Island Batik One Die Wonder challenge…

Hey, I really hope this post finds you safe and well…

March’s Island Batik challenge was called ‘One Die Wonder’, and was all about using the truly awesome AccuQuilt Ultimate cutting machine and one die from our first Ambassador box to make a quilt 45″ x 60″ or larger.

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I’m been bursting to using the pack of 10″ squares I have from the kaleidoscope collection, and here in the UK, people have been drawing rainbows and putting them up in their windows to show support for all the amazing NHS staff who put their own lives at risk every single day to help others during this Coronvirus outbreak, so these rainbow fabrics seemed just perfect to be working with during these times.

 

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The Die I chose was called ‘Chimney sweep’ and is part of the Accuquilt BOB dies collection, this set came with all the pieces I needed to make this block, and with the specialized dog-ears and 1/4” seam allowance for easy alignment and piecing, it made making this block really easy. I love the crisp finish I have on each and every seam.

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I made 12 blocks to create my quilt, and I just have to show you each and every one, I simple love Island Batik fabrics

I added strips of white sashings to emphasize each block, and found inspiration for the quilting from wallpaper. I used Aurifil threads and Hobbs cotton batting.

I used Aurifil thread and Island Batik strips of fabric to bind this quilt by hand

Head over and visit all the Island Batik Ambassadors on the Island Batik Facebook page to see which dies and Island Batik fabrics they used – full of inspiration and eye candy

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‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle

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.

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www.rafflecopter.com

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

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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…

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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

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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

TODAY (27TH AUGUST) BRINGS THE ISLAND BATIK ‘BEAT THE HEAT’ BLOG HOP TO A CLOSE. THE LUCKY WINNR OF THIS FABRIC BUNDLE IS….

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Congratulations

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!!

www.islandbatik.com/end-of-week-one-beat-the-heat-blog-hop

 

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‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle

Island Batik Blog Hop…

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

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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

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

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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.

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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

WEEK 1

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

 

WEEK 2

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

 

WEEK 3

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

 

WEEK 4

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 –

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Terri @ Meanderings along Lizard Creek

Anne @ Sweetgrass Creative Designs


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Mania @ Mania For Quilts

Barbara @ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb