Every year, the Island Batik Ambassadors receive two box fulls of goodies. In those boxes, there are often “surprise fabrics,” wrapped up all pretty so when we make a box opening video, those fabrics aren’t accidentally shown to the public before they are released.
Last July, I received a box of Island Batiks and inside was a bundle of surprise fabrics—half-yard cuts from each of the fabrics in one of the Fall/Winter 2018 collections. I received the Fortune Teller collection.
The first thing we do with these surprise fabrics is to make a rep sample—a small mini quilt—for the fabric representatives to show at quilt stores. The rep samples help the fabric reps present the various fabric collections. Man, there’s nothing to seeing and touching the beautiful fabrics in an Island Batik collection!
After the collection is sold, the rep samples eventually get donated to the Small Kennel Quilt Team (which is supported by the Petfinder Foundation, a non-profit organization that supports animal shelters/rescue groups. The Small Kennel Quilt Team makes kennel quilts for rescue animals, and the rep samples we make are perfect for lining a kennel and making a poor, rescued animal feel just a little bit better.
Here’s my Zora, trying out my Fortune Teller rep sample.
The next thing we Ambassadors do with the surprise fabrics is to make a quilt. This quilt is featured in a blog hop, and my Fortune Teller quilt was featured in January’s Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop. I didn’t get my quilt finished unfortunately because my sister was in the hospital and later died. I have been working on it though and have been updating you on its progress. Although I don’t have to finish the quilt for Island Batik, I want to finish it for me and my sister.
I’ve made several rep samples as an Island Batik Ambassador. I can’t show you my latest one because it features fabrics in a Spring Summer 2019 collection that hasn’t been released yet. Here are my rep samples for Vineyard (Spring/Summer 2017) and Dear William (Spring/Summer 2018).
Hey! If you happen to visit Paducah…
Be sure to take the shuttle to Hancock’s of Paducah. They carry Island Batik, and you’ll find the collections featured here in their shop. Hancock’s happens to be celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary this year, so it’s well worth the visit to celebrate and of course buy lovely fabrics!