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Thursday, January 23, 2020

The Winter Blues - Let's Get Scrappy - Catching Some Blue Zees

Welcome to Creatin' in the Sticks
and
my day - the final day for the
Winter Blues Blog Hop.

To all that participated or commented -
Thank you so much!

My head is swimming with all kinds of ideas
and I can't wait to get to stitching.

But first, it's my day to show my
"Catching Some Blue Zees" quilt.



I'm combining two challenges into one project this month.

You see, I am an Island Batik Ambassador 
2020
and the ambassador challenge this month is
Let's Get Scrappy


We are to make a fun project with a scrappy look
using
Island Batik fabrics.

I started with a whole lot of Island Batik blue fabric left 
from last year's projects and some that I had purchased before becoming an ambassador.

While I like blue and white together, I've had a love of blue and black since
I was young coloring those fuzzy black velvet-like posters.


One of my goals is to make all 30 quilt blocks from 
my
into 30 individual quilts. 

I decided on the Catching Z's quilt block pattern - block #26.
Click HERE if you would like the free pattern for the block.

I made 30 of the blocks with the blue fabrics 
and 
Island Batik Foundations solid fabric in black.
The Island Batik solids are tight woven and are super soft like a high thread count sheet once you wash them up in a quilt.

The piecing was all done with Aurifil 50 wt thread #2692



I added a 2 1/2" black border then a 4 1/2" border with Island Batik 2 1/2" blue strips.


I used Hobbs Natural Cotton with Scrim Batting 
and
quilted
Catching Some Blue Zees
 on my Handiquilter with Glide thread in Black.


Catching Some Blue Zees
is 65" x 75" and will be a gift for a special graduate this May.
Blue is her actual middle name
and this Aunt can't wait to surprise her.



We are celebrating the color blue!


I invited my blogging friends to
Stitch something up with the color blue. 

Let's celebrate winter with projects in blue.

I'm excited to introduce today's line-up of bloggers:

Friday, January 24th
Creatin' in the Sticks - This is me!

Have fun visiting each blog and making new friends.

They have worked hard to show us some new ideas, so be sure to thank them with 
a sweet comment!

Find the rest of the schedule by clicking HERE.

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GIVEAWAY

One of my favorite online fabric shops is 


One of my readers will receive a 
$25.00 Gift Card to go
SHOPPING!!!

Come back every day of the hop, visit all the blog posts of the day, leave a comment, 
and
 enter the giveaway.
(I've extended the time to enter to allow for everyone to visit all the blogs)

The winner will be announced on Monday, January 27th, 2020.

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Thanks for sharing the Winter Blues!


Ok, one more because it matches my Jeep. ;)



59 comments:

Carol Andrews said...

I love your blue sees quilts. It’s so stunning! Thanks for putting on the hop. It sure helped get rid of my winter blues looking at all of these amazing projects. 😄 Carol

Susan said...

That is GREAT! It looks so different put together this way, with definitive blues pushing the shape into the diagonal rows. Thanks for sharing that. This has been an incredible blog hop and I'm so glad you organized it. Thank you!

Lee said...

What a fabulous quilt and lovely post! Thank you!

GranChris said...

I love the quilt. I need to get busy sewing.

tubakk said...

So many beautiful blue batiks. I love how your quilt came out. Thanks for hosting this fun blog hop. I don't know if I ever will come through my, after this week, new to-do-list.

Rebecca Smith said...

I remember thinking that i would like to see some of those 30 days blocks made into the whole quilt. This one worked so well. I love the Jeep picture!

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Your quilt is gorgeous and this hop has been amazing!

Joyce said...

Thank you for the hop Carla. It’s been fun. Lucky graduate to get this stunning blue quilt!

Nancy L said...

I am picking your quilt as my favorite today!! I have really enjoyed looking at all of the amazing projects on this hop!! Thanks!!

Allison said...

All the quilts are so impressive and inspirational. I have a lot of blue fabrics but never seem to do anything with them. Now I have plenty of ideas!

Podunk Pretties said...

Thanks for hosting the hop. It's been so much fun seeing the many creations.

For the love of geese said...

Lol, I have a white Wrangler (its very white today being left out in the snow last night) and have studied it trying to decide how I could use it for photos like I do the old truck. Your finish is beautiful, I love the black and blue. Thank you for hosting the hop.

tink's mom said...

Wow the black makes this such a rich looking quilt. Stunning. She will love it. This has been yet another a wonderful quilters event. Ideas, ideas and more ideas. Thank you

Carol S. said...

This is a Winter Blues winner for sure. I love the blue and black combination using one of your fun blocks, and your quilting is amazing. You always blow me away with what you make and how you inspire me. Thank you, sweet lady! Winter Blues was a perfect blog hop to start the new year!

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

Love your blue Zees quilt and so many other great projects today. Thank you for hosting this awesome beat the winter blues hop!

Jayne said...

Thank you for a wonderful blog hop. I have really enjoyed it

Charlene McCain said...

Beautiful quilt! Love the blue and black together and the z's pattern is perfect for a snuggly quilt. You have certainly chased away the winter blues with this beauty! Your niece is one lucky graduate! Thanks so much for hosting such a fun hop!

Vasudha said...

Love this block and your black and blue version is just awesome!

Calicojoan said...

Wow, wow, wow! I'm loving your bluezee's. It's even more fun to see how to 30 blocks patterns make up into such stunning quilts. Thanks for hosting this fun filled and very inspirational hop!

Cindy Shelley said...

Love your catching Z's Quilt. Thanks for the great blog hop

cghundley said...

Love the black
and the blue
together. Lovely
creations again
today.
Carla from Utah

Farm Quilter said...

I love your Z quilt - thank you for the link to the pattern!! I totally fell in love with Tranquil Triangles by DayBrook Designs! Love the teals, I cannot deny that! Thank you for another fun and fabulous blog hop!!

Scrapatches said...

Lovely scrappy blue quilt! Thank you for helping to brighten the winter blues this year with this wonderful blog hop ... :-) Pat

tac73 said...

I love your quilt! And the whole blue hop has been a great inspiration! Thank you.

Karrin Hurd said...

Beautiful quilt! I love your blues! Thanks again for this wonderful hop!

Dix in Canada said...

Love your blues with black "zees" quilt! Many thanks for organizing this hop. It has been such fun to check out all the creativity plus the inspiration! Done the trick for me in chasing away the January blues!

Moira said...

Love your quilt. A very striking pattern that I'll have to remember for my scraps.

Sharon Aurora said...

I always loved the combination of blue and black. Thank you for another great blog hop. Today's projects were great.

Unknown said...

I am really enjoying seeing all the creativity in the hop. Love your quilt.
Nancy A: SewingGranda@gmail.com

Sewgirl said...

I've always liked that pattern you used. I think it would be pretty if made scrappy in multiple colors too. All the quilts have been terrific. I liked Selinas pouches today.

Nancy @ Grace and Peace Quilting said...

She is going to love that quilt!!! Beautiful! 👋 from one Jeep driver to another!

Karen's Korner said...

Stunning. I love the blue and black combo - great minds think alike!!!! I have seen so many gorgeous creations during the blog hop. Thank you for organising it.

wendy said...

Love your quilt! Enjoyed the "Blue" Hop, thanks so much for organizing it! Now to finish up on my blues quilt...

Danice G said...

All of those pretty quilts. Celebrating the color blue has been so much fun. I remember your 30 Blocks in 30 Days.

scottylover said...

I have found so many projects that I love on this hop. Thanks for organizing it!

Love your quilt, too!
Sandy A

The Joyful Quilter said...

Smart thinking on combining two challenges into ONE!! Thanks for sharing the pattern link (and your quilt) with the Winter Blues Blog Hop. It's been SEW much fun to visit the list of bloggers that you put together for us! Thanks for hosting.

Marian said...

Gosh, that is a beautiful quilt Carla, I love the pattern. I love how you blended the blues in it also. Thank you also for hosting this hop and allowing me to participate, it was fun even with my project bombing out... Hugs!!!

Beth Strand said...

I love it!!!

Nancy said...

I love your quilt and the China Dishes quilt from Karrin's Crazy World

Brenda @ Songbird Designs said...

Beautiful blues and so many great projects on this hop. Thanks so much for hosting!

Vroomans' Quilts said...

Beautiful hues of blue showcased in this quilt. Your jeep is a close color to my suv - love that shot.

Pamela said...

Awesome quilt! And the best blog hop ever, I loved every project. Thanks for helping us kick those winter blues to the curb with these awesome quilts!

Beth said...

Another great day on the blog hop! I especially loved the China Dishes quilt--probably because I am a dish fan as well as a quilter. (One of my grandmothers loved her china and tea cups; the other was a farm wife who quilted with the same quilting circle for more than 70 years, so that quilt brings it all together for me.)

Sheri said...

Your batik quilt is gorgeous!! I really love batiks and love a pop of black with the blues. Thanks so much for the hop it was great!

Sue D said...

Beautiful quilt. I like the pattern and how it matches you jeep! On the blog hop I like the china dish pattern.

Carol said...

This is an awesome quilt! I love the blues and black. Those 30 Blocks are helpful time and again. Great quilt, Carla, thanks for sharing and for the Hop!

Bec said...

I love your quilt! It almost glows! Definitely need to make this from my batik scraps. Thanks for sharing!

Bonnie58 said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Carla. Love your quilt and Thanks for hosting and sharing

Susan said...

Great design on this, and it's name is perfect!

Dix in Canada said...

Thanks so much for organizing this fun Hop! I thoroughly enjoyed checking out all the creativity

Cynthia's Creating Ark said...

A great project. I love projects that can use your left over fabrics.

Kathleen said...

THis has been a great hop. Your quilt is just fab and perfect for the scrap challenge as well. It really is one of my favorites today.

Nancy D said...

Great hop!! Wish I had seen this pattern before I started the quilt I am working on now. The colors just aren't working, and I think they would have if I were using your pattern. Oh well.

Sharon said...

Wonderful blog hop! Your quilt is gorgeous, and it looks fabulous with your Jeep. Thanks for hosting. It was fun!

teachpany said...

Thanks so much for coordinating the hop! I had fun, and your quilt is beautiful.

Home Sewn By Us said...

Hi Carla! You saved the best for last - I love it! This has been THE best hop. I am pretty darn sure I visited each website (four of them wouldn't open at work so I had to save them for home). I PINned so many new ideas to revisit later. WOW! Everything was uplifting and was certain to drive any visions of SAD far away. I love your quilt - and those IB fabrics. Ooh-la-la! Oh, I adore this as a graduation gift for Ms. Blue. She will take it with her into the next chapter in her life knowing that she will be covered and surrounded by your love. Literally! That's just the best! ~smile~ Roseanne

Dix in Canada said...

Your Jeep & quilt co-ordinate! Great project as well as gift!

Emily said...

Wow! I love those blues against the black background--I am totally with you on that color combination! The different shades of blue give it so much depth. Lovely!

Theresa said...

Such a beautiful quilt. Love the blue fabrics. Thanks so much for hosting a wonderful hop.