Sunday, February 21, 2016

Island Batik Planes Trains and Automobiles Blog Hop

Hi, and welcome to all my new visitors.  I'm SEW excited to share my project with you, as you hop along with the Island Batik Ambassadors.  I hope your passport is up to date, because we're going on a tropical vacation, to explore some coral reefs.  



My collection is CORAL REEF, and the colors are bright and fun and perfect for our tropical trip, with time on a sunny beach, and some snorkeling and scuba diving thrown in.  Have you ever gone Scuba diving?  I did, and it was awesome.  I swam through a sunken ship on a coral reef, near St. Thomas Virgin Islands.  We saw fish in so many beautiful colors, and the reef and the blue water, and gorgeous turquoise sky.  It was a perfect day.  


(Photo from web, ScienceClarified.com, not my photo)



This is my favorite from the bundle I received:
This print is also in the bright pink colorway, too.  
The dragonflies and butterflies are so cute!  I would wear this as a shirt or skirt, too. 

There are so many great fabrics in this line!  I had used the Coral Reef purples for this table runner, for a previous hop (See HERE for that post)

So, this time, I wanted to use the orange, yellow, red, and pink fabrics and make something that reflects the fun and scenery of the coral reef, with a block that ties into our destination. 
I made Ocean Waves on the Reef.





The background is GLAZE

I quilted it with Aurifil 50wt in 3840, the pale variegated lavender thread named French Lilac, and used 4225,  eggplant, for the borders.  I stitched waves on the smaller triangles, and feathers in the border, and plan to add shells, fish and other Coral Reef inhabitants on the larger purple/white sections.  I needed to get photos done for this post, so I'll add finished detail photos when the quilting is done.  

(Thanks, Mom, for being a trouper and holding my quilt while I took photos at the Freeport Nautical Mile, Long Island, NY)

There are several free versions on Ocean Waves blocks and quilts online.  
Bonnie Hunter of Quiltville has THIS scrappy version, with smaller blocks.

Eleanor Burns and Quilt In A Day had a larger size block in Quilts from El's Attic now in preorder. I love both of these versions, and the directions.  I'm a member of Eleanor's block party series, and I had a copy of the directions from that, which I used to assemble my 20 blocks.  But I wanted my blocks to be larger (Hers are about 8 1/2") , so I went to EQ7, and drew the block design, and played until I had a 12" block.  I made the larger triangles 2 colors, to get the different blocks in the center, and made sure the corner triangles were the same, so I could create pinwheels where the blocks meet.  I love secondary designs! 

For a 12" block, you need 10 assorted HSTs (half square triangles) measuring 3 1/2" (3" finished), plus 2 light triangles (cut a 4" square in half, once on the diagonal) and 2 dark triangles (vary these, but again 4" square cut on one diagonal).  You'll also need the larger triangles.  Cut 7" triangles on one diagonal.  I used 12150719, and each square cut was enough for 2 blocks (I needed 10 7" squares of purple, and 10 white for the whole quilt).  

CORAL REEF - 12150719



Lay out your HST units like this, with the 2 light triangles at the bottom in rows 1 and 2, and the darks at the top in 3 and 4.  

Follow Eleanor's video to sew the block together.  
Ocean Waves is the second half of this show.  Trim the tips and the block shape.  
 To sew the large purple triangle and the background triangle, fold the triangle in half, to find the center of the long side.  Finger crease this.  Put a pin about 1/4" from edge at this fold, and use the tip of the pin to locate the match point on the block, the place where the triangles and square meet.  Wiggle the fabrics together until your pin is straight up and down, and the edges are even.  Stitch.  Remember to sew the dark triangle to the side with the light HSTs and the light triangle to the darks (in my case, the purples).  Also, notice that the top left HST is red/purple (the same in each block) and the bottom right HST is the multi-colored print that looks speckled.  These form the pinwheels when sewing the block together. 

I did put a pin at the center, to make sure, when I trimmed my block to 12 1/2", I would have enough on the corners.  I only needed to really trim these last 2 large corners to make the block square.  
I made 20 blocks, and added 3" strips (6 strips cut) for border.  I used 6 2 1/2" strips for binding, using a variety of the other prints for a scrappy look. 
My quilt measures about 54 by 66".  

I think my larger block really shows off the design and the gorgeous colors in this collection.  
So, now for some hopping fun.  I hope you've visited the other blogs, so here's the list.  

Monday, February 15  – Caribbean Splash
Bejeweled Quilts
Pamela Quilts
Tuesday, February 16 – London Fog
Moose Stash Quilting
Wednesday, February 17 – French Roasted
KISSed Quilts
Made In Scraps
Happy Cottage Quilter
Thursday, February 18 – Crystal Cove
Freemotion by the River
Friday, February 19 – Florida Oranges
Fun Threads Designs 
Kauffman Designs
Tamarinis
Monday, February 22 – Coral Reef
Mary Mack Made Mine  You're here!
Purrfect Spots Designs
Tuesday, February 23 – Sweet Georgia Peach
One Quilting Circle
KISSed Quilts
Wednesday, February 24 – Hollywood Hills
The Fit Quilter
Maria Michaels Designs
Thursday, February 25 – Desert Rose
For Quilts Sake
Lemon Tree Snippets
Monday, February 29 – Jersey Shore
Beaquilter
Lemon Tree Snippets
Tuesday, March 1 – Tuscany Sun
Tammy Silvers
Wednesday, March 2 – Lavish
Freemotion by the River
Moose Stash Quilting
Thursday, March 3 – Fire Island
KISSed Quilts
Friday, March 4 – Tinsel, Holiday Happenings
Purrfect Spots Designs
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting
And Island Batik has a give-away, too!  

AND, leave a comment on my blog to be entered in a give away from me!  I'm not sure what it'll be yet, except that it's Island Batik fabric, at least 4 FQs or some fat 1/8's!  I recently moved, and my studio isn't set up yet.  I have a little more painting to do, and then I'll share my new space.  My Island Batik collection is in that room, somewhere! (It's in a special bin, but just not within reach!).  Now that this quilt is (almost) done, I can get back to painting and setting up the space.  This give-away closes on the last day of the hop, March 5, and I'll ship international if you don't mind paying the additional charge in postage.  

Thanks for hopping along, and I hope you enjoyed our little scuba excursion!  You can find Island Batik at many great online shops, but please also ask your favorite shops to carry it.  I promise you'll love it! 

Maryellen

89 comments:

Calicojoan said...

Gorgeous! And what a great backdrop! Now I want to start making half square triangles for a quilt like this! :-)

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

Beautiful! Love the jewel tone and vibrancy of these colors!

Anonymous said...

Great quilt and great staging! atthebrightspot

Connie Kauffman said...

Ocean waves was a good choice for your fabric!

Christine said...

Great post! Beautiful pictures!

Michele T said...

Oh my ! Those are beautiful colours!! Your quilt is gorgeous and I love the setting for your photo shoot!!!

Charlene S said...

Thank you for the tut and information on Ocean Waves. Beautiful fabrics.

Jane Weier said...

The quilt is beautiful! And I love your photos of it. Thanks for sharing.

Renea said...

Beautiful quilt. Love the fabrics. Thanks for the giveaway and good luck in getting your sewing studio set up.

beaquilter said...

great quilt!

FunThreads Designs said...

Beautiful quilt and fun photo shoot:)
Don't count me for the give away...

Elizabeth said...

Love the quilt and the fabrics

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful quilt and the colors are perfect for it! Great photos with the boat in the background too! Thanks for sharing!

annmarie said...

I love batiks & your quilt is lovely. Thanks for the easy to follow tute.

Lori Smanski said...

wow both of your batik projects are so pretty. they just spell HAPPY TIMES
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Pam Geisel - For Quilts Sake said...

Those fabrics and colors work well in that quilt.

Eyreka said...

Beautiful!! I love the purple and orange combo.

Kd Brown said...

Such gorgeous batik prints! I especially love the selection of purples. Your projects are outstanding. Great job, Maryellen!

Anita said...

Great quilt, and a fantastic place for a photo shoot!

Barb said...

Those fabrics are just to die for, love your quilt...

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

I love the colors in the coral reef collection!

QuiltShopGal said...

Beautiful quilt. Thanks for the great tips and insights. Is that your yacht in the background of your quilt? Looks like you could go scuba diving anywhere in the world in that ship. I'd love to join you anytime, especially for diving in warm waters.

QuiltShopGal
www.quiltshopgal.com

ShirleyC said...

Gorgeous! I love all of the colors.

Kathy said...

I love your quilt!! So bright and cheery.
Thanks for the opportunity to win whatever you give away :)

Lorie Bugaiski said...

Beautiful! Thanks for the giveaway!

anna brown said...

I have some batiks just looking for a good quilt ...So i really like your idea....might just be my next project....ty for sharing..... happyness04431@yahoo.com

Darlene B said...

Great quilt! I love it by the dolphin sculpture :)

Janie said...

I love the quilt and the pictures where it was taken. Thank you for sharing.

tac73 said...

Gorgeous quilt! Thank you for sharing the process and inspiration.

Christine Smith said...

Beautiful !

Kathy Kinsella said...

Beautiful quilt and photographed in the perfect setting!

Anonymous said...

What a pretty and bright quilt...makes me want to visit an island! panitedquilts

Joyce Carter said...

Beautiful quilt Maryellen! I love the bright colors in this collection. Thank you for the giveaway.

Adele Mogavero said...

Lovely Quilt Maryellon. The colors are fabulous for the pattern.

Donna W said...

Fantastic quilt - the colors are yummy! Thanks for showing it to us.

barbara woods said...

love those jewel tone fabric

Quilting Tangent said...

Pretty quilt, love the color combination. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Cat Lady said...

Love your Ocean Waves, such a warm color combination on this cold winter day.

JM in Toronto said...

Great quilt, MaryEllen! The coral reef batiks are my favorite line of the Island Batiks. Your photos are great for showing off the lovely colors of the quilt.

Createology said...

Beautiful Island Batik Quilt and it not only reminds me of a gorgeous Coral Reef it also reminds me of a gorgeous sunset. Thank you sew very much for hopping.

Nellie Duclos said...

Love those quilts. We moved from our home in November 2014 to have our house renovated. I was able to set up my first sewing room after my daughter's moved out. Now we are going to be moving back and I will be setting up a permanent sewing studio. I have mixed feelings about the move. I am anxious to get back to our remodeled home, but dread the process.
Rosemary

Hanke said...

Love the colors of your quilt! Thanks for the chance!

Rosalind Gutierrez said...

Love the setting for your batik quilt picture.

Laura said...

Love those clear colors. Thanks for sharing. Good luck with your studio.

Emily C said...

I love all those colors! The pattern reminds me of the tides.

Sewgirl said...

What a lovely quilt, and thanks for the tutorial and sharing the giveaway!

PK Sews said...

Hi Mary! I love how your quilt shimmers with color. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos. And enjoy your unpacking! I hope you rediscover lots of inspiring treasures.

The Victorian Girl said...

Love the colors!
kellam.susan@yahoo.com

LJ said...

I really do like the larger blocks that you designed. Those Island Batiks shine in the quilt.

Astrid said...

Gorgeous! Love the pattern, the colors, and HST. :)

Vicki H said...

I love the colors for your Ocean Waves on the Reef. Loving the hop.

Sally said...

Your favorite is my favorite too! Beautiful.

You created a BEAUTIFUL quilt with all those half square triangles!

Rose Marie Andreozzi said...

Coral Reef collection is beautiful! I like your Ocean waves project, carries the theme through, huh?

Kathy E. said...

I'm looking forward to tons of photos of your new space! I'm sure I'll get some ideas for upgrading mine. Love those batiks.

Uniquely Yours Creations said...

The fabrics are beautiful and your quilt came out
gorgeous! I'm jealous though that you got to take
your photos at Freeport! One of my favorite places!
The photos came out great!

OhioLori said...

Beautiful fabrics...and your Quilt is Awesome!! Thanks for chance to win your Give-a-way too!!

Can't wait to see your Sewing Space!! :)

Cecilia said...

Beautiful quilt! I've never been scuba diving, but it looks fascinating. Thanks for sharing your quilt and for the giveaway.

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Such a lovely quilt, the colors are fabulous. I have never been scuba diving, but my travels do not usually end up in tropical locations.

JANET said...

Like your quilt! Don't scuba because I cannot swim. Too old to learn now.

Dody said...

Oh,that purple is so pretty! Beautiful!
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Sallie said...

What a beautiful bundle of fabric!

Pamela said...

Fabulous quilt! Well done :)

Joey Strange said...

Oh ME, your quilt is BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Love it and the fabrics.

Beth said...

Your quilt is beautiful. Thanks for showing us the larger block option.

Kelly Dee said...

I love your quilt, very pretty!

GranChris said...

Your quilt is beautiful. I really like the colors and thanks for the large block option.

Kate said...

Love the fabric and love the quilt! Thank you for sharing!

Kathy L said...

I love those colors! So bright and cheery.

Sheila Ivany said...

Ocean Wave Quilt is on my list to do. You did a fabulous quilt,the colours are so vibrant. Happy Quilting :)

Claire Sutherland said...

Love this. The colours are gorgeous x
Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

Gene Black said...

I love your quilt and your tablerunner. These batiks are just so pretty. I agree about the dragonfly batik. I would wear a shirt made of it too. Many times when I get fabric and my Mom sees it she says "I would love to have a dress made out of that."

Rebecca said...

Love batiks and love your quilt. thanks for the chance to own some. sewfabrics@outlook.com

Lisa Marie said...

Wow, your quilt is gorgeous!

Allison CB said...

Great fabrics - lovely quilt!!!

Paradise Threads said...

Love the quilt against the dolphin backdrop.

Rose Santuci-Sofranko said...

Wow, those fabrics are absolutely gorgeous! Thanks and God bless! ILuvTheEucharist (at) aol.com

Bec said...

Wow! love the vibrant colors of the Coral Reef! Can't wait to see what the mystery giveaway is. :)

Quilts for Sale said...

The colours and fabrics are beautiful! A very dramatic quilt!

Peggy said...

Beautiful quilt and fabrics.
Thanks,
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Edie said...

What a wonderful quilt. Such bright and lovely fabrics. Thanks for the demo and the draw.

quilter said...

Beautiful, I have this pattern-looks like time to make it. I usually make quilts in cool colors, but if you send me fabric I would try!
cork@pa.rr.com

Cloud 9 said...

The colors are striking. So much movement that the quilt is alive.

Havplenty said...

Ocean Waves is such a dramatic quilt pattern and looks gorgeous in the colors you chose. i know that this quilt is on my quilty bucket list somewhere. Thanks for the chance to visit your blog during this hop.

tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

Tina Jeo said...

Beautiful! Thank you for your hard work and inspiration.

Kathryn said...

I love the colors you used.

d said...

This is my first time here, and I am so inspired by your quilt and the colors you've chosen

GranChris said...

Absolutely beautiful. I love the colors.

WandaM said...

Love your quilt! I've been setting up my new studio in what was my daughters room. Seems like I'll never get it all set up the way I want. Sure cuts into the quilting time!

Abbigail said...

Love your quilt and these fabrics!