Monday, May 10, 2021

Quilt Modern Blog Hop featuring Blowing Bubbles

Hello there!  Thanks for joining me today for my part of the Island Batik Ambassador Quilt Modern Blog Hop.  This is the quilt I made for the hop, Blowing Bubbles.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this quilt were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners at no cost to me.
This month the Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to make a modern quilt using the "Surprise" fabrics we were given in Box 1.
I received Holly Holiday, a beautiful Christmas themed collection.  At first I was stumped.  To me Christmas fabric says "Traditional Quilt".  How was I going to come up with a modern design using this holiday collection?

The Blowing Bubbles quilt idea just popped into my head from nowhere.  Thank you, deep creative recesses of my brain!  Once I had the idea, I did a few drawings in EQ8 and thought about how to make it.

First I made a lot of Flying Geese units.  I sewed them into blocks to use for my quilt.  Some of the blocks became the bottom strip.  Some of the blocks were cut into various size circles using dishes and glasses from my kitchen.

I cut all of the Flying Geese parts out with my Accuquilt Go and 8" Qube Set.  It's such a timesaver.

After piecing the top together, I used fusible applique to place the Flying Geese circles and zigzag stitched around them with gold Aurifil thread.  Then I quilted a fun echoing circular design with white Aurifil thread.  I used Hobbs cotton batting for the quilt's inside.

Gold Aurifil thread and Schmetz Super Nonstick Needles.  These needles are awesome for fusible applique.

This is the white Aurifil thread I used for the quilting.  I've had this cone for four years, ever since my first Island Batik Ambassador box.  I've used it over and over, but I still haven't used it up.  Maybe it never ends???

I like this clothesline pic I took of the back of the quilt before binding.  Isn't it neat how you can see all the bubbles and the bottom strip of Flying Geese?

Now for a few glamour shots.  Here's Blowing Bubbles on my front porch railing with some beautifully blooming roses.

Horizontal shot.

Pretty folds.

The backing.  This is an Island Batik neutral fabric, Coconut.  The neutral fabrics are always available.

I used this red with green dots fabric for the outer border and binding of my quilt.

More fun folds.

Blowing Bubbles
Quilt Stats:
Finished Quilt Size:  43" x 42"
Block Size:  8" x 8"
Fabric:  Holly Holiday and Solid White by Island Batik
Batting:  Hobbs Cotton
Thread:  Aurifil

Did you enjoy my quilt?  Would you like to win some Holly Holiday fabric?  I'm giving away these 5" charm squares cut from my leftover fabrics.  Just leave me a comment at the end of this post and I'll randomly choose a winner at the end of the hop.  Then, hop on over to the Island Batik Blog to enter a giveaway for more beautiful Island Batik fabric.  Good luck!

Be sure to visit all the Island Batik Ambassadors to see the new fabric collections and the fabulous modern quilts made with them.

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Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway

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Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway

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Jennifer Thomas

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  1. Love all your Flying Geese! Wow that’s a lot of them too:) Those bubbles just wrap it all up! Beautiful quilt.

  2. I LOVE LOVE this. So creative and beautiful.

  3. What an interesting design! And I love the way you quilted it. It's beautiful.

  4. I love your quilt and the mix of quilting really makes it different

  5. A quilt with flying geese always grabs my attention! Blowing Bubbles is so unique and just perfect for showcasing the different blocks and your gorgeous Island Batik fabrics! Well done!

  6. The Bubbles are interesting and give it that modern twist.

  7. Love your modern quilt.
    Nancy A:

  8. What a pretty quilt. I love how it does not scream winter holiday. Very creative. Your beauty shots are great.

  9. That is such a cute idea - of the bubbles with flying geese in them! This idea looks really nice with the Christmas fabrics!

  10. What a fun quilt. I especially like the way you quilted it, not quilting it to death! It really shows off the bubbles!

  11. I just received an Accuquilt Go 8" cube and could not be more excited to get started creating with it. You've inspired me to get busy!

  12. This is a great Quilt!!!
    Love the geese in a row, then spaced out.

  13. I like this pretty and fun quilt design.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  14. This quilt is so pretty
    and really showcases the
    holiday colors.
    Carla from Utah

  15. Great quilt. I thought it was punny that bubbles popped into your head. lol I love the design and how you quilted it.

  16. I love your quilt. Accuquilt makes Flying Geese a breeze. I hope the world gets to celebrate Christmas this year. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

  17. If there is anything that I love more than batiks it is Chrismas themed batiks. Beautiful quilt. Thanks!

  18. The colours on your quilt are so lush and rich. I love the geese. Thanks for sharing

  19. Love your quilt, the bubbles and the way you quilted it.

  20. I love this quilt! The floating triangles and bubble give a feeling of joy, breaking free and positively floating on air. Thanks for sharing this!

  21. Fantastic job! It's just incredible!

  22. That's pretty amazing your white cone of quilting thread has lasted that long! Beautiful quilt!

  23. What a lovely quilt and it does not scream Christmas at all. A challenge you met and exceeded with this quilt.

  24. Beautiful quilt! I love the row of flying geese on the bottom.
    cecilialyoung at gmail dot com

  25. This is so pretty! Awesome job!

  26. Good idea for a Modern Quilt--very nice!!

  27. Cute quilt! It reminds me of a hot, bubbling spa, outside, surrounded by pines and snow, percolating bubbles into the misty air!

  28. This is an amazing design. Well done.

  29. Fun quilt design with these fabrics.
    slrdowney at hotmail dot com

  30. Love your quilt! The Holiday colors are well highlighted!

  31. What a unique thing to do with flying geese. I really like the way the quilting highlights the bubbles. What else is in the recesses of your brain?

  32. A glowing and joyful quilt. It is so playful and love all the glamor shots.

  33. I love how you used this fabric in your quilt! The flying geese are lively!