Wednesday Words – New Beginnings Blog Hop!

Wednesday Words – New Beginnings Blog Hop!

Happy Hump Day, and welcome to my blog as part of the Island Batik blog hop for January…celebrating New Beginnings!

New Beginnings Blog Hop

I love the clean slate/celebration of new starts aspects of January (I’m not a winter girl!), and this gave me an opportunity to stretch my creative muscles a bit. I’ve known for a while that my quilter vibe was going to the more modern/contemporary side of things, and I found a great way to energize my 2017 with a new twist on an iconic design (if I do say so myself!).

The fabrics collection that I am using is called Surf and Sand, and it’s by Fourth and SixthDesigns. It’s a very rich, watery feeling palette which I had so much fun working with, I had a hard time choosing what to do.

In January, like a lot of quilters, I go through a periodic cycle of sifting through the piles of unfinished projects – and I do that just like anybody. I found my inspiration in an unfinished version of Jaybird Quilt’s Night Sky pattern. I took it out and looked carefully at the pattern, which as written, uses a 3½” strip of fabric.  What would happen if I tweaked that? I played with smaller strips – and then I went in the completely opposite direction.

Island Star, 40″ x 46″

This is my interpretation of the pattern, called Island Star, using the biggest strip that I could (instead of the Sidekick ruler, I used the Super Sidekick) The center diamonds are made using 8½” strips. My only modification to this was in the setting of the star – I used  a 4½” strip to go around the hexagon created by the star, and then used setting triangles to make the pattern float in a rectangle.  As luck would have it, it’s 40″ wide…and I have a 42″ wide quilt rack over my cutting station – so this one has a home.  I should note that the white background is made of the Sprinkles Neutral that Island has. One of the nicest things about working with Island Batik is their selection of wonderful lights!

I absolutely DID NOT quilt this – I am blessed to have a wonderful working relationship with a friend, and longarm quilting artist, in the absolutely fabulous Terry Burris of Merrimack – she’s about a 10 minute drive from my house, and she’s done several of my quilts.  Her website can be found at

I hope that you have had fun following along with our merry band of Ambassadors as we’ve worked through this blog hop. I’m always amazed at the talents that we possess…we always seem to complement each other…and the behind the scenes emails can be  a sure source of inspiration and creative zing.  The entire grouping of blog posts related to this hop can be found on this Island Batik blog post here.

Like many of the Ambassadors, I am Giving away Fabric as part of this event.  This time, I’m using the Rafflecopter widget below…just follow the instructions – it’s easy!

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Island Batik is also sponsoring a giveaway as part of the blog hop…you’ll want to take a look at each of the options below to maximize your chances of winning.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

48 comments on “Wednesday Words – New Beginnings Blog Hop!
  1. Chris says:

    I love the quilt and the colors are wonderful. I’ll come back later to see if the rafflecopter is working.

  2. Turid says:

    I love your quilt and the fabrics you’ve used. Those colours are beautiful.

  3. Betsy says:

    Pearl, your project looks so complicated for my skill level but you did an amazing job with it!

  4. Pam Geisel says:

    Lovely! Your friend did a wonderful job quilting this!

  5. A beautiful quilt and stunning quilting! Altogether, a real winner!

  6. Maryellen McAuliffe says:

    Stunning piece. I love the colors, the Rafflecopter is now working, and I alter patterns quite often. Usually I change the border design or size.

  7. Nancy says:

    I love batiks, thanks for the giveaway

  8. Becky T says:

    Oh how that piece shines!!!

  9. Monica says:

    I love star quilts. I never made one with Batiks before, I will definitely have to try it out.

  10. I love star quilts. I never made one with Batiks before, I will definitely have to try it out.

  11. Allison Church Bird says:

    Gorgeous colors and I love your quilting!!!

  12. carolyn montgomery says:

    the only way i alter patterns is to add or delete number of rows or blocks

  13. Cathie Scanlon says:

    Beautiful quilt. I’ve never altered a pattern, but I’ve only been quilting for about 5 years. Maybe someday.

  14. Nancy Myers says:

    This is a lovely quilt to hang on the wall. Of course, the colors are my favorites! The idea of making a large block to make a quilt is great.

  15. Dawn F. says:

    I love how those colors go together so well! Nice job to you and to your quilter who is also very talented. I have never altered a pattern before…the thought frightens me because I hate wasting fabric and I’m afraid I would calculate something wrong and end up wasting or not being able to use fabric that I had already cut. I should probably get over that fear and just have fun with it!

  16. Vicki H says:

    I have altered patterns, usually with size.

  17. Sandy K says:

    I am pretty new at sewing, so I haven’t altered patterns yet.

  18. Annmarie says:

    A long time ago 🙂 I made my own clothes & had to alter the length of the bodice as I was quite tall. Nowadays I do alter some quilt patterns to make them bigger but it is usually just adding rows or borders…

  19. Quilting Tangent says:

    Yes, alter patterns. Change color and color placement for the most part.

  20. Rhonda D. says:

    Beautiful piece. Love the vibrant colors, and the quilting accents it all very nicely.

  21. Jessica Baker says:

    I have altered many patterns. I like to make it unique.

  22. Teri says:

    Love this quilt design and the batiks as always. Thank you.

  23. Allison Evrard says:

    I’m always changing patterns. Usually it is just the colors but sometimes I’ll change the blocks as well. Your quilt is beautiful!

  24. Nancy says:

    Your project turned out great. And the quilting is just lovely. Yes, I alter patterns all the time, as they aren’t big enough, or too big, or change up something about the pattern itself. That’s why I love my EQ7 program…use it all the time!

  25. I have altered patterns before. From adding sashing, experimenting with different color combos, or resizing block sizes. It’s so much fun!

  26. Anna says:

    Never have but have looked at a quilt on the net and eyeball ed it to make my own…

  27. Lori Smanski says:

    wow your quilt is lovely. the fabrics you used are fantastic. Terry did a super job at quilting. I have not altered quilting patterns, but have altered many garment patterns over the many years. I taught my son to alter clothes also. He now sews and sells civil war reenacting clothes for men. And he fits the pattern to the individual man. He has really gotten quite good at it.

  28. Kathy E. says:

    I do love to add my own twist to patterns, so altering them is almost a given for me. Getting the math right is my biggest hurdle, but I just keep trying!

  29. Pamela says:

    Your Island Star is gorgeous! I’ve altered patterns by widening a border, or adding a second border, but that’s the extent of changes I’ve tried. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  30. Becky says:

    Love the quilting on your star! What talent you have! I have altered patterns before. Lots of times I just have to add my own border…just so it’s unique. Other times I enlarge the blocks of a table topper pattern slightly, make a lot more blocks and turn it into a queen size quilt. Fortunately, I’m pretty good at math so I’m able to change things up a little. Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. Joyce Carter says:

    I love the star quilt. The colors are beautiful and the quilting is wonderful.Yes, I alter patterns all the time. I think it makes the pattern more of your own design. Thank you for the giveaway.

  32. Lori Morton says:

    Your Quilt is AWESOME!!! & your Friend did Beautiful Quilting!! I haven’t really altered a quilt..yet… I am not to such a level yet, so not to comfortable changing the pattern I am making. :/

    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! 😀

  33. Colette says:

    Wow your quilt is gorgeous. Love the colors, and your quilter did an awesome job.

  34. Joan says:

    Gorgeous, and that quilting…is over the top!

  35. Delaine says:

    I am always altering patterns. Sometimes it ends happily and sometimes not so much. Thanks!

  36. Diane Beavers says:

    Hi Linda, it’s nice to meet you via blog and discover your talents:) Altering a quilting pattern I’ve done , only adding wider border or an inner border that wasn’t in the original design. Unlike you, I’ve not tried “ruler alterations”..such as the Super Side Kick. Your Star is absolutely stunning. Thank yo for sharing it.

  37. Jayne says:

    I’m really enjoying this blog hop. Batik fabric is just so versatile. Thank you for sharing your ideas

  38. Tamara Williams says:

    Love the twist of texture batiks bring to almost every quilt project I do!

  39. Mary Furber says:

    Love the colors in this collection. And, yes, I absolutely change patterns to suit me. I think you put your own stamp on every pattern you make.

  40. MoeWest says:

    Your quilt looks stunning! I haven’t altered a pattern too much. I just choose my own colour scheme and sometimes change the quilt size by adding borders or more blocks.

  41. Beth T. says:

    I often alter patterns, making them bigger or smaller, or adding design elements that make the quilt feel more my own or have some symbolic resonance. The only trouble I have then is being sure I will have enough background fabric if I’ve made the quilt bigger, or figuring out how much backing fabric to buy. But I usually solve those problems by buying way too much fabric and adding it to my scrap stash.

  42. Rachel says:

    Very pretty star. I like how it was quilted into a hexagon! I often alter patterns. I have a hard time making one completely as written. 😉

  43. Cindy M says:

    Love your pattern, love the colors! Absolutely beautiful!
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  44. Judi Duncan says:

    gorgeous colors together!

  45. Michele T says:

    I try not to alter patterns but sometimes it happens accidentally 🤣

  46. Lisa Marie says:

    Yes I alter patterns sometimes. Your project is gorgeous!

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