So Tickled & In the Pink – Inspired by Nature Blog Hop

This month we are having a special Inspired by Nature Blog Hop Challenge. To celebrate the event we are going to give away a Love & Kisses Fat Quarter bundle of Island Batik fabric. But, before I tell you how to win this lovely fat quarter bundle I would like to share with you my Inspired By Nature Blog Hop project.

Tickled Pink Collection

Nature is full of beautiful color. The colors from our gardens are a great place to be inspired. I was given the Island Batik “Tickled Pink” collection designed by Kathy Engle. This collection is available now and you can find it at your favorite local quilt shop or can be ordered online.

A collection of 20 fabrics

Blooming Irish Chain Project

I used EQ8 to design my blog hop project. Below is the design. I used a single Irish Chain block and alternated it with a pieced flower block. The quilt blocks finish to 10″ square. The over all quilt is 51″ x 61″. It can be made larger. It is a simple, fun, fast, easy project to make.

Blooming Irish Chain Project Design

Making the Flower block

The flower block is made using 4 – 4″ half square triangles. I chained pieced the HST together.

Then I used the Studio 180 Corner Pop ruler to trim off the corners of the HST block to form the petal of the flower.

The markings on the Corner Pop ruler make it so easy to trim up this block. I cut away the corners of the HST block. I then made over sized triangles to sew on the corners to form the petal unit.

The over sized triangles are sewn to the corners of the HST unit.

The block was trimmed and squared up to a 4 1/2″ unfinished block using the Corner Pop ruler.

Four of these petal blocks are used to make the flower block.

The petal units were pieced using a partial seam around the center square to form the Bloomin Flower block.

Irish Chain Block

The Irish Chain block is made with 2 1/2″ strips. The “Sprinkles” Island Batik Foundation fabric was my selection for the background for this quilt. Units for the Irish Chain block were strip pieced and then cut into sub unit strips to make the chain block. I randomly selected fabrics from the “Tickled Pink” collection to form the chain design in the quilt.

The quilt was sewn together using 80/12 Schmetz Super Nonstick needles and 50wt. Aurifil thread.

The Bloomin Flower blocks were arranged alternating them with Irish Chain blocks to form a lovely, scrappy, blooming Irish Chain quilt.

There are a total of 15 Bloomin Flower blocks and 15 Irish Chain blocks in the quilt top.

Adding the finishing touches

I used Heirloom® Premium Cotton batting in this quilt. I wanted the quilt to have a soft and comfortable feel since it is going to be used as a lap quilt.

The quilt was quilted on my Gammill with an all over swirl design using 50wt Aurifil thread.

Here is the final laptop quilt ready for snuggling under.

I hope you have enjoyed my Inspired by Nature blog. Be sure to check out the other inspiring projects of my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors during this Blog Hop.

Week 1:November 9

Jennifer Fulton – Bliss

Carla Henton – Bliss

November 10:

Denise Jackson Looney – Coco Cabana

Carolina Asmussen – Coco Cabana

November 11:

Alison Vermilya – Heart to Heart

Janet Lael Pedersen Yamamoto – Heart to Heart

November 12:

Megan Stanionis Best – Just My Type

Jennifer Strauser – Just My Type

November 13:(Island Batik: Blog Hop Week 1 Round Up + Week 2 giveaway)

Week 2:

November 16:

Joanne Hart – Love & Kisses

Maryellen McAuliffe – Love & Kisses

Jennifer Schifano Thomas – Love & Kisses

November 17:

Gail Sheppard – Ohana

Mania Hatziioannidi – Ohana

November 18:

Sharon Riley – Sweet Hearts

Sandra Walker – Sweet Hearts

November 19:

Carol Moellers – Tickled Pink

Emily Leachman – Tickled Pink

November 20:(Island Batik: Blog Hop Week 2 Round Up + Week 3 giveaway)

Week 3:

November 23:

Connie Kauffman – Tiki Punch

Suzy Webster – Tiki Punch

November 24:

Pamela Boatright – Tread Brightly

Michelle Roberts – Tread Brightly

November 25:

Vasudha Govindan – Tropicana Twist

Leah Malasky – Tropicana Twist

November 26:

Sally Manke – Venetian Marble

Gail Renna – Venetian Marble

Blog Hop Entry

Now it is time to enter to win the Island Batik Love & Kisses Collection. It is so simple. Just follow the prompts, leave me a comment, and that is all you need to do to enter.

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Thank you for participating in the “Inspired by Nature” Blog Hop Challenge.

Happy Quilting!


  1. This is so pretty, Carol! I love the Blooming Flowers!

    1. Thank you Emily.

  2. Quilting is my way of quieting my brain and slowing down to a reasonable pace.

    1. Thank you Amy.

  3. wow this is lovely. you have captured the essence of flowers in our gardens. pretty and colorful. thanks for sharing today

  4. Very pretty design! I love the flowers!

  5. Gorgeous quilt …. I love it!!!! Thanks for sharing.

  6. Beautiful, Carol!!! I love how you say it is simple, and yet it looks complicated! :-)

  7. Thank you for sharing today. Your quilt is so gorgeous! I really love the way you did your flowers.

  8. your quilt is amazing. Thanks for sharing the tutorial of how to make the flowers.

  9. Such a pretty project! Love those flower blocks.

  10. Your flower design is beautiful, and so is the whole quilt!

  11. I love it. Very nice.

  12. Quiltin is my joy.

  13. Beautiful!

  14. What size is the center square of the flower cut ?

    1. Brenda, the center square is 2″. I will be posting this as a pursuable pattern on my website in December.

      1. Thank you!

  15. I love your quilt and this collection.

    1. Thank you Denise.

  16. Quilting is my source of the best friends!

    1. Thank you Pam.

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  18. This is such a pretty, cheerful quilt! Thanks for walking us through its creation.

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