Friday, September 22, 2017

Back to School Blog Hop with Island Batik

Back to School Blog Hop Graphic

It’s already been back to school here in NC for quite a while and my quilt for this blog hop really has nothing to do with schools but oh well!

-that’s what I get for starting it WAY early before I knew the theme! sorry Winking smile

Anyways, my BIG bundle from the Spring Island Batik box is called Captain’s anchor and it’s a cool nautical themed bundle.

The first thing I made with the bundle was back in April when we all made a kennel quilt for Island Batik’s sales people and then later they will be donated!


Here’s my bundle and some yardage, ready to be cut into!

these were half yard cuts but I cut them into FQs


I played around in EQ and had a general idea of what I wanted, something like this using one of my QUBE sets from Accuquilt

anchors away 6in qube

I decided to use the 9” QUBE as I recently got it and haven’t used it much


Here I cut a bunch of large triangles, small triangles, rectangles and squares (since there was a red lobster print in the bundle I added some coordinating red too- and white)


I also had a matching yardage of this really dark blue where I cut out signature block pieces and small squares


then I started pairing up the fabrics


and added the rest of the shapes and the dark blue


and then began piecing everything together, first the large triangles!

(for some reason I had totally miscounted and cut out double the amounts of large triangles!!)


Here are some of the blocks all together, I made 10 of each


Then I laid them out on my design wall


and sewed the top together and added borders.

Finished size is 54 x 65”


and here it is all quilting and bound


I did a pointy swirl all over


I did a scrappy back, also so I could add my extra HSTs that I made too many of!


Anja approves


Now with the OOPS large triangles, I decided to sew them together into a table runner. I omitted the red blocks and now that I look back at the fabric collection it doesn’t have the red prints, so maybe I bundled them together wrong after washing my fabrics? another OOPS!


I quilted it in a swirly wave pattern in rows


BTW I made another OOPS, I cut out binding strips for this one TWICE!! ha ha, so now I have binding for another runner Winking smile


I still had more scraps leftover!

I wanted to try this boat block by accuquilt, but their pattern uses mix and match dies and not the companion dies (or mostly triangles and squares) I modified my block and used rectangles and chisels too! and then added a larger rectangle on the sides to make two mug rugs!

These mug rugs I used a method of turning inside out and then quilting them, so there’s no binding on them


So even though I goofed up quite a few times with this bundle I made some neat projects!

(and I gave the other FQ bundle to a friend at church, who’s former Navy and him and his wife are both quilters! and it was close to his birthday and he just had a close friend pass away, so he needed something to cheer him up!! he loved it btw but wasn’t sure if he was going to share with his wife, ha ha)

Since I pretty much used every single scrap I instead have this 5” charm pack to giveaway (US only)


comment below what your favorite charm pack pattern is

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here’s the schedule for the blog hop in case you’ve missed any


Monday, September 4 – Beaujolais
Quilting Affection DesignsFunThreads Designs

Tuesday, September 5 – Country Dozen
Cheryl Lynch QuiltsInspired Layers

Wednesday, September 6 – Bonsai
Little Bunny Quilts

Thursday, September 7 – Sakura
Masterpiece Quilting

Friday, September 8 – Empress Garden
Dessert Bloom QuiltingSlice of Pi Quilts


Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins
KISSed Quilts

Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms
Kathys Kwilts and More

Wednesday, September 13 – Olivera
Joan KawanoVicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Thursday, September 14 – Rise & Shine
Den Syende HimmelSally’s Quilting Corner

Friday, September 15 – Diner Days
Ark Angel CreationsKaren Overton


Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed QuiltsWhispers of Yore

Tuesday, September 19 – Vineyard
The Inquiring QuilterInchworm Fabrics

Wednesday, September 20 – Abalone
PamelaQuiltsYellow Cat Quilts

Thursday, September 21 – Batiks Go Retro
Adventures in Applique and Quilting

Friday, September 22 – Captain’s Anchor
Purrfect Spots DesignsBeaquilter


Monday, September 25 – Cherry Berry
Freemotion by the RiverMary Mack Made Mine

Tuesday, September 26 – Lobster Bake
Seams to be Sew

Wednesday, September 27 – Solstice
Bejeweled QuiltsheARTs Creations

Thursday, September 28 – Sour Apple
Seams Like a DreamKauffman Designs

Friday, September 29 – Zen
Lizard Creek QuiltingQuilt’n Party

Island Batik also has a nice giveaway on their blog here

THANKS to Island Batik for letting me be an ambassador and giving us all these yummy fabrics to play with and thanks for planning this blog hop!


Betsy said...

I love alpine ice

Linda Williamson said...

I like to use charms to make HST. Love the nautical theme and colors, especially the mustard/gold. Thanks for sharing your quilt. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

Allison said...

There are so many charm pack patterns that I love, I don't have a favorite! Your quilt and table runner are beautiful and the colors in Captain's Anchor are stunning.

Yvonne said...

I have so many favorites of charm packs, but i love batiks in any size or shape!

Charlene S said...

I love charm packs for large 4 patches or cut in 4ths for 16 patches.

Joyce Carter said...

What a beautiful quilt Bea! I really, really love it. (Your daughter is also a cutey!) I love the placemats too. Thank you for sharing and for the giveaway.
Don't have a favorite charm pattern.

Monica said...

Bea you did it again. The quilt is lovely.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

I made X-Rated, several years ago. It's supposed to be a 31" square quilt, but, I added several more charm packs, and turned it into an almost full size quilt. Fun and fast. It would be fun to do that quilt again.

Susan L. said...

Great projects! I really don't have a favorite charm pattern. Pretty much love them all!

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

This group you just worked with is my favorite.

Renie Harrell said...

I will have to say a tumbler pattern. Lots of variety when you use a charm pack. Thank you for the give away Bea.

Janarama said...

I like to make half-square and quarter-square triangles out of charm packs. No set pattern, I just play with them until I see a layout I like and then sew them all together.

Melody Lutz said...

HST pinwheels are my go to charm pattern. Great fall inspired projects, the mug rugs are a great addition! lutzcats ( at) yahoo (dot) com

Melody Lutz said...

HST pinwheels are my go to charm pattern. Great fall inspired projects, the mug rugs are a great addition! lutzcats ( at) yahoo (dot) com

Quilting Tangent said...


Calicojoan said...

Very cool and I love your oops projects. Those opps moments only create opportunities!!!!! :-)

teachpany said...

Great use of the fabrics, all of them, and great projects. My favorite pattern, when I have multiple charm packs in the same collection, is Tossed 9 patch by Quilt In a Day.

cjmont said...

i like the charm pack chevron.

Judi Duncan said...

I have never used a charm pack before, so I don't have a fave pattern....:-(

Lori said...

your projects are just wonderful. I don't know that I have a favorite charm pattern. I am still trying to figure if I like precuts. When I wash them they are no longer the size they should be. Arggghhh

Allison CB said...

Churn dash is my fav for using charms in!!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

Sewgirl said...

I collect charm ideas on my Pinterest page. I think my go-to though is Your quilt and mug rugs are delightful. Thanks for sharing.

anna brown said...

My go to for fast quilt is a dispering 9 patch...Makes you look like you was all year in your sewing room lol....

Lisa Marie said...

I love to use charms to make disappearing nine patch blocks. It's so quick to grab a charm pack and make a table runner that way.

Kathy E. said...

Don't you love it when our "oops" turn into such great surprises! They definitely added bonuses to your work on this post! Every project is a winner. I love a simple patchwork with charm packs. It shows off the fabric so well and the quilting will just accentuate that. duchick at mchsi dot com

tac73 said...

I like using charm packs in pinwheel designs.

CathyQuilts said...

I like that fabric! Personally, I like your added red.

JANET said...

I've never worked with charms before, so I have no favorite. I can see where they would save time though.

GranChris said...

I think my favorite is turning charms into lattice quilts.

Cheryl @ Simply Shoeboxes said...

I don't have a favorite, but I love working with charms since they are all ready to go.

Angie&Gary Short said...

Awesome projects you made, beautiful quilt. I like making hst with charm packs, then pinwheel. Have a great day! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

Lin said...

I like to make pinwheels with charm packs.

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

Beautiful quilt Bea and those are awesome batiks!! Your little mug rugs are a great addition!

Rhonda Tenderholt said...

I'm new to quilting, therefore I don't have a favorite charm pack yet. I love your table runner. Where can I see some of the charm packs that some of the other women commented on? Thank you for the giveaway.

Pamela said...

Anja has good taste! My favorite charm pattern is the Fat Quarter Shop's Charm Pack Cherry. Thanks for the beautiful post, and the beautiful giveaway!

Dawn F said...

I saw a pattern for a homemade quilted bag using a charm pack that I loved!

myzbarb said...

The Road to Tennessee block is a great way to use charms.

Michele T said...

I love to make baby quilts, placemats, and table runners with charm packs!

Annmarie Tegen said...

Cool fabrics. Loved reading through your thinking process. My favorite use of charms is coin quilts. Sew fast and easy and so many different settings to choose from.

Vicki H said...

Cute projects. I like using charms for table runners.

Cecilia said...

I like the new cupcake recipes. Cute projects!

Mom C said...

I make a lot of HSTs and charm packs are ready cut. Love them. Thanks.