Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Island Batik - French Roasted


What a fun theme for a blog hop, right?

Today we're all about the planes and feature the fabric collection:

I got acquainted with this collection when the Island Batik Ambassadors worked on a joint project as a special gift to Kathy Engle to celebrate a milestone of service to this industry.

These are the two blocks that I made.

 Here was the result hanging at Fall 2015 market along with 3 of the many who worked on it.

l-r: Linda Pearl, Tammy Silvers, Marlene Oddie

I have now made a couple of my own projects with fabric that I had leftover and added a few other bits that coordinated. The first project is 'Flightline'.

These blocks are from Chapter 8 - Curves - in our book "You Can Quilt! Building Skills for Beginners".

I've added the details of the sashings/borders as a free PDF download for this runner at

Here I am using an arc ruler to assist in doing the stitch-in-the-ditch work in the flowering snowball block.

The scrappy 1" x 1" sashing square strip sets and border elements reminded me of the lights running down a runway and the idea of the name 'Flightline' came to mind. These bits are made mostly from other Island Batik collections that had been shared with me as an Island Batik Ambassador.

All 3 blocks kind of lend themselves to look like propellers, so it seemed to fit. For a lot of my utility projects, I like to do bindings by machine. Here is a closeup of the binding and corners on this one.

Could be used as a table runner, bed runner, or perhaps a chest of drawers topper.

I then wondered if I had enough leftover bits to make an airplane. This block also comes from our book and is included as a 'bonus' block on the enclosed DVD.

Subtle details---on the wing is my 'signature'. I typically stitch out lips (a small portion of my logo) and the year. Given the dark fabric, it is difficult to see it, and I used the wing space as a way to make a bold statement. On the elevator (at the tail) I've put our town name, "Grand Coulee".

My husband loves airplanes and other flying machines, so I showed it to him and said I'd be making it into a pillow for our couch. He suggested that the pillow be 2 sided. So....I put my thinking cap back on and figured out I had just enough fabric to make a Circle of Geese block (also from our book - Ch. 7) as long as I used a background from the Sweet Georgia Peach collection that I also had on hand.

The trick was to put it together with a zipper! But I really wanted to 'bind' or put a piped edge of dark blue on it. This proved to be quite a stumbling block. There are a variety of ways to put a zipper on a pillow, but none with the result that I was looking for. I wanted to hide the zipper at one edge.

Ultimately, I added piping and somehow got the zipper close to it. I wanted to share a tutorial because I had come up with some genius method, but it didn't happen, so just saying that I don't recommend two sided quilted pillows with a removable pillow form.

I carry Island Batik fabrics. If you're local, I hope you'll stop in and check them out.

The French Roasted collection can be seen here.
Click here to find a local store near you with Island Batik fabrics. The French Roasted collection should now be available.

Do you not love this collection? Thanks for stopping by!

If you are interested in getting your hands on this awesome Island Batik fabric, I do have some yardage and kits for "Woven Braid" in several sizes. 

Yardage: $11.50/yd - there are 12 different fabrics. Choose #s 1-12 in order as shown above.

Kits (includes pattern and yardage for top and binding of size indicated):
Baby – 45” x 55” - $57
Lap – 55” x 65”  - $75
Full – 65” x 85”  - $95
Queen – 75” x 95”  - $110
King – 105” x 105”  - $150

I also have these fabrics available to purchase by the yard.
Camo - 1. dark large; 2. dark small; 3. light large; 4. light small; Dark blue with red/white dots; $11.50/yd
These were brought in to create my Camouflage Net design. You'll see it later in the blog hop.

Nature Options; 1. Fern w/brown background; 2. Autumn fern; 3. Pine; 4. Green fern; 5. Basket weave;  $11.50/yd  Are you considering making a National Park quilt in honor of this year's 100th year of the National Park Service? These could be great!
Black on Black  $10.75/yd

Dark blue w/metallic boughs $11.75/yd

I am willing to ship.

I hope you enjoy the free PDF to do the layout for Flightline. I'm making it convenient, just click on the link....but I hope you'll consider following on my blog, Facebook page (Choose the See First option when 'liking' so you won't miss a post), and/or signing up for my newsletter (approximately monthly).

Island Batik is also offering a giveaway. Use the Rafflecopter below to enter that. There are entries for visiting our Facebook pages as well as leaving comments on our blogs.
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Did you miss these?
Here’s the blog hop schedule:
Monday, February 15 – Caribbean Splash
Bejeweled Quilts
Pamela Quilts
Tuesday, February 16 – London Fog
Moose Stash Quilting

Other blogs on today are:

Made In Scraps
Happy Cottage Quilter

Still to come:

Thursday, February 18 – Crystal Cove
Freemotion by the River
Friday, February 19 – Florida Oranges
Fun Threads Designs
Kauffman Designs
Monday, February 22 – Coral Reef
Mary Mack Made Mine
Purrfect Spots Designs
Tuesday, February 23 – Sweet Georgia Peach
One Quilting Circle
KISSed Quilts--I'll be back with something new!
Wednesday, February 24 – Hollywood Hills
The Fit Quilter
Maria Michaels Designs
Thursday, February 25 – Desert Rose
For Quilts Sake
Lemon Tree Snippets
Friday, February 26 – Sea Salt Sandy
KISSed Quilts- I'll be back with more!
Moose Stash Quilting
Pamela Quilts
Bejeweled Quilts
Monday, February 29 – Jersey Shore
Lemon Tree Snippets
Tuesday, March 1 – Tuscany Sun
Tammy Silvers
Wednesday, March 2 – Lavish
Freemotion by the River
Moose Stash Quilting
Thursday, March 3 – Fire Island
KISSed Quilts I'll be back with this 'jewel'!
Friday, March 4 – Tinsel, Holiday Happenings
Purrfect Spots Designs
KISSed Quilts- and wrapping it up with a Heartfelt Holiday
Moose Stash Quilting


  1. I love the combination of neutrals, blues and browns; great work!

  2. Your quilted pieces are gorgeous!!

  3. I love this collection and I really love the airplane pillow! My husband is a pilot and I might have to use your plane, wild geese, and "propeller" blocks to make him a quilt. Thanks for sharing. Where did you get your arc ruler from?

  4. Loved seeing your beautiful projects Marlene. I am getting so excited to get my IB box!!

  5. Wow, you do beautiful work, thanks for sharing!

  6. Enjoyed your post...great work and wonderful information.

  7. Enjoyed your post...great work and wonderful information.

  8. i so loved the table runner.Very nice quilting too... ty for sharing.........

  9. i so loved the table runner.Very nice quilting too... ty for sharing.........

  10. Great post and this is a beautiful collection!

  11. Those are such beautiful fabrics and you did a great job using them. I love the runner with your quilting on it.

  12. I love all of the projects you made with these fabrics, especially the pillow!

  13. What a wonderful line of fabrics. You have found many great ways to use it too. I have to favorite is the Circle of Geese. That block tickles my toes!

  14. Beautiful Marlene! love that arc ruler too 🙂

  15. Love your Flightline table runner. My husband too is crazy about airplanes. He builds and fly RC airplanes. Thanks for the PDF pattern, I am going to get busy on one for our camper. (We take the camper when we attend Fly-Ins in the summer)

  16. Your table runner is stunning! It reminds me of propellers :-) Great job!

  17. Thanks very much for sharing the layout for flightline, as well as showing us your process.

  18. Your Propeller Runner is Wonderful. I like seeing projects that are unique. I also adore your uber creative airplane pillow with your personal ID added. Thank you sew very much for hopping.

  19. Love these batiks! Thanks for sharing your projects.

  20. Your projects and this batik collection are lovely!

  21. Thanks for sharing, love the batiks and the patterns

  22. That arc ruler looks pretty do all your Quilty Projects! You are Amazing! Thanks for sharing...

  23. What a wonderful use of ALL the Island Batiks. You made so many lovely projects; I can see that you're a great quilter, too. I do love French Roast but quite honestly, it's hard to find one of their batiks I do not like.

  24. What a wonderful use of ALL the Island Batiks. You made so many lovely projects; I can see that you're a great quilter, too. I do love French Roast but quite honestly, it's hard to find one of their batiks I do not like.

  25. Thank you so much for the pdf's, I'm new to quilting! I appreciate it!!! And I love the flightline runner!

  26. Thank you. Your projects are wonderful. The fabrics make them extra nice.

  27. Such great projects! Your creativity is outstanding, Marlene!

  28. Beautiful fabrics and beautiful projects!

  29. The patterns are wonderful! The quilting is absolutely gorgeous!