Beat the Heat Blog Hop


Nothing like sitting by or in the pool to “Beat the Heat!”  This is the finished quilt, just chillin’ by the pool!

It’s easy to Beat the Heat when using beautiful fall colours!  These are the fabrics that came in my “Surprise!” package way back in January!!! Aren’t they wonderful? !!!   I fell in love the moment I opened my surprise package.  The line is “Soil & Seeds” by Kathy Engle.  Oh – and did I tell you that I LOVE THEM?????  It has been SEW hard to keep these fabrics a secret!  But now you understand why I couldn’t share the fabrics until now!


I did use EQ7 to ensure I had enough fabric to make the quilt I wanted to make … but the pattern is actually based on “Charming Fractions” by Mountainpeek Creations.  I did change the pattern a bit, but credit still needs to go to the original designer!  I wanted a quilt that showcased the fabrics … and this pattern does that! Every single fabric is used in the quilt.

There are 3 browns in this collection.  I was given a half-yard cut of each of them and 2 yards of the  dark brown you can see on the bottom right (picture above).  I used the browns as “frames” for each of the blocks.  The 2 yards of mushrooms on the left was used in the border.


One of my favourite ways to “Beat the Heat” is to sit in our hammock chairs and have a cool glass of iced mint sun tea and a good book to read!

The quilt is has Hobbs 80/20 batting and quilted with Aurifil thread: # 2370 – that I call camouflage. The binding used a dark brown Aurifil #5013.   The interior of the quilt is meandering swirls and a loose feather is in the border. It was quilted on my Janome 8900 domestic machine.


I absolutely LOVE the fabric with the gardening tools! There are 3 colour-ways of the tools in this collection.  Can you find them in the quilt below?





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Monday August 5
Leanne Parsons – The Devoted Quilter
Sherry Shish – Powered by Quilting
Tuesday August 6
Bill Locke – Studio BIll Locke
Wednesday August 7
Sandra Walker – Mmm! Quilts
Terri Vanden Bosch – Lizard Creek Quilts
Thursday August 8
Pamela Boatright – Pamela Quilts
Kathleen McCormick – Kathleen McMusing
Monday August 12
Karen Neary – Sew Karen-ly Created
Carol Moellers – Carol Moellers Designs
Tuesday August 13
Michelle Roberts – Creative Blonde
Laticia “Tish” Stemple – Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Wednesday August 14
(Debora) Anne Wiens – Sweetgrass Creative Designs
Gene Black – Gene Black 
Thursday August 15
Tina D Dillard – Quilting Affection Designs
Bea Lee – Bea Quilter
Monday August 19
Joanne Hart – Unicornharts
Carla Henton – Creatin’ in the Sticks
Tuesday August 20
Connie Kauffman – Kauffman Designs
Vasudha Govindan – Storied Quilts
Wednesday August 21
Vicki Schlimmer – Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi – Mania for Quilts
Thursday August 22
Gail Sheppard – Quilting Gail
Monday August 26
Maryellen McAuliffe – Mary Mack’s Blog
Jennifer Strauser – Dizzy Quilter
Tuesday August 27
Connie K Campbell – Freemotion by the River
Joan Kawano – Moosestash Quilting


Your chance 2 chances to win!

1:  from Island Batik

You could win an Island Batik Precut “Quiet Shades” by Kathy Engle.  Click HERE for your chance to win!

2:  from ME!!!

You could win fabric from ME!!!


In this little bundle are 16 – 5″x10″ pieces, 3 – 8″x 10″, pieces and one 12″ x WOF piece.  This is more than a 40 piece charm pack, plus 1/3 of a yard of fabric.

Unfortunately, this contest is only open to US and Canada (excluding Quebec).  In order to win, you need to leave a comment and answer the following questions:

  1.  Do you love fall colours?  Why or why not?
  2. What ideas do you have to make with this fabric?
  3. Why should YOU win this fabric?
  4. Have you sewn with Island Batik fabrics before?

Thank you in advance for your comments!  Comments submitted after August 31 will not be taken into consideration for the contest.

Disclaimer: The products featured in this Blog post were given to me by Island Batik, and their co-sponsers Aurifil, Hobbs Batting & AccuQuilt!

One who sleeps under a quilt is covered by LOVE!

Happy Quilting! 


20 thoughts on “Beat the Heat Blog Hop

  1. As I am down in NZ, not an entry, but your quilt on a swing seat, what a fab photo setting, with a glass oif iced mint tea, the words are perfect for your hot summer days. What a super pattern choice, this shows off those colours so well.

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