Friday, March 4, 2016

The Island Batik Planes, Trains & Automobiles' Blog Hop Final Journey!



Welcome to the final journey of the Island Batik Planes, Trains & Automobiles Blog Hop. 
 I hope you will enjoy traveling with me. We are going to go to a very special place!


I love this collection of Island Batik - Holiday Happenings. I designed a quilt using this fabric that was introduced at Quilt Market in Houston last fall. (But more on that later.)

Look at these gorgeous fabrics!

I even love the logo for these fabrics as it contains a moose.

I have three favorite places in this world and I plan on taking you to one of those. I live in one but love traveling to the other two, a desert and a forest. Can you guess which one I choose for our trip by looking at the fabrics?

If you are still not sure, please watch this video. Those who have read my blogs before know I love to share a little something to give you a hint. I hope you enjoy!



Now you know, we are traveling to Alaska and the Denali National Park! The best thing about this trip is we are going to go on a night tour to see the Aurora Borealis. How neat is that!

So why do I love Alaska and why did I want my quilt to take you there? The first answer is pretty easy - there are some wonderful animals there and the scenery is just magnificent. Such a fascinating place and because of that, I have Alaska pretty much scattered throughout my house in Florida!

in the dining room
also in the dining room
where else - the dining room
Living Room




 


This rug we got in Juneau! It shows the owl, eagle and raven. It is in the living room.




 

 This little guy is on the wall in the living room.








This is in the bedroom. Can you see the bear symbol on the rock and reflected in the lake?

 
This guy is also in the bedroom. He is one of my favorites.




I think you get the idea that I love Alaska and I want to thank Island Batik for giving me the opportunity to take you there by way of their lovely fabrics!

Here is my quilt and I call it "Night Moves".  My pictures do not do justice to these beautiful fabrics which are lovely greens, golds, and cranberry.


This quilt was made using applique, piecing and Broderie Perse. I will show you different parts of the quilt so you can see each example.


This is applique in the middle panel showing the bears and the trees. If you recognize the bears, that is because they were featured in my Island Batik Summer Country Blog Hop on my placemats last August. However once the hop was over, I removed the bears from the placemats and they became Kennel Quilts which were sent to an animal shelter that was recovering from floods. Read more about Kennel Quilts here
So the bears are back and they have found a home! Hopefully my Florida bears won't mind the cold weather in Alaska.



Here you see piecing and of course, the best part about Holiday Happenings is all the wonderful animals pictured on the fabrics. I had to use them. Here is a wolf and below is a moose.

Aren't they wonderful? Does it get any better? I don't think so.
Next are the hills and the snow capped mountains. The green hills are celery from another Island Batik collection and the mountains use one of their neutrals. They worked together beautifully with Holiday Happenings. And don't you love the colors of the sky? It was just "purrfect" for the Aurora Borealis.

Here is where I used Broderie Perse. The green fabric placed on the quilt has lots of lovely little trees. I cut them out and applied them to the hills in the background to create depth and perspective.



I used lovely Aurifil Threads in my quilt and they matched this collection beautifully.

Now I told you earlier that I used Holiday Happenings in an earlier quilt. This is Forest Nights and the pattern is available on my website.The same collection but used in two totally different ways! That is what I love about Island Batik. So versatile! Holiday Happenings will be available in April so check with your local quilt shop. 



I hope you have enjoyed your journey and as a way to say thank you I will be giving away two of my Forest Nights' patterns. For an opportunity to win, please comment below and let me know your favorite place to travel.  Also be sure and check out the other Island Batik Ambassadors Blogs. You will see some beautiful projects. The list is below. 

 Monday, February 15  – Caribbean Splash
Bejeweled Quilts
Pamela Quilts
Tuesday, February 16 – London Fog  
Moose Stash Quilting
Wednesday, February 17 – French Roasted
KISSed Quilts
Made In Scraps
Happy Cottage Quilter

Thursday, February 18 – Crystal Cove
Freemotion by the River
Friday, February 19 – Florida Oranges
Fun Threads Designs
Kauffman Designs
Tamarinis
Monday, February 22 – Coral Reef
Mary Mack Made Mine

Purrfect Spots Designs
Tuesday, February 23 – Sweet Georgia Peach
One Quilting Circle
KISSed Quilts
Wednesday, February 24 – Hollywood Hills
The Fit Quilter

Maria Michaels Designs
Thursday, February 25 – Desert Rose
For Quilts Sake
Lemon Tree Snippets
Friday, February 26 – Sea Salt Sandy
Tamarinis
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting
Pamela Quilts
Bejeweled Quilts
Monday, February 29 – Jersey Shore
Beaquilter
Lemon Tree Snippets

Tuesday, March 1 – Tuscany Sun
Tammy Silvers
Wednesday, March 2 – Lavish
Freemotion by the River
Moose Stash Quilting
Thursday, March 3 – Fire Island  
KISSed Quilts
Friday, March 4 – Tinsel, Holiday Happenings
Purrfect Spots Designs
KISSed Quilts
Moose Stash Quilting

 But wait – there is more! As always! ;) Island Batik is giving away a couple of fabric bundles to celebrate these new collections! There are multiple ways to enter – see them all and enter below.  

Thank you for stopping by and I hope you enjoyed your trip!




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29 comments:

  1. We have been to many wonderful places, so I'm not sure I have just one favorite. But I will say that one trip we took several years back and really enjoyed was the National Parks in Southern Utah -- such amazing scenery!

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  2. You quilts are beautiful. I love to go to Florida, or really, any beach, especially when I can take my grandchildren with me.

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  3. I don't really have a favorite place to travel because we don't really travel. We just cruise around in my husband's 1957 Ford Fairlane convertible! That's how we roll!
    kakingsbury at verizon dot net

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  4. Your quilt is just beautiful. Reminds me of my favorite place to travel -- our 1937 cabin in Minnesota!

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  5. I love to travel most anywhere, but lately it's Hawaii I like most. Love those batiks!!

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  6. What a beautiful piece and the teeny tiny trees are wonderful!

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  7. wow your quilt is just gorgeous. i love to travel where family is. right now, WI and CA. and then i like to travel with my husband to Shipshewana, IN.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  8. What a beautiful quilt! It depicts the Alaskan scene so wonderfully! I enjoyed reading about all the techniques you used, too. - I have had the good fortune to see the Northern Lights twice, although not as spectacularly as in the video. Both times, they were green and didn't move, simply shimmered.

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  9. I am in love with Holiday Happenings. Can't have too many greens, I always say!

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  10. OMG...you know you hit my sweet spot. I too have a love affair with Alaska and this takes me right to it! I had to chuckle when I saw you other Alaska quilts. Many of the same are scattered thru my house too! Perfect end to a great hop.

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  11. Your projectsd are lovely thank you for the inspiration. I love to travel to Montana. My family lives there.

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  12. Love the quilt, and the fabrics work so well in it.

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  13. Wow, I love this quilt. My favorite place to travel is the British Isles. I am not fond of heat and humidity so this is perfect weather wise.

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  14. I would go to Africa and see the wild animals and beautiful views.

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  15. Your quilt is fantastic! My favorite place to travel is just to get in our 1960 MGA and drive the backroads of Wisconsin. Always new sights to see.

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  16. Hawaii is my fav spot because of the blue waters, beaches and sunsets to name a few enticements.

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  17. Love your quilt. My favorite place I like to travel to Smoky Mountain in Tennessee. And my favorite place I would love to go is Alaska, I have always wanted to go there, one of these day So? Thanks for sharing, and a great giveaway.

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  18. Awesome quilts! Love both of them :)

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  19. I love to visit wherever my family is and luckily that includes Juneau. Loved your pictures and your quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Jamaica! Went once...gotta go again!

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  21. You did a wonderful job of highlighting this collection from Island Batiks. Fussy-cutting a batik is not something I every considered; thanks for pointing that out. Beautiful! Enjoy your Alaska trip.

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  22. I loved to go to the Boundary Water Canoe Area in northern Minnesota. It was a great treat when the Northern Lights would appear and dance across the sky and be reflected in the water while there. Love your bears.

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  23. Great quilts! I love this collection, too.

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  24. Very nice quilts i really loved the last one ty again for showing us a few ways to use batiks... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  25. Nice quilt! Please share with Island Batiks how much we have all enjoyed this blog hop! warner.dale@gmail.com

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  26. I like going to the mountains on vacation, especially during the summer months. Your quilts are beautiful, thank you for sharing.

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  27. Your Island Batik Quilt is beyond amazing and stunning. The amount of time and details you put into this quilt truly make it an heirloom treasure. Thank you sew very much for hopping.

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  28. Haven't traveled much...but got to visit our North Carolina Daughter a few years ago..and I saw the Ocean for the first time! Awesome!! Want to go spend time this Summer...and visit Ocean again...definitely my favorite sight...and visiting with Daughter...Priceless!

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  29. I have really enjoyed this Hop. Beautiful projects and fabric.

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