Monday, July 20, 2020

Island Batik Box #2

It's the most wonderful time of the year!  No, not Christmas--time for the second Island Batik Ambassador boxes to be shipped to the 25 ambassadors world wide.  There is much frantic checking of UPS notifications and looking out the window at any sound of a potential large truck once we know our boxes have been shipped!  I am so excited to show you today what was in my second box.  And this time, the goodies actually came in three separate boxes!

The boxes on my doorstep

Here's the video of me discovering all my amazing goodies!  

I couldn't do a shot of the box of fabric for the video, so here's a photo.

inside the box of fabric
The first box to arrive was from industry partner Accuquilt.  They sent each of us a newly re-released Go! Me cutter that is part of a special challenge for July.  I'll be posting my project and details of the challenge later this week.  The Go! Me is smaller than the Go! I have and it's super cute!

I have a pre-cut 10" stack of Floralicious designed by Kathy Engle, as well as two 2-yard cuts of coordinating basics.  Floralicious is a spring 2020 collection--those precuts are in stores now and the yardage will be available in September or October.  These colors look like so much fun!

Floralicious by Kathy Engle

There were also two stash builder rolls, a special Island Batik precut.  These rolls are 5" by width of fabric and I love them because they are so versatile!  I got one pack of mauve/light purples and one of aquas. These will be fun to play with!

 You may notice in the shot of all the fabric in the box, above, there are two wrapped packages in my box.  That is one spring and one summer collection, but I can't reveal them just yet.  But I do have some coordinating fabrics from the Island Batik Foundations collection.  Foundations are always available and there are basics, blenders, and solids.  Here are the the coordinating fabrics I was give to go with my Surprise spring collection:

Don't you just want to jump in a pool of these cool blues and greens?  And here are the pretty pastels that coordinate with my Surprise Summer collection.


I also got a fat quarter bundle of Color Pop by Kathy Engle. Colorpop is a fall 2019 collection and is in stores now.  You can see the bundle in this photo of all the fabric together:

I somehow didn't get a shot of just Colorpop and now it's all cut up and in my August project!  But here's image of the collection.  It's a bright, vibrant collection of mostly primary colors and it was so fun to work with!

There were also 4 yards each of a neutral, Sprinkles, and solid white, gray, and block.  I love that Island Batik names all their neutrals after foods!

In addition to all the glorious fabrics, Island Batik has many industry partners that send us goodies for our challenges as well.  First, there are 6 beautiful spools of Aurifil thread.  These were selected to coordinate with my Surprise spring collection and will be highlighted in a thread painting challenge later this year.

I am very excited about getting a tool from Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design.  I have heard great things about these tools but had not tried them yet.  I was given the diamond rects tool for making diamonds inside a rectangle, a common unit in the Storm at Sea block.

By Annie is sponsoring the September challenge.  We picked a bag pattern and Annie created a kit with all the supplies we need for the bag!  I picked Running with Scissors, a great sewing gear bag.  I am not great at the 3D sewing required of bags but I know Annie's patterns are thorough and there are great add-on videos that show you the tricky bits step-by-step.  And just look at the beautiful fabrics she picked out for me!  These are from the spring collection Lemon Grass by Kathy Engle for Chris Hoover of Whirligig Designs.

And of course, we all know that quilts need batting!  Hobbs sent 4 different batts: their black batting, silk batting, strips that are fusible, and their 80/20 blend that is also fusible.  I am especially excited about the fusible batting!  My absolute least farvoite part of the quilting process, hands down, is layering a quilt for quilting.  I'm hoping the fusible batting helps with this step.

How lucky am I?!  I'm very thankful to Island Batik, Aurifil, Accuquilt, By Annie, Studio 180 Design, and Hobbs for all the amazing treasures!  I can't wait to sew all this up into projects!


  1. Truly a great video, you seem so relaxed. Floralicious is gorgeous, makes me think of Fruit Loops. Gray is my fave too and just so you know, I've never been anyplace with the crystal clear turquoise water either, lol.

  2. Lovely items and an entertaining and interesting video!

  3. Great haul and a lovely video! I recommend Bermuda to get to that water...its a quick flight from the east coast.

  4. Oh, that Aurifil thread is gorgeous, and how fun to get a little AccuQuilt too. I think you will find the Annie's project a fun experience. Her patterns are so well done, and I love working with Soft & Stable. Those fabrics are so pretty!

  5. Fun collections - you'll be making some very colorful projects!

  6. Love all the beautiful colors and possibilities going on here!!!

  7. Lots of gorgeous color in your boxes. Looking forward to seeing all your projects.