Tuesday, January 29, 2019

Getaway Blog Hop

I hope you have been traveling thru the stops on the Island Batik Ambassadors Getaway Blog Hop.  This is week 4 of the hop and my day to post.

The fabric collection that Island Batik sent me to use for this blog hop is called Midsummer's Night.
Here is a photo of the beautiful fabrics I received.  Aren't they beautiful!  I got the fabrics months ago and had to wait until now to show them to you.  They are available in shops now.

Our challenge with the collection was to make a quilted project using as many of the fabrics as we could.  Hmm....what to do?  To me these fabrics are in two color ways, making it hard to combine into one project.

One earlier thing we had to do was make a small project 12" x 18" to send to the Island Batik reps as a sample they could show customers of the whole collection I solved my color challenge by using one colorway on the front and one on the back. Beautiful fabrics!

The theme of the blog hop is Getaway.  How to incorporate the theme with the fabrics?  Many of the Ambassadors have thought about vacation travels.  I was thinking about a one day getaway event.  It wouldn't have to be to a far away location- it could be something near home.  Maybe an activity with a special meaning...

I have a good friend who has two sons, the younger son (a teenager) is autistic and the older son started a special race in honor of his brother to benefit Autism Speaks.  Autism Speaks is a special organization that supports families with autistic children.  Wouldn't a Run be a fun thing to do on a Getaway day!  This spring (May 4th) will be the 5th year for  David's Run for Autism.  The Run ( a 3K and 5K Run/Walk)  includes a silent auction of donated items.  Every year I try to make something special for the auction, so I was wondering about making something with these fabrics.

I decided to keep the colors in two separate groupings, and make not one, but two quilts for donation!
The symbol for Autism Speaks uses a puzzle piece, so I designed the quilts with puzzle pieces.  The quilts are smaller lap size quilts 36" x 54".

Here is the purple puzzle quilt.

And here it is in greens and browns.

I like each one!  It was hard to get a good photo of both quilts together, but here you can see how the different colors highlight the puzzle pieces.

I quilted them very simply.  The green quilt was finished with straight lines and the purple one with wavy lines.

Aurifil Thread and Hobbs Batting also partner with Island Batik and sent the Ambassadors supplies we could us in our projects.

Aurifil sent me these beautiful threads that went so well with the fabrics.

Hobbs Batting sent 100% cotton batting that I used for both quilts.  Many thanks to Island Batik, Aurifil and Hobbs for making these projects possible.

Island Batik is having a special drawing of not one but TWO 20 piece fat quarter bundles - so there will be two winners!  Go to their blog at Island Batik and fill out an entry.

I am having my own drawing for two half yard cuts of fabrics from Midsummer's Night that I didn't use in my quilts.  They are lovely and I hope you all leave a comment below to be entered.  There are only a few days left in the hop- so be sure to enter today!

 David's Run for Autism is May 4th in Nappanee, IN if anyone is interested in coming to run (and maybe even bid on my quilts!)

There are only a few days left in the blog hop, but you can still go back and look at the earlier posts.

Getaway Blog Hop Schedule


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


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
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

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


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
Suzy Webster- Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Myra Barnes- Busy Hands Quilts

Friday, January 25 – Brookview

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


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

Terri Vanden Bosch – Meanderings along Lizard Creek
Anne Wiens –Sweetgrass Creative Designs
Candy Cane Lane
Mania Hatziioannidi –Mania For Quilts
Barbara Gaddy –Bejeweled Quilts by Barb 


  1. I love the quilts and the charity you hightlighted with them.


  3. A great twist of the challenge, two for the price of one! Both quilts are gorgeous, and it is fantastic that you are donating them for charity!

  4. Wow, I love this idea and how you separated the fabrics into two different colour collections. Bargello meets jigsaw, this pleases the geek in me immensely! :) I hope they auction well.

  5. Wow way to go...And smart thinking about 2 quilts...and you got some very nice colors to play with...ty for sharing...happyness04431@yahoo.com

  6. So sweet of you to donate these. Both are gorgeous, and I especially love the purples.

  7. Beautiful quilts! Autism Speaks is such a worthwhile cause. I've retired from a nonprofit where my job was securing services for adults with autism so the cause is near and dear to my heart.

  8. Wow!!! They are stunning. and what a delight to be able to participate in the upcoming event. Autism is so often not spoken about, the families try not to admit to it being a huge part of their family. Purple or green, I could not pick one or the other, both with some of my favourite colours and fav batiks.

  9. The puzzle quilts are beautiful! What a great way to use your talents to support your friends and their event.

  10. Kathy R.
    The quilts are beautiful! By using different color combinations it shows that we can go to other colors, not just our favorites. I would have been drawn to the purple, but love the greens & browns also.

  11. I particularly love the purple puzzle quilt. I love the fabrics AND the way you designed the flow of color in each quilt.

  12. Beautiful work you have done with their fabrics. Thanks for sharing.

  13. Your quilts are both beautiful! And I like your design using the Autism's puzzle piece symbol. Both look so pretty draped over your sofa!

  14. Congratulations on such gorgeous pieces for the benefit for your friend! Have a blessed day!

  15. I love your two quilts and that fabric....umm ummm good!

  16. Beautiful quilts! I love the pattern you used.

  17. How clever, to sort the colourways, and the pattern you chose is perfect. Good luck on the fundraising!

  18. Wow, What a great idea! I love them. They are so very special. I hope they will bring comfort to someone with Autism.

  19. I share your support for autism. Two beautiful quilts.

  20. I LOVE the idea of the two quilts and I LOVE the actual results: the design and both color schemes. beautiful!

  21. Beautiful quilts and what a wonderful contribution to the fundraiser!

  22. Beautiful quilts, and for such a good cause!

  23. Such beautiful fabrics - I really like how you divided them. The puzzle pieces look fantastic! I hope they raise a lot of money for your cause.

  24. Your results are fantastic!!! You made those luscious batiks sparkle.

  25. I LOVE these puzzle quilts. I especially love the way you have the pieces flowing. Just beautiful. I hope you raise lots of money from them for the cause.
    Thank you for your giveaway.

  26. These are beautiful! I really like them!

  27. Your quilts are gorgeous. And for such a wonderful cause. They will be loved for sure. thanks for sharing and for inspiring. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  28. Your quilts are wonderful & what a great cause! Thank you for sharing, Susan

  29. I love your quilts and the cause you support!! As a retired SpEd teacher, some of my students had autism and several friends have children with autism...thank you for your support of such a worthy cause that really needs so many more answers then we have now! Such gorgeous fabrics also add to the whole package!

  30. These puzzle quilts are quite stunning! Midsummer Nights is such a beautiful collection and the two quilts really show off the variation of the color palette. I’m sure your beautiful quilts will help rain a lot of money for such a worthwhile cause.
    Carol Andrews

  31. Being the jigsaw puzzle junkie I am...I LOVE these. The colors are just perfect for this design. Nice job and double quilts! What could be better than that!

  32. I just love that design. Both quilts are stunning.

  33. Beautiful fabrics, and the Puzzle piece idea showcases them so well!

  34. Love both your quilts...and the story about why you chose to make them. Beautiful plan! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too :)

  35. Pretty puzzle piece quilts. 24Tangent@gmail.com

  36. I love your quilts and that you are donating them for a good cause. Thanks for the inspiration.

  37. Wow! Your puzzle quilts show off the fabric so wonderfully! And how kind of you to share your creation in more ways than one. Thank you!

  38. So impressed with 2 quilts and what a great idea to use them for this terrific charity. You are right about there being 2 color themes and it is just gorgeous. You came up with a great solution!

  39. Amazing quilts!! Thank you for sharing!!

  40. Your quilts are beautiful. The purple puzzle really speaks to me. I love jades, teals, mauves and purples. I haven't used IB fabrics yet; still a fairly inexperiences quilter, but am looking forward to that day. Also looking forward to following your blog. This is my first blog hop and I've found it immensely interesting.

  41. Both quilts are gorgeous and I like that you didn’t mix all those colours together into one quilt.

  42. Love the quilts Autism mom here mine turns 18 next month lots of puzzle pieces make up our lives

  43. Fabulous quilts,
    love the purple
    Carla from Utah

  44. I love puzzle quilts. The colors are outstanding.

  45. What a great idea for your donations! I especially love the flow of color in the purple quilt.

  46. It is always fascinating to me to see how different quilts turn out, when they are made in different fabrics--in this case, even in very similar fabrics but in different color ways. Thanks so much for showing us these two distinct, lovely quilts.

  47. Very very beautiful quilts and colors! I like them both equally! The puzzle pieces for Autism are amazing! So neat! Have a happy day! :-) :-) angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  48. Love your quilts! The colors are stunning; separating the color ways was genius!

  49. Your quilts are beautiful and the design is amazing.

  50. Love both your quilts. The purple is my favorite.

  51. Your quilts are beautiful and the story behind them awesome. Love both colorways.

  52. I love how the 2 quilts look so different even using the same pattern. That is so thoughtful for you to donate them!

  53. Two beautiful quilts. What a good idea to divide the colours

  54. Wow Connie. The quilts are beautiful!

  55. Great looking quilts!

  56. I love dragonfly fabric so this collection is special. I appreciate the information about the puzzle quilts destination. And the information about the fundraiser. Nice use of fabric.

  57. The quilts are beautiful and they'll be a special addition to the silent auction.

  58. What beautiful quilts, and what a great way to raise funds. Thanks for sharing your beautiful work and for raising awareness of autism.

  59. Connie,
    Thank you for all of the good things you are doing!
    These two quilts are stunning. I absolutely love everything about them! As always, your work is beautiful!
    Thank you for your generous donation to David’s Run Silent Auction in support of Autism Speaks fundraising efforts.

  60. The quilts are both beautiful, but I'm partial to those purples! Thank you for supporting such a worthy cause with your talents.

  61. THose are 2 very beautiful quilts and a great idea to give them for a fundraiser.

  62. Your quilts are lovely. They will be wonderful for the auction raising funds for David's Run Silent Auction.

  63. Your puzzle quilts are beautiful

  64. Love the quilts, expecially the one in greens.

  65. Your quilts are wonderful! So pretty!

  66. Lovely quilts!! Thank for the chance to win this gift!☺