Blog Hops and Quilt Alongs

Back to School blog hop

Hi friends!

Today is my day on the Island Batik Back to School blog hop. 


When I think about this time of year, it brings up so many images. School books. Notebooks. Pens. Pencils. Leaves changing. Apple picking. Pumpkins.

So when thinking about the quilt I wanted to make for this blog hop, I had those things in my mind. And that lead me to my quilt pattern Autumn View, one I designed years ago for a shop hop.  It has leaves, apples, pumpkins, a school … all the things you think of this time of year.

Autumn View

The line I got to play with is called Sour Apple. It has such fun colors- blues, greens, golds…

Here are a few of the prints.


Aren’t they great? 

So I pulled out the pattern. I knew I wanted to make a smaller wall hanging. Something fun to hang on the wall during the days of autumn. 

I had to include the schoolhouse- but since there is not a red in this line, the little red schoolhouse  became a little blue schoolhouse!

I made the schoolhouse block bigger and then made leaves, the pumpkin, apples… stitched around the appliqué shapes…

ready for stitching
close of apple stitching


Once I had the blocks, I needed to figure out a setting. 

playing with block layout


I like how the smaller blocks are off set around the enlarged school house block. 

Autumn View in Sour Apple


Now you will notice the quilt is not quilted. So technically it is not done. I could have quilted it; done a quick job, a little stitch in the ditch to “get it done”. But I really love how this quilt top turned out and I didn’t want to rush the quilting. I want to think about what I will quilt and where.

I may also add some stitching to the appliqué leaf  blocks and the pumpkin block before I quilt it.

pumpkin block
close up of pumpkin stitching


So what do you think? Like it?

I am going to bind the quilt with 2 fabrics using a piped binding. Do you ever make this type of binding? I think it will look perfect on the quilt. I made some just so I could check it out and see if it looked good.


two color binding


Looking good I think!

binding with piping


Have you entered the giveaway Island Batik is having? Three fat quarter bundles! 

Click here to go the their blog post and enter the giveaway. Hurry! It ends this Friday Sept 28th!

Happy quilting!



If you haven’t checked out some of the other Island Batik blogs, here is the entire list of pots from this month!


Monday, September 4 – Beaujolais
Quilting Affection DesignsFunThreads Designs

Tuesday, September 5 – Country Dozen
Cheryl Lynch QuiltsInspired Layers

Wednesday, September 6 – Bonsai
Little Bunny Quilts

Thursday, September 7 – Sakura
Masterpiece Quilting

Friday, September 8 – Empress Garden
Dessert Bloom QuiltingSlice of Pi Quilts


Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins
KISSed Quilts

Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms
Kathys Kwilts and More

Wednesday, September 13 – Olivera
Moose Stash QuiltingVicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Thursday, September 14 – Rise & Shine
Den Syende HimmelSally’s Quilting Corner

Friday, September 15 – Diner Days
Ark Angel CreationsThe Quilt Rambler


Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed QuiltsWhispers of YoreNeedle & Foot

Tuesday, September 19 – Vineyard
The Inquiring QuilterInchworm Fabrics

Wednesday, September 20 – Abalone
PamelaQuiltsYellow Cat Quilts

Thursday, September 21 – Batiks Go Retro
Adventures in Applique and Quilting

Friday, September 22 – Captain’s Anchor
Purrfect Spots DesignsBeaquilter


Monday, September 25 – Cherry Berry
Freemotion by the RiverMary Mack Made Mine

Wednesday, September 27 – Solstice
Bejeweled QuiltsheARTs Creations

Thursday, September 28 – Sour Apple
Seams Like a DreamKauffman Designs

Friday, September 29 – Zen
Lizard Creek QuiltingQuilt’n Party


p.s. The winner of the Moon Flower Mini pattern from my Batiks go Retro blog hop giveaway is Janet T! Congrats! I have sent you an email.



17 thoughts on “Back to School blog hop”

  1. Wow, it’s really fabulous! I think the non-traditional fall colors and the unique layout make it interesting and beautiful. I agree that you shouldn’t rush the quilting just to get it done.

  2. Wow, I love this quilt! The colors you used make your blocks pop! Do you have a pattern for this? Thanks for sharing and I can’t wait to see the finished quilt.

  3. Beautiful quilt, love the colors in it, also. This was a great hop! Thanks to all who made it possible. (And thank you for the pattern.)

  4. wow both of your quilts are gorgeous. I don’t blame you for waiting on quilting the second top. I would also want to make sure that it is just right for the pattern.
    I love the idea of the two color binding. How is this done? I would love to try it.

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