This month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge is "The Great Out Doors!"
Can't you just feel the cool breeze on your face, the fresh air? There is nothing more healing or peaceful than to be outside.
My line of fabric is Victoria and Albert, just click on the name and you will be transported to some awe inspiring fabrics by Island Batik!
Aren't they yummy????
The first thing I thought of when given the challenge was going on a picnic.
So I made some baskets.
62" x 68
The above picture is my inspiration, I just tweeked the pattern just a tad.
Used Hobbs Batting light, this quilt truly is a spring or summer quilt. Light as a feather.
Next was the decision of what thread to use.
Decided on Aurifil #2850
For the border I used this 5" Half-Hexagon which I got at Missouri Star Quilt Co to make the braid.
Beautiful Day out side with the wind blowing.
What a wonderful day for a picnic!
Then I decided to make a table topper. I had found this geometric shape online that I loved.
It is so fun to make a matching topper to a quilt. Adds a bit of color to my dinning room.
Here is the fun fun part.
My daughter in law, Maria, is staying with my husband and I while her husband is away at a military school.
She is also expecting.
She also needed something to do.
She wanted a dinosaur quilt.
I thought it would be fun for her to do it herself.
She has never quilted but this gal is a natural
Trust me I tried to gear her away from my Island Batik Fabrics (yes I am selfish), but she loved the Victoria and Albert line so much that I relented (not without whining first). Let's face it, it is for my fourth grandson...so the whining did not last long.
We printed off her favorite Coloring book pages of dinosaurs and re sized them.
I showed her how to place the pieces under this piece or that piece, just once.
I showed her how to blanket stitch, just once.
I told her how to do the sashings and border, just once.
I don't think I have ever seen anyone learn that fast but she did.
Then she chose Aurifil #2902 to quilt it and yes, she did the quilting.
We got a practice piece for quilting but it just took a few times and she was ready.
I could not be more proud of her and I know she is tickled to have this quilt for her new baby to be.
I have to tell you that the only problem she had was with the machine, she may have come to me once or twice with a question but that is it. I was totally shocked but quite pleased.
Was that bragging?
So now is time for the giveaways!!!!
If you knew how much I love Aurifil threads and my Island Batik Fabrics, then you would know how hard this is for me to give these away. I know....you feel so sorry for me.
Here are two pieces of fabric, bigger than a fat quarter and some Aurifil threads.
Just leave a comment.
Island Batik is giving away a Jungle Cruise Strip pack!
Here is the line up.....just waiting for you to go by and be inspired.