Island Batik Blog Hop…

Welcome to Day 2 of the Island batik Blog hop – Getaway (destination, travel themed).


The new collection I’ve been very fortunate to of been given by island Batik, as part of the Ambassador program was called  ‘DITTY‘ – and I LOVE it!! what a stunning collection!!

I’m not going to lie, this quilt alone took me on a journey of its very own… With Christmas and New Year celebrations done and dusted, I knew i was one of the first on the blog hop list, so time wasn’t on my side… my thoughts immediately went to beach huts, but after much designing, i realized it was not going to work with no blue fabric in the collection… so i pulled out my laptop and loaded up EQ8…

Kaleidoscope Pattern… Ta Da!! ‘What?’ I hear you ask, ‘how does this fit the theme?’,

Well let me explain…  when looking through the patterns, I came across the Kaleidoscope Pattern, my 8 year old son said to me, whats a Kaleidoscope? so i asked my eldest son, who immediately reached for his Iphone to google it! he then replied with, ‘it must be one of those 80’s kids toys’…

Can you still buy them?

Anyway, as i tried to explain how it worked, i realized that when you look into a Kaleidoscope it takes you on a special journey all of it own, creating patterns and stories of what the patterns look like, its definitely part of my childhood journey, and one i was able to share with my children… I’m not sure it will ever beat an Iphone or Xbox, but I loved my Kaleidoscope

I wanted to keep the inner layer quite neutral, with the addition a few colours, so i could leave the outer edge for the oranges and yellows. ‘y’ seams are not my friend, but i was determined not to be beaten


With the inner layer complete, I started to play around with the fabrics till I happy with the outer layer


I’m so happy with the way this turned out, I definitely want to make another version in the near future, if only to concur my fear of ‘y’ seams…

I will be writing a tutorial for this quilt, so be sure to follow me here on my blog, so I can keep you updated.

Also I just recieved the most amazing news, Im going to be a 2019 Island Batik Ambassador, so I will be sharing lots more beautiful batik makes.



You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram @creativeblonde66

I quilted it with stars and inside is Hobbs 100% wool batting – this was a dream to work with

Sewn together using Aurifil threads and strips of ‘Ditty’ fabric to bind


Thanks so much for stopping by, be sure to check out all the other amazing Island Batik Ambassadors show casing all the new collections

Getaway Blog Hop Schedule


Monday, January 7 – Crystal Ball

MaryEllen @ Mary Mack’s Blog

Sandra @ mmm! quilts


Tuesday, January 8  – Ditty

Stephanie @ Steph Jacobson Designs

Michelle @ Creative Blonde


Wednesday, January 9 – Elk Lodge

Connie @ Free Motion by the River

Anna @ Ark Angel Creations


Thursday, January 10 – Feline Fine

Bea @ BeaQuilter

Sharon @ Yellow Cat Designs


Friday, January 11 – Flea Market

Geraldine @ Living Water Quilter

Jessica @ Desert Bloom Quilting



Monday, January 14 – Fortune Teller

Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

Sherry @ Powered by Quilting

Jennifer @ The Inquiring Quilter


Tuesday, January 15  – Gypsy Rose

Jen @ Dizzy Quilter

Janet @ Whispers of Yore


Wednesday, January 16 – Paisley Park

Dione @ Clever Chameleon

Nancy @ Masterpiece Quilting


Thursday, January 17 – Soul Song

Carole @ Carol Lyles Shaw

Toby @ Gateway Quilts & Stuff


Friday, January 18 – Twilight Chic

Jackie @ If These Threads Could Talk

Tina @ Quilting Affection



Monday, January 21 – Winter Park

Jennifer @ Curlicue Creations

Anita @ Quilt In a Not Shell


Tuesday, January 22  – Bazaar

Karen @ The Quilt Rambler

Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

Turid @ Den syende himmel


Wednesday, January 23 – Blossom

Karen @ Sew Karen-ly Created

Leanne @ Devoted Quilter


Thursday, January 24 – Boho

Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts

Suzy @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts


Friday, January 25 – Brookview

Vicki @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Amy @ Sew Incredibly Crazy



Monday, January 28 – French Blue

Pamela @ PamelaQuilts

Joyce @ Hearts Creations


Tuesday, January 29  – Midsummer Night

Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing

Connie @ Kauffman Designs


Wednesday, January 30 – Oh Deer

Jen @ Patterns by Jen

Jeanette @ Inchworm Fabrics


Thursday, January 31 – Snow Berry

Sally @ Sally Manke Fiber Artist

Joan @ Moosestash Quilting


Friday, February 1 –


Terri @ Meanderings along Lizard Creek

Anne @ Sweetgrass Creative Designs

Candy Cane Lane

Mania @ Mania For Quilts

Barbara @ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

99 thoughts on “Island Batik Blog Hop…

  1. Beautiful,!!!! When I was about 10, I had a real kaleidoscope, made of real timber. I loved it so much. Your quilt brings me lovely memories , and a pattern coming as well, this will definitely be on my list for 2019.Those fabrics sing with happiness.

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  2. Hi Michelle! Kaleidoscope is just the perfect choice for these fabrics if you ask me. And your kiddos don’t know what that it??! Oh man, I remember those long tubes and laying there looking at the changing patterns. Really nice job on this quilt as it really lets the fabrics shine. ~smile~ Roseanne

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  3. Kaleidoscopes were always one of my favorites as well, and when I do find one I end up buying it for one of the wee ones in my life. I find them mostly at novelty stores and such. Your interpretation of it into a quilt is quite lovely.

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  4. I love this! I need to concur my fear of y-seams also. But I think I will start with smaller blocks. Ha ha.
    Now I need to find Kaleidoscopes for my great nieces. It didn’t occur to me that the youth of today have never seen them.

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  5. That is gorgeous, and well worth those Y seams! LOL!! I’ve got to put something like this on my bucket list, so I will be keeping watch on upcoming tutorials you share. Kaleidoscopes are sure a blast to the past. I remember playing with them, when I was a kid.

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  6. Congratulations. Wow your quilt is gorgeous. Oh my I used to love those toys. I loved showing my kids toys from my era growing up also. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  7. I love the symmetry and gradation of color in your kaleidoscope – brings out the range of colors in the fabric. I’ve made kaleidoscopes when I was young – with pieces of mirror, and beads and colored glass inside.

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  8. Your quilt is stunning, love the original design! I remember kaleidoscopes, I guess that makes me “old”, but hey, age is just a number. Congratulations on another wonderful year!

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  9. Beautiful quilt, and you should be able to find Kaleidoscopes in some stores. I know museum shops often have them, especially science themed museums. I loved mine, too.

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  10. This is so wonderful & refreshing! I loved my Kaleidoscopes too! So much fun and a way to enjoy the sunshine and color. Oh, and the sound of the plastic pieces moving as you turn it. How fun!!!

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  11. I love this Kaleidoscope pattern! I have just finished drafting a pattern myself and was pulling fabrics from my stash. After seeing Ditty I might have to rethink my choices! Thanks for being part of the hop. It’s nice to meet you.
    Carol Andrews

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  12. Such a beautiful quilt. The brighter colors on the outside really to say vacation to me. Wonderful job. I had a toy kaleidoscope I purchased at the dollar store that the grandkids have played with for a while.

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  13. Congratulations on becoming a 2019 Island Batik Ambassador. I love their fabrics. I am laughing over the 80s remark from your son. I have a small collection of Kaleidoscopes and your quilt is perfect. I can imagine looking into a Kaleidoscope and seeing just what you quilted. Thank you very much for hopping. 2019 Blessings…

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