Saturday, January 31, 2015

The winner of the Sock Hop Blog Hop Island Batik giveaway is:
Love the batik fabrics and your block. The book I would choose is #B10452 Japanese Inspirations. I have a large stash of Asian themed fabrics waiting for just the right pattern.
Well Julie it looks like you will have an opportunity to choose a pattern to use your beautiful fabrics with. I love oriental fabrics, they are so pretty and elegant. Enjoy your book. Thank you everyone for entering. I don't have access to a personal computer during the week so I am unable to respond but I do appreciate the comments. Here is a little review of the book.



The tranquil beauty of Japan is captured in 18 quilted accessories that combine the traditional fabrics and motifs of the East with the ease and versatility of techniques from the West. This extraordinary collection of home-decor accents and gifts will add a touch of Japanese elegance to any room. Includes:
• Eighteen beautiful projects, such as small wall hangings, pillows, full-size quilts, and room screens that feature popular Japanese-style fabrics
• Step-by-step chapters arranged by season, offering a unique set of designs and colors for every time of year • A sizeable pattern library with over 50 traditional Japanese motifs to trace, reduce, or enlarge

Friday, January 23, 2015

Another Star in the Summertime

I saw this star on pinterest and thought I would like to make it so I followed the link to Solistice Stars Series. (You can find a good tutorial there also.) This is what she had to say about the block. "This star is from Barbara Brackman’s book The Encyclopedia Of Pieced Quilt Patterns,page 347 and is attributed to Beth Gutcheon’s Perfect Patchwork Primer." I also found it in Jenny Beyers book "The Quilter's Album of Patchwork Patterns: 4050 Pieced Blocks for Quilters.
 
I used Island Batiks line In the Summertime aren't they just the prettiest fabric. I think I am becoming addicted to Batiks. To tell you the truth when they first started to become popular I wasn't sure whether I really liked them but now they are the second to the top of my favorites list, the first being oriental fabrics. Below you will find the cutting instructions and if you would like a tutorial click on the link above for Solistic Stars. It actually is a very easy block to do and turns out quite nice.
Pattern Piece
Fabric
Center
Cut 1
4-1/8” x 4-1/8”
Background/White
Strips
Cut 3
5-1/8″ x 1-1/2”
Print/Color
Short Strip A
Cut 1
4-1/8” x 1-1/2”
Print/Color
Short Strip B
Cut 1
1-1/2” x 1-1/2”
Same color as Short Strip A
Block Corners
Cut 4
4-1/2” x 4-1/2”
Background/White
Star Points
Cut 4
3-5/8” x 3-5/8”
Print/Color
HST Background
Cut 2
3-5/8” x 3-5/8”
Background/White




Here is the finished top
I am next to the last day of the Blog Hop but if you have missed any of the blocks, here is the list.
1/12 – Island Batik –
1/13 – Susan Vassallo Quilting Arts – Topsy Turvey Log Cabin
1/14 – Freemotion by the River – 54-40 in Running Water
1/15 – Beaquilter – Hunter Star in Crimson Tide
1/16 – One Quilting Circle – Flying Geese
1/17 – Mary Mack’s Blog – Sisters Choice in Down in the Boondocks
1/18 – Happy Cottage Quilter – Nine Patch in Johnny B Goode
1/19 – Kauffman Designs – Drunkard’s Path in Downtown
1/20 – Tamarinis – Pinwheel in Saturday Night Fever
1/21 – Bejeweled Quilts – Maple Leaf in La Bamba
1/22 – Six Gables Designs – Friendship Star in Full Bloom
1/23 – Purrfect Spots – Duck and Ducklings in No Particular Place to Go
1/24 – Inchworm Fabrics – Another Star in In the Summer Time
1/25 – Sew Fresh Quilts – Stepping Stones in Cry Me a River

Island Batik has a give away, so don't forget to enter here.
I will be giving away a book of your choice from my store Inchworm Fabrics. So go there and tell me which one you would like to win and for a second entry become a follower or tell me you already are one. I will pick a winner next Saturday. Thank you so much for joining us in the fun of this blog hop.

Monday, January 12, 2015

SOCK HOP BLOG HOP STARTS TODAY!!!!!!

Welcome to Island Batiks Sock Hop Blog Hop! The Island Batik Ambassadors and Designers are excited to share their brand new fabrics with you. These fabrics debuted at Fall International Quilt Market in October of 2014 and you’ll start seeing them pop up in your favorite local quilt shops this month! 

Why the “Sock Hop Blog Hop”? We know, it’s a bit of a tongue twister! We wanted to have fun with the color groupings in this line, each of which is named after a song you might have heard at a sock hop. Continuing with the “classic” theme, all of our bloggers have picked their favorite “oldie but goodie” block to share with you! Brush up on your old favorites or discover a few new ones. You’ll see each block used in a fabulous project to get you inspired!
Here’s the schedule of bloggers, blocks, and fabrics. Don’t miss a day!
1/12 – Island Batik
1/13 – Susan Vassallo Quilting Arts – Topsy Turvey Log Cabin
1/14 – Freemotion by the River – 54-40 in Running Water
1/15 – Beaquilter – Hunter Star in Crimson Tide
1/16 – One Quilting Circle – Flying Geese
1/17 – Mary Mack’s Blog – Sisters Choice in Down in the Boondocks
1/18 – Happy Cottage Quilter – Nine Patch in Johnny B Goode
1/19 – Kauffman Designs – Drunkard’s Path in Downtown
1/20 – Tamarinis – Pinwheel in Saturday Night Fever
1/21 – Bejeweled Quilts – Maple Leaf in La Bamba
1/22 – Six Gables Designs – Friendship Star in Full Bloom
1/23 – Purrfect Spots – Duck and Ducklings in No Particular Place to Go
1/24 – Inchworm Fabrics – Another Star in In the Summer Time
1/25 – Sew Fresh Quilts – Stepping Stones in Cry Me a River


And don’t forget to enter Island Batiks hop giveaway – two beautiful bundles of batiks from this new line!