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Island Batik Ambassador Box #1 Opening

For about a week now, I've been eagerly awaiting the arrival of my new box of batiks from Island Batik. You see, twice a year the Island Batik Ambassadors receive a new shipment of the latest batiks for use in our monthly challenges.

Even though I knew when the box was due to arrive, my heart lept every time I saw the Fed Ex truck on our street.

Oh so close! I wish my neighbors would stop having things delivered so I can tell when the truck is for me. <grin>

Finally it was my turn!

Oh my heart!

Even Zora was curious about what might be inside. Of course she's a cat and curiosity is literally her thing, but still...she wouldn't leave the box alone!

Did you say this was a box of "cat-iks?"

The Ambassadors were encouraged to create a video showing the box opening, so without further ado, here's what was inside my box.

Let's take a look at the box's contents more slowly and in more detail.

The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was the lovely roll of Hobbs 80/20 Batting. In the video I may have implied that it was all cotton, but it's 80% cotton and 20% polyester. This combo produces a beautiful quilt that breathes and yet is easy to quilt. I also love how perfect the loft is, producing a wonderful backdrop that shows off your quilting.

I've used this batting many times before and love how wonderfully it quilts up. I haven't used it lately though as I'm using up other types of batting as I make the switch. The longarmers in my area also prefer this batting which is another reason why I'm switching.

Deeper in the box I found the Thermore batting--this is a light weight battting with a lovely drape, especially useful in quilted garments and miniatures or so I've been told. I bought this batting a while ago and haven't used it yet, but now I'm really encouraged to give it a try. Can't wait to let you know more about it.

Hobbs also sent along a brochure with small samples of all their batting. I'm already comparing their offerings to see which other ones I might want to try out. I'll be sure to share this info with you soon.

Like Hobbs, Aurifil is another partner with Island Batik in the Ambassador program so we often find Aurifil threads in our boxes. This time, they included a large cone of 50 wt white thread for piecing and quilting. Also included were several rolls of 50 wt and 40 wt threads that coordinate with the batiks included in the box. I used Aurifil a lot, and have a large collection but I don't think I have these warm greens, reds, and purples. Yum!

You might have noticed from the video that Aurifil included a brochure in the box as well. I'm very familiar with Aurifil already, since we carry it in the quilt store at which I work so let me share something with you. Notice in the photo that some of the threads have green spools while others have orange? The color of the spool helps you to quickly identify the type of thread. In this case, the orange spools are 50 wt, and the green spools are 40 wt. I use both for quilting, but keep in mind that the 40 wt is thicker and so will be more visible. I also use the 40 wt for machine embroidery. The 50 wt I use for quilting and piecing.

Now let's see what batiks were included in my box! One of the first bundles I saw was a fat eighth bundle from the Plum Delicious collection. I just love its combination of bright oranges and purples---this makes my heart sing! Notice that Island Batik also included some coordinating yardage. I love how thoughtful Island Batik is. They really think about what we need to make our challenge projects, and they include that in our boxes.

Another bundle included in the box was from the holiday collection, Alpine Jingle. I've loved this collection from the moment I first set eyes on it online, and I can't wait to use it in a project. They sent me a Stamp (10" squares) and coordinating yardage so I'm all set! Now to think of a design that sets this off...

Island Batik also included another set of Stash Buster rolls. I just love these things! 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. My advice is if you see them at a quilt store, snatch them up!

My box also included a bundle of coordinates from the Island Batik's Basics, Blenders, and Neutrals collections. These colors look like they are going to work well with the other fabrics included in the box so I'm over the moon!

Island Batik also sent some more batik rayon and a lovely rayon scarf! I'll just have to find a pattern I want to use with the rayon soon---it's so lovely that it just can't sit in my box any longer.

Finally, included in the box was a bundle of fabrics from a "surprise" collection. This collection will be officially released at Spring Market, so I can't show you it until then. But I can tell you that I love it! (and so does Zora <grin>)

Well, I'm off to make something with my new batiks! The Ambassadors are celebrating Galentine's Day with postcards and mug rugs, and Valentine's Day with a mini quilt so I've got a lot of sewing to get done.

Have a great quilty weekend! Be sure to come back on Tuesday, February 13th for Galentine's and on Wednesday, February 14th for Valentines to see what I've made and to share your Valentine's/Galentine's projects!

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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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Island Batik Four Seasons Blog Hop Giveaway Winner!

The Island Batik Four Seasons Blog Hop is over and it's time to announce my giveaway winner. I hope you enjoyed visiting all of my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors, and seeing the new batik collections. If you missed any of them, it's not too late to view the wonderful quilts and gorgeous batiks--just click the links below.

My collection was Blue Moon, and to celebrate the hop I decided to give away a charm pack to one lucky winner in the U.S.

To one lucky International follower, I'm going to give a free PDF pattern from my shop!

Before I announce the winners, let me tell you quickly about the Island Batik events coming up this month.

First, we'll be celebrating Galentine's Day, a day to celebrate your best gal friends and raise them up! To celebrate, the Island Batik Ambassadors will be making postcards or mug rugs, so watch for that post sometime on or before February 13th, which is Galentine's Day. Galentine's is the invention of Leslie Knope, a character played by Amy Poehler in Parks and Recreation. The day went from fiction to fact when it was embraced by women around the world.

I'm planning to focus my weekly Wait Loss Wednesday linky party on February 14th to sharing everyone's Galentine's Day and Valentine's Day creations (old or newly created), so I hope you'll join us. I hope you'll put your thinking caps on and whip up something if you don't already have something to share!

Also in February, the Island Batik Ambassadors are celebrating Valentine's Day (of course) with a MiniLove creation so please watch for that post.

Okay, it's time to announce the winners of that fabulous charm pack and the free pattern of choice from my shop! First I gathered all the US entrants, assigned a number to each one and let Random.org choose the winner.

And the winner of the charm pack is...

Congratulations Kit! Please email me your postal address and I'll get the charm pack out to you.

And now for the winner of a free pattern! Like before, I gathered all the International entries in a pile, assigned a number to each one and let Random.org do the rest.

And the winner is...

Congratulations Turid! Please send me an email with your pattern choice. You'll find my shop here.

Thanks to everyone who participated in the hop! I have giveaways often so be sure to follow me if you want. You'll find the ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.

Bye for now! Please think about creating something to link up to my Galentine's/Valentine's linkup on Wednesday, February 14th!

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Disclosure: The batiks featured in the giveaway were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik.

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Island Batik Four Seasons Blog Hop and Giveaway!

Hi and welcome to the first day on the Island Batik Four Seasons Blog Hop!

Today’s featured Island Batik collection is called Blue Moon, and it's simply wonderful!

Blue Moon is part of the Winter collection, and you'll find it in quilt shops beginning this month (January 2018).

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The icy blues and purples in the Blue Moon collection made me think immediately of a snowy forest in winter. I considered many designs for my quilt, finally deciding on this Bear's Paw variation. After putting the top together, I kept thinking of a snowy forest, and the light filtering down from a full moon. I call my quilt Freshly Fallen.

I played with the idea of adding a border, but finally decided it didn't need it.

For quilting, I used a large loop design for the big square in the block, and a simple curved outline for the HSTs. For the corner triangle in the block, I used a backwards question mark design. I quilted each block the same, which made the quilting go pretty fast because I had a firm plan.

I'm coming down with the flu or something, so my husband and daughter kindly took my quilt outside for these photos. I gave them a list of some of the shots I wanted, then told them to play. Didn't they have fun?

Here are the quilt details:

"Freshly Fallen"
32" x 32"
Fabrics: Island Batik Blue Moon collection
Pattern: Original Design
Batting: Quilter's Dream Request
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2610 Light Blue Grey
Quilting Thread:  Aurifil 50 wt. #2740 (Dark Cobalt) and Invisifil 100 wt. #710 (Deepest Burgundy)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

Please visit Cheryl @ Cheryl Lynch Quilts, who is also featuring the Blue Moon collection today.

More Island Batiks!

My first year as an Island Batik Ambassador is at an end with this blog hop, but I'm excited to announce that I'm going to continue as an Island Batik Ambassador for 2018! Be sure to follow me if you'd like to see more projects featuring Island Batik. You'll find ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar.

Click here if you'd like to see my past Island Batik quilts and other quilts finished in 2017.

Enter My Giveaway!

To celebrate the Island Batik Four Seasons Blog Hop, I'm having a giveaway! Leave a comment below to enter to win a lovely charm pack from the Blue Moon collection by Island Batik (US residents only). The giveaway is open through the blog hop, and closes on February 1st at midnight EST. I'll announce a winner on February 2nd.

For International residents, the prize will be one free PDF pattern from my shop. I'm sorry I can't afford the cost of shipping overseas, but I wanted everyone to have a chance to win something. Thanks for stopping by and please leave a comment to enter!

Be sure to leave your email address when prompted. If your name is chosen and I can't contact you, I'll select another winner.

Enter the Island Batik Giveaway!

Use the Rafflecopter below to enter the Island Batik giveaway! Up for grabs are four precuts from the collections featured during the Four Seasons Blog Hop. So you have four chances to win!

Continue the Hop to Enter More Giveaways!

The blog hop continues through Feb 1. Be sure to visit the other Island Batik Ambassadors each day and see even more beautiful Island Batik fabric collections! There are additional giveaways, free patterns, and tutorials so be sure to visit each stop on the hop.

Follow me on social media to keep up with the blog hop and other happenings! You'll find the ways to follow at the top of my sidebar.

WEEK 1: Winter

Monday, January 8 – Blue Moon
Inquiring QuilterCheryl Lynch Quilts

Tuesday, January 9 – Mountain's Majesty
Fun Thread DesignsLittle Bunny Quilts
Quilting Affection Designs

Wednesday, January 10 – Alpine Ice
Freemotion by the River  •Slice of Pi Quilts
Seams Like a Dream

Thursday, January 11 – Alpine Jungle
Purrfect Spots Designs  •Bejeweled Quilts

WEEK 2: Spring

Monday, January 15 – Elementz
Den Syende Himmel  •Inspired Layers

Tuesday, January 16 –Southern Blooms
Yellow Cat Quilts  •Quiltologis Treasures

Wednesday, January 17 – Morning Sunshine
Quilt'n Party  •Dessert Bloom Quilting

Thursday, January 18 – Season's Shades
Inch Worm Fabrics Kauffman Designs

WEEK 3: Summer

Monday, January 22 – Paisley Dot
PamelaQuilts Seams Like a Dream

Tuesday, January 23 – Sunflower Serenade
Kathy's Kwilts and More  •Whispers of Yore

Wednesday, January 24 – City Culture 2
Mary Mack Made Mine  heARTs Creations

Thursday, January 25 – City Culture 2
The Quilting Rambler  •Lizard Creek Quilting

WEEK 4: Fall

Monday, January 29 – Autumn's Grace
BeaQuilter  •KISSed Quilts

Tuesday, January 30 – Pumpkin Patch
Ark Angel Creations  •Seams to be Sew

Wednesday, January 31 – Plum Delicious
Masterpiece Quilting  •Adventures in Applique and Quilting

Thursday, February 1 – Northern Woods
Moose Stash Quilting  •Vicki's Crafts and Quilting

 

Disclosure: The products featured in the post were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik.

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My Last Island Batik Ambassador Challenge of the Year

2017 is coming to a close, and before it does, I wanted to share with you my December Island Batik Challenge.

This month, the challenge was to make a scrappy table runner. I was inspired by the spirit of the season and created "Silent Witness."

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I designed my table runner for my marble top chest, located in my entrance way beneath a large mirror. I think it looks wonderful there!

Although I pulled a variety of batiks from several different collections to make my runner, several came from the new Pumpkin Patch collection.

I edge-stitched the appliques and quilted the trees at the same time. For the sky, I used a swirly, snowy night quilting design.

For the binding, I used a two color binding that matched the quilt top.

Here are the quilt details:

"Silent Witness"
14" x 35"
Fabrics: Various Island Batiks, including the Pumpkin Patch collection
Pattern: Original Design
Batting: Quilter's Dream Request
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2605 Grey
Quilting Thread:  Sulky 40 wt #561 (Lipstick) and #1028 (Baby Blue), Gutterman 50 wt #8640 (Dark Spruce), Wonderfil 40 wt #4116 (Palmetto Green), Wonderfil Konfetti100 wt #606 (Peacock Blue), #707 (Pine Green), and #414 (Soft Tan), Robinson-Anton 40 wt (Gold)
Pieced and quilted by Jennifer Fulton

I have really enjoyed my Island Batik challenges this year! They really push me to be creative. In this case, I had to tweak my original idea until I found something that would work with the various batiks I was given. I love that tiny pop of red that the cardinal provides! And when I discovered that I didn't have any brown or white that I could use for the ground, I decided to use blue! I know, the ground isn't blue. But doesn't it look wonderful?

I hope you have a wonderful New Year. I've got one more Island Batik challenge to do (our year runs from February to January). In January, me and my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors are hosting a blog hop to feature all the new Island Batik collections. The hop begins January 8th, right here on my blog.

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