Friday, April 20, 2018

Northern Woods Blog Hop!

Greetings everyone!  I'm so delighted that Nan Baker, asks me to part of this Northern Woods Blog Hop. I received Nan's Island Batik signature collection, Northern Woods in my Island Batik Ambassador box.  

I have been using the beautiful Northern Woods collection in my ambassador projects for the last couple months.  I love this collection and how it brings the colors of the forest to you. 

So, let me show you some of my projects that I have been using with this fun and exciting collection.

First, in March the ambassadors were tasked to try a new technique.  I chose the Studio 180 Rapid Fire Lemoyne Star Technique. I had never made one before and really need to start working with it since I had to make one for my Studio 180 Design Certified Instructor Application.  

Making the Lemoyne Star was so much fun and combining it with the Northern Woods Collection was the right decision.  The browns really popped in this small wallhanging/table runner.  I only used 5 Fat eights bundles and a little extra coordinating fabric for the borders and backing.  The binding was made from scrap pieces of the fabric. You can read a bit more about this project, HERE.

Next up is my latest Island Batik Ambassador project for April. We were challenged to make a 36" x 36" or larger quilt from a quilt block from the past.  I went back to the patterns that my mom gave me from my Great Grandmother for some inspiration.  

So, using the remaining Fat Eights and coordinating fabric from the Northern Woods collection, I decided to use the mail order pattern Design 907, she labeled Pinwheel and made it up and put a little twist on the pattern.  

With the stack of fabric remaining, I just had enough to finish this quilt that measured 36" x 36".  I used my Janome 7700 to do all the quilting on this stunning wall hanging. I usually would use my longarm, but I wanted to get some practice on machine quilting on my domestic, and boy did I need practice.  I love this colors and how the browns highlight the stars in the middle of the block.  I used the remaining coordinating fabric for the borders and binding.  You can read more about the project HERE.

Between the two projects I completely I finished off the Northern Woods Bundle I received in my ambassador project.

Thank you for joining me today, as I shared my Northern Woods Projects, be sure to check out the other blogs that were done this week, many of them have giveaways.


April 16: Nan Baker  –  Purrfect Spots 
April 17: Margaret Willingham  –   Eye of the Beholder 
April 18: Maria Hrabovsky  –   Maria’s Quilt Scraps
April 19: Karen Overton  –   The Quilt Rambler
April 20: Tina Dillard  –  Quilting Affection Designs
April 21: Joan Kawano  –  MooseStash Quilting

Also, Check out the Island Batik Blog, to find out more about the Northern Woods Collection and register to win your own Northern Woods Bundle.

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  1. I especially like the table runner.

  2. Tina, love all your beautiful designs. You made the Northern Woods Collection shine with all your stars/pinwheel stars! Thank you for being part of the hop!

  3. Love the table runner but then again I love stares. .The colors are so pretty love browns...

  4. Love your twist on the block! I wish I had some of my grandmother's patterns!