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.
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.
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
Denise Jackson Looney – Coco Cabana
Carolina Asmussen – Coco Cabana
Alison Vermilya – Heart to Heart
Janet Lael Pedersen Yamamoto – Heart to Heart
Megan Stanionis Best – Just My Type
Jennifer Strauser – Just My Type
November 13:(Island Batik: Blog Hop Week 1 Round Up + Week 2 giveaway)
Joanne Hart – Love & Kisses
Maryellen McAuliffe – Love & Kisses
Jennifer Schifano Thomas – Love & Kisses
Gail Sheppard – Ohana
Mania Hatziioannidi – Ohana
Sharon Riley – Sweet Hearts
Sandra Walker – Sweet Hearts
Carol Moellers – Tickled Pink
Emily Leachman – Tickled Pink
November 20:(Island Batik: Blog Hop Week 2 Round Up + Week 3 giveaway)
Connie Kauffman – Tiki Punch
Suzy Webster – Tiki Punch
Pamela Boatright – Tread Brightly
Michelle Roberts – Tread Brightly
Vasudha Govindan – Tropicana Twist
Leah Malasky – Tropicana Twist
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.a Rafflecopter giveaway
Thank you for participating in the “Inspired by Nature” Blog Hop Challenge.