Island Batik Great Outdoors Quilt and Giveaway

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.

Lavendula fabrics on my cutting mat

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.

My Fabrics

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:

Raindot in Oatmeal

Mini Springs in Oatmeal

I used these fabrics for the X’s and as backgrounds for variety.

Dragon Fly Medium Lagoon

Berries and Marbles

Dragonfly Snowcone

Dragonfly Purple

Baby Birds Purple


Honeycomb Magenta

Honeycomb Waterfall

Floral dot Periwinkle

Floral dot Amethyst


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.

Photo in monochrome so that I could see if the X’s were showing up with enough value change.

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.

Island Batik Great Outdoors Giveaway!

One winner gets everything!   How to enter:

    1.    Comment below on your favorite fabric featured on  this post. US entries only please.


  1. IMPORTANT NOTE:  DO NOT PUT YOUR EMAIL IN YOUR ACTUAL COMMENT.  The commenting system asks for it separately when you post your comment.
  2. 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!

42 ten inch squares from the Island Batik Victoria and Albert collection. There are 10 lovely designs in this collection. You will also receive this coordinating set of 7 Aurifil threads.




Detail shot of the luscious fabrics.

And….a Hobbs Heirloom Cotton twin size batting.


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114 Responses to Island Batik Great Outdoors Quilt and Giveaway

  1. Verna A. August 29, 2018 at 8:23 am #

    Baby Birds Purple is my favorite, but it was so hard to choose since they’re all great!

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 29, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

      Interestingly, I’m not a big fan of birds. But these were fun to work with and if you cut them up into really small pieces, they get very abstract.

  2. Mary O. August 29, 2018 at 8:32 am #

    Dragonfly Snowcone is my favorite.

  3. Ann T Watzka August 29, 2018 at 8:35 am #

    Definitely Dragonfly medium lagoon! These are such great fabrics. I was torn on voting for the dragonflies or the raindrops because I love them all so much. Thanks for the chance to win…Ann

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 29, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

      Thanks and it’s hard for me to pick a favorite too.

  4. Vicki H August 29, 2018 at 9:09 am #

    I really like the Honeycomb Waterfall print.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 29, 2018 at 1:01 pm #

      Thanks for commenting. The fabric is such a beautiful teal/green.

  5. Barbara Gaddy August 29, 2018 at 9:11 am #

    Oh, Now I just love those fabrics, just yummy and love your quilt as well….

  6. Sandy K August 29, 2018 at 9:13 am #

    Dragonfly Snowcone is my favorite.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 29, 2018 at 1:02 pm #

      I like this one because it has nearly all of the colors from this line in it.

  7. Lenore. August 29, 2018 at 9:18 am #

    I really love the whole quilt, especially your use of the raindrops in oatmeal in the background. It is so very effective. Lenore

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 29, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

      Thanks Lenore! I was trying for as much contrast as possible.

  8. Sheila August 29, 2018 at 9:23 am #

    I like the floral dot amethyst best. It makes me happy.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 29, 2018 at 1:03 pm #

      And that’s the way all the fabric in our stash should make us feel. LOL!

  9. CAROL S NELMS August 29, 2018 at 9:27 am #

    Very pretty, I think this is my favorite collection so far in the blog hop . Honeycomb waterfall is my favorite of this collection.

  10. Anita August 29, 2018 at 9:27 am #

    Your modern quilt is beautiful!

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 29, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

      Thank you so much Anita. Batiks can be modern (with some thought and planning).

  11. Joy McAuley August 29, 2018 at 9:34 am #

    Gorgeous fabrics and quilt designs Thanks for such a great display.

  12. Debbie Katz August 29, 2018 at 9:49 am #

    Baby birds purple!

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 29, 2018 at 1:04 pm #

      Ahh the birds…..and I love purple and try to use it whenever I can.

  13. Cecilia Young August 29, 2018 at 10:01 am #

    My favorite is Honeycomb waterfall, but Raindrop in oatmeal is a close second!I love the colors in this collection.

  14. Lori Smanski August 29, 2018 at 10:20 am #

    oh wow i love your quilt. it is so happy and fun. thank you for sharing today. these fabrics are wonderful, they make it easy to make a gorgeous quilt. thank you for the wonderful give a way.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 29, 2018 at 1:09 pm #

      Hi Lori! Thanks for the appreciation–I’m glad it has a happy vibe. The whole line is really lovely to work with.

      By the way, you don’t need to (and never should) put your email address in the actual comment on a blog to protect your privacy. I edited your comment to remove it. I have your email address because it is captured when you post your comment. Most blogs work that way, by the way.

  15. carolyn montgomery August 29, 2018 at 10:29 am #

    my favorite is the honeycomb waterfall but, all of them are gorgeous.

  16. Allison in Alabama August 29, 2018 at 10:45 am #

    the dragonfly in medium lagoon is my fav!!! Love your quilt!!!

  17. Jana Payne August 29, 2018 at 11:12 am #

    While I love all of the fabrics in the post,”” Floral Dot Periwinkle is my favorite! I find the combination of beautiful. The transition from one tone to another is subtle yet appealing.

  18. Melody Lutz August 29, 2018 at 11:16 am #

    Dragonfly Purple…your quilt is seriously gorgeous! Thank you for sharing your talents with us.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 29, 2018 at 1:15 pm #

      Purple is one of my fave colors–I’m always surprised when people say they don’t like it. And thanks for the quilty love.

  19. Judith Crespo August 29, 2018 at 11:23 am #

    Honeycomb Waterfall is my favorite…they are all gorgeous!

  20. Cathy August 29, 2018 at 11:29 am #

    Oh Carole can I say all of them. Lol I really like floral dot amethyst..

  21. Peggy Melfi August 29, 2018 at 11:31 am #

    Lovely fabrics! The raindot in Oatmeal is my favorite~~so unusual!

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 29, 2018 at 1:14 pm #

      Thanks Peggy. I like whole watery vibe in this line.

  22. Ellen Robinson August 29, 2018 at 11:33 am #

    Mini Sprigs in Oatmeal! I love a good light with color in it. 🙂

  23. Annmarie August 29, 2018 at 11:34 am #

    I love the softness of the Honeycomb Waterfall. Love your modern quilt too!

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 29, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

      Thanks so much!! It’s such an easy block to make and seems to work well with all kinds of fabric.

  24. Quilting Tangent August 29, 2018 at 11:48 am #

    Dragonfly snowcone.

  25. Nancy August 29, 2018 at 11:50 am #

    Great quilt! Just lovely. I really am drawn to the Dragonfly medium lagoon. Refreshing colors for a hot summer! Thanks for sharing such a great giveaway too!

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 29, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

      You are welcome…and here in Florida, we need refreshing colors that aren’t…well…green!

  26. Tami Von Zalez August 29, 2018 at 12:41 pm #

    I am liking this collection of fabric, the colorway is right up my alley!

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 29, 2018 at 12:54 pm #

      I like this colorway as well. For me, it’s a calm, peaceful change from my typical high contrast, bright palette.

  27. Allison Evrard August 29, 2018 at 12:59 pm #

    I love Dragonfly Snowcone! Just beautiful!

  28. Joyce Carter August 29, 2018 at 1:29 pm #

    Love your quilt! I really love the Floral dot Amethyst fabric. Thank you for the chance.

  29. MARY D August 29, 2018 at 1:34 pm #

    The Dragonfly Purple and the Honeycomb Waterfall prints are my two favorites. The colors in the collection do inspire tranquility and a sense of peacefulness. The teals remind me of the Caribbean, one of my favorite places to travel. Your quilt is a beauty.

  30. indigo kennedy August 29, 2018 at 1:39 pm #

    pick only 1?!?! well, I would start with the baby birds purple – despite the birds, lol. that dark purple is relatively rare and mixes SO well with many color combos and fabrics. being a huge fan of blue/green i would use many yards ofvtge honeycombwaterfall as well.
    fun project, and great show of value checking!

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 30, 2018 at 9:15 am #

      Thanks Indigo. Value is so important in this block. It can be a challenge to use batiks because so many of them are “medium darks”. Careful attention and using the camera really is helpful.

  31. Kathleen McCormick August 29, 2018 at 2:39 pm #

    I love what you did! One of my colleagues at a quilt store also disliked birds on quilts. Everyone has there own things – I love the colors in this line – the one I have has more spring & summer colors. Congrats on a gorgeous quilts.

  32. Beth Talmage August 29, 2018 at 2:48 pm #

    Raindot in Oatmeal is my favorite from this group.

  33. shadesofrandom August 29, 2018 at 3:26 pm #

    They are all beautiful. I just love this collection, but I think my very favorite is Honeycomb Magenta. Your quilt is so beautiful with those fabrics.

  34. lee August 29, 2018 at 4:48 pm #

    Oh such pretty fabric and lovely quilt ! I would pick first as my favorite the Honeycomb Waterfall! tks!

  35. Barbara Neiwert August 29, 2018 at 4:51 pm #

    Prettiness abounds! I love the Berries and Marbles best!

  36. Dawn F. August 29, 2018 at 5:09 pm #

    I love the “Baby bird purple” fabric. I also really like “Berries and Marbles” but sometimes have a hard time knowing how to use a fabric that changes color so drastically depending on where the cut is from. Thanks for participating in the blog hop and for the chance to win! Lovely quilt!

  37. Nancy N August 29, 2018 at 5:12 pm #

    What a fun quilt. I guess if I had to pick a favorite it would be the Floral Dot Periwinkle. I am not really a purple fan, but this one does interest me.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 30, 2018 at 9:17 am #

      I happen to love deep purple–and it isn’t the easiest color to work with. It can really take over!

  38. Teri August 29, 2018 at 5:15 pm #

    The Dragonfly Medium Lagoon might be my favorite but the Raindrop comes in a close second. I’m a huge fan of bariks in general. Love your X quilt design.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 30, 2018 at 9:18 am #

      Thanks Teri!! Being an Island Batik Ambassador gave me a great opportunity to work with batiks again. I haven’t used them much in the last 5 or 6 years.

  39. Lisa Lamie August 29, 2018 at 5:16 pm #

    I love your beautiful batik fabric! My favorite are the teal dragonflies. Question for Carole Lyles Shaw, are you doing any heritage searches? I have a lot of relatives named Lyle. We might be cousins!!

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 30, 2018 at 9:19 am #

      Hi Lisa! The Lyles side of the family is mainly from Howard County in Maryland. I haven’t done much genealogy–always meant to do that…..

  40. Sue Smith August 29, 2018 at 5:21 pm #

    I think that I like the baby birds purple the best. it’s such a rich purple

  41. SarahC August 29, 2018 at 5:27 pm #

    Loving Raindrops on oatmeal

  42. Carol Hess August 29, 2018 at 5:34 pm #

    Beautiful colors❣️And coordinating threads. The oatmeal is just scrumptious and a gorgeous neutral for the others in the collection.

  43. sandy allen August 29, 2018 at 6:17 pm #

    dragonfly snowcone is my favorite. It does remind me ofthe snowcones i used to get as a kid!

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 30, 2018 at 9:21 am #

      I remember snowcones. People used to put up temporary stands in the neighborhood when I was a kid. I loved grape and orange the best. Hmmm….still 2 of my favorite fabric colors……

  44. Lori M August 29, 2018 at 6:43 pm #

    I love em ALL!! lol But most favorite is the Dragonfly Snowcone print …has all the colors in the collection too! 🙂 Your Quilt is Awesome!! & thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way 😀

  45. Karen A August 29, 2018 at 7:04 pm #

    I love the colors in your quilt! My favorite is that raindot in oatmeal. It makes a lovely background.

  46. nnkpitts August 29, 2018 at 8:28 pm #

    My favorite is Floral dot Amethyst, it made my heart sing.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 30, 2018 at 9:21 am #

      Fabric should always bring us joy when we work with it.

  47. Michele T August 29, 2018 at 8:28 pm #

    Beautiful colours in this collection and my favourite is Baby Bird Purple and Dragonfly Purple is also so pretty!

  48. Janet T August 29, 2018 at 9:01 pm #

    Floral dot amethyst is my favorite. There were others that were close, though. Beautiful fabric!

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 30, 2018 at 9:23 am #

      Yes, this one seems to be quite popular. Amethyst is such a fun word too.

  49. Kathy E. August 29, 2018 at 9:23 pm #

    Lucky you for being able to create with the Lavendula collection! I love those colors and they calm me too! My favorite is the Baby Birds Purple fabric….the purple is so deep and rich. Carole, your X-Marks-The-Spot quilt is so fresh and modern (like all of your work) and it reminds me of a fun outdoor treasure hunt!

  50. Bec August 29, 2018 at 10:21 pm #

    They are all beautiful, but I love dragonflies, so the dragonfly snowcone is my very favorite. Your giveaway is unbelievable! You are so generous!

  51. Becky August 29, 2018 at 10:26 pm #

    I left a post, but it didn’t come up. 🙁 I’ll try again.

    I think all the fabrics are beautiful, but I like dragonflies, so I’d have to say that my favorite one is the dragonfly snowcone. 🙂

    Thanks for the very generous giveaway. Someone is going to be soooooo happy!

  52. annalutzbrown August 29, 2018 at 10:45 pm #

    Floral Dot amethyst is my favorite ..But there all pretty…great job on the quilt I really liked it. …

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 30, 2018 at 9:23 am #

      Thanks–I am glad you liked the quilt. It comes together quite easily too.

  53. Rochelle Summers August 29, 2018 at 10:53 pm #

    Such an interesting quilt and the colors are so lovely. I love the honeycomb in turquoise but only slightly more than the rest. What a generous giveaway.

  54. Alice Ronne August 29, 2018 at 11:00 pm #

    Honeycomb Magenta gets my vote! But a close second would be Dragonfly Snowcone. It’s so whimsical. The colors are some of my favorite!

  55. Deb M August 29, 2018 at 11:06 pm #

    Love, love, love the Baby Birds Purple!

  56. Christi August 30, 2018 at 12:32 am #

    I like all of them but maybe Dragonfly Purple a little bit more.

  57. TheQuiltedDog August 30, 2018 at 2:17 am #

    Beautiful fabric, my favorite is the Honeycomb waterfall.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw August 30, 2018 at 9:24 am #

      Yes, I am enjoying using this collection. I was happy when I opened this package from Island Batik.

  58. Mary O. August 30, 2018 at 8:58 am #

    Dragonfly Snowcone is my favorite. Also, really like Baby Birds Purple and Honeycomb Waterfall, very pretty.

  59. Cindy Shelley August 30, 2018 at 12:24 pm #

    I love Berries and Marbles. Love your “X” quilt. Thank you for the opportunity to win.

  60. Jayne P August 30, 2018 at 4:01 pm #

    My favourite would be the Honeycomb Waterfall. Hope I can enter the drawer as I do have a US postal address

    • Carole Lyles Shaw September 2, 2018 at 11:20 am #

      Hi Jayne, If you are selected, I can mail to a US postal address. Good luck!

  61. Barb K. August 30, 2018 at 4:28 pm #

    I like the Floral Dot Ameythyst (but they are all beautiful!).

  62. Barb K. August 30, 2018 at 4:38 pm #

    I like the Floral Dot Amethyst (but they are all beautiful!)

  63. Sandra Walker August 30, 2018 at 7:09 pm #

    Terrific modern quilt Carole! I love the spiky quilting your longarmer did too, and I especially love the line you got to work with, wow!

  64. Mary Lynn Farrenkopf August 30, 2018 at 7:38 pm #

    Baby birds purple , all dragonfly’s especially purple and I like all of them actually

  65. Jocelyn August 30, 2018 at 8:03 pm #

    Honeycomb Waterfall. Such a cool color.

  66. justbonnie2 August 30, 2018 at 9:23 pm #

    My favorite is Dragonfly Purple! It has such a nice deep hue. And I love your X Marks the Spot quilt! Very cool!

  67. Pam August 30, 2018 at 10:02 pm #

    Thank you for your inspiring blog post! I love stories about a person’s creative thought processes. Your finished quilt is beautiful and it certainly does reflect the sea and buried treasure! And the modern design is a great example of adventurous quilting! My favorite fabric from the collection is Dragonfly Medium Lagoon.

  68. Anita Altman August 30, 2018 at 11:19 pm #

    I ? the dragonfly Batik! Beautiful!

  69. Diane Kearney August 31, 2018 at 2:55 pm #

    I love Honeycomb Waterfall! Reminds me of the near-shore color of Lake Michigan when all the conditions are perfectly aligned. What a beautiful collection!

  70. Anita Erskine September 1, 2018 at 3:06 am #

    I can’t pick just one! I love Berries and Marbles and Raindrops in Oatmeal!

  71. Deborah B. September 1, 2018 at 8:29 am #

    Dragonfly Snowcone popped out for me because it reminds me of the dragonflies I see skittering across the pool to get a little water. All the fabrics are lovely and it was hard to choose just one.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw September 2, 2018 at 11:18 am #

      Hi Deborah,
      I’ll keep this comment in the list. It was the first one you submitted. I’ll mark the 2nd one as a duplicate. Thanks so much for participating!

  72. Deborah B. September 2, 2018 at 7:47 am #


    I’m commenting again as I still don’t see my original post. Dragonfly Snowcone caught my attention because it reminds me if the dragonflies that skitter across the pool to get some water. It was difficult to pick just one fabric because they are all so pretty. Your quilt is lovely. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

    • Carole Lyles Shaw September 2, 2018 at 11:15 am #


      I did approve the first one–maybe they are not showing up on your browser? I do see you in the list of comments.

  73. sallymankefiberartist September 2, 2018 at 12:39 pm #

    Love the modern design for these fabrics! P.S. Your blog graphic is one of my favorites! ?

    • Carole Lyles Shaw September 2, 2018 at 4:15 pm #

      Thanks for the kind words about the blog graphics!

  74. kaywelch September 2, 2018 at 12:50 pm #

    My fav is the Raindot in Oatmeal, though it was a difficult decision because they are all fabulously luscious. Thanks for the give away.

  75. Brenda @ Songbird Designs September 2, 2018 at 5:37 pm #

    My favorite is the Dragonfly Snowcones, but Floral Dot Amethyst is a very close second! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous fabrics, Carole!

  76. thedarlingdogwood September 3, 2018 at 8:02 pm #

    I like the thought progression to X marks the spot for buried treasure! Raindot in oatmeal is my favorite of these, all though floral dot in periwinkle is very pretty and they all are lovely.

  77. Leanne Parsons September 4, 2018 at 12:38 pm #

    Great interpretation of the outdoors theme, Carole! Your quilt is so beautiful 🙂 I love that you added a couple of blocks with darker backgrounds

    • Carole Lyles Shaw September 28, 2018 at 1:24 pm #

      Thanks Leanne. I wanted to give more contrast in the quilt and the dark background blocks helped a lot.

  78. Thunder Kaplan September 4, 2018 at 10:12 pm #

    Dragonfly snowcone

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