Hi, and welcome to my day on the Island Batik Ambassador Great Outdoors blog hop! My secret bundle of gorgeous fabric from the February box was called Spring Blossoms. It's filled with pink, yellow, orange, red, green, purple, and turquoise, in a variety of prints, including flowers, birds, dragonflies, and raindrops. We got 1/2 yard pieces of the prints, and 2 yards of the pink and red.
Yes, I may have swooned a bit when I saw the colors, especially the dotted raindrops. The SKU for that one is 111817220, and the color name is Nasturtium. Please check your favorite store to see if they carry it, if not, tell them to get it!
Yeah, isn't it gorgeous? Look at the colors! A rainbow of raindrops!
I shared it on Instagram and had many comment on it. I need more!
Anyway, about my quilt. I had a sweet design all ready to go, featuring the raindrops in the center of each block. We're asked to use as many fabrics from the collection in this particular project, so I knew the other units would be scrappy looking, but wanted to highlight the raindrops. Just as I was going to cut out the pieces I realized that my design would not work. The drops are directional, and my design would not support that, nor would I have enough fabric to make it work. Off to Plan B.
Well, B was a great design, too. Only, it wouldn't have enough fabric to work, either. Because I wanted the drops to all fall the same way in my quilt. So, back to EQ8, or the drawing board, for Plan C. lol. I picked a Mosaic block from their library, which would use the raindrops as the center, but when put on point, would go the right way. Yes, all the quilts were on point with a little sashing and cornerstones, which is where my plan went awry. I wanted to end up under 60" square, too, so I could use the new Hobb's Wool batting we got in our July Ambassador boxes. Again, best laid plans, lol. I have to play more with EQ8 to figure out why my quilts are always larger in real life, than the program says it will be. Without borders, this one is 59", and it needs borders!
When all else fails, just go larger! lol. I had enough for a 2" and 6" border, making this about 72" square. And visit later to see some of the other designs, which may end up as patterns. I know I have other batting I can use for this one, and need to figure out the backing. This is just a top for now, but I'll be quilting with Aurifil soon.
Here's today's quilt. It uses 14 different fabrics in the blocks, plus Lime for sashing, the Berries print for cornerstones, and Turquoise Dot Floral and Flamingo Mixed Birds for the outer border. The background and setting triangles are all from Almond. I was planning to use the red from the collection, which was given for borders, but it was just too bright with the other colors. I felt the Almond would play nicer.
Here's the EQ8 design with red.
In real life, when I put the red next to the green and turquoise, around the blocks, it was a little too bold for my taste. So, Almond it is. I do purchase yardage of that one and other neutrals when I can. I love when Hancocks-Paducah puts their Island Batik on sale, and I'll pick up neutrals then, too. May as well get free shipping, right?
I made sure the birds in the borders were all going the same direction, too.
So, to thank you for visiting, and reading this far, please leave a comment about your favorite Summer treat below, and be entered to win some squares I'll cut from the scraps, and a copy of one of my patterns. Follow me on Facebook, and leave a second comment that you do, for another chance.
Visit If These Threads Could Talk for another project with Spring Blossoms, and visit the rest of the bloggers for more inspiration and give-aways.
Monday, August 6 - All A Flutter
- Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
, Creative Blonde
Tuesday, August 7 - Birds N’ Bees
- Ark Angel Creations
, Patterns By Jen
Wednesday, August 8 - Canterbury Manor
- Sally Manke
, Powered By Quilting
Thursday, August 9 - Eclectic Garden
- Desert Bloom Quilting
, Sew Karen-ly Created
Friday, August 10 - Vintage Morris
- MooseStash Quilting
, Devoted Quilter
Monday, August 13 - Safari
- Sew Incredibly Crazy
, SweetGrass Designs
Tuesday, August 14 - Spring Blossoms
- Mary Mack Made Mine
, If These Threads Could Talk
Wednesday, August 15 - Victoria and Albert
- Bejeweled Quilts
, Clever Chameleon
Thursday, August 16 - Wild Things
- Freemotion By The River
, Kauffman Designs
Friday, August 17 - Petting Zoo
- Den Syende Himmel
, Sarah Goer Quilts
Monday, August 20 - Ocean Odyssey
- Gateway Quilts
, The Quilt Rambler
Tuesday, August 21 - British Rose
- Busy Hands Quilts
, Mania for Quilts
Wednesday, August 22 - Dear William
- The Inquiring Quilter
, mmm! Quilts
, Living Water Quilter
Thursday, August 23 - Dragonfly Dreams
- Inchworm Fabrics
Friday, August 24 - Fur-ocious Friends
- Quilting Affection Designs
, Dizzy Quilter
Monday, August 27 - Globetrotter
- Pamela Quilts
, Curliecue Creations
Tuesday, August 28 - Jungle Cruise
- Vicki's Crafts and Quilting
, Little Bunny Quilts
Wednesday, August 29 - Lavendula
- Carole Lyles Shaw
, Masterpiece Quilting
Thursday, August 30 - London Calling
- Quilt in a Not-Shell
, Lizard Creek Quilting
Friday, August 31 - Spirit Rhythm
- Steph Jacobson
, Whispers of Yore
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