Monday, January 8, 2018

Island Batik Blog Hop, Free Tutorial, Give Away


Are you ready for a MONTH of new Island Batik fabric fun?

The Island Batik Ambassadors have been playing with the new Fall/Winter fabrics and have lots of inspiration for you.

Majestic Mountains Flat

My collection was the beautiful Mountain’s Majesty.

mountains majesty

…And if the fabrics alone don’t get you totally inspired here are some of the patterns that are available in the Island Batik catalog.

Shadow Box by Mountainpeek CreationsShadow Box

Zig Zag by Mountainpeek Creations
Zig Zag

Free Tutorial

Are you totally motivated? Want to jump right in with a fast project?

I decided to start my year off on the “right foot” with two charity quilts. I spotted this super fast design on Pinterest and fell in love.

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Here’s how I made mine…I started with a 10” square of each of my fabrics and the equal number of 10” white squares.

update: I started with 27 colored squares and 27 white squares for the quilt in the photo. Finished block size in the quilt is 9”.

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Next I cut a 3 1/2” x 9 1/2” rectangle (A) off the left side of my 10” square. Then I cut the remaining fabric into a 6 1/2” x 6 1/2” square (B) and a 6 1/2” x 3 1/2” rectangle (C). Repeat those steps for all your 10” squares.


Now the fun begins. Swap the white 6 1/2” x 6 1/2” squares with the colored 6 1/2” x 6 1/2” squares. Chain Sew!!!! ZOOM ZOOM! Sew “B” to “C” then add “A”. I added my colored pieces randomly in a mix and match style.

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In just an hour I had enough squares finished to make two twin sized quilts.
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January Special at FunThreads Designs just for you!

Give Away

Click on the Rafflecopter below to enter to win a bundle of three stash building 5” strips. Open to US residents only.

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a Rafflecopter giveaway

Guidelines and Rules for FunThreads Designs give away.

  • No purchase necessary.
  • You must be 18 or older to enter.
  • While we hope you will leave a comment on the post of the day because we love comments, we want no reply bloggers to have a chance at winning also. Rafflecopter will collect your name, location, and email.
  • Three rolls of 5” stash building fabrics will be given away to one winner.
  • Winner picked at random via Rafflecopter at the end of the day on Jan. 12. Winner will receive notification via email. Winner will have approximately 5 days to claim their gift, if 5 days passes, the gift will be offered to another eligible entrant. Winner who will receive a shipped item will need to provide name, address, city, state. All prizes will be awarded.
  • Winner will be announced on this blog and in the Rafflecopter window here on this page.Winner agrees to allow their name, city, state to be publicized.
  • Odds of Winning a prize are based on total number of rafflecopter entries.
  • You are responsible for claiming and paying any tax owed on the value of any gift that you win where applicable.Some restrictions on gifts will apply based on shipping policies.This sweepstakes is void  where prohibited by law.

Visit all the other Island Batik Ambassadors for more INSPIRATION and fun



Jan 8th

Jennifer from The Inquiring Quilter
Cheryl from Cheryl Lynch Quilts

Jan 9th

Carol from FunThreads Designs
Alison from Little Bunny Quilts
Tina from Quilting Affection Designs

Jan 10th

Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Connie from Freemotion by the River
Laura from Slice of Pi Quilts

Jan 11th

Barb from Bejeweled Quilts
Nan from
 Purrfect Spots Designs


Jan 15th

Jan Turid from Den Syende Himmel
Linda from Inspired Layers

Jan 16th

Sharon from Yellow Cat Quilt Designs
Sally from Sally’s Quilting Corner

Jan 17th

Stephanie from Quilt’n Party
Jessica from Desert Bloom Quilting

Jan 18th

Jeanette from Inch Worm Fabrics
Connie from Kauffman Designs


Jan 22nd

Pamela from Pamela Quilts
Kate from Seams Like a Dream

Jan 23rd

Kathy from Kathy’s Kwilts and More
Janet from Whispers of Yore

Jan 24th

Maryellen from Mary Mack’s Blog
Joyce from Hearts Creations

Jan 25th

Terri from Meanderings Along Lizard Creek
Karen from The Quilt Rambler
Marlene from 
Kissed Quilts


Jan 29th

Anna from Ark Angel Creations
Marian from Seams to be Sew

Marlene from Kissed Quilts

Jan 30th

Marlene from Kissed Quilts
Bea from Beaquilter

Jan 31st

Nancy from Masterpiece Quilting
Suzy from Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Feb 1st

Joan from Moosestash Quilting
Vicki from Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

#islandbatikambassador #islandbatik #thebestfrombali #fourseasonsbloghop


QuiltShopGal said...

Beautiful projects, great tutorial. The past few years I've been working on EPP projects, with batiks, when I travel. But I've decided to start working on Orange Peel designs, while traveling. I think your 5" bundle strips would make perfect Orange Peel quilts, if I'm so lucky to win in your giveaway. But I'm sure whomever wins will enjoy creating with them.


teachpany said...

Love the colors in this collection. And that's a great use of 10" squares. Thanks!

myzbarb said...

The splash of green adds just that bit of zing to liven up your wintry quilt with a promise of spring to come.

Robin (RsIslandCrafts) said...

I love quick and simple projects that look complicated when finished. Cut and swap blocks are fun to play around with.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful quilts and what a great way to use 10" squares of batiks! Thanks for sharing!

LJ said...

Fast and cute and Island can a person go wrong.

Barb said...

Beautiful the charity quilt.

Sharon said...

This is such a fun little quilt! I plan to use your tutorial to make a few Project Linus quilts with it...thanks for sharing.

Quilting Tangent said...

Pretty quilt patterns.

Scrapatches said...

Lovely fabrics and colors. Thank you for the tutorial and the chance to win ... :) Pat

Lori said...

what wonderful fabrics. such gorgeous quilts. gotta go make something now. thanks for sharing

Angie said...

Very cool fabrics! I like your Quilts! Have a fun day!

Gene Black said...

Thanks for sharing the quilt and the "how-to" on it.
The prize you are so generously offering looks delightful to my "batik loving" eyes.

Marian said...

Great project Carol, it really shows off the design of this quilt nicely. I love how the design has several looks and the fabrics just pop with the lighter colored fabric as the backdrop.

Danette said...

Those batiks are beautiful! Chain piecing is the way to go!

Sewgirl said...

What a great quick quilt..simple but great looking. Thanks for the tutorial and giveaway!

Janarama said...

Terrific quilt. Thank you for the tutorial.

Cecilia said...

Thanks for the great pattern and tutorial. I love the quilts!

Barb L said...

Great project for utilizing these beautiful fabrics.

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

This is a great project! It really makes the batiks shine. Perfect for the hop. Love that collection--gosh it gorgeous!

BarefootThunder said...

Love the quilt (s) how many squares did you start with??

VickiT said...

Really pretty colors in this collection. Thank you for the quick tutorial for the quilt.

Beth said...

This would be great for making quilts for our local Ronald McDonald House! Did you know they give a quilt to every family who stays there? Thanks for the idea.

teachpany said...

This is so cool! Great idea for using Stacks, and with little waste. Great quilt.

Unknown said...

I love how fast you were able to put this quilt together! I will definitely add it for a great go to pattern! Thanks so much for the inspiration and a chance at the giveaway!

Jennifer Fulton Inquiring Quilter said...

What a fun fast quilt! It really showcases those gorgeous batiks. Kudos!

Anonymous said...

What a great quick quilt to make for a gift, or for giving for others to enjoy when you are donating. Sometimes a fast quilt fits the need to sew. Thanks, Jill in Phoenix/Calgary. Jillmccaughey at shaw dot ca

The Quilted Dog said...

Fun and fast, and love the colors! Wonderful!

Annmarie said...

I'm always looking for quick charity quilt patterns. Thanks sew much!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for the helpful tutorial!!

Pamela said...

Thanks so much for the tutorial! There have been times that I've needed to make a super fast quilt. This design is more sophisticated than a simple four patch! Your quilt is lovely, and so is this fabric! Thanks for sharing this!

Mom C said...

I love to make charity quilts. Those are FAST. And they look great. Thanks. said...

Cool quilt and I have been looking for quick charity quilts. Thanks for sharing.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful quilts and what a great tutorial! Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

I cannot find your AG doll Bikini pattern, please help. Thanks