Monday, August 20, 2018

The Great Outdoors Island Batik Blog Hop Week 3

Are you ready for another round of beautiful batik fabrics, and inspiring projects to showcase them? I know I sure am! I am officially back from blog-cation. As with any vacation, it went in a flash and I did not get as much accomplished as I'd thought I would. Still, it was nice to have no pressure to write or even read blogs, and if I did read, to not leave comments. (gasp!) Who puts these pressures on anyhow? Moi...😲
My turn comes up Wednesday! See below for another sneak peek at the quilt's progression. Remember there is a fabulous giveaway on Island Batik's blog, as well as at each blogger's stop.

You know how much I love to quilt feathers. This quilt asked for some, so I said, I dunno; I'm planning on selling this one.... But the quilt won out. They usually do.
Black is so hard to photograph, not to mention try to quilt, with black thread! I saw that the early morning light was just right from the window with no overhead lights on to capture the quilting: organic leaves here à la Kathy Sandbach, feathers à la Kathleen Quilts.

Hope to see you back on Wednesday! There will be a giveaway here on my blog as well!

Each week of the hop you will find five different newly released fabric collections from Island Batik showcased in projects. The name of each collection is in pink italics, and the blogs to visit who are showcasing the collection are beside it. Have fun, get inspired, and good luck in the giveaways! the past two weeks' links are below Week 3.

Week 3

August 21 British Rose Busy Hands Quilts, Mania for Quilts
August 22 Dear William Inquiring Quilter, mmm! quilts (that's me!), Living Water Quilter
August 23 Dragonfly Dreams Inchworm Fabrics, Bea Quilter
August 24 Fur-ocious Friends Quilting Affection Designs, Dizzy Quilter 

Week 2

August 13 Safari Sew Incredibly CrazySweet Grass Designs 
August 14 Spring Blossoms Mary Mack Made MineIf These Threads Could Talk
August 15 Victoria and Albert Bejeweled QuiltsClever Chameleon
August 16 Wild Things Freemotion by the RiverKauffman Designs
August 17 Petting Zoo Den Syende HimmelSarah Goer Quilts

Week 1

August 6 All A Flutter Yellow Cat Quilt DesignsCreative Blonde
August 7 Birds 'N Bees Ark Angel CreationsPatterns by Jen
August 8 Canterbury Manor Sally MankePowered by Quilting
August 9 Eclectic Garden Desert Bloom QuiltingSew Karen-ly Created
August 10 Vintage Morris MooseStash QuiltingDevoted Quilter

In other news, Avril had her spa day which didn't take long at all, and yes, it was her timing, so she's good to go now. That was such a wonderful day trip to Chatham, to The Quilting Studio, with lunch at Mama Maria's on the Thames River, and a side trip to North Buxton, a town where escaped and freed slaves could own their own land, build homes, have their children educated, and build a good life, what all humans deserve and have a right to. There are more photos on my Instagram, but I found a quilt in an 1850 log cabin!
Of course I'd sniff one out. And it's a log cabin quilt, in an authentic log cabin! Love it.

Happy hopping!


  1. The pressure is crazy sometimes. Welcome "back" and I look forward to Wednesday. :)

  2. The suspense if killing me! Thanks for the sneak peeks though. The feathers are beautiful. Can't wait to see the finished project.

  3. I'm excited to see your quilt, and I'm glad you're back! That log cabin is a beauty in those colors. Wednesday isn't coming soon enough!

  4. Love the colours you’ve used for your quilt, and the feathers are perfection!!
    Looking forward to Wednesday!
    Barbara x

  5. Can’t wait for your day! Today’s blogs sure had some real beauties!

  6. Whether is a "staycation", a "blogcation" or a tripcation, they all go too fast. Happy Avril is back in action but even without her you do wonderful quilting. Look forward to Wednesday!

  7. I'm impressed that you were able to do such lovely quilting in black-on-black! It almost looks midnight blue in the photo. Looking forward to seeing the rest of this beauty :)

  8. Hi Sandra! I just discovered the issue of quilting black-on-black - I got very close to stitching on top of previous quilting. Glad you are back but sorry your fun vacay is over. I am very much looking forward to your post on Wednesday, and those feathers! FAB! Happy Monday to you! ~smile~ Roseanne

  9. great comeback after your blog cation Sandra. good luck with the hop

  10. Welcome back from you blogcation. Love those feathers you've finished. I love the jewel tones in this one. Looking forward to seeing the reveal later this week.

  11. Welcome back! Love the feathers! Looking forward to seeing the quilt.

  12. I love the sneak peek and that your machine is working.