My quilt Compass Points is in the March/April 2019 issue of Quiltmaker Magazine.
Quiltmaker gave me an extra issue to offer as a giveaway. Please comment below to be entered. USA entries only due to shipping costs.
Monday, February 4, 2019
The first year Island Batik had Ambassadors, there were about 12 of us involved. This year there are 50 Ambassadors! That's a lot of inspiration and I hope you follow along with us as we all create a new project every month with these beautiful fabrics and supplies.
The first excitement every year for the Ambassadors is getting a huge box with supplies to work with.
Here is my box from Island Batik that I received in January.
Two packages of stash builder rolls- 5" strips of a variety of prints. So wonderful to work with!
A large package of one of their neutrals- this one is Sprinkles- one of my favorites! Also large cuts of their black, white and gray basics. I've used the black and white before and they are wonderful. When I use them with other Island Batik prints, I think the prints really pop. I haven't used the gray yet, but I look forward to trying it out. That is one reason this Ambassadorship is so wonderful - we get to try out new things all the time!
There are two surprise bundles. These fabrics will not be in shops until after Fall Quilt Market, so I can't show them yet. I will be showing them to you in a project during our August Blog Hop- so stay tuned!
Next is a bundle of half yard fabrics. These are from Island Batik's Foundations line. These are just beautiful and the foundations fabrics are available all the time. Check them all out on their website.
Also included were 5 spools of Aurifil thread. Aurifil is also a supporting business partner with the Island Batik Ambassadors and has been sending us thread in different weights to try out. In July the Ambassadors will be making projects highlighting Aurifil threads.
There is a beautiful 10" Stack pack of Moroccan Bazaar that I can't wait to work with! The colors just shine. The pack also came with a light and dark coordinating fabric. Island Batik has wonderful people in their workrooms that send these combinations to us- thank you Island Batik!
Another bonus they sent us was a bundle of rayon fabrics to use. Rayon sews a bit differently than cotton fabrics, so this is a different challenge. They also sent this beautiful red rayon scarf. You can check out their scarves and rayon fabrics on their website www.islandbatik.com.
Hobbs Batting is another wonderful supporting partner with the Island Batik Ambassadors. This year they sent us a variety of 6 different batting to use. Did you know they had so many different kinds of batting? If you are a quilter like me, you tend to find one batting you like and use that all the time. Trying out these different battings opens up a lot of exciting possibilities!
Here are all the wonderful products in the first Island Batik box. Did I tell you that we receive two boxes a year as an Ambassador from Island Batik? One comes in January and one for the second half of the year comes in July. Isn't that just amazing!
But wait- this year we recieved a surprise second box! This year Accuquilt has joined as a supporting partner also! What a surprise this was!
This box contained the Ready Set, Go! Fabric Cutter Starter Set. These sets are wonderful and contain everything you need to get started. You can check them out at their website www.accuquilt.com.
This kit contained an Accuquilt Go! cutter, a 2 1/2" strip die and the Go! Qube Mix & Match 8" block set (shown open in the photo below) and the Quilt in a Day Go! Qube book by Eleanor Burns.. The Ambassadors will be making projects using these dies in April. This block set is pretty great- you'll be hearing more about all of this during the year.
Here is the list of the Island Batik Ambassadors for 2019. Be sure and follow their blogs to see lots of inspiration this year!
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
This is a long post, but I wanted to add two winners from past blog posts.
Quilting Tangent is the winner of the Jan/Feb McCalls Quilting magazine, and
Deb B is the winner of the two half yard Island Batik fabrics from the Getaway Blog Hop. Congratulations!
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
The fabric collection that Island Batik sent me to use for this blog hop is called Midsummer's Night.
One earlier thing we had to do was make a small project 12" x 18" to send to the Island Batik reps as a sample they could show customers of the whole collection I solved my color challenge by using one colorway on the front and one on the back. Beautiful fabrics!
The theme of the blog hop is Getaway. How to incorporate the theme with the fabrics? Many of the Ambassadors have thought about vacation travels. I was thinking about a one day getaway event. It wouldn't have to be to a far away location- it could be something near home. Maybe an activity with a special meaning...
I have a good friend who has two sons, the younger son (a teenager) is autistic and the older son started a special race in honor of his brother to benefit Autism Speaks. Autism Speaks is a special organization that supports families with autistic children. Wouldn't a Run be a fun thing to do on a Getaway day! This spring (May 4th) will be the 5th year for David's Run for Autism. The Run ( a 3K and 5K Run/Walk) includes a silent auction of donated items. Every year I try to make something special for the auction, so I was wondering about making something with these fabrics.
I decided to keep the colors in two separate groupings, and make not one, but two quilts for donation!
The symbol for Autism Speaks uses a puzzle piece, so I designed the quilts with puzzle pieces. The quilts are smaller lap size quilts 36" x 54".
Here is the purple puzzle quilt.
And here it is in greens and browns.
I like each one! It was hard to get a good photo of both quilts together, but here you can see how the different colors highlight the puzzle pieces.
I quilted them very simply. The green quilt was finished with straight lines and the purple one with wavy lines.
Aurifil Thread and Hobbs Batting also partner with Island Batik and sent the Ambassadors supplies we could us in our projects.
Aurifil sent me these beautiful threads that went so well with the fabrics.
Hobbs Batting sent 100% cotton batting that I used for both quilts. Many thanks to Island Batik, Aurifil and Hobbs for making these projects possible.
Island Batik is having a special drawing of not one but TWO 20 piece fat quarter bundles - so there will be two winners! Go to their blog at Island Batik and fill out an entry.
I am having my own drawing for two half yard cuts of fabrics from Midsummer's Night that I didn't use in my quilts. They are lovely and I hope you all leave a comment below to be entered. There are only a few days left in the hop- so be sure to enter today!
David's Run for Autism is May 4th in Nappanee, IN if anyone is interested in coming to run (and maybe even bid on my quilts!)
There are only a few days left in the blog hop, but you can still go back and look at the earlier posts.
Getaway Blog Hop Schedule
Monday, January 7 – Crystal BallMaryellen McAuliffe –Mary Mack’s Blog
Sandra Walker- mmm! quilts
Tuesday, January 8 – DittyStephanie Jacobson –Steph Jacobson Designs
Michelle Roberts- Creative Blonde
Wednesday, January 9 – Elk LodgeConnie Kresin Campbell – Free Motion by the River
Anna Branch –Ark Angel Creations
Thursday, January 10 – Feline FineBea Lee –Bea Quilter
Sharon Parcel- Yellow Cat Designs
Friday, January 11 – Flea MarketGeraldine Wilkins – Living Water Quilter
Jessica Caldwell- Desert Bloom Quilting
Monday, January 14 – Fortune TellerSarah Goer –Sarah Goer Quilts
Sherry Shish –Powered by Quilting
Jennifer Fulton –The Inquiring Quilter
Tuesday, January 15 – Gypsy RoseJen Strauser –Dizzy Quilter
Janet Yamamoto- Whispers of Yore
Wednesday, January 16 – Paisley ParkDione Gardner-Stephen- Clever Chameleon
Nancy Scott –Masterpiece Quilting
Thursday, January 17 – Soul SongCarole Lyles Shaw- Carol Lyles Shaw
Toby Lischko –Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Friday, January 18 – Twilight ChicJackie OBrien –If These Threads Could Talk
Tina Dillard- Quilting Affection
Monday, January 21 – Winter ParkJennifer Thomas- Curlicue Creations
Anita Skjellanger- Quilt In a Not Shell
Tuesday, January 22 – BazaarKaren Overton- The Quilt Rambler
Alison Vermilya- Little Bunny Quilts
Turid Bakken- Den syende himmel
Wednesday, January 23 – BlossomKaren Neary –Sew Karen-ly Created
Leanne Parsons –Devoted Quilter
Thursday, January 24 – BohoLaura Piland- Slice of Pi Quilts
Suzy Webster- Adventurous Applique and Quilting
Myra Barnes- Busy Hands Quilts
Friday, January 25 – BrookviewVicki Schlimmer –Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Amy Warner –Sew Incredibly Crazy
Monday, January 28 – French BluePamela Boatright –PamelaQuilts
Joyce Mullis –Hearts Creations
Tuesday, January 29 – Midsummer NightKathleen McCormick –Kathleen McMusing
Connie Kauffman – Kauffman Designs
Wednesday, January 30 – Oh DeerJen Shaffer- Patterns by Jen
Jeanette Jones –Inchworm Fabrics
Thursday, January 31 – Snow BerrySally Mannke –Sally Manke Fiber Artist
Joan Kawano –Moosestash Quilting
Friday, February 1 – Candy Cane Lane and IcicleIcicle
Terri Vanden Bosch – Meanderings along Lizard Creek
Anne Wiens –Sweetgrass Creative Designs
Candy Cane Lane
Mania Hatziioannidi –Mania For Quilts
Barbara Gaddy –Bejeweled Quilts by Barb