Island Batik Ambassador – unboxing the goodies

About a month ago I got a Fedex tracking email saying they will deliver a 24 lb box from Island Batik. Then a day later I got my email from Island Batik announcing the 2019 Island Batik ambassadors and I had made the list! It has been almost a month and I still find it hard to believe I was chosen.


Every year Island Batik chooses about 40 or so quilters and designers to promote their fabric. They send us a huge box of fabric. In return, we have to design and make an item every month that fits a theme. There will be two main blog hops – on in August and one in Jan 2020 featuring their new releases. Island Batik partners with Aurifil, Hobbs batting and AccuQuilt for the ambassador program. I did not know this and I was totally floored when I received this 39 lb box from AccuQuilt! Without further adieu, let’s see what’s hidden in the boxes…

Can’t get better than this!
Intrigued by Do Not Throw!
The other box

 

Here’s everything out of the box and posing for a picture.
This is a strip set of Soul Song (released fall/winter 2018 and available in the stores now) along with 2 yards each of a dark and light from the line.  You will see at least one or two project this year using these bright fabric.
Each of these rolls have 5 five inch wide cuts of color. I got lots of turquoise/blue, gold/yellow, and some nice purples.
3 yards each of solid white, grey and black. These are batik solids – same material as batik prints but dyed a solid color. The black especially is quite impressive – it’s a very saturated black which is hard to come by. Also hiding behind the grey is a ivory/cream batik blender called Milk Shake.
Half yard cuts of various colors from batik Foundations.
Surprise fabric – These wrapped packages contain new fabric lines to be released in Spring/Summer of 2019. I am not allowed to show this now but there will be blog hop in August featuring new fabric released for Spring/Summer 2019. I have peeked into this after I took this picture and all I can say is Wow!
2 Yards of beautiful pink batik rayon fabric and a batik rayon scarf in the most beautiful dark fuchsia. I don’t sew apparel and may be it’s time for me to learn to make a skirt or a top with the rayon.
So many goodies from Hobbs! Three queen-size batting rolls, one silk blend that I haven’t tried before, and a Thermore batting that I’m eager to try on a table topper. Hobbs had been my preferred batting for years, and I’m certain these will be used up very quickly.
A complete Ready. Set. Go! system from AccuQuilt! I had never considered using a cutting system but within minutes of trying it out, I’m hooked!
The Qube includes many convenient sizes – 4″ HST, 2″ HST, 2.5″ squares, etc. I put my small scraps through it and I now have a bin full of HSTs and squares for my next scrap project.
Look at that! A 2 1/2″ strip cutter. I put my larger scraps through this and I not have a bin full of 2.5″ strips
5 spools of Aurifil thread. There are two 50-wt, one 12-wt and two that say “floss”. I need to figure out how to use them all.

Please visit the Island Batiks Blog for info on the ambassador program and all the 2019 Ambassadors. Stay tuned for our February challenge!

Here’s a list of all the 2019 Ambassadors:

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen

Gene Black ~ Gene Black

Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts

Connie K Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River

Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts

Tina Dillard ~ Quilting Affection Designs

Becca Fenstermaker ~ Pretty Piney

Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Barbara Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon

Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts

Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts

Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II

Joanne Hart ~ Unicornharts

Mania (Magdalini) Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts

Carla Henton ~ Creatin’ in the Sticks

Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting

Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter

Bea Lee ~ BeaQuilter

Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff

Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke

Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights

Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke

Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog

Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing

Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs

Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created

Lisa Nielsen ~ Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam

Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk

Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts

Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail

Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting

Anita Skjellanger ~ Quilt in a not-Shell

Laticia “Tish” Stemple ~ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland

Jennifer Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter

Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations

Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts

Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts

Sandra Walker ~ mmm! quilts

Suzy Webster ~ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

(Debora) Anne Wiens ~ Seams like a Plan

Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter

Janet Yamamoto ~  Whispers of Yore

Tutti-Frutti & TGIFF

I’m super excited to host TGIFF (Thank Goodness It’s finished Friday) this week. Please click on the link at the bottom of this post and share your finishes and WIPs.

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I’d like to share my recent finish – Tutti-Frutti. Years ago I got a jelly roll of a batik line called Gelato by Timeless Treasures. My favorite ice cream flavor growing up was tutti-frutti. It has a light fruity flavor with bits of candied fruit called tutti-frutti. This fabric line of pinks and golds reminds me of tutti-frutti ice cream.

DSCN9218I made a small quilt for a mini quilt exchange some years ago but the rest of the jelly roll sat in a shoe box once again waiting for that perfect pattern to show up.

The perfect pattern was a non-pattern. I attached each 40″ strip to about 30″ strip of white background on both ends. I cut each the strip in half at with different lengths to give a random look. It took me for ever to work out the placement of the strips to get a random but balanced look that I was happy with.IMG_1102

cropped_IMG_1100For quilting, I tried out different border designs in each of the colored strips. In the background I went all out graffiti quilting with swirls and feathers and flowers and whatever I felt like.

 

TGIFF: Please link your finishes here.

This link will take you to another page with the linkup where you can add your link and see others’ links. My blog host (wordpress.com) does not allow embedded scripts, hence the external page that hosts the linkup.