Island Batik week 2 Blog Hop and my current WIP

Today is the beginning of week 2 in the Island Batik Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hope.  Thursday I shared with you my finish for the hop, a quilted runner for one of my bay windows. See above.

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Below is the list of reveals from last week.

Local Quilt Shop-Dora’s Spinning Wheel

My lqs is one of the small businesses affected by the pandemic. Though she cannot technically open to the public she is still shipping. You can view her online shop here. She has just begun to sell Island Batik fabrics so her selection is limited.  She currently has a sale on some of her in stock fabrics starting at $6 a yard.

She stocks wide backing fabric also, including my favorite muslin which you can view here. The muslin is not your gauzy type muslin either, it’s 200 thread count and when you hold it up to the light you can see the tight weave. Through the years I have paired it with batik and regular quilting cotton and it blends so well with either. Any post where I have mentioned my fave muslin or any photo you see with an offwhite creamy background, well that would be this stuff. She does carry it in white also but I prefer the unbleached.

Because I live close I cannot speak for her shipping but I can tell you that I placed an online order Thursday afternoon and she went in to cut it Friday morning.  Friday afternoon I picked my sisters order and my own. So if I had to guess chances are pretty good if she was shipping it it would have been shipped on Friday.

Isn’t her logo cute?

What I’ve been working on

For now I am all caught up on my Island Batik challenges. A friend of mine brought me a couple bags of vintage fabric and these brights below really caught my attention. Speaking of my fave muslin, that’s the offwhite blocks you see below. When I started making this patchwork quilt I was going to strip piece it so I pulled my AccuQuilt GO! and the 2 1/2″ strip die and cut all the fabric in strips. Then I started sewing the strips together and realized piecing it this way wouldn’t give the look I wanted so I switched to good old fashioned chain piecing.

vintagefabric, muslin, patchworkquilt

Finished the borders and got it quilted Saturday. It still awaits binding.

vintagefabric, fortheloveofgeese, paperpiecedquilts


  1. Wow you sure got this quilt done fast! I’m so impressed with how many quilts you make. Love the scrappiness of this quilt. Thanks for sharing on Wednesday Wait Loss. Be sure to drop by tomorrow to link up this week.

    1. Thank you for the reminder. If I weren’t a home body I would not be as productive.

  2. I am totally in love with this project, right down to the border treatment. I hope you friend that passed on the fabrics is impressed with what you created out of them. Where will this one go to? Thanks for sharing at the Chameleon’s Colour & Inspiration Party.

    1. I’m not real sure where the quilt will go. For now its hanging over my design board and I am still enjoying the visual, it’s such a happy quilt that I hate to see it go anywhere. My friend loves it. Thank you for the feature.

  3. I’m not sure if I’m entering this in the right place, but some of my favorite quilt designers are Sue Garman and Pearl Pereira. There are many others of course! Thank you!

  4. Hi Denise! Wow, this quilt came together quickly. Thanks for the link to your LQS – I will check it out and they do have a really cute logo. Boy, there are some fun names of the new fabric lines being shared this week. I’d be hard pressed to pick a favorite! Thanks so linking up this week. ~smile~ Roseanne

    1. Oh I know and aren’t they lovely? I have a couple faves and am hoping to get them in the July box. Fingers crossed. Btw, be looking for an email from me.

  5. Denise, I love the yellow on point squares for one of the border treatments, it sets everything off so nicely.

    1. Thank you Vicki. They were seminole pieced and so easy to do, in fact I wish I had documented it with photos to convince another skeptic just how easy.

    2. I will check out your favorite muslin. I’ve been using Northcott solids but they are getting harder to find, especially the white. My local quilt shop has them but they are closed for renovations and Covid has delayed their reopening.

      1. That’s great, thanks. Let me know how you like it if you do. I don’t think I have used Northcott solids but know its not just their fabric that’s getting harder to find , it all is right now.

  6. I love your WIP! Simple blocks can make the prettiest designs! Thanks for the heads about the IB blog hop, too. I’ll enjoy visiting those blogs.

    1. Thank you, I am so happy with this quilt. It’s awaiting binding and I just cant decide if I am going to use solid yellow which is basically all I have left, or add some of the smaller scraps to the yellow.

  7. I like to keep muslin on hand for different things. I’m out right now, so I’m gonna hop over and check out your favorite. Thanks for linking to MCM Denise!

    1. It is awesome. Kind of reminds me of a batik with the tight weave and a bit of a sheen.

  8. Thanks for the info on your LQS except you don’t have a link to her main page or the shop name. Our LQS in Fredericksburg went out of business. I didn’t buy a lot of fabric there but when I needed something great I always went there. I’m going to go check out your favorite muslin as soon as I finish this. (And, do the rafflecopter thing! Have a good week.

    1. The name of the shop is Dora’s Spinning Wheel. If you click one of the links I provided it will take you to the product page and from there you can hit her home page button. Thank you for the heads up, I will add her business name.

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