Thursday, March 24, 2016

Creative New Quilts and Projects and Giveaway

Hi and Welcome to my day on this fun Blog Hop featuring gorgeous fabrics from Island Batik in the wonderful designs in the 2nd book by Wendy Sheppard, 
Creative New Quilts and Projects from Precuts or Stash.  
I'm honored to be a part of this!
I've been an Ivory Spring fan for years!  Wendy's designs are always so pretty, unique, interesting and fun.  Many of her designs are based on classic blocks and quilts, but she adds her own flair to everything she does.  And you NEED to check out her quilting.  Totally swoon-worthy, and she gives tutorials and hints on how to try to do what she does with a domestic machine.  I've purchased her first book, and knew I wanted this one.  I've also purchased calendars and magazines just because her designs are included.  I even want her Aurifil thread collection!  

So, when a message went out to the Island Batik Ambassadors asking who would want to participate in this blog hop, I wrote back within seconds, begging to be included (really, about 5 "please's and memememe").  I was SO relieved to get the "yes" email back!  
Then the fun began!  We got a preview of the designs in the book, and were asked to pick 3. (Very difficult to pick only 3, I want to make so many of them!)  We were then told which of our choices we could make, and asked to choose fabrics.  I picked Stars over Columbia. 


Talk about fun!  Let's go play in the warehouse at Island Batik and pick from ANY of the current collections, which are now available in your favorite LQS (No? Ask them to order it!)

So, how can I use a collection from Island Batik to make this quilt, but do something a little different?  Which colors do I want to use?  Although I loved the red, cream, blue and grey that Wendy used, I wanted something different.  I picked London Fog.  

(I took a quick picture on my brother's classic Mercedes, because it matched the light teal inner border from Island Batik, lol) 


For the main colors, I picked the aquas, purples, and lavenders.  For the accent color (red in Wendy's) I picked green, SKU 121506022.  My background is Egg White.  I chose to keep it all the same, but you could easily use scraps for yours.  I also wanted to make it larger, and added 2 borders.  Wendy's quilt measures 36 by 45".  Although I've recently had a new great-nephew and a great-niece is due any day, and this would be a sweet Baby size quilt, I wanted to show you that you could take this design and change it to make it your own.  I added 10 extra of the "blue" star blocks, and the first border is 2 1/2" cut WOF (need 5 strips) and the outer border is 6 1/2" wide (finishes at 6", cut 6 strips)  My quilt measures about 62 by 72", which I think is a great Lap size.   



  
I made sure I placed the green (aka red) stars in the same location, even though I now had 30 blocks and a 5 by 6 grid layout, and I LOVE the splash of color and interest.  I know Wendy's used this technique in other designs, and it just adds so much sparkle to the quilt.  

This first fabric above is the detail of the outer border, which I felt would pull all the colors together.  It's SKU 121510004.  The middle is for binding, and that's SKU 121508006.  The backing fabric is Sea Salt Sandy SKU 121500348

You NEED this book in your collection.  There are so many great projects using 2 1/2" strips, general scraps (which is what Stars over Columbia uses, but I used FQs) and charms and FQs.  And there are great suggestions for quilting these.  I'm sure you'll find something you want to make, or inspiration for quilting your project.  
So, to purchase, please Click and order from Landauer or to get a signed copy, email Wendy through her blog.  If you can't wait, or you're outside the US, you can purchase a PDF copy here.
Wendy was also a guest on Pat Sloan's Podcast.  You can listen to that HERE.
To see the other Ambassador's posts on this book and get a peek at the rest of the designs, here's the list.

Monday, March 14 - Island Batik Intro
Tuesday, March 15 - Crossings - Adele Mogavero, The Fit Quilter
Wednesday, March 16 - Flight of Colors Pillows - Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts 
Thursday, March 17 - Care for a Cuppa - Joan Kawano, MooseStash Quilting
Friday, March 18 -  Birds of a Feather Placemats - Barb Gaddy, Bejeweled Quilts

Monday, March 21 - Birds of Feather Runner - Linda Pearl, One Quilting Circle
Tuesday, March 22 - Childhood Memories - Bea Lee, BeaQuilter
Wednesday, March 23 - Winter Blues - Connie Campbell, Freemotion by the River and
Marlene Oddie, KISSed Quilts -
Thursday, March 24 - Stars Over Columbia - Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine
Friday, March 25 - Count My Blessings - Patti Bochey, Lemon Tree Snippets

Some of them still have the chance to win a copy of the book available.  Go enter!  
And to win a copy of the book from me, just comment below!  I'll choose one random comment on Monday, March 28, to win a copy from Landauer.  Must be US address to win.  

Since my dad got so sick, I haven't had much time to quilt.  I'm taking my mom to visit him every day, as well as taking care of things for their house.  He's in Rehab now, rebuilding his strength, and we think he'll be home in about 2 weeks.  We can't wait to get him home!
I'll get this one quilted, soon, though, and share the finish here.  I can't wait to show you!  And if you make anything from the book, make sure you share it on Instagram, either tagging @IvorySpring or #Creativenewquilts.  I can't wait to see what you make! 

Thanks for visiting!  
Maryellen
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60 comments:

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

Beautiful coloring!!!

Connie Kauffman said...

The London Fog fabrics blend so well on the front and I love the Sea Salt Sandy on the back!

Christine said...

Beautiful colors! Hope Dad is home soon.

Allison CB said...

Lovely! Makes me want to go sew......mumbird3atgmaildotcom

Grandma said...

Love your quitl. I know a little girl that would love those colors in a quilt for her.
Prayers for your Dad.
patsystitch@gvtc.com

Calicojoan said...

There is just something about these purples that makes it sing! Beautiful!

Amanda Best said...

Your version is so beautiful. I love it. The book looks great.
My email is: bestbelle2010@aol.com
Thanks for the chance to win!

DebraKay Neiman said...

Oh, those colors, London Fog is a great selection. Looks Wonderful. crystalbluern at tds dot net

barbara woods said...

Love their fabric

Lori Smanski said...

wow this is really gorgeous. i love the colors you chose.
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Kathryn said...

I've not made any purple quilts, but I love yours. I may rethink what color I make my next quilt. Thanks for sharing.

Cherie Warren said...

Love the London Fog

QuiltShopGal said...

Your quilt is gorgeous. Such refreshing colors. I hope your father soon feels 100%.

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Lisa Bruce said...

Beautiful colors in that quilt!

tac73 said...

These are some of my favorite batiks! Thank you for sharing your projects. The book looks great.

GranChris said...

I love that purple and you know I love the Batiks. Cherish the time you have with your parents. Life is short.

Lisa Marie said...

Your quilt top is gorgeous! Glad your Dad is improving, better days are surely ahead!

Lorie Bugaiski said...

Love the chose in fabric, beautiful quilt. Thanks for sharing and giveaway!

lloyswife said...

Beautiful quilt and beautiful colors! I really like the two focal color blocks that add such a splash of color!

JoyceO said...

Oh my, your quilt is a beauty. Love the colors☺️

LJ said...

This is a gorgeous quilt and I love your the colors you chose. Those special 'color' blocks add so much. Love, love.

Needled Mom said...

Those colors are really pretty in that quilt. I love the pop of lime green in there.

Linda said...

VERY PRETTY QUILT! THANKS FOR SHARING! HAPPY EASTER!
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Kaye M tkmattson@hotmail.com said...

Wendy*s book looks great! Your quilt is so pretty, that dash of lime green really gives it pizazz!

Julie G-AZ said...

London Fog is,a great collection. I haven't seen it yet at my LQS but plan to buy at least a pack of precuts. Your quilt is fabulous! Best wishes to your dad.

Dot said...

Your quilt is beautiful. Love the fabrics.

adele said...

Its beautiful! Love the colors!

ritainalaska said...

London fog is gorgeous! the patterns in this great book are made for such fabric. thanx for the opportunity to win a copy.

JANET said...

Like the colors and the quilt. Hope your Dad gets well quickly!

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

What a gorgeous quilt! Hope you Dad improves daily~ and thanks for the fun!

Rita Lynn said...

I love the blue.

anna brown said...

So pretty i so love how you guys get your colors to work...Ty for sharing.... prayers for your dad............ happyness04431@yahoo.com

Shirley sascott4@hotmail.com said...

I love making quilts from batiks. Blending of the colors are awesome. Your quilt is lovely in blues - mine looks somewhat the same. Thank you for the opportunity to win a great book.
Thoughts and prayers for your father...........

Cecilia said...

You chose beautiful colors for your quilt! Thanks for sharing pictures of your finished top. I hope your Dad is able to return home soon.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

The quilt is beautiful in the London Fog collection! Thoughts and prayers for your dad!

barbara woods said...

Love the fabric and your quilt

Vicki H said...

The London Fog makes a beautiful quilt. Wishing a speedy recovery for your dad.

MissPat said...

Love your London Fog version. Wendy has really great designs. Hope your Dad gets home soon. And you get back to quilting.

Cynthia Allen said...

You are right...I NEED this book in my collection!!

Melody Lutz said...

Beautiful quilt and great fabric choices!!!

lauraluvsloons said...

I love those London Fog colors ~ they look beautiful in your quilt:)

OhioLori said...

Looooove your Quilt!!! & thank you for chance to win this Awesome book!!! :)

Glad your Dad will be back home soon, and Prayers that he & your Mom will be doing great!

Walter said...

You really showed how a different color palette can work really well. It came out great and I thought the green accents were perfect. Would be fun to play with this book! pjrquilter (at) msn dot com

Carol W said...

Your quilt is a lovely adaptation of Wendy's.

Kathy said...

I love the color choices you made for your quilt. So pretty! Thanks for the opportunity to win.
kakingsbury at verizon dot net

Quilting in Acton said...

Blessings to you as you take care of your parents. Praying for you all to enjoy this special and hectic time together.
Oh my goodness - your rendition of Wendy's quilt is absolutely beautiful. Such great use of a splash of color to make your quilts really stand out! And, yes, I do need this book 😆

Quilting in Acton said...

Blessings to you as you take care of your parents. Praying for you all to enjoy this special and hectic time together.
Oh my goodness - your rendition of Wendy's quilt is absolutely beautiful. Such great use of a splash of color to make your quilts really stand out! And, yes, I do need this book 😆

Claire Sutherland said...

These colours are beautiful. Love it!
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Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Lovely Quilt. Love the colors you chose.
Carol

rrjane011749 said...

Love the purple, aqua and lavender combination!

Donna W said...

Love your quilt - and it looks fantastic on the back of your brothers car. The blog hop has been so much fun and I can see that this book is a must have.

Patti Howell said...

I am really enjoying this bloghop. Thanks for sharing. PATTI

Sewgirl said...

Your quilt top is beautiful. Thanks for sharing. And hugs to you, your mom and your dad during his recovery.

tammik said...

Love your version. Book previews look like great sewing fun.

Cathy Wilson said...

I love the colors you chose to do your version of Wendy's quilt, very soothing!
cathylouwilson@gmail.com

Anonymous said...

Great color choices! What a different look from the quilt in the book! Would love to win the book. Thanks for the opportunity.
Sandy N
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Lori Miller said...

Those purple and teals look so good together!

Sherry said...

I adore the London Fog fabrics, those colors are very appealing to me! I would love to win a copy of your book!

GO STARS! said...

What a beautiful quilt! I love your color choices.

Paula said...

Great color choices for your quilt. That is my hardest task when it comes to quilting....choosing the colors! Hope your dad is healthy and strong soon!