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The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

UPDATE: Floating Hexagons Pattern in three sizes is now available for purchase!

Welcome to my stop on The Great Outdoors Blog Hop. This hop features projects made from the Island Batik Ambassadors with all of Island Batik's newest fabric lines. If you see something you like, check with your local shop now to see if they are carrying it. My super secret fabric bundle that's been burning a hole in my stash since February is Petting Zoo, a vibrant and colorful line full of animals and animal prints. I chose to feature the rainbow of prints in my Floating Hexagons pattern (coming very soon! -- be sure to sign up for my newsletter so you don't miss the announcement). The pattern is in three size, and this is the lap size, finishing at approximately 45" x 63". Jungle Animals in Grape Juice is my background fabric. The backing is Jungle Animals in Snowcone with Giraffe in Cheddar. All of my piecing and quilting were done with 50wt Aurifil thread. I quilted the purple background with a loopy meander. I began by auditioning three Aurifil purples. I do this by laying the thread across the fabric. If possible, I try to mimic the pattern and density of the quilting I am planning. This technique is also helpful in considering different weight threads. I settled on Medium Purple (#2545) -- the middle one. I wanted the hexagons quilted in colors that blended with each fabric and the quilting motif to contrast the loopy meander in the background. I used my phone to sketch some options for the hexagons. Here are a few I considered. I chose the star and used my hera marker to mark the horizontal and vertical center of the hexagon to gently guide my quilting. I used quite a variety of colors in my quilting: Aurifil Desert Dawn Variegated (#4648), Yellow (#2135), Forest Green (#4026), Medium Delft Blue (#2783), Spring Green (#1231), Green (#2870), Turquoise (#2810), Dark Violet (#2582), Red (#2250), Medium Blue (#2735), Baby Pink (#2423), and Burnt Orange (#1133). (Listed roughly left to right by row, as used on the quilt.) Binding was attached using my Machine Bind Your Quilts Like a Pro technique. Here's the full view of the front and back! Thank you for visiting! Don't miss out on entering the great giveaways on many stops of the hop! ISLAND BATIK GIVEAWAY Island Batik is giving away three Strip Packs in the Rafflecopter below. See their terms and conditions.

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  Here's the full schedule for The Great Outdoors Blog Hop with links to each blog:

Monday, August 6 - All A Flutter - Yellow Cat Quilt Designs, Creative Blonde
Tuesday, August 7 - Birds N’ Bees - Ark Angel Creations, Patterns By Jen
Wednesday, August 8 - Canterbury Manor - Sally Manke, Powered By Quilting
Thursday, August 9 - Eclectic Garden - Desert Bloom Quilting, Sew Karen-ly Created
Friday, August 10 - Vintage Morris - MooseStash Quilting, Devoted Quilter

Monday, August 13 - Safari - Sew Incredibly Crazy, SweetGrass Designs
Tuesday, August 14 - Spring Blossoms - Mary Mack Made Mine, If These Threads Could Talk
Wednesday, August 15 - Victoria and Albert - Bejeweled Quilts, Clever Chameleon
Thursday, August 16 - Wild Things - Freemotion By The River, Kauffman Designs
Friday, August 17 - Petting Zoo - Den Syende Himmel, Sarah Goer Quilts

Monday, August 20 - Ocean Odyssey - Gateway Quilts, The Quilt Rambler
Tuesday, August 21 - British Rose - Busy Hands Quilts, Mania for Quilts
Wednesday, August 22 - Dear William - The Inquiring Quilter, MMM Quilts, Living Water Quilter
Thursday, August 23 - Dragonfly Dreams - Inchworm Fabrics, BeaQuilter
Friday, August 24 - Fur-ocious Friends - Quilting Affection Designs, Dizzy Quilter

Monday, August 27 - Globetrotter - Pamela Quilts, Curliecue Creations
Tuesday, August 28 - Jungle Cruise - Vicki's Crafts and Quilting, Little Bunny Quilts
Wednesday, August 29 - Lavendula - Carole Lyles Shaw, Masterpiece Quilting
Thursday, August 30 - London Calling - Quilt in a Not-Shell, Lizard Creek Quilting
Friday, August 31 - Spirit Rhythm - Steph Jacobson, Whispers of Yore

Monday, September 3 - Sweet Tweets - Kathleen McMusing, Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Tuesday, September 4 - Whatnot - heARTS Creations, Slice of Pi Quilts


I'm linking up to TGIFF, Needle and Thread Thursday, and Finished or Not Friday.

I've also linked up to the Q3 Finish Along finishes linkup. See my whole Q3 list here.


I'm excited to share that I was recently selected to be an Aurifil Artisan. If you've been reading my blog you know that I love and use Aurifil thread in all my projects. 50 wt Aurifil is my go to for piecing and quilting. I'm excited to have the opportunity to try out some of their other products that I haven't had a chance to use. In the coming months you'll see me quilt in thicker threads. I'd also like to do some embroidery on a small project and to try out their monofilament thread.

I arrived home from a trip on Wednesday to my Aurifil Artisan welcome package. Here's a peek at my new goodies. You can view the handy Aurifil brochure online, containing information about their entire line of thread.

Look for upcoming posts by the Artisans on Aurifil's Blog, Auribuzz, and look for Artisan projects on Instagram @aurifilthread.


The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, including products from Hobbs and Aurifil.

My second project as an Island Batik Ambassador was to make a small Valentine for a friend. I opted to make two mug rugs in honor of Galentine’s Day, a celebration of some of my best gal pals.


I chose to use four of the fabrics from my Valentine's Island Batik bundle. As soon as I saw the bundle I knew I had to feature the print on the top (which I think is Mixed Berry Mini Dots from the Plum Delicious collection). That's how I chose it for my background fabric. I chose the pale pink for my hearts to contrast the dark tones of the background.

#islandbatikambassador Valentine's Day palette of Island Batiks with purples, pinks, cream, and red

I pieced two sizes of heart blocks. The smaller ones fit in the palm of my hand. I opted for a triple heart in the small size heart blocks for one mug rug and used a single larger heart for the other mug rug. I like the idea of the main design of a mug rug to be on an edge or corner so it can still be enjoyed even with a mug and a snack in place.

#islandbatikambassador #islandbatik tiny pieced heart block

I used the same ultra-thin polyester Thermore Hobbs batting that I used in my last quilt. I'm not sure polyester is the best choice for a mug rug, (anyone have thoughts on that?) but I like the idea that it'll stay flat and not get crinkly when washed. I used one layer of the batting on my triple heart mug rug, and on my single heart mug rug I doubled the batting and added a third layer under the heart. On that quilt, I started the quilting by stitching the perimeter of the heart, then I cut away the third layer of batting as shown below. This gave the heart just a little more puff to it, especially once I added the dense quilting to the background. It's subtle, but I like it.

#islandbatikambassador #mugrug quilting on the perimeter of the pieced heart by Sarah Goer Quilts

#islandbatikambassador #mugrug showing extra layer of batting under pieced heart

#islandbatikambassador #mugrug cutting away extra layer of batting under pieced heart by Sarah Goer Quilts


I opted for loops and hearts on this first mug rug and went for pretty dense all over quilting in the background. This was my first time using Aurifil 40wt thread. The Antique Rose (#2430) from my ambassador box was a perfect choice to contrast my background fabric. I the second mug rug I omitted the hearts from my design and used a slightly larger scale loop motif.

#islandbatikambassador #mugrug loops and hearts free motion quilting

#islandbatikambassador #islandbatik #aurifil Antique Rose thread was used for free motion quilting.

In order to incorporate two more fabrics I made a flange binding. I pieced the cream and pink fabrics for a pink binding with a cream flange. The binding was attached by machine with a Light Beige (#2310) 50wt Aurifil from my stash.


These are my 12th and 13th quilt finishes in 2018. The triple heart mug rug finished at 10.5" x 8" and the single heart mug rug is about 10" x 7.75".


Check out some of the other Galentine's Day projects by my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors.

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts

Steph @ Steph Jacobson

Jeanette @ Inchworm Fabrics

Connie @ Kauffman Designs

Joan @ Moosestash Quilting

Maryellen @ Mary Mack Made Mine

Jackie @ If These Threads Could Talk

Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts

Annie @ Masterpiece Quilting


Next month's Island Batik Ambassador challenge is to try a technique that is new to us. Maybe I should have saved my flange binding for next month! ;-) I'm looking for ideas. Leave me a comment below with your ideas for a new technique for me to try.