Welcome to Santa Fe! This collection is so pretty, with aqua, teal, mauve and eggplant, and shades of brown, tan, and a touch of grey. The tjaps include feathers, Navajo inspired graphic designs, and gingham, as well as wheels and suns, plus the moon and stars fabric. This fabric should be in stores soon. Island Batik provided a very generous 1/2 yard bundle and 2 yards each of the light and dark used. Accuquilt provided the GO! cutter and 8" cube. All other items were purchased by me.
What is Home Decor? I think it's anything that makes your space more comfortable for you. It's your favorite chair, the photo on the wall, the touches that make you comfortable. I know many Interior Designers have their own look, but for me, Home Decor is what I add to that, to tell my story, and make it say HOME.
This is the Surprise bundle I got in the January Ambassador box.
I recently went on a trip to Arizona and Utah, and saw many Navajo style blankets and designs. I knew I had this collection to work with, and that I wanted to do something that was inspired by the weaving I saw. I googled Navajo and Southwest design quilts, as well as looked for blocks on EQ8.
This was from Ruby's Inn, a shop near Bryce Canyon, Utah.
My first idea was to do a wall hanging. But I ended up going bigger.
I found the center block, Santa Fe, on EQ8. I also saw lots of use of Bear's Claw blocks, and one of the fabrics had bear and animal hoof prints. Yes, I did the obvious, and used the Bear's Paw block to highlight the teal Bear's Paw fabric, lol. I loved the check in the mix of colors, and used that for the center. I cut the 2 blocks with the Accuquilt GO! BOB die, Bear's Paw. Those blocks are 14", and the best way to use the Santa Fe block was to make it 24", so I added to the top and sides of the Bear's Paw to make them work for the center section. I used the 8" cube die #4 for the triangle patches in the Santa Fe block. The Seminole style blocks for the 2nd and 4th rows are made with die 55002, the 4 7/8" triangle, and the Hovering Hawks blocks (top and bottom, on point) used the 55009, 3" HST.
Here's the EQ8 version, without the added pieces.
This was just the blueprint. In making a "strip" style quilt, I was limited to the size of the block available. I knew I was only hoping to design up to 60" wide, and the center block, at 24", would make the 2 side blocks narrower. I didn't want to do extra math, and had the BOB die, so I knew I would have to measure for the frame pieces. The Hovering Hawk blocks were planned at 12" finished, but on point is 17". That doesn't equal 60" either, so I needed to add to the sides of the strip. I used the aqua check fabric. I didn't want to do 2 sashings to separate the blocks. Once I picked the fabrics for the frames on the Bear's Claw blocks, I changed the direction for the Seminole style rows. I wanted to break up the browns.
Here's my finished version. It measures 74 by 84", and is large enough for a topper on a queen bed, or perfect for a throw on my patio chairs. I think it adds a sweet reminder of my vacation, and a touch of Southwest style to my outdoor space.
I purchased the vase at the Cameron Trading Post, Cameron, Arizona.
I used Warm & Natural cotton batting, and the Navajo panto from Urban Elements. Aurifil 40-3 thread in 2312, Ermine, was the perfect accent. It blends with the background, and adds a touch of color to the borders. Quilted on Vanna, my Handi-Quilter Amara with Prostitcher. Backing is a beige wide back from Hancock's.
I do wish I had made it before the trip, and would have loved getting photos of it on location.
Here would have been perfect.
This is Lake Powell, the boat dock to the hike for The Rainbow Bridge. Too bad I don't know enough about photography to make the 2 photos merge, lol.
Island Batik is sponsoring a give-away, 2 prizes, of River Valley.
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For my give-away, I'll be sending a few FQs and some 5" squares of Santa Fe to someone who leaves a comment. Have you ever visited Arizona and Utah? I'll ship free to US, but if you don't mind paying the difference for shipping to your country, please enter. I'll use Random.org to choose a winner May 28th.
Please also visit the other Island Batik Ambassadors, especially Gail Sheppard, who is also featuring Santa Fe today.
Thanks so much for visiting. I hope you are inspired to make your home more comfortable, decorated by you!