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What's Up - Progress on My Island Batik Challenges

As you know, I fell behind on my January Island Batik challenge after my sister fell ill. The last time you saw that project, it looked like this.

The quilt uses fabrics from the Fortune Teller collection by Island Batik. As you can see, I was inspired by those fabrics to create some brightly colored parrots in a nighttime jungle. Included in the collection was a dark blue batik that I chose for the background. I didn’t have much of that blue however, so I needed to do some careful cutting to create a background large enough for my design (larger than shown here in the first photo).

Since you last saw the quilt, I have cut and pieced the background to make it narrower and longer. I have also made some smaller parrots and fused some branches to the background for the parrots to sit on. I’ve also designed some patterns for the tropical leaves that I want to add to complete the scene.

Progress! <grin>

Meanwhile, I’ve also been making progress on my February Island Batik challenge, which is to make a Magnificent Mini quilt. Here is my fabric pull, a very Valentine-inspired fabric grouping. This is not an actual collection, but simply a grouping of random reds and pinks from my Island Batik scrap pile.

I think I may have already told you that I have created a design for this project that I’m happy with.

Since then, I have cut out all the pieces. I’ve even started piecing some of the blocks! Here’s a sneak peak of my progress. Hmmmmm. I wonder what it’s going to be? <grin>

I’ll leave you now with these tantalizing works in progress. <grin> Be sure to follow me if you’d like to see the end results! You’ll find ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.

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Love, Love, Love

I celebrated Valentine’s Day this week with my husband, so it should surprise anyone that this week has been all about love, love, love. The day started with homemade french toast (and flowers!)…

…and ended with a lovely meal at our favorite restaurant—a local Italian place.

Quilting-wise, I’ve been working on this month’s Island Batik Ambassador challenge, which is to make a Magnificent Mini. Here’s my fabric pull.

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Yep, it’s all about love! <grin>

I’ll be cutting and sewing this one next week.

Meanwhile, let me leave you with a collection of my Valentine’s quilts. Happy Valentines!

Love Entwined

Love Entwined

All You Need is Love

All You Need is Love

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The Getaway Blog Hop: Week 4

The Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop concludes this week. It’s been wonderful to visit each of my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors and see their gorgeous quilts, the fabulous new batik collections and to participate in the awesome giveaways!

If you missed out, it’s not too late to join in the fun! Click here to view the list of Ambassadors who participated during Week 1 of the hop. My day on the blog hop was during Week 2, and I was featuring the beautiful Fortune Teller collection, shown below. Click here to read my post and to view the list of other participating Week 2 Island Batik Ambassadors.

Last week was Week 3 on the Getaway Blog Hop. Click here to view the list of Week 3 participating Island Batik Ambassadors.

This week is Week 4 on the Getaway Blog Hop. The list of participating Ambassadors is below. This marks the end of the year for some of my fellow Ambassadors. I’ll be continuing in the program, so prepare to be amazed by new collections during 2019! Coming in February, I’ll share my box opening video with you and give you a sneak peak of what’s in store. It’s super exciting so I hope you’ll follow my blog so you won’t miss out. You’ll find ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar.

Don’t forget to enter the giveaways!

Visit each Ambassador for Weeks 1 to 4 to enter their giveaways and to see the gorgeous quilts.

Also, don’t forget to complete the Rafflecopter below to enter to win Island Batik’s incredible prize package!

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The Getaway Blog Hop: Week 3

The Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop continues this week, with lots of fabulous batiks and fun giveaways!

To catch you up, here is a link to the Island Batik Ambassadors who participated during Week 1 of the hop.

My day on the blog hop was during Week 2. My quilt features the Fortune Teller collection, shown below. Jump over here to see what I made and to find the list of the other Week 2 participants.

The list of Week 3 Island Ambassadors is below. Each of the Ambassadors are featuring fabulous new batik fabric collections and having a little giveaway, so be sure to visit all the participants so far—Week 1, Week 2, and Week 3 (shown below)!

be sure to hurry! most of the ambassadors’ giveaways have a deadline.

For example, you have until midnight EST tonight (Monday, January 21st) to enter my giveaway. Come back to my weekly linkup, Wait Loss Wednesday, to learn if you’ve won!

Also, don’t forget to complete the Rafflecopter below to enter to win Island Batik’s incredible prize package!

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