Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Blog Hop Post and Give Away

Island Batik  Rocks
  One of the wonderful things about living in the country is you have so much 'outdoors'.  In an urban area, your outdoors can be as small as a balcony.  Hubby and I are fortunate enough to count our outdoors in acres.  It is filled with wild flowers, a large variety of happy animals and birds as well as our own little cultured (barely) area.
Throughout history, humans have turned land into places where they can live.  Gardens range from a few potted plants to vast estates of walkways, topiary, water features, hedges and a myriad of shrubs and flowers. The challenge for Island Batik Ambassadors for this month is the great outdoors and  it was these ordered gardens that gave me my inspiration for my Great Outdoors quilt. My fabric is called Birds and Bees and it is covered with those creatures in many colours as you will see from the display below.
  I love, love the great Outdoors fabric line  and wanted to use as much of it as possible. I also wanted keep the pattern simple so the material was the star and not the design. Formal Gardens is the result.
  It was designed to look like those very ordered, everything in its own place so popular during Elizabethan times. This is so far from what my garden looks like that it made a nice (almost humorous) contrast in my mind.




 This is my fabric.


 The basic block.
 And the quilt.  The outside border is more yellow than white although the colour doesn't show up that way.


And now for the draw.  If you would like to win this fat quarter (and a few other bits and pieces) of Birds and Bees, leave me a comment on my Facebook page or blog.  Tell me why you like this fabric and don't forget to check out the other blogs and enter to win their draws.  I am sorry but this prize is only open to Canadian addresses due to the cost of postage.  If you live in another country, I will have a separate draw for a downloadable pattern.
Click on the Island Batik link above to enter their prize.  Links to the other bloggers is below.  Good luck
Blessings,

Monday, August 6 - All A Flutter - Yellow Cat Quilt Designs, Creative Blonde

Tuesday, August 7 - Birds N’ Bees - Ark Angel Creations, Patterns By Jen

Wednesday, August 8 - Canterbury Manor - Sally Manke, Powered By Quilting

Thursday, August 9 - Eclectic Garden - Desert Bloom Quilting, Sew Karen-ly Created

Friday, August 10 - Vintage Morris - MooseStash Quilting, Devoted Quilter

Monday, August 13 - Safari - Sew Incredibly Crazy, SweetGrass Designs

Tuesday, August 14 - Spring Blossoms - Mary Mack Made Mine, If These Threads Could Talk

Wednesday, August 15 - Victoria and Albert - Bejeweled Quilts, Clever Chameleon

Thursday, August 16 - Wild Things - Freemotion By The River, Kauffman Designs

Friday, August 17 - Petting Zoo - Den Syende Himmel, Sarah Goer Quilts

Monday, August 20 - Ocean Odyssey - Gateway Quilts, The Quilt Rambler

Tuesday, August 21 - British Rose - Busy Hands Quilts, Mania for Quilts

Wednesday, August 22 - Dear William - The Inquiring Quilter, MMM Quilts, Living Water Quilter

Thursday, August 23 - Dragonfly Dreams - Inchworm Fabrics, BeaQuilter

Friday, August 24 - Fur-ocious Friends - Quilting Affection Designs, Dizzy Quilter

Monday, August 27 - Globetrotter - Pamela Quilts, Curliecue Creations

Tuesday, August 28 - Jungle Cruise - Vicki's Crafts and Quilting, Little Bunny Quilts

Wednesday, August 29 - Lavendula - Carole Lyles Shaw, Masterpiece Quilting

Thursday, August 30 - London Calling - Quilt in a Not-Shell, Lizard Creek Quilting

Friday, August 31 - Spirit Rhythm - Steph Jacobson, Whispers of Yore

Monday, September 3 - Sweet Tweets - Kathleen McMusing, Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Tuesday, September 4 - Whatnot - heARTS Creations, Slice of Pi Quilts



48 comments:

  1. Pretty quilt, Anna. I especially love the warm amber tones in the collection. This fabric would have been a good one for me to get, as we keep honeybees :)

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  2. Pretty fabric ... nice design ... :) Pat

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  3. Beautiful fabrics for a beautiful quilt.

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  4. Great design to show off those delicious batiks. The FQ?Uhhhh...it's a batik...I use batiks 95% of the time...so what's not to like about a batik-in any design or color!?!

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  5. I too call country my home with numerous acres to wander around on. Beautiful blocks, I like the unfussy ones that let the fabric shine.

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  6. I love all Batiks, made a king sized log cabin quilt for my son

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  7. Your quilt turned out beautiful! I am a country girl all my life and moved to the big city 12 years ago. Fortunately, I have a big backyard to plant my garden in!

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  8. I too love all batiks. Tey can be used in any quilt and look nice.

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  9. I love the colors of these nations, especially the amber. Thanks for the great giveaway.
    Cork@pa.rr.com

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  10. USA
    your quilt is lovely. thanks for sharing
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  11. I love batiks because there is no right or wrong side, the colours and designs are gorgeous too!

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  12. A lovely quilt. I'm in the US so not part of the drawing but wanted you to know that I like your design.

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  13. Well I am in the US but will tell ya you did great job on your quilt....

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  14. I am in the U.S.A. also, but just wanted to say how much I like your quilt. The fabric is gorgeous and the birds in the fat quarter are quite cute.

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  15. Very pretty. The fabrics are great, but your quilt is very elegant, just the look you wanted for your formal garden. Yup, not like mine, either, lol.

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  16. I love these fabrics because they produce feelings of summer and being in the country. I live in the country too, and I live in Canada. Thanks!

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  17. I like living out in the country as well...love your quilt but don't inclue me, I am an ambassador myself. Thanks

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  18. The fabrics are so pretty and that makes your quilt beautiful. I love the country but I am in an apartment in the city. I read your blog faithfully and enjoy it so much. Thank you and I live in Canada!! shawm@rogers.com

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  19. love those birds!!! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

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  20. Oh the birds are delightful, gorgeous color. Thanks, I'm Canadian.
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

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  21. I love the color! I love bright colors and this fabric has a darling print as well. Your quilt is great. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

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  22. I love this quilt and the way you showed all the fabrics. I have many of the same fabrics but in different color ways in my collection (september 3 is my date).

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  23. Beautiful fabric! But then I am partial to Batiks! I love your quilt, great design!!! I'm in the US, but wanted to let you know I love your quilt!

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  24. Hello from another Canadian quilter! I love birds as a motif, and I love the contrasts in these batiks, rather than being monotone and bland.

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  25. Love your quilt. Batiks are great because they can be mixed and matched quite well. However, the bird batik would require being featured in a quilt. I would use it in a quilted wallhanging. My husband and I have taken up birding in our retirement. We actually had robins hatch and fledge this summer at our house. Fun to show the grandchildren. Janice.snell@gmail.com

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  26. Your quilt is so gorgeous! Nice work!

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  27. I'm from the U.S., so I'm sad not to be able to enter to win that fabric, which is gorgeous--although I understand about the shipping costs. But I'll chime in with what I love about that fabric: the color is rich and beautiful, and bird fabric reminds me of my dog Nanny, whose nickname was Nanny Bird.

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  28. Beautiful, these fabrics are gorgeous

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  29. Such a gorgeous fabric collection! Looks like you had fun with it.

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  30. Beautiful fabrics and a very nice quilt. Yippee for a contest for us Canadians! :) I love that birdie fabric - I am a batik fan and a vibrant colour fan, plus I love to play with fussy cutting. Al the fabrics in the line look so rich and inviting. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  31. Love the rich colors sna little animals!

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  32. What's not to love about batiks? Rich tones and that amber piece have me drooling. As a birder the fat quarter you are willing to part with is very attractive to me. Thanks for sharing your lovely quilt.

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  33. Beautiful quilt! I loved working with these colors.

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  34. So pretty! The colors in this line are really beautiful - love your quilt!

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  35. Great quilt .... sometimes keeping it simple is what works the best to let us showcase the fabrics used. My love for Island Batiks continue as these are all oh so drool worthy yet again! It's the rich luscious colours that always pull me in. The specific FQ for the giveaway, well it's the cheeryness of the red/pink with a good contrast to the tweeties. And oh, those tweeties are just so darling! Me Too ... so appreciative that we Canadians do get a chance at a giveaway. Thank you to you and Island Batiks for sharing with us.

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  36. Lovely fabrics and quilt. Have a fabulous day !

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  37. Beautiful quilt and that island batik fabric is gorgeous. I also live in the country (in Canada) and most of our land is in its natural state. There isn’t enough time to tame it all!

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  38. Hello from Calgary. I don't have an ordered garden either but it sure looks pretty as a quilt design. I love fabric with birds so that FQ would be a welcome addition to my batiks.

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  39. I just love the colour of this fabric. Thank you for the chance to win a giveaway

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  40. Love the fabric. Enjoy your blog too.

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  41. Those little birds on that fabric are so much fun. I'd love to play with them.

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  42. Your fabrics are beautiful and your Formal Garden quilt shows them off perfectly. Enjoy your very lovely, well-ordered, quilt. :)

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  43. Your quilt is just a beauty. I love the fabrics you received. They are just too cute.

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  44. From one Canadian to another, beautiful fabric! I like that even though it's a batik, the bird image is very prominent and not blended in softly.
    basaran.family@rogers.com

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