Friday, November 6, 2015

You Can Quilt! - Island Batik Ambassador Blog Hop Finale!

Welcome to the finale post of our book's blog hop with Island Batik Ambassadors (IBAs) showcasing each chapter's blocks with beautiful fabrics.

Hope you have been inspired to learn new skills!

Chapter 13 is the 'finishing' chapter, but I also wanted to show you the airplane block that is available on the DVD that comes with the book.

The propeller is easiest using paper piecing. The rest can be done that way too. It might be over complicated doing it with templates, but regardless of you chosen method it comes out pretty cute. I will ultimately make it into a pillow.

There are many layouts that we have created as suggestions or ideas on what you can do with the blocks once you have made them. So many that they didn't all get into the book or on the DVD, so we're sharing them for free on our website. provides information and resources for the layouts, where to post your own block and project photos on flickr, and other resources about the book and projects that have been made.

If you're just stopping by for the first time in this hop and want to see what the other IBAs posted about during this hop, here is the list with their specific blog post and one illustration of what they did.

Bloggers are by Date, Chapter, Name, Blog

Oct. 9 – Ch. 1. Basics - Leila Gardunia - co-author -

 Jersey Shore fabrics.


Oct. 12 – Ch. 2. HST - Tammy Silvers
Florida Oranges fabrics.

Oct 14 – Ch 3. QST - Connie Kresin Campbell

She also provided two other posts as follow-on to this original to show several finishes with all 3 block designs from the chapter.


Oct. 16 – Ch 4. Flying Geese - Maryellen McAuliffe

Gorgeous purples.

Oct 19 -- Ch. 5. Wonky - Christine McCrann Martinez

French Roasted beauties.


Oct. 21 – Ch. 6. Improvisation - Connie Kauffman

This is just one of the blocks...she made all 3 in miniature and created potholders from them.



Oct. 23 -- Ch. 7. Foundation Paper Piecing - Joan Kawano

This block made for a small wallhanging, another block became part of a large purse, and yet another became a pillow. Check them out!

Just love this block--we used it in the blog hop button too.

Oct. 26 – Ch. 8. Curves - me! - Marlene Oddie


More French Roasted ...look below for the completed runner I'm calling "Flight Line"

Oct. 28 -  Ch 9. One-Patch Blocks - Bea Lee


Just one of the one-patch blocks Bea made for the hop. We used this one in the blog hop button.


She also did a beautiful circles block. Be sure to check it out.

Love this idea--it is a body pillow! Pamela is working on a tutorial to show us all how any three 12" blocks can be made into this. You will likely see it on her blog in the next few days. We will be adding the link on the skillbuildersampler site as soon as it is ready.

Nov. 4 – Ch. 12. Challenge Blocks - Linda Stewart Pearl

Stunning compass! This is just one of the 3 blocks Linda made.

Nov. 6 – Ch. 13. finishing – You're here!!  Do bindings stress you out? A primary thing covered in this chapter is binding. There are detailed photo illustrations of doing binding completely by machine. For most of my quilts that I intend to be used --utility quilts--I want the bindings done completely by machine. I think that they will hold up better to washings and use. Aren't most of our quilts made to be used? The other nice thing is the binding goes on fairly quickly and the more practice I get the more accurate it becomes.
I'm calling this one Flight Line.

 Although not yet posted, instructions for this border treatment will be added to the skillbuildersampler site.
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Like the new Island Batik Fabrics? Check for them at your local quilt shop. I've got the Meadow collection that is used in my Woven Braid quilt and have more bolts arriving next week.

Don't forget ...we are having a giveaway of books and fabrics. This is only open to US Residents.

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What type of quilt layout or setting for 12" blocks (how many blocks? how many rows, columns, on point?) would you like information about? Maybe we'll just create it and add it to our skillbuildersampler site. Thanks for stopping by.


  1. Great review of all of them! I do feel bad I didn't make my blocks into "something" but I will eventually :)

    1. With your baby on the way, you have a different priority. Thanks for being a part of this journey.

  2. Loved being a part of it all. Thanks!

  3. this has been a fun hop thanks to everyone for all their wonderful suggestions and tips

  4. I was so happy to be a part of this hop! Thanks so much for all the organizing and support. It's a great book.

  5. Thanks for a great blog hop Marlene, I enjoyed being part of it!

  6. What a great hop it full of inspiration!

  7. really wonderful hop - thanks so much for all the information

  8. I'd really like to learn how to make flying geese the right size !!