New! – Autumn Splendor

January 23rd, 2017 No comments

Autumn Splendor is the new table-sized quilt by Anna Branch. It is perfect for all who love the splendour of autumn colours as well as  those who would like to enjoy them all year round. For those who want to add colour and interest to their homes, it is also a good size to hang on and beautify walls.

Be sure to click on its photo below for all the details, to view the closeups, and of course, to place your order.

Autumn Splendor by Anna Branch

Autumn Splendor by Anna Branch

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Island Batik Blog Hop – New Beginnings

January 23rd, 2017 No comments

New Beginnings is the perfect theme for this first month in a New Year! As all of you who have been following our Island Batik Blog Hop already know, we Ambassadors were assigned and challenged with this theme. (If you haven’t been following go back and visit each stop on the blog. You won’t want to miss any of it, nor the prizes. Look for the schedule and prizes down below.) Each of us has specific Island Batik fabric lines to use along with our choices of other Island Batik fabrics. Mine is Gone Fishin‘.  These are the fabrics from that line which I received. There are more in this line so be sure to click on any of these fabric photos to visit Island Batik and view them all.

Gone Fishin'- Set 1

Gone Fishin’ 


Gone Fishin' - Set 2

More from Gone Fishin’


Gone Fishin' - Set 3

And Even More from Gone Fishin’ 

Obviously, I could have created a quilt with a fishing theme, which would have made perfect sense. However, one of my earlier Island Batik quilt designs was “Under the Sea” and although a quilt with a father introducing his son or daughter to fishing would have been ideal, I preferred trying something different. Instead, what came to mind was a memory of beginning friendships. The summer I turned 5, my family moved to a different city. I quickly met a boy my age who lived just 3 houses up the street and we became fast friends. That reminded me of a silhouette I had once seen and fallen in love with – one that would suit the theme perfectly. It can be found in many places online, but unfortunately has been copied and posted without the required credits and copyright information. I spent a long time searching for the missing information and finally, and thankfully, discovered one image which included the artist’s name. With a further search, I found its talented artist and designer – Viktoriya Yakubouskaya and her website. I was excited, then absolutely delighted when she granted me permission to use the silhouette in my project. (Thank you, Viktoriya!) That’s how my project was born. Be sure to take the time to click on Viktoriya‘s name to visit her web pages, learn more about her, and visit her blog (the link to it is near the top of her web page).  There, you will see more of her wonderful work, and possibly even find something special that is free! Without further ado, here is her darling silhouette.

Silhouette by Viktoriya Yakubouskaya

Child Silhouettes by Viktoriya Yakubouskaya

Isn’t it adorable? Don’t possibilities and a wealth of memories come immediately to mind? – My original plan was to use the usual black for the silhouettes, but I chose the dark blue from this Going Fishin’ line instead and am very pleased with the result. Here is a closeup of that section of my quilt. I’m delighted with it, too. Once permission was received, I immediately knew the scene I wanted to create – a lovely sky, a landscape, a path up a hill to a one-room schoolhouse, and of course, these 2 children. I liked the idea of  2 New Beginnings – frienship and starting school. However, for some inexplicable reason, the first time I actually started working on my project and each and every time I returned to it, my plans kept changing. Mostly, they simplified. My visions of appliquéd landscapes changed to the intriguing use of strips and the quilt-as-you go method. I fused the appliqués then sewed along their edges with a straight stitch. We were asked to use at least 8 fabrics from those given along with any other of the batiks we wanted or needed. Looking at my fabric photos above, then visiting the Gone Fishin’ web pages to see the rest of this line,  you will surely be inspired to create the perfect quilt for the fishing-loving men and boys in your life! You can see that I did include a fish pond in mine.

New Beginnings: Friendship - by Maria Hrabovsky

New Beginnings: Friendship – by Maria Hrabovsky


3  Free One-Year Subscriptions to The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM)! Three lucky readers will each receive a 1-year free subscription. That amounts to a full year with about 60 quilt patterns which includes BOMs, plus Book/Tool Reviews, and Articles. You will also thoroughly enjoy Island Batik Ambassador Anna Branch‘s always-interesting monthly musings. 3 StepsTo Winning:

  1. Post both your comments about today’s blog and your answers in our comment section (found at the top just under today’s blog title).
  2. Find the fabric number on Island Batik‘s Gone Fishin’ page which goes with this fabric and include it in your comment.3. Visit The Quilt Pattern Magazine‘s website. Look around, then let me know what one thing you like best about it. 4. You must enter before 4 p.m. EST. on February 1, 2017.

Three of those with the right answers along with their comments will be chosen via a computer-generated random number generator. Three of those with the right answers plus their comments will be chosen via a computer-generated random number generator.

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Hop Schedule & Fabric Lines

January 9  – Coastal Mist Stone Cottage Quilts

January 10 – Dotalicious
DelLillians Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Pamela Quilts Inchworm Fabrics

January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt

January 12 – Fifi and Fido plus Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine Quilting Affection

January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs

January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River

January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angel Creations
Jennifer Sewing

January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting

January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs (That’s me!)

January 25 – Surf and Sand
Linda Pearl

January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts

January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake

January 30 – Jolly Holly
Connie Kauffman

January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting

February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze Sally’s Quilting Corner

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New! – Birds in Love

January 20th, 2017 No comments

Just in time for Valentine’s Day comes Birds in Lovea beautiful, new, bed-sized quilt  by Aurore Ouellet.

What a spectacular gift of love it will make! Order it now and you will have it in plenty of time for this special day.

For closeups and all the details, be sure to click on its photo below.

Birds in Love by Aurore Ouellet

Birds in Love by Aurore Ouellet

New Quilts by Selina Kuyp

January 19th, 2017 No comments

Selina Kuyp has added 2 new fun, delightful quilts for children! They are I Spy Circles #1 and I Spy Circles #2. They are baby, child, or wall-sized and will not only be warm to snuggle into, they can use them to play the game of I Spy which little ones love!

Be sure to click on their pictures to see closeups, read the details, and to place your order!

I Spy Circles #1 by Selina Kuyp

I Spy Circles #1 by Selina Kuyp

I Spy Circles #2 by Selina Kuyp

I Spy Circles #2 by Selina Kuyp

Sold! – Let It Snow!

December 30th, 2016 No comments

Debra Doherty‘s cheerful, delightful bed runner, Let It Snow, has just sold. A real bargain, it came with 2 matching pillow covers as well! You can’t beat that!

Debra has a few quilts remaining. Don’t miss out on them! Click on the photo below to view them all!

Let It Snow! by Debra Doherty

Let It Snow! by Debra Doherty

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