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February 4, 2019
Island Batik Ambassador 2019 Unboxing from Gene Black an Alabama Artist

As I have mentioned previously,  I applied to be an Island Batik Ambassador for 2019 and was accepted to the program.



Island Batik is "The best from Bali."  The fabric is outstanding. In a few days I will be showing you my first project as an ambassador.

Full Disclosure:  Island Batik along with partners, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil Thread and Accuquilt have provided the items I received free of charge as an Ambassador. 

I will also say that I have purchased and used products from all of these companies prior to becoming an Island Batik Ambassador. 

So now, enjoy watching as ...

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February 3, 2019
Let the Cat out of the Bag! from MooseStash Quilting

There was a knock at the door 
and a package I see.
it said it was fragile...Oh what could it be?
It looks like it must have taken a tumble.
Nothing was broken, but things were a jumble!

As I opened the box it was hard to believe...
The beautiful fabrics that I did receive!
Batiks were abound in black, white and grey!
...and 5 yards of Whip Cream that just wanted to play!
There was rayon, beautiful rayon and a scarf in there too.
Stash builders and "Aurifil" thread!
What's a girl to do?
(first that is ...

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Island Batik Ambassador Box Opening 2019 from If These Threads Could Talk

It’s that time again, a new year of challenges from Island Batik.  I’m blown away by the generosity of Island Batik, Aurifil, Hobbs Batting and Accuquilt Go Cutter!  We have some great projects to share with you this year.  I’m almost done with February and March’s challenges and can’t wait to share.  Here is a video of all the products given to me as an Island Batik Ambassador:

Thank you Island Batik!

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2018 Island Batik Ambassador  ReviewI am (almost) speechless. ... from Living Water Quilter



2018 Island Batik Ambassador  Review

I am (almost) speechless.  My first year as an Island Batik Ambassador has been, no kidding, life changing.  Island Batik gave each ambassadors two large boxes filled with fabrics and goodies from industry partners. 

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The combined generous supply of Island Batik fabrics and products from industry partners, Aurifil and Hobbs Batting, gave me the resources  to try new quilting challenges and make quilts, totes, pillow, postcards and more.

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Let’s review the Island Batik Ambassador year in pictures. It includes monthly challenges, some just because projects and pattern releases.

February & March - Straight to the Heart ...

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February 1, 2019
"Felicity" in Paisley Park from Sew Karen-ly Created...

I hope that you have been following along with the Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop - it's great fun to see the quilts, and the prizes are pretty fabulous, too!
My day to post is not until the 23rd of this month, but I had opportunity last fall to sew today's featured fabric collection, "Paisley Park" and this seemed an appropriate time to share the details.
I chose to work with these colours as I felt they would shine in this design. Aren't they gorgeous?
It's always fun to pull out my Aurifil threads to match and ...

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Grandmother's Blossoms from Sew Karen-ly Created...

Welcome to my day on the Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop!  Today's hop is extra special, as you are being whisked away to Atlantic Canada, to visit with me in Nova Scotia, Leanne in Newfoundland... and a special unscheduled bonus stop (not even Island Batik knows about this one yet!) with Linda in New Brunswick.  This is a long post, with lots of links, but please make sure you click everything, and read to the bottom for a chance to win some prizes!
The products used were all provided by Island Batik, Hobbs Batting, and Aurifil thread back in ...

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Graceful Points QAL Kick Off Day! from Quilting Affection


Yeah!  It's time to get started on the Graceful Points Quilt Along (QAL).  Thank you to everyone who plans on participating, and I do also want to thank Deb Tucker Studio 180 Design for giving me permission to use the BlockBuster Blocks in this Quilt Along.  I am hoping you will have great fun for you all. 

Before we start the Fun, I want housekeeping chores before we start.  Starting with going quick over the QAL.  

Please remember to read your Newsletter and Blogs, this is important in providing you update and notifications, plus valuable information on the blocks ...

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January 31, 2019
Love with a Twist Balloon Dog from Clever Chameleon

Dippy Balloon Dog is the second of our appliqué blocks for the Love with a Twist quilt along. He is a loveable, friendly character with adorable big floppy ears. Awwwww.

Dippy dog, balloon dog appliqué designed by Dione Gardner-Stephen and available free at Clever Chameleon Quilting during 2019.

There are two downloads in this post – make sure you get them both

In this post you will find a downloadable pdf for the shapes and layout to make this charming balloon dog. And a short pictorial on how the parts go together too.

There is also a second downloadable for people wanting to make the dog for the twin size version of the Love with a Twist quilt. For ...

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Getaway Blog Hop with "Island Batik" from MooseStash Quilting

Welcome to my day to share this gorgeous line of fabric, 
that "Island Batik" provided me.
I was so excited when I opened my surprise package of fabric.
These colors, just speak to my soul.
But when they announced the theme of this blog hop...
it was a "EUREKA" moment.
There's been a pattern in my stash for over 10 years now...
just waiting for the perfect fabric and inspiration.
You see...
there is nothing I love more, than getting away to my favorite spot on the planet.
This spot is a place where there are spectacular views 
and ...

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January 27, 2019
Black and White Blog Hop - CrossFlight from Pamela Quilts


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Welcome to day 2 of the Black and White Blog Hop!

  It's actually kind of funny thing, but I am not normally attracted to the idea of  Black and White, but right before the sign up for this Blog Hop I saw the most intriguing design in a magazine.  It was a tile floor in black and white and I thought it would make a fabulous quilt!  So, of course, I had to sign up and see if I could figure out how to make my idea come to life.

I started out playing with the idea in EQ8 ...

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January 26, 2019
A Home for Fabric Scraps Even slivers of Island Batik Paisley... from Living Water Quilter



A Home for Fabric Scraps

Even slivers of Island Batik Paisley Dot fabric have a home. AccuQuilt heart, butterfly, star and flower die waste are now artful mug rugs.

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There was a good amount of fabric leftover after cutting these fun shapes. So, I had an idea to use my Olfa Rotary Cutter with pinking blade to echo trim the fused fabric.

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Next, to keep it simple, I selected contrasting 10-inch squares from the Paisley Dots pre-cut Stack. Even thought the slivers of fabric are fused to the fabric, I chose to quilt the mug rugs with numerous straight ...

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January 22, 2019
Gingerbread Inspiration: Colour & Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Gingerbread Snow globe cupcake colour scheme by Clever Chameleon

Sometimes it’s not about the colours….. (*shock*, I know!). Sometimes, an idea is so awesome, it would grab me in any colour. Today’s inspiration photo from rawpixel on Unsplash.com has me reeling with possibilities in both the kitchen and in the sewing room! All I did was type “gingerbread” into the search bar of Unsplash, and my world changed forever!

OK, so it’s probably not really quite that drastic, but there is definitely some fun to be had here!

Getaway bog hop with Island Batik

While I process my newest ideas, and decide whether the gingerbread cupcake snow globe quilt squirrel is ...

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January 19, 2019
Get Away – Storm at Sea from Carol Lyles Shaw

Get Away is the Island Batik Blog Hop theme for January 2019. And, I decided it was the perfect opportunity to make Storm at Sea, a traditional block–but I ended up altering it in a modern way.

First…the Fabrics! My fabrics are from the Soul Song Collection by Island Batik.

This collection goes from brights to muted black/cream.

I decided to use these fabrics shown below in the project–you’ll see why in a moment.

I used these Island Batik Soul Song fabrics and added an Island Batik neutral called Whip Cream.
I love the words ...

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January 18, 2019
Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop from If These Threads Could Talk

The fabrics shown in this post were given to me by Island Batik
Deb Tucker’s Twilight Chic by Island Batik

Well, if you can’t getaway, go to the library for a good book! The Utica, NY Public Library opened in 1904. I love the inside of this Library.

Shaded Chic

The upper floors of the Utica Library are made of thick glass. I used to love coming here as a child.

In every box of fabric we Island Batik Ambassador’s receive, there is a secret bundle of the newly released batiks. I was lucky enough to be ...

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January 16, 2019
Getaway Blog Hop with Island Batik from Clever Chameleon

Cat on a Wall quilt by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Paisley Park meets Cat on a Wall

Welcome to my stop on the Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop. This is my last project as a 2018 Island Batik Ambassador, and accordingly, a biggie.

Back in July I received a “Surprise” package. Inside were glorious Paisley Park fabrics that had to be kept secret for the longest time! But today I can show and tell all. My instructions were to use as many of the different fabrics as I could to create a quilt of at least lap size. And if I wished, to incorporate themes of travel and destinations.

Paisley Park fabrics by Island Batik.
Paisley ...

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January 15, 2019
Paisley Park – Colour and Inspiration Tuesday from Clever Chameleon

Paisley Park color scheme by Clever Chameleon

Are you ready for a trip to Paisley Park?

“Got your hat? Where’s your water bottle? Have you put sunscreen on?”…. Those are the questions of the day here….. 41C (105.8F) and UV index 13! Or perhaps where you are, a trip to the park requires a different sort of hat…. and a coat and scarf and boots….

Photo by Doug Kelley on Unsplash in similar colours to Paisley Park
If Paisley Park was a place, I reckon it would look like this…..

Depending on your perspective, Paisley Park may be either a cool relief from the summer heat or a bright spot in a cold day. Thankfully a trip ...

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Paws and All Cat Tote from MooseStash Quilting

A couple of weeks ago, "Island Batik" shared this adorable tutorial from
"Orange Bettie", with us on Facebook.
It was originally done on a canvas bag.
I really love my batiks, so I changed things up a bit. 
I used "Soft and Stable" with my "Island Batik" and got great results.
And look, he's two sided!
Of course I had to line it with a fun batik fabric as well.
Ain't this the "Cats Meow"?
LOL!!

You can find this fun pattern 
Make sure you LIKE "Island Batik" on Facebook
Besides seeing the latest and greatest ...

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January 14, 2019
Getaway Blog Hop + Giveaway from Carol Lyles Shaw

Hello Friends! The Island Batik Ambassadors are all taking part in a FABULOUS Giveaway and Blog Hop to celebrate the latest fabric collections. My Post with my project and GiveAway is up HERE.

In the meantime, here are all the Ambassador blog links in one convenient post!

WEEK 1

Monday, January 7 – Crystal Ball

Maryellen McAuliffe- Mary Mack’s Blog
Sandra Walker- Musings of a Menopausal Melon

Tuesday, January 8  – Ditty

Stephanie Jacobson – Steph Jacobson Designs
Michelle Roberts – Creative Blonde

Wednesday, January 9 – Elk Lodge

Connie Campbell – Free Motion by the River
Anna Branch- Ark Angel Creations

Thursday, January 10 ...

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Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop and Giveaway! from Goer

This is the beginning of week two of a month of posts by Island Batik Ambassadors featuring all of the newest collections of fabric. Today I'm sharing what I made with my bundle of Fortune Teller fabric. Way back in July I was so excited to open this beautiful rainbow of fabric.

My quilt features all 20 fabrics from the collection and is 80" x 96"! I think that makes it one of the three largest quilts I've made. I optimized for using all I had of the twelve fabrics that make up the center of the quilt ...

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January 11, 2019
Triangle Friends: Something to Squawk About! from Clever Chameleon

Triangle Friends bird appliqué by Dione Gardner-Stephen of Clever Chameleon

Today marks a Huge milestone for me

I am very excited to announce my very first quilt published in an independent magazine! It is called Triangle Friends and is now available in Issue 26 of Make Modern. I’ve been sitting on this news for simply aaaaaaages, and it’s such a great feeling to finally be able to tell you all about it. </p>
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