Inspired by Nature Blog Hop with Island Batik Fabric

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Welcome to the Inspired by Nature Blog Hop hosted by Island Batik. This month all IBA’s will be sharing Summer 2020 Collections, shipping to shops the end of this month.

Today Carolina Asmussen and I are sharing Coco Cabana designed by Kathy Engle. The top 6 fabrics are all from the IB Foundations, a collection of basics and blenders that are always available. Looking out my windows this time of year I can see the similarities between the fall colors and this collection.

coco cabana

For the life of me though I could not think of a fall design for this collection, other than a leaf runner I recently made and somehow I felt like it’d be cheating to make it for this challenge too. After playing in EQ with squares and hst’s I decided on a design that looked like flowers. Using the 2″ hst and 2″ square GO! dies from AccuQult I cut my patches.

For the background I chose the Island Batik gray solid. It’s one of the fabrics from the Foundations Collection that is always available.

coco cabana island batik

I know what you’re thinking because dh said it aloud, “it doesn’t look like a flower”.

Initially I was trying to base a design around these 2 fabrics below… obviously it didn’t pan out and that is okay because I love my flowers.

coco cabana


hobbsbatting, fortheloveofgeese, islandbatik, islandbatikambassador

The weather cooperated over the weekend, in fact the temp’s were in the upper 70’s and it was the most humid fall day I can recall. I was so happy that I could take photos outside, unfortunately there was no way to hang it showing the beautiful trees as its backdrop.

Batting used was 80/20 Hobbs and I used Aurifil yellow spool for quilting that I purchased from fellow IBA MaryMackMadeMine Etsy Shop. She carries Island Batik fabric too.

aurifil, hobbs batting, island batik, coco cabana

With fabric and time to spare I decided to make some fall leaves after all. In addition to the 2 previous dies I also pulled the 4″ die and began cutting more fabric.

And another finish

These scream fall and the Island Batik black solid would make a perfect backdrop to show off the colors.

Black Hobbs was the perfect batting for quilting this one.

Blog Hop Schedule and Links

For the hop schedule jump over to the Island Batik Blog.

Island Batik is also giving away fat quarter bundles to 2 lucky winners every week during the blog hop. This weeks lucky winners will win a fq bundle of Bliss or Just My Type, I would love to have either.

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  1. My thought is that the flowers look like little birds. Still, inspired by nature. Very nice!

    • Lol, dh couldn’t say what they looked like only they didn’t look like flowers. I’ll make them again sometime in floral colors.

  2. Nature is my main inspiration: colors, flowers, leaves and animals. Batiks are perfect for applique.

  3. your quilts are lovely. i really love how you used the fabrics to their best

  4. Lovely pair of quilts Denise! The flowers look like they’re dancing to me and the fall leaves are fabulous! Have a great day!

  5. The leaves really do pop on the black background, I like how the background is also leaf blocks. Escher-like ?

  6. Amazing creations…love them both!

  7. These quilts are gorgeous… they are both so interesting. I love the colors. The black background really makes those leaves pop!!

    • It really does and normally when I photograph black it looks faded so i was reluctant to use it. Fortunately the lighting was perfect and the fallen leaves made a great backdrop.

  8. So pretty! I love both of them! They are both really fall looking, love this fabric line!

  9. Such yummy fabrics, Denise! And both quilts turned out beautifully! I’ll admit to being especially partial to the leaf quilt.


  10. Who or what inspires my creativity? Other creative people – even when their chosen art form is not one that I do. And then sometimes creativity comes from an object itself – a particular fabric or bead.


  11. I get inspiration from many places. A few of my favorite are: Nature, architecture and other quilters.

  12. Wow, both quilts are so pretty Denise! Hard to believe they’re both from the same collection as they have such a different vibe, which is such an accomplishment. 🙂

    • If I had known when I started the first one that I’d make 2 I could have planned the colors a little differently. It is hard to imagine all from the same collection.

  13. Both quilts are lovely. I find the leaves one very striking.

  14. So pretty! I love
    the leaves.
    Carla from Utah

  15. Both quilts are just lovely! Great work!

  16. Maryellen McAuliffe
    Maryellen McAuliffe

    When I first saw the post, I thought they looked like owls, sort of, lol Both quilts are lovely, and I am so impressed that you did 2. I’m still working on one, lol.

    • The earth tones would have been perfect for owls, why didn’t I think of that. Promise my December wont be so prompt and there wont be 2 because I haven’t a clue yet.

  17. Μοιρούλα Μπογιατζόγλου
    Μοιρούλα Μπογιατζόγλου

    Amazing creations i love them

  18. Fall leaves! That’s on my bucket list! You’s is beautiful!

  19. I love your flowers!

  20. Both quilts are beautiful, as are the gorgeous batiks. They make such wonderful fall quilts.

  21. […] giving away two fat quarter bundles. You can enter the rafflecopter on the IB Blog or you can enter here on my […]

  22. I think the flowers look like cute little birds. Love the leaf tesselations.

  23. […] Denise Looney of For the Love of Geese […]

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