Sunday, July 28, 2019

Island Batik Unboxing Video July 2019

Hi!  I'm so excited to share the latest Island Batik Ambassador Box!  I am overwhelmed by the generosity of Island Batik, Aurifil Thread, Hobb's Batting and Accuquilt for the ambassadors.  They are all so generous.  

Here's a link to my video on Youtube.  I had fun making it, and really did just open the box on camera, although I had watched a few other Ambassadors open their boxes on videos.  We have a secret Facebook page, and some of our members had posted they had notice a box was coming.  Not just any box, but a 23 POUND box from Island Batik.  We were teasing and joking until someone got their box, and then we were oohing and ahhhing and trying to guess which die and which bundles we would get.  

My brother John, and sister-in-law Arlene were visiting and I asked John to tape the video for me.  He's a retired professional, and although he can use my tiny Sony Handicam from a few years ago, he has higher aspirations for my videos during the editing stage.  Which of course is not easily done with the free programs, lol.  It it what it is, no music added, no titles, etc.  But it's me (without makeup, lol, and hair in ponytail because it was in the 90's and would be a frizzy mess) and Arlene was eating ice cream (you can hear her scraping the bowl and John shushing her, lol)  But she was really impressed, and I was amazed.  Here's the video link, and I've also included some photos of the gorgeous 
MaryMackMadeMine July 2019 Unboxing

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This is a fat quarter collection of Graphic Gems, which your shops can order now.  
(I have 10" Stack packs in my Etsy shop)
Islander Strip Pack with the awesome Octopus fabric for borders, and coordinates from the Basics and Blenders collections. 

Petal Pushers and a beautiful collection of 1/2 yard cuts that coordinate, from the Basics and Blenders collection.  

About the Blenders and Basics:  They are available all the time, and since there are many that coordinate with the seasonal collections, you'll always find something that you can use to do borders, sashing or binding for your projects. 

We also got 4 yards of neutral, and 4 yards each of Black, Grey and White solids.  As I mentioned on my video, more solid colors are on the way, including red, turquoise, purple, lime, fuchsia and so many other great shades.  The best thing about these solids is that the base fabric (griege) is the same base used in the batiks, so it's a higher thread count.  Less fraying, easier cutting, perfect for applique, and again, will be available for a long time.  

These fabrics, die, batting and thread will be used in future Island Batik Ambassador challenges, so I hope you'll stop back to see what I create.  Please also follow the rest of the Ambassadors, as they share their unboxing videos and projects.  It's fun and inspirational.  

Huge thanks to Island Batik and industry partners Aurifil Thread, Hobb's Batting and Accuquilt.  Being an Island Batik Ambassador is the best!  It's also a huge thing that gets me through the rough patches in caring for my mom, who has Alzheimer's.  She recently had a big downslide in her abilities, and was in the hospital for 5 days and then 3 weeks in rehab.  She's home now, but needs a lot more assistance to do anything than she did a month ago.  It's going to be a long road, but playing with fabric makes each day a little brighter.  This box was truly a gift when I needed it most.  

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