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January 21, 2022
Island Batik 2022 - Unboxing 1 from Sew Preeti Quilts

I am thrilled that Island Batik selected me as one of their 25 ambassadors in 2022.  This is my second year and I knew what to expect (sort of) when the first shipment of fabric and supplies arrived at my doorstep.  And yet when I opened the two boxes, I was giddy with delight. 

Setup for the Unboxing Video

Here is the Unboxing Video

Clearly, I am showing the gorgeous fabrics while failing to contain my delight.  Here are the supplies.

A generous box of batting from Hobbs.


Fusible Batting Strips for Totes/Baskets etc.


Queen Sized Batting - Polyester and ...

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January 20, 2022
My First Island Batik Box Opening 2022 from The Inquiring Quilter

Many of you have been following me for awhile now, so you know all about Island Batik Ambassadors and the boxes of goodies we receive twice a year.

And if you’re not following me, why not give it a try? You’ll find the ways to follow in my sidebar, just under my photo.

Now back to those boxes! Twice a year—in January and July—Island Batik Ambassadors receive several boxes of batiks and other materials we then use to meet our monthly quilting challenges. To celebrate this giddy event, each Ambassador makes a ...

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January 14, 2022
Synergy in Make Modern #44 from Sew Preeti Quilts

I have news!!!

My pattern Synergy is in the Make Modern Magazine, Issue 44.

Synergy in Make Modern #44


Meet Synergy. Measuring 56" by 70", Synergy is made entirely with Island Batik Solids, provided to me free of charge by Island Batik. It is good to be an ambassador :-)

Orange Foliage, Rainbow Quilt


My favorite :-)


Breeze was a Brat


More Fall Foliage


Oh my beauty!

The quilt was completed in November 2021. The  pictures were taken on November 14, 2021. All instructions and pictures were sent on November 20, 2021. And then I had to sit tight till NOW.  

Sitting ...

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January 8, 2022
Mabern from Sew Preeti Quilts

Happy New Year to you! Hope you are staying warm, safe and sane.  Hey, two out of three ain't bad :-D

Looks beautiful, feels horrible


I have a new finish!

First finish of 2022.

Meet my first finish of 2022 - Mabern, a combination of Mari and Bernie :-) 

Paul, the model


Mermaids Backing


Sunny Day

Mabern is so named because all the background fabric came from Mari and several of the focus fabrics came from Bernie.  Mabern finished at 40" by 48".
I will be sharing with all my favorite linky parties. See full list on the sidebar. 


Walking Foot ...

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January 7, 2022
I'm a 2022 Island Batik Ambassador! from The Inquiring Quilter

If you follow me you probably already know my big news—I’ve been selected as an Island Batik Ambassador for 2022!

This is my sixth year as an Ambassador! Island Batik is extremely generous and supportive and I love working with them in support of a product I truly love.



Let me tell you more about this year’s program and what’s ahead for you!

Unboxing Day

Island Batik Ambassadors get sent several large boxes two times each year, filled with batiks and goodies from our program partners. We ...

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December 28, 2021
My December Island Batik Challenge from The Inquiring Quilter

The Island Batik Ambassador challenge for December was to create a quilt using English Paper Piecing.

We could design anything we wanted, any size, as long as we used epp as the construction technique.

I created a simple hexagon design using Electric Quilt and printed out templates on cardstock.

Luckily, I’d taken a class at the shop earlier this year on English Paper Piecing, so I had my supplies ready. To try this technique, you’ll need paper templates, a glue stick, hand piecing needles, thimble, scissor snips, mini clips, magnets ...

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December 23, 2021
I wish I was a bird... from Sew Preeti Quilts

Then I could fly on my own. I won't need a plane or a boarding pass. I could certainly bypass the visa requirements and security checks.

I would not have to deal with unnecessary and cumbersome regulations. Stifling laws and changing policies would not ground me. 


Too chunky?


Alas I am not a bird. And we are in the middle of a pandemic...which is not going away anywhere for a long time. So here I am, in spite of doing all the things I thought I had to do, still grounded.

On Sunday, December 19, 2021, after Paul ...

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December 6, 2021
Island Batik December Challenge from Sew Preeti Quilts

 The guidelines for the Island Batik December Challenge were simple

  • Project Type: Any

  • Size: Minimum size 12” x12”

  • Any fabric 

  • Technique: English Paper Piecing



And here is my simple response. This cutesy little table runner finished at 12" by 52".

Paul, the model

I used Island Batik Neutral Yolk for background (and binding) and various Island Batik fabrics to create the hexie flowers. Neither too big nor too small, I was going to name it Goldilocks but then...Paul suggested that it was "Too Hexie for My Table" and the name stuck.

Did you notice the touch of whimsy? It ...

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November 15, 2021
The Island Batik Storm at Sea Hop Week 3 from The Inquiring Quilter

Welcome to Week 3 of the Island Batik Storm at Sea blog hop!

The month-long celebration of batiks runs all month. Every week on the hop you’ll be able to visit Island Batik Ambassadors to see the latest batiks featured in new quilts featuring the classic Storm at Sea block.

If love batiks like I do, this is the hop for you!

For the hop Island Batik Ambassadors will be designing quilts using batiks featured in the Summer 2021 Island Batik collections arriving in stores now.

Click here to use the Store Locator to find ...

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November 8, 2021
My Day on the Island Batik Storm at Sea Blog Hop from The Inquiring Quilter

Welcome to my day on the Island Batik Storm at Sea Blog Hop!

This month long celebration of Island Batiks features gorgeous batiks, lovely Storm at Sea quilts, and some fabric giveaways!

Be sure to read all the way to the end of this post to enter my giveaway, the Island Batik giveaway, and to find links to the other Ambassadors who are participating!

This hop features the Summer 2021 batik collections that are arriving in stores now. Click here to use the Store Locator to find a store near you that carries Island Batik.

For ...

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November 1, 2021
The Island Batik Storm at Sea Hop Week 1 from The Inquiring Quilter

Today is the first day in the Island Batik Storm at Sea blog hop!

The month-long celebration of batiks starts today, November 1st. Every week on the hop you’ll be able to visit Island Batik Ambassadors to see the latest batiks featured in new quilts featuring the classic Storm at Sea block.

If love batiks like I do, this is the hop for you!

For the hop Island Batik Ambassadors will be designing quilts using batiks featured in the Summer 2021 Island Batik collections arriving in stores now.

Click here to use the Store Locator ...

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Island Batik November Challenge & Blog Hop from Sew Preeti Quilts

Welcome to Day One of the Island Batik's November 2021 Blog Hop - Storm at Sea.


The November Challenge for Island Batik required that we make a Storm at Sea quilt, lap size or larger, using the Summer 2021 Fabric bundle. I received the collection Bellingham Bay - designed by Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design.

Bellingham Bay

Those of you who know me know that these are not my favorite colors. I find them dark and depressing.  Guess this was an added dimension to the challenge.  

I turned to EQ8 to mock-up the color combinations to come up with a ...

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October 30, 2021
My October Island Batik Challenge from The Inquiring Quilter

The Island Batik Ambassador challenge for October was to create a quilt to honor an endangered animal.

The 2021 monthly Aurifil Color Builders program features a collection of three threads — a light, medium, and dark — in a color inspired by that month’s endangered animal. The program raises awareness and funds to help these creatures and hopefully keep them from dying out.

Each Ambassador was sent a box of threads inspired by a particular animal. I got the Color Builder inspired by the Red Panda, with a light, medium, and dark red thread spool in 40 ...

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October 24, 2021
Iberian Lynx - Back from the Brink from Sew Preeti Quilts

 The Island Batik Challenge for October was as follows:

The 2021 Aurifil Color Builders are a capsule of 12 mini-collections dedicated to an incredibly worthy cause that falls in line with Aurifil’s goal to increase sustainability and positive environmental impact — Endangered Species. Each collection contains three large spools of their supple and strong 40wt thread — a warm, a medium, and a dark.

For the October challenge, Aurifil is asking you to create a piece inspired by the endangered animal featured on your assigned Color Builder box. Use each one of the 3 provided colors somewhere in the challenge piece ...

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September 27, 2021
Island Batik and ByAnnie Challenge from Sew Preeti Quilts

Me: I am so excited that I can explode!!!
Paul: Surprise that the new bag cannot "contain" your excitement.

Let's ignore Paul for now.  I have been consumed by the bag making process and my excitement sometimes (okay, often) spilled into his area.  


Island Batik teamed with ByAnnie for the September Challenge.  We picked a pattern of our choice from ByAnnie. I chose the backpack Got Your Back 2.1.  All fabric was provided by Island Batik. I chose Moonlight Sky - designed by Kathy Engle for Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs

ByAnnie provided the detailed ...

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My September Island Batik Challenge from The Inquiring Quilter

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The September Island Batik challenge was to make a bag using a ByAnnie pattern (a program partner). We got to choose which bag we wanted to make and after being assigned a specific Island Batik collection, which fabrics from the collection we wanted to use.

I love making ByAnnie bags so the choice was hard but in the end I chose the Bowl Me Over because I wanted a handbag.

As I said, for our bags Island Batik assigned each of us a collection. We then choose the specific fabrics we would use for our bags ...

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September 20, 2021
Making a ByAnnie Bowl Me Over Bag - Part 3 from The Inquiring Quilter

This month, the Island Batik Ambassadors are challenged to make a ByAnnie bag. I’m making the Bowl Me Over 2.0. As I make my bag I’m sharing bag making tips and techniques.

If you missed Part One of my bag making series, click here. Click here to read Part Two.

I’m using fabrics from the Fancy Feathers collection. I recently made a new version of my Lover’s Knot pattern using this lovely collection and I’m putting my pattern on sale.

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September 13, 2021
Making a ByAnnie Bowl Me Over Bag - Part 2 from The Inquiring Quilter

This month, the Island Batik Ambassadors are challenged to make a ByAnnie bag. I’m making the Bowl Me Over 2.0. As I make my bag I’m sharing bag making tips and techniques.

If you missed Part One of my bag making series, click here to catch up.

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I’m using fabrics from the Fancy Feathers collection. I recently made a new version of my Lover’s Knot pattern using this lovely collection and I’m putting my pattern on sale.

To ...

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September 6, 2021
Making a ByAnnie Bowl Me Over Bag - Part 1 from The Inquiring Quilter

This month, the Island Batik Ambassadors are challenged to make a ByAnnie bag. We each got to choose the bag we wanted to make. Last time, I made the Back at Ya 2.1 bag (a small backpack purse.) This time, I’m making the Bowl Me Over 2.0.

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This time we also got to choose the fabrics we wanted to use for our bag. My fabrics were chosen from the Fancy Feathers collection. I recently made a new version of my Lover’s Knot pattern using this lovely collection.

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August 31, 2021
The Island Batik Try a Tool Blog Hop Week 4 from The Inquiring Quilter

Welcome to week 4 of the Island Batik Try a Tool blog hop.

Love Studio 180 Design and gorgeous batiks? Then this hop is perfect for you!

For the hop Island Batik Ambassadors will be designing quilts using batiks featured in the Spring 2021 Island Batik collections arriving in stores now.

Click here to use the Store Locator to find a quilt store near you that carries Island Batik.

My day on the hop was August 19th. Did you miss it? Click here to view my quilt, batik collection, and to enter my giveaway! Hurry—the ...

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