Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Island Batik Ambassador 2022 and Unboxing #1

I am beyond excited to share that I was selected as an Island Batik Ambassador for 2022.  This will be my fourth year with Island Batik and I absolutely love the experience.  Island Batik and all their industry partners are so generous, the ambassadors themselves are amazingly supportive and creative, and the monthly challenges have  You all know I love the beautiful batik fabric!  And that's why the best day of the year is the day the ambassador boxes arrive!  This is when I get all the goodies to use for the first six months of the year.  

Want to see what I was sent?  Here is my unboxing video, with special appearance by Fire Monkey.

And here's a photo breakdown of what was sent:

First, I was sent a bundle of Precious Pinks.  This is 20 fat quarters of 20 different shades of pink, all of which are Foundations Basics, so they are always available.  These fabrics will be featured in my January project.

Next, I was sent the Citified Collection, designed by Kathy Engle for Sherry Shish of Powered by Quilting.  All the new collections will be showcased in the February blog hop, so you'll get to see what I did what Citified.  I was also sent coordinating yardage, two yards each of Thistle and Merlot.

Next was a mystery package, my assigned collection for the May blog hop.  But I can't show it to you yet!  There were 12 half yard cuts from Foundations, the fabrics available all the time, that support Citified and the mystery collection. These include solids (top:dark gray, pink, orange, & lime green), blenders (middle: large netting Sand, bubbles Sahara, marble Charcoal, & large netting Ivy) and basics (bottom: daiquiri, turtle, garnet, & mustard).

Then there was a strip pack of the Contempo collection, designed by Kathy Engle for Kate Colleran Designs.  Coordinating yardage included 2 yards each of Banana and Grass.  Contempo is an absolutely gorgeous rainbow, and I've already cut into it for the Exploding Heart quilt along with Laura of Slice of Pi Quilts (also a former Island Batik ambassador). 

There were also two packages of Stash Builder rolls.  These are super versitile, the rolls are 5" by width of fabric, so they can be subcut into a variety of sizes, including charm squares, 2 1/2" strips, or whatever sizes you might need.  


And what's a quilt without a great background?  I got 4 yards each of solid black, gray, and white. Plus 6 yards of the neutral called Muslin. 

And then there an amazing FOUR battings from Hobbs: 80/20 bleached, 80/20 natural, 100% wool batting, and poly-down polyester batting.  If that wasn't enough, there was a package of their fusible batting strips!

And Aurifil sent me 3 spools of 40 weight thread, all in my favorite color of purple.


Isn't it all amazing!  Thanks to Island Batik, Hobbs, and Aurifil!  Due to all the shipping and supply issues, I'll be receiving a second box sometime in January or February and I will be sure to share pictures when it arrives.  In the meantime, if you need me, I'll be sewing with these goodies!


  1. Good video, just low and far away. Enjoy your new goodies.

  2. That blue stash builder roll looks amazing. I look forward to seeing what you do with it.

  3. Beautifully done. You are so natural. Your handsome assistant is adorable 🥰

  4. You have some fantastic fabrics to play with!

  5. I always love seeing your "goodie boxes" and watching what you do with them!

  6. You got some amazing colours. Happy sewing!

  7. Great video! And Fire Monkey did an awesome job as your helper!!! Way to go E.!!!
    I had to chuckle when you said you got some purple thread! They know you well!
    And of course - you have some AWESOME fabric to play with! Have fun! :-)

  8. Pretty impressive!! You have an adorable helper too!

  9. Great video! Loved your little helper. Contempo is probably my favorite of those shown although Citified is awfully nice!

  10. Great job, Emily. Love seeing fire monkey in action! Can't wait to see what you create this year.

  11. You definitely have some beautiful fabrics to play with this year. I'm amazed at how all the ambassadors keep up with the challenges and come up with such different projects.

  12. All your fabrics are gorgeous and Fire Monkey is such a cutie pie and great helper!!