August 10, 2018

Island Batik Great Outdoors Blog Hop - Formal Garden

Note, the fabrics for this project were given to me by Island Batik as part of their ambassador program.

Welcome to my stop on the Island Batik Great Outdoors blog hop! All through this hop the ambassadors are sharing the newest Island Batik fabric collections (which are hitting stores now!) and there are prizes galore to be given away 😊 You'll want to be sure to check in with everyone to see the amazing things they've been making.

I was assigned the beautiful Vintage Morris collection to work with for this hop. This was the surprise bundle in my first Island Batik box back in February and I just love the nature inspired prints and the range of colours from very light to very dark.
Vintage Morris Fabric by Island Batik | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I think my favourite print might be this one, called Mini Sprigs, which is included in the collection in 6 different colours.
Vintage Morris Fabric by Island Batik | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
The inspiration for this quilt design came from the print on my shower curtain, of all things. Proof once again that quilt designs really are everywhere! I've been looking at it for years and thinking, "That needs to become a quilt design" and now it finally has.

I'm pleased to introduce you to Formal Garden. Shower Curtain Quilt just didn't have the same ring to it, lol, and the regular squares and rectangles of the block remind me of garden plots surrounded by pathways. 😊
Formal Garden Quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Formal Garden Quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Formal Garden Quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
 I just love quilt-on-the-beach pictures, don't you?

I had yardage of one light fabric and one dark from the bundle, so I chose the light as my background. That meant I couldn't use some of the other lights for the blocks because I was afraid they wouldn't have enough contrast and the block design would be lost. I'm looking forward to using them in upcoming projects now that I don't have to keep them secret anymore.

Two of the fabrics I did use almost blend in with the background. You can see what I mean in the pictures above, but here are close ups of them.
Formal Garden Quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
My blocks are actually straight, I swear, but they sure don't look it when draped over a rock for pictures!
 Formal Garden Quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
These ones certainly didn't blend in! I love this deep green tone on tone.
Formal Garden quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
 In certain lights, the copper toned background of this print seems to glow around the green.
Formal Garden quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
 This light teal is so pretty, too.
Formal Garden quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
 And I love the dragonflies!
Formal Garden quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
Unfortunately, I didn't have time to get this one quilted in time for the hop, but I do know what design I want to use, so I'm a step in the right direction already.
Formal Garden quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I plan on releasing the pattern, just as soon as I can get it written and tested. If you're interested in testing it for me, please let me know in the comments. Formal Garden finishes at 59" x 73," is super quick to piece and it would be a great stash busting quilt.
Formal Garden quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I said there are giveaways during the blog hop, didn't I? Well there are - and lots of them! Island Batik is giving away fabric strip packs on their blog (where you can also find the full schedule of participants) and each ambassador is also hosting a giveaway on their blog.

For my giveaway, the winner will be able to choose 2 of my PDF patterns 😊 To enter to win, just leave me a comment telling me your favourite summer activity.

For more entries, follow me on IG (@devotedquilter) or FB (@devotedquilterdesigns) and leave a comment for each way you follow me.

And for one more entry, subscribe to my monthly newsletter, The Bulletin. If you do, I'll show up in your inbox on the 16th of each month with news from here on the blog, a family favourite recipe and a fun themed roundup of things to make. You'll also receive my free Wind Farm quilt pattern, which is only available to subscribers. If you subscribe, just leave another comment saying you did (or already do!).

So, that's 4 possible entries. And yes, I will check to be sure the winner is actually following me as stated 😉

The giveaway will remain open until after the end of the blog hop. I'll pick the winner the morning of September 8th and they will be notified by email (so make sure to leave me your email address if you are a no-reply blogger).

Edited September 8th - the winner is comment #28, Sharon Aurora 😊 Thanks, everyone, for entering!

Here's one last picture. I think this might be my favourite of all. I love this beach.
Formal Garden quilt | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
And here's the full schedule of participants 😊 Happy blog hopping! I'll try to keep up with updating this list with direct links to the blog hop posts as they're published.

Monday, August 6 - All A Flutter - Yellow Cat Quilt DesignsCreative Blonde
Tuesday, August 7 - Birds N’ Bees - Ark Angel CreationsPatterns By Jen
Wednesday, August 8 - Canterbury Manor - Sally MankePowered By Quilting
Thursday, August 9 - Eclectic Garden - Desert Bloom QuiltingSew Karen-ly Created
Friday, August 10 - Vintage Morris - MooseStash QuiltingDevoted Quilter (that's me!)
Monday, August 13 - Safari - Sew Incredibly CrazySweetGrass Designs
Tuesday, August 14 - Spring Blossoms - Mary Mack Made MineIf These Threads Could Talk
Wednesday, August 15 - Victoria and Albert - Bejeweled QuiltsClever Chameleon
Thursday, August 16 - Wild Things - Freemotion By The RiverKauffman Designs
Friday, August 17 - Petting Zoo - Den Syende HimmelSarah Goer Quilts
Monday, August 20 - Ocean Odyssey - Gateway QuiltsThe Quilt Rambler
Tuesday, August 21 - British Rose - Busy Hands QuiltsMania for Quilts
Wednesday, August 22 - Dear William - The Inquiring Quiltermmm! QuiltsLiving Water Quilter
Thursday, August 23 - Dragonfly Dreams - Inchworm FabricsBeaQuilter
Friday, August 24 - Fur-ocious Friends - Quilting Affection DesignsDizzy Quilter
Monday, August 27 - Globetrotter - Pamela QuiltsCurliecue Creations
Tuesday, August 28 - Jungle Cruise - Vicki's Crafts and QuiltingLittle Bunny Quilts
Wednesday, August 29 - Lavendula - Carole Lyles ShawMasterpiece Quilting
Thursday, August 30 - London Calling - Quilt in a Not-ShellLizard Creek Quilting
Friday, August 31 - Spirit Rhythm - Steph JacobsonWhispers of Yore
Monday, September 3 - Sweet Tweets - Kathleen McMusingAdventurous Applique and Quilting
Tuesday, September 4 - Whatnot - heARTS CreationsSlice of Pi Quilts

109 comments:

  1. Beautiful quilt top, Leanne! The pattern really shows off the fabrics in this collection, you must have a great shower curtain!

    ReplyDelete
  2. I follow you on Instagram.

    ReplyDelete
  3. Beautiful quilt. I would love to test your pattern for you. My favorite summer activity is gardening.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hi, Jollygirl! Thank you for offering to test the pattern. Unfortunately, you are a no-reply blogger, which means I have no way to contact you. If you see this reply, please contact me with an email address :)

      Delete
  4. A great design for showcasing the beautiful palette in that collection. I love all the colours!

    ReplyDelete
  5. My favorite summer activity is gardening, which isn't happening much this summer. It is rained--and I mean poured--almost every weekend. My poor garden is beaten down :(

    ReplyDelete
  6. your quilt is lovely. i really like that it came from your shower curtain. my favorite summer activity is going on picnics and spending outdoor time with my family.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

    ReplyDelete
  7. following on instagram
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

    ReplyDelete
  8. following on FB
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

    ReplyDelete
  9. now an email subscriber.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

    ReplyDelete
  10. This quilt perfectly reflects a formal garden. Well Done!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Formal Garden is a perfect name; it's a beautiful design and quilt, Leanne!

    ReplyDelete
  12. Lovely quilt and the pics are great, I love quilts on the beach too! My favorite summer activity is beach walking.

    ReplyDelete
  13. Love your quilt. Great use of the fabric.

    ReplyDelete
  14. I receive your Emails. Forgot to mention wonderful pictures. Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

    ReplyDelete
  15. Lovely quilt, and perfect for the colors and fabric. Great photos, too. I just love sitting by the lake, or canoeing. Picnics, too.

    ReplyDelete
  16. What a pretty quilt! It's true that ideas are all around us - great job of making your inspiration into this lovely quilt!

    ReplyDelete
  17. Quilt-on-the-beach pictures are just fantastic. Great way to showcase all those beautiful fabrics.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Great quilt to show off those beautiful fabrics! Summer for me is all about enjoying nature with my family.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Sometimes simple squares and rectangles make just the most striking quilts. I love this one and the colors are so beautiful! I have never been a pattern tester, but you could send me some information about what would be involved. I would love to try this pattern.

    ReplyDelete
  20. This is wonderful pattern to show off fabrics! Well done. Nope, shower curtain quilt doesn't work, but beach pictures do! :-)

    ReplyDelete
  21. Swimming...everyday!!! Thanks for sharing your talents with us today.

    ReplyDelete
  22. I signed up for your monthly bulletin.

    I forgot to say above what my favorite summer activity is... I like gardening hiking.

    ReplyDelete
  23. Beautiful way to show off the gorgeous fabrics! Summer for me is all about spending time outside with my family.

    ReplyDelete
  24. Following on FB & will receive your newsletter.

    ReplyDelete
  25. What a delightful pattern! The fabric collection is yummy too. I love your location shots.

    ReplyDelete
  26. I'm following you on IG (@sma_fb).

    ReplyDelete
  27. I've subscribed to your newsletter.

    ReplyDelete
  28. I like the layout of your quilt. It shows off all the fabrics very well.

    ReplyDelete
  29. Love these fabrics in your pattern. Thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  30. I signed up for your newsletter.

    ReplyDelete
  31. I started following on IG.

    ReplyDelete
  32. This is a VERY pretty quilt. I would love to test drive your pattern for it!

    ReplyDelete
  33. An one of my very favourite summer activities is sitting on my front porch, iced tea in hand, watching the world ant the neighbours go by.

    ReplyDelete
  34. My favorite summer activity is sewing with my granddaughter, when she comes to spend some time during school vacation. Your quilt is wonderful. I'd be interested in testing your pattern.
    barefoot dot thunder at gmail dot com

    ReplyDelete
  35. My favourite summer activity is camping and all the travelling that sometimes accompanies it. I am never without a hand quilting or knitting project when I am camping. Usually it is EPP or a pair or two of socks.

    ReplyDelete
  36. I would love to test your pattern it’s beautiful

    ReplyDelete
  37. I signed up for the Bulletin. I am so glad you are going to be publishing your hop pattern. I will be patiently awaiting its release.

    ReplyDelete
  38. What a beautiful quilt! Looks gorgeous, especially with the wonderful backdrop. My favorite summer activity is hanging out at the pool with my grandson.

    ReplyDelete
  39. I’m a follower on IG (@usairdoll)

    ReplyDelete
  40. I’m subscribed to your newsletter.

    ReplyDelete
  41. I enjoy sewing under the pines.I also enjoy bond fire's. ..happyness04431@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  42. I follow you on facebook and instagram. .. happyness04431@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  43. My favorite summer activity is being out and enjoying nature whether sitting by and enjoying a body of water, gardening or going for a walk.

    ReplyDelete
  44. I already receive your newsletter via my yahoo address (senstrings at yahoo dot com)

    ReplyDelete
  45. My favorite thing about summer is being outside, gardening, and just enjoying nature.
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  46. I have signed up for your newsletter. Looking forward to following along.
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  47. I am following you on Instagram
    djcutting2(at)gmail(dot)com

    ReplyDelete
  48. I subscribed to your newsletter.

    ReplyDelete
  49. Summer is when I get to see my Grandkids. Best activity I can think of!

    ReplyDelete
  50. My favorite summer activity is going to the Iowa State Fair.... I love the fair, concerts, food, people, etc. Your quilt is beautiful.

    ReplyDelete
  51. I follow you on IG... @cshelleyqbq.

    ReplyDelete
  52. I subscribed to your newsletter.

    ReplyDelete
  53. I love being able to get out and do some gardening

    ReplyDelete
  54. My favourite summer activities are horseback riding and camp fires. Or anything outside really. I love your quilt. Isn’t it interesting where we find inspiration!

    ReplyDelete
  55. One of favorite Summer Activities is my gardening! Tomatoes, squash, pumpkins, peppers & okra...some of my favorites to grow...

    ReplyDelete
  56. And Subscribing to The Bulletin newsletter, thank you!

    ReplyDelete
  57. My favorite activity in the summer is spending time with my grandchildren. They love to come to Nana's to swim and play. I would enjoy testing out your pattern, especially since you said it works up pretty quickly.

    ReplyDelete
  58. I subscribed to your newsletter. I look forward to seeing it.

    ReplyDelete
  59. Love, your quilt! It reminds me of old cobblestone streets - but with much more beautiful color!! Thanks for the opportunity to win. I followed you on IG, FB, and subscribed to your newsletter! I also love the settings in which you photographed the quilt - beautiful!

    ReplyDelete
  60. I actually think "Shower Curtain Quilt" is a hilarious name and that would make me want to make it! Fun quilt and the pattern shows off these fabrics beautifully.

    ReplyDelete
  61. I love to pick flowers from my garden to brighten my home.

    ReplyDelete
  62. I've subscribed to your Bulletin.

    ReplyDelete
  63. Beautiful job on your challenge quilt!

    ReplyDelete
  64. Of all the collections I've seen so far, I think this is my favorite. And I know what you mean about finding inspiration in unexpected places; yesterday I took a photo of our welcome mat, because I think the design would make a good quilt. :)

    ReplyDelete
  65. I am a new follower on Instagram, where I am "@wordygirl11".

    ReplyDelete
  66. I just subscribed to your newsletter, using my wordygirl at earthlink dot net email address.

    ReplyDelete
  67. I love your quilt and agree that ideas are always around me. I'm always looking at walls, floors and TV commercials and thinking "great quilt idea", but have yet to do one. I love the fabrics you chose and think having those lighter blocks offers a good balance. Thank you for the opportunity.

    ReplyDelete
  68. I am subscribed to your monthly newsletter. Thanks for the opportunity

    ReplyDelete
  69. I love that quilt. It would have been fun to see the shower curtain inspiration! Maybe it's the first impression factor, but I really love that orange sprig fabric you showed first.

    ReplyDelete
  70. Well done! I love your pattern and great use of those fabrics. I would love to test your pattern! Janice.snell@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  71. I love how the blocks let the batik designs really shine and would love to test your pattern. cathyc1983@yahoo.com

    ReplyDelete
  72. This is a great design to show off your lovely fabrics. The colours are glorious and I love the dragonflies too. I will be looking forward to seeing this one quilted. :)

    ReplyDelete
  73. What a great way to show off all the wonderful fabrics!!!

    ReplyDelete
  74. I love your pattern and the colors go so well with it. My favorite thing to do in the summer is puttering in my garden.

    ReplyDelete
  75. My favorite summer activity is quilting of course. There's always more time for it during the season. I do also like to garden, but I tend to loose interest once it get too hot and my plants suffer.

    ReplyDelete
  76. On insta: cheries_quilting_journey

    ReplyDelete
  77. In Florida my summertime favorite summer activity was the beach, but here in Kentucky no beach so gardening is my favorite now! Something you couldn't do in Florida in the summertime!!!

    ReplyDelete
  78. following you on IG as sheilashutterfly

    ReplyDelete
  79. following on FB as Sheila Leary Oxley

    ReplyDelete
  80. and signed up for your newsletter!

    ReplyDelete
  81. I love batiks. I'd probably sew with them constantly if I thought I could get away with it. My favorite summer activity is trying the awesome flavors at the local Popsicle shop.

    ReplyDelete
  82. walking on the beach... definitively my favourite summer activity.
    I love your pattern!

    ReplyDelete
  83. That is a fabulous photo shoot location. The quilt is so pretty, and I appreciated the close-ups you showed of the beautiful fabrics. I really like your shower curtain pattern and look forward to the chance of picking it up from your shop, if you don't choose me to pattern test for you. I have pattern tested for a couple of other people with no complaints. =)

    This is a quilt that lends itself to scrappy, and scrappy is definitely what I love to do. I would like to win the patterns, too. I already picked out my two favorites, a hard choice! Thanks for the chance.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I also subscribed to your newsletter and look forward to that. dezertsuz at gmail

      Delete
  84. My favourite summer activity is going to the beach for long swims!
    Lovely quilt, love the design!

    ReplyDelete
  85. My favourite summer activity is lying on a beach and swimming when hot
    nl@ridder.ca

    ReplyDelete
  86. I get your newsletter already and enjoy receiving it. Keep it up
    nl@ridder.ca

    ReplyDelete
  87. My favorite summer activity is gardening.

    ReplyDelete
  88. My favorite summer activity is picnics and reunions!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

    ReplyDelete
  89. I am signing up for your blog.
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

    ReplyDelete
  90. It’s too hot in Texas to do much outside so I use that as my excuse to stay inside and sew!
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

    ReplyDelete
  91. I’ve signed up for your newsletter!

    ReplyDelete

Thanks for taking the time to leave me a message. I love hearing from you.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...