Wednesday, August 07, 2019

Beat the Heat Blog Hop - Enchanted Forest

Welcome!  It's time to Beat the Heat with Island Batik, and today is my day to post the project I made using the "secret" fabrics I received in my first Island Batik Ambassador Box in 2019.  The line I received is called Enchanted Forest, and it is truly enchanting!  And the colors definitely make me think of a cool green forest with light dappling in between the leaves.

Aren't the colors so beautiful?  Right away I knew exactly what I wanted to make with these lovely fabrics...a quilt for our guest room.  This room features a light green carpet, orchid walls and plum trim - courtesy of our youngest daughter and her decorating before she left home.  I rather like the colors, so they are staying.  Anyway, you can see that they will look wonderful in there.  Now all I needed was an idea for a design.  And it didn't take very long for me to decide to make a new version of a project I designed several years ago - a sampler style quilt that I've taught as beginner's class.

I had such fun deciding where to place all of the lovely fabrics in my design!  I call this a sampler style quilt because it uses several different blocks, but there is a definite pattern to the way everything is put together, so it has a lovely effect that is a bit different than your usual sampler.

The Almond neutral that I received was absolutely perfect for the background.  As you can see, it really allows the colors to shine!  I found a spot for each and every fabric in this bundle, and they all look so gorgeous!

I really do love every inch of this quilt, from the chunky dresden plate blocks to the petite 9 patch cornerstones.  I squeezed every smidge I could out of that purple I used for the inner border!
I think the biggest challenge of this project was to get a full picture of this large size quilt - it measures 92 x 92 inches square.  I used the Hobbs Bleached cotton batting I received in my first box, and it was great to work with, it has a nice loft, and the white really kept the colors of my quilt looking nice and crisp.
I used the rental longarm at Threads That Bind to quilt this in a pattern called Periwinkle.  It features flowers and swirls, and I thought it was perfect for the lovely designs in the fabric.  I used a lovely lilac colored thread, which is so pretty.
I had to settle for pictures in my backyard, but if I had a bit more time I definitely would have attempted to make a road trip and take some fun pictures at a fun theme park near Salem, Oregon, which is also called the Enchanted Forest - wouldn't it have been pretty taken with this castle?  What I wouldn't give for the opportunity for that photo op!
Anyway, every time we drive past I'll definitely think of these lovely fabrics now!

Would you be interested in joining me for a Quilt Along in 2020 featuring this design?  If so, you can sign up for my mailing list.  I'll publish the supply list in November, and we'll be starting out on January 1!

I'm giving away a set of 5 inch squares cut from my leftover fabric - my giveaway will be open for a whole month, so check out the giveaway below.  I'm looking for a better name for my pattern, so if you have a suggestion, leave me a comment and give me your great ideas!  Or if you don't have an idea, tell me what your favorite summer road trip destination is.

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Make sure you go see what Kathleen did with her bundle of Enchanted Forest!  It's gorgeous, too - and she is giving away some 2 1/2 strips from the collection.


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78 comments:

Allison said...

My favorite summer roadtrip takes me to my daughter's house so I can visit her and my grandchildren. Your beautiful quilt reminds me of a garden filled with lavender so how about Lavender Garden?

Liz Horgan said...

I love to take a trip to the ocean on the south shore of Long Island (NY). Unfortunately, I don't get there every summer.
Beautiful quilt for your guests!!

Gene Black said...

My favorite summer road trip destination is the Alabama Gulf Shore (which runs right up to the Florida Gulf Shore.)
I am terrible at naming quilts... I like the previous suggestion

Gail said...

Beautiful quilt. It makes me think of Summer Memories. My favorite destinations for summer travel are national parks. We love to see the beauty and history of our country.

Jan Morton said...

My favorite summer destination is the beautiful emerald coast of Florida, the panhandle. Destin especially. The beaches are beautiful, the sand is so white. This quilt is gorgeous, Pamela! Dresden Delight & Stunning Stars!

Nancy L said...

I love your quilt and think Enchanted Memories would be a good name. My favorite summer designation is just road tripping to quilt shops. My hubby enjoys seeing different quilts also, and love to make suggestions for me to make something.

Linda Williamson said...

I always like to head to the beach for my summer destination. Love your quilt, especially the purple. How about Summer Sampler. Thanks for sharing. grinnie1961 at gmail dot com

GranChris said...

A beach anywhere would be fine with me. I would say Hopscotch 2019.

Joyce Carter said...

Beautiful quilt Pamela! Love those greens.
My favorite Summer destination is the mountains. Thank you for your giveaway.

Sharon Aurora said...

I would love to go to Florida to visit with my brother and his wife.

Calicojoan said...

It's absolutely gorgeous Pamela. Of course you couldn't have worked with better colors. They are my favorites!

cghundley said...

Love going to Durango, Colorado.
Pretty town and enjoy the KOA there.
Carla from Utah

Nancy D said...

How about just calling it Enchanted? It is beautiful. I live in SoCal. Every day driving is a road trip here! It can take 2.5 hrs to go 25 miles!

Diantha said...

I love your quilt - it would look great in my guest room also, as the room has light green walls. I enjoy making sampler quilts too.
My favorite summer road trip is visiting family in Maine!

@lutzcats said...

I love Member summer evenings at the Huntington library. Going to one this Saturday! "Enchanted Sampler"

Jayne said...

To me this looks like 'Forest Temptations'. Another great range of fabrics

Sewgirl said...

My favorite summer road trip is to Sisters for their annual outdoor quilt show. I had to settle for an airplane ride to Redmond and then the drive to Sunriver...we couldn't make the show this year, but we did get to see our son, so that all worked out! Your quilt is beautiful. That took a lot of work! It's simply splendid!!

LIttle Penguin Quilts said...

That is a gorgeous quilt, and I love the fabric! I especially love the 9 patch cornerstones. Thanks for the giveaway!

Lori Smanski said...

wow this is stunning. I cant wait for september. we will be going to CA to visit our daughter who we dont get to see often enough.
quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

Jollygirl said...

I always love going to the ocean. How about Fantasy Land Sampler?

Anna brown said...

How about whimsical....I love the colors great job and ty for sharing your talents with us.... happyness04431@yahoo.com

rosemaryschild said...

A roadtrip to the beautiful Gulf Coast, with its beaches & casinos! Fun for everyone! Thank you, Susan

Dawn F said...

I have enough trouble naming my own quilts, let alone someone else's! It is beautiful, though. I enjoy going to the beach in the summer.

Kathy H said...

My favorite vacation spot is Alexandria bay, ny. It has a castle there too.

Darlene B said...

I love to take a trip to the beach in the summer. We live about 45 minutes from Lake Michigan. I don't have a quilt name for you...I always struggle with naming quilts!

Barb said...

A favorite road trip is driving along the Niobrara River in the fall.
barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com) I can't think of a name for the quilt!

Lee said...

I love a roadtrip to Lake Michigan - does not matter which beach!

Peggy said...

We just got back from a trip to Niagara Falls. It was beautiful. Also went to NY City for the day. Wow.
Thanks
Peggy
peggy_verdongibbs@att.net

Cecilia said...

My favorite summer road trip would be to the Great Smokey Mountains. Beautiful quilt! I like Stepping Stones for your quilt, because of the small nine patches in the sashing.
cecilialyoung at gmail dot com

VA said...

I'm not good at naming quilts. Yours is beautiful! My favorite summer destination would be any lake where I can relax on the pontoon boat!

Nancy J said...

Down here Summertime is at Christmas, so the ideal and wonderful road trip is to visit our daughters, one several hours north, and the other a plane flight or two to the south. You quilt is superbly stunning, and I think " Amethyst Jewels" suits all those fabrics.

OhioLori said...

I would love to go back to NC, to visit my Daughter! I saw the Ocean for the first time, when we visited her in 2013,,,,Gorgeous!! I think you should name the Quilt after your Daughter! Since it's going to be in her old room...& the colors match her taste! :) Beautiful quilt...sooooo much love has gone into it...I think it would make her happy. Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too :D

Kathy E. said...

We've taken many awesome summer road trips, but my favorite was to Santa Fe, New Mexico. We took our little Morkie on the trip, then found a fabulous kennel for her while we took in the sites. I'd do it again in a heartbeat! When I saw your glorious quilt, the name "Courtyard" popped into my head.

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

I love a trip to the beach by the ocean. Of course, I want to spend a week or more there and collect shells and gaze at the ocean waves (and shop at nearby quilt stores).

Rosemary said...

I live in my favorite place to go .. the Oregon Coast. I love to travel, though, but always happiest here. New England is my second favorite place to go. Also, I love the name Enchanted Forest and it is perfect with those colors.

suesinger said...

I like any beach

Karrin Hurd said...

Beautiful quilt and colors! My favorite summer destination is the beach, any beach!

Beth said...

My thought was Secret Garden, as the border seems like garden walls. I don't really have a favorite summer road trip destination; I grew up on the Southern California beach, so I lived at the classic destination. Nowadays I live in the country and don't really go anywhere and don't especially want to.

Anita said...

The colors of your quilt are so beautiful, love them! The sampler design is perfect to showcase the fabrics. You did a magnificent job!

teachpany said...

Gorgeous quilt, and you really do need to take it to the castle for a photo. It's a great design.

Μοιρούλα said...

My favorite destinations for summer travel is near by the sea

Michele T said...

Paris would be my favourite destination!! Your quilt is spectacular!

For the love of geese said...

It's absolutely stunning Pamela.

Kathleen said...

This is such a stunning sampler. I love the little pieced cornerstones and the use of the apple green in the quilt. You did this line justice! Quilt names always stump me too, Thanks for the referral in your blog - nice touch. I need to add yours too, it is fun to see the different interpretations.

MaryBeth said...

I love to go to FL beach for a week in the summer. We can take the autotrain and not have to drive 95 all the way!! I think I like the name Enchanted Sampler for your quilt. thanks for sharing.

Nancy A: SewingGranda@gmail.com said...

My favorite road trip would be one to see daughters and their families. The middle daughter lives in CA and the youngest is in VA. We moved to AL to be near our oldest daughter. We will be driving out to CA this fall, and will also visit a friend in Independence, Oregon.

Delaine said...

This quilt is beautiful! It reminds me of a happy summer day, so my suggestion for a name is Summer Day. Thanks!

Dale said...

My favorite summer road trip is to Lake Michigan - the closest Lake to us that is big enough to look like an ocean looking across it! Your Island Batik fabrics are really beautiful!

Kathryn said...

I love to head to Lake Erie.

nicolesender said...

I love to travel to the Oregon coast. How about Amethyst Emerald Dreams.

Pamela said...

My favorite summer road trip is to Hot Springs, Arkansas. Beautiful scenery and a great quilt shop!

Pamela said...

I forgot to add a name suggestion in my last comment -- My first reaction to the quilt was "oh me oh my!" It is absolutely gorgeous!

Lauriejo said...

My best summer memories are time spent at Lake Chautauqua in NY. Your quilt is beautiful, and the colors remind my of the Morning Glories that grow in my neighbors yard so that would be my name suggestion. Thanks for a chance to win fabric!

Carol Andrews said...

My favorite summer road trip is to go to Alberta to spend time with my adult children and grandchildren with all their little ones! With 10 grands and 4 great grands it means a couple of weeks away from home!
What a beautiful quilt and a perfect design for a QAL!

Marie said...

I love your quilt and the fabric is just rights to make thuis design pop!

Leanne Parsons said...

I love your quilt, Pamela! That design is a great way to show off lots of pretty fabrics :)

Seacoast Quilter said...

I love the colors in this fabric collection. And the quilt pattern is nice. I’m finding I prefer quilts with different blocks, rather than one block repeated. Thanks for sharing.

mumbird3 said...

Love your fabric choices - they are sensational so Sensational Sampler would be my name for the quilt! My fav summer destination is camping in the Smokies!

Havplenty said...

My favorite road trip use to be driving up to Indiana to pick up a friend and then we would drive to Ohio to visit another friend and attend the state fair. Or the same trip to spend New Years Eve with her. She has since moved to NC so no more of these road trips. But I do enjoy visiting Branson with family and friends.

Barb said...

Those fabrics are to die for, that lime green in there...ummm ummm good. Love your quilt.

Vicki in MN said...

Great use of these fabulous IB fabrics!!

Bonnie58 said...

My favourite summer road trip is through western canada

Rosa said...

Fantastic quilt,Those fabaric combe are just beautiful!!

My favorite summer road trip destination is Playa de San Juan,Alicnate, Spain

Emily said...

Love it! This is such a beautiful collection; I was hoping it would appear in my July box. I love it in your sampler quilt and especially love that chunky Dresden block. How about The Enchanted Sampler as a name?

Annette Mandel said...

My favorite road trip is searching for Row-by-Row shops. From Portland to Bellingham is a great trip, many shops along the way

Karen said...

All of those different blocks showcase the fabrics perfectly. I bet this was a lot of fun to make!

Helen Bowie said...

My favorite road trip is going to Avonport in Nova Scotia to go to Avonport Discount Fabrics. I love to go there they have so much beautiful fabrics and everything else for quilting.

Marilyn said...

I love to take a road into Maine, USA and do a little shopping!

Susan said...

I am not good at naming quilts, but I would call this one, "Bejeweled."

My favorite road trip is to Michigan's upper peninsula. Or to the New England area.

Yes, I would be interested in a QAL featuring this design.

Sherry said...

I loe the NC mountains in the summer. Everything blooming and it is cooler than Florida. I thought of a pansy when I saw the quilt. I would name it "Almost Pansies".

Cindy Shelley said...

Love to go on shop hops.

Periwinkle Pathways

Laura S said...

My favorite road trip is a leisurely drive on the back roads in the country.

Betsy said...

I love going to Asheville North Carolina in the summer. So many wonderful things to do and eat?
How about Periwinkle fiesta.

Quilting Tangent said...

Lesser visited national parks.

Sally said...

Almond is one of my favorites too! It truly plays well with this line. BEAUTIFUL QUILT! My favorite summer road trip is always SLEEPING BEAR DUNE NATIONAL PARK, just up the road. It just never gets old!

Renea said...

I just love to get in the car and go on day trips. Not really a certain destination just go with the road. I love the colors of this quilt and I am not good at naming things so I would not even know what to suggest.

Ellee said...

My favorite summer trip is to go to museums and check out quilt shops along the way.

Nancy said...

MY favorite is going to my son's and visit the grandkids!