Friday, January 24, 2020

Island Batik Ambassador Box Unboxing

What's the best Happy Mail around?  A 28-pound Ambassador box from Island Batik!  What does 28 pounds of quilting goodness look like?  Check it out!

 Check out my unboxing video to see all these goodies as I unpack them!

Here's a detailed look at all the fun stuff!  First, the goodies from the generous industry partners.

From Hobbs there are two king-sizes cotton battings from their Heirloom Collection.  From Aurifil, there are two of their new color builders, named after cities of Italy.  Each color builder includes 3 large spools of 50 weight thread in the same color family.  I got the blue set, Como, and the black/white set, Carrara. From Schmetz there are two packs each of their Chrome microtex needles and their super nonstick needles.  And from Accuquilt, a Hattie's Choice BOB die.  BOB stands for Block on Board meaning you cut out the entire block in one pass through the Go cutter. 

Whew!  And that's before we get to the fabric!  Here are the beauties I received from Island Batik.

Wow!  First, there is a half yard bundle of Catching Dreams, a Fall 2019 collection designed by Kathy Engle for Kari Nichols of Mountainpeek Creations.  I'll be using this collection in February for a blog hop featuring all of the fall collections.  I also received two yards each of a dark and a light fabric from the collection.

Catching Dreams designed by Kathy Engle for Kari Nichols of Mountainpeek Creations

Next there is a strip pack of Sunset Blooms, designed by Kathy Engle for Chris Hoover of Whirligig Designs.  Both Catching Dreams and Sunset Blooms are Fall 2019 collections; precuts are available now and yardage ships to shops in February.  Island Batik recently updated their Store Locator so you can find a shop near you that carries their fabrics. 

Sunset Blooms, designed by Kathy Engle for Chris Hoover of Whirligig Designs
Next is a Stacker of 10" squares of Sundance, designed by Kathy Engle.  These are not my usual colors and I'm excited to work outside my comfort zone a little!  Sundance is a Winter 2019 collection; precuts are in stores now and yardage will ship April/May.  All the winter collections will be featured in a blog hop in May.  The wrapped packages in the above photos contain another Winter collection, but which collection I got is still a secret!

Sundance by Kathy Engle
Then there half-yard cuts of fabrics from Island Batik's basics, blenders, and new solid lines.  These were chosen to coordinate with the collections we received.  I didn't get a picture of just the foundation fabrics, but I did take a picture of just the solids.

solids in magenta, amethyst, cobalt, & dark gray
I've been using Island Batik solids in white, gray, and black since becoming an ambassador last year.  They just released their new solid shades and these babies are saturated with luxurious color! I received magenta, amethyst, cobalt, & dark gray.  Three of these colors have already made it into my March project--yup, I work ahead!  I also received 4 yards each of the white, gray, and black; these are not pictured due to shipping later.

As if all that wasn't enough, there is also 2 yards of lovely rayon in Iris Paisley. 

Iris Paisley

 And a rayon scarf in Bubbles Sea.

Bubbles Sea
And SIX YARDS of Coconut from the Foundations Neutrals collection.


And TWO sets of Stash Builder strips!  I didn't get a separate picture of these but they are in the photo of all the goodies.  Stash Builder strips are 5" by WOF and they are so versatile! 

Just in case you think that I am the only one in my house who enjoys the fun that these ambassador boxes bring, here is the box being used as a toy.  My son loved to play hide and seek with this box! 

So that, friends, is what 28 pounds of amazingness looks like!  I can't wait to show you what I've started to make with these beautiful fabrics.  Thanks again to Island Batik for this opportunity, and to Accuquilt, Aurifil, Hobbs, and Schmetz for the chance to play with their products!


  1. Nice job on the video and very cute pic of the young one in the box! Can’t wait to see what you create.

  2. That Catching Dreams Collection is yummy! Can't wait to see what you make with it. Nice video!

  3. Great video and post, Emily; I loved seeing all the flat lays of your fabrics. What a haul!!

  4. My favorite was the catching dreams. Those are my colors. And I loved the bonus picture have your son in the Box.

  5. Let the fun begin! You have a bunch of quilty inspiration in that box, and that little guy is the cutest thing about the whole post :-)

  6. Sew much fun! I enjoyed your vid. Great that your son is super enjoying it all, too!!! Love his photo!

  7. Oh my gosh Emily! So exciting! It was fun seeing you "in person" opening your 28 lbs of amazing. How perfect your son fits right in the box too! I'm excited to follow all you create and make.

  8. Ha! Love the photo of your little boy. Your video was so much fun. Can't wait to see what you make!

  9. So many beautiful and fun products, like always. Terrific to see the box getting reused lol :D