Back to School With Island Batik

Oh goody!!!! It is time for another Island Batik blog hop! I always enjoy participating in these. It is so wonderful to see so many talented people come together and share not only beautiful work, but beautiful fabric as well. This hop's theme is Back to School and today's fabric line is Empress Garden.

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Now I could sit here and gush all day long about this line. Seriously, this has to be my favorite line so far. There were squeals of joy (and strange looks from my husband) when I opened my Ambassador box to find this line. It is just so bright and vibrant, and happy!

Empress Garden fabric line.

Kennel Quilt made with Empress Garden fabric.

Enough gushing about the fabric and on to the main event. The theme this time is a fun one, but I was void of inspiration until the very last minute. I mocked up a lone star as you can see, but I've done quite a few lone star projects lately, and wanted to do something closer to the blog hop theme. 


After a lot of thinking the idea for my crayon bag was born. I mean, who doesn't think crayons and bags for back to school right?! Now this is my first bag (unless you count Sweet Pea Pods), so figuring out the assembly was a lot of fun. They crayons are made up of Empress Garden fabrics, except the yellows, and one of the pinks. I hope you enjoy the pictures!

Trying out fabrics before cutting.

Paper pieced crayons ready to go!

Outside bag panel.

Thank you for taking the time to read about my Back to School project. Be sure to check out all of the other beautiful creations by Island Batik Ambassadors, and don't forget to enter the giveaways.

Back to School Hop Schedule


Monday, September 4 – Beaujolais
Quilting Affection Designs • FunThreads Designs

Tuesday, September 5 – Country Dozen
Cheryl Lynch Quilts • Inspired Layers

Wednesday, September 6 – Bonsai
Little Bunny Quilts

Thursday, September 7 – Sakura
Masterpiece Quilting

Friday, September 8 – Empress Garden
Dessert Bloom Quilting • Slice of Pi Quilts


Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins
KISSed Quilts

Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms
Kathys Kwilts and More

Wednesday, September 13 – Olivera
Moose Stash Quilting • 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 • The Quilt Rambler


Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed Quilts • Whispers of Yore

Tuesday, September 19 – Vineyard
The Inquiring Quilter • Inchworm Fabrics

Wednesday, September 20 – Abalone
PamelaQuilts • Yellow Cat Quilts

Thursday, September 21 – Batiks Go Retro
Adventures in Applique and Quilting

Friday, September 22 – Captain’s Anchor
Purrfect Spots Designs • Beaquilter


Monday, September 25 – Cherry Berry
Freemotion by the River • Mary Mack Made Mine

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

Island Batik Giveaway

Desert Bloom Quilting Giveaway

I am giving away 5 half yard cuts of Island Batik Basics & Blenders that coordinate perfectly with the Empress Garden Collection.