Sunday, January 6, 2019

Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop

Hi! I'm gazing into my Crystal Ball and I see that a great adventure awaits you!
I see that you are going on a Getaway Blog Hop with Island Batik Ambassadors.
I predict you'll see lovely fabric, gorgeous quilts, and Interesting Information!
I predict that you will see lots of give-aways and prizes!
I predict this Getaway will take you a month of fun blog visits, from the comfort of your computer.
I also see that you'll be able to find these collections arriving in stores, soon,
or you can ask your favorite store to get it.

Read on for your first glimpse of inspiration.

So, if you haven't guessed, my collection is a stunning group called Crystal Ball.
It's so pretty, and filled with plum purple, lavender, aqua, a little green, some dusty mauve, teal,
and peacock.


I contemplated what I wanted to make with this collection, even considering something with a
Snowball type block, but I just kept seeing all the gorgeous jewel tones, and had to pick
I've had this book for a while, and have wanted to make it. This was the perfect collection.
Island Batik generously provided 1/2 yard cuts of the collection, and yards of Sprinkles for the
background, and fabric for the border and binding.

Look at some of these up close! I love paisley, and there are some Chops that are stunning in this.
And give me a good floral, I'm a happy girl. Purple floral? Even better.


 Seriously drooling over that teal/purple and the design.


The gorgeous multicolor is Peacock, one of the basics.

The book has an interesting technique to make the blocks, and the directions are well done.
If you hadn't already seen some of my quilts, you'll know that
Eleanor Burns is one of my favorite designers. Always well done.

So, as easy as picking this was, and choosing the layout for the Lap size,
I decided after I started assembling that I want to make it a queen size, and use it on my bed.
That was on Tuesday.
When it looked like this. I am so glad I have that huge cone of Aurifil 50wt. There's a lot of thread in this.

Knowing I'm caregiver for my mom, who has Alzheimer's, and knowing that her moods can keep me
from sewing, that was NOT enough time to make a queen size top with piano key borders for today's post.
But I can try, and I love purple and need a new quilt for my bed!

This is the layout for the Lap size.   


Although I did get a few of the extra blocks started. And a bit of the piano key border.
I need 8 more blocks, and then need to figure out the borders. This is the plan.


So, now that you see my plan, I hope you'll stop back to see my progress.  
I do want to mention that I'm also selling Island Batik in my Etsy shop.  I currently have 10" Stack Packs of Crystal Ball, and Sprinkles by the yard, as well as Lavender mottle and White solid.  If you want another color, let me know.  Leave me a message, or click on the link above left for my shop.

If you were given these fabrics, what design would you have picked?  
Answer that question in the comments, and you'll be entered to win something, including my latest pattern, Jungle Jumble.  Great for 10" Stacks! 

Please also visit Sandra today, and Island Batik, for their Rafflecopter give-away.  It may seem like a lot of steps, but you'll get lots of chances to win.  Do a few each day!  Link is after the schedule.

Thanks for stopping, and commenting.  Please see the schedule for the rest of the hop below.  
WEEK 1
Monday, January 7 - Crystal Ball

Tuesday, January 8  - Ditty

Wednesday, January 9 - Elk Lodge

Thursday, January 10 - Feline Fine

Friday, January 11 - Flea Market

WEEK 2
Monday, January 14 - Fortune Teller

Tuesday, January 15  - Gypsy Rose

Wednesday, January 16 - Paisley Park

Thursday, January 17 - Soul Song
Friday, January 18 - Twilight Chic

WEEK 3
Monday, January 21 - Winter Park

Tuesday, January 22  - Bazaar


Wednesday, January 23 - Blossom

Thursday, January 24 - Boho

Friday, January 25 - Brookview

WEEK 4
Monday, January 28 - French Blue

Tuesday, January 29  - Midsummer Night

Wednesday, January 30 - Oh Deer

Thursday, January 31 - Snow Berry  

Friday, February 1-  Candy Cane Lane and Icicle
Anne Wiens- Icicle - Sweetgrass Creative Designs

Barbara Gaddy - Candy Cane Lane  -Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Saturday, January 5, 2019

One Monthly Goal

Hi.  This is a quick post with a preview of Monday's Island Batik #GetawayBlogHop and a link to One Monthly Goal.


Elm Street Quilts

Quick?  I hope so.  If you've seen my blog, you know I can write a novel and then add photos, lol

My project will feature Crystal Ball.

My goal is to have it as a top by Sunday, for photos, and then finished by the end of the month. That's one of my goals for January, 2019.  As of this writing, it's currently 1/8 of the block, with some being full blocks, and I need 12 blocks for Sunday, but want to make it a queen size.  It also has piano key borders, which aren't even started yet.  Lots of sewing time needed!  

The other is to remember to write 2019.  I also need to finish a baby quilt and make another by Feb 3.  But that's another goal and another story.  

Linking up with Elm Street Quilts One Monthly Goal.  
Check back on Monday for the reveal and for a give-away, from me and from Island Batik.  The hope goes all month!