August 05, 2019

Beat the Heat Blog Hop - Blue Sparkler

Note, the fabric and batting for this project were given to me by Island Batik and their industry partner as part of the Island Batik ambassador program.

I'm excited to kick off the Island Batik ambassador Beat the Heat blog hop today! All month long the ambassadors will be showcasing new Island Batik fabric lines in fantastic projects, plus there will be giveaways galore 😊
Sparkler quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
One of the questions on the ambassador application is about your favourite colours. Last year I chose to leave it blank and just see what they decided to send me. I loved the fabrics I received (how could I not??), but I also drooled over the blue collections that were sent to other ambassadors, so this year I made sure to include the fact that I love blue. Boy, did they deliver! Just look at all the different, beautiful blues in the Blueberry Patch line that they sent me 💙😍💙
Blueberry Patch fabrics | DevotedQuilter.com
It took me a while to decide what to make for this blog hop, but then I realized that I could cross off two things on my to-make list with one quilt. Paul loves my Sparkler quilt design, but the original is a little too pink for his taste so he asked for a more masculine looking version. I figured all of these blues would certainly make for a more masculine Sparkler and Island Batik had sent me enough yardage of both a light and a dark to make the pattern work. (If you want to make your own version of Sparkler, the pattern is available in my Etsy shop. Click here to get your copy.)

I had to leave out a few of the prints in the Blueberry Patch line because they were too close in value to the light or the dark I was using as the main parts of the design. Don't feel sorry for them, though. I'll find a way to use them before too long, they're too pretty not to use!

I love how Paul's Blue Sparkler quilt turned out! In fact, he might have to fight me to get to use it.
Sparkler quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
I love that with this design there's so much to look at. There are the prominent dark blue sparklers, then there are all of the other sparklers, with their varying shades of blue and their different prints to enjoy. What stands out most to you?

I love the swirls and the ladybugs.
Sparkler quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
And these mushrooms are really cute.
Sparkler quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
I considered using Hobb's black batting because I knew there would be a lot of white fluffy bits on the darkest blue with white batting, but the black batting made those white feathery lines on the sashing print look slightly grey and I wanted them to stay white. Instead, I used Hobb's 100% cotton batting and removed all of the white fluffy bits after the quilt was finished.

Paul wanted the quilt to stay soft, so he specifically asked that I not do really small quilting. After I made a couple of suggestions, he decided he wanted the same sparkler motif I quilted on the original Sparkler quilt, this time using Aurifil 2780.

This design is fun and quick to quilt! I love how the Aurifil 2780 shows up on the solid navy back. It makes the sparklers kind of glow, doesn't it?
Sparkler quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
I used the darkest fabric for the binding, which frames the whole quilt nicely. My parents, Zach and I took the quilt to a nearby rocky beach for these pictures. It's one of my favourite places to visit and to take quilt pictures.
Sparkler quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
Sparkler quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
Don't forget you can get your copy of the Sparkler pattern from my Etsy shop 😊

I mentioned giveaways galore at the start of this post, didn't I? Island Batik is hosting a different giveaway each week of the hop, so be sure to enter each week. Plus, many of the ambassadors will be hosting their own giveaways on their blogs.

For my giveaway, I'll choose two winners who will both receive their choice of any 2 of my PDF patterns. To enter, leave a comment telling me your favourite colour. For extra entries, follow me on Instagram and Facebook, then leave a separate comment for each telling me you're following (along with your IG or FB name). For a fourth possible entry, sign up for The Bulletin, my monthly newsletter full of fun things to make and news from here, then leave another comment telling me you've subscribed. I'll randomly choose the winners the morning of September 1st and contact them through email, so make sure I'll be able to reach you if you win.

I'd love it if you'd pin this for future reference and to help other quilters who might like it as well 😊
Sparkler quilt | DevotedQuilter.com
Thanks for stopping by! Here's the full schedule for the Beat the Heat blog hop. You won't want to miss any of these posts!

Monday, August 5
Leanne Parsons (you are here!)
Sherry Shish

Tuesday, August 6
Bill Locke
Lisa Nielsen

Wednesday, August 7
Sandra Walker
Terri Vanden Bosch

Thursday, August 8
Pamela Boatright
Kathleen McCormick

Monday, August 12
Karen Neary
Carol Moellers

Tuesday, August 13
Michelle Roberts
Laticia “Tish” Stemple

Wednesday, August 14
(Debora) Anne Wiens
Gene Black

Thursday, August 15
Tina D Dillard
Bea Lee

Monday, August 19
Joanne Hart
Carla Henton

Tuesday, August 20
Connie Kauffman
Vasudha Govindan

Wednesday, August 21
Vicki Schlimmer
Mania Hatziioannidi

Thursday, August 22
Gail Sheppard

Monday, August 26
Maryellen McAuliffe
Jennifer Strauser

Tuesday, August 27
Connie K Campbell
Joan Kawano








103 comments:

  1. Love your quilt, your husband is lucky to have this beauty! Great way to show off those beautiful blues...

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  2. I like purples but your blue looks great

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  3. I already follow by receiving your emails

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  4. I seem to have an awful lot of red things (car, computer, phone) and fabric so that must be my favorite color.

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  5. And I follow you on Facebook, too.

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  6. I've subscribed to The Bulletin.

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  7. Great looking quilt! Love how you did the quilting on it.

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  8. I'm subscribed to your bulletin/email.

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  9. I love the blue version of Sparklers

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  10. My favorite color is blue also, and I love your blue quilt.

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  11. I signed up for your bulletin.

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  12. It is a sparkling quilt. Love the way you've used the range of blues.

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  13. What a gorgeous quilt! I so love the way this looks and the photo shoot is once again awesome. I'm going to a rock today, too. Or maybe a forest...we'll see.

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  14. My favorite quilting color is blue. Love the colr and design.

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  15. I follow on IG csch6, FB Christi Scheffel

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  16. E-mail follower Jmikebalou (at) aol (dot) com

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  17. This is awesome, Leanne! I got this collection in my second box and now I can't wait to sew it. You chose the perfect pattern to showcase the fabrics.

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  18. Beautiful colors and what fun designs in the fabrics! Paul is one lucky guy!

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  19. i just subscribed to your bulletin.

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  20. I love your quilt as blue is one of my favorite colors!

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  21. Just subscribed to your newsletter

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  22. Following you on Instagram weaverpenelope3

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  23. My favorite color is blue - so I was drawn to your blue quilt immediately!

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  24. I signed up for The Bulletin!

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  25. I am following you on Facebook!

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  26. I looove your Quilt!! And Blues are my fave color as well!! All Shades of blue pretty much too. :) Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way :)

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  27. I'm already a subscriber to The Bulletin too :)

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  28. I like red and would love to make a red and white quilt someday.

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  29. I'm signed up for the Bulletin

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  30. Fabulous selection of blues. Beautiful finish.

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  31. What a pretty quilt! Your use of so many blues, spread about the quilt, really gives it life. It took a minute before I saw how it was put together, because the variety of fabric kept my eyes dancing across the quilt. To answer your question, my favorite color is red, or sometimes pink, likely depending on my mood. :)

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  32. I follow you on Instagram, where I am @wordygirl11.

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  33. I just confirmed that I am already signed up for The Bulletin, using my wordygirl at earthlink dot net address.

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  34. Your Sparkler pattern is a great way to show off the fabrics. I signed up for The Bulletin as barefootqltr1968. My favorite color is orange.

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  35. Love your quilt and especially the blue fabrics! Your hubby is one lucky guy😉

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  36. My favorite color is green. Love your blue Sparkler quilt!

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  37. Well done. It looks great in blues.

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  38. My favorite color is purple, but I haven't made a purple quilt (yet)!

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  39. My favourite colour is purple,teal is very close behind. Looking forward to receiving your Blog in my email

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  40. Blue is one of my least favorite colors (not sure why), but there is nothing prettier than a blue/white quilt! Yours is just beautiful! Love those IB fabrics, especially those swirls!

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  41. I follow on instagram nancydonovan4484

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  42. I follow on facebook Nancy Donovan

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  43. I receive and enjoy The Bulletin.

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  44. I love the color red, but I really enjoy the blues in your quilt!

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  45. Beautiful, cool colors and a great design. Your husband is lucky!

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  46. Beautiful colors and a
    great design. I love
    purple!
    Carla from Utah

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  47. Love all the shades of blues! It's a Beautiful quilt!

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  48. Blues are my favorites, love this quilt. Thanks for giveaway.
    djcutting2(@)gmail(dot)com

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  49. I follow on Instagram Wannajava2
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  50. My favorite color is blue, and I love your sparkler quilt!
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  51. Purple is my favorite color, but blue is a close second. Love your quilt.

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  52. Your quilt is wonderful, and I bet it would look great in greens💚🌴🌲

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  53. I love all colors but if I have to choose I will pick purple.

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  54. I am signed up for your newsletter.

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  55. I have you on facebook. .happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  56. I have you on instagram. .. happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  57. My favorite color is blue. ..pink is my secand. .. happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  58. Favorite color. Purple, all shades of purple.

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  59. I subscribed to The Bulletin.

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  60. My favorite color is blue also. Your quilt is beautiful!

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  61. This is gorgeous. Im sure he loves it. Thank you for sharing.
    My favorite color is purple.
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  62. Following on Instagram - quiltinglady2
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  63. following on FB - Lori Smanski
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  65. If you looked at the clothes hanging in my closet, you would say that my favorite color is red, but I think blue is a close second. Nancy A: SewingGranda@gmail.com

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  66. My favorite color would be blue. Love your quilt!

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  67. My favorite color is purple...always has been! I do love the blues in your quilt..it's gorgeous! duchick at gmail dot com

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  68. I am a following of your blog on Bloglovin' and IG.
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  69. Beautiful quilt and quilting. I love blue but yellow is one of my favorite colors!

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  70. I follow you through the monthly newsletter.

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  71. I like blue, purple and orange. Beautiful quilting

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  72. I love blue and purple.Love your quilt

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  73. My favorite color is blue! Turquoise is my favorite hue in blue!

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  74. Your quilt is so gorgeous! I like a lot of colors, but I really like red, white, and navy in a quilt. Maybe it's the patriotic feel.

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  75. I love your quilt, great selection of blues :)

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  76. My favorite colour is green. Still love your blue version!

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  77. I subscribed to the bulletin

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  78. Very nice selection of blue fabrics went into your quilt. I am also fond of blue over all other colors, but like all the cool colors.

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  79. What a beautiful classic quilt in blues. I think I would have a difficult time giving up that quilt also. I love just about all colors but loving the aqua/teals right now. They remind me of my visits to the Caribbean.

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  80. I already follow you on IG as an Island Batik Ambassador.

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  81. A simple design made so pretty with the addition of the white sashings, love it.

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  82. Gorgeous quilt. Thanks for sharing. Blue is always my stand-by. Love it

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  83. I now follow you on Instagram and Fb. Nancy A: SewingGranda@gmail.com

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  84. The Sparkler quilt really catches my eye as blue is my favorite color.

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  85. I follow on FB @ rosalind.gutierrez1

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  86. I signed up for your Bulletin. rozz01atcoxdotnet

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  87. My favorites are blues in the aqua range

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  88. Your quilt is stunning and I really love your quilting design. Perfection.

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  89. My favorite color is turquoise. With the addition of some lime green and purple.

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