Monday, January 21, 2019

Getaway Blog Hop featuring Winter Park and Dot to Dot

Disclaimer:  The fabrics, thread, and batting for this project were provided to me at no cost by Island Batik, Aurifil, and Hobbs.
 Hello and welcome to my little corner of the Island Batik Ambassador's Getaway Blog Hop.  This is the final project for the 2018 group of ambassadors.  It's been a wonderful year.  I'm looking forward to another inspiring year as an Island Batik Ambassador in 2019. 

 The new Island Batik fabric collection I received to make my quilt was Winter Park.  It's a beautiful collection of blues, greens, beige, and yellow with winter woodland designs.  Deer, trees, pine cones, and snowflakes play well together in this collection.

 Here's the quilt I made, Dot to Dot. I used every fabric from the Winter Park collection along with an Island Batik coordinate, Custard for the backgrounds of the blocks and the outer border..

 I used a plain muslin fabric for the backing of my quilt.

 This quilt features three different blocks and 288 circles.  There are eight of these blocks.

 There are four of these blocks, plus four opposites of this block.

I used Aurifil thread in a dark blue (second thread on the left) to zigzag stitch around all 288 of the circles.  I must be crazy, because I so enjoy stitching around applique shapes.  I could easily have continued zig-ing and zag-ing along for another day or so.

 Each block has 18 circles made from 18 different fabrics.  I tried to arrange the fabrics in the same pattern for each block.  After putting the blocks together, I'm not entirely sure I succeeded, but I like the overall effect.

 When I think about the block theme, Getaway, this quilt reminds me of a queue at an amusement park.  You know how you go through the line and it looks like you are nearly there, but then another turn comes along, and you realize the front of the line is actually a long, long, way off?

Alternatively, if you were to "Getaway" to my area of the world you would see the lovely rolling countryside of northern North Carolina.  You might visit the Quilt Trail of the Tar and Roanoke River, go camping at Kerr Lake, or see my town's annual vintage car show in October.

 
 I did lots of closely spaced straight line quilting on the Dot to Dot quilt.  It seemed like it took forever to quilt.  This may be my last straight line quilting for a while.  I've enjoyed experimenting with my walking foot for the past year, but it feels like time to quilt some curves again.

I tried the Cotton Wool Blend Tuscany Collection batting by Hobbs for this project.  I've never used a wool blend batting before.  It gives the quilt a really warm feeling.  I'm going to test out the warmness of this quilt tonight, as we are preparing for a cold snap with temperatures expected to dip into the teens.  The wind is picking up as I write this.

 The quilting lines look so pretty on the front and on the back.

 I bound the quilt using the same Custard fabric as the outer border.

 A toasty warm quilt and a porch full of firewood.  I'm ready for the cold weather.

One last pretty pic.  Now for giveaway time!  I'm giving away 5" charm squares cut from my leftover Winter Park fabrics.  One of each fabric I have remaining to sample and inspire you.  To enter scroll down and leave a comment below.  Let's make it interesting...what is your favorite Getaway?  I'll select a winner by random number drawing.

Thanks so much for visiting today!  See below for a list of all the blogs participating in the Getaway blog hop.  Today is the first day of Week 3, but you can still go back and visit any blogs you may have missed to see all the new collections of Island Batik fabrics and be inspired by the other Island Batik Ambassadors.

WEEK 1

MONDAY, JANUARY 7 – CRYSTAL BALL

Maryellen McAuliffe –Mary Mack’s Blog
Sandra Walker- mmm! quilts

TUESDAY, JANUARY 8 – DITTY

Stephanie Jacobson –Steph Jacobson Designs
Michelle Roberts- Creative Blonde

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9 – ELK LODGE

Connie Kresin Campbell – Free Motion by the River
Anna Branch –Ark Angel Creations

THURSDAY, JANUARY 10 – FELINE FINE

Bea Lee –Bea Quilter
Sharon Parcel- Yellow Cat Designs

FRIDAY, JANUARY 11 – FLEA MARKET

Geraldine Wilkins – Living Water Quilter
Jessica Caldwell- Desert Bloom Quilting

WEEK 2

MONDAY, JANUARY 14 – FORTUNE TELLER

Sarah Goer –Sarah Goer Quilts
Sherry Shish –Powered by Quilting

Jennifer Fulton –The Inquiring Quilter

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15 – GYPSY ROSE

Jen Strauser –Dizzy Quilter <– That’s me! 
Janet Yamamoto- Whispers of Yore

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16 – PAISLEY PARK

Dione Gardner-Stephen- Clever Chameleon
Nancy Scott –Masterpiece Quilting

THURSDAY, JANUARY 17 – SOUL SONG

Carole Lyles Shaw- Carol Lyles Shaw
Toby Lischko –Gateway Quilts & Stuff

FRIDAY, JANUARY 18 – TWILIGHT CHIC (Today)

Jackie OBrien –If These Threads Could Talk
Tina Dillard- Quilting Affection (ME)

WEEK 3

MONDAY, JANUARY 21 – WINTER PARK

Jennifer Thomas- Curlicue Creations
Anita Skjellanger- Quilt In a Not Shell

TUESDAY, JANUARY 22 – BAZAAR

Karen Overton- The Quilt Rambler
Alison Vermilya- Little Bunny Quilts

Turid Bakken- Den syende himmel

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23 – BLOSSOM

Karen Neary –Sew Karen-ly Created
Leanne Parsons –Devoted Quilter

THURSDAY, JANUARY 24 – BOHO

Laura Piland- Slice of Pi Quilts

Myra Barnes- Busy Hands Quilts

FRIDAY, JANUARY 25 – BROOKVIEW

Vicki Schlimmer –Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Amy Warner –Sew Incredibly Crazy

WEEK 4

MONDAY, JANUARY 28 – FRENCH BLUE

Pamela Boatright –PamelaQuilts
Joyce Mullis –Hearts Creations

TUESDAY, JANUARY 29 – MIDSUMMER NIGHT

Kathleen McCormick –Kathleen McMusing
Connie Kauffman – Kauffman Designs

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30 – OH DEER

Jen Shaffer- Patterns by Jen
Jeanette Jones –Inchworm Fabrics

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31 – SNOW BERRY

Sally Mannke –Sally Manke Fiber Artist
Joan Kawano –Moosestash Quilting

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1 – CANDY CANE LANE AND ICICLE

Icicle

Terri Vanden Bosch – Meanderings along Lizard Creek


Candy Cane Lane


Mania Hatziioannidi –Mania For Quilts
Barbara Gaddy –Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas






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73 comments:

  1. I would take a beach anywhere that is warm. It's cold here.

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  2. Jennifer, you made a gorgeous quilt, all those dots! An amazing patience. Winter Park is just the coolest Island Batik collection, isn't it?

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  3. Gm...I love to head to the UP of michigan and dip my feet into lake superior and just enjoy that part of my state.... very very pretty quilt...happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  4. It is 5 degrees here and the wind is roaring. At the moment, my favorite getaway would be a warm, secluded beach. So peaceful!

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  5. A cabin by a lake is my favorite getaway.

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  6. It is 22 here....really cold for Alabama. That quilt looks warm and inviting. I have just started experimenting with walking foot quilting. So far I have only done practice sandwiches. Your quilting looks great. The fabrics just shine in this quilt. I love the circles, but I am not sure I would ever do that many on one quilt. haha. You did a great job on this.

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  7. A very interesting quilt, what patience you have, and what wonderful fabric! I live in South Mississippi, so I am where I want to be! It's even cold here today, but as they say, if you don't like the weather here, just wait 10 minutes & it will change! Thank you for sharing, Susan

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  8. That's a "WOW" quilt if I ever saw one. All of those circles!!!!

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  9. Awesome quilt! And all those circles! WOW! Just beautiful.
    Thanks for the giveaway. My favorite get-a-way is to the mountains in N. Carolina.

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  10. What a fun fun quilt and as always love the fabrics!

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  11. Hi Jennifer! I work away from home all year long, so my favorite of all get-aways is when I get to close my camper door and Go Home! I love being home, even though it has that closed up smell when I get there. It doesn't take long to run the vacuum, dust mop and get the house filled with baking and cooking!

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  12. Your quilt is lovely! The fabrics are beautiful and your design sets them off nicely. My favourite getaway spot right now would be anywhere sunny and warm, preferably with a beach to walk. I'm writing you from eastern Canada where we have just had yet another big snowstorm, and it's very cold. I could handle some sunny warmth!

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  13. Your quilt is lovely. What a fun and creative way to showcase the fabrics.
    My husband and I like to visit Shipshewana, IN It is an Amish tour spot. Lots of shops, a huge flea market, a live theater, a concert place, buggy rides and of course their awesome food everywhere.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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  14. just gorgeous! but you're crazy! 288 circles??? ha ha
    well worth it though!! looks great

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  15. My favorite getaway is in Schroon Lake in the Adirondack mountains of NY. Going there since I was a child.

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  16. We don't get the chance to getaway much, so when we do it is always to see family. Someday I'll have the chance to truly splurge and go somewhere fun like Disneyland .. or Italy!

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  17. Lake Superior beaches are my favorite place to go to getaway!

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  18. Wow! That’s a lot of circles! Beautiful fabrics and colors! Thanks for sharing your quilt with us.

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  19. My favorite getaway is Cherokee NC or The Great Smokey Mountains! Your quilt is so beautiful! Enjoy your day! :-) :-) angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  20. Love your quilt!!! However, I wish I was reading about it on a sandy beach in Bora Bora!!

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  21. That is just so much fun! I love all those fabulous circles!

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  22. Beautiful quilt! My favourite getaway is a particular water access cabin on a lake in Northern Ontario. One must park the car and take a boat for the final leg of the journey. Very peaceful & relaxing!

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  23. your quilt is amazing! my favorite get away is anywhere in the moutains.

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  24. Beautiful quilt! Love all the dots! My favorite get away would be to one of our favorite campgrounds, on a lake, with good friends. In warmer weather, of course.

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  25. Our favorite getaways are often to National Parks. We had a great trip to Yellowstone last fall. Several years ago we visited several parks in southern Utah and they were spectacular.

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  26. My favorite getaway is when I go "home", back to where I grew up, to Southern California. Although it's a vacation destination for many people, I'd feel the same affection for it even if weren't such a popular place.

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  27. Interesting design
    to your quilt. Lovely
    fabric. I like to go
    up in the mountains
    and shoot at our archery
    range to getaway!
    Carla from Utah

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  28. I like your quilt! And the back looks great too.
    several years ago our family went to St Maarten in the Caribbean - we had such a great time, and would love to go back.

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  29. Beautiful selection for your quilt. Getaway, to family either north or south, a new fabric shop at each place, and a special time together would be my dream .

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  30. My getaway is Road to CALIFORNIA quilters conference and convention...my classes start tomorrow!!!

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  31. I love visiting Yellowstone. Great quilt!

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  32. Wow, I am impressed with all the zig-zagging you had to do...and liked it! Your quilt turned out great, and yes, I have been in those dreaded amusement park lines! My favorite getaway is Hawaii...always a pleasant experience! Thanks for sharing.

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  33. My favorite get away is going to the ocean. Fortunately, I live an hour and a half from the ocean so it is an easy get away. It is always a good place to go and relax.

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  34. I love being in the woods, with the sun filtering through the trees. Maybe a babbling brook nearby. Or Hawaii. I don't care. Anywhere sounds good right now!

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  35. I like any getaway to Lake Michigan! Thank you!

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  36. So fun with all your circles. Gave a perfect result and a beautiful quilt.

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  37. My favorite getaway might be the Southern states--like the big quilt show at Paducah, Kentucky!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  38. Amazing quilt! I can't imagine having the patience for all those dots! Winter Park and Custard is a terrific combo -just lovely.

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  39. I love Dot to Dot and the fabrics are incredible! My favourite getaway was a trip to Cuba but my bucket list trip is to go to New Orleans forMardi Gras!
    https://quiltschmilt.wordpress.com

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  40. My favorite getaway is just me and hubby going somewhere laughing and eating. We've been to different places with different climates, i.e. Montana vs. Hawaii, but what always works best is together. I even made my first quilt for him. I love your quilt. It's amazing. And the fabric line looks so wonderful. You did great!

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  41. I love to getaway to the coast whenever I can.

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  42. My favorite getaway is to the beach as it is only about an hour and a half from where we live. Your quilt is so beautiful I love the blues that you used.

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  43. My favourite getaway is to my little cottage on the Northumberland Strait here in Nova Scotia. Now it is too cold to go there now, but come May I'll be packing up to go once more.

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  44. My favorite getaway spot is Radium Hot Springs in the Canadian Rockies. Beautiful town! Thanks!

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  45. Fun quilt!! I love all the circles. It does remind me of standing in line for a ride. All those heads bobbing along lol. My kids and I have enjoyed playing tourist over the years. We live in SW Florida and there's always some new tourist attraction to see or restaurant to eat in. I've always thought it would be a great get away to travel across the country in an RV. It's probably more fun to dream about the destinations than to think about all that time in an RV lol.

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  46. I do love the color combo in this line. Your quilt looks great.

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  47. My favorite getaway is Hawaii. I also enjoy driving trips to explore the USA.

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  48. My favorite getaway is Sedona, AZ. I love hiking.

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  49. All those dots, all those lines!! I love the way the quilt turned out and admire your patience in doing all the work on both parts - the piecing and the quilting. The work really paid off in one gorgeous quilt.

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  50. I love the dusty autumn colors and the pine cone prints. Thanks for sharing your quilt. My favorite getaway is the Maryland Shore in the summer. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

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  51. Beautiful quilt Jennifer! There are a lot of appliqued circles, how neat!

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  52. all those dots!! what a BEAUTIFUL way to display all those fabrics!! great job! my favorite getaway is to visit far away family. but for just once, my dream getaway would be Scotland.

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  53. love the colors in your quilt! Beautiful work. I actually love to travel and especially see family and friends along the way. We have been fortunate to have visited 47 of our 50 states. I would really like to visit the last 3 so I could say I have visited all 50. Other than that, I love to spend time with family on the west coast (we live in Alabama). Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  54. My favorite getaway is Kenya! But close to home for a weekend get-away, Lake Louise, Alberta!
    Julie.mirdoch@shaw.ca

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  55. My favorite getaway is to visit my grandsons. That means trips to Texas and California! Your straight line quilting is perfect!
    nikilsend(outlook(dot)com

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  56. I love these fabrics. At the moment I would love to be anywhere there is some sunshine

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  57. Beautiful quilt. All those circles! My preferred vacation is somewhere tropical or cruising. I really want to go to Galapagos islands.

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  58. Very pretty quilt, not sure I would have the patience for all those dots! My favorite getaway is to Lake Michigan. Grew up near there but don't live near the great lakes anymore.

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  59. My favorite Get Away is to go to NC... to visit our Daughter!! We get to sew/quilt a lot, share In Person hugs, visit the Ocean.. and to just enjoy time together :D I LOOOOVE your Quilt!! Gorgeous!! & thank you for chance to win some of those beautiful fabrics :)

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  60. I love those colors! Beautiful! My favorite getaway is to the coast (Pacific, Oregon) and if I can combine fabric shopping or knitting it's even better than perfect. Looking forward to following your blog.

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  61. Winter Park is such a gorgeous collection and you did a fabulous job with this quilt! Your stitching around the circles looks so precise. I can definitely see the amusement park line now that you mention it :)

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  62. Love the beach but if I can’t getaway I getaway down in my basement sewing space

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  63. Oooh I just love your quilt! It brings out the colors beautifully. My favorite getaway spot would be camping.

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  64. Beautiful quilt! It looks so warm, and I bet it will be with that wool batt. It's getting cold here too!

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  65. My favorite getaway is my sewing room. Love it there.

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  66. I love this quilt! Great way to showcase all the fabrics in the collection. It reminds me of glass tile walls. Gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Leah. The Winter Park fabric collection is just beautiful. I hope to use it in another project soon.

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  67. Great quilt with a lotta little circles!! My favorite getaway is the Great Smoky Mountains!

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  68. What a lovely quilt! I love so much the blue colours and the dots!!Thank you for the chance to win !!

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