Wednesday, September 27, 2017


I took this picture below on May 2nd of this year.  The reason I am telling you this is because I had no clue as to what the theme was at that time for the Sept Island Batik Blog Hop.

So in May for some reason I had all of this energy which happens once every blue moon.

I had a hankering to use my Accuquilt Go School House die, I have have it for a while now.  Yes...hankering...haven't you ever had one?
 I remember going to my sewing room is the day that  am going to use this school House die.  I always loved the red and white ones but for some reason I went to my Island Batik scraps.  

If any of you know me, I do more thinking than actually doing so for me to just jump in and decide on something is amazing and to decide on such a big venture.

As I was contemplating the scraps my mind went to the the fabrics that were set aside for Septembers Hop, Solstic!

Hummmmm I said to my self and that was that, what you see below is what I came up with and in just a short time I had this part done.

It laid in wait for quite a while.  Me trying to decide what to do for the borders.

This is what I came up with, just checker board border.

Laid it all out on the bed and then labeled the top and sides.

Then for months every thing just sat....and sat....and sat.

Til Sept came and I knew I had to get in gear.

102"  x 114"

                                                            This is all that was left.
                                       I decided to make a note pad cover like this one below.
                                        I won it off Marylin's blog many years ago.

I loved it so much that I took those left over scraps and made me one.  Once again...too much thinking going on.  I couldn't decide if I wanted the pin holder or my name embroidered on it.....

So...I did nothing. Now I wish I had done something.  Oh well...think long thing wrong.

   Here is the inside.  I just used the note pad that Marylin sent and as you can see, I design in it

                                         I had one school house block left so I made myself a mini wall hanging. sorry it is crooked

So for my giveaway I am giving away what you see here.  Over 100 - 5" squares which spans the time of about 3 years worth of Island Batik fabric.  Ummmmmm Ummmmm goodness.

Then the designer of this "Note Pad" is Robin Gallagher

She was sweet enough to send me a pattern to give  away as well. Talk about one creative person....she definitely is.  Thanks Robin.

Just leave me a comment for my giveaway and use the rafflecopter for Island Batiks...thanks !!

Then Island Batik is giving away three gorgeous fat quarter bundles at the end of the hop! Three different winners will be randomly selected to win bundles from the Captain’s AnchorBatiks Go Retro, and Abalone collections. Enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below. There are many ways to enter!
a Rafflecopter giveaway

Then if you want and have the time go by and check out the creativity of the other Island Batik ambassadors and enter their giveaways....want to be inspired....this is the place to get it!!!


Tuesday, September 5 – Country Dozen
Cheryl Lynch Quilts • Inspired Layers
Wednesday, September 6 – Bonsai
Little Bunny Quilts
Thursday, September 7 – Sakura
Masterpiece Quilting


Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins
KISSed Quilts
Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms
Kathys Kwilts and More
Wednesday, September 13 – Olivera
Moose Stash Quilting • Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Thursday, September 14 – Rise & Shine
Den Syende Himmel • Sally’s Quilting Corner
Friday, September 15 – Diner Days
Ark Angel Creations • The Quilt Rambler


Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed Quilts • Whispers of Yore • Needle & Foot
Tuesday, September 19 – Vineyard
The Inquiring Quilter • Inchworm Fabrics
Wednesday, September 20 – Abalone
PamelaQuilts • Yellow Cat Quilts
Friday, September 22 – Captain’s Anchor
Purrfect Spots Designs • Beaquilter


Tuesday, September 26 – Lobster Bake
Seams to be Sew
Wednesday, September 27 – Solstice
Bejeweled Quilts • heARTs Creations
Thursday, September 28 – Sour Apple
Seams Like a Dream • Kauffman Designs
Friday, September 29 – Zen
Lizard Creek Quilting • Quilt’n Party

Big Shout out goes to Katie and Elizabeth from Island Batik, for this awesome hop and the awesome fabrics.


  1. I LOVE the schoolhouse sampler, and your border is perfect for it!

  2. I also like your notebook cover. This post is full of my favorite scrappiness, and its long. Thus two comments!

  3. awesome quilt, it's HUGE! love the border- need to cross post that for October!! I love the school house die.

  4. I love your schoolhouse quilt! Perfect for the blog hop. And the notebook cover is great, too. Nice work!

  5. Pretty house quilt, the checkered boarder looks good.

  6. Wow! I would enjoy all those 5" batik squares for sure.

  7. Your quilt is really beautiful! It definitely is the perfect design for this hop. Thank you for the giveaway.

  8. Absolutely LOVE, LOVE, LOVE your quilt !!!!!

  9. Delicious colors, so rich, wonderful results.

  10. wow your quilt is gorgeous. and your other projects are so wonderful. how fun that this quilt was done in May. Fortuitous :)
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  11. Wow, I love your quilt! Thanks for sharing. This block has just been added to my to do list. 😊

  12. What a fabulous quilt. Love the school house. Your border is a perfect fit too!

  13. What a sweet, sweet quilt! It is so beautiful. I have never used an accucutter before, but that looks really neat!
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  14. I love your school house quilt. Wonderful.

  15. I love the house quilt. The borders are perfect.

  16. It's just lovely! I see a lot of work there!

  17. I love your school house quilt and your notebook cover! So neat! Beautiful fabrics as well. Oh and I really like your house wall hanging! Enjoy your day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  18. I love the muted colours in the Solstice range and your quilt shows them off beautifully

  19. Very fitting love the ay the houses look with the fabric tytyty for sharing...

  20. OMG what a beautiful quilt. Gorgeous design, colors, fabrics. Going to be a treasure for generations.


  21. Wow! How serendipitous. That is a great quilt, and I love what you did with the border. Turned out lovely. And and awesome giveaway to boot! Thanks for sharing.

  22. Your schoolhouse quilt is lovely! Love all the batiks. Thank you for sharing. tacdah atgmaildotcom

  23. Great offerings! Your schoolhouse quilt turned out great.

  24. Your quilt is adorable and I like the leftover block as a mini!

  25. Your posts always make me smile! Making a house quilt is on my bucket list.

  26. Love the quilt but really, really love the border. So right with the thin sashing. Gorgeous. Thanks

  27. So awesome that your quilt matched the theme of the hop! I love it!

  28. Your hard work certainly paid off, Barb! The checkered border is perfect on the school house quilt! Great use of the fabrics for the note pad, too!

  29. Perfect for the theme, when you didn't even know it. Great job on the quilt.

  30. What a Gorgeous quilt!! You did a Super AWESOME job!! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too :D

  31. I just love how your schoolhouse quilt looks! Thanks for the generous giveaway. I would be over the moon to win all of those batik charm squares!

  32. Your quilt is awesome. Schoolhouse hop indeed.

  33. Your schoolhouse quilt looks great in batiks. Love the checkered border. Thanks for the giveaway, grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

  34. A king size quilt in a few weeks. Yep, just like me, waiting till that last minute. Nice colors, too.

  35. Your quilt is lovely - amazing colors! Love that schoolhouse block - very nice! Thank you, Susan

  36. Love your Schoolhouse quilt. Are you sure you want to part with all those fabrics? Lots of memories...

  37. Love your quilt! I love anything with schoolhouses!

  38. I just received the schoolhouse die and can't wait to use it!! Love your quilt!!

  39. Your school house quilt is beautiful and I love the checkered border! The note pad cover is a great idea.

  40. Beautiful quilt! I love the pieced border.

  41. I love your quilt, and the bonus projects. Part of the fun of quilting is deciding what can be made with the leftovers, and I love seeing creative ideas like yours! Thank you .

  42. Your schoolhouse quilt looks great in batiks.

  43. Love your schoolhouses! Your color choice is perfect!

  44. Gorgeous quilt! That border looks great!

  45. Barb, your schoolhouse quilt is breathtaking. I’ve always liked house blocks but the Island Batik fabric brings it to another level. Simply stunning.

  46. What a beautiful quilt and a biggie!! Great job, I love that die.

  47. Wow the quilt looks great...... I really like the layout you finished up with......


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