Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop

This is the beginning of week two of a month of posts by Island Batik Ambassadors featuring all of the newest collections of fabric. Today I'm sharing what I made with my bundle of Fortune Teller fabric. Way back in July I was so excited to open this beautiful rainbow of fabric.

My quilt features all 20 fabrics from the collection and is 80" x 96"! I think that makes it one of the three largest quilts I've made. I optimized for using all I had of the twelve fabrics that make up the center of the quilt and didn't really think about just how big it was going to be, how much binding that would take, or how hard it would be to hold up.

I just love the bold colors and couldn't resist making a rainbow. The triangles features all the multicolor prints from the collection.

The other part of my optimization was that I had a queen sized Hobbs Heirloom cotton batting. Thank you, Hobbs!

Once it was pieced, I visited a local quilt shop to longarm quilt it myself. I chose a motif that would offer great texture without being too dense. I like that this one is quilted in rows, but that each row kind of nests with the row above it.

 

I used my machine binding technique to attach the nearly 30 feet of binding. The binding is Rice. I like that the color reminds me of clouds... fitting for a rainbow quilt.

I love how happy the color is and how great it looks on the red couch. I look forward to curling up with the quilt, and seeing it enjoyed by my family. It will be the biggest quilt in the fort building pile. :-)

 

SARAH GOER QUILTS GIVEAWAY (US Residents Only) GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. For your chance to win a Mystery Bundle of Island Batik fabric, enter with Rafflecopter below by leaving a comment on this blog post and tell me your favorite color(s) and/or by being a newsletter subscriber. Not a newsletter subscriber yet? Subscribe here, click to confirm your subscription in the email that comes to you. At the end of the giveaway I will email the randomly selected winner and they will have 48 hours to reply to claim their prize or I will select a new winner. The Mystery Fabric Bundle will be mailed to the winner.

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Thank you for visiting! Don't miss out on entering the great giveaways on many stops of the Island Batik Getaway! And Island Batik is giving away A Rainbow of 20 Fat Quarters of Island Batik fabric.

I've linked up to Needle and Thread Thursday.

186 thoughts on “Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop

  1. Anna brown

    Wow great job and yess looks great on your red couch. ...I get your news letter.... I am not picky when it comes to colors.It depends on the quilt or idea that pops in my head...but do love your colors lol...

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  2. Lisa Marie

    My favorite colors are blues and greens. And I am always drawn to bright colors, so I think your quilt is beautiful!

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  3. Joyce Carter

    Beautiful quilt and beautiful fabrics. I love the way you quilted it.
    Thank you for the giveaway. My favorite color is green.

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  4. Diantha Howard

    What a beautiful quilt - love the colors.
    My favorite color is purple, but I haven't made a quilt with purple in it! In quilting my favorite color is teal.

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    1. sarah

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      Teal is one of my favorites for quilting. I love teal, navy, and lime together. I tend to have all purple or no purple quilts, despite purple being a long time favorite. Maybe I just love color in general now. :-) Thanks for visiting, Diantha.

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  5. Allison Evrard

    Wow! That's one big quilt! I love the rainbow colors. I think my favorite color must be red, since my car, my phone, and my computer are all red.

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  6. Linda Williamson

    I love a pretty rainbow quilt and the Fortune Teller fabrics are beautiful.. My favorite color to quilt with is blue. Thanks for sharing your quilt

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    1. sarah

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      Way back when I was an avid scrapbooker I learned that blue and green were easiest to use with all photos... I think because they appear so much in nature. Thank you for visiting, Kathie.

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  7. Alice Martina Smith

    Yay, Sarah! I love your rainbow quilt! Congratulations. Once you're in the big quilt mode, it's hard to make anything smaller than a full-size quilt!

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Alice. I may bounce back to little (well, medium?) quilt mode. Though I do have some WIPs I'd like to finish this year that are larger.

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  8. Amy L

    Wow, I can imagine how much fun it will be for your family to use a supersized rainbow for a fort! The Lost Boys and My Little Pony never had it so good. And my favorite colors are any shade of blue, lime and emerald, fuchsia, purple and orange.

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    1. sarah

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      Quilts being used as forts is one of my favorite uses! Candy Shoppe with the mostly white backing has a stained glass effect when used for a fort. Love it! Except for the orange, that list of colors makes me think of peacocks. Such rich, beautiful color. Thanks for visiting, Amy.

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  9. Susan Spiers

    What beautiful, bright colors, so appropro for your oh so pretty rainbow quilt! My favorite colors are the different shades & hues of blues! Thank you, Susan

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  10. Cecilia

    Beautiful quilt! My favorite colors are all of them! :) I especially love bright colors like the fabrics in your quilt.

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Debra. The quilting motif was very forgiving. I just focused on the height of each row as I quilted it and nesting between the loops of the row above... if you look closely my loops are a variety of sizes and the width between loops varies, but it works! I'll definitely use this one again.

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Yvonne. I was in the shop for about 4.5 hours... so maybe 4 hours from pinning on to removing the quilt. I think active time moving the needle and advancing the quilt was about 2 hours. (Not sure how the setup took so long that morning.)

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  11. Susan the Farm Quilter

    Wow, I finally figured out how to comment on this post!! The comment button wasn't showing up when I clicked the link to get here...but if I click the link on the right side of your blog...there it is!! Love your rainbow quilt...it will make a lovely snuggle on these cold winter days/nights! My favorite colors are teal, green, purple...I guess I like the "cool" side of life!!

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    1. sarah

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      The main page of my blog currently shows the three most recent blog posts, but you'd have to click on the title of the post to get to the post page (or how you clicked on the sidebar works too)... or once I've approved comments then it lists the number of comments next to the title and you can click on that. Sorry for the confusion. Thanks for sticking with it until you found the comment field. I'm a cool color lover, too. Thanks for visiting, Susan.

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  12. Kathleen McCormick

    WOW! It is so much fun to see the different ways people show off their collection. This is so you and looks splendid. The quilting is just perfect - now off to make my quilting plan.

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    1. sarah

      Post author

      Thank you, Kathleen! It's great fun to see how different quilters utilize the same line. I also enjoy seeing a mystery quilt unfold in a variety of colors/fabrics. Good luck on your quilting plan. You have some time. :-)

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    1. Jennifer P

      forgot to tell you that my favorite colors are in the warm range of autumn colors. I love the dark greens and muted oranges and golds with a bright spark of purple thrown in.

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Carla. Purple is my favorite too. Not much of it in this quilt. When I was considering binding options, I asked y 6-year-old daughter what she thought I should use for binding. She immediately declared I should use purple because it was missing from my rainbow. I loved her thinking, but opted for a neutral. If I'd had enough purple fabric on hand I may have gone for it.

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  13. Oh wow, what a great rainbow! Such fabulous fabrics and a really fun design. I love the multi-colored triangles. And the quilting design is so perfect, wishbones & rainbows. Enjoy!!!

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  14. Jan N.

    My favorite color is red. However, I love all bright colors. Your quilt is awesome with all of the bright happy colors.

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  15. Sandy Allen

    Beautiful quilt! Love the brightness of it in this dreary winter weather we are having. :)

    My favorite colors are pink and blue.

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    1. sarah

      Post author

      Thank you, Sandy. It's rainy here today. I wish I had fresh white snow to photograph the quilt on, but alas, that is not going to happen in San Jose. ;-)

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  16. Lori Smanski

    I love your quilt. It is gorgeous.
    My favorite color is purple, but really I love all colors.
    I am a newsletter subscriber

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  17. Teri

    Love the colors in this collection and what you made with it! I always have a hard time deciding a favorite color but I guess I would say maroon.

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  18. Verna A.

    A gorgeous quilt and such rich colors! My favorite color is blue. I especially like the quilting design you chose--saw it for the first time earlier today and have it in my online cart.

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Verna. I was inspired by another quilter using it. I think I've also seen it quilting in a pantograph.

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  19. @susansquiltstudio

    Hi, SARAH,
    Love your bold approach to this quilt!
    My favorite colors are teal/turquoise and coral, but I am trying to branch out.

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    1. sarah

      Post author

      Thank you, Susan. Teal/turquoise and coral work so well together. Branding out is good, but the Pantone Color of the Year is Living Coral and the Kona color of the year is Splash, so you are right on trend. :-)

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  20. Lori Morton

    Love bright colors... but love sky & watery shades of blue & all shades of green. Your quilt is beautiful!! & Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too :)

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  21. Hi Sarah I don't live in the States but I can give you an address to mail the bundle to. My favourite colour is blue and there are lots of other colours that go with blue like your favourite purple.

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  22. Anja @ Anja Quilts

    It looks great! Great use of all the prints. That's a great quilting motif. Well done. As you know, orange is my favourite colour.

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Anja! The quilting motif was fun to do and very forgiving. I think of you when I see a good orange. :-)

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  23. Cathy Wilson

    I usually gravitate towards teals but I’m currently working on a bright, batik rainbow quilt and I’m loving it! I love your design, such a great way to showcase these beautiful fabrics!

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    1. sarah

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      Than you, Cathy. I'd love to see your bright, batik rainbow. I just looked at teal paint colors for my front door! :-)

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  24. Pam

    My favorite colors are green and purple. I love your rainbow quilt! It will be the focal point of whatever room it lives in! I also like your Project Quilting entry. Green is a wonderful color for hope! Thanks for sharing your beautiful work.

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  25. Vicki H

    My favorite color seems to change often. Today it is yellow and reds. I have several quilts for grandkids to build forts too.

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    1. sarah

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      Fort building quilts are important! There are too many wonderful colors to choose from. Thanks for visiting, Vicki.

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  26. Maryellen McAuliffe

    Gorgeous use of the collection, and I love purple. Great job! I wish I had a quilt shop nearby that rented time on a LA.

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    1. sarah

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      I lean toward cool colors in general, but you're right about how a warm color adds a sparkle! Thanks for visiting, Ellee!

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  27. Judy

    Your quilt is beautiful and I love the quilting. My favorite color to quilt is green. Thank you for this giveaway. Always fun to try to win.

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  28. Deborah Browning

    I like the rainbow colors as well, I often use them in "I Spy" quilts along with novelty prints. I think blue is my favorite color. Your rainbow quilt is so cheery that it is sure to bring a smile even on a cloudy day.

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  29. Sylvia E Anderson

    Sarah, when your page opened and I saw all those beautiful, bright, colorful and luscious fabrics, I was soooooo happy. Isn't it amazing how color can change uplift your spirits, even when you haven't sun in several days?

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    1. sarah

      Post author

      Aww. Thank you so much, Sylvia. It's pretty dreary here today. I totally agree that color can be a mood booster!

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  30. cindy m

    While I will always love anything in the Blue Family, I will always love any color combo that makes me smile!! These colors are definitely "smile" colors!

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Dione. I'm so glad I went to use the longarm to quilt it. I'm in the middle of quilting a twin quilt on my domestic and it's way less fun. ;-)

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  31. All colors have a place in nature and by extension they have a place in my stash and, eventually, my quilts. (Not all at once, of course.) Your batik bundle is delicious. Thanks for the giveaway opportunity.

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  32. Becky

    Love the batiks you used for your quilt. Beautiful quilt and perfect quilting design for the pattern. Thanks for sharing. oh...btw...my favorite color is any shade of turquoise/aqua.

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  33. Deb F

    Your quilt is striking, the colors just pop with that design. My favorite color is purple. The odd thing is that my stash is not heavy on purple, blues and greens have that honor. This blog hop is so inspiring. Thank you for sharing your quilt.

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    1. sarah

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      Thank you, Deb. I do have a fair amount of purple fabric, but blues and greens dominate my stash as well.

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  34. Teckla

    Jades, teals, mauves, pinks and blue toned reds are my very favorite colors, but I really enjoy all blue toned colors. They are more "me" than the yellow toned ones, but they are all beautiful. Looking forward to following your blog and this blog hop is my first. It's very interesting! Having a blast so far!

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  35. Barbara

    Hello Sarah! I love how all those bright colors work together! I used to make more subdued colored quilts, but since I started using brighter colors I love how it just makes them pop more! I have always loved blues and greens in quilts, but putting oranges in them just makes them seem more happy and fun to cuddle up in!

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  36. Mary D

    A large drink of rainbow colors, so cheerful and bright. I love all colors as I have been sewing and creating for many years and have used or admired just about every color.

    I already receive your newsletter.

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  37. Suellen Glover

    My favorite color is teal, no blue, no green, purple. I just can’t decide. I prefer using bright batiks like the one in your cheerful rainbow.

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  38. Deborah

    Beautiful quilt! Love the colors. I find myself going for purples and pinks, if I am making anything for my daughter.

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