First, let me make my official announcement! I’m going to be a 2019 Island Batik Ambassador! Congratulations to my fellow 2019 Island Batik Ambassadors—-what an inspiring group of quilters I get to work with!
I’m so excited to share another year of beautiful batiks with you. There are many cool Ambassador challenges this year and lots of surprises so fasten your seat belts and hop on board!
If you like batiks as much as I do, be sure to follow me so you don’t miss the eye candy. Even if batiks are not your thing, you’ll love the challenges, new patterns, and dazzling quilts on display. Not to mention the giveaways! You’ll find the ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.
The Island Batik Ambassador year begins in February and runs to January the next year. Sometime in January, we receive our Island Batik box which is filled to the brim with the latest batiks, Aurifil threads (they are an Island Batik Ambassador partner), and Hobbs batting (another generous partner).
So January is like Christmas, waiting for Santa to arrive (in his Fed Ex truck).
This time, the postman rang twice! <grin>
Let me tell you, when two boxes showed up instead of the usual single box, my heart skipped a beat! I mean, Island Batik is always so generous what else could they possibly have included?
Watch my video to find out!
Wow! That was overwhelmingly awesome! Let me slow things down a bit and take a look at my goodies one by one.
First out of the box was my set of Surprise fabrics, in two bundles. The Surprise fabrics are not in general release just yet—they will debut at Spring Market in May and will be featured in the August Island Batik Ambassador Beat the Heat blog hop. Mark your calendars now because the blog hop will be filled with new batiks, gorgeous quilts, and tons of batik giveaways!
Up next was Aurifil thread—four 50 wt spools and one 28 wt spool. The Island Batik Ambassador program is privileged to have several partners, and Aurifil is one of them. What that means is that there are always several spools of Aurifil thread in our biannual boxes, so there’s always just the right color to quilt our Island Batik quilts. I’m a big Aurifil fan from way back, so I piece, quilt, and embellish my quilts using their threads. I feel so lucky that they are a part of the Ambassador program.
The thread colors they included in my box coordinate with the fabrics they sent. Aren’t the colors lovely?
Island Batik generously sent several buttons I can use to spread the word about Island Batik. Aren’t they pretty?
Besides the Surprise fabrics, I also received a set of 2-1/2” strips and coordinating yardage from another collection, one that’s available now. The collection I got is called Twilight Chic. Love the rich colors!
Island Batik always includes yardage from their Foundations collections in the box. Foundations are available all the time, which makes them easy to find in your local quilt store. Just look at these rich purples, blues, and greens!
I also received 5 yards of a lovely creamy batik called Almond that has light touches of purple, perfect for use as a background. Almond is part of the Neutrals collection. It goes well with the Foundations bundle, and with other batiks I’ve received in the past.
Island Batik also makes solid batiks, in black, white, and grey. They pair up wonderfully with other batiks for a modern, crisp look. They included 3 yards of each color in my box. I love using these!
Island Batik also included two sets of Stash Builder rolls. Each roll contains four 5" x WOF strips. The set includes almost 3 yards of batiks! I really love working with these strips because you can cut 5" charms, 2-1/2" squares, and lots of other pieces from each strip. If you have these at your local quilt store, snatch them up! They are awesome for building up your batik stash.
Hobbs is another partner in the Island Batik Ambassador program, and they sent several of their incredible batts in the box. Hobbs generously sent two 80/20 batts (80% cotton and 20% polyester), one all cotton batt, one silk batt, and one Theremore batt (which provides awesome drape to garments or quilts).
I’ve used Hobbs for years in my quilts and I love the quality. I can’t believe they sent five batts! I’m ever so grateful since I’ve used up almost my entire stash of quilt batts. Awesome timing, Hobbs! Thank you so much.
An impressive list of goodies, don’t you think? But the biggest surprise this year was awaiting me in Box Number 2—a complete Accuquilt Go! cutting system!
The box includes everything I need to quickly cut the fabrics for any quilt I might design that uses 8” finished quilt blocks. Included in the Cube are dies that cut 2-1/2” squares, 4-1/2” squares, HST and QST that finish at 4”, 2-1/2” x 4-1/2” rectangles, square in squares for 4” finished squares and parallelograms for 2” x 4” rectangles. Accuquilt Go sells lots of other dies so I can expand my capabilities as needed.
Accuquilt also included their 2-1/2” strip cutter in the box. I plan on using it first on my rather large fabric stash, which I would prefer to store in basic usable units such as 2-1/2” strips, 5” squares, 2-1/2” squares and other common units.
But first things first—-to unpack the system and learn how to use it. I’ll be sharing what I learn as I go along, so be sure to follow me if you’re interested in a fabric cutting system.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm off to make something with my new batiks. The Ambassador challenge for February is to make a Magnificent Mini. My personal challenge is to post my December challenge quilt (it’s been done for a while, just haven’t posted about it yet.) and to finish my January challenge quilt.
Have a great quilty week! Come back tomorrow when I blog about my December Island Batik challenge, and on Wednesday to share your current quilty projects on my weekly linky party, Wednesday Wait Loss.
Disclosure: The products featured in the post were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik and their program partners, Aurifil, Hobbs Batting, and Accuquilt.