Thursday, May 7, 2020

The Ultimate Decor Blog Hop with Island Batik

It's May and time for another great Island Batik Ambassador Blog Hop.  The theme of this Hop is called The Ultimate Decor Blog Hop.

Here are my decor projects.

The fabrics for this project were packaged as Surprise Fabrics in the first Ambassador box this year, and were not to be used or shown until this blog hop.  I can finally show them to you now.  The fabrics are called Nordic Nature  designed by Kathy Engle and are just now shipping to stores.

These fabrics are a beautiful blend of winter, Christmas colors.  It was a challenge to think of a winter home dec project in early spring - did you notice the daffodils in the top photo that I didn't manage to hide?  I finally decided on a table runner and set of matching place mats.

There were only three reds in this collection and I wanted to draw that color out.  By using the dark red for the binding it draws the color out from the center section. The variety of green prints were fun to work with.

I used 15 of the 20 fabrics in the collection .

I used Hobbs Cotton batting and Schmetz Chrome needles in making the project.  Both are Sponsors who donated thru the Island Batik Ambassador program.

I used Westalee rulers in the quilting.

Aurifil thread is also a sponsor and I used two of their threads in the quilting.  Red is #2260 in 40 weight, and the tan is #6730 in 50 weight.

The tan actually doesn't look like a good match, but it is a wonderful thread that I find blends with  many fabrics.  One of my favorites.

The table runner is 17" x 30 3/4" and place mats are 17" x 12"

I was still thinking about Christmas and home dec projects and decided to try a couple little fabric boxes with two more of the fabrics.  I had been wanting to try some fabric boxes and had seen some on the internet to try- there are a lot of designs out there.  They are fun to make.

I made the little one first and made a mistake in that I wanted the checkerboard fabric to be on the points and I had it turned the wrong way.  It's still nice, just not what I was aiming for.  I made the larger box with the checkerboard as the border trim like I wanted it.  The larger box holds folded fat quarters nicely.

Fabric boxes would be nice to give as gifts.  If you start now- you could have several made by Christmas!

After these projects I had three fabrics left in the collection that I didn't use.  I'm offering all three as a prize drawing.  These are all half yard cuts.

Just leave a comment about what your favorite home dec projects are to make.  USA entries only due to shipping costs.  I'll be drawing a winner thru at the end of the Blog Hop.

Be sure to visit Island Batik's blog to enter their beautiful fabric drawing for the beautiful Cascadia precuts.  I LOVE this collection and I know you will too!

 Check the list of Island Batik Ambassadors below to see who is posting each day.  Be sure to check in and  see the new fabrics and what they all are creating. There will be lots of drawings also.  Enjoy!

Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore
Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs 
May 5
Carolina Asmussen ~ Carolina Asmussen
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt
May 6
Megan Best ~ Best Quilter
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
May 7
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
May 11
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamela Quilts
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde
May 12
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts
May 13
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail 
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog 
May 14
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts 
Carla Henton ~ Create in the Sticks
May 18
Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
May 19
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke
May 20
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
May 21
Sharon Riley ~ Sew Riley Designs
Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
May 25
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads


  1. PRETTY! VERY PRETTY!! And it's nice to think of Christmas projects right now and get started ahead of time. I think you aced it -- my favorite home decor projects would have to be placemats, table runners, currently little fabric boxes!!! Thanks for your give-away!

  2. I love your runner and place mats, I would happily lay them on my table. But, your baskets are the BOMB!!! Something I have wanted to try.

  3. thanks for sharing the beautiful fabrics. favorite home dec projects include pillows (both quilted and flat) and long table runners for family celebrations for a table that seats 18. I make 2 or 3 matching -easier to launder.

  4. ohh these are wonderful. i love the tan thread you used. and the quilting.
    i tend to go in spurts of what i make around the house and for gifts.
    right now it is all about pillows. lol my husband gently said he thinks we have enough pillows. but hello - how can a house have too many pillows? lol
    thanks for sharing and for the give a way.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  5. The runner and place-mats are beautiful. You've used the fabrics so effectively. Also love the fabric boxes. I may make some with the fabrics I did not use for my main project from my collection.

  6. Thanks so much for sharing your home dec pieces. My favorite home dec items are candlemats and table toppers. Thanks for having the drawing!

  7. How nice your placemats and table runner turned out. They will be beautiful for the holidays! I like to make placemats and table runners too (seem to be much faster than a quilt!) and also pillows for the living room in various holiday themes. Thanks for sharing your leftovers!

  8. Very pretty! I love seasonal projects, and these are just lovely!

  9. Ready for Christmas already. You made such beautiful things.

  10. I love to make table toppers and table runners. I also make the microwave bowl cozies. They are great gifts.

  11. What a great set! I love the animals in some of the green fabrics. Love your fabric baskets, too! I want to try some of those!

  12. Fabulous tablerunner
    and place mats. I love
    making fabric storage
    baskets! Your's are
    so cute.
    Carla from Utah

  13. Currently, I have been making pillows. They are quick projects and fun. I want to try some fabric boxes next. I like your placemats and table runner.

  14. Place mats and table runners are always a fun project to make with pretty fabric! They are among my favorite projects for home decor too. I'm glad you added the pop of red as it really draws your eye to it. I need to make a few of those fabric boxes!

  15. I also like to make table runners and placemats. I like yours a lot.

  16. Your placemats and table runner are pretty. I love making Christmas decor like placemats, table runners, hot mats, potholders, and the like.

  17. Your projects are wonderful. I love the design you created, the idea for the mats and runner, and the baskets. Great projects, and show the fabric well. I like making runners, too, but mostly big quilts.

  18. Beautiful runners and mats, and those fabrics, every quilter's dream to have some to choose from. Lovely baskets, and as I am way down south, well below the equator... not in the draw, but this will be a wonderful lot of goodies for the winner.

  19. Wonderful Christmassy projects! I really like the fabric boxes. I may have made one myself for the hop...

  20. Lots of fun projects here! The boxes and tablequilts/mats are perfect!

  21. I most enjoy making table runners, but I get a lot of requests around here for mug rugs, which is really satisfying. It's nice to know that something I make is appreciated and put into use and that my partner would rather have a little piece of homemade art than grab a magazine to set his coffee mug upon. (He's getting spoiled, and that's a good thing.)

  22. I like to make placemats, mug rugs and pillows! Love your projects!

  23. I like making pillow cases to dress up a bedroom. I love these little boxes and would love to try to make some!

  24. Loved your project! I find I make mug rugs, table runners, occasional pillows...& fabric bins. pjrquilter at msn dot com Pam

  25. What fun projects! Very pretty.