Can you believe it? I’m already six months into my year as an Island Batik Ambassador! It’s been an awesome year so far, with a challenge every month and other celebrations. My new box has arrived, and I can't wait to show you the lovely batiks inside. First though, I thought I'd do a little recap of the year so far.
In February, we had several small challenges instead of one big one. We started by making kennel quilts for the Petfinder Foundation and it’s Small Kennel Quilt Team, which provides them to animals in need. We celebrated Galentine’s next (a made up holiday to celebrate your girlfriends) by creating mug rugs. For Valentine’s Day, we were challenged to use a special collection of Valentine’s batiks so I made a mini quilt for my sweetie.
Furry Fridays continued in April, and our challenge was applique and I made an art quilt of my cat Lucy. In April, we were also asked to make a mini-quilt from 2-1/2” squares cut from a fabric collection that was to debut at Market. Because we had to keep the quilt and the fabric collection a secret until Market, I don’t know if I ever showed it to you. Since the collection is no longer a secret, I can safely show off my sales rep sample.
The mini-quilts were given to the Island Batik sales reps to show quilt shop owners how beautiful the fabrics in the new collections are. My sample was made from Vineyard, which is in stores now.
In May, we were challenged to make a modern quilt and I made mine using Vineyard, a collection that had just been released at Market.
The challenge for June was curved piecing and I made my quilt using fabrics from Sweet Nectar collection.
For July, we were challenged to make a baby quilt. Here is my quilt top, again made with fabrics from the Vineyard collection. I’m really loving this! Can you guess that my favorite color is purple? <grin>
I’m adding some special appliques to the top before I quilt it up. Be sure to stop by later this week to see the finish. It’ll be worth it, I promise!
Also in July, some of the Island Batik Ambassadors (including myself) made stuffed animals to dress up the Island Batik booth at Fall Market. I made a dragon and a cute puppy dog from patterns supplied by Funky Friends Factory.
So what lies ahead for the Island Batik Ambassadors? Perhaps the contents of Box 2 provides a hint. My daughter helped me make a video of the box opening. Frankly without her help I'm not sure I would have attempted it! It took her five hours to put it together and frankly it's amazing how great she made me look. <grin> Enjoy!