Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bonsai Shadow Boxes and Giveaway {Back To School with Island Batik}

Today is my day for the Island Batik "Back to School" blog hop! If you haven't visited Little Bunny Quilts before, welcome! I am excited to share my project today with all of you!


The collection that I am using is called "Bonsai" -- which has a number of different beautiful Asian-inspired prints!


I've used a few of the prints in my June Marigold mini, but saved most of the fabric for this project. I fiddled around with some other ideas before I settled on making a new version of our Shadow Boxes pattern.


I decided to go big -- the pattern is for a queen sized quilt! One of the great things about this pattern which works great with the Bonsai line is that the large pieces are perfect for showing off some of the larger scale prints in this line (or any line with large scale prints!).



For cutting, I cut approximately the same number of rectangles and the same number of squares from each fabric. Some had a few more and some a few less, but I tried to not "over use" any one particular fabric.



It only takes four straight seams -- and no HSTs! -- to put a block together! I randomly paired the squares together and then paired those sections with the rectangles.

49 blocks into rows, and rows into a full quilt top -- this top came together in no time at all! I love that instead of using a more "neutral" fabric as the sashing, I used the light purple petal print. I think it's a fun change from the original quilt that gives it a bit of personality.


My mom was lovely enough to quilt this on her mid-arm for me. I love the simple quilting and might actually have to keep this quilt for myself!







Thanks for stopping by and taking a look at my new version of one of our most popular patterns! I hope that this "remix" sparks your creativity!

Now onto the giveaway -- a rather large stack of 5" squares from the Bonsai collection! I cut the remainders of the fabric into 5" squares for someone to use and enjoy!


How to enter:
1. Leave me a comment with your favorite Island Batik Spring Collection or Summer Collection. These fabrics are arriving in your local quilt shops soon!
2. Share this post on social media and let me know how you shared in a second comment. (Click here to easily see/share the FB post!)

Rules:
-Two entries maximum per person
-Giveaway opens today (September 6th) and closes Tuesday, September 12th at midnight.

Thanks for stopping by Little Bunny Quilts today -- don't forget to check out all of the stops on the Back to School Hop! There is also a fat quarter bundle giveaway on the Island Batik blog -- don't forget to enter that giveaway too!

Sharing at Let's Bee Social, NTT, and Finished or not Friday!

Update: Our winner is Barefoot Thunder!


Thanks to all who entered, there will be another giveaway starting on September 28th!

86 comments:

  1. Alison, your project came together wonderfully!

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  2. I am not surprised you want to keep this one for yourself! It is a beauty! It just goes to prove how well batiks mingle together. One print that I really like from the Spring Collection is Empress Garden - 111721220...unfortunately it's no longer in stock!

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  3. Alison, your quilt is gorgeous! I think the fabrics are perfect for it.
    My favorite fabric from the Spring collection is Sakura. Thank you for the giveaway.

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  4. I like the Cherry Berry batiks from the spring collection.

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  5. Love these bright colors and your quilt is stunning! A top favorite of the Spring collection is Lotus Blooms. Thanks for the giveaway chance! akronne17@gmail.com

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  6. Allison,

    Gorgeous quilt. I like all of them. I really like the Bonsai collection that you used. Thanks for the giveaway.

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  7. Vineyard is my favorite from the spring collection.

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  8. I shared the giveaway on Instagram.

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  9. Beautiful quilt! I love the Sakura fabric.
    cathylouwilson@gmail.com

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  10. I love the Bonsai too-the co!ors & fun prints of Diner Days is just too cute! Thank you, Susan

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  11. I shared this giveaway on Facebook! Thank you, Susan

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  12. Oh "sew" cute! What a fun way to use those fabulous batiks.

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  13. Vineyard has my favorite color combo. Love your quilt.

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  14. This Bonsai collection is the one I like - the colors are so me!

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  15. Solstice is a nice group of earthy fall tones.

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  16. Bonsai and Empress Garden are my favorites. 24Tangent@gmail.com

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  17. your quilt is lovely. I really like Zen (summer). I am trying to get my husband to see that it would make a perfect quilt for our bed. LOL it will happen.
    quilting dash lady at Comcast dot net

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  18. Wow, there are so many batik lines that I think are just gorgeous! I'll pick Zen as my favorite, the colors are favorites of mine.
    jklmengland at windstream dot net

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  19. Love the colors!! They a perfect in the quilt or maybe the quilt just is perfect for them. Either way it is awesome! Since I am about to go buy some Bonsai, I have to say it is my fave, right???

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  20. I like them all, no favorite but maybe Zen a little more.

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  21. Love them all and Lotu Blooms is my favourite!!

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  22. I tweeted: https://twitter.com/firesidequilts/status/905456939315990528

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  23. This turned out beautiful!!! Don't enter me in the giveaway! I just wanted to let you know I love your finish!

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  24. I think this is my favorite--I just love the purple and orange combination. Prior to seeing Bonsai, I would have chosen Country Dozen. To be sure, I just went and looked through all of the choices, and those remain my #s 1 & 2.

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  25. I pinned this giveaway. My Pinterest name is my real name, Beth Talmage.

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  26. I love the Vineyard collection!! Thank you!
    kcummings71@gmail.com

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  27. I think I would want to keep it too. That's a beautiful quilt, Alison! I think my favorite collection is Zen. I was attracted to Cherry Berry first because of the bright colors but I'm not a big fan of food motifs on quilts so settled on Zen.

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  28. Beautiful quilt! I like the Sour Apple collection from the summer fabrics! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

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  29. I like Vineyard from the spring collection. Love the soothing colors.

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  30. I'm a sucker for batiks, all batiks. Sukara is beautiful but so are all the floral influences. Thanks for the giveaway. I'd love to win.

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  31. It's a tossup between Seas the Day, Lotus Blooms, and Bonsai.
    Your quilt is lovely.

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  32. Can't go wrong with any of them but I do love Bonsai.

    hijoffeATgmailDOTcom

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  33. They are all lovely, I'll go with Sakura.

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  34. My favorite collection is Zen but batiks are all my go-to fabrics whatever colors.

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  35. My favorite collection is Vineyard. I'm a sucker for purples.

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  36. My favorite collection is Empress Garden.

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  37. Beautiful quilt! I like the looks of Cherry Berry.

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  38. I love Seas the Day with it's beach sea color theme. Love your quilt!

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  39. I like Vineyard best...love the colors of that collection. Your quilt is just gorgeous. and lucky you to have a mom who can quilt too!!

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  40. I love all Batiks, but for the sake of this entry, I choose Beaujolals. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  41. All the fabrics are beautiful but I particularly like Captain's Anchor. I also love the intense blues in Bonsai. Beautiful quilt!

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  42. I shared on Facebook. Nancy A: rangerer@sbcglobal.net

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  43. I like the lobster bake . Lots of bold contrast and who doesn't love a New England bake?

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  44. Vineyard is one of my favs but I have a real soft spot for batiks - they are all pretty!!

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  45. Zen is my favorite--I can't resist blues with green!

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  46. I like that you used the light purple as the sashing. It blends so well. My favorite collection is Vineyard.

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  47. My favorite is the Fresh Pick'ins Collection. Love your bright and happy quilt.

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  48. My fave is the Lotus Blooms collection.

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  49. I pinned: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/51158145750038730

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  50. Great project! I love the Summer collection!

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  51. Love them alll....lol but cherry berry please.. happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  52. I shared on facebook. ..happyness04431@yahoo.com

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  53. I really like Zen! Your quilt is outstanding!
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  54. Shared on FB: https://www.facebook.com/nicole.sender2/posts/10212010706974376?pnref=story
    nikilsend(at)outlook(dot)com

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  55. I love the Sour Apple collection! The bright vibrant colors are so fun!

    Sandy A

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  56. My favorite is Captain's Anchor. It's so different from anything I've seen before.

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  57. Bonsai is my favorite, I love the purple, yellow and orange together. It reminds me of wildflowers

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  58. Zen is my favorite - such wonderful colors!

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  59. I like Lotus Blooms--very pretty!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  60. That's really pretty. I love Zen, and I'm using Cherry Berry for my Ambassador post.

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  61. I really like Zen and think the quit is amazingly beautiful.

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  62. Alison, what a wonderful mom you have:). Shadow Boxes is a beauty; keep it for yourself. I love Solstice from the Summer collection.
    Thank you for sharing the 5" precuts.

    schimmel(dot)db(at)gmail(dot)com

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  63. Super cute pattern. Great use of those fabrics!!! Your mom is a gem!

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  64. i can't decide between bonsai and fresh pick'ins. love your quilt gorgeous colors.

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  65. I love the colors of the vineyard collection in the spring- such gorgeous rich colors together. Liked and shared on Face book. Thanks for the chance to win such pretty fabrics.
    Regards, Anna

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  66. Gorgeous job on your Quilt!! (I vote for you to keep too! lol)I love the Spring Collection!!

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  67. I love your quilt, and I think Country dozen is wonderful.

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  68. I think you should keep this quilt for yourself Alison! It's beautiful! My favorite summer collection is Cherry Berry. Thanks for sharing!

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  69. I shared this on Facebook. Thanks again!

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  70. Shared and I love Empress Garden

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  71. Vineyard looks beautifully bright! I also like the Country Dozen collection.

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  72. I love your quilt. The lavender dashing adds a nice change. It's hard to pick a favorite, but I really like Fresh Pickens from the spring collection. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

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  73. I like the all but today my favorite is Sakura

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  74. I share your post on facebook.

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  75. My favourite is the Zen collection. I love your quilt and your Mom did a great job of the quilting

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  76. I like Vineyard and Sakura--hard to choose!
    barbkaup(at)(yahoo)(dot)(com)

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  77. What a great pattern to show off those fabrics!

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  78. I love Batiks go Retro (summer collection). I like the colors. I love your quilt. It's bright and cheerful.

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