Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Four Seasons Blog Hop


There's nothing more fun than getting to show off  the new lines of 
Island Batik fabrics about to hit the shelves!
You know I was doing the happy dance when these arrived on my doorstep.
I knew right away that their "Moose" be a moose in my project!
LOL!!!!
Log Cabin blocks are so versatile.
Playing around with the layout, I was able to build some great spaces for...
...fusible appliques from this book.
It's been on my shelf for a very long time, just waiting for that perfect project.

I tend to get stuck in a box when it comes to quilting.
So this time, I did a little pre-planning.
(I know...say it ain't "sew")
LOL!
I wanted to try something completely new and different from my usual.
So, I started with an online search of a black and white "pinecone" -"free clipart".
The sky really is the limit online. You can find just about anything your looking for
and make it your own, by combining designs, rotating or mirror imaging them.
Then printed it out, on a sticky back water soluble stabilizer.
This roll came from Marathon Thread. It's really a bargain from them,
 and I look for them at every sew expo.
Stick it down on the quilt sandwich
and go crazy with free motion stitching.
It's really a lot like thread painting, only with lines to follow.
Once your all done, you wet down your stabilizer and watch the magic happen.
I did a small stipple around my pinecones, to finish off those blocks.
 Then combined a variety of different quilting techniques,
on the rest of the quilt. What a fun way to play!

Hope you have enjoyed my little walk on the wild side,
 with "Northern Woods" fabrics.
They will begin shipping in April.
Be sure to visit my friend Vicki
to see what she has created with Northern Woods.
Today is the last day of the hop. 
is the full schedule, just in case you missed anything.
;-)
Now, I've got a give away for one of you.
These Island Batik "Stash Builders", are the bomb!
What a great way, to build up variety in your "stash".
Unfortunately postage rates have gone thru the roof.
"Sew"
this give away is open to USA residents only,
 unless your willing to pay the international postage.
My winner will be drawn Monday morning Feb 5th.
Good luck to you all!
Island Batik has a fabulous give away too. Click HERE
for your chance to win a Strip Set of
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'


69 comments:

  1. uhhh great new technique! it looks great

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  2. Beautiful, thanks for sharing this technique, this has to be down on my to-do list for 2018 💕 beautiful quilt

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  3. I've worked with Island Batiks before and love them. The things I've made with them turn out beautifully. I love your technique working with the water soluble stabilizer. I'll have to try it.

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  4. Northern Woods...OM gosh...could it have been any more ideal for you? Joan, this quilt is wonderful. Generally, I don't love animal quilts (Ok, I know I shouldn't be telling you, a moose lover.) but this is stunning. Your decision to do that pinecone stitching in the light areas was perfect. I never thought of using sticky water-soluble stabilizer for quilting in this way; thanks for the tut.

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  5. WOW! You really went over the top with this amazing quilt. Perfect in every way and to have those wonderful Island Batiks really makes the quilt. Your quilting is amazing. Must look for that stabilizer ... does it really come off that easily? I'm always green with envy when I see those Island Batiks. Every time I see a new collection, I think it is the best ... all why I would love to sew with them too!

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  6. OMG I love your quilt and your talent. Amazing!! I love sewing with Island Batiks. The quality is top notch, and the makes the finished product exceptional.

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  7. Joan, your quilt is absolutely stunning. And I love the quilting. I have never thought to do quilting like this so I will be giving it a try. Thank you so much for sharing this.
    I haven't sewn with Batiks very much, but I love the way they look. All the colors are very rich and they look so pretty in a quilt. Thank you for the chance to win,

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  8. What a way to end a blog hop! Your quilt is fabulous. Thank you for sharing how you did the pinecone quilting. Your method makes me want to rush upstairs and try the technique. Washaway stabilizer has been in my stash for a long time but I could never remember for which project I purchased it. Now is has a purpose again. Have a great day. It has been a wonderful blog hop.

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  9. Wow, absolutely love, love, love your quilt! What brand of stabilizer do you use? This is something I'm not familiar with. Island Batik fabric is beautiful...would love to use it making fabric collagues.
    deb(dot)rick(at)live(dot)com

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  10. Joan, I LOVE this! What a great way to use the fabric AND the applique is awesome! I think my favorite TIP is using the sticky back WSS for your quilt designs! I hope you don't mind me stealing that little tip! Being an embroidery digitizer, I have tons of stabilizer and love using the sticky based water soluble - especially for in-the-hoop appliques, but never thought about printing on it! Thanks for the awesome idea! brenda(dot)alburl(at)charter(dot)net

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  11. What a fabulous quilt. Thanks for the detailed info about the stabilizer. I need to add that to my list. I really enjoy working with batiks as there is no right side, and the colour variations are amazing. Island Batik has done a great job on Four Seasons and I can't wait to find them in-store. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  12. I love this quilt. I need to find some of this stabilizer.

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  13. I would make a quilt. Beautiful quilt you made, great touch with the pinecones. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  14. I have been following & participating in this hop from the beginning! The batik fabrics from each collection have been amazing! Creations, like your beautiful quilt, have been inspiring - I am ready to quilt with batiks! Thank you for sharing, Susan

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  15. wow your quilt is gorgeous. These fabrics are so rich and wonderful. You really highlighted the different fabrics well. I have worked with batiks and I love the quality and the feel. They quilt so wonderful. And they compliment each other so well.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  16. I love to work with Island Batik Fabrics! Love your Moose quilt. Thanks for the pine cone idea.

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  17. Your quilt is beautiful! Batiks are my favorite fabric to work with. I've always wanted to make a quilt with animal appliques for my home in the north woods!

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  18. Love the quilt and pinecones always make me smile. Will not mention how many I've brought home with me from trips.

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  19. Great quilt! Batiks are my favorite fabric and this collection is wonderful. I love the water soluble technique and will be trying it. Log cabin is one of my very favorite quilt blocks and your quilt is just fabulous.

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  20. Wow! Your pine cone stitching is amazing! I love working with batiks of any kind. They give you so many choices.

    https://prayersformymom.blogspot.com/

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  21. Your quilt is wonderful--the pine cone is a great idea! Thanks for the inspiration and the chance to win some beautiful fabric!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  22. Love it, love it, love it! It is wonderful!

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  23. About 95% of my quilts are ONLY batiks. I got a fella, who would love a quilt with this collection.

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  24. I have never made a quilt with batiks, so i would love to try. I am so impressed by using the clip art, stabilizer and then quilting the pine cone. Now I want to get some of that stabilizer and try something similar!

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  25. I so love this quilt! Those appliques and your pinecone quilting really take it over the top. And what a beautiful collection to use for this design! Perfection!

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  26. I love this quilt. Combination of colors is beautiful. And the combination of embroidery and appliqué is perfect. I would make a table runner with all these beautiful fabrics.

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  27. Beautiful quilt! So pretty! Id like to sew with Island Batik fabric because I have only seen with it once and it was lovely to sew. Very pretty also. Have a fun day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  28. Very nice quilt very cabin worthy. ..I would love to stitch up some island batiks for a lap quilt on my couch....so pretty... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  29. I really like the idea for the pine cone quilting, I must try that. Batik fabrics have such a richness that they are hard to resist

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  30. I love that technique - going to go look for that stabilizer!!

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  31. Your quilt is quite cute. Thank you for sharing the technique for quilting the pinecone. I love batik fabric! I have used it for several mystery quilt classes as well as other quilts. The Island Batik collections are all so lovely that I would enjoy using them to make a quilt. By the way, my son has snagged up a couple of my batik quilts to use in his home.

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  32. This is awesome! I love the pine cones.

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  33. Your Quilt is AWESOME!!! Amazing design & quilting! LOOOOVE IT!! I would make a quilt for our Son's home in that fabric & he would love yours for sure...mine wouldn't be so Gorgous..but definitely made with LOTS of Love :) Thank you for sharing..& for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :D

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  34. Nice quilt!! Nice pattern!! Thank you for sharing! I love Island Batik fabrics. Rich, beautiful colors!! warner.dale@gmail.com

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  35. After seeing all the awesome projects in this hop~ why wouldn't I love to stitch something with the Island Batiks? LOL I would make cosmetic bags for the girls in our family. Thanks for the fun!

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  36. Your quilt is fantastic and thanks for all the info. I think I would have to hand stitch the pine cones tho. My FMQ is not worth sharing.

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  37. Beautiful well balanced quilt. I love your technique for adding a quilted design. Sometimes I want to add a specific quilt design but I know I won't be able to free hand quilt it. Now I can quilt anything I want. Thanks! After seeing everyone's amazing designs how could I not want to play with some gorgeous batiks from Island Batiks?

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  38. Beautiful quilt. What a great way to quilt in large blank spaces. Thank you.

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  39. I've never seen that stabilizer, I want to give it a try. I really like your pinecone quilting. I have only used batiks in small projects.

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  40. I love the quilting you have done. i would love some batiks as it is my daughters favorite fabric and I would love to use some to make her a surprise gift!

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  41. I love your site. Thank you for all the work you put into it.


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  42. Island Batik fabrics are amazing and your quilt is beyond Amazing! Every detail you have put into it is fabulous. Thank you sew very much for hopping and sharing your Creative Quilting Bliss! <3

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  43. I love your quilt and your quilting! I will have to give your technique a try. Island Batiks are the prettiest fabrics and make gorgeous quilts!

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  44. Wow, what a clever idea for your machine quilting design! I love it!! And your quilt turned out great. I love the organic l look of Island Batiks. They make nature elements look so realistic with out the hassle of multiple layers. Thanks for sharing the great giveaway.

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  45. Your quilt and quilting is amazing!! Love it! I grew up in Alaska so when I saw your moose, my heart smiled! Seen so many beautiful fabrics from Island Batiks with this blog hop and I’d love to make my own. Maybe with a moose as well, hehe. Thanks for sharing.

    Awesome giveaway! Fingers crossed!

    usairdoll (at) gmail (dot) com

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  46. I would stitch up a quilt, of course! No particular pattern in mind right now.

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  47. Batiks are always my favorite for quilt projects!

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  48. I'd love to sew a mini quilt with these fabrics!

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  49. After seeing your quilt, I would love to make something like it. But I realized I’m still have a ways to go yet to figure out all of your techniques. Thanks for the inspiration and my goal setting. 😀

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  50. This quilt is a show stopper for sure. It is so YOU!

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  51. I have a couple of Batiks and would love to try sewing some. I never think to look at them when I'm shopping. Prints seem to catch my eye although many of the new Batiks now have a pattern on them. kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  52. What a beautiful quilt! And thanks for sharing your techniques. I'm inspired to go searching for clip art now!

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  53. Love the addition of the pine cones. They really add a lot to your already smashing quilt design. Which sticky water soluble stuff did you use? I went to Marathon Threads website and they have a few different types. To answer your question, I love working with Island Batiks because of the saturated colors, beautiful designs and the crisp feel to the batiks.

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  54. Your quilt is outstanding. I know I would make a quilt or a wall hanging. What pattern I'm not sure. Need to stare at it awhile.

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  55. Great quilt! I'd love to make a lap quilt with this lovely fabric!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  56. I love your quilt, I've got a thing for moose on quilts, too! The fabric would be perfect for a table runner.

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  57. You just can't go wrong with Island Batiks. Beautiful fabrics !!
    Fabulous hand, fantastic colors...

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  58. The fabrics are gorgeous, but I love your added pinecones. Thanks for sharing how you did it.

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  59. I love your quilt, it's beautiful. Your pinecone technique is to inspiring and I can't wait to try that out. I love sewing with batiks. The fabric has a crispness to it. I'm using some rainbow batiks in a new york beauty project. I would like to know what kind of pins you prefer using. Mine seem to leave small holes. Thanks, grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  60. I just finished a batik wall hanging for my granddaughter. I love the color and the way batiks handle. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  61. I love Island Batiks--the colors are so rich and the fabric itself is never flimsy or thin. Thanks for the tip about stitching with the stabilizer. I'm pinning that--genius idea!

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  62. I really love all the colors in batiks and I like the way the fabric doesn't give. It's easy to use and did I mention the shades and hues of color. You never see the same thing twice. Thanks.

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  63. Island Batik sure uses a lot of great colors in their fabrics which in turn means that my quilts can zing with beautiful colors. -- soparkaveataoldotcom

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  64. Ive had that book for yearz too! Great interpretation with the embroidery. pjrquilter at msn dot com

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  65. I love working with batiks. There is no such thing as a ugly batik. They are all beautiful. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  66. Wow, I love this quilt and love how you quilted it.

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  67. I would have to give a quilt similar to yours a go...love it!!!

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  68. Since moose are my obsession, I would have to do something similar to what you have done...it is so gorgeous and would look so good in my house. We had moose living in our back yard when living on our ranch in Jackson County CO up until 10 years ago when we sold and retired.....they hold a special place in my heart.

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