Inspired by Nature Blog Hop: My Day

I received “Ohana” fabric collection to use for this blog hop. Aren’t the fabrics awesome?

They made me think of flowers … Well, there are pretty flowers in some of the fabrics. H I thought of the Accuquilt die that I have, “Cleopatra’s Fan.” To me, this die never made me think of a fan, but it did make me think of flowers …

SEW … off to EQ and I played around with the design and the fabrics and came up with this …

Below is some of the pieces on the Accuquilt die. I wasn’t able to lay all of the fabric out at once because I wanted specific fabrics in specific places. So each fabric was cut and placed into the sections where they were destined to go.

I did need to have reverse pieces of each fabric for this block. However, working with Island Batik fabrics, it is seldom that I can decipher the wrong side from the right side. That made it super easy! I just needed 8 pieces of each cut and I didn’t have to worry about right or wrong sides! Island Batik fabrics are pretty cool that way!

Here are all of the blocks on the design board before being sewn together and borders added.

Here’s a close up of the quilting from the front. I outlined all the shapes and quilted little 3 or 4 petal flowers in the grey neutral portions. Wavy leaves formed the border.

And from the back showing more of the border’s wavy leaves.

Once the borders were added and the quilt quilted, … I only had 2 fabrics that I had not used in the quilt … and neither of them was good as a binding. A scrappy binding just didn’t feel right for this quilt. I was given “Marble-Purple-BE” as a coordinating fabric and it is perfect for the binding. Just a hint of the dark purple frames the quilt.


  • 54″ x 54″
  • Quilted with Aurifil #2600, light grey.
  • Binding attached with Aurifil #2581, dark purple.
  • Hobbs 80/20 batting
  • Pieced and Quilted on my Janome Continental M7 sewing machine.

Be sure to visit my Blog Hop Partner, Mania and see the quilt she made with the same fabric collection! Ohana!

Ohana should be arriving in stores soon!

Opportunity to Win

There are 3 opportunities to win some fabric! One from me and 2 from Island Batik.

From Me:

You could win scraps from 5″ x 10″ to 12″ squares of 12 Ohana fabrics. If you live in Canada, in the comment section, tell me how nature inspires (or could inspire) your quilting.

From Island Batik:

Click on the link below to have an opportunity to win Fat Quarter bundles of wonderful fabric: either Sweet Hearts or Love and Kisses

Click HERE

Disclaimer: All of the fabric and supplies (other than my sewing machine and iron) were given to me by Island Batik and the industry partners!  Thank you! 

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Happy Quilting!    


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    • Hi Sandra,
      Yes, it’ll be awhile before we see flowers!
      I have had an arrangement with a Protea flower, from S.Africa … very similar (use your imagination) to the flowers in my quilt! πŸ™‚
      Happy Quilting! πŸ™‚


  3. I’m not a Canadian, but I wanted to tell you what a beautiful quilt this is! And I agree with you about batiks–having no “wrong” side makes it so easy to work with them.

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    • Hi Beth,
      Thank you!
      About batiks … there is a store near where I live that sells batik (for almost 2x the amount of a quilt store) and it is not good quality and it’s easy to tell the right or wrong side. And it bleeds like stink (don’t ask me how I know …)
      Anyhow I’m an Island Batik gal, through and through!
      Happy Quilting! πŸ™‚


  4. I love this, Gail! The colors are so pretty and I agree that Cleopatra’s Fan looks like flowers–like big, tropical flowers! Perfect for Ohana!

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  5. Hi Gail! What a lovely nature-inspired quilt. I can honestly say I don’t see a fan in those die cut pieces either but oh yes, for a flower. It’s amazing that you were able to use almost all of the fabrics! I never would have guess that and the deep purple binding really is the perfect frame to finish it off. It’s funny but I see quilting inspiration in nature and everywhere. Someone shared a picture of themselves standing in front of a tall building with me, and I saw nine-patch blocks along the stone work. I especially see it on leaves in the veining – that makes me want to add veins and tendrils to any leaf pieces I work on. Thanks for sharing your gorgeous finish with us! I agree that IB fabrics rock and they are especially nice that either side is the right side. ~smile~ Roseanne

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    • Thanks, Roseanne!
      I love how you saw the 9 patch blocks on a building and not yourself! πŸ™‚ Guess we’re always thinking about quilting – even in our subconscious!
      It was easy to use most of the fabrics … each flower took 4 fabrics x 4 flowers = 16 fabrics and 2 borders = 18 fabrics. And they each are so pretty!
      Happy Quilting! πŸ™‚


  6. I don’t live in Canada (about 25 miles south of border), but I love this quilt. The pattern is very nice and the fabrics are beautiful . I like your quilting too – looks like something I could do!

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    • Hi Diantha,
      Thank you! The pattern has some curved piecing – which is easy if you take your time and the quilting is super simple! And YES, you could do it!
      Happy Quilting! πŸ™‚


  7. USA
    Wow your quilt is lovely. I love how the fabrics make this look like it is moving.
    I get a lot of inspiration from nature also. Shapes, colors and movement.
    quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

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