Monday, January 31, 2022

Island Batik Ambassador Row by Row Blog Hop featuring Stars and Stripes Forever

Hello and welcome to the first day of the Island Batik Ambassador Row by Row blog hop.  This is my quilt, Stars and Stripes Forever that I made with the new Americana fabric collection by Kathy Engle.  I'm sorry that it is just a top and not a finished quilt.  January was exceptionally busy for me and I finished the top and took this quickie photo just before writing my post.  Normally I do a lot more photos and I do apologize.  I will write another post with more detail when I finish the quilt.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this quilt were given to me by Island Batik and Industry Partner.s  

The Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to make a row quilt for the February blog hop.  I designed my rows in EQ8.  Looking back, I knew I was super busy and I should have chosen simpler blocks, but I loved making these blocks and the way they look together along with the four rows of red star blocks.

Americana is a new collection of red, white, and blue fabrics designed by Kathy Engle.  These fabrics should be arriving in local quilt shops in February.  They are truly beautiful together.  I used all of the fabrics in my quilt.  I also used Aurifil thread, Schmetz needles, and cut as many pieces as possible with my Accuquilt Go.

Ragamuffin is my shy kitty.  She rarely gets into a photo.  Here she is posing with the stack of Americana fabric, plus the coordinating white and blue that I received to make my quilt.  Oh kitty.

This week Island Batik is giving away fat quarter bundles of both the Americana collection and the Chantilly collection on their blog.  Click here to visit the Island Batik blog.

Thank you for stopping by.  Be sure to visit my blog hop partner, Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese to see what she made with Americana.

Here's the complete list for the blog hop so you can follow along and see all the new Island Batik fabric collections and get inspiration from the Ambassadors.  I can't wait to see what everyone makes!

January 31:

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations
Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese 

February 1:

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts
Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

February 2:

Megan Best, Bestquilter

February 3:

Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine
Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs

February 7:

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood
Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

February 8:

Suzy Webster, Websterquilt
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

February 9:

Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts

February 10:

Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky
Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

February 14:

Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde
Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting

February 15:

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia

February 16:

Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum
Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

February 17:

Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio
Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads

February 21:

Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail
Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter

February 22:

Mania Hatzioannidi, Mania for Quilts
Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful

Jennifer Thomas

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  1. Love your Stars and Strips. It is beautiful.

  2. I love the red, white and blue. Your blocks are great. I especially like the center block, pretty awesome.

  3. The 2nd blue row catches my eye, never saw that block before.

    1. Thank you. It was fun to try some new blocks. It would be pretty to see a whole quilt with that one.

  4. That is one great quilt! I love the bold red stars and the alternate rows that incorporate the blue. Of course, my favorite is the applique row, which is unexpected but like some in the Baltimore Album Quilts.

    1. Thank you so much, Kathleen! I really do love applique. It's fun to do!

  5. Your quilt is very beautiful. I love all the stars. Thank you for sharing today.

    1. Thank you so much! I love star quilts, too and there are so many different star blocks to try!

  6. It looks GREAT!! I can't believe how much you've done already.

    1. Thank you! I hope I can find time to quilt it soon. Plus, I'm considering adding a red outer border. What do you think?

  7. Love your quilt! Looking forward to seeing how you quilt it :)

    1. Thank you, Pamela. I hope to find some quilting time soon! Have a great day!

  8. Very beautiful red, white and blue row quilt.

    1. Thank you. Red, white, and blue is one of my favorite combos for quilts.

  9. I love your quilt, Jennifer. I understand about January being a busy month. I'm right there with you.

  10. Thank you, Brenda. February is looking equally busy! Yikes!