August is a fabulous month: It’s the Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop and I am sponsoring a Giveaway for my dear readers. [Fabrics used in the project and the items for the giveaway were all provided to me by Island Batik, Aurifil and Hobbs who are sponsors for the Island Batik 2018 Ambassadors.)
My Giveaway details are at the bottom of this post!
Throughout the month of August, my fellow Ambassadors have been featuring Island Batik’s newest lines of fabrics and many have great Giveaways going on! Be sure to visit all of the Ambassadors to enter their giveaways and if you see a fabric that you like, ask for it at your local quilt shop. Whether you are a modern, contemporary or traditional quilter, I’m sure you’ll see a fabric collection that you will want to add to your stash.
My Project: The Island Batik Great Outdoors
For some, that conjures up images of northern woods. But, here in Florida, that means head to the Beach…or at least head to one of our lovely destination locations like the Village of the Arts in Sarasota or St. Armand’s Circle. Both locations have locally owned shops and restaurants with delightful offerings for lunch or dinner. You might even catch a local singer crooning away in the evenings. Since we live in Florida, we have sunshine most days. Sunshine gives me my much needed Vitamin D and improves my mental state.
My Collection: Lavendula from Island Batik
My fabric line is called Lavendula. It’s a collection of mellow teals, purples and lavenders that put me in a very relaxed mood.
[divider]My Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop Design
And, as I thought about the theme, I decided that could mean going on an adventure. I thought about how treasure maps in fun movies Like Pirates of the Caribbean or Tomb Raider might use an X to mark the spot where the treasure lay buried.
So X’s it was. And, because I’m a modern quilter, I decided to start making improvisational X’s using the technique I used to make the Patriotic X quilt in my book, Patriotic Modern Quilts, available online or at your local quilt shops. It’s also the same process for the Selvedge X quilt pattern that you can purchase here.
The fabrics I used this month are from the Lavendula line–a group of luscious tropical colored prints in botanical and geometric designs. You can find these fabrics at your local quilt shops.
I chose these fabrics for the main backgrounds:
[divider]I used these fabrics for the X’s and as backgrounds for variety.
[divider]Making the Quilt
Here are some of the blocks on my design wall. They measure 8-1/2″ square unfinished. And, I wanted to see how the value differences were shaping up so I changed the photo to monochrome.
And, here’s the finished quilt! My modern take on The Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop–X Marks the Spot. Professional custom long arm quilting by Carol Byrnes, a fellow member of the Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild. Remember, you can find instructions for making these X blocks in my book, Patriotic Modern Quilts, available online or at your local quilt shops. It’s also the same process for the Selvedge X quilt pattern that you can purchase here.
[divider]Island Batik Great Outdoors Giveaway!
One winner gets everything! How to enter:
Comment below on your favorite fabric featured on this post. US entries only please.
COMMENTS CLOSED–WINNERS ARE BEING CONTACTED BY EMAIL.
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Comment by September 15th at 9 a.m. Eastern US. I will draw a random number for the winner and notify you by email. US entries only please.
And here are the prizes!