Friday, February 26, 2016

PLANE, TRAINS, AND AUTOMOBILES ISLAND BATIK BLOG HOP AND GIVEAWAY!

COMING SOON!!

What a fabulous blog hop so far.  

The delicious fabrics (remember no calories).

The talented people and the amount of creativity 
is out of this world!

Thanks Katie for allowing me to be a part of this Island Batik Blog Hop but most importantly for the wonderful fabrics.

Look to my side bar for the blogs that are participating and do visit past blogs, you will not be disappointed!

Today I am using 





As mentioned before, I love to do applique with Island Batik Fabrics because you can blend them, they do not fray as easily or stretch.  I tend to get precise cuts and it makes the sewing go so much smoother.  

I started this project months ago.  This project has moved from desk, to cutting table, to longarm table, so I guess you can say that it is very well traveled in my sewing room.

For weeks it sat on my longarm which you see as you enter and leave my sewing room.

Several people have commented on it and a few have watched it's progress.


Those who have read my blog in the past know that I have spent three years in Amerika Samoa.  I would say that those three years were three of the best years of my life...wonderful friends and beautiful island.
My husband and I have traveled to and from with the stopping point being Hawaii.  In fact, we lived in Hawaii for three years early in our marriage.

                                          

I have often said that I was born to the wrong family, my real family is on an island somewhere.  You know I can still hear the waves.  Is that bad?



I have been wanting to make an "island quilt" for some time now and so here it is.

My husband will be found staring at it.  He says every time he looks at it he sees something new.

The Sun is paper pieced with a Caribbean Splash yellow for the Sun and a variety of other Island Batik yellows for the rays.

The rest of the wall hanging is blanket stitched.

If you look careful you will find a gecko  at the top of the sand on the left hand side.


  and bottom of the sand on the right hand side.  Not only do you see the gecko by Island Batik's name but geckos are everywhere on the islands...and sometimes where you least expect them.  Have some funny stories but that will have to wait.



I made these gecko's by drawing on tracing paper and then placing it on top of the quilt and stitching over my drawn design.

Gene Black mentioned on my blog one time when I used tissue paper... "May I suggest some wash away stabilizer (typically used for machine embroidery) to draw on and use like you did the tissue paper. I think it would be easier to use."  

Then someone suggested that it was a sticky mess doing it this way.   I do not know, I have not tried it but wish I had remembered so I could have.

The tracing paper was much better than tissue paper (for gifts), the tissue paper left little tiny specks of tissue and was hard to get off.


Awesome giveaway from Island Batik. 
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Then I would like to offer a small giveaway myself.

This is a Dumplings Zip Pouch by Michelle, she has an awesome tutorial Here:

So I am giving away this little Zip Pouch and three Sea Salt Sandy fat quarters...I know, you only see two...I am whining now......because I can't decide what the third one will be.  It is hard enough to give away these two..but trust me, there will be three fat quarters.

Just leave a comment telling me your favorite place to visit.

Thanks for coming by!

The other blogs that are a must see today are:
Tamarinis
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting
Pamela Quilts

85 comments:

  1. I love your quilts. Such a neat idea to add the geckos as a quilting motif instead of as green batik.

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  2. I don't have just one favorite place. Hawaii is nice, National Parks are nice, etc. Often my favorite place to visit is where my family is -- especially my son who grew up and moved 900 miles away! Love your island scene!

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  3. My favorite place to visit is the beach in Maine. So different and so beautiful!

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  4. What a delightful scene! Love the quilted gecko. Wonderful quilt!

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  5. Great quilt!
    My favorite place to visit is a Greek island!

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  6. Fun! I love your gecko quilting motif. Thanks for the shout out. My favorite place to visit is The Yucatan, Mexico. It is plenty warm and always fun.

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  7. Love your island quilt! My favorite place to visit is the gulf coast of Florida. :0)

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  8. What a beautiful design! I can almost feel the palm trees swaying in the breeze!

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  9. Your island quilt is adorable. My favorite place to visit is qoing home to Minnesota.

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  10. A wonderful quilt! I love the sunrise! Great palms and water and sand and your quilting is perfect! I love batiks too. They are such a dream to sew with. Anywhere that there are large bodies of water is where I like to be.

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  11. My favorite place to visit is Tunica, Mississippi.

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  12. I like your island quilt! Batiks are my favorite go to fabric for just about everything!! Love them!!! Would love to go to the islands...Bahamas are on my bucket list!!

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  13. The pouch is so pretty! Anything made with Batiks is, of course! My favorite place to visit is anywhere our kids are living which right now is far away in Washington and California.

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  14. I love southern California. Especially the little town of Pacific Grove. Would love to live there instead of just visit.

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  15. Any place with a beach is my favorite place to visit. Thanks for the giveaway, when you make your final choice,lol
    cork@pa.rr.com

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  16. your wall hanging is just wonderful. i love that you added the geckos. so cute. thanks for sharing about the tracing paper. thanks for the give a way. the pouch is so cute. i love to visit where there is family or friends. if it is just my husband and myself, someplace that is warm and sunny and quiet.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  17. your wall hanging is just wonderful. i love that you added the geckos. so cute. thanks for sharing about the tracing paper. thanks for the give a way. the pouch is so cute. i love to visit where there is family or friends. if it is just my husband and myself, someplace that is warm and sunny and quiet.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  18. Perfect in every way. A great showcase for this fabulous fabric and an adorable place for playing with quilting! You've done a spectacular job!

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  19. I like to visit ohio because my family is there, oh and of course, any island!! eyreka1@gmail dot com

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  20. Love how this looks with these fabrics! The quilted geckos are really cute!

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  21. I love visiting any place with a beach!

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  22. my favorite place to visit so far is alaska in the summer time.

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  23. Favorite place to visit? That is a real hard question, because there are so many great places to travel to. For quick getaways, our family goes to Holland, Michigan or Petoskey, Michigan. One of my favorite places was the Canadian Rockies. Your little quilt is sweet! And the zip pouch is a really nice giveaway! Thank you! warner.dale@gmail.com

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  24. You are so talented! I can see why you'd miss island life. We went on two cruises, and visiting Grand Caymon was incredible. I still want to go on more cruises because you can see several places within a week or so.

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  25. It's a toss up between a SoCal beach and the Grand Tetons. Know anywhere with beautiful weather, beaches, and mountains? Oh, duh - Hawaii! Never been. :(

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  26. I love going to Pukaskwa National Park, it is only an hour drive away!!

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  27. My favorite place to visit is Yosemite National Park. It sure be on everyone's "bucket list," with it's beautiful granite mountains and waterfalls. Love your island quilt.
    Rosemary

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  28. I love finding a new quilt shop that has my kind of fabrics. Better than any vacation.

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  29. I love tropical island type vacations. Bahamas,Carribean,Hawaii etc.
    llamance@hotmail.com

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  30. I love to go to new places. Best trip so far? Washington, D.C. Area. So much history, it was awesome!

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  31. That's so pretty! I love it. Great design and use of the Sea Salt Sandy collection.

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  33. I love those hidden geckos- such a clever idea! Loving the purple pouch too- great color!

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  34. Oops, I should have read the instructions properly. California is my favourite place in the whole world to visit.

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  35. My husband and I love to get in our 1960 MGA and take a ride in Wisconsin to whatever direction we feel like going for the day. Always fun to find those back roads you have never been on before.

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  36. I really enjoy visiting Cancun & compare it to Paradise. Love your Island quilt & Gecko design.

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  37. What a cute quilt, I love the gecko quilted into it! Well done! I had a tough time giving away some of my fat quarters, too ;)

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  38. Quite delightful! We are kindred spirits. I am also misplaced. Yes, I live on an island, but it isn't warm there! I'm supposed to be on an island that's hot year round! As a matter of fact, I was thinking about it when I was taking my morning walk today. XO

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  39. My favorite place to visit is the Oregon coast. Thank you for sharing your projects.

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  40. My favorite place to visit is the Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. Thank you for sharing your beautiful wall hanging. I love the geckos you quilted.

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  41. What a sweet quilt...yes, I love the beach and the ocean too. Hawaii is always a nice place to visit!!

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  42. Your quilt is so cute and makes me want to go to a warm and sunny place. I have never been to Hawaii but I would love to go there.However, my favorite place to visit is the mountains. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  43. Love Alaska, Hawaii and Spain but we have a trailer 20 miles from our home where we can see Zion Natl Park and hear the wind blowing through the pines. My heart is at peace there. Love your quilt. Thanks

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  44. YOUR QUILT IS SO NEAT! THANKS FOR SHARING!
    msstitcher1214@gmail.com

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  45. Beautiful work. My favourite place is Fort myers , Florida where we vacation regularly x
    Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

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  46. My favorite place would be Smokey Mountains in Tennessee. Thanks for sharing and the giveaway!

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  47. My favorite place to visit is Montana. I will be going there soon! Loved your Island quilt, especially the gecko. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  48. My favorite place is the BWCA. Love the peace and quiet of the non-motorized areas where all you hear is lapping water, the wind, and wildlife while sitting near a crackling fire.

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  49. I love going to michigan to see my family ans mom... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  50. Your quilt is so pretty. I use tracing paper or printer paper to sew motifs. My favorite place to go is for a boat ride in a small boat on a small winding river through the woods.

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  51. Your quilt is so pretty. I use tracing paper or printer paper to sew motifs. My favorite place to go is for a boat ride in a small boat on a small winding river through the woods.

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  52. Living in Washington, I really miss home--Texas!

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  53. I think my real family is on an island too! Or at least on a coastline. My favorite place to visit is the Central coast of California. I live in Wisconsin but I married someone from the central coast so we go often to visit his family. (He has other good qualities too, besides the trips to California). Thanks for sharing your lovely quilt and thanks for the delightful giveaway.

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  54. It's wonderful that you can still hear the waves; I'll bet that your island quilt brings back memories, too. We like to bike so anyplace where there are good biking trails are perfect for my husband and I.

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  55. I love visiting the Caribbean. The turquoise waters just sing to me. Island life is the life for me. Your island quilt would be right at home with me.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  56. I love to go visit my Daughter in North Carolina! Have only been there 3 times, but LOVE going. Saw the Ocean for the first time there! Beautiful water & beaches & sunshine! :) Planning to visit her this Summer!! YAY!

    Thank you for chance to win your Awesome Give-a-way too! Would LOOOOVE that lil' pouch!! :)

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  57. I would go visit my daughter and grandsons in Florida and spend some time at the beach. Best of both worlds.

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  58. My favorite "vacation" spot is New York City, but my absolute favorite place to visit is my hometown of Huntington Beach, CA.

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  59. One of my favorite places to visit is NYC to visit museums and wander around the garment district. I also love the St. Pete Beach area as that is where I grew up! To quilt around a design, I like to trace it on freezer paper then iron it on the quilt - removes easily and can be reused. Thanks for the chance to win the cute pouch. mfhagopian@aol.com

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  60. I agree with you that these colours are awesome! I love to go to a small town in the Canadian Rocky Mountains called Radium Springs. Most beautiful place on earth! Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  61. My favorite place to visit is Eastern Tennessee because of the mountains. I love your island quilt.

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  62. Love your island quilt. My favourite place to visit (apart from any quilt shop!) is New Zealand - my brother and niece and nephew and their families live there. Love the country - such a variety from mountains to beaches. Pauline
    perry94022 at hotmail dot com

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  63. My favorite place to visit is Yellowstone. Because I live in Montana I can go when there are fewer crowds. I love getting out and having the chance to see wildlife.

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  64. Deserted island!!! Just need to bring my hexies...

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  65. Deserted island!!! Just need to bring my hexies...

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  66. Popham Beach State Park, Maine!

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  67. My favorite place to visit is England because there are so many historical sights. Also, I lived there as a teenager and would like to go back and see my old home and school. kellam.susan@yahoo.com

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  68. I enjoy seeing more of my country Canada. It is interesting to visit the Maritime to the Rockies with so many kind people.
    pi am proud to say I have been to all ten provinces. An adventure to the territories is on my bucket list. Thank you for a chance to win . Happy Quilting :)

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  69. I love the east coast beaches! Somewhere sunny and warm!
    Dmac5958ataoldotcom

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  70. I am loving reading your blog this morning it is so inspiring and relaxing. I love to visit so many places but if I could go back to Ireland I would be so happy and the next choice would Holland. The beautiful countryside was so inspiring to me. Thanks for sharing your talent. Hugs, Marie

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  71. Hawaii is my favorite place to visit.

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  72. Hawaii is my favorite place to visit.

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  73. Home the UK I'm a British girl landlocked in AZ can't complain to much had shorts and flip flop on for most of Feb

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  74. Hawaii is on my bucket list. Soon I hope.

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  75. I love the beach...anywhere there is a beach!

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  76. My favourite place to visit is Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. It is beautiful and my sister lives there.
    maureeneh52@hotmail.com

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  77. I love visiting Dominic Republic and San Diego, CA. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

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  78. I love visiting Florida. We usually go with our daughter and her family, but this year our son and is family are also joining us. We should have a great time!!

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  79. I love Hawaii. I lived there 4 years and i have going back this year in the works.

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  80. I love Hawaii. I lived there 4 years and i have going back this year in the works.

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  81. Maui! Sunny, sunny Hawaii for me!

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