My New Island Batik Box Has Arrived!

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.

Kennel quilts

Mug rugs for Galentine's

A mini quilt for Valentine's

In March, we continued to support the Petfinder Foundation with Furry Fridays, and on March 24th it was my turn to play host. We also celebrated National Quilting Day and made a mini quilt as our monthly challenge.

I used foundation piecing and fabrics from the Pressed Petals collection to make my mini quilt for March's Mini Madness

I used foundation piecing and fabrics from the Pressed Petals collection to make my mini quilt for March's Mini Madness

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.

Making this art quilt helped me come to terms with the death of my sweet cat, Lucy

My rep sample featured the Vineyard collection

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.

My modern version of a vineyard <grin>

The challenge for June was curved piecing and I made my quilt using fabrics from Sweet Nectar collection.

I really enjoyed the curved piecing challenge and this Sweet Nectar fabric 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>

My baby quilt top is almost finished. I wonder what's missing? Come back this week to find out!

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!

If you visited my blog earlier, I'm Sorry for the inconvenience. I had to take my video down for a short while because I accidentally showed something I shouldn't have. The video is now fixed, and frankly, it's pretty funny! Thanks to Katerina (my daughter) for fixing this for me. Those responsible for sacking the people who have just been sacked have been sacked. Møøse trained by YUTTE HERMSGERVØRDENBRØTBØRDA Special Møøse Effects OLAF PROT Møøse Costumes SIGGI CHURCHILLMøøse Choreographed by HORST PROT III Miss Taylor's Møøses by HENGST DOUGLAS-HOME Møøse trained to mix concrete and sign complicated insurance forms by JURGEN WIGG The credits have been completed in an entirely different style at great expense and at the last minute.

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