Tuesday, July 21, 2020

Island Batik Ambassador July Unboxing!

Have I mentioned I love being an Island Batik Ambassador?  Twice a year we get shipments that provide us with the supplies for our monthly challenges, and then some.  Island Batik, Hobb's Batting, Aurifil Thread, and the other partners are very generous.  This time we also have a challenge to use a tool by Studio 180, which is provided, and to make a bag using the ByAnnie.com pattern of our choice, and they sent all the supplies. We even got a fun Christmas in July surprise from Accuquilt.  Click the link to watch the video for more information, and see the photos below. I'll do another post on the Christmas in July challenge soon.  

Ambassador Unboxing July 2020

Here are some photos of the contents from the 3 boxes.  And another is coming this week, with one more collection.  Overall, there was over 30 POUNDS of fabric and supplies. 
 These are 1/2 yard cuts of the Foundations and Blenders, plus Solids that coordinate with the Summer collections that are in the surprise packages.  We can mix them with those projects, or use them with others.  
 This is a 10" Stack of Floralicious, which may be available in stores now, and 2 yard cuts for borders, etc.  The top is Aqua, and the bottom is Orchid.
 Very generous 4 yards each of the Black, White and Grey Solids
 4 yards of Coconut for background, etc. 
 A Fat Quarter bundle of Northern Lights, and 2 packages of Stash Builders.  I've already cut into the blues.  Stash Builders are 5" by width of fabric strips, and each roll has 4 strips.  I love them for adding scrappy touches, or for applique, or making test blocks, but there are so many uses.  I also give them away, since they're fun to get.  
 Surprise!  You'll see more of these after September.  
 6 generous spools of Aurifil 50wt in gorgeous colors for a Thread challenge in October. 

The kit for the Round Trip Duffel, for the September In the Bag challenge.  It includes everything we need to make the bag, including the Soft and Stable, fabric and lining, mesh for pockets, hardware, zippers, strapping, and the hard plastic base.  I can't wait to get started on this.  But I have to finish the August challenge first.  That uses the Studio 180 Split Rects tool.  Here's a tease of my start/test blocks.  

As stated above, we also got the Accuquilt GO! ME kit with 2 3" dies, the quarter square, and half square triangles.  The challenge was to use the kit to make a project for someone, and give the kit and project to that person.  I'll be sharing that soon. 

We also received a box of batting courtesy of Hobb's Fibers.  We got a queen Heirloom Fusible, a queen Black 80/20, a throw size Silk batting, and a roll of the new 2 1/4" wide fusible strip for rugs, purses, etc.  I love the black and silk batting, and I'm looking forward to trying the 2 fusibles. 

Thanks so much for reading this post!  It's a long one, but the boxes were very full!!  I'm honored to be an Ambassador, and thank the team at Island Batik, especially Natasha Khiev and Kathy Engle, and the staff that ensure this is the best Ambassador program in the business.  The challenges are always fun, interesting and push us as designers and creators, and we get to play with gorgeous fabrics along the way.  Applications are accepted in December, so follow Island Batik on Facebook to get the news about that.  


Quilting Tangent said...

Enjoy the new goodies!

Sewgirl said...

Such a lovely box of goodness! Lucky you, and lucky recipient of the Go cutter!

Sally said...

Enjoyed your video. I always forget your New York accent. Your fat quarters and threads are my favs!

Kathleen said...

Have tons of fun with the new goodies (can I say jealous).