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Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop and Giveaway!

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.

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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:

"Bear Cabin"
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.

Follow me on social media to keep up with the blog hop and other happenings! You'll find the ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.

WEEK 1

Monday, August 6 - All A Flutter - Sharon @ Yellow Cat Quilt Designs and Michelle @ Creative Blonde

Tuesday, August 7 - Birds N’ Bees - Anna @ Ark Angel Creations and Jen @ Patterns by Jen

Wednesday, August 8 - Canterbury Manor - Sally @ Sally Manke and Sherry @ Powered by Quilting

Thursday, August 9 - Eclectic Garden - Jessica @ Desert Bloom Quilting and Karen @ Sew Karen-ly Created

Friday, August 10 - Vintage Morris - Joan @ Moosestash Quilting and Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

WEEK 2

Monday, August 13 - Safari - Amy @ Sew Incredibly Crazy and Anne @ Sweetgrass Designs

Tuesday, August 14 - Spring Blossoms - Maryellen @ Mary Mack Made Mine and Jackie @ If These Threads Could Talk

Wednesday, August 15 - Victoria and Albert - Barbara @ Bejewled Quilts by Barb and Dione @ Clever Chameleon

Thursday, August 16 - Wild Things - Connie @ Freemotion by the River and Connie @ Kauffman Designs

Friday, August 17 - Petting Zoo - Turid @ Den Syende Himmel and Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

 WEEK 3

Monday, August 20 - Ocean Odyssey - Toby @ Gateway Quilts & Stuff and Karen @ The Quilt Rambler

Tuesday, August 21 - British Rose - Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts and Mania @ Mania for Quilts

Wednesday, August 22 - Dear William - Jennifer @ Inquiring Quilter (that's me!), Sandra @ MMM Quilts, and Geraldine @ Living Water Quilter

Thursday, August 23 - Dragonfly Dreams - Jeanette @ Inchworm Fabrics and Bea @ Be A Quilter

Friday, August 24 - Fur-ocious Friends - Tina @ Quilting Affection Designs and Jennifer @ Dizzy Quilter

WEEK 4

Monday, August 27 - Globetrotter - Pamela @ PamelaQuilts and Jennifer @ Curlicue Creations

Tuesday, August 28 - Jungle Cruise - Vicki @ Vicki's Crafts and Quilting and Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

Wednesday, August 29 - Lavendula - Carole @ Carol Lyles Shaw and Nancy @ Masterpiece Quilting

Thursday, August 30 - London Calling - Anita @ Quilt in a Not-Shell and Terri @ Lizard Creek Quilts

Friday, August 31 - Spirit Rhythm - Steph @ Steph Jacobson and Janet @ Whispers of Yore

WEEK 5

Monday, September 3 - Sweet Tweets - Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing and Suzy @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Tuesday, September 4 - Whatnot - Joyce @ heARTs Creations and Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts

 

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>

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Island Batik Four Seasons Blog Hop Giveaway Winner!

The Island Batik Four Seasons Blog Hop is over and it's time to announce my giveaway winner. I hope you enjoyed visiting all of my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors, and seeing the new batik collections. If you missed any of them, it's not too late to view the wonderful quilts and gorgeous batiks--just click the links below.

My collection was Blue Moon, and to celebrate the hop I decided to give away a charm pack to one lucky winner in the U.S.

To one lucky International follower, I'm going to give a free PDF pattern from my shop!

Before I announce the winners, let me tell you quickly about the Island Batik events coming up this month.

First, we'll be celebrating Galentine's Day, a day to celebrate your best gal friends and raise them up! To celebrate, the Island Batik Ambassadors will be making postcards or mug rugs, so watch for that post sometime on or before February 13th, which is Galentine's Day. Galentine's is the invention of Leslie Knope, a character played by Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation. The day went from fiction to fact when it was embraced by women around the world.

I'm planning to focus my weekly Wait Loss Wednesday linky party on February 14th to sharing everyone's Galentine's Day and Valentine's Day creations (old or newly created), so I hope you'll join us. I hope you'll put your thinking caps on and whip up something if you don't already have something to share!

Also in February, the Island Batik Ambassadors are celebrating Valentine's Day (of course) with a MiniLove creation so please watch for that post.

Okay, it's time to announce the winners of that fabulous charm pack and the free pattern of choice from my shop! First I gathered all the US entrants, assigned a number to each one and let Random.org choose the winner.

And the winner of the charm pack is...

Congratulations Kit! Please email me your postal address and I'll get the charm pack out to you.

And now for the winner of a free pattern! Like before, I gathered all the International entries in a pile, assigned a number to each one and let Random.org do the rest.

And the winner is...

Congratulations Turid! Please send me an email with your pattern choice. You'll find my shop here.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the hop! I have giveaways often so be sure to follow me if you want. You'll find the ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.

Bye for now! Please think about creating something to link up to my Galentine's/Valentine's linkup on Wednesday, February 14th!

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Disclosure: The batiks featured in the giveaway were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik.

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Island Batik Four Seasons Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hi and welcome to the first day on the Island Batik Four Seasons Blog Hop!

Today’s featured Island Batik collection is called Blue Moon, and it's simply wonderful!

Blue Moon is part of the Winter collection, and you'll find it in quilt shops beginning this month (January 2018).

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The icy blues and purples in the Blue Moon collection made me think immediately of a snowy forest in winter. I considered many designs for my quilt, finally deciding on this Bear's Paw variation. After putting the top together, I kept thinking of a snowy forest, and the light filtering down from a full moon. I call my quilt Freshly Fallen.

I played with the idea of adding a border, but finally decided it didn't need it.

For quilting, I used a large loop design for the big square in the block, and a simple curved outline for the HSTs. For the corner triangle in the block, I used a backwards question mark design. I quilted each block the same, which made the quilting go pretty fast because I had a firm plan.

I'm coming down with the flu or something, so my husband and daughter kindly took my quilt outside for these photos. I gave them a list of some of the shots I wanted, then told them to play. Didn't they have fun?

Here are the quilt details:

"Freshly Fallen"
32" x 32"
Fabrics: Island Batik Blue Moon collection
Pattern: Original Design
Batting: Quilter's Dream Request
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2610 Light Blue Grey
Quilting Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt. #2740 (Dark Cobalt) and Invisifil 100 wt. #710 (Deepest Burgundy)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

Please visit Cheryl @ Cheryl Lynch Quilts, who is also featuring the Blue Moon collection today.

More Island Batiks!

My first year as an Island Batik Ambassador is at an end with this blog hop, but I'm excited to announce that I'm going to continue as an Island Batik Ambassador for 2018! Be sure to follow me if you'd like to see more projects featuring Island Batik. You'll find ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar.

Click here if you'd like to see my past Island Batik quilts and other quilts finished in 2017.

Enter My Giveaway!

To celebrate the Island Batik Four Seasons Blog Hop, I'm having a giveaway! Leave a comment below to enter to win a lovely charm pack from the Blue Moon collection by Island Batik (US residents only). The giveaway is open through the blog hop, and closes on February 1st at midnight EST. I'll announce a winner on February 2nd.

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. Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment to enter!

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! Up for grabs are four precuts from the collections featured during the Four Seasons Blog Hop. So you have four chances to win!

Continue the Hop to Enter More Giveaways!

The blog hop continues through Feb 1. 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.

Follow me on social media to keep up with the blog hop and other happenings! You'll find the ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.

WEEK 1: Winter

Monday, January 8 – Blue Moon
Inquiring QuilterCheryl Lynch Quilts

Tuesday, January 9 – Mountain's Majesty
Fun Thread DesignsLittle Bunny Quilts
Quilting Affection Designs

Wednesday, January 10 – Alpine Ice
Freemotion by the River  •Slice of Pi Quilts
Seams Like a Dream

Thursday, January 11 – Alpine Jungle
Purrfect Spots Designs  •Bejeweled Quilts

WEEK 2: Spring

Monday, January 15 – Elementz
Den Syende Himmel  •Inspired Layers

Tuesday, January 16 –Southern Blooms
Yellow Cat Quilts  •Quiltologis Treasures

Wednesday, January 17 – Morning Sunshine
Quilt'n Party  •Dessert Bloom Quilting

Thursday, January 18 – Season's Shades
Inch Worm Fabrics Kauffman Designs

WEEK 3: Summer

Monday, January 22 – Paisley Dot
PamelaQuilts Seams Like a Dream

Tuesday, January 23 – Sunflower Serenade
Kathy's Kwilts and More  •Whispers of Yore

Wednesday, January 24 – City Culture 2
Mary Mack Made Mine  heARTs Creations

Thursday, January 25 – City Culture 2
The Quilting Rambler  •Lizard Creek Quilting

WEEK 4: Fall

Monday, January 29 – Autumn's Grace
BeaQuilter  •KISSed Quilts

Tuesday, January 30 – Pumpkin Patch
Ark Angel Creations  •Seams to be Sew

Wednesday, January 31 – Plum Delicious
Masterpiece Quilting  •Adventures in Applique and Quilting

Thursday, February 1 – Northern Woods
Moose Stash Quilting  •Vicki's Crafts and Quilting

 

Disclosure: The products featured in the post were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik.

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Wednesday Wait Loss 47

Welcome to Wednesday Wait Loss!

I'm currently working on this month's Island Batik challenge, a scrappy table runner.

It took me a while to get a plan. And then with the holiday and other projects I had to get done first, it's taken me a while to get going. Here's my fabric pull. Aren't they lovely?

I won't spoil it by showing you what I've done, but I'll give you a hint. I've cut out some tree shapes and fused them in place. Next I need to edge-stitch the appliques and add some simple quilting.

I had a wonderful Christmas and I hope you did too. We got snow! Not a lot, but it was wonderful to see those soft white flakes quietly floating down and covering the grass. Honestly, it made my Christmas.

So that's what I've been up to! Let's see what you're up to! First though let's see who made the weekly feature.

Wednesday Wait Loss

This week I want to feature Terri @ Meaderings Along Lizard Creek. Terri is a fellow Island Batik Ambassador, and last week she showed off her December challenge! Not only is her table runner gorgeous, her photography is awesome! I love, love this!

Terri also shared a bit of her sewing room. I love seeing other people's sewing rooms, don't you? Always fills me with ideas for mine.

Quick quilt for a December baby

Quick quilt for a December baby

Congratulations Terri! Here's an "I Was Featured" button for your blog.

Wednesday Wait Loss Featured

Time to link up! Remember that I'm having a giveaway! Up for grabs is this cute little zippered pouch in Christmas reds and greens. Think of it--you'll have your first present for Christmas 2018, all ready to go!

Link up a work in progress or recent finish for a chance to win. You can link up three times a week for up to three chances! If you need help linking up, click here for detailed steps. If you run into difficulties, just email me your link.

I'll collect everyone's entries and announce a winner on January 3rd. So you've got until the end of December to link up to win!

Here are some quick reminders about the linky party:

  • This linky is all about encouragement, so please visit a few of the links and leave a comment.
  • If you’re uploading a photo from your phone/computer, leave a comment below that explains your project. And for the rest of us, please reply to a few of these comments leaving words of encouragement for a quick finish.
  • Please link back to my post somewhere in your blog post or use @inquiringquilter and #wedwaitloss to tag me in your Instagram/Flickr post.
  • If you link a photo from Facebook, please mention @InquiringQuilter and my Wednesday Wait Loss.

Linking to several fun quilty linky parties, including these: Let's Be Social, Moving it Forward, Linky Tuesday, To-Do Tuesday, WIPs Linky, Midweek Makers, Needle and Thread Thursday, Off the Wall Fridays, Friday Foto Fun, Finished or Not Friday, Can I Get a Whoop Whoop?

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