Santorini Beauty Quilt

Welcome to my stop on the Island Batik Ambassador "New York Beauty" challenge. We each received a beautiful bundle of new release fabrics (which are now shipping to stores) and were challenged to create a quilt using the New York beauty block as inspiration.

The fabric range which I received is called "Santorini" designed by Claudia Pfeil. It's a beautiful, saturated palette, all based on the colours and textures of the Greek island of Santorini.

Like quite a few of the other ambassadors, I'd never made a New York Beauty block (much less a quilt), so the nerves set in a little bit. The first thing I did was borrow books from the library, look at Pinterest and watch YouTube videos. When I was confident to start, I jumped right in. And guess what - I absolutely loved making my New York Beauty quilt. 

I decided to keep it simple for my first time and chose to make a one block quilt. It's a great block for a beginner and honestly, lots of fun to make.


Once I'd made a few blocks, I layed them out and really liked how they looked on point, so that became my plan. Over the course of about a week, I made the 25 NYB blocks for my quilt. We also received a couple of yards of co-ordinates from Island Batik. I used Bridgewater to frame my quilt. 

I'm very pleased with how Santorini Beauty turned out and I'm thankful that Island Batik gave us this "out of our comfort zone" challenge. And now, I can't wait to make another New York Beauty quilt.

Thanks to Island Batik for sending the beautiful fabrics to create this quilt, I'd also like to thank the additional industry partners who also supplied products. 

Hobbs Batting - Heirloom 80/20 bleached cotton batting.

Schmetz Microtex Chrome 80/12 sewing machine needles (super sharp and perfect for batik sewing).

Aurifil thread - pieced with colour #6731 (tiramisu) in 50wt and quilted with #2887 (very dark olive) also in 50wt.

Now for some fun.. it's giveaway time!

I'm giving away a little bundle of fabrics from this Santorini Range. A charm pack with 24 x 5" squares and a couple of FQ's. 

Santorini looks like a beautiful holiday destination, so to enter my giveaway, just leave me a comment telling me where your favourite holiday location is. 

If commenting anonymously, please include your name/email address in the comment. A winner will be chosen on the weekend.

Island Batik are also hosting some very generous giveaways this month. This week, they've got a couple of new release FQ bundles up for grabs (including Santorini). Please enter in the rafflecopter.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Here is the list of the Island Batik Ambassadors along with their blog dates and fabric collections. Please stop in and see what they're created (or are creating). There are also a lot of giveaways in this hop, so go and enter - Good Luck.

June 6:

Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail
Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio

June 7:

Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts
Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

June 8:

Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

June 9:

Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter
Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts

June 10:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway

June 13:

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations
Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

June 14:

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts
Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum

June 15:

Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde Gifts
Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

June 16:

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese
Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

June 17:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway

June 20:

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia
Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky

June 21:

Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads
Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

June 22:

Megan Best, Bestquilter
Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

June 23:

Suzy Webster, Websterquilt
Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood

June 24:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 3 and Giveaway

June 27:

Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs

GIVEAWAY winner is Melody. 
Please get in touch so I can forward to you.


  1. oh WOW your quilt is gorgeous. I love all the colors/fabrics and the placement. I love the movement which really catches my eye. Thanks for sharing and for inspiring. I have this NY pattern and now want to give it a try. We pretty much stay close to home. Havent done a lot of long distance traveling since the kiddos have left home. We used to love to go into the mountains and camp out. My husband and son would take care of the cooking and our daughter and I would clean up. We went on a lot of hikes and saw a lot of animals that lived in the area. Such wonderful memories. quilting dash lady at comcast dot net

  2. Your quilt is so beautiful and the colors are fabulous! My favorite vacation destination is Florida where my brother and sister-in-law lives.

  3. My favorite place to vacation is with relatives in Maine, especially if we get a chance to get out on the water!
    Beautiful quilt - the fabrics are gorgeous - thanks for the giveaway!!!

  4. Love your quilt! The fabrics and design work perfectly together. We love to vacation in Vancouver, Canada.

  5. I love your quilt you did such a great job with it - my favorite vacations are in the mountains of the Rocky Mountains in Wyoming to Montana - I am in the states though so understand if I am not included in the give away - postage is horribly expensive

  6. Your quilt looks lovely, great job. Love these colors together, teals and orange. I always head towards the beach, California coast. Thanks for the chance to win.

  7. Love these batiks! My favorite place to vacation is at a cabin in the mountains.

  8. Ich liebe diesen Quilt! Das Muster und vor allem diese Farben: Meine Lieblingsfarben .Und in so kurzer Zeit hergestellt... Ich würde Jahre dafür benötigen, wenn überhaupt.
    Mein Lieblings-Urlaubsort sind die Berge in Südtirol/Italien. Mein Mann und ich wandern sehr gerne in den Dolomiten (kein Klettern, nur Wandern!). Man fühlt sich in dieser imposanten Natur immer sehr demütig und dankbar für diese Schönheit.
    Herzliche Grüße aus Deutschland!
    Sybille Maier

  9. That is a beauty. Hawaii is my favourite holiday destination.

  10. Hi, my favourite holiday destinations is Spain. Marina

  11. I love Hawaii! Your quilt is just lovely. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Your quilt is beautiful. My favourite holiday was on the island of Gozo. Like Santorini, it is also in the Mediterranean sea, a tiny dot of an island very close to Malta.

  13. I’ve been practicing curved piecing lately and hopefully will advance to a NYB project before long. ��Love your on point setting!

  14. I live in NY so I love the Vermont area.
    Absolutely stunning quilt!

  15. Love the simple approach, especially when you are trying something new. My dream vacation was one in Hawaii many years ago, but just going to the lake with family is at the top of the list.

  16. So many beautiful places to visit. My favorite place is Norway! I also have never made a New York Beauty quilt. It is on my list!

  17. It is hard to say how much fabric I purchase in a year as I never have tracked it. I am currently trying to work through my stash but of coarse there are times when you just have to buy some fabric!

  18. Beautiful, Anorina! I think we've learned a lot with this challenge - at least I have!

  19. I love western North Carolina - beauitiful mountains!! Your quilt is lovely - gorgeous colors!!!

  20. Your New York Beauty is gorgeous in her simplicity. I love that you chose a simple layout so that the blocks and fabrics can shine.
    A couple of years ago I visited Amsterdam with my friend and saw the tulips. I wish I can go again with Paul this time.

  21. That is so pretty!
    you have mastered curve piecing!

  22. seeing thar sentence that you had never made a quilt before nearly gave me whiplash.??such terrific work that you always present and then your current beautiful quilt you have so much to celebrate. thanks for sharing and giving the rest of us hope.

  23. I love your version, one block is perfect as there is lots of shape in the fabrics....
    I love batiks so will enter . holiday favourite is anywhere with a beach....

  24. Your quilt is beautiful! My favorite spot would be somewhere in the mountains. I live in Florida, so I love the mountains.

  25. I love the south coast of New South Wales lots of fishing and swimming

  26. Favorite: Amsterdam with my grandchildren

  27. I love your quilt! This is on my bucket list but definitely out of my comfort zone. Your post is great encouragement. My favorite holiday is to Hawaii!

  28. I love family birthday, maybe that isn't a holiday to most but it is in this house!!

  29. a NYB beginner??? no's gorgeous and i've never tried one so thanks for the push...a new england beach is always my favorite vacation destination...

  30. I have no idea how much fabric I buy. Right now I have lots stored away which was all bought as fqs or fq sets, so I tend to only buy fabric for my quilt backs and binding.

  31. Hi,
    What an awesome quilt! So pretty and colorful.
    Have a great day!

  32. My favorite holiday location would be in a cozy house, with family, having a good meal & a fun time. Your New York Beauty blocks remind me of fans that women would flutter in front of their faces to cool off. Usually seen in old movies.

  33. Typically, I go to visit family. But when my partner and I go on vacation, we choose a city and explore it. We loved San Francisco, and Washington, DC, but our very favorite place was New York City, and I would return there in a heartbeat. We live in the country, and spent many, many years living by the ocean, so that may be why city vacations appeal to us, but we also just love immersing ourselves in the culture and vibrancy of different cities.

  34. I love your quilt! The colors are beautiful and the design keeps my eyes moving around. It's interesting how sometimes the top spikes seem in the foreground and sometimes the bottom ones seem like they are. And the background color is absolutely perfect! Just like the sea by Santorini! My favorite place in the world is Thailand, although I spend most of my holidays on my front porch in Wisconsin, which is nice too. Thanks for sharing the story of this quilt, and thanks for sharing your beautiful fabric!

  35. The quilt is stunning! You have pieced it beautifully. The range is amazing that you put at the end. Yummy yummy. With regards to holidays I still have very fond memories of the UK and France but I think the UK has lots more for me to see. It is in my genes lol.

  36. I do love this quilt, Anorina! Thanks so much for linking up with TGIFF this week! Have a wonderful week!

  37. Love this quilt. I love to vacation in Florida. I want to vacation in Maine.

  38. This is a beautiful quilt. Best vacation is Sorento in Italy

  39. I got married on Santorini! So it is definitely a favorite.


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