Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Beat the Heat Blog Hop

Who's ready to Beat the Heat?  It's a little warm here in the Pacific Northwest, but I'm loving every minute of it!  For those of you who would rather be inside scrolling on your phones, checking out all the fun quilty stuff, just sit back and relax and start hopping to the Island Batik Ambassador blogs for a look at the new fabric lines coming out and for a chance to win some fabric of your own, including one at the end of this post! 
You may remember my box opening video in February where I shared everything that Island Batik sent to me in my first of two boxes, and I showed some "surprise" packages that I couldn't share until a later time.  Well, it's finally time!  
This is the Clockworks line by Kathy Engle.  Just look at all these fun designs!  The blues are my favorite!  
I had so many ideas for what to make with these fabrics, but so many of those ideas involved cutting it into small pieces, as most quilts do :)  I wanted a design that showed off each of the prints, so spent a lot of time (probably too much, as usual) going through all of my quilting books, looking for THE one to jump out, and I think I found it! 


I used the Checkerboard Dots pattern in the Skip the Borders book by Julie Herman of Jaybird Quilts.  This is a fun quilt to make, and I think it shows off each of the prints so well!  

I used this old compass of my father-in-law's to cut out all the fusible circles.  It's  pretty handy.  I think I'll keep it in my sewing room now :) 
The pattern calls for 32 different prints, but I didn't have that many, so I cut out one of each print and then chose my favorite prints to use more than once :) 

I used Hobbs Heirloom Natural cotton batting with scrim, which is really nice, and I LOVE the weight of it!  
I quilted randomly spaced horizontal straight lines and then two vertical lines down the center(ish) of each circle using Aurifil 50 wt. #5020 (light military green) and the walking foot on my Baby Lock Jazz.  
I used my favorite binding technique (seen in pic above and below) - matched binding - using the excellent tutorial by Debbie at A Quilter's Table.  
Be sure to check out the Island Batik website for a chance to win some amazing fabric, and there you'll find links to all the other ambassadors' websites where there will be even more giveaways!  

And here's what you can win from me! These are my leftovers from making this quilt - over 2 pounds of fabric! 

All you need to do is leave a comment here on this post telling me what you're doing this summer to beat the heat.  That's it!  U.S. residents only.  

The blog hop ends on August 30th, so I'll keep my giveaway open until September 7, 2019.  That gives you a few days to catch up and get through all the blogs to enter all the giveaways :)  Good luck!