Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Blog Hop

It is hard to believe that my year as an Island Batik is over.  I am hoping to be selected again so I can, once more, share with you these lovely fabrics and some of the things you can make with them.
The last challenge is, oddly enough, called New Beginnings.  New, because it is the first one of 2017.  We were asked to design something that depicted that theme. 

The fabric I used is from the  River's Edge collection. Although the wall hanging I used doesn't have anything to do with water,  I loved the colours and decided to use my own idea.  This is so easy to do when you are working with such  beautiful fabric.  You can buy Island Batik fabrics at a wonderful quilt store in Orillia called Thimbles and Things. (thimblesandthings.com) You might also wish to drool over all the other Island Batik fabrics and can do so at: islandbatik.com  If you don't live in my area, you can find a list on the site of other stores that carry the product.
My version of New Beginnings has two meanings.  The most obvious is the rooster greeting a new day but there is also another story behind that.  Almost 9 years ago, my husband and I moved from Edmonton (a large city of 1 million people) to rural Armour Township in north central Ontario.  As soon as we were settled, we bought some laying hens.  The flock has continued to provide us with fresh eggs as well as meat and many house of enjoyment as we watch them scurry and scratch around the yard. And yes, we do have a rooster.  He guards the hens and lets us know when another day starts. My rooster is from a free design by Cindy at Fat Cat Patterns (fatcatpatterns.com)  If you haven't seen her patterns, do check them out.  One of my first applique projects was her Funky Chickens.

This final challenge is part of a blog hop.  You can see the links to the other blogs below.  Take time to check them out as there are fabric draws, free patterns and wonderful quilts to be seen.  Island Batik is also having a draw.  You can enter it at:  http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/511f5ed414/
Copy and paste into your browser and follow the instructions.

Blog Links (you can still enter the draws on the earlier blogs)

Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist
Stone Cottage Quilts
Tuesday, January 10 – Dotalicious
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
PamelaQuilts (Me!)
Inchworm Fabrics
Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt
Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection
Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs
Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River
Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angel Creations
Jennifer Sewing
Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting
Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs
Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
The Patchwork Pearl
Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts
Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake
Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Connie Kauffman
Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting
Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner


  1. Very fun! I like that the roof is a log cabin square.

  2. Very creative and colourful, Anna! Really like it, especailly the rooster!

  3. Beautiful work Anna! We used to have chickens and a rooster also! Our neighbor still does.

  4. I love the rooster! My grandparents used to have a side business selling chickens and their eggs. I still remember going to the coop to feed them.

  5. Very diffrent I like rosters so this us cool... happyness04431@yahoo.com

  6. Very diffrent I like rosters so this us cool... happyness04431@yahoo.com

  7. Really fun! Great colors in this collection, too.

  8. Beautiful design, fabrics and colors!
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

  9. such a fun quilt. I love your rooster

  10. Awesome & Creative! Love it!! :)

  11. fun and cozy looking rooster! My sister has chickens, and is collecting chicken-themed decor items, so I think it would be fun to make a chicken-themed quilt for her.
    thanks for sharing your ideas!

  12. The fabrics are lovely and your interpretation of the theme is well done.

  13. I like your rooster and it's a good choice for this month because the Chinese Year of the Rooster starts on January 28th.

  14. Very nice wall quilt - the rooster is great!

  15. Your rooster has a lot of personality!