Back to School with Island Batik

Friday, September 8, 2017

Welcome to the Back to School blog hop with Island Batik! The Island Batik Ambassadors are showing you all the newest collections from Island Batik all month long!

Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik



I love trying new things! The start of a new school year has me reviewing my quilty bucket list to see what I'd like to learn and try in the coming months.

Back to School Blog Hop with Island Batik fabrics

A Lonestar quilt has been on my quilty bucket list for some time. When contemplating what pattern to use for the Empress Garden collection by Island Batik, I knew it was time to try!

Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik

The Empress Garden collection has 20 prints with beautiful saturated colors. I got a half yard bundle of the collection, plus extra yardage of the two green fabrics. I found the tutorial for a scrappy Lonestar from Better Off Thread and got started!


I followed the directions for resizing the star here, and used 2" strips to make the 36 diamond panel that resulted in a 48" star. This method required 18 different fabrics - exactly how many I needed if I saved the two green fabrics for the border and background!

Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik

The tutorial was easy to follow, and I quickly decided perfectly matching points weren't necessary. Finished is better than perfect!


Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik

Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik

Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik

The star came together really quickly!


Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik

Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik

Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik

Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik

Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik

The tutorial resulted in several extra strips. I used a few of them to create an interesting quilt back. (I used the others to make a whole other quilt!)


Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik

I pin basted the quilt sandwich using Warm 100 by The Warm Company.


Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik

I decided to use Aurifil 50wt #2235 Orange for the quilting. I used the walking foot on my Juki TL-2010Q sewing machine to quilt straight "V" lines about 1/2" apart in each quadrant.


Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik

I love the modern look the quilting created! The quilt finished about 48" square, and allowed me to cross "Lonestar Quilt" off my quilty bucket list!


Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik

Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik
Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik
Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik
Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik

Using the rest of the leftover strips, I created a second Lonestar quilt! I love how changing up the background fabric really changes the whole feel of the quilt - even though the center star fabrics are identical! (Read more about the second quilt on this post - there's even a giveaway there too!)

Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik
Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik


One collection, two quilts.
Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik
Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik

Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik
Would you like to win my Empress Garden scraps and a copy of my newest pattern "Party Pop"? Just comment on this post telling me something that's on your quilty bucket list! (Giveaway ends September 29th.) Giveaway closed.

Want to see the other new fabrics from Island Batik? Visit all the stops on the hop! There are posts planned for all of September, and giveaways at every stop too!

Blog Hop Schedule

WEEK 1

Monday, September 4 – Beaujolais Fabric Collection
Quilting Affection DesignsFunThreads Designs

Tuesday, September 5 – Country Dozen Fabric Collection
Cheryl Lynch QuiltsInspired Layers

Wednesday, September 6 – Bonsai Fabric Collection
Little Bunny Quilts

Thursday, September 7 – Sakura Fabric Collection
Masterpiece Quilting

Friday, September 8 – Empress Garden Fabric Collection
Dessert Bloom QuiltingSlice of Pi Quilts (<------- That's me!)

WEEK 2

Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins Fabric Collection
KISSed Quilts

Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms Fabric Collection
Kathys Kwilts and More

Wednesday, September 13 – Olivera Fabric Collection
Moose Stash QuiltingVicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Thursday, September 14 – Rise & Shine Fabric Collection
Den Syende HimmelSally’s Quilting Corner

Friday, September 15 – Diner Days Fabric Collection
Ark Angel CreationsThe Quilt Rambler

WEEK 3

Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day Fabric Collection
KISSed QuiltsWhispers of Yore

Tuesday, September 19 – Vineyard Fabric Collection
The Inquiring QuilterInchworm Fabrics

Wednesday, September 20 – Abalone Fabric Collection
PamelaQuiltsYellow Cat Quilts

Thursday, September 21 – Batiks Go Retro Fabric Collection
Adventures in Applique and Quilting

Friday, September 22 – Captain’s Anchor Fabric Collection
Purrfect Spots DesignsBeaquilter

WEEK 4







Scrappy Lonestar quilt using Empress Garden fabrics by Island Batik




Disclaimer: Giveaway is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Blogger. By entering, entrants confirm they are 18+ years of age, release Blogger of responsibility, and agree to Blogger's terms of use. No purchase necessary to win. Open to legal residents in the contiguous US only that are 18+ years of age. Giveaway starts at 12:00am CST September 8, 2017 and ends at 11:59pm CST on September 29, 2017. One winner will receive a pack of Empress Garden fabric scraps with a retail value of approximately $10 and one Slice of Pi Quilts "Party Pop" pattern with a retail value of $10. Total value of prize is approximately $20. Odds of winning determined by number of eligible entries received. How to enter: leave a comment on this post. One comment per person. Duplicate comments will be deleted. Winner will be chosen by random.org on September 30, 2017 from all eligible entries and notified by email. If winner can not be reached via email or prize is unclaimed after three days, a new winner will be chosen by random.org. Winner is responsible for paying any taxes related to the prize. By entering this giveaway, you release Slice of Pi Quilts from any liability whatsoever. Void where prohibited by law.

72 comments:

  1. You are creating such fresh beauties with these batiks. Keep creating and inspiring.

    I have several quilts on my bucket list including a Lone Star. But Sarah Fielke Mosiac quilt and Bonnie Hunter Perkiomen Daydream quilt are at the top of my quilt bucket list.

    tushay3 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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  2. Oh my gosh!!! Those colours are gorgeous and your pattern is beautiful!!!!

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    1. Oops! I forgot to say that a Lollipop Quilt is on my quilting bucket list!!

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  3. My bucket list has way to many quilts on it. But I take them one at a time.

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  4. A hexi quilt (machine pieced) is on my list. There is so much flexibility in arranging the designs. sjvonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  5. Very pretty! I have a Lone Star quilt on my to do list as well as a double wedding ring. The Lone Star may have to move to the top now that I have seen yours!

    Sandy A

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  6. It seems that I add something new onto my bucket list all the time. Recently I just added a medallion quilt like GIRT BY SEA @BlossomHeartQuilt or Marcelle Medallion Quilt by Alexia Marcelle Abegg or Modern Medallion Workbook

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  7. On my bucket list is a wedding ring quilt. You made 2 awesome quilts!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  8. Gorgeous. The fabrics seem perfect for this pattern. A Lonestar quilt is on my list. I have even been gathering fabrics for it for a few years. Also on my list is to actually try free motion quilting instead of just hoarding information. Thank you for the chance to win.

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  9. Beautiful quilts! I have Wendy Sheppard's Thread Journey flimsy ready to quilt-still need lots of practice on my FMQ before I tackle this wonderful quilt! Thank you,Susan

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  10. Beautiful collection. Bucket list make a mariners compass. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  11. wow these are gorgeous. learning to do applique is on my bucket list. as well as doing a Disney cruse.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  12. Gorgeous, and I must say, I love seeing how you quilted it. You two have certainly inspired me to make a Lone Star quilt. Hopefully very soon!

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  13. My quilty bucket list is extensive, but I will live only so long! One technique I do really want to try yet this year is the Dresden Plate. Even if it's a small project like a mini quilt or table topper, I need to dig into it! I do love those batiks and all of the purple!

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  14. There are so many quilty items on my bucket list but I should finish all my ufos first

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  15. There are many quilts on my bucket list, but I'd like to tackle the 100 Tula Pink blocks at some point

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  16. Both of those quilts are AMAZING! I would love to make one for my wall in my living room, I think that would look great. On my quilty bucket list is to just plain old finish up some flimsies that have been waiting around to be finished far too long. (I'm such a neglectful quilt mom!!!)

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  17. Such gorgeous colors! A Marineers Compass is on my bucket list along woth quite a few others.

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  18. I've been knocking them off lately, Twisted Log Cabin is done, Red and White Vortex is done, Kaleidoscope is done. I think I'm taking a year off although I am currently putting together a King size Lockwood Bargello. I am old and crazy. I love, really love your quilt. I would pick these colors, do this quilt with a black background. It's a stunner.

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  19. My bucket list includes a lantern quilt.

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  20. I want to try paper piecing. ..Kinda been avoiding it...lol... happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  21. Great quilts. My bucket list?? LOL. Maybe finishing more. I often choose something new to do, so although I have a list of future, need to get the partials done first.

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  22. I have so many UFO's to finish, I can't even think about the bucket list! And I have the same problem everyone else seems to have. I keep finding new quilts to make.

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  23. Gorgeous quilts - I am working on a couple of UFOs and one mroe swap mini quilt and then it is on to Christmas projects!!!

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  24. Right now I have several UFOs that I have to finish but I have a lovely STAR quilt on deck that these fabrics would be perfect for!

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  25. Right now I have several UFOs that I have to finish but I have a lovely STAR quilt on deck that these fabrics would be perfect for!

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  26. Wow, your quilts lie so flat...I've made 1 lone star and it was a pain to get somewhat flat...nice job!! I am in process of finishing some UFO's, but would really like to whittle down my scrap pile!

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  27. Learning to quilt freehand feathers is on my list. Your quilts are really gorgeous!

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  28. My list still includes a Grandmother's Flower Garden.

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  29. My bucket list includes using the Dutch fabrics I bought in the Netherlands. Love your stars.

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  30. I have a "x's and o's" I'm working on and I also want to make a heart quilt. But there are so many other quilts I would love to make, but there is never enough time after looking at all the quilts others make.
    jo.kitchen@earthlink.net

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  31. A double wedding ring is on my bucket list. I love the colors you used in your quilt!

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  32. wedding ring is on my bucket list, as is learning FMQ. Your stars are FABULOUS !!!

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  33. Your Lone Star is stunning! My bucket list includes a baltimore album made with batiks. In the meantime, I'm making a lot of zipper pouches for Christmas gifts. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  34. I have several UFO's to finish too! :/ But my Bucket List includes making a Bargello Quilt :) Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too!! :D

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  35. Love the colors in your quilts! Since I have already made a Lone Star quilt, I would like to make a Giant Dahlia quilt with batiks!

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  36. I do love the colors of the Batiks and I can't believe that the background change made such a difference in the two quilts. Well, I have a pattern for a giant giraffe that is calling my name (and has been for a number of years). Even have fabric, but....it has some applique!

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  37. I don't have a bucket list. But I do have a WIP list. If I ever finish that one, I'll feel like a rock star.

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  38. If we survive Irma, I want to make your star. I have made o e in my early years of quilting and it was a disaster. I'm ready for the challenge

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  39. It's beautiful! Right now my bucket list is just to actually start and finish 2 quilts for my grandkids! LOL!

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  40. I would LOVE to win your scraps. I am a scrap quilter. That's almost all I use. My fabric wants to play with your fabric.

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  41. Love your Lone Star! I did one years ago with Quilt Smart fusibles and it is one of my all-time favorites! A Log Cabin is still on my bucket list. So is a Hawaiian style quilt. And prairie points.

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    1. Congrats, Emily! You are the winner of the giveaway!

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    2. Yippee!! Thanks! I responded to your email with my address. So exciting!

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  42. Gorgeous Lone Star!
    I am going to finish the last few blocks of the Splendid Sampler, and assemble and finish the quilt.

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  43. Beautiful quilts, love them both!
    Will have to make a lone star, after I finish 3 ufo's..!
    ekmvalencia@gmail.com

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  44. Beautiful! I love the fabrics.
    I want to make a Grandmothers Fan Quilt. There are sooo many quilts on my bucket list, so little time!

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  45. I would like to make a quilt with stars in it. I have never made a lone star before and that would be cool to do.

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  46. Your lone star quilts are gorgeous! At the top of my bucket list is to make a flying geese quilt for my husband, who huntswaterfowl. I just haven't figured out the design yet. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  47. A Longstar is on my bucket list and I quite like your half Longstar with ghost quilting!!!

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  48. I really want to do some New York Beauty blocks and I think this fabric would be just perfect

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  49. I love these fabrics!! My bucket list includes a Halloween crazy quilt for which I have collected quite a few fabrics.
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  50. Ha! Thanks to you and your gorgeous quilt I'm adding a Lonestar Quilt to my bucket list!! :) Whew, my list is getting longer every day! Love the straight line quilting - it looks so fresh and modern on your quilt.

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  51. I want to finish my grandmother's flower garden and my Twin size little twister quilt. Those are on my bucket list.
    These fabrics are beautiful!!

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  52. My quilty bucket list has a hand pieced (not EPP) Grandmother's Flower Garden. My mother made me a queen one and it was stolen before it was put on my bed. I found some flowers that did not make into the quilt. I may have to redo them. You can tell she was extremely ill when she was piecing.

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  53. My quilt bucket list has a sampler quilt on it. There are so many sampler quilts I just can't decide which one or which blocks to narrow them down to. Such fun!
    Heather hbrooke_ski (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  54. My bucket list is to finish one tub or dresser drawer of quilts.

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  55. Congrats on getting a quilt off your bucket list!! Both are beautiful! I've thought about this quilt...but never tried making one. Love the quilting!

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  56. Even though I am sewing as fast as I can, I have a bucket list a mile long. One quilt on that list is Jack's Chain.

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  57. There's just to much on bucket list - I don't even want to look! Great job on these stars. Both versions are set off nicely! Thanks for sharing on Midweek Makers

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  58. This is absolutely stunning! What a work of passion and commitment. On my bucket list, hmmm. I think a postage stamp quilt would be at the top of my list. I've started to amass individual 1' squares for just this purpose. May be a while...:)

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  59. Love your Lone Star. I would like to make a paper-pieced circle done in different quarters with the same fabrics you used for the Lone Star. I am dreaming already about it.

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  60. Laura those batik are gorgeous and your treatment of them really make those colors shine.
    My bucket list for quilting projects starts off with a tessellated heart to finish which making connections quilting grids would be a huge boon!
    Thanks for the chance.

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  61. Both of your quilts are stunning! You have to be careful with lone stars though, they are seriously addicting. The scrappy look is so much fun, and the background fabrics just make the whole thing pop!

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  62. Hi Laura, your Lone Star quilts are gorgeous. It really is amazing the different look you get from the different backgrounds. Another Lone Star quilt is definitely on my bucket list since the first one I made was actually the first quilt I ever made! It would be great to make one now that I know what I'm doing!

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  63. Two for one! Gotta love that. And you've checked another one off the bucket list. Win, win, win! A lonestar is on mine as well. Wonder if I'll ever do one? Thanks for linking up to Wednesday Wait Loss.

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  64. Beautiful quilts! My bucket list of "someday" quilts has a Mariner's Compass at the top!

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  65. I have an applique quilt on my bucket list.
    jen dot barnard at btinternet dot com

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