Friday, July 22, 2022

Island Batik Unboxing #2

With summer comes one of the best times of the year: the second ambassador box from Island Batik!  Talk about Happy Mail!

I filmed an unboxing video, and since I've gotten comments before on low volume in my videos, I finally bought a lapel mike.  This did mean more technical support from Husband, but hopefully the sound is better this time around.  Take a look at what I got!

If you don't want to watch the video, or if you just want some close-ups of the fabulous fabrics and supplies I was sent, here is a closer look.  First, the fabric.  My collection for the September blog hop is Prairie Blue by Kathy Engle.  It's an absolutely gorgeous variety of blues featuring animals and plants native to the prairie. 

Next there was a 10" stack of Honeycomb, a brilliant assortment of yellows, oranges, and pinks.  There is also coordinating yardage, 2 yards each of Sunny and Dandelion in Pumpkin.

There was also a surprise bundle, which I can't share yet.  My secret collection will be featured in November.  I also received supporting yardage from the Foundations collection, fabrics that are always available, that coordinate with Prairie Blue and the surprise collection.

And then I had two packages of Stash Builder Strips.  These are 5" by WOF and are super versatile.  It's fun to see the different colors in each pack!

Of course great quilts depend on great background fabrics!  I have 4 yards each of solid white, black, and gray, as well as 6 yards of the neutral Rice.

Here's all that fabric laid out together:


And then there are the goodies from Island Batik's industry partners!  Accuquilt sent one of their new BOB (Block on Board dies, for the traditional Tree of Life block.  Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design sent a ruler, mine is for split rects, or half-rectangle units.  And new partner Prairie Spirit Alpacas sent a pressing mat. 


Hobbs sent a variety of battings, as well as a roll of fusible batting strips perfect for jelly roll rugs or other strip-based projects.


Each ambassador got to pick one of the patterns designed by Annie of Patterns By Annie, and Annie created a kit to make the bag!  I picked Double Zip Gear Bag and am committed to making all 3 sizes!  I chose fabrics from the upcoming Bee Kind collection and am so excited to make these bags!  This kit has everything I need, including Soft & Stable to give the bags body, zippers, mesh, and more.


As always, I am overwhelmed by the generosity of Island Batik and all the wonderful sponsors!  I can't wait to play with all of these goodies!


  1. Ohhh, those blues are so pretty!!! Everything is so colorful and fun!!! I'm looking forward to all you make, Emily!!!

  2. You have some great beauties there and we know you will make wonderful projects in the upcoming months!!

  3. Great video, Emily! You sure received a beautiful range of colors this time.

  4. Awesome video, Emily! I am loving seeing all the beautiful goodies in everyone's boxes!! Looking forward to seeing your lovely projects!

  5. The Mike is a great addition. I love your enthusiasm for your new gifts.

  6. You sound great! Wonderful boxes of goodies....once again. Can't wait to see what you make!

  7. Great video, Emily!!! Love your new fabrics! It'll be fun to see what you make! And, you probably already know that Rice is a favourite of mine!