Thursday, September 7, 2017

Island Batik - Back to School Blog Hop

Hi!  Welcome to Masterpiece Quilting !

I'm Nancy Scott and I'm one of the 2017 Island Batik Brand Ambassadors.  

I'm so excited you are participating in our Back to School Blog Hop and Thank You for stopping by my blog.  

The line that I am working with is Sakura - A Signature Collection by Kathy Engle for Ebony Love of LoveBug StudiosYou can see the full Sakura line on Island Batik's website.  Also be sure to check out all the beautiful quilts made with Sakura in the Island Batik Spring / Summer Catalog

Be sure to look for the Sakura line (as well as all the other gorgeous Island Batik fabrics) at your local quilt shop - they should be arriving soon!  If they don't have it in stock, don't be afraid to ask them about carrying Island Batik fabrics.  

Earlier this year, I made a small "Salesman Sample" to be used by the Island Batik sales reps featuring each of the fabrics in the collection.  In case I haven't said it before - I absolutely adore this collection - it is so ME!

For my Blog Hop project, I used my Black & White Express pattern but changed it up by using the full Sakura Collection.   Here's the original Black & White Express quilt. 

And here is my remake using the Sakura fabrics. 

I'm not sure which one I love the most - the pattern really showcases the fabric. 

As a special bonus to celebrate the Back to School Blog Hop, until the end of September, I have special pricing of $6.95 for pdf downloads on my Black & White Express pattern.  

I'm also giving away a pdf copy of the pattern. 
The giveaway is open to anyone with an email address so I can send you the pdf.  

To enter the giveaway, leave a comment here about your favorite Back To School memory and for more chances head over and follow me on IG @MasterpieceQuilting and for even another chance, like my FB page Masterpiece Quilting. 

The winner will be chosen next Thursday, September 14th. 

Speaking of favorite school memories - mine was always recess!  Even though I was a good student, I was a farm kid - so I loved (and still do love) to be outdoors and recess was my only chance to run around, look at the sky and enjoy some sunshine.   So it's only fitting that I my quilt to the playground for a photoshoot!  

Here it is lounging on the bleachers.  By the way, this is a perfect sized quilt to make for watching fall sports. 

And then we tried out the swing - but we didn't have anyone to push us!

We had a lot more fun hanging out on the fence!  Aren't fences made for climbing anyway?

We tried the teeter totter but that didn't go so well !

And before the bell rang, we had to try out one last piece of equipment!

I hope you enjoyed my Back to School adventure and thanks for visiting my blog. 
The blog tour has just begun and continues until the end of the month.  Be sure to
check out the fat quarter bundle giveaway on the Island Batik blog as well as the
blogs of my fellow Island Batik Brand Ambassadors.

   Here are the dates and links:


Tuesday, September 5 – Country Dozen
Cheryl Lynch Quilts
 • Inspired Layers
Wednesday, September 6 – Bonsai
Little Bunny Quilts
Thursday, September 7 – Sakura
Masterpiece Quilting


Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins
KISSed Quilts
Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms
Kathys Kwilts and More
Wednesday, September 13 – Olivera
Joan Kawano
 • Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Thursday, September 14 – Rise & Shine
Den Syende Himmel
 • Sally’s Quilting Corner
Friday, September 15 – Diner Days
Ark Angel Creations
 • Karen Overton


Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed Quilts
 • Whispers of Yore
Tuesday, September 19 – Vineyard
The Inquiring Quilter
 • Inchworm Fabrics
Wednesday, September 20 – Abalone
 • Yellow Cat Quilts
Friday, September 22 – Captain’s Anchor
Purrfect Spots Designs
 • Beaquilter


Tuesday, September 26 – Lobster Bake
Seams to be Sew
Wednesday, September 27 – Solstice
Bejeweled Quilts
 • heARTs Creations
Thursday, September 28 – Sour Apple
Seams Like a Dream
 • Kauffman Designs
Friday, September 29 – Zen
Lizard Creek Quilting
 • Quilt’n Party


  1. Beautiful quilt! Those colors are gorgeous and that pink border absolutely glows.

  2. My favorite memory of school is my son's first day of school. I was ready to walk him up to his class and talk to his teacher but I was stopped from even getting out of the car. I had to watch him get in line and walk into class with his classmates. I still had to smile or I would have cried.

  3. Simply gorgeous! These are my favorite fabrics and they are perfect for this quilt. Thank you for sharing.

  4. My favorite back to school memory is getting to see my friends again.

  5. That would have to be college. I loved buying books and seeing what was on the agenda.

  6. I loved getting my new lunch pail and walking to school with my friends.

  7. Gorgeous quilt! and I loved getting new books and subjects to study.

  8. New clothes, school supplies, and the excitement of the first day of school!

  9. Whoo those colors really sing. Love seeing this quilt done in different colorways! Each so different and unique.

  10. I agree very nice show casing.

  11. Lovely quilt - love those batks!!! Best school memeory - playing at recess - do they have that in today's schools! LOL

  12. soo pretty. that pattern really works with both sets of fabrics well.
    I loved school. especially history and recess. I was a farm girl also, but I loved playing baseball.
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    1. Congratulations Lori! You are the winner of my free pattern giveaway. I will email you a copy of the pattern shortly. Please let me know if you receive it.

  13. I love your quilt and your great photoes.

  14. I loved my typing class. Pretty quilt!

  15. College was wonderful foe me. I was a science geek. Great colors.

  16. you made a beautiful quilt!! my favorite memory is a new dress my sister made for me, a wonderful green calico. Thanks

  17. Love it! My favorite memory is when I started teaching, and still got new crayons.

  18. I always loved going back to school each September as a child and I couldn't wait to listen to whatever read aloud book the teacher chose. But - my favorite memory is the look on the faces of my students when they entered my room on the very first day with all the exciting projects yet to come.

  19. I remember that when I started school we still wore dresses, that began to change in elementary school and I can remember being allowed to wear pants. I also remember the new school that opened in 2nd grade and we had a goldfish pond in the entry hall, so cool!

  20. My favorite back to school memory was when we would get our class assignments and madly checking to see which of my friends was in the same class as me!

  21. I love your remake with the Sakura fabric. Such rich colors! My favorite back to school memory was clothes shopping with my mom. I had her all to myself during those shopping trips. cknapp3626(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  22. I always loved getting new shoes - and I still love shoes!

  23. My best back to school memory is from second grade. I had a witch of a teacher in first grade and we had no public kindergarten. So, I started second grade with despair. I was thrilled that we had a lovely teacher - she was not a pushover, either. It was a wonderful year.

  24. Stunning quilt, and I just love the quilting on it!

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