Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Island Batik Ambassador's New Beginnings Blog Hop

Welcome to DRIZZLE, one of the new collections from Island Batiks!  (I sure wish it was drizzling instead of 8 degrees with a -5 windchill here in Minnesota!)  I used the lovely Drizzle collection to make my new quilt Wonky Spiral.



I started out my project with this gorgeous collection of fabrics from Island Batiks, Drizzle.  I knew I wanted to make a design featuring as many of them as I could because they're all so beautiful!  This Wonky Spiral quilt I designed uses 16 different Drizzle prints.  I started by laying them out in a circle tyring to balance the colors.  The dark purple went across from the dark purple, etc.


I then drew my design and paper pieces out in Electric Quilter 7 (EQ7) and off I went.  Now I must admit that as I was sewing the rings together my husband made a comment.  My original intention was to sew the rings together so that they formed a wave like this:


My husband said I should off-set them by one.  So I tried it and found that it was much more interesting to my eyes.  A very interesting variation that I'm glad I tried out!



Here's the top all finished and pinned for quilting.


I decided that I didn't want to quilt a ton on the lovely Island Batik Drizzle fabrics so I quilted back and forth waves radiating out from the center circle.  You can see what I mean in the picture below.


The wonderful husband also bought me Bethanne Nemesh's book on Nemeshing for Christmas.  It wasn't the one I'd asked for, but I loved it!  So I decided to try her technique on the white space in this quilt.  I can't give away all her secrets, but suffice it to say, it was easy and fun to do.  I then did some matchstick quilting around it to make the feathers pop even more.

Here are a few more more pictures of the quilting.






And the final quilt!



Island Batiks is giving away TWO lovely batik bundles as a part of the New Beginnings Blog Hop.  Be sure to enter using the link below!


I am also giving away 4 fat quarters of Island Batik fabrics!  To enter click on the link below!  The drawing will be held at the end of the blog hop on February 1.  (The lucky winner will find out on Groundhogs Day!)


Here is a complete list of the Island Batik Ambassadors participating in the New Beginnings Blog Hop

Friday, January 6 – Hop Introduction! 
Island Batik 
Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist

Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt
Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection
Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs
Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River
Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angel Creations
Jennifer Sewing
Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting
Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs
Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
The Patchwork Pearl
Beaquilter
Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts
Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake
Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Kauffman Designs
Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting
Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner
I hope you get to quilt today!
Suzy

75 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Love the colors and design!

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  2. I love your color choice, exquisite quilting and wonderful, fun pattern.

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  3. This is beautiful! I love the offset and the FMQing is gorgeous.

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  4. I love the colors and quilting. Just beautiful!

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  5. Such pretty fabrics, and the quilting is amazing!

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  6. Great design and I love your feather quilting!

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  7. wow this is just gorgeous. I love it when my husband comes and gives me ideas. Mostly they turn out better than what I originally had in mind. My husband did the same for Christmas, he got me a couple of books I had not asked for and they are fantastic.

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  8. Thank god for hubbys they are extra eyes....love the colors and design. . happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  9. Beautiful quilt and the quilting is so awesome!

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  10. Love the colors you used and the quilting is absolutely amazing.

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  11. Suzy...I love the way you created the spiral with the fabrics - this is a fun quilt to look at. And your quilting is exactly what I would have expected from you - another winner!

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  12. Love the quilting, thanks for showing the back!

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  13. Love the colors in this collection and your quilting shows your design off nicely!

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  14. Absolutely love these colors! Beautiful quilting!
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  15. Your quilting is amazing - love the colors!!! mumbird3(at)gmail(dot)com

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  16. Fantastic. I love the quilt pattern and the quilting. I am going to be checking out the book that your wonderful husband bought you for Christmas by Bethanne Nemesh. Thanks for sharing.

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  17. Very different, never seen a Wonky Spiral.:) 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  18. Beautiful! The quilting is amazing, hard to believe you are new to that technique!

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  19. I wish I could do quilting like that! Lovely!

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  20. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.netJanuary 11, 2017 at 2:36 PM

    Really pretty -- colors and quilting.

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  21. Wow, I love how your quilt turned out, and the machine quilting is terrific! Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Amazingly beautiful quilting and a great quilt design!

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  23. I am blown away by your quilting! In my greatest dreams, I don't think I'll get close to what you can do! Your husband also has a good eye for what looks good! Drizzle is a lovely collection of batiks..what fun to create with it!

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  24. Great design and love your quilting!

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  25. I love the design and colors of this quilt. I love the quilting.

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  26. Beautiful quilt! Everything from the pattern, fabric election to the quilting is about as close to perfection as there is. Love it!

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  27. Your Quilt is GORGEOUS!!!!! Amazing job!! I am just starting to do FMQ...lots more practice to go! :/

    Thank you for chance to win your give-a-way too :D

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  28. Beautiful quilting! And of course the Island Batik fabrics are so pretty.

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  29. Beautiful quilting! And of course the Island Batik fabrics are so pretty.

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  30. Beautiful quilting! And of course the Island Batik fabrics are so pretty.

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  31. Love your quilt pattern and your quilting...WOW!

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  32. I love the quilt you made! Don't you love when husbands not only take an interest in a project but also make decent suggestions?

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  33. I love the quilt you made! Don't you love when husbands not only take an interest in a project but also make decent suggestions?

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  34. love your quilt ... gorgeous colors and gorgeous quilting. enjoyed your rafflecopter! just spent several enjoyable hours browsing all those blogs! found many things to savor and sigh over.

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  35. Love your quilt...and those colors are beautiful.

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  36. What a beautiful quilt! I particularly love the quilting. It really makes the quilt.

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  37. Great pattern, the colors are great and the quilting is fabulous.

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  38. Amazing! Beautiful fabrics and exquisite quilting!

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  39. Batiks are some of the most fun fabrics to work with....

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  40. Your husband has a good eye for design. Your quilting is fabulous!

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  41. Love your quilt, and the quilting is fabulous. Thanks for sharing.

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  42. Love the block, but your quilting is outstanding!!

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  43. Beautiful quilt and the quilting is outstanding!

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  44. I am really enjoying this bloghop. I love the colors in the Drizzle collection, and your quilt is awesome! Thanks!

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  45. Gorgeous quilting! Love the colours.

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  46. Your quilting is inspirational. Thanks for sharing.

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  47. Stunning quilt design, fabrics and free-motion quilting. Total #CreativeGoodness

    QuiltShopGal
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  48. I am in awe of your quilting skills! So pretty! thank you!

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  49. Super quilt, Suzi! And, your husband was right about the off-setting -- adds SO much interest to an already great piece. Thank you for sharing it! (lynnstck[at]yahoo.com)

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  50. Just wonderful...love the quilting

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  51. What a nice husband you have, and what fun to put Bethanne's teachings to work - beautiful quilting, and gorgeous layout of the fabrics, too. Hmmm...now I think I must put her book on my Wish List!

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  52. I think off-setting them made it very visually appealing!

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  53. Beautiful! I love the colors and your quilting!

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  54. Suzy, this is a beautiful quilt. I love it!

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  55. This has got to be my favourite collection and your quilting is beautiful

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  56. I lov this collection and your quilt is gorgeous!!!

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  57. oh wow--blues and purples in gorgeous Island Batiks! I really like the spiral effects of offsetting the colors. i've never heard of Nemeshing, but your quilt looks amazing!
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  58. Thank you so much for offering such a wonderful giveaway!

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  59. Wow wow wow! I love the colors, the design, and the amazing quilting. Thanks so much for sharing this!

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  60. Its funny the way a hubby can come in handy when your working on a project... Once you get them past the "yes dear" stage

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  61. Blues are my favorite! Gorgeous quilting. Love what you did.

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  62. I love the quilting! I had to go look up what Nemeshing was, lol. Looks fabulous!

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  63. Your quilt is just gorgeous! Love the colors.
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  64. This is gorgeous. I like the colors you chose and all the step by step photos. Thanks

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  65. This fabric is so gorgeous! Blues go well with so many different things!

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  66. LOVE the offsetting. Thanks for sharing

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  67. Your wonky spiral creation is gorgeous!
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  68. Such beautiful quilting and love the colors. Thank you for the inspiration! tljeo at yahoo dot com

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  69. The quilting is amazing!!
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