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Friday, 26 July 2019


 The much anticipated second Island Batik Ambassador has arrived, and the contents did NOT disappoint!  Twice a year, Island Batik and industry partners Aurifil, Hobbs Batting, and Accuquilt, shower their Ambassadors with a treasure box of goodies. It's like Christmas in a box, filled with 23 pounds of wonderful surprises.
First out, were 3 fabulous battings from Hobbs' Tuscany line: wool, silk, and polyester.  I am very familiar with the wool and silk battings as they are pretty much all I use, but this polyester is new to me and I look forward to trying it out.
Accuquilt, who sent us the Go! cutter in the first box, has sent along a die for "Cleopatra's Fan" from their BOB - Block on Board collection. This means you can cut the entire block in one turn of the handle. As you know, I am a big fan of curved piecing and I can't wait to get using this.  I think it will be for my September project.
Aurifil contributed three spools of 50 weight thread.  You will see below why these colours were chosen.
The Island Batik fabrics are always such luscious colours, and this new collection called "Little Sir, Little Miss" is no exception.  There are 42, 2-1/2" strips plus 2 yards of each of light and dark coordinates.  I love that number print, it will make for a fun quilt.
You can see that the Aurifil thread matched up with this collection.  I always marvel at the thought and time put into packing these boxes.
This next collection of 10" squares and 4 yards of light and dark coordinates is called "Blueberry Patch"...which is so appropriate for a Cumberland County gal like myself.
 Blueberries are big in my part of the world, with Oxford about half an hour away.
 (This is the giant blueberry in Oxford.)
They also sent along 1/2 yard cuts of 8 coordinates, tied in a pretty bow.  Even that bow will get used.
 The blue thread is, of course, a perfect match.
Neutrals and basics are are so great to have, and the solid white, black, and grey always gets used up quickly. The piece on the bottom, called Moo Milk, also contains 4 yards.
 There's another bundle of 8, 1/2 yard cuts which work well with the "Little Sir, Little Miss" collection... well as this one called "Speak Easy", with Klimt inspired prints.
 It's almost overwhelming when you view it altogether - wow!
Before I start sewing, I take the time to catalogue everything in a binder, with a little snip from each fabric next to the corresponding tag. This way I can see at a glance how much of each fabric I have, and the collection to which it belongs.
As I finish each project, I add a sketch or photo showing what I made with those fabrics. This is "Sun Salutation" from my very first Ambassador box last year. 
Once this is all done, the fabrics are separated into lights, darks, and mediums, and are off to the laundry.  Polly sees this as a sign she can now claim the box!
A sincere thank you to Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil thread and Accuquilt for their generosity, and for providing the inspiration for months of sewing.


  1. The box is such fun,and all those fabrics and thread, I know we will see something wonderful with these.

  2. I tried the Tuscany polyester batting. It is really lovely stuff. A dream for hand quilting. Enjoy all you goodies.

  3. Christmas has come early, Karen......even for Polly!

  4. Wow! what fun! Your mind must be swirling with inspiration.

  5. You received some great bundles! Let the last half of the year begin!

  6. Fun, fun, fun box! Blueberries! Mine are almost ready. I lost half my patches over the winter, but I’ll still manage a few batches of muffins. Have fun with your ambassadorship this second half of 2019. It certainly is a challenging commitment! Keeps you in your toes! XO

  7. wonderful play stuff!! would you kindly get in touch w/me? Sue Mac Donald