Friday, January 13, 2017

HAPPY NEW YEARS!!!! STARTING OFF WITH A NEW BEGINNINGS ISLAND BATIK BLOG HOP

New Beginnings Blog Hop
Island Batik Ambassadors were asked to do a project with the theme "New Beginnings" for the month of January.  What a perfect theme for this month.

For many people "New Beginnings" is starting over, or the birth of a child, or a new life in a different place but for me it is starting off the New Year doing something I have wanted to do for a long time.

Many years ago I purchased the Accuquilt Go die "Ring of Oak" # 55378.  I have stared at it many a time thinking that one day I am doing to do a quilt using that die.....the days came and went.

So when this "New Beginnings" blog hop came up I thought there you have it.  I am going to start the New Year out doing something I have wanted to do for a long time and stop putting it off.

Using the Fresh Catch Fabric.....you can find the whole line of fabrics here:
                                                                                   you can find a store locator here





I love love this quilt and love love these fabric.  This one is 54" x 54"

But

I did not stop there

I loved these fabrics so much and there were some that I did not want to cut into or at least I wanted to have a large enough square so I could see the cute fish.

I used the book "Sew One and You're Done" by Evelyn Sloppy.





I have to admit that I had to adapt the quilt to the amount of fabric I had.  There were some miscuts (yes.....so frustrating).

 I had to rearrange my thinking but I think it turned out pretty good.


                      See the awesome fabric???This one is about the same 54" x 54" as the one above.


So much fun.

Now we have some fun for you.

Two winners will win a Batik bundle just use the rafflecopter below




a Rafflecopter giveaway
If you want to view the line up for this "New Beginnings" Blog hop just click on this sentence.


Now for my part of the giveaway, I am giving away this pattern  "Gecko Invasion"  (actually I had decided to give this pattern away to anyone who says Gecko in their comment.....with their email address).


Just leave a comment for this pattern but do the rafflecopter for the Batik Bundle. This is a pdf pattern and so it will come to you instantly.





49 comments:

Gene Black said...

I really like your "sew one" quilt. It makes great use of the focus fabric. I have some fabrics I would like to do that with.

Lori said...

oh your quilts are lovely. those fish are wonderful. I love the gecko invasion. I want to make one of these for my daughter one day. she has loved geckos since we went to visit her grandparents when she was in grade school. thanks for a chance

Nancy Tanner said...

thanks for the giveaway. the geckos are so cute

Lee said...

Such a fun hop! I love the fabric and projects. I love the gecko quilt - would be perfect for my son!

anna brown said...

Very cool the colors you got are great together.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

Marie said...

Your haveing so much fun and it is showing in your great work. Have a beautiful day.Hugs, Marie

Charlene S said...

Sometimes Fabric sits in my stash because the pattern I had in mind doesn't show it off. I have a bucket full of mis-cuts! I love geckos.

teachpany said...

I'm so glad you finally got the bucket list quilt done! Great job on both of them, and yes, some of the IB fabrics are too pretty to cut.

Cecilia said...

Great quilts and fabrics! The geckos are too cute!

QuiltShopGal said...

Total #CreativeGoodness. I love seeing what you created and find great inspiration. Beautiful fabrics and projects that you made.

QuiltShopGal
www.quiltshopgal.com

MoeWest said...

Great job on your quilts! The fabric with the fish is very cute.

Needled Mom said...

That is beautiful, Barb. I love the colors.

Allison CB said...

Wonderful work on your quilts!!! Love the fabrics! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

Wacky Woman said...

You have been a busy girl. Great start to the new year!

Pam Geisel - For Quilts Sake said...

Love them both!

Rebecca said...

Love what you did for the Fresh Catch...1 block and your done ...as for the reworking with the miss cuts that is called design on the fly in my world

Calicojoan said...

Barb those are just fabulous! I have no idea which I like best. The fabrics sure make them sing.

Melody Lutz said...

I like what you created with that star quilt. And I know a young adult friend who has loved geckos since she could walk!

GranChris said...

This pattern is wonderful. My grandsons would love it.

Allison said...

Your quilts are beautiful! The little fish are so cute. And I love Gecko Invasion. Perfect for my grandson.

ritainalaska said...

love big block quilts! all the greens in this are gorgeous! I've a greatgranson who'd love the geckos ... would love to work up your pattern for him.

Rachell said...

oh my goodness, the Fresh Catch would be perfect for the geckos! My sister has a little menagerie, including geckos, and is a vet tech, so it would be fun to make it for her!
reillyr2(at)hotmail(dot)com

Dayna said...

Gecko Invasion for some reason reminds me of Australia. Hmmm. Think I would like to do it in bright lime greens with yellow and orange and maybe purple geckos for a baby quilt!

Lisa Marie said...

Love your quilt and the gorgeous batiks!

Monica Schmidt said...

I love the Gecko Invasion. It reminds me of a vacation in Greece when I had a white lizard on the wall above the bed.

Jayne said...

I love the green and orange combination

beaquilter said...

didn't realize that was a die, love it and I have that book too! one of the first quilt books I got and honestly I think now that it's harder to cut such large pieces on some of the quilts in there, at least for a beginner when I got it, but I did make several from the book and they sure went together quickly!

Barb said...

The first one was from the Accuquilt Go die, the second one was from the book.

Barb said...

I love love this book....

Barb said...

send me your email and I will mail you the pattern

Barb said...

send me your email and I will pdf the pattern right over

Barb said...

send me your email and I will pdf it right over

cjmont said...

this quilt would be perfect for a friend who is fascinated by geckos.

Nancy said...

I like the Oak leaf quilt, looks like such work but having the Accuquilt die must have really helped. I like the idea of making a large block that becomes a quilt so quickly.

Anita Jackson @ Domestic Felicity said...

Wow, the gecko quilt makes me think of an Arizona patio! So beautiful! If you have time for a quick question.... Is the gecko a "GO" die? TIA
anitalynette(dot)simmons(at)yahoo(dot)com
http://quiltlovefordomesticfelicity.blogspot.com

Barb said...

send me your email and I will pdf you the pattern

Anonymous said...

Love your Geckos!! and this fabric! Thanks for the chance to win :)
Debby E
samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

anna brown said...

Love a free pattern. ..

anna brown said...

Love a free pattern. ..

Liz Dyer said...

Love Gecko invasion. I know just the person to make this for.
savannasgs@gmail.com

Terry said...

I've always loved your geckos and they would be perfect on the new quilt I want to make. Thank you! :0)

Terry said...

Sorry...forgot my email. tlcook3861@gmail.com

Carol C Thomas said...

Nice geckos.

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

The link for Beaquilter wasn't working, but I found her page and visited. Gorgeous fabrics.

Tina Jeo said...

Love the geckos! thanks! tljeo at yahoo dot com

LInda Pearl said...

I always loved the way you incorporated the gecko into your patterns, and you made great use of the die. Classic, and updated...just like you!

Sheila Ivany said...

My grandson would be sooo excited if I made this free gecko quilt pattern. email: smivany@gmail.com

Chelra said...

What a wonderful fun quilt this would be to have geckos on it! Love it! Thanks for this op.

Judi Duncan said...

my daughter LOVE Gecko's...this will be a fun one to make! judiduncan0@gmail.com