The fabric collection that Island Batik sent me to use for this blog hop is called Midsummer's Night.
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 BallMaryellen McAuliffe –Mary Mack’s Blog
Sandra Walker- mmm! quilts
Tuesday, January 8 – DittyStephanie Jacobson –Steph Jacobson Designs
Michelle Roberts- Creative Blonde
Wednesday, January 9 – Elk LodgeConnie Kresin Campbell – Free Motion by the River
Anna Branch –Ark Angel Creations
Thursday, January 10 – Feline FineBea Lee –Bea Quilter
Sharon Parcel- Yellow Cat Designs
Friday, January 11 – Flea MarketGeraldine Wilkins – Living Water Quilter
Jessica Caldwell- Desert Bloom Quilting
Monday, January 14 – Fortune TellerSarah Goer –Sarah Goer Quilts
Sherry Shish –Powered by Quilting
Jennifer Fulton –The Inquiring Quilter
Tuesday, January 15 – Gypsy RoseJen Strauser –Dizzy Quilter
Janet Yamamoto- Whispers of Yore
Wednesday, January 16 – Paisley ParkDione Gardner-Stephen- Clever Chameleon
Nancy Scott –Masterpiece Quilting
Thursday, January 17 – Soul SongCarole Lyles Shaw- Carol Lyles Shaw
Toby Lischko –Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Friday, January 18 – Twilight ChicJackie OBrien –If These Threads Could Talk
Tina Dillard- Quilting Affection
Monday, January 21 – Winter ParkJennifer Thomas- Curlicue Creations
Anita Skjellanger- Quilt In a Not Shell
Tuesday, January 22 – BazaarKaren Overton- The Quilt Rambler
Alison Vermilya- Little Bunny Quilts
Turid Bakken- Den syende himmel
Wednesday, January 23 – BlossomKaren Neary –Sew Karen-ly Created
Leanne Parsons –Devoted Quilter
Thursday, January 24 – BohoLaura Piland- Slice of Pi Quilts
Suzy Webster- Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Myra Barnes- Busy Hands Quilts
Friday, January 25 – BrookviewVicki Schlimmer –Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Amy Warner –Sew Incredibly Crazy
Monday, January 28 – French BluePamela Boatright –PamelaQuilts
Joyce Mullis –Hearts Creations
Tuesday, January 29 – Midsummer NightKathleen McCormick –Kathleen McMusing
Connie Kauffman – Kauffman Designs
Wednesday, January 30 – Oh DeerJen Shaffer- Patterns by Jen
Jeanette Jones –Inchworm Fabrics
Thursday, January 31 – Snow BerrySally Mannke –Sally Manke Fiber Artist
Joan Kawano –Moosestash Quilting
Friday, February 1 – Candy Cane Lane and IcicleIcicle
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