the Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop!

Hi and welcome to my day on the Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop. Each day during the hop, a different fabric collection is featured. Today, the collection is Fortune Teller.

The fabrics in Fortune Teller are as bright and fun as a Mexican fiesta, and I used that idea as a launching point for my quilt design.

Unfortunately, I was unable to get my quilt finished. I actually was on track to finish at least the quilt top, but life intervened. For those of you who follow my blog regularly, you know that my sister was recently diagnosed with cancer. Yesterday, she took a turn for the worse and I spent the day with her instead of finishing my quilt.

I can only present to you my unfinished quilt top and hope that you can see how wonderful the fabrics in Fortune Teller are. Quilting is my therapy, so in the upcoming weeks I know I’ll finish this quilt. I hope you will continue to follow it’s progress. I’m calling my quilt “Parrot Heads.”

I’m planning for my quilt top to be rectangular—so I’m going to be adding another strip of that lovely blue (#121818471) to the bottom of the blue background you see here. As you can see, I’m building two branches of parrots—the three large parrots you see here and two smaller ones. You can see the fabric I plan to use for the branches (121818540) under the far right parrot (although the branches won’t be as thick that strip shown here).

You can also see the fabrics and the rough size of the tropical leaves I’m planning on adding to those branches. I’ll also be adding additional touches to some of the parrots, including sombreros and serapes. It’ll be a Parrot Fiesta!

Don’t Miss the Giveaways!

The Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop continues this whole month and there are lots of giveaways!

First, I’m giving away a charm pack of Fortune Teller 5” squares. To enter, complete the Rafflecopter below.

Each of the Ambassadors is also having a giveaway, so be sure to visit them. You’ll find the links to this week’s participating Ambassadors below. If you missed last week’s list of Ambassadors, click here.

First though, complete the Rafflecopter below to enter to win Island Batik’s incredible prize package!

Please come back next Monday to see the progress I’m making on my quilt and to get the next list of participating Ambassadors.

Week 2

Monday, January 14 - Fortune Teller - Sarah Goer @ Sarah Goer Quilts and Sherry Shish @ Powered by Quilting and Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter (that’s me!)

Tuesday, January 15 - Gypsy Rose- Jen @ Dizzy Quilter and Janet @ Whispers of Yore

Wednesday, January 16 - Paisley Park - Dione @ Clever Chameleon and Nancy @ Masterpiece Quilting

Thursday, January 17 - Soul Song - Carol @ Carol Lyles Shaw and Toby @ Gateway Quilts & Stuff

Friday, January 18 - Twilight Chic - Jackie @ If These Threads Could Talk and Tina @ Quilting Affection

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What's Up? The Getaway Blog Hop!

Hi! I haven’t been online much as you know, but I wanted to post today to let you know about the month-long Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop!

But first, an update. I’m working still on my Island Batik December challenge quilt, Whimsical and Wonky. Here’s a sneak peak.

I’m also working on my challenge quilt this month, which will will be a part of the Getaway Blog Hop, which starts today and runs all month long! My day is next Monday, January 14th. Until then, I'm supporting my fellow Ambassadors and encouraging you to visit them.

First, complete the Rafflecopter below to enter to win Island Batik’s incredible prize package! Then visit the blogs being featured this week to see the latest batik collections, and to gather ideas for using batiks. Each Ambassador has a small giveaway as well, so be sure to enter them to win.

Please come back next Monday to see my quilt and to get the next list of participating Ambassadors!

Week 1

Monday, January 7 - Crystal Ball - Maryellen McAuliffe @ Mary Mack’s Blog and Sandra Walker @ Musings of a Menopausal Melon

Tuesday, January 8 - Ditty - Stephanie Jacobson @ Steph Jacobson Designs and Michelle Roberts @ Creative Blonde

Wednesday, January 9 - Elk Lodge - Connie Campbell @ Free Motion by the River and Anna Branch @ Ark Angel Creations

Thursday, January 10 - Feline Fine - Bea Lee @ Bea Quilter and Sharon Parcel @ Yellow Cat Designs

Friday, January 11 - Flea Market - Geraldine Wilkins @ Living Water Quilter and Jessica Caldwell @ Desert Bloom Quilting


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What's Up

As you know, my big goal this month is to finish three quilts for Island Batik’s Spring Quilt Market booth. The quilts will also be featured in their Spring catalog, and will tour quilt shops as part of an Island Batik trunk show.

Sounds wonderful, but of course there’s a hitch: the quilts must arrive in the Island Batik offices by January 2nd. To make this deadline, I’ve been working day and night (when I’m not in the quilt shop working). I’m happy to report that I’ll get one quilt back from my longarmer today, for binding and labeling, and another sometime later this week.

You’ve seen a sneak of one of the quilts…and here’s the back. Again, I can’t show the fabrics just yet since they are not in release. The backing is lovelier than I can show—it’s all blue and gold and compliments the front nicely.

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Here’s a sneak of the other quilt that’s still at the longarmer. I really love the colors in this one too, and so does my darling husband.

Well, that’s all I can show for now. I’m currently working on that third quilt. Wish me luck getting everything done! <grin>

Happy holidays everyone! To celebrate the holidays, I’m having a special link up on Wednesday. There’s a giveaway involved! Be sure to stop by.

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November Island Batik Challenge

This month’s Island Batik challenge is log cabin quilts! I love log cabin blocks so this one was easy in theory.

I say in theory because I love log cabin blocks so much that designs were simply dancing in my head! So it shouldn’t surprise you that it took me a while to come up with my favorite log cabin design.


I knew that I wanted to use the Alpine Jingle fabric collection for this quilt, and I had a layer cake and some coordinates so my design had to be able to work with that.

In the end, I decided to paper piece a central motif—a Christmas tree in the woods—and to use two different log cabin blocks in the quilt—a traditional log cabin block and a courthouse steps version.

Here’s my quilt.

For the quilting, I quilted swirls of snow. Every once in a while I added a snowflake.

I continued to learn more about my new sewing machine as I made this quilt. First, I had to tackle 1/4” piecing. Janome offers several 1/4” inch feet for it’s machines, and mine came with two different O feet—one with and without a metal guide. Here I’m using the foot without the guide because that’s what I’m used to. My machine also came with three different needle plates—a regular one, a straight stitch one (with a single hole) and a Professional Grade plate that I think you use with the Professional Grade walking foot.

With my old Bernina, I typically used the straight stitch plate for everything, unless I needed to do a zig-zag or something similar. Using the plate improved my pieced and stopped that annoying “suck the fabric down the hole” thing that often happens when you start stitching. My Janome doesn’t do that at all, so I haven’t found a reason to switch to the straight stitch plate although I probably will.

There is a button for everything on my new machine it seems, so it should surprise you that I had to find and select the Quilting 1/4” stitch to use the 1/4-inch foot properly. That took a bit of reading in the book to discover, but after that the blocks stitched up quickly.

Free-motion quilting was another hurdle. Try as I might, I couldn’t find anything about that in my manual (I’ve since found it—wouldn’t you know <grin>). So I tried lowering the feed dogs after I figured out how to do that. But that isn’t enough. First, there are several feet you can choose—two walking feet, two “hopper” feet, a foot that works with the Professional Grade stitch plate, and three free motion quilting feet (one open toe, one closed toe, and another that makes echo quilting a breeze). I tried the open toe foot but kept having problems with missed stitches. Then it hit me—I’m quilting batiks so I better use a new, sharp needle to quilt through them. Changing the needle helped a ton but I still had some skipped stitches so I decided to use one of the hopper feet shown here in the photo (it hops up and down as you free motion stitch).

My Janome came with a package that included a Glider, a teflon sheet that you put on the bed of your machine to reduce the friction and make it easier to free motion quilt. I loved it! I’m amazed how great my stitches look with this machine. Almost magical!

Here are the quilt details:

"Christmas in the Cabin"
26-1/2" x 26-1/2"
Original Design: Fall Romance Too
Fabrics: Island Batik Alpine Jingle fabric collection (the center gold fabric is @121706040 which was also used as the backing; the binding is #121723685—both from the collection)
Batting: Quilter’s Dream Select Batting
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2605 (Grey)
Quilting Threads: Connecting Threads Essential Quilting Thread 50 wt. #21004 (Ivy) and Sulky 40 wt Rayon #1055 (Tawny Tan)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

Disclosure: The products featured here were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, Aurifil, and Hobbs.

Don’t miss out on my pattern sale!

To celebrate what I call “Fiber Monday,” I’m having a pattern sale in my shop. Enter code FIBERMONDAY at checkout to get 20% off all patterns from now until Sunday at midnight.

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