Beat the Heat Blog Hop

Hey guys,

Welcome along to the ‘Beat The Heat BLOG HOP’ a whole month packed full of all the new Island Batik Collections… plus there are prizes to be won along the way too.

Beat The Heat Blog Hop

click the link below to win a pre-cut bundle of Garden Party by Kathy Engle.


In Box 1 I received ‘GEARED UP’ a stunning collection of Autumnal colours; golds, browns, rusts, blacks and yellows. All with the most amazing prints of chains, cogs and gears


The idea I has for the quilt was obvious, it just had to be a quilt with gears…

I began by cutting lots of 8″ squares from the lighter fabrics, and after sewing them together in a random order, I started making my gears from the black prints…



I had such fun making the gears, and they were so simple to make, each gear is drawn onto the paper side of Vlieseline Bondaweb, then fused to the chosen fabric, and cut out. Once happy with the placement, peel away the backing paper, fuse using a dry heat to the top quilt and free motion quilt round each one.

I used the beautiful super strong No.50 Gutermann threads, from the denim professional jeans thread pack. I changed my machine needle to a Hemline ‘Top Stitch’ needle.


I was super pleased with the look of the stitches. The quilt is made using Hobbs Heirloom Cotton Batting.


My Finished Quilt



Another Chance To Win…

I have Ten 10″ squares of my favourite prints from this range to give away to one lucky winner, to enter – simply leave me a comment here on my blog, telling me your favourite thing to do to ‘Beat the Heat’


Thanks for reading and sharing this journey with me




Here is the blog hop schedule. Each day, a different Island Batik Spring 2019 collection is being featured. So be sure to visit the participating Ambassador’s blogs every day of the hop to see their gorgeous quilts and to enter their giveaways!

Monday, August 5th – Blueberry Patch

Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

Sherry @ Powered by Quilting

Tuesday, August 6th – Clockworks

Bill @ Studio Bill Locke

Lisa @ Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam

Wednesday, August 7th – Electric Desert

Sandra @ mmm Quilts

Terri @ Lizard Creek Quilting

Thursday, August 8th – Enchanted Forest

Pamela @ Pamela Quilts

Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing

Friday, August 9th – Blog Round Up Week 1 and Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Monday, August 12th – Garden Party

Anne @ Sweetgrass Creative Designs

Gene @ Gene Black

Thursday, August 15th – Kaleidoscope

Tina @ Quilting Affection Designs

Bea @ Bea Quilter

Friday, August 16th – Blog Round Up Week 2 and Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Be sure to come back for this special post.

Monday, August 19th – Petal Pushers

Joanne @ Unicornharts

Carla @ Creatin’ in the Sticks

Tuesday, August 20th – Quiet Shades

Connie @ Kauffman Designs

Vasudha @ Storied Quilts

Wednesday, August 21st – Seedlings

Vicki @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Mania @ Mania for Quilts

Thursday, August 22nd – Soil & Seeds

Gail @ Quilting Gail

Friday, August 23rd – Blog Round Up Week 3 and Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Be sure to come back for this special post.

Monday, August 26th – Steam Engine

Maryellen @ Mary Mack’s Blog

Jennifer @ Dizzy Quilter

Tuesday, August 27th – Sunny Side Up

Connie @ Freemotion by the River

Here is a round up from the first week – there is some amazing eye candy!!


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Happy Sewing



112 thoughts on “Beat the Heat Blog Hop

  1. You always blow me away with your creativity! This quilt is no exception…just perfect! Beating the heat isn’t easy, so I may as well do something I enjoy. I turn the ceiling fan on high and keep a cold drink nearby while I sew!
    duchick at gmail dot com


  2. Your quilt is gorgeous! I love Steampunk style. Thanks for sharing this. To beat the heat, I go swimming with my eight-year-old granddaughter. We are doing a “pool tour” this summer, visiting all the pools in a thirty mile area. I love spending this time with her.


  3. A very creative quilt, Michelle, it is gorgeous!
    Beating the heat is usually no problem where I live, just a couple of days a year we are “suffering”. Our houses are insulated to keep the warmth in, and not to keep the heat out, so open windows and doors are the only way to get some circulation.

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  4. My favorite thing about precuts, besides the time-savings, is that you can sample a fabric line without a huge investment. There’s nothing like a cold drink and sitting ner a fan for cooling off from the heat.

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  5. You already know how much I love this–honestly one of the best matched quilts to fabric that I’ve ever seen. I love the visible thread you used for quilting. Fantastic finish!

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