February 15, 2018

Island Batik Ambassador Box

All of the products in this post have been given to my by Island Batik, along with their product partners, Aurifil and Hobbs Batting.

Oh, how I've been waiting to share this post! I found out right at the beginning of January that I had been chosen as an ambassador for Island Batik this year. It's my first time being an ambassador and I'm really looking forward to all of the monthly challenges that will give me a chance to play with the gorgeous Island Batik fabrics.

Last week all of the ambassadors received notifications that our boxes of goodies had shipped and it has been like waiting for Christmas to arrive. I think having that tracking number might have made me even more anxious as I could check daily (or many times daily 😉) to see if it had moved any closer. Of course, it was all made infinitely worse/better by seeing others open their boxes and share all of the amazing things inside while my own box slooooooly made its way to me.

But it's finally here! Let's take a look, shall we?

The first thing I saw when I opened the box was a twin-size Hobb's 80/20 batting. That will come in handy, don't you think? I've never used Hobb's before, so I am looking forward to giving it a try. There is also a queen size package of Hobb's Thermore, which is an ultra-thin batting. I have a bag I want to make soon and I want to quilt the panels for it, so I think that's the first thing I'll use this for.

The next thing I found in the box is still a secret. It's a bundle of fabrics that will be released at Spring Market, so I can't share them yet. I have peeked, though, and I can tell you they are so, so pretty. I can't wait to get to making with them. In fact, I peeked so quickly, I forgot to take a picture of them still wrapped. Oops!

6 spools of Aurifil thread, including 3 gorgeous greens. Other ambassadors pointed out that their thread colours match the colours of the secret bundle, so there's a little hint of what my surprise fabrics include. And a whole cone of white. Wow! That will come in handy too. The 2 spools on the right are 40wt, which I haven't used before. Anything I need to know about working with it?
Aurifil Thread | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
And now the fabrics. I chose not to ask for any particular colours, so I had no idea what to expect. But oh, the lovely things they sent me 😊

Stash builders are 5" x WOF and there are 5 rolls, with 4 fabrics in each roll. Such beautiful colours! That yellow in the middle on the left has already been pulled out to be used for my first project.
Island Batik stash builder rolls | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
3 yards of a lovely cream neutral fabric.
Island Batik fabrics | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
2 yards of this beautiful rayon. The drape of this is fantastic and I love the colours. I'm thinking it will become a skirt, just as soon as I can decide on a pattern. Maybe the Everyday Skirt by Leisl and Co? Do you have any other suggestions?
Island Batik rayon | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
They also sent a beautiful rayon scarf. Mine is this fabulous bright pink.
Island Batik rayon scarf | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
This fat-eighth bundle is called Elementz and it came with a coordinating orange. I love how bright these ones are.
Island Batik Elementz | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
This is a stack of 10" squares of the Northern Woods line, along with 1.5 yards of coordinating light and dark fabrics.
Island Batik Northern Woods | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
I didn't ask for any particular colours because I didn't really know when I filled out the form what I would be using the quilts for, but since then I've come up with some ideas. One of them is a quilt for a man, so I'm really happy to have some more masculine colours included.

They also sent this bundle of pinks and reds for a Galentine's Day project. My box didn't arrive in time for Galentine's Day, but I had picked a particular friend I planned to make for, so I'm still going to make it for her. I won't be using the pinks, though, so these will be stashed for some future project.
Island Batik pinks and reds | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
And, last but not least, there was a bundle of Foundations, which are great blender prints.
Island Batik Foundations | DevotedQuilter.blogspot.com
All I can say is "WOW!" I'm going to have a lot of fun with these this year 😊

There are 45 Island Batik ambassadors, so there's going to be a lot of batik inspiration floating around. Many of them are new to me, so it will be fun to get to know them as the year goes on. Here's the full list of us, courtesy of Laura at Slice of Pi Quilts:

Barbara at Bejeweled Quilts
Bea at BeaQuilter
Carole at Carole Lyles Shaw
Connie at Kauffman Designs
Dione at Clever Chameleon
Geraldine at Living Water Quilter
Janet at Whispers of Yore
Jeanette at Inchworm Fabrics
Jennifer at Curlicue Creations
Jennifer at Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer at Inquiring Quilter
Joyce at heARTs Creations
Kathleen at Kathleen McMusing
Leanne at Devoted Quilter (That's me!)
Mania at Mania for Quilts
Maryellen at Mary Mack Made Mine
Michelle at Creative Blonde
Pamela at PamelaQuilts
Sally at Sally Manke
Sandra at MMM Quilts
Stephanie at Steph Jacobson

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have some serious fabric petting to do! I should have lots of sewing time over the next few days as we are at the start of a 4 day weekend. That means I'll be back soon with the first of my projects showcasing these goodies 😊

7 comments:

  1. Wow! Awesome to see your fabrics. Have fun :)

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  2. It's interesting to hear you say that you chose not to ask for any particular colors. I didn't know it could be an option that you might! :) I look forward to seeing what you create this year!

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  3. What a wonderful box of delicious goodness. Have fun creating.

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  4. Congratulations! I’m a little jealous of the thread and fabric. I've used the 40 weight before and haven’t had any problems with it, but I chose quilting designs that didn’t have a lot of travel stitching. That way there was less build up of a thicker thread. But that is just personal preference.

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  5. Your goody box is just wonderful! I can't wait to try the 40wt thread, I haven't used it before. I particularly love the Elementz fabric. Looking forward to watching your creations.

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  6. Enjoy playing with your new fabrics. Looking forward to the projects inspired from this wonderful fabric.

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