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Monday, August 20, 2018


The Great Outdoors Blog hop

The great outdoors are what inspired the this hop’s theme. Throughout the month of August, our Ambassadors will be featuring Island Batik’s newest fabrics, appearing on shop shelves SOON! See something you like? Ask for it at your local quilt shop, or request it if you don’t yet see it. We have the most delicious collections to share with you!

Today is my day and as usual I was down to the wire. I put the binding on the quilt at 9:00 last night. I don't think I have ever put on a binding on as quick a time as I did this one. ****Be sure to read all the way to the end so you learn how you can be eligible to win a fat quarter batik bundle and my Cutting Corners template set and a strip pack from Island Batik.****

Before I reveal the quilt I want to show how I made the second part of the block. The patches that attaches to the flower have triangles on the ends of them. They are made with squares. You can draw a line on the backs of the squares and sew on the drawn line or you can do what I do and use my "Cutting Corners" template set.

Place the square on the right end of the smaller rectangle strip. Make sure that the edges are perfectly lined up.

Using the triangle in the set, line up the edge of the triangle on the left edge of the square with the top of the triangle even with the top of the square. The diagonal line should go through the bottom right corner.

Using your rotary cutter, trim off the corner and sew with a 1/4" seam.

You will repeat the process with the longer strip except place the strip vertically with the square at the top of the strip. 

You will end up with a left and right strip.

You piece the rest of the block like a log cabin.
I was working on this quilt during a quilt retreat called "Summer Breeze" so I asked the group what should I call the quilt and they said call it "Summer Breeze" after the retreat! I pieced many of the blocks at the retreat so I laid down the pieces to see what they would look like. ( I was still missing 4 blocks.)

I then thought, what would it look like with white sashing strips? I definitely liked this version better.

After I got home, I finished the blocks and put it on my design wall. I couldn't decide on whether I wanted to put on a border or not so I cut some strips to see what it would look like with a border. I also added four orange corner stones where the flowers came together.

Without borders

With borders

I decided to go ahead with the small border. Here it is on my quilting machine. I decided to quilt the background with small circles to match the border print (which is actually bubbles). is the finished quilt! It is 57" square with an 8" block.

A close-up of the quilting

I really had fun making this one. I decided to make a pattern of it so I am offering a special discount if you preorder the pattern. (It will take me a couple weeks to write it.) The pattern will come with enough freezer paper sheets to make the 24 blocks. So for a limited time you can get the pattern for $12 (regular price will be $15 with the foundation papers). I will make the pattern available in pdf form after it is written. It will be $12 regular price.

You can preorder the pattern here: Summer Breeze Pattern.

I used 25 fabrics from the collection. 5 groups of 5 fabrics. It was my surprise bundle in my box from them. You can see the whole collection here:
Ocean Odyssey by Island Batik


Island Batik is giving away three strip packs in their Rafflecopter, just follow this link.


I will be having a drawing for a fat eighth bundle of the collection and my Cutting Corners template set. Just leave a comment to be in the drawing. I will draw a name a week from today (August 27). Be sure to leave your email so that I can contact you if you win. US only due to shipping charges.

As always: Do what you love and love what you do. Feel free to share my blog with your quilting friends. Thank you for reading. Toby

Be sure to check out the other blog posts especially Karen Overton's who also used Ocean Odyssey in her quilt.

Monday, August 6 - All A Flutter - Yellow Cat Quilt DesignsCreative Blonde

Tuesday, August 7 - Birds N’ Bees - Ark Angel CreationsPatterns By Jen

Wednesday, August 8 - Canterbury Manor - Sally MankePowered By Quilting

Thursday, August 9 - Eclectic Garden - Desert Bloom QuiltingSew Karen-ly Created

Friday, August 10 - Vintage Morris - MooseStash QuiltingDevoted Quilter

Monday, August 13 - Safari - Sew Incredibly CrazySweetGrass Designs

Tuesday, August 14 - Spring Blossoms - Mary Mack Made MineIf These Threads Could Talk

Wednesday, August 15 - Victoria and Albert - Bejeweled QuiltsClever Chameleon

Thursday, August 16 - Wild Things - Freemotion By The RiverKauffman Designs

Friday, August 17 - Petting Zoo - Den Syende HimmelSarah Goer Quilts

Monday, August 20 - Ocean Odyssey - Gateway QuiltsThe Quilt Rambler

Tuesday, August 21 - British Rose - Busy Hands QuiltsMania for Quilts

Wednesday, August 22 - Dear William - The Inquiring Quiltermmm! QuiltsLiving Water Quilter

Thursday, August 23 - Dragonfly Dreams - Inchworm FabricsBeaQuilter

Friday, August 24 - Fur-ocious Friends - Quilting Affection DesignsDizzy Quilter

Monday, August 27 - Globetrotter - Pamela QuiltsCurliecue Creations

Tuesday, August 28 - Jungle Cruise - Vicki's Crafts and QuiltingLittle Bunny Quilts

Wednesday, August 29 - Lavendula - Carole Lyles ShawMasterpiece Quilting

Thursday, August 30 - London Calling - Quilt in a Not-ShellLizard Creek Quilting

Friday, August 31 - Spirit Rhythm - Steph JacobsonWhispers of Yore

Monday, September 3 - Sweet Tweets - Kathleen McMusingAdventurous Applique and Quilting

Tuesday, September 4 - Whatnot - heARTS CreationsSlice of Pi Quilts