Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Island Batik - Summer in the Country - Woven Braid and variations

Welcome! Day 2 - This is Part 1 ...of my participation in the Summer in the Country Blog Hop. Part 2 will come on 30-August, I hope you'll stop back by and see some fun home dec inspiration with more of lovely Island Batik fabrics.


I'm excited to share with you a new chapter in my quilting journey. This is a long post, but intended to be informative and inspiring. I'm sharing some history about how this particular chapter got started, my new design, several variations and a wonderful summer salad using fresh ingredients from your garden. Be sure to comment with the ability to contact you if you'd like to be eligible for the giveaway. I hope you enjoy!

A bit of back story:
I had met Jayme Crowe of Bella Nonna Design Studio some years ago because her hometown is Walla Walla, Washington (I lived in the adjacent town at the time) and she often returned to visit with her parents. She graciously agreed to meet for a tea one day after the 2nd guild presentation she had made in a few years to our local quilt guild. After our meeting, there were several takeaways for me, which included some critical insights about how 'market' works. Although I had self-published a few patterns to date, the marketing aspect of getting patterns sold is just not a personal passion of mine and I didn't see myself ever having my own booth at market for a variety of logistical reasons. So I needed to find a better way to get my patterns out there.

In 2014, Sochi Olympics had a logo design that reminded me of Bella Nonna Design Studio's Boondoggle Ruler--at least it would be a representative shape to make a quilt based on that design. Jayme sent me some of her rulers to try and I also designed several patriotic patterns using the same shapes using the Quilted in Honor fabric line from Island Batik. These are currently available as pdf download in the Dangling Diamonds pattern at Craftsy--the Boondoggle Rulers are required.

Camouflage Canopy                                 Flag                                  In Memory (or Memorial Garden)



 Flyover

 Remember this...you might see them again this Fall as a package with my latest design!

Back in 2009, Nine Patch Media's Elizabeth Phillips, was a central part of the Rose of Sharon EQ7 design challenge. One of my blocks was chosen for the book and another for the DVD. There were several occasions through the years that I would run into Elizabeth at various industry functions, including the Quilted in Honor fabric line and initiative with Island Batik.

Many things came together last fall in Houston at the International Quilt Market.

Jayme Crowe and I shared a hotel room and she had just become a new fabric designer for Island Batik. She encouraged me to talk with their team about some of my pattern designs, specifically the ones I had done with her Boondoggle Ruler. A meeting with Island Batik representatives did occur and I learned a bit more about the submission process of pattern design ideas. Island Batik is also now representing/selling patterns that showcase their fabric lines through their sales reps. I was invited to follow up after market. I was given electronic images of the upcoming Spring lines of fabric and asked to submit designs. After careful consideration of the particular collections, I submitted designs and one was accepted -- Woven Braid using the Spring 2015 Meadow collection - specifically using the purple and green hues.

Introducing "Woven Braid" a new pattern with the Island Batik Meadow Collection








How Woven Braid became a reality:
The turn time was quick on getting this stuff ready so it would make it into the Island Batik catalogue for Spring Market...so my Christmas break with my sister and family in California meant I was piecing at the dining room table during any spare time we had. I got towards the bigger logs and wasn't pleased with the coloration steps that were going on. Sometimes the evolution of the process of seeing fabrics only in electronic form and batiks are such a hand process that what you end up with in reality may not be exactly what you anticipated.

I even put it into a black and white version to check for the valuation shifts that I was hoping for. Nope, I just wasn't satisfied.

With this coloration situation and my own screw-up from the original design --reversing the whole scenario--I had to put it on hold and wait until I got home to continue.

Katie at Island Batik was fantastic in working with me and sent several other fabrics that would likely work. Here I am auditioning the selections to make a final decision.



 and finally the blocks are ready! The fabric was a dream to work with!


A fun almost stained glass effect when it is back lit.



Now to decide on the quilting. There is a secondary design going on here ...the lights and darks going up to the right (vs. green and purple going down to the right). Another border to go....but thinking about the next step already!

Considering threads ....need to get it done quickly so ultimately going with something simpler, probably could have even done it with a single color.

Starting with the border --the outer border was cut very strategically to maximize the visibility of the sunflower motif. I chose to just stitch the motif and transition between each flower with a winding stitch to the next flower. Really helps the flowers pop.


Stitching lights vs. greens and letting the fabric do the purples vs. darks. I wasn't sure part way through if I had actually pixelated the 'greens' stitching perhaps one pixel off, but I kept to whatever I had started with in order to be consistent.



This photo shows the ribbon candy in the dark purple border.

I filled in the background with 1/4" straight line echo just to keep it simple and help the braid to really pop.

Hindsight....consider a smaller 'braid' size and/or another way to stitch the 'braid'. Here is a sample of a 'rope' that I stitched recently on a Tula Pink Anchors Aweigh design. This rope effect is quite easy to stitch out.

























That wasn't the end of this drama.....while blocking it I discovered that the backing fabric that I used was a 'bleeder' and came through all the stitching lines on the quilt while it was drying in the blocking process. I had to re-soak it with products to suspend the extra dye and remove it from the quilt. WHEW ...but took a bit of extra work and lots of nerves. At some point, I might learn to TEST all fabric before I get started using it. It is a hard lesson to learn though as this is not the first time I've had this happen to me. I just get too excited and want to get into the piecing process ASAP!



The Meadow collection is scheduled for delivery to quilt shops in August. I hope you'll ask your local shop to order it. I've already got pre-orders for kits of this quilt requested in my own shop, so have put my order in so that I'll be sure to have it as well. If you stop by for Row by Row in the latter part of the summer --you will have the opportunity to get a kit yourself!

Please contact me or request a response in your comment if you'd like one. I'll then work with you privately through paypal to complete your transaction.

This blog hop features other Spring and Summer collections as well. So be sure to check them all out.


These last photos are courtesy of Island Batik and were used in their Spring 2015 catalogue. Ask your local quilt shop about these fabrics and this Woven Braid pattern.


Here is their webpage featuring the Meadow collection.
www.islandbatik.com


Here is one alternate layout that is included in the pattern using a variation of the Meadow Collection used in the original for the 'First Light - baby size' pieced by Nancy Cargo. Quilted by me with a 'Dancing Violets' pantograph design. This variation had only a single dark green (from Green Acres) in the last log so the vertical is more defined than the design calls for.

 
Here is a closeup of the two blocks in an alternate colorway in brown and green. They include fabrics from several different collections featured in the Spring and Summer releases including Green Acres, Countryside and Bar-B-Q.




Here is the
'First Blooms - full size' - made by Julie Tapley. Careful attention in the borders to get the animals all right side up and the corners have fussy cut on point squares. Julie also quilted this using her embroidery machine and putting unique animal designs throughout the quilt.



and  'Stacked Bricks - lap size' pieced by Nancy Goddard, custom quilted by me with three different fills --a woodgrain with lots of knots, pebbles and a bark texture with no knots and in the opposite direction from the woodgrain; each motif changes at each brick. There is a fern design in the inner border and large trees in the outer border. We used a wool batting in this one. This allows the quilting to be much more visible, but doesn't drape as well so hard, especially on a windy day, to get a flat shot of it.
Summer Garden Salad

As this is the Summer in the Country blog hop, I'm sharing a wonderful Summer Garden Salad that is really a collaboration with the 'baby size' example maker - Nancy Cargo. I'm so grateful for her wonderful garden proceeds which inspired this particular delight.

1 c mayonnaise or salad dressing
1/4 c sugar or sweetener alternative
4 tsp vinegar or lemon juice
1/2 t dill weed
1/2 t salt
4 med cucumbers -- peeled and generous dice  (about 3 cups)
4 med tomatoes -- generous dice (about 3 cups)
3 green onions chopped -- be generous
Oregano to taste, add basil if you'd like
Feta Cheese (optional)





Combine mayo, sugar, vinegar, herbs and salt if desired; mix well.

Notes: I chose to use Vegenaise -- a mayo alternative. Salad dressings may have their own flavors that will be stronger than the individual herbs added in the recipe. Less amount would also be ok.

I used Agave Nectar for my sweetener (adjust portion accordingly)

The yellow balls on the plate are Lemon Cucumbers. Any cucumber would work.

We had dried dill on hand, but fresh dill would be lovely as well.

I especially loved the feta in this and the fresh garden flavors.

Add cucs, toms, feta and onions; toss. Cover and chill about an hour.
Long term refrigeration will cause water in cucumbers to separate.





This serving is garnished with some fresh basil.



Thanks for stopping by! I look forward to your comments below if you'd like to win some Island Batik fabric and a free Woven Braid pattern. Which layout interests you most?  (Woven Braid, First Light, First Blooms or Stacked Bricks) Which colorway do you prefer? (purple/green or green/brown). I've put together 4 - four fabric bundles to giveaway. Each bundle recipient will also receive a Woven Braid pattern.  Random #s will be drawn on Sept. 7, 2015.













Tomorrow's stop if from Connie at Kauffman Designs.

Use the Rafflecopter below for the main Island Batik Giveaways.
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Update 9/7 : Giveaways are now closed.
Randomly selected comment winners for my bundles and the Woven Braid Pattern are:
Dolores, Anna, Connie and Sarah -- all 4 of you have been sent emails requesting your mailing address.

77 comments:

  1. I like the First Blooms and the purple/green colorway. They are all beautiful quilts and fabrics. Thank you for sharing your journey in pattern designing.

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  2. Fabulous!!
    I like Woven Braid and purple/green!

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  3. these quilts are gorgeous. I really like the First Light and I would put it in Purple/Green
    Thank you for sharing. quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  4. I like them all but First Light is my favorite layout - in purple & greens! What a great fabric collection and wonderful designs. The quilting is superb!

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  5. Congratulations on all you've accomplished. I am such a slow quilter that I can only imagine what pressure you were under to complete that first quilt for Island Batik especially with the bleeding backing!! I visited Facebook and I like the quilting I'm seeing - it looks so cuddly and snuggly.

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  6. Wow - thanks for the interesting story! Love hearing how people develop in their craft!!!

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  7. I like how the "First Blooms" layout has the three larger squares, and both colorways are beautiful!

    I've never had bleed through happen from the backing fabric, but I'll keep my eye out for it in the future.

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  8. Marlene, the lime green makes your quilt sparkle!

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  9. Wonderful post, beautiful fabrics and gorgeous quilts and quilting. Thank you for the yummy recipe too! Total #CreativeGoodness

    QuiltShopGal
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  10. Great post and can't wait to see part two. I like the First Blooms quilt but also like the Woven Braid quilt. Love the purple colorway.

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  11. Gorgeous. I love the green and purples, but wildlife prints speak to me. Looking forward to making a new salad for dinner soon! ;-)

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  12. Love the green and brown version.

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  13. I like First Light and kinda like the green and purple better.
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  14. I like stacked bricks. The purple/green combination is to die for!
    janbland@bellsouth.net

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  15. Beautiful quilt Marlene and what a wonderful post, I really enjoyed learning more about you!

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  16. Amazing quilts and quilting. Thank you for sharing.

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  17. Great post! Thanks for sharing the background info, and congrats on the patterns. I love Woven Braid in purple and green. And the quilting is just awesome. Thanks!

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  18. Wow, what a gorgeous quilt and pattern! All the layouts are wonderful (and I LOVE a pattern that shows options!) but I believe the Woven Braid arrangement is my favorite. And although I don't usually choose purple, I do love the purple and green colorway. Loved the post -- so much information and great photos -- thanks for sharing!

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  19. I like First Light in the purple/green combo~

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  20. Wow - I love the Woven braid in the color way that you picked. The green does make it pop. Thank you for sharing so much of the behind the scenes of this story.

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  21. What a gorgeous quilt! I love the Woven Braid in the purples and greens. Your quilting looks awesome and makes the colors pop. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. What a delicious post! I love reading the backstory of Woven Braid, and seeing the progression of beautiful creations. The creative process is fascinating, and its one of the things I enjoy about quilting and knowing other quilters. And I love food too, so your salad is a bonus. :) Thanks for sharing. I love batiks in all colors, and especially purple and green.

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  23. Congrats and Thanks for sharing your Journey with Island Batiks. I like the First Light layout. I don't need the kit, I'd prefer to use my own fabrics. I am an avid Pre-washer! There's comfort in knowing I'm safe to use my fabrics.

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  24. All are very pretty. I think I like the Woven Braid the best. Also the purples and greens. Thanks for sharing with us! cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  25. Woven braid. That quilting on it is amazing!

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  26. I like the woven braid design in green and purple; exactly how you did it! ;) Lovely work.

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  27. Ty for the ideas i think i really liked the stacked bricks loved the colors.....happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  28. First Blooms is intriguing and the purple and green colorway just shimmers!

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  29. I like First Blooms and since purple and green are among my favorite colors I would choose that.

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  30. I love them all, but First Light has got to be my favorite. :)
    I like the green and brown colorway.
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  31. Purple and green! Pbstrand@msn.com

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  32. What an amazing post. Thank you so much for taking the time to share all that! I like First Light best, but it was difficult to choose. I like the purple and green color way.

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  33. These patterns are outstanding. I can't wait to piece the woven braids! The fabrics and the pattern are both gorgeous exclamation exclamation

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  34. I am always drawn to the brick lay out. I don't know if it is the neatness of the layouts or what. And anything with purple in it is my favorite. haha
    Thank you for the chance to win

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  35. It is so interesting to see the thought process in the construction. Your quilting is amazing and your patterns are perfect for the Island Batik fabrics. I would say that Woven Braid with the green and brown would be my selection.

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  36. Beautiful quilting and fabrics!

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  37. I choose the First Blooms and colors purple/green.
    Beautiful quilts.

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  38. I did manage to visit all the sites.

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  39. These quilts are all beautiful! I like the Woven Braid layout best and the green/brown combination. Thanks!

    Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

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  40. I like First Blooms and the purple/green fabric bundle.
    If the quilting is what you consider simple, I can't imagine what you would consider elaborate! Lovely quilts.

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  41. Your quilt patterns are fantastic! It was a hard decision, but I chose First Blooms with the purple colorway! I really enjoyed reading your post and after publishing this comment will be subscribing to your posts! Thank you for sharing every thing and for the fantastic give away opportunity to win. I hope that you have a wonderful creative day!

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  42. Great post. I like the woven braid and the purple green fabrics

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  43. Great post. I like the woven braid and the purple green fabrics

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  44. I love the green/brown fabrics and First Blooms !

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  45. I like the Woven Braid layout the best, in the purple/green colorway. Thanks.

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  46. Love those lavenders with the green, but that moose fabric is pretty cool too!
    Your woven braid pattern is brilliant!

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  47. I like the First Blooms and the color: Purples and Greens.
    Thanks,
    Peggy
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  48. They are all beautiful but First Blooms caught my eye

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  49. I love First Light and the purple/green colorway! Thank you so much for this incredible giveaway!

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  50. I love the First Light Layout and the brown/green colorway. What a wonderful quilt!

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  51. i like the woven braid in the purple/green colors. thanks for the giveaway.

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  52. I like Meadow the best, but it's a hard choice. Most of my quilts have purple and green in them.

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  53. My husband was sitting next to me and said he really liked First Blooms in that green brown colorway, so I'll pick that one for him. LOL
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  54. I love them all. Thanks for the chance to win. Drhodes9@cox.net

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  55. Beautiful quilt Marlene! The salad looks yummy too! 😊 woven braids in purple is gorgeous! Connie Peterson deserthogriders@live.com

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  56. I like Meadow and the purple/green colorway.

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  57. Love Purples/green colorway and First Blooms great giveaway love anything batik.

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  58. First Light is the layout that I prefer and I like the purple/green colourway.

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  59. I really like Woven Braid. All the fabrics are beautiful!

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  60. I would love to try the woven braid pattern, I especially love the browns/oranges colors. Fall is my favorite time. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  61. Such beautiful quilts! I like the First Blooms and the green/brown colorway.
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  62. Woven Braid is great! love purple & Green

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  63. I love First Light and purple/green

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  64. They are all truly beautiful, but First Bloom is my favorite and I LOVE the brown/green colorway. Thank you for the giveaway opportunity.

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  65. I love the woven braid pattern the best, and I love the blue and purple color way. Both are beautiful, though! sarah@forrussia.org

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  66. Love the Stacked Bricks! In the Geen & Browns colorway!! Thanks for chance to win your Give-a-way! :)

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  67. Love the quilts. I've never sewn or bought batiks yet. I guess I've never indulged but they sure are pretty. My favorite color is purple. Woven braid is gorgeous but so is the First Blooms version. Karen kthurn(at)bektel(dot)com

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  68. IO love the First Bloom and the brown and green colorway it is shown in. Absolutely stunning pattern.

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  69. Hard choices--each has its own charm and I found myself scrolling up and down, tilting my head like a puppy. But my favorites are Woven Braid, and I especially like the green/brown, in the botanical motifs.

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  70. Can we applique it ?? I love what you are doing, and I love quilts, as I am teaching myself to quilt, but I tend to never buy Christmas fabric, because well as far as I am concerned it has nothing to do with the true meaning of Christmas. I will use winter fabrics, I love the blues with snow flakes, but green and red packages to me is all wrong, I am always behind and just about have my sewing room done, so I collect the pieces and then go back. Thank you so much for your tine in this matter. ppdoty@gmail.com.

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