Friday, August 10, 2018

The Great Outdoors Blog Hop with Island Batik

I'm so happy to be able to finally share...
We get a fabulous surprise package twice a year.
It's almost 6 months before we can show it off.
That's a long time to keep that secret!
But the cat is out of the bag now!
My "Bearly Tracks" with Vintage Morris!
I couldn't think of anything more appropriate than "Bears" in the great outdoors...
(Well, aside from moose that is)
tee hee hee
This quilt, is a combination of 2 patterns, that were in my huge stack of things to do.
Anyone else have those issues?
I just couldn't decide between them, so I combined them
 to create this unique take on my 
"Great Outdoors" project.
I used "Glad Creations Inc" "Bear Tracks" pattern
This pattern is perfect to show off the incredible depth, these "Vintage Morris" fabrics have.
and "Java House Quilts" " We Barely Made It" pattern
giving it just the whimsy needed, to bring it all together.
I just love the addition of these adorable little bears and fish.
Just look at how beautiful, these fabrics are.
What better place for a photo shoot, than the ole car pond. 
I'm sure my fish were quaking in the pond, at the thought of those bears lurking above!
A big thanks to 
for providing the fabrics for this project.
That one of the incredible perks, of being an ambassador.

The other big one is being able to share with you.
Speaking of sharing...
How about a give away?
In the process of combining patterns, I've cut these 5" squares that I didn't use.
I'd love for "1" of you, to win them.
Rafflecopter didn't play nice, I'm so sorry about that.
My internet and phone service has been up and down.
It's likely going to be next week before it's resolved.
Leave me a comment telling me what project you would like them for.
I will pick my winner next Friday August 17th.
I will ship anywhere in the USA. 
If your international and don't mind paying the postage, 
let me know in your comment, please.

Island Batik also has a give away you can enter
One last look at "Bearly Tracks".
I just couldn't resist showing off my beautiful hibiscus plants.
They are about done for the summer,
 but they sure were beautiful.

We've got a month of fabulous to share.
You won't want to miss a one...

Monday, August 6 - All A Flutter - Yellow Cat Quilt Designs, Creative Blonde
Tuesday, August 7 - Birds N’ Bees - Ark Angel Creations, Patterns By Jen
Wednesday, August 8 - Canterbury Manor - Sally Manke, Powered By Quilting
Thursday, August 9 - Eclectic Garden - Desert Bloom Quilting, Sew Karen-ly Created
Friday, August 10 - Vintage Morris - MooseStash Quilting, Devoted Quilter
Monday, August 13 - Safari - Sew Incredibly Crazy, SweetGrass Designs
Tuesday, August 14 - Spring Blossoms - Mary Mack Made Mine, If These Threads Could Talk
Wednesday, August 15 - Victoria and Albert - Bejeweled Quilts, Clever Chameleon
Thursday, August 16 - Wild Things - Freemotion By The River, Kauffman Designs
Friday, August 17 - Petting Zoo - Den Syende Himmel, Sarah Goer Quilts
Monday, August 20 - Ocean Odyssey - Gateway Quilts, The Quilt Rambler
Tuesday, August 21 - British Rose - Busy Hands Quilts, Mania for Quilts
Wednesday, August 22 - Dear William - The Inquiring Quilter, MMM Quilts, Living Water Quilter
Thursday, August 23 - Dragonfly Dreams - Inchworm Fabrics, BeaQuilter
Friday, August 24 - Fur-ocious Friends - Quilting Affection Designs, Dizzy Quilter
Monday, August 27 - Globetrotter - Pamela Quilts, Curliecue Creations
Tuesday, August 28 - Jungle Cruise - Vicki's Crafts and Quilting, Little Bunny Quilts
Wednesday, August 29 - Lavendula - Carole Lyles Shaw, Masterpiece Quilting
Thursday, August 30 - London Calling - Quilt in a Not-Shell, Lizard Creek Quilting
Friday, August 31 - Spirit Rhythm - Steph Jacobson, Whispers of Yore
Monday, September 3 - Sweet Tweets - Kathleen McMusing, Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Tuesday, September 4 - Whatnot - heARTS Creations, Slice of Pi Quilts
til next time...
Keep on Stitchin'


  1. Joan, it is a beautiful quilt! The colors of the Vintage Morris collection is perfect for this one, you did a great job!

  2. Great way to combine two patterns. And the fabrics are a delight. You are so creative with your designs. And how lovely to see it out in your garden which is looking great especially as it is in the middle of Summer!
    Well done all round.

  3. Your bears are adorable. I love Island Batiks and seem to include them in most of the things I make. These colors are perfect for an autumn table runner.

  4. Joan, this quilt is absolutely adorable! I love those bears!

    I also have to tell you that I LOVE the car pond! My dad is a landscaper and pond installer. :D

  5. That is one gorgeous quilt. Brilliant to combine the 2 patterns.

  6. Wow you have done it again. Another gorgeous quilt. I love your bears and fish. I think I would make a wonderful table runner. Thanks for the give a way
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  7. Fabulous colors and lovely design!

  8. I love your fabrics and would love to make a table runner from them.

  9. That is really wonderful. The colors are fabulous, as well as the design. Love your photo shoot at the car pond too. I have a few fall runners to make and would use them for that.

  10. Love your project! I would be excited to use the fabrics in a quilt for my sister in Alaska.

  11. Oh my, what a pretty quilt. I love the combination of large and small "chained"sections. Beautifully done, Joan!
    (Fellow Ambassador)Karen :)

  12. I love your quilt. I would put your squares with some of mine and make a lap quilt for donation.

  13. Your quilt fits the theme perfectly! I love bear paw quilts, and this one is extra awesome! Good job!

  14. A lovely quilt and story, and those fantastic surroundings to take photos. I love this time of the year when we can take our quilts outside. Winter time gives us dark days, especially here in Norway.

  15. I have been making quilts this year but those squares make me think it's time to make a tote again!

  16. Love the strip of bears hunting the fish. I would use the squares in a batik quilt.

  17. Joan, your quilt is so cute and the fabrics are perfect for it. I think these are my favorite so far.
    Thanks for the giveaway. These would definitely go into a quilt.

  18. I love that you combined a couple of patterns. Makes the quilt really unique. I would maybe make a wall hanging or a quilt from these squares.

  19. Your quilt sure shows off those delicious batiks beautifully! I could use these to make a new tote bag for myself! Thanks for sharing your talents with us today.🤗

  20. Your quilt turned out great! The squares would work up into some fun patchwork placemats. Thanks for sharing the great giveaway!

  21. Love Love Loooove your Quilt! The bears & fish are AWESOME!! I would use your squares in a batik quilt I'm making for my Daughter! (am using these would be perfect! ) Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way :)

  22. I love that quilt. The fabric is just right for that design.

    I have in mind an art quilt I want to design, and those squares would be perfect for it.

  23. What a beautiful quilt! Love the colors! I’d love to make something for my sister who loves dragonflies, maybe a runner, wall mini or a zippered bag.

    Thanks for a chance to win!

  24. Problem ... When signing into Rafflecopter for your giveaway, the 5” squares, there is no activity to do, ie: subscribe to newsletter. Is just signing in enough? Want to be sure my name is in he hat ;-D

    Thank you!

  25. Well I was thinking a disappearing nine patch patch but I really like the looks of your bear paws....So I guess it depends on what I have in my stash too...

  26. That quilt is beautiful, the colors are gorgeous!!! I would make a quilt or wall hanging.

  27. Almost every year some branch of the family makes the trek to Yellowstone to visit us. I make them some kind of quilted piece as a memory of their time here. This collection reminds me of a Montana late summer, perfect for a throw. Your quilt is beautiful, and so very outdoorsy!

  28. I have a girlfriend who loves dragonflys, so I would use the squares to make a table topper for her. I love the way you combined those two patterns to make your quilt.

  29. Your quilt is gorgeous, love the designs you combined! I’d love to make a table runner with those squares!

  30. The whimsy of the bear and fish is just too cute! The squares would be a great addition to a table runner :)

  31. That is a gorgeous quilt, Joan! I love how you combined the two patterns, and of course, the colors in that Vintage Morris line are awesome. Perfect for a lovely fall quilt. And, a perfect setting in which to photograph. Love your yard as well as your quilts!!I am thinking I would use those as a table runner or wall hanging!

    1. I wasn't able to get into the Rafflecopter either. There was nothing to click, so I am guessing just a comment on the blog will put us in the drawing. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  32. Your quilt is beautiful. I would use the squares to make either a small quilt or placemats for my son and daughter-in-law. I am sure they would love them in their new place.

  33. I love the bear and fish at the top of this quilt! SO much fun! I think these squares would make great placemats.

  34. a wall hanging would be wonderful in that fabric and the colors wow

  35. I would love to use them for a bag. I do have a US postal address

  36. Great idea, combining two projects on your "To Make" wish list. I'll have to look at my list with a new eye. I think I'd use these to make a table runner for my friend in Berlin whose apartment is painted in rich, autumn colors. (I'm in Oregon, USA, so no shipping worries!)

  37. I think I would use them for a bag to gift to my sister.

  38. Beautiful quilt, Joan! I love the way you combined the patterns! I have been (slowly) working on a scrappy batik quilt with fabrics from my stash. I do not have all that big a batik stash though I do have similar colors. I tend toward neutrals and greens and blues in batiks so these squares would play nice with my other fabrics. Thanks for sharing ... :-) Pat

  39. I think killing two birds with one stone is the way to go!! I have collected so many patterns only to find that time flies faster than my sewing fingers. Great quilt. I'm collecting charm patterns to do a presentation for my quilt group and having some charm squares to make samples would be a real boon. Thank you for the opportunity. Good luck with the technology.

  40. What a fun quilt. It's perfect for these fabrics. And I love those two salmon trying to evade the bears!

  41. I loved your post! The quilt is beautiful and fun, and so is your garden. The car pond is absolutely delightful! Thhanks so much for sharing this. I would use the squares is a scrappy batik quilt.

  42. Do you know Joan, I believe you must have the most fun garden in the whole world! Your quilt is amazing too - the whimsy is the perfect addition. I love everything in this post (as per usual). Thanks for always brightening my day when you post. :)

  43. Beautiful colors and I love the bears. Island Batik blog hops are always so much fun with lot of inspirations.

  44. I don't have a specific project in mind but I love batiks and use them in tons of 9 patch squares and HST quilts. Love your pond! What a gorgeous quilt! Thanks.

  45. I believe a lap quilt would be great!

  46. What a wonderful quilt, you never disappoint! Your pictures are awesome, I just might have to go and retake some of mine.....

  47. Wow, I am just crazy about your quilt! So, so gorgeous! I think quilts that combine piecing and applique are just fabulous and your applique is always just fantastic.

  48. Those fabrics would look wonderful as a table runner. The colors would match perfectly.

  49. I love your quilt! I have a thing for bears! The first thing I thought of when reading your post was doing a bear paw throw! It's a pattern I've been wanting to try.

  50. Beautiful! For those fabrics, we have a local dragon boat group called the Dragonflies - members are all breast cancer survivors. They do such great work to fundraise that I would donate something made from this fabric to their annual silent auction. I live in Canada, but have a US shipping address to my aunt.

  51. Your car pond is just the best setting for quilts. The quilt looks it!

  52. Love the pic of it with the old car pond!


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