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!  


68 comments:

  1. I'm beating the heat by staying in the air conditioning! It has been so wet and humid here in eastern PA, which means my allergies have been awful. The only way to beat it is to stay indoors and sew.

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  2. I beat the heat by staying inside with the AC. Living in Arizona during the summer is not for wimps.

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  3. This pattern was perfect for highlighting the fabric and gorgeous fabric it is. I love the colors and prints. Great job Lisa.

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  4. Lisa, I am using more AC than usual and drinking lots of fluids to stay hydrated. At night when it is cooler, I like to go out and enjoy the night sky. And, as I learned in the Yucatan, always walk on the shady side of the street.

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  5. I beat the heat by staying inside with the AC.In Greece this time of the year is very hot

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  6. I love the pattern you choose Lisa. It shows off all those beautiful fabrics perfectly.
    I live in the South where the temps are very high so the AC has been turned up higher and it is best to stay indoors until late evenings. A cold glass of iced tea helps out a lot too. Thank you for your giveaway.

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  7. I am staying in under the air. I get out early or late in evening. Love your quilt and would love to win the leftovers. dorthac at aol.com

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  8. Great pattern to show off those fun fabrics! Air Conditioning sounds like it's saving everyone this time of the year. including myself! LOL!!

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  9. You made an awesome quilt with these beautiful fabrics! i love how you did the binding!

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  10. Ahhhh...I need one of those drafting compasses!!! I'm taking aqua fitness with 60 others Mon-Thursdays...LOVE that water and friends.

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  11. Love that pattern you used. Beautiful quilt. I am trying to get a quilt done for my Granddaughter's birthday.

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  12. That's a great pattern for showing off those gorgeous fabrics! I love your quilting choice, too :)

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  13. This looks lovely with
    all the pieces. We bought
    our first pool and have
    it up out back and enjoying
    it!
    Carla from Utah

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  14. I am in love with the quilt. Beautiful. I just stay inside but honestly I like hot.

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  15. Great use of fabrics! I live in No Ca in the fog belt, so today is just like the rest of summer around here...cold and foggy. No need to beat the heat here!

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  16. What an awesome quilt! It makes great use of those blues and browns and the large scale prints.

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  17. I love your circle quilt, those colors look so good together!

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  18. Absolutely LOVE your Quilt!! Mmmmm! Beautiful!! We have an OLD farm house..no AC..so we stay near fans lol...but we are Blessed with huge Maple trees that provide great shade that helps bunches. :) Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too :D

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  19. For 2 weeks we went to Maine and stayed by the water - nearly always a breeze there! Your design shows off the fabrics so well! Thanks for the chance to win some.

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  20. i love your quilt! makes me feel like fall is coming! AC is probably my favorite invention of modern times. no joke.

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  21. I eat fruit popsicles to cool off from the heat! Beautiful quilt!

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  22. I am staying in and working on UFOs!
    Sandy A

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  23. That's a beautiful quilt, and the matched binding is really amazing! My sewing room is in our basement, and it's nice and cool down there - so that's where I go every afternoon. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  24. Your quilt is beautiful. That pattern really showcased the different prints. I beat the summer heat with a cool glass of ice tea.

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  25. what a way to showcase all of the fabrics, just wonderful!

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  26. going to the springs or to the 🌴 beach. otherwise sewing in the AC.
    I love your quilt, I have been adventuring into curves... and enjoying it.
    thanks for the giveaway.

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  27. I've been staying indoors with the air conditioning. I have trouble breathing in this heat so the AC helps.

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  28. Ohhh my I love this quilt idea...Well I have ac and I work 3rd shift...I really am not doing alot right now but have started some project linus quilts... ps the colors are buitifull that you got.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  29. Great design for this fabric. I'm sewing and sitting in front of fans in the steamy high humidity of Long Island.

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  30. Beautiful quilt! I'm staying inside alot and in the shade outside! Enjoy your day!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom :-) :-)

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  31. Lovely circles, and what a super way to get them different perfect sizes. That pile of fabric will be a wonderful surprise for someone in the North.

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  32. Awesome design and these fabrics are amazing! Batiks have to be my favourite!

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  33. I love all of those prints, but I'm with you: the blues are my favorites!

    I'm working in my cool basement during the day, and wandering around in my garden in the cooler evenings. :)

    I love that matched binding--gonna have to try that!

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  34. I've probably been indulging too much in having ice cream treats at night....but when my husband is having some and offers it to me, well, no one should ever have to eat ice cream alone!

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  35. To beat the heat, I have been staying inside -- staying mainly in my sewing room and having fun. Nancy A: SewingGranda@gmail.com

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  36. My quilting foom is nice and cool! And thanks for the link to that binding tutorial!! I've always wondered how people do that.

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  37. Beautiful fabrics. I live in Florida and beating the heat and the rain has been a bit of a challenge. I've been quilting many of my UFO's which were needing attention.

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  38. I am in the Pacific NW also, and my problem is escaping the air conditioner! I don't want you to think we are wasteful or eco-violators, I just hate the feeling of cold air blowing on me. (I have some issues...) So, I spend my time trying to find the "just right" space outside, usually under some shade trees, pulling weeds (or reading a book if no one is looking...). The other day I was sitting at our new picnic table, which I've dreamed of for 15 years, reading under an umbrella, and the umbrella blew over and hit me in the head. So it's a constant battle around here to find the ideal environment, I say with heavy sarcasm, since we are so very lucky to live where we live.

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  39. As with everyone else, I stay in the air conditioning as much as possible. So this means reading, sewing & looking for inspiration on blogs. Taking the dog out at 7 am helps with my daily walk.
    petuniakr@aol.com

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  40. Gorgeous quilt! No A/C here, so to stay cool, I go to the basement and use my longarm!

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  41. wow this is lovely. such pretty fabrics to play with.
    I am staying in out of the heat. Drinking lots of homemade iced tea and ice cream.
    I am reading and quilting.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  42. I am mostly enjoying the air conditioning inside--except when I work in the garden and I choose early morning or in the evening when it is cooler!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  43. In South Mississippi ,in the summer, with temps in the 90's ,staying inside is key! Sewing & cleaning are in order! Thank you, Susan

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  44. Great quilt Lisa and thanks for pointing out the binding and technique. I really like it and it is perfect for some quilts. I won't play - have enough fabric!!

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  45. I'm beating the heat this summer by staying inside to quilt. LOVE the quilt you used your batiks on!! Well done.

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  46. I agree that the Checkerboard Dots pattern was the perfect choice to show off these awesome fabrics! Your curves are "spot on"! Beating the heat is not easy, but when I'm in my sewing room, I have the ceiling fan on high and a portable fan beside me to help me through those dreaded hot flashes. Ugh. duchick at gmail dot com

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  47. Your quilt is beautiful! What a great way to show off the fabrics. I've been beating the heat by swimming with my granddaughter. We are doing a pool tour, going to a different pool every day.

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  48. Lovely quilt!! Thank you for the nice giveaway - I beat the heat going to the beach. Usually lake Michigan!

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  49. I love your use of the circles! Beautiful quilt! I am beating the heat here in Indiana by taking lots of day trips to Lake Michigan and Lake Superior. In fact about any lake will do. We also went canoeing in the Boundary Waters. Those lake breezes are just the thing to "beat the heat".

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  50. I'm cleaning out my basement. It's very cool down there! I love circles.

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  51. I am finishing a lot of quilts that have been in progress over this last year!

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  52. Love your quilt! I'm busy organizing my sewing room and sewing a little bit. The garden has taken up a lot of my time.

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  53. I'm hiding at work in the air conditioning!

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  54. Have a swamp cooler, which works great in this arid climate. And lots of iced tea, sewing with audio books to keep me company. I think your quilt is beautiful. That blue and gold really makes it stand out.

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  55. I love how you quilted this one, I think it really compliments the circles and squares. I struggle with "random", my brain wants everything orderly, but I really like the effect it creates.
    I'm staying cool this summer like I do every other summer... stay indoors as much as possible. I live in the south and I really dislike the summers here.

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  56. My yard is suffering this summer as I want to spend all my time in the AC! I am loving a chance to win all those yummy fabrics.

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  57. I'm keeping the cooling towels handy and drinking LOTS of water to beat the heat. A/C has been a big help as well, obviously!

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  58. I love this so much! And I love that you used a compass and are now going to keep it in our sewing room! Drinking lots of water here, trying to stay cool! Also a hiking trip to the mountains to a swimming hole!

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  59. That is a wonderful way to use the fabrics, but what I loved was the beautiful quilting. It's a perfect design for the blocks. How will your FIL feel about you keeping his compass? =) That's the good engineering kind. Mostly, I'm staying cool by staying inside. Tennessee is really humid lately, so I'm in the cool indoors, except before about ten when it starts to get bad - and buggy! I've scratched my feet and ankles into terrible condition. And water, lots and lots of water! Now if I had those pretty batiks you're giving away (thank you!), I could stay cool imagining beach scenes to sew! =)

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  60. I love your quilt with all the circles. I bought a compass also during back to school sales with the intent to draw circles for quilting. Blues and tans are prefect together. Beating the heat in front of the a/c and my sewing machine eating plenty of the seasons best fruit offerings and grilled corn on the cob.

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  61. Great use of the fabulous IB fabrics! We love to camp and kayak.

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  62. I beat the heat by staying inside in the A/C & sew! Thank you, Susan

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  63. I have been staying home as much as possible to stay cool.

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  64. Your quilt is so fun. Love the circles. I'm beating the heat by getting up early to garden, then I stay inside the rest of the hot day and sew (unless I have to work, blaugh)

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  65. Beat the heat by staying in the AC and sewing!!!!

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  66. Spending my time by the community swimming pool. It always seems to be cooler there than my house (no AC).

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