Winter Getaway for Island Batik


Who knew creating a WINTER GETAWAY quilt for the Island Batik January 2019 Getaway Blog Hop would reflect the weather so completely? As this blog is written, schools are cancelling for the fifth consecutive day, businesses including our post office are closing early, blizzard conditions and sub zero temps impact our area. Fortunately, most of winter can still be an enjoyable WINTER GETAWAY.

Requirements for this Island Batik Ambassador Challenge

• use fabric in Surprise Package given to me by Island Batiks

• feature as many of the Island Batik Snow Berry collection as possible - 20 in collection, 19 used

• create a lap sized or larger quilt - 55” wide X 70” long

• consider following the getaway, destinations, travel theme - Winter Getaway

Planning the Bargello Background

Here’s the Snow Berry Collection, some sketches to help with planning, the order of use and an each strip cut the width of fabric plus each strip cut again at half the width of fabric.

Winter Getaway quilt continues with cutting Bargello columns and arranging into desired mountain shapes. Additional sky and foreground fabrics need to be added. Note to self...plan better to avoid ever needing to do this again! The math calculations added time and frustration. The 1/2 yard array of each color was extremely generous but challenging for the top and bottom.

Columns are carefully stitched together, matching each cross seam. Column seams are pressed open to eliminate bulk under applique added in next step. The Strip Stick helps open seams without distorting previously pressed seams.

Adding Applique to Bargello

Details are developing with the addition of a pond in the foreground, trees, winter sports and some critters. Trees and wildlife are fussy cut from Island Batik Snowberry. Snow boarder & skater are sketched on freezer paper then cut out. All are applied using raw edge applique with Misty Fuse.

Snow caps are a layer of Island Batik Sprinkle bonded to Island Batik white then machine appliqued to smooth the rough edges of mountains. This double layer of fabric prevents the darker colors from showing through. Snow caps and frozen pond are machine stitched with a blanket stitch. The setting on my Viking Sapphire 830.

Ready to be quilted

It's off to the Avante Handi Quilter for free motion quilting to simulate the twinkling sky, snow capped mountains, evergreen trees and an ice skating pond. Hobbs Heirloom 80/20 Batting is used in this quilt.

The Finished Quilt - 55” X 70”

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Be Sure to Visit Each Blog During the Island Batik Blog Hop


Monday, January 7 - Crystal Ball

Maryellen McAuliffe- Mary Mack’s Blog

Sandra Walker- mmm! quilts

Tuesday, January 8  - Ditty

Stephanie Jacobson - Steph Jacobson Designs

Michelle Roberts - Creative Blonde

Wednesday, January 9 - Elk Lodge

Connie Campbell - Free Motion by the River

Anna Branch- Ark Angel Creations

Thursday, January 10 - Feline Fine

Bea Lee- Bea Quilter

Sharon Parcel- Yellow Cat Designs

Friday, January 11 - Flea Market

Geraldine Wilkins- Living Water Quilter

Jessica Caldwell- Desert Bloom Quilting


Monday, January 14 - Fortune Teller

Sarah Goer- Sarah Goer Quilts

Sherry Shish- Powered by Quilting

Jennifer Fulton- The Inquiring Quilter

Tuesday, January 15  - Gypsy Rose

Jen Strauser - Dizzy Quilter

Janet Yamamoto- Whispers of Yore

Wednesday, January 16 - Paisley Park

Dione Gardner-Stephen- Clever Chameleon

Nancy Scott- Masterpiece Quilting

Thursday, January 17 - Soul Song

Carole Lyles Shaw- Carol Lyles Shaw

Toby Lischko - Gateway Quilts & Stuff  

Friday, January 18 - Twilight Chic

Jackie OBrien - If These Threads Could Talk

Tina Dillard- Quilting Affection


Monday, January 21 - Winter Park

Jennifer Thomas- Curlicue Creations

Anita Skjellanger- Quilt In a Not Shell

Tuesday, January 22  - Bazaar

Karen Overton- The Quilt Rambler

Alison Vermilya- Little Bunny Quilts

Turid Bakken- Den syende himmel

Wednesday, January 23 - Blossom

Karen Neary - Sew Karen-ly Created

Leanne Parsons- Devoted Quilter

Thursday, January 24 - Boho

Laura Piland- Slice of Pi Quilts

Suzy Webster- Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Myra Barnes- Busy Hands Quilts

Friday, January 25 - Brookview

Vicki Schlimmer - Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Amy Warner- Sew Incredibly Crazy


Monday, January 28 - French Blue

Pamela Boatright - PamelaQuilts

Joyce Mullis- Hearts Creations

Tuesday, January 29  - Midsummer Night

Kathleen McCormick - Kathleen McMusing

Connie Kauffman- Kauffman Designs

Wednesday, January 30 - Oh Deer

Jen Shaffer- Patterns by Jen

Jeanette Jones- Inchworm Fabrics

Thursday, January 31 - Snow Berry  

Sally Mannke- Sally Manke Fiber Artist

Joan Kawano- Moosestash Quilting

Friday, February 1-  Candy Cane Lane and Icicle

Terri Vanden Bosch Icicle - Meanderings along Lizard Creek

Anne Wiens- Icicle - Sweetgrass Creative Designs

Mania Hatziioannidi Candy Cane Lane- Mania For Quilts

Barbara Gaddy - Candy Cane Lane  -Bejeweled Quilts by Barb