Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Second Ambassador Box Arrived

Yesterday was the day my second Island Batik Box arrived. As a 2018 Island Batik Ambassador, I am supplied with a very generous amount of Island Batik products to create beautiful projects with, and tell all about it!

A BIG box was picked up from the post office!

Look at all the goodies inside! The package wrapped in aqua paper in the picture above contains a surprise bundle that I cannot show you until the collection is launched later this fall.

The weather has been unusually hot and humid the last few days in the area where I live, and the dark clouds forced me to take pictures outside. But this is approximately how far I got in the box opening yesterday before a heavy rain shower made me run for cover.

Today the weather was a little more cooperative, and I managed to get good pictures. Here are three yard cuts from the Check It Out line.

I got three bundles of precuts, two 10" stacks and one 2 1/2" strip set. This is the 10" square set of Ocean Odyssey, gorgeous colors and designs!

The second 10" stack is Paisley Dot Brights, which I also received in the first Ambassador box. This bundle is so bright and cheerful and I can never have enough of these fabrics, they can be used for so many projects!

The strip pack is called Vintage Morris, in beautiful fall colors. Coordinating yardage was provided with the strip pack, one light and one dark.

I was also provided with a great bundle of Batik Foundations, eight half yard cuts will blend in with most of the other fabrics.

In addition to the bright batiks I also received 5 (!) yards of a neutral batik called Milk Shake, and three one yard cuts of black, white and grey solids.

Island Batik has partnered up with Aurifil to provide threads for the Ambassador boxes. For this shipment we were given a cute tote containing a sample pack of all the different threads that Aurifil makes, the green samples, with weights ranging from the the thinnest threads to embroidery floss. I also received a spool of variegated thread in red/white/blue. In addition we were also given color charts and information pamphlets.

Aurifil USA celebrated their 10 years anniversary, but Aurifil in Italy has existed since 1983.

Another important industry partner is Hobbs Batting. They provide samples of their batting for the Ambassador boxes. This time I received a queen sized Cotton Batting and two lap sized battings, one 100% Wool and the other a Cotton Wool Blend.

I look forward to be playing with the batiks, threads and batting that was so generously given to me, creating beautiful projects!

Follow my blog and Island Batik adventure in 2018, and I promise there will be a lot of show and tell!

Thanks Island Batik!

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Secondary Pattern Challenge With Island Batik

July's challenge in the Island Batik Ambassador program was 'Pattern Play, Secondary Pattern Challenge'. This is my completed piece, a baby quilt of 36" square.

In January when I received the Ambassador Box, I also received a "secret" collection, London Calling . The collection had it's public debut in Spring Market in May.

For my project I chose two fabrics from this collection (the two blue on the left on the picture above), in addition to three Batik Foundations plus my neutral, Sprinkles.

My design is inspired by the Blueberry Swirl Quilt pattern.

I chose a 3 by 3 block layout for my baby quilt. The specifications for the challenge quilt was 36"x36" or larger, and that is perfect for 12" blocks.

The first block is a traditional Sawtooth star block, with the star points in Batik Foundations Rain, the 'geese' fabric is London Calling Fountain Storm and the corner blocks in Foundations Marble Smoke. The center of the stars is the batik neutral, Sprinkles.

The second block shows a pinwheel with a little swirl. The blue fabric in this block, Floral Vine Universe from the London Calling collection, is such a rich and intense color, and it contrasts well with the Foundations Dot Sky.

The magic happens when the blocks are sewn together, they merge into each other, there is a blueberry swirl effect, and in addition there are cute four patches in white and grey appearing.

For this quilt I decided to do the quilting a little different from my previous quilts. Walking foot quilting has always been a safe haven for me, but this time I wanted to challenge myself with FMQ and ruler quilting.  Since the center of the star blocks were quite big with a light fabric, I quilted a cross hatch pattern in white Aurifil 40wt thread. I used Aurifil 50wt thread in the bobbin.

 The fabrics make me long for going picking wild blueberries later this season, the blueberry forest is just a five minute walk from my house! The binding fabric, Bubble Hole Tin, is from the Batik Foundations, and I think it looks like like tiny blueberries spread all over!

The finished baby quilt spread out on my lawn. I did free motion quilting (with swirls) in the blueberry swirls and ruler quilting in the sawtooth stars and the four patches.

Quilt stats:

Size: 36" x 36"
Fabric: Island Batik London Calling, Batik Foundations, and neutral Sprinkles. Binding is Foundations Bubble Hole, Tin.
Thread: Aurifil 50wt 2024, and Aurifil 40wt in 2024, 2715 and 2785
Batting: Hobbs Cotton Batting
All the fabrics, thread and batting were given to me by Island Batik.

Happy Quilting!

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Splendid Sampler 2

These are my first three blocks of the second season of the Splendid Sampler blocks.

Saturday, June 30, 2018

2018 Aurifil June Block

Kerry Goulder is the Aurifil designer of the month for June. She designed a block featuring a sea turtle. Here is my interpretation.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Modern Batik Challenge

The June challenge in the Island Batik Ambassador program was a fun one, create a modern quilt crib size or larger. This is my resulting quilt, made from the Southern Blooms collection including a neutral, almost white batik.

Island Batik Ambassador modern batik challenge 

I used quite some time searching the internet for examples of modern quilts, weighing the designs up against the fabrics that were available to me. The instructions were as stated below.
Must incorporate one of the characteristics of modern quilts as defined by the Modern Quilt Guild (the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, Minimalism, expansive negative space, alternate grid work).

 This is the collection of batiks that was my starting point, the Southern Blooms collection. I wanted to use as many of these fabrics as possible, I had 30 different fat eight cuts. I used the same collection for the challenge in May, but still had plenty left over.

I wanted to showcase all the 30 beautiful batiks in one quilt, and after some searching I landed on this relatively simple block, inspired by Jenifer Dick and her book Nine-Patch Revolution.

The magic comes when you put the blocks together. The white/neutral batik in the crosses form a color consistent grid over the background colors.

I wanted a gradation effect in my quilt, from the lightest colors in the top left color down to the darkest in the bottom right corner. I used quite some time working with the value of each color and the placement of the blocks. There were "zillion" pictures taken, making them black/white to see if the value gradation was correct. It was amazing to see how my initial interpretation of the colors didn't always work out with the value. The picture above shows the final layout of the blocks.

 Here the quilt top is sewn together. It looks like a white lattice hovering over the background colors.

I am very fond of spiral quilting, and what would be more appropriate on a modern quilt than that! I used the walking foot and Aurifil 50wt in white 2024 for the quilting.

I started the spiral in the red/orange block and just continued from there until I reached the outer edge. Then I started filling in smaller spirals in an improvisational manner, there was no specific plan plan.

 I used Paisley Dot Sky for the binding. The quilt gives a very summery feeling,

Naming the quilt is always difficult, Summer Sherbet was a name that came to me during the process of making the quilt. Due to the gradation of the color blocks you get a new interpretation of the color scheme when looking at different sections, from cooler to warmer colors. I love the optical illusion in this quilt.

 Ikea Britten Nummer was used as the backing.

It looks like a yummy Summer Sherbet, doesn't it?

 Quilt stats:

Size: 52" x 63"
Fabric: Island Batik Southern Blooms for the colored background, neutral is Sprinkles in white, and binding is Paisley Dot, Sky
Thread: Aurifil 50wt white 2024
Batting: Hobbs Cotton Batting

The fabrics, thread and batting that was used for making this project was given to me by Island Batik. One of the biggest joys of being an Island Batik Ambassador is to get to play with the fabrics they send me.

Happy quilting!

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Arkansas Crossroads Quilt

This is my latest charity quilt. It is made from a kit I won from Quilt Sandwich Fabrics some time ago. Blocks of matching solids were added to make a decent sized donation quilt from the available amount of fabrics.

My quilt holder (aka husband) and I took the finished product out on a photo shoot in the most perfect location, as far as I can see it. The forest area next to my home is loaded with these muted greys, greens and browns, and is the perfect contrast to the bright colors of the quilt.

The forest floor is loaded with roots. Here you can also see a glimpse of the backing fabric.

The forest is a gorgeous recreational area, and I use it a lot. It is just perfect for photo shoots, you just have to be careful where you step so you don't fall off the edge!

Back home again and the quilt is displayed on my porch wall. The finished quilt is approximately 48"x72" and is quilted with wavy lines using the walking foot.

This is my fourth charity quilt for the year, and number 24 all time for the children's ward at my local hospital.