Island Batik Ambassador Box #2 Opening

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I receive a new shipment of the latest batiks twice a year so I can use them in our monthly challenges. This week, I knew a box was on its way and I was on pins and needles waiting for it to arrive.

Finally it came!

The Ambassadors are encouraged to create a video showing us opening the box. I'm not very good at making videos, but thankfully I have my daughter to help me!

Here's a link the post I wrote about the first box of batiks I got back in February. Want to know what I got this time? Watch the video and see!

Okay, maybe I'm not so lucky. It appears that my daughter, besides adding music, also likes to also add little comic touches. <grin> Ha!

Anyway, now that you've seen my video let's take a look at the box's contents in more detail.

One of the first things I noticed was the Surprise bundle. This bundle contains batiks that will be released at Fall Market, so I can't share them with you right now. The Ambassadors will be having a blog hop to feature these batiks in January, when they become available in quilt stores so be sure to watch for that.

The next thing I noticed was a bag from Aurifil, an Island Batik Ambassador partner. Aurifil generously sends along some of its quilting and piecing threads for inclusion in our boxes, and this time was no exception. Inside my box I found a lovely spool of light olive 40 wt. thread, and a sampler set of green thread spools in various weights: 12 wt, 28 wt, 40 wt, 50 wt, 80 wt, 12 wt wool,and cotton AuriFloss. I can't wait to try them all. Aurifil also included some information about their threads that I can share with you when I do.

One of the collections included in the box was Lavendula. I got a set of 2-1/2" strips and two coordinating fabrics. As soon as I saw Lavendula's lovely purples and teals, I knew I needed to use it right away in this month's Pattern Play challenge. Stay tuned!

Island Batik also included two 10" Stacks from two different collections. One set was from the Paisley Dot Brights collection. Gosh I love these beautiful dotted fabrics! I can't wait to figure out a special way to use them.

The other 10" Stack was from the the Sweet William collection. Sweet William was the Surprise package in my last box of batiks, and it debuted at Spring Market. I used Sweet William in last month's Modern challenge, and will use it again in the Ambassador's Great Outdoors Blog Hop in August so I'm super happy to get more of it in this shipment.

Don't you just love those gorgeous red-purples, golden yellows, and beautiful deep greens? Yum!

As usual, my box included a bundle of coordinates from the Island Batik's Basics, Blenders, and Neutrals collections. They included a few brights, some lovely greens and blues, and a deep purple that I know will go well with the collections they sent.

Island Batik also included several fabrics from its Check It Out collection. I simply love these checks! I've already created a few designs that use them and can't wait to share them with you. These checked batiks are remarkably versatile and add just the right touch of brilliance to a design.

Also included in the box was five yards of a gorgeous creamy batik called Custard from Island Batik's Neutral collection. I've really been needing more background fabrics for my designs so I'm really excited about this one. And it's so lovely! The perfect cream.

I was also excited to receive a bundle that included solid white, black, and gray batiks from the Basics collection. I can really see these in a crisp, modern design, mixed with the gorgeous clear colors of the other Island Batiks I've received. Perfection!

I have to admit that I was pretty excited to see that another Island Batik Ambassador partner, Hobbs, had not been forgotten. Hobbs sent several quilt batts for us to use in our monthly challenges, including Hobbs Natural 100% Cotton batting from their Heirloom collection in Queen size, and two Throw-sized wool batts from their Tuscany collection.

Well, I'm off to finish the July Pattern Play challenge, using some of my new batiks. I love these challenges, and I love working with Island Batik!

Be sure to come back next week for a chance to win some batiks by linking up your red, white and blue quilts to my special Wednesday Wait Loss. Your quilt can be a work in progress or a finished quilt, but it must have red, white and blue in it in order to receive an extra chance to win. You can link up other projects too, but red, white, and blue quilts get two chances to win some Island Batiks!

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Disclosure: The products featured in the post were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik and their program partners, Aurifil and Hobbs Batting.

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