Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Island Batik Ambassador Unboxing 2021

 I'm thrilled to announce I'm an Island Batik Ambassador for my 8th year.  It's been amazing, and gets better every year.  If you're thinking of applying, the applications open in November, and you need to have an active blog, share the Ambassador and Island Batik posts on social media, and LOVE to work with gorgeous fabric.  In return, you're part of an amazing team of awesome quilters and designers who genuinely support each other.  We're from all over the world, in Greece, US and Canada, and Great Britain.  Seriously, it's the best program and so much fun.  

Two times a year, we get boxes of supplies from Island Batik, and industry partners Schmetz needles, Hobb's Batting, Aurifil Thread and Accuquilt GO, among others, and we are asked to do a challenge each month, in a variety of styles.  We grow as quilters and designers and have so much fun, and work with the amazing staff at Island Batik, including Kathy Engel and Natasha Khiev.  

January starts the new team, and we have a few new members.  I hope that you follow them to see what they're inspired to create this year.  The list is below, so please check out their blogs, Facebook pages, Instagram feeds and You Tube channels.  We have 4 blog hops each year, and there are give-aways and so much inspiration.  

Here's my video for 2021.  My friend Christine came over to help me tape, and it was so much fun to see her go to the boxes and look up-close as soon as the camera was turned off.  A few photos of the products and fabric are shown below, and you'll get a chance to see more as the next few months play out.  

Yes, play, and fun.  It's awesome!! 

Mary Mack Made Mine 2021 Unboxing

Accuquilt GO! Hattie's Choice die, Schmetz needles, Aurifil Thread in 50wt and 40wt, and 6 yards of background fabric. 

Hobb's Queen size assortment of batting.

Napa Valley 10" Stack pack.  This will be available in stores in May, but precuts may be available sooner. 

Rayon, Stash Builder rolls (great for applique, scrappy quilts and give-aways) and 4 yards each of black, grey and white solids.

Mystery 2 1/2" Strips pack by Claudia Pfeil.

Basics and Blender 1/2 yard cuts.  These are always available, a variety of solids and prints.  The solids use the same base fabric as the batik prints, which is awesome.  They don't fray as much as other brand solids, and the weight and texture is awesome.  

This is Melody by Claudia Pfeil for the February Charity blog hop.  You'll find this in shops in February. This photo is washed out, the colors are so much prettier. 

Please check out the other Ambassador videos, and follow us for more fun this year!  
Megan Best ~
Pamela Boatright ~
Elizabeth DeCroos ~
Jennifer Eubank ~ Archipelago Quilting (New!)
Jennifer Fulton ~
Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts (New!)
Joanne Hart ~
Mania Hatziioannidi ~
Emily Leachman ~
Denise Looney ~
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~
Claudia Porter ~
Gail Renna ~
Brianna Roberts ~
Michelle Roberts ~
Gail Sheppard ~
Andi Stanfield ~
Jennifer Thomas ~
Janet Yamamoto ~

Thanks so much for stopping by! I'll be back in a few days to share my Placemat challenge finish.


Kathy E. said...

Congrats, Mary, for another year of being an Island Batik Ambassador! What fun it must be to unpack the boxes filled with everything you need to create gorgeous projects. I know you'll have tons of fun! I'm looking forward to seeing your placemats.

Kathleen said...

Great job on the video! And wow, 8 years as an ambassador - totally amazing.

Sally said...

Fun colors MaryEllen...So enjoy all those summer colors!

Quilting Gail said...

I know that ALL Island Batik fabric is BEAUTIFUL, but you have displayed it in a wonderful way!! Love it!

Carol Andrews said...

MaryEllen I’m so glad you are a returning IB Ambassador. I love seeing what you create. Such treasures to play with this year. I love the colours in your fabrics.