Saturday, September 5, 2015

Summer in the Country Blog Hop

Welcome to the final day of the Summer in the Country Blog Hop!

I hope you have visited the other Ambassadors and enjoyed their beautiful creations. We are so happy to represent Island Batik. The other Ambassadors have shared their designs and patterns, plus recipes to add to your kitchen.

Today I am sharing from the Spring/Summer 2015 line, Wishing Well. The fabric is called Fishing Hole Pond, and I have to say I LOVE it! When my fabric arrived each fabric pattern reflected a cool, calming effect. I wanted to sit by a river and listen to the wild animals that roam the mountains of Colorado.

I knew right away which pattern I wanted to make.

It can be called Rail and Square, but I call it Rails on Point.


I don't live on a river or by a lake, but draping the quilt along the porch railing reflected a summer time feel for me.

I wanted to use the sunflower fabric so I decided to make a zippered pouch.



I've always been a little leery when it comes to zippers, but Joan Doan's tutorial was easy to follow.
You can find the tutorial for the zippered pouch on the Missouri Star Quilt Company. Just click HERE for Jenny Doan's easy instructions.

For a summertime recipe, you cannot beat the Pioneer Woman to share her cooking talents.  We made this Mexican Macaroni Salad.

Delicious! Perfect for the Labor Day weekend bar-b-ques.

And finally the giveaways.  Island Batik is hosting a giveaway. If you have not already signed up you still have time. Two batik bundles are in the offering.  Just click HERE.

And as a thank you for hanging in here and reading I will be giving away a summer fat quarter bundle of Island Batik fabrics as well.

Isn't that a great way to end the summer?  Just leave a comment on this post, telling me how you spent your summer and I will draw a winner on Monday, the official end of summer.

Happy Quilting!

59 comments:

Joyce Carter said...

That is such a beautiful quilt! Those fabrics were perfect for it.
I am a homebody and I have spent my Summer at home sewing. Got lots done, but wanted to do so much more. Thank you for the giveaway.

Sandra@Prairie Patch Quilts said...

Love, love, love the fabric with the deer and moose on it. What a great quilt.

Sandy Allen said...

Your quilt is beautiful!

Nothing fun for me this summer. Spent it working and catching up on WIPs that are out of control. 😊

Lori said...

what gorgeous fabrics. your quilt is just lovely. and the tote is so pretty. we spent our summer getting our son married. helping out a lot at their new house, trying to put it all in order. trying to keep our garden going and well. didn't work, we had way too much rain and not enough sun. now we are having sun and 90 degree days and no rain, but the plants are stunted now. Sigh! there is next year. a lot of time was spend with family this year, yeah!!

Kathy ... aka Nana said...

Wow, what fabulous fabrics! I love that sunflower one best of all, I think. That macaroni salad looks awfully yummy ... perfect for Labor Day BBQs, like you said.

Quilting Tangent said...

Stayed at home catching up on projects. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Pam Geisel - For Quilts Sake said...

Both of your projects are wonderful! Great way to feature the fabric.

Jeanna said...

I love your Rails on Point. Perfect pattern for those fabrics.

Our summer wasn't everything we had hoped it would be. We did get our daughter prepared and moved her into her first college apartment. There were a couple of sewing projects involved...so much fun :)

Sallie said...

Love the fabric wih the moose on it! I got to go to a quilt retreat this summer.

Lady of the Cloth said...

Love your quilt and the fabrics are all beautiful. I spent my summer recovering from spinal surgery and now I feel wonderful. No more pain. I can see hours at the machine quilting. Thanks for the opportunity to win these lovely fabrics. Carline
bandcanthony@gmail.com

Lisa Marie said...

Love your projects! It's been a low key summer with lots of time for sewing. I like that. Often we take some trips in the summer but we did that in the spring and at Christmas time so we mostly stayed home over the summer.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

Lovely quilt and pouch. Summer went by so fast with traveling around Minnesota on the annual quilt shop hop visiting 73 stores, making lots of fresh food using our garden produce, and working with my mom on a quilt helping her dream come true of turning all her old double knit clothes and sewing leftover scraps into a gorgeous quilt. It will wear like iron but it sure was difficult to sew. Karen kthurn@bektel.com

Pamela said...

That's a beautiful quilt! I love the sunflower fabrics as well - the zipper pouch is really cute :) That Macaroni Salad looks great, Pioneer Woman knows her stuff...

Connie Kresin Campbell said...

What a beautiful quilt and pouch! This has really been a great blog hop!

Cecilia said...

This summer spent getting settled in our new house and having our kids and grandchildren visit. I love your quilt and zippered pouch! Thanks for the recipe and giveaway.

Joyful Quilter said...

Love the quilt. I have made that quilt pattern several times...it is one of my go-to patterns when I need a quick fun quilt.

No summer vacations here, working girl. But I did get lots of quilting done.

Sewgirl said...

I have mostly been home, but we took a trip to Lake Tahoe for a wedding, and I have been to visit my mom for a bit. We will do our big traveling off season. Thanks for the chance at the giveaway!

teachpany said...

Gorgeous quilt, great use of the fabrics and love the pouch, and the yummy prize! Great post!

Cat Lady said...

Beautiful use of the fabrics. My summer has been full of travel, sadly not the vacation kind, but out of need to deal with my parent's estate. I have had opportunity to quilt though, so beautiful fabrics are always appreciated.

JANET said...

I spent the whole summer working on a picnic quilt. It was supposed to be done for Memorial weekend, then 4th of July, and finally done by Labor Day. It was just too hot to sew. Or get into the mood to sew would be a better excuse, I guess!

Judi Duncan said...

we just moved so I have spent my summer setting up house! haven't had much time to sew, but I plan on quilting soon, very soon!

PK Sews said...

Your quilt is absolutely gorgeous! It does look like a summer pond. My summer schedule was work as usual, but I had a wonderful weekends playing with my five year old granddaughter. We hiked, picnicked, sewed, and cooked. Maybe we will try your delicious=looking salad recipe next time we are together. Thanks for your post, your inspiring blog, and this great giveaway! I love batiks.

beaquilter said...

lovely quilt and pouch!

Betty Oatsvall said...

I really like your block choice, very pretty! i wish I could say that I made great progress in the quilting room but alas too many projects at work kept me busy. Fall is coming and hopefully a much needed break.

Janie said...

I like the quilt, and the sunflower pouch. Thank you for the inspiration.

Melody Lutz said...

For the first summer ever...QUILTING! It's usually too hot here in So. California to think of it - but it is still happening!

anna brown said...

i spent it working my new job and sewing and visiting with my brother....all in all it was a great summer....happyness04431@yahoo.com

lindawwww said...

I didn't do too much this summer other than these last two weeks when I spent the time cat-sitting for my niece and her family while they went on a holiday.

lin.web.28 at gmail dot com

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

I love your projects! We spent the summer visiting family and traveling. I'm sure looking forward to the cooler temps of autumn. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway!

QuiltShopGal said...

Beautiful quilt and zipper pouch. Inspirational fabric too! But you made me terribly hungry with that Mexican Salad recipe. I definitely want to make that. Would go perfectly with our dinner tonight (BBQ ribs).

QuiltShopGal
www.quiltshopgal.com

ps - I'm not entering your giveaway, just popping by and enjoying your #CreativeGoodness.

LJ said...

Just lovely. The moose fabric would not be on my 'first' list but you sure used it well and it looks great in the quilt.

Beth said...

We had a lot of visitors this summer, out here on the farm. It was great fun to see the kids enjoy all the little things, very low-tech pleasures for them.

Your quilt is so pretty. Thanks for sharing!

barbara woods said...

Beautiful work, thanks for the giveaway

Vicki H said...

Great summer. I had family from Minn for a week and also went to Florida for my brother's wedding.

Calicojoan said...

I just love these fabrics and the wild life print is an added bonus! Your macaroni salad sound wonderful!

Kathy E. said...

We had a wonderful summer here. We took a road trip to Colorado and spent a week in Breckenridge at a lovely resort. On our way home, we stopped to see the Rolling Stones in concert in Kansas City. A few weeks later, we saw Shania Twain in Moline. I've had a good share of time to sew and visit with friends and it's all been good! I hope your summer was great too!

OhioLori said...

Your Quilt is AWESOME!!!! Love the lil' Bags too..Sunflowers are perfect for it! Thanks for chance to win your Beautiful Batiks! :)

Spent my Summer watching our new Granbaby (still watch daily while mommy & daddy workin) Been coming to hang out with me & Papa since 6 weeks old...just turne d5 months! Such a Treasure! (& I am one verrrry spoiled Gma!lol)

Emily C said...

I spent my summer working and spending time with the in-laws on the week ends. No summer vacation for me this year.

Alice Ronne said...

My summer highlight took me to northern CA to see our son graduate from UC Davis! Yeah! akronne17 (at) gmail (dot) com

Marlene @ KISSed Quilts . com said...

Love how you used these fabrics. Beautiful quilt! and pouch ;-)

We've had more smoke that I want to experience ....its getting better though....busy busy with Row by Row and now blog hops, shop hops and a quilt show in Sept.

whew! Thanks for sharing your talents!

Deal.licious Real Food Debby said...

This was quite a summer. I moved in May and again in July. But I am happy to report that by August I was sewing again. Thank goodness!

determineddebby at gmail dot com

GranChris said...

It was a hot, hot summer. I had my grandsons for 2 weeks and then we canned a lot and tried to stay cool.

Connie Cain said...

Your quilt is so pretty and just love sunflowers! :)
craftyccain@gmail.com

delaineelliott said...

I love your projects - especially the sunflower bag! And your recipe looks delicious! This summer I have been taking staycations and mostly gardening, reading in the sun, and quilting. Thanks!

Please click on the delaineelliott above for my email link.

Lee said...

I love batiks and sunflowers - what a lovely design and zip you made!
I did staycation this year and saw movies and went to the beach for a day and canoeing! thank you!

Barbara said...

I love Sunflowers. What a nice way to use that fabric. What can I say about batiks? I just love them.

GO STARS! said...

I spent my summer driving my second son to doctors. He's got a mysterious illness that no one seems to be able to diagnose. We did get to Iowa to visit my youngest son who's buying a house. On our way we stopped in Broken Arrow to visit oldest son and in Hamilton, Missouri for the Missouri Star Quilt Co. So not an exciting summer.

quilter said...


beautiful, I love what you made! We spent the summer camping, one week a month, it was fun. Now back to sewing...
cork@pa.rr.com

Tanya Rachelle said...

Love this post! The zippered bags is a great reminder for fun holiday gifts! Love the fabric and the quilt is beautiful. Simple and perfect! My summer has been spent working, working, working... but enjoying my roses and some fun projects along the way. I guess now it's time for me to plan and make sure I make the time to get away next year to have a little more fun. I've had to learn ways to have joy and fun... even when I can't get away much!
~Tanya

Betsy said...

I spent my summer making a wedding gift and playing with my brand new grandson

Claire Sutherland said...

This summer I have been working, gardening, baking and have made an outfit to wear to my friends wedding on Thursday x
Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

Renee G said...

Sad to say - I have spent most of the summer working. I just started my own business last year and things have been really busy this summer. Plus I helped my mom move once and my sister move twice within a 6 week period. I'm hoping fall will bring me a little more time to "play".

Jen Barnard said...

I spent my summer going to free events in my town, there was a 40's day, a mods and rockers bike show and a huge free music festival, among other things.
jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

Rina said...

Your quilt is just wonderful! I love the blueprint!
I spent part of my summer in Houston at my son house with a new grandson! And then back in Italy where I live, working on my Christmas projects. Thanks for the giveaway!
Greetings, Rina.
june.seven60@gmail.com

DebraKay Neiman said...

Besides sewing - watching the birds out my window at the birdbath and feeder. Some even come hang on the screen to look in at me. Had a broken toe and not getting around much. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Dody said...

Babysitting and sewing whenever I could fit it in. Nothing to exciting. Thank you for the chance to win.
Dmac5958ataoldotcom

Joan H. said...

Spent the summer at home enjoying the warm sunshine before the winter winds blow. Worked on some projects for our Fall Bazaar.

Cheryl's Teapots2Quilting said...

Great quilt, and the Moose batik fabric is sew much fun (my youngest son lives in Alaska, moose country). What fun, bright colors. I love bright colors. Thanks for the chance.

apple blossom said...

Beautiful work. i love the moose fabric. I have a friend that loves moose. I taught summer school and then spent some time with my elderly parents. thanks