Monday, August 27, 2018

The Great Outdoors Blog Hop featuring Globetrotter and The Wishing Star

Disclaimer:  The fabrics, thread, and batting for this project were provided to me at no cost by Island Batik, Aurifil, and Hobbs.
 Hello!  Welcome to my little corner of the Great Outdoors Blog Hop. This is the Island Batik Ambassador's challenge for the month of August.  We finally got to use our "surprise" bundle of fabrics.
 I received the Globetrotter collection.

 Love these colors and designs!  It makes me want to pack my bags and see the great outdoors all around the world...sigh!  At least I can dream, can't I?

Here's my quilt, The Wishing Star.  You may recognize my pattern from a previous issue of Easy Quilts back in 2015.  I used every fabric from the Globetrotter collection in my quilt, along with a white Island Batik fabric for the background.

 I randomly cut and pieced together the star blocks.  Originally I thought I would only use the lighter fabrics for the star centers, but I like this arrangement better.  The stars with the light points look like they are twinkling.

 Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.

When I hear the phrase, "The Great Outdoors" I can't help but think of the 1980's classic comedy movie with John Candy and Dan Akroyd.  This is one of my husband's all time favorite movies.  He even had it on in the delivery room when I had my third son...seriously.  My favorite scene is shown above, when they discover a bat in their cabin and put on these ridiculous outfits to catch the bat.  I've had a few bat experiences in my house, so I can relate.

 I considered designing a bat quilt to go with the theme, but settled on The Wishing Star instead.  There's nothing quite like a summer night sky full of sparkly stars.

 This little star is so sweet.

 I took a few photos of my quilt with this old truck my husband recently acquired.  It would be fun to take this quilt to a tailgating party.

 Or a summer evening picnic.

 I quilted The Wishing Star in straight lines, 1" apart, diagonally out from the center of the center star.

 I used the big cone of white Aurifil thread from box 1.

And the Hobbs Heirloom Natural Cotton Batting from box 2.

 The Aurifil thread, Hobbs batting, and Island Batik fabrics quilted beautifully together.

 I bound the edges using fabric that matched the outer border of the quilt.

 The Wishing Star quilt looks nice hanging over the door of my quilt cabinet.  I think I'll let it stay here for a while.

Now for giveaway time.  I'm giving away 5" squares cut from my leftover Globetrotter collection fabrics.  One of each fabric for you to sample and inspire you.  Plus...

One copy of my Modern Mini Star quilt pattern.  To enter,scroll down and leave a comment below.  Let's make it interesting...If you could travel anywhere your heart desires, where would you go?  I'll select a winner by random number drawing.

Thanks so much for visiting today!  See below for a list of all the stops on The Great Outdoors blog hop.  Today is the first day of Week 4, but you can still go back and visit all the blogs to see the new collections of Island Batik fabrics and be inspired by the other Island Batik Ambassadors.


WEEK 1

WEEK 2

WEEK 3

Monday, August 20 – Ocean Odyssey
Toby LischkoKaren Overton
Thursday, August 23 – Dragonfly Dreams
Inchworm FabricsBeaQuilter

WEEK 4

Wednesday, August 29 – Lavendula
Carole Lyles ShawMasterpiece Quilting

WEEK 5

Tuesday, September 4 – Whatnot
heARTS CreationsSlice of Pi Quilts
Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.
Jennifer Thomas


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64 comments:

  1. I love star quilts. Yours is wonderful. Let's see I want to go to Spain and see all the tiles and art work.

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  2. I would love to travel to Iceland. So many beautiful vistas! And I bet there are some excellent dark skies for stargazing (hard to come by here in England). That's a lovely quilt. I love the different sizes of stars.

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  3. I love quilts with stars and yours is just beautiful. Is it available as a pattern?

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  4. Those stars really do seem to twinkle! Since I was a young girl, I've wanted to see the mountains and the ocean.

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  5. To travel to Europe and visit the different countries. Taking about a month to see the sights would be nice.
    Petuniakr@aol.com

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  6. Beautiful quilt! Ditto on the Europe visit, a "some day" wish for sure.
    Fellow Ambassador Karen

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  7. We went to Yellowstone National Park when I was very young and I'd love to go back and visit again and I'd love to see the Grand Canyon. Love your Wishing Star quilt. The batiks play well together. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  8. Love your quilt!! If I could travel anywhere, it would be to France to visit my French relatives! My cousin has been ill so I’d really enjoy spending time with him and his family!

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  9. What a beautiful quilt. If I could travel anywhere, I think it would be Transylvania. My mother's family is from Romania and I am a huge Halloween fan. I wonder if they are connected somehow. :) Thanks for the chance to win.

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  10. I love those stars in batiks! If I had a previous life...I was Italian...so Italy it is. Thanks for letting me dream...great way to start the week!

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  11. wow your star quilt is lovely. i love how the stars share different fabrics and putting them on white makes them shine. thank you for sharing and inspiring today. if i could go visit anywhere outdoors i think i would love to go to Ireland. part of my heritage
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  12. I love the fabrics in your star quilt, it is so beautiful.
    If I could travel anywhere, I would love to go back to Europe. I spent 6 months in Belgium, and would love to visit other surrounding countries.

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  13. Love the mini star quilt
    I’m a British transplant to the US so when ever I’m asked with the choice of the world it’s gotta be home Oxfordshire and Suffolk

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  14. Your quilt is awesome. If I could travel anywhere I would travel to Iceland. It has held my intrigue since I was a young child. Thanks for sharing. I have so enjoyed this blog hop.

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  15. your quilt is beautiful. if i could go anywhere in the world i would go new zealand.

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  16. I would go to Florida to visit my brother and sister-in-law. I miss them so much.

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  17. You and your blog mate for this day hit it out of the park with those collections. The others I am not such a fan. I think the strong batiks need a solid to tone them down.

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  18. Lovely quilt! I love varied size of the stars.

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  19. Love the wishing star quilt! I would love to travel to the British Isles. So much history there.

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  20. Beautiful quilt!
    I dream of visiting Australia and New zealand

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  21. Travel, at my 78 years of age, maybe not a possibility now , but to fly from NZ to Canada, visit ALL my blog friends there, then down to US and again meet ALL my blog friends, and do a fabric shop along the way would be my ideal travel dream. Love those stars, and down here, we live in a small town with no pollution so our night sky is always sparkly and clean.

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  22. New Zealand is at the top of my list! Beautiful quilt and photos!

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  23. I would love to go back to Italy where I had my very first holiday abroad

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  24. What a great interpretation for the batiks. The stars are all unique, just like our stars in the sky.

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  25. Alice Martina Smith amartinasmith@att.netAugust 27, 2018 at 3:10 PM

    Alaska to see the northern lights! Can I take your quilt with me when I go?

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  26. I would like to go on a cruise to Alaska.

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  27. LOVE your quilt! While traveling someplace far away sounds good, with the heat here, I would be happy to be sitting by a babbling brook, in a cool woods, with sunlight filtering through the trees, listening to critters going about their day.

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  28. If I could travel anywhere, I would like to just tour the scenic routes of the USA, stopping and "petting" all the lovely fabric along the way! LOL (And of course taking a "few" yards home with me!!)

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  29. My first choice would be a cruise to Alaska. Next would be Ireland and Scotland. Third, finish visiting areas in yhe US and Canada. Love the stars.

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  30. Such a pretty summery quilt! Love the twinkle effect (you're right!) of the lighter outer points.

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  31. Your quilt is just lovely! If I could go anywhere I would like to go to Australia one day! Thanks for sharing.

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  32. I would travel to maine or Washington state to see my kids.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  33. Since I am about to leave on a vacation to my 50th state, Alaska, I get to mark visiting all states in the US off my bucket list. Now I want to visit Australia. I love your star quilt. Thanks for the chance to win.

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  34. If I could travel anywhere, I would like to visit Hawaii or Australia.
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo(dot)(com)

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  35. I'd love to go to England, and visit the old Castles! But truly...I'd be happy to tour around the United States, seeing all the sights & visiting friends & family that live in so many different states :) Thank you for chance to win your Give-away too..

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  36. Great quilt! I want to go to France, Ireland, and Hawaii, among other places. I also want to see more of the US. I've been in 26 states so far. (Ambassador)

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  37. I think I'd like to go to Quebec and the towns around there.

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  38. Gorgeous quilt!!! If I could travel anywhere I'd go to Ireland, living in the desert I miss the green and have wanted to visit since I was a child.

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  39. Great quilt! I would travel to the Maldives.

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  40. What a beautiful quilt! I am really enjoying this blog hop. I would love to go to Ireland and Scotland if I could go anywhere. Those countries have always fascinated me! Thanks!

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  41. If I could visit anywhere...I would go to the Netherlands. I love your star quilt. It does look like it is twinkling! And I love the pictures of it over that truck.

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  42. Beautiful quilt - just love those batiks! mumbird3atgmaildotcom

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  43. Your quilt is beautiful. I would love to Go on another driving trip with my husband, maybe to the New England area as I have never been.

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  44. I love this ! The stars are so much fun with all these different fabrics. Terrific job!

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  45. Your stars are out of this world❗❗
    I'd like to go to North Carolina and visit with my Momma.
    Thanks for the chance.

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  46. I've always had a soft spot for quilted stars, so of course, I love your Wishing Stars quilt! One the light background, they show off their colors so well! I've always wanted to visit Aruba with the clear blue water and tropical romantic nights. I just don't think I could handle the loooong plane ride!

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  47. Bali....where batiks are made, could I stop by Hawaii too?

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  48. Your stars definitely twinkle! What a delightful quilt. Thanks for the inspiration. If I could travel anywhere I would love to go to Norway or Iceland to see the northern lights.

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  49. Really like your star quilt, it’s very fun!
    I would love to vusit Austrailia.

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  50. Your quilt is so cute and the colors fantastic. I love travelling and want to take one of those around the world cruises as I love cruising too. But if I had to pick just one place, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands with a side trip to Bora Bora. :)

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  51. I love batiks and stars -awesome quilt!

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  52. My husband and I would like to visit Alaska, but I'd want all my family to go with me...along with their spouses. :)

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  53. Such a gorgeous quilt. How can you go wrong with such lovely batiks. I'd love to travel up through Canada and down the east coast during fall to see the leaves change....just not this year with the horrible weather they are having.

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  54. I would love to travel to New Zealand. But of course that is just a dream ;-)

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  55. It's fun to see how different our designs are using the same fabrics! Love it!

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  56. What a HAPPY quilt! Love the star design with those special batiks!

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  57. Your quilt looks wonderful and I prefer stars to bats! I would love to travel to Ireland where my ancestors are from.

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  58. Beautifully done! The stars are fabulous and the quilt certainly does look like it's ready for a picnic :)

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  59. Colorful star quilts are the best! This one really shows off the fabric nicely. One of my life goals is to visit all 50 states and I have 12 left, so I'd go to some (or all!) of those I'm missing, mostly states in the west.

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