Saturday, January 17, 2015

Island Batiks Sock Hop Blog Hop And Give-Away

Welcome to the Sock Hop Blog Hop!  I'm Maryellen, from Mary Mack Made Mine, and I'm honored to be an ambassador, and your host for today's fun!  




Don't you just love classic hits from the 1960's?  The collection of fabric I used for this hop is called Down in the Boondocks.  This song was a hit in 1965.  Here's a video of Billy Joe Royal's live version.  I loved that Island Batiks named the collections after classic hits.  What fun!

This collection from Island Batiks is just so pretty.  I love the pineapple print and the teals.  I used the following SKU's in my bed runner, featuring the Sister's Choice block.
Dark teal (fish print) 12146099.  Light teal floral 12142097  Cream with pineapples 121414101
Olive brown pineapple 121414104  Cream with grass texture 121416098 and Olive Brown Sea Grass 121411103 

The Sister's Choice block is also a classic, and so easy, but looks tricky.  I made mine a 15" block to make the math easy for a beginner, and to let the fabric shine.  Each square will be 3" finished, 3 1/2" unfinished.  You can do one, by making EIGHT 3 1/2" HST (Half Square Triangle) units and 3 1/2" blocks as needed, or make the runner that I made, with the directions attached below. This this could be a 12" block if you use 2 1/2" squares (and make a sampler quilt featuring all the designs from this hop).

Here's a photo of one block.



I picked both cream prints from my collection, to add a little more texture to the block.  The center 9-patch area uses the Pineapple in cream, and the outer blocks feature the seagrass pint.  

I had fun designing the quilting, too!  I used Aurifil 50wt Mako in 2324 for the background.  I did a circular feather in the blocks, like sea anemones, and waves in the sashing.  I used 2810 (dark teal) to quilt shell designs in the cornerstones, 5006, Light teal to quilt the feathers in the inner border, and 2372 to quilt the outer border.  5 bobbins were used, and no thread breakage in the entire top.  And not much lint.  I just adore Aurifil!  The colors work so well with Island Batiks, too!  


I also made a pillow, from the extra fabrics.  It makes a nice set to add a little color and warmth to your bed.  

The full pattern is downloadable on Island Batik's FREE Pattern page. 
Thanks so much to Katie for all the work you did to make that possible.  

And thanks, also, to Rich at Ashley Furniture Homestore in Wind Gap, PA for allowing me to photograph my quilt on your furniture.  


The other collection I had was Dancing In the Moonlight.  I love this one, too.  Those purples are so rich!  But when I was choosing, I felt Down In the Boondocks played better in my design.  
So, about the give-away!  Leave me a comment for one chance to win.  Get a second chance (second comment) by following my blog via email.  And a third chance by "liking" me on Facebook.  You can leave up to 3 comments. 
You will win a selection of Island Batiks fabrics, including 1 yard of the cat print in the Boondocks collection.  3 chances to win one prize.  This will close on Monday, January 26 at midnight.  I need to contact you, so make sure I can reach you.  

Thanks for visiting!  I hope you went to the Island Batiks Blog and entered for their prizes, 2 complete collections! 

And, make sure you visit the rest of the bloggers, especially Island Batik.  They are giving away 2 bundles.  Some other bloggers have give-aways, too.  And inspiration.
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
** ME!! lol 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

Enjoy the rest of the hop, and thanks so much for visiting! 

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Christine said...

Excellent! Beautiful bed runner and pattern. Thank you for the giveaways!

beaquilter said...

beatutiful and I love the sister's choice block... (that's the one right?) nice to have it be a free pattern too! (count me out of the giveaway)

Pat Dull said...

I just love your selection of colors. Thank you for the giveaway!!

Pauline Gudas said...

I follow you on Facebook

Pauline Gudas said...

I subscribe to your email newsletter

Pauline Gudas said...

I love the purple collection of batiks

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Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a beautiful bed runner and pillow and love the colors!

PK Sews said...

I like you on Facebook! Thanks again.

PK Sews said...

I now follow you via email. Thanks for the inspiration on your blog!

PK Sews said...

I love the way that you placed the colors on this beautiful runner! The overall first impression is gorgeous, and then when I look closer, the first thing I see is the center, which looks like a ninepatch. But then I see the lighter teal star points, and it becomes a star. Then I notice the teal squares that break up the border. And then there is that beautiful quilting. It's a quilt that really keeps yielding new delights. Thanks for sharing it!

Cecilia said...

Beautiful runner and pillow! I love the colors you used. Thank you for the giveaway and free pattern.

Cecilia said...

I'm a new follower via email.

Cecilia said...

I also liked your Facebook page.

Barb said...

What beautiful fabrics, and wonderful quilt and pillow....

Abbigail said...

What wonderful fabrics you used! I love them! They worked up so well in the pattern you chose. Beautiful!

Abbigail said...

I just signed up for your emails and am looking forward to getting them!

Abbigail said...

I liked your page on facebook. See you there!

conniet said...

Love Sister's Choice Thanks for the giveaway. Glad I discovered you

conniet said...

I liked you on Facebook

conniet said...

Just started following your blog

annmarie said...

I love batiks! Dancing in the Moonlight is awesome and so is your bed runner!

tiffany Matto said...

Gorgeous runner and fabrics!

tiffany Matto said...

I'm following via email. :)

tiffany Matto said...

I've liked ya on facebook. :)

Quilting Tangent said...

'Dancing In the Moonlight' is so pretty.
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Mary Ellen said...

I follow via email and like you on facebook .All of the fabric is beautiful ,but i am drawn to the purple.The Down on the Boondocks video was great.













barbara woods said...

great fabric

barbara woods said...

liked you on facebook

barbara woods said...

follow you by email

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Gorgeous fabrics.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Following by email and GFC

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Liked your FB page

Dawn said...

Your quilt is fabulous, thank you for sharing. Have a wonderful day. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

Jennifer/Bright said...

Beautifu!

Dawn said...

I am now following you by email, I look forward to your posts. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

Dawn said...

I liked you on Facebook. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

LJ said...

Love the names of the collections - and the songs which does date me!! Lovely block; thanks for making the measurements 'easy'.

LJ said...

I signed up to receive your postings by email.

Lorna McMahon said...

What a simply gorgeous runner! Sister's Choice is one of my all time favourite blocks. Such a fine selection for showing off those beauties from the Down In The Boondocks collection. Your quilting is also such a compliment to the design. Nice work, Maryellen! And thanks for kindly sharing the free pattern!

Village Quilts said...

Congratulations Maryellen, and beautiful work! I love the purple collection!

JANET said...

I follow and like you on facebook.

JANET said...

I can't decide which color combination I like best. Beautiful colors.

JANET said...

I follow by email.

Connie Cain said...

Love the runner and pillow!! I adore batiks! :)
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Connie Cain said...

I am a new follower via e-mail. :)
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Connie Cain said...

I like your FB page. :)
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MissPat said...

Not sure how you managed to pass up the purple collection. It is luscious! But I really like your teal block so I guess you made the right choice.
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MissPat said...

Just signed up for your blog by email. I don't do facebook. I'm following so many blogs from shop hop signups, that I don't have time to quilt!
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Lynn S. said...

I love the fabric! I will like you on Facebook. Lynn

Kathy Kinsella said...

Beautiful batiks and you have made gorgeous quilts!

Kathy Kinsella said...

I like your FB page too :)

Gramx4 said...

Beautiful, my husband loves batiks and would be so excited to see these on our bed.

OhioLori said...

LOOOOVE your Bed Runner!! Colors are Awesome!! Great job!! Love Batiks too...tho only starting to use them...cutting Tumbler blocks with my Daughter,,,and we are going to make Throws together. :)

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

The Island batiks are so beautiful!

Aunt TC said...

Love the colors. Thanks for the opportunity to win fabric. I'll sign up for yr blog, too.

Aunt TC said...

I signed up for your blog, too. Thanks.

Anonymous said...

Yes I remember the song. Love the beautiful fabrics

OhioLori said...

I already follow you thru Email too :)

Vicki H said...

It's a wonderful bed runner!

Vicki H said...

I have been following you with email.

Vicki H said...

I just liked you on FB.

jmniffer said...

Your table runner turned out super! I'm a fan of the Sister's Choice block...all star blocks actually. Thanks for sharing.

TheItinerantChemist said...

Oooo, the block you chose is similar to one I just started doing at my local quilt group! I love how yours came out, the colour combination is very sophisticated. :)

LindaS said...

I really like your choice of color and the block for your runner. Thanks for sharing.
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Denise said...

Love the runner. I have been wanting to try one - this will be perfect! Great colors!

Createology said...

Beautiful runner made of Island Batik fabrics. I am now following your blog and will visit again. Creative Batik Bliss...

Createology said...

Since I love Island Batik fabrics I am also following you via email. Creative Batik Bliss...

Createology said...

And for those elegant purple Island Batik fabrics I am also following you on FB. Creative Batik Bliss...

Brandy Pettit said...

Oh Mary, that's is such a brilliant idea to use the furniture store for posing your quilts, I'm going to start having some conversation with my buddy at Walker's Furniture... so do I qualify because I already follow you on Google+? lol Also, love the block, it's so serene.
~Brandy

Dee W said...

Love this! Congratulations on being on the Island Batiks blog. I was asked to share one of my pieces at a local museum, made me proud! I'd love to win.

Grandma Barbara said...

I love your fabric choice for the block, but I love your quilting even better!

Joyce Carter said...

Your bedrunner and pillow are beautiful. I love the awesome quilting you did also. Great job. Thank you for the giveaway.

Joyce Carter said...

I am following you via email.

Joyce Carter said...

I also like you on Facebook.

Laura said...

Thanks for sharing how you used the lovely batiks.

Laura said...

I'm now following you by email.

Linda B said...

Love your block....

Linda B said...

I follow your blog by email....

Linda B said...

I also like you on facebook

Ellee said...

Your Sister's Choice block is beautiful. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Ellee said...

I follow you by email. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

Jane said...

Sister's choice is a great block! Bed runners are great,too. Thank you for the give away.

Anita said...

Love the colors of the bed runner!
Thanks for the giveaway.

Sheila Ivany said...

Your Island Batik choice is amazing I adore the colours. Think I will make a bed runner. Thank you for a chance to win. Happy quilting

Marly said...
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Marly said...

They are beautiful fabrics and you have used a great pattern to show them. You have given me an idea for a table runner. Thanks for the chance to win some beautiful fabric.

Marly said...

I follow you by email.

Marly said...

I liked your page on Facebook.

Jackie Thompson said...

Your project is so pretty. I really like these batik color ways! Thanks for offering a giveaway!
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Jackie Thompson said...

I follow on Facebook.
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Elizabeth said...

ME You did a great job on the pattern. Love those fabrics. I get your emails and follow you on Facebook Elizabeth

Stitchin At Home said...

Lovely runner! Thanks for the giveaway.

Stitchin At Home said...

I subscribed to your newsletter.

Stitchin At Home said...

I follow you on FB.

Karen Fisher said...

"liking" on Facebook.

Karen Fisher said...

need these in my stash

Karen Fisher said...

following blog via email.

Michele T said...

I love your table runner and I'm always looking for new ideas, thanks!!!

Michele T said...

I have signed up for following you via email😊

Michele T said...

I liked you on Facebook! Thanks for an extra chance... I love batiks!!

Design Originals by KC said...

Wonderful choices for your sisters choice block... I would prefer the fun purples anyway :) Thanks for the chance... Love what you did.. very inspiring and keeps your feet warm too! Kathi

Joanne Lendaro said...

Great fabrics!! thanks for the fun!

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

love these fabrics

Vicki in MN said...

Great Fabric and a great block!

Gene Black said...

I love the batiks. And I think the furniture store as a photo setting is genius!

Judy D in WA said...

Such luscious fabrics!

Jill said...

Your bed runner is beautiful! Perfect colors for my room!
And I never thought to use a furniture store to photograph quilts! Genius! :)

Jill said...

I follow you via email

Havplenty said...

What a clever idea to photograph in a furniture store. They would have the prefect setting with all of the wonderful bedrooms and dining sets.

I love the colors and block choice also.

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Cheryl said...

Your quilt is amazing and the backgrounds for photographing it really make it a work of art!

Joanne Lendaro said...

Great project! LOVE the fabrics and some of the best songs in the world are from the 60's! thanks for the fun!

Lyn said...

I love the bed runner and pillow! A really nice touch to take it to a furniture store..
Thanks for sharing and for the giveaway.

Lyn said...

I followed you by e-mail. Thanks

Pam Geisel - For Quilts Sake said...

Great pattern, and the quilting is amazing!

Kathy Davis said...

I love "Dancing in the Moonlight". I can see a princess dress in my future. My granddaughter would love it.
Kathy Davis
kdavis1@centurytel.net

Janie said...

Love the blues in your quilt. Your quilting is simply stunning. Thanks for the giveaway.

Janie said...

Liked you on FB.

CaroleM said...

Oh those purples are wonderful!

Nancy Hilderbrand said...

love the purples

Chiska said...

I love your quilting! The block is great too.

Sandy said...

Nice job! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

Donna W said...

Love your pattern. Stars are my favorite. Any kind, I love them all. Thanks for the chance to win

Donna W said...

Signed up to follow your blog via email.

Donna W said...

I "liked" you on Facebook.

quilter said...

I saw your fabric and went Ohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh........ I like it, beautiful, they have the best batiks
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Lorie Bugaiski said...

Beautiful fabic, Thanks for a chance to win!

Kaye M. tkmattson@hotmail.com said...

You made a lovely bed runner! Batik fabrics are gorgeous and I fall for anything that has the color teal in it!

Edie said...

I really like the look of your bed runner. The Island Batiks are gorgeous. Thanks for the draw.

Mara said...

Love the Down in the Boondocks fabric, it looks so pretty.

allison pogany said...

Beautiful runner! And the fabrics are magnificent!
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Christine said...

I like you on FB.

Christine said...

I follow by email.

Peggy said...

I'd love to win this to make gifts for World of Charity Stitching.
Thanks,
Peggy
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Peggy said...

I'm a new FB follower.
Thanks,
Peggy
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Lori said...

now following via email

Lori said...

now following on FB

Lori said...

This is such a pretty block. Thanks for sharing an easy way to do it.

Charlotte Sparks said...

Love the purple. Am in the process of gathering purple fabric to make my son and d-i-l a 30th anniversary quilt.

Sarah said...

What a beautiful quilt! sarah@forrussia.org

Sarah said...

I follow you with e-mail. sarah@forrussia.org

Judy Barr said...

The bed runner looks lovely. Great idea.
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Anonymous said...

I love Sister's Choice block too. Your colour choices are wonderful!

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Sonja Mclane said...

I dream of owning so batiks thanks for the chance!!!!! sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

Sonja Mclane said...

I like your face book page. sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

Sonja Mclane said...

I follow via email. sonjasmith76@yahoo.com

Kathy E. said...

I really like the idea of having a piece so pretty that it could be used as a bed runner or table topper. It's truly beautiful!

The Victorian Girl said...

Those purple batiks are just luscious!
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GranChris said...

Your color choice is EXQUISITE. Turned out wonderful. I love the purple so maybe I will get lucky.

GranChris said...

I follow on FB.

Gill said...

Gorgeous colours!!

Gill said...

Email follower

Gill said...

I liked you on facebook

Dee D said...

Thanks for the pattern- it will make a nice table runner for me as well.

Dee D said...

I'm following you on Facebook.

I love fabric said...

I love the purple and gold colors. My Tennessee Tech University colors. Thanks for the chance to win!

Lorna Scott said...

I need to increase my batik collection and this would be the perfect fit -- thanks lorna.scott@ymail.com. Will be watching :-)

Lorna Scott said...

I need to increase my batik collection and this would be the perfect fit -- thanks lorna.scott@ymail.com. Will be watching :-)

Global Gal said...

I like all those colors but especially Dancing in the Moonlight. Thanks for participating in the giveaway.

Lee said...

I love batiks! Enjoying the hop! thanks!

Melissa Reilly said...

Love the colors of the Dancing in the Moonlight collection. Purple is one of my favorite colors. Thanks for the chance to win.

Melissa Reilly said...

I liked you page on Facebook.
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juliehallfeldhaus said...

Thanks for the chance to win some pretty fabric:)

pamspretties57 said...

Hiya!!! What a beautiful runner and pillow. Those colors are just fabulous. Thanks for participating and having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam
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pamspretties57 said...

Hiya!!! I follow you by email. Thanks for participating and having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam
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pamspretties57 said...

Hiya!!! I liked your page on Facebook. Thanks for participating and having the giveaway. Blessed be, hugs!!! Pam
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Denise said...

I love both collections. The blue and brown is beautiful done up. Thanks for sharing.

Lisa Marie said...

Your runner is beautiful! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

carla said...

Hi!!! Love your runner!!!! The fabrics are beautiful!!!! Thanks for the fun give away!!!!

carla said...

I am a new follower and signed up for email!!!!

carla said...

I follow and liked your facebook page!!!!

Vicki in MN said...

Beautiful! It's batiks what's not to love, LOL

Sara said...

batiks are my favorite fabrics to sewn on and Island Batiks has of the prettiest ones. I must admit that I like the moonlight colorway even more than boondocks.

Farm Quilter said...

Love the bedrunner!! Thank you for the opportunity to win such drool-worthy fabric!!!

Farm Quilter said...

I follow your blog via email.

Farm Quilter said...

Farm Quilting likes you on facebook :)

Debbie said...

Awesome! Thanks for the chance to win!

Debbie said...

I liked you on Facebook.

Juliak said...

Love the different colors and would love to make something from the bundle! Thanks for the giveaway

Ivory Spring said...

Beautiful project! You did a great job.

Emily C said...

Very nice runner. I love that you got the furniture store to let you use their furniture for props. They look so nice.

Emily C said...

I follow on facebook.

Audrey said...

A beautiful block rendered in a luscious fabric collection. I love your use of feathers in the quilting. Thanks for sharing and offering a giveaway.

WYO Di said...

I follow on FBook!

WYO Di said...

I Enjoyed your blog read!

WYO Di said...

I now follow via E mail - whoot whoot!!

Elizabeth said...

Love those teal & cream pineapple batiks. Beautiful bed runner.

Elizabeth said...

I follow you via email.

Elizabeth said...

I liked your Facebook page!

Elizabeth said...

I liked your Facebook page.

Quilting Tangent said...

Beautiful batiks in your giveaway.
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Following on bloglovin'. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Susan Sheridan said...

Thanks for the chance to win.

Laura M said...

This blog hop has been so much fun. Thanks for your generous giveaway.
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VickiT said...

I really love your runner. The colors go together so well and the purple collection is just gorgeous too. Purple is my favorite color so naturally I was drawn to those when I saw the picture. So pretty. They are all gorgeous fabrics.

What a great idea to ask a furniture store if you can take pictures in their store. Brilliant idea.

Anonymous said...

I love the Sock Hop idea. The fabrics are lovely!
Karen
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conniet said...

Love this hop and batiks are my favorite.

Grandma Barbara said...

I'm following your blog via email and have liked you on Facebook. I love batiks and the cat print is right up my alley!!

Julie said...

Love the cat print...I have never seen that before :)

Julie said...

I follow by email.

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