Summer in the Country Blog Hop! Day 1


Welcome to the Summer in the Country Blog Hop with the fabulous Island Batik Ambassadors! This group of quilting bloggers will be showcasing our fresh new fabrics, now in quilt shops near you!

Each day, you’ll stop by a blog authored by one of our Ambassadors. There you’ll find a fun project, tutorial, or giveaway, and a scrumptious summer time recipe.

We’re kicking things off with a family farm inspired quilt and a fabric giveaway!

I love barns. While I didn’t grow up on a farm, they are a part of my family’s history and they’ll always have a special place in my heart. It doesn’t hurt that barns have their very own quilts, too! 😉 After a recent trip to Minnesota and a visit to one of the family farms there, I was inspired to put together these fun paper pieced blocks! I mixed the blocks with some Missouri Stars as a tribute to my home state.


All of the barn blocks and instructions for finishing this quilt will be available to everyone at the end of the hop right here on the Island Batik blog!

Now, how about that fabric?! We have two half yard bundles up for grabs. One bundle from our County Fair collection and another from our Countryside collection!


Ready to enter? Do it right here! Two winners will be drawn and announced on Monday, September 7th.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here’s the schedule for the rest of the hop. Tomorrow’s stop is with Marlene of KISSed Quilts!

8/17 – Island Batik
8/18 – KISSed Quilts – Part 1
8/19 – Kauffman Designs
8/20 – Adele Mogavero
8/21 – MooseStash Quilting
8/22 – Pamela Quilts
8/23 – Freemotion by the River
8/24 – The Patchwork Pearl
8/25 – Fun Threads Designs
8/26 – For Quilts Sake
8/27 – Lemon Tree Snippets
8/28 – Bejeweled Quilts
8/29 – Tamarinis
8/30 – KISSed Quilts – Part 2
8/31 – Beaquilter
9/1 – Purrfect Spots Designs
9/2 – Maria Michaels Designs
9/3 – Mary Mack Made Mine
9/4 – Made In Scraps
9/5 – Happy Cottage Quilter

And before you go, don’t miss this delicious recipe! Inspired by this dish, this pie became a family favorite the first time we made it! But be warned – this is definitely not low-cal or heart healthy!


2/3 cup Nutella
1 (8oz) block cream cheese
1 tsp vanilla
1 (8oz) container Cool Whip, thawed
1 package of Double Stuffed Oreos
1/2 cup butter

Also grab: pie plate (or cupcake tins), medium bowl, spoon

1. Open each Oreo and scrape the filling into a medium bowl and put cookies into a gallon plastic bag.

2. With a rolling pin, smash the cookies into smithereens (or grind them up in a food processor).

3. Add butter to your bowl of Oreo filling and microwave until butter is melted. Stir. Add your cookie crumbs and mix with a spoon. Set aside roughly half a cup and press the rest of your mixture into a pie plate. Set aside.

4. With your mixer, cream the Nutella, cream cheese and vanilla. Add Cool Whip and mix until just blended. Pour into your pie plate on top of your Oreo crust and top with the remaining crumbs. Place in the freezer for three hours or overnight.

5. Remove from freezer about 15 minutes before serving.

Categories: Ambassadors, Blog Hop

{ 32 comments… add one }
  • Allison CB August 17, 2015, 1:55 pm

    The link for Beaquilter’s facebook page isn’t working but you can just put her name into facebook and search for it!

  • Janie August 17, 2015, 2:19 pm

    Thank you so much for the blog hop. Amazing bloggers you have. It will be a great time. In advance thank you for the barn block and instructions.

  • Patricia Davis August 17, 2015, 2:22 pm

    love the quilt. love the fabric. thank you for the opportunity to win. please be aware – the contest link for BeaQuilter does not work. The link below listing her does work.

    • Katie August 17, 2015, 3:40 pm

      Thanks for the heads up, Patricia! Bea’s link should be working now! 🙂

  • Joan August 17, 2015, 4:01 pm

    What a fun barn quilt. The fabrics add the perfect zing! Your recipe sounds devilishly good! 😉

  • Pam Geisel August 17, 2015, 5:20 pm

    Those barns are adorable! Would also look cute with mini quilt squares on the barns.

  • VickiT August 17, 2015, 6:05 pm

    This will be fun to follow and see what everyone will show us and the yummy recipes too.

  • Jeanna August 17, 2015, 6:39 pm

    I “Heart” batiks and never thought of using them in barn blocks. Great fun!

    Thanks for the recipe, I think I’ll try it using muffin tins.

  • sherry August 17, 2015, 6:43 pm

    I have always loved big old barns! Your Island Batik fabrics look wonderful in this quilt. Yummy pie and thank you for sharing the recipe. Creative Batik Blog Hop Bliss…

  • Bea August 17, 2015, 6:47 pm

    Thanks for fixing the link and it looks great 🙂 forgot about the recipe…

  • adele August 17, 2015, 7:36 pm

    love the barns!

  • Maryellen August 17, 2015, 7:47 pm

    Great recipe! This is going to be a fun hop! Thanks for the links to the FB pages.

  • Mary Ebert August 17, 2015, 8:47 pm

    The barns are really neat. I love the Island Batiks fabrics. so many colors and designs.

  • Barb August 18, 2015, 1:10 am

    This will be fun. I can’t wait to see the projects. Love the barn quilt.

  • Cecilia August 18, 2015, 2:34 am

    Cute barn quilt! Thanks for the blog hop! It looks like fun.

  • LJ August 18, 2015, 1:43 pm

    Beautiful fabrics, Island Batik!! I’m loving your barn quilt. I, too, love barns and even have a large oil painting of an old barn on my living room wall. It was a raffle prize many years ago but I’ve never grown tired of it. I love that you used the Missouri star block; I must look up an Iowa star block for mine. I’m looking forward to each day of the hop.

  • Lauren August 18, 2015, 8:20 pm

    What a fabulous method to introduce us to your ambassadors! I just “met” several new FB friends!
    Thank you

  • Kaholly August 18, 2015, 9:55 pm

    Love the barn quilt! I love batiks, too. I have an island batik bundle already, waiting for just the right project. I don’t do Facebook, but I did subscribe to you! I’ve been waiting for this hop. I follow many of your ambassadors and they’ve been good at letting everyone know.

  • Jackie August 19, 2015, 2:08 pm

    Love the quilt and fabrics! Looking forward to getting the pattern. Thank you….

  • Jacqueline August 19, 2015, 3:48 pm

    Looks like a fun sal. Thanks

  • Brenda Ackerman August 19, 2015, 3:57 pm

    Your quilt is beautiful, old barns are a wonderful thing to search for while traveling. So many varieties each with their own charm. Combining the barn blocks with the star blocks was a great choice. Thank you for sharing and I hope you have a wonderful creative day!

  • Tonya R August 19, 2015, 4:02 pm

    Love the barn quilt!!! Can’t wait. Live on a farm and have an old bank barn and would love to make a barn quilt some day….

  • Margaret Chair August 20, 2015, 3:29 pm

    love the new batiks and all the fun things that were made with them. Found a lot of great designers to follow too! Thanks!!

  • Debbie rhodes August 23, 2015, 2:00 pm

    What beauty. Thanks for the information and chance to win

  • jean August 23, 2015, 2:32 pm

    The quilt is adorable and thanks for the chance to win these gorgeous batiks!

  • Donna Bredt August 23, 2015, 9:51 pm

    Loved the placemat and table mat. Thank you also for directions for them. Donna

  • Peg S August 26, 2015, 6:18 pm

    Beautiful fabrics! Thanks for doing a giveaway.

  • Debra Kay Neiman August 27, 2015, 12:37 am

    Love the barns so much, will be back to check those out. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  • Judy D August 30, 2015, 12:46 am

    Love the barn quilts. Reminds me of my early days on the farm. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway!

  • Karen Thurn September 5, 2015, 4:41 pm

    This has been a very ice blog hop. Very interesting projects. Thanks for sharing.

  • batik lover December 13, 2015, 5:28 am

    Your textiles and patterns are beautiful! I am very impressed with the creativity and uniqueness of your art. Do keep up the good work.


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