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July 30, 2021
2nd unboxing for 2021 from Mania for quilts

It is this time of the year that we, 25 Island Batik Ambassadors, are very happy. I personally was more happy than ever. It was the first time that I got my boxes so fast and without any issues neither costs. I thank you so much my friends at IB.

Και να που ήρθε πάλι αυτή η στιγμή μέσα στη χρονιά που οι 25 Πρεσβειρες των Island Batik γινόμαστε πολύ ευτυχισμένες. Εγώ ειδικά φέτος έχω έναν λόγο περισσότερο γιατί τα κουτιά μου ήρθαν μέσα σε μια εβδομάδα, τέλος Ιουνίου, χωρίς το άγχος ότι θα φύγω διακοπές και θα πρέπει να ...

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2nd unboxing for 2021 from Mania for Quilts

It is this time of the year that we, 25 Island Batik Ambassadors, are very happy. I personally was more happy than ever. It was the first time that I got my boxes so fast and without any issues neither costs. I thank you so much my friends at IB.

Και να που ήρθε πάλι αυτή η στιγμή μέσα στη χρονιά που οι 25 Πρεσβειρες των Island Batik γινόμαστε πολύ ευτυχισμένες. Εγώ ειδικά φέτος έχω έναν λόγο περισσότερο γιατί τα κουτιά μου ήρθαν μέσα σε μια εβδομάδα, τέλος Ιουνίου, χωρίς το άγχος ότι θα φύγω διακοπές και θα πρέπει να ...

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July 27, 2021
Island Batik - Unboxing Part 2 from Sew Preeti Quilts

As an Island Batik Ambassador, I receive fabric from Island Batik and other supplies from industry partners (Hobbs Batting, Aurifil, Bags by Annie, and Studio 180), twice a year. The first set of boxes were received in January 2021.

Island Batik Boxes and the Video Shoot Setup

The second set of boxes were received in July 2021. Here is my home video showing the goodies as I unbox them.


For the August Challenge (Try a Tool) and Blog Hop, I will be working with Island Batik's Butterfly Blooms collection.


Butterfly Blooms

Foundations to Match Spring 2021 Bundle


Matching Yardage ...

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July 19, 2021
The Positivity QAL - Finished Flimsy Linky Party from Sew Preeti Quilts

This blogpost is late but I have a very good reason for it...a very cute and furry reason :-)

Louie - our new fur baby

Meet Louie. We brought him home yesterday afternoon.  Louie's rescue dad is moving and could not take him along. We were only too happy to adopt him. The car ride was not fun for him and the thunderstorms did not help. He has been exploring his new environment and is a little skittish. We are getting to know him as he gets to know us. 


Why yes, I live with two handsome males

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Dreamweaver QuiltI like quilt design challenges. Dreamweaver is the result of a personal design... from Living Water Quilter

Dreamweaver QuiltI like quilt design challenges. Dreamweaver is the result of a personal design...

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July 5, 2021
Island Batik July Challenge - The Holly Family from Sew Preeti Quilts

The Island Batik Challenge for July urged us to get an early start on Christmas and other end of the year holiday projects!



In my first Island Batik Ambassador Box, I had received a strip set of Holly Holiday fabric, designed by Kathy Engle. With deep red/dark green colors and reindeer/pine shaped trees it screams Christmas. Naturally I set it aside for the July challenge.



Holly Holiday Strips

Selection


I chose to make a tree skirt.


We have a small Christmas tree and some years we even put it up, when we are not traveling. If I make ...

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July 2, 2021
Purple, Positivity and Pain from Sew Preeti Quilts

The Purple blocks for June RSC 2021 are complete. YIPPEE!!! Here they are:


Reddish Purple



Bluish Purple



True-ish Purple

Since I had purple on  my mind, I saw purple everywhere and lots of it. Here are a few glimpses.

Hydrangeas


Allium something - Ornamental Onion 

Purple and Hairy Leaves!!!


I saw a Purple Wall!!!

In Berlin, MD

Noticed this sign on vacation in Berlin, MD


A purple butterfly!!!

Pansies :-) 

O Beautiful - Don't know thy name

One purple shell on the pathway to The Inn Berlin

Do you like Dark?

Or Light


Here are the secondary blocks, using the triangle leftovers ...

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June 13, 2021
The Positivity QAL - Choosing Fabrics from Sew Preeti Quilts

Imagine a large buffet like Golden Corral (Paul's favorite).  With over fifty items on the table, does it really matter if two or three items are blah?  You will only taste 4-5 items, may be 10 if you are more adventurous. Ahem!!!

Now imagine a simple meal of tomato soup and grilled cheese. Everything must be fresh and tasty and well-seasoned. There is no room for blah. It could ruin the entire meal.

Such is this simple Plus Block. With only two main fabrics, it is important that they work well together. 

Plus Fabrics (Background Pending)


I remember spending ...

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June 12, 2021
Island Batik June Challenge - Novella from Sew Preeti Quilts

The Island Batik Challenge for June 2021 reads as follows:

The challenge for you is to use the 8” or 12” finished BOB dies from your Ambassador box, the GO! Qube 8" Mix & Match Block and create a whole new pattern by combining the two!


Here is my response

Novella, 11" by 66"

And here is the Story.

BOB means Block on Board. In other words, the complete block is on a single die. I received Snails Trails Die.

Snails Trail BOB Die

All units in one place

Cut Pieces

First Block

In my opinion, the best complement to Snails ...

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May 9, 2021
Island Batik - Make it Modern Blog Hop from Sew Preeti Quilts

Welcome to Day One of the Island Batik's May 2021 Blog Hop - Make it Modern.




My assignment was to use the Farm Fresh Half Yard Bundle to make a modern project.  20 gorgeous colors!!! Oh. My. Goodness!!!

The fabrics


The inspiration, perhaps!


I felt like a dog walker with a dozen high energy puppies out for a walk. I was pulled in so many different directions - each more enticing than the other. In the end I made stopped at three quilts. 

1. I had an idea - Effervescence.  

The Sketch

Inspired by the warm and vibrant fabrics, I decided to ...

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April 10, 2021
Island Batik - April Challenge from Sew Preeti Quilts

Me: How is it?
Paul (mildly irritated): What?
Me (irritated): Your breakfast...that I just brought you, my lord.
Paul: I am still alive, am I not?
Me (through gritted teeth): In that case, let me get you another serving.
Paul (calmly): It is good to have goals.
Me: If you want me to cook for you then you need to tell me that you LIKE my cooking.
Paul: I will...AFTER I finish eating it.


Let's ignore Paul for now. 



April 2021 is a free month which means that it is all up to me - any project, any ...

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March 29, 2021
Island Batik March Challenge - Scrapbuster from Sew Preeti Quilts

The March 2021 Island Batik Challenge is to make a Scrapbuster Quilt.  

Being a new ambassador I do not have a lot of Island Batik fabrics.

Me: How do I make a scrapbuster without scraps?
Paul: You have no scraps?
Me: How do I make an Island Batik scrapbuster quilt without Island Batik scraps?
Paul: Did you not get a big box of fabric?
Me: Well, yes, I did. However, some of that fabric has been used in previous projects and some is earmarked for later projects. Whatever is left is a bit limiting.
Paul: So what did you do ...

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March 7, 2021
Like Sex but Better from Sew Preeti Quilts

Picture this - a warm, sunny day on a beach. Blue skies with just a tiny cloud or two, and the aquamarine waters are neither warm nor cold. And there I am in a hammock made up of your sweet comments, gently cradling me. That is how I feel; thank you for your hugs. I love you and I feel loved!!!

Greens on the Color Wheel


According to Angela, March is Green.  She did not specify light or dark, bright or dingy. So here they are. 
All the greens in five blocks total.





Me: I believe that patchwork/quilting is like ...

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February 15, 2021
1st unboxing for 2021/ 1o άνοιγμα κουτιού για τo 2021 from Mania for Quilts

1st box for this year in the context of the Island Batik Ambassadors Program. 1st delivery, two boxes to be accurate. Arrived with great delay. Especially the second one that travelled firstly to Catar and then came to Athens. Thank God safely and without Customs fees!!!!! Let us see the unboxing video firstly or move to the photos after the video.

1ο κουτί γι αυτό τον χρόνο στο πλαίσιο του Προγράμματος των Πρεσβειρών των Island Batik. 1η αποστολή για την ακρίβεια , μια και ήρθαν 2 κουτιά με διαφορά το ένα από το άλλο και μεγάλη καθυστέρηση αφού το δεύτερο ταξίδεψε ...

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1st unboxing for 2021/ 1o άνοιγμα κουτιού για τo 2021 from Mania for quilts

1st box for this year in the context of the Island Batik Ambassadors Program. 1st delivery, two boxes to be accurate. Arrived with great delay. Especially the second one that travelled firstly to Catar and then came to Athens. Thank God safely and without Customs fees!!!!! Let us see the unboxing video firstly or move to the photos after the video.

1ο κουτί γι αυτό τον χρόνο στο πλαίσιο του Προγράμματος των Πρεσβειρών των Island Batik. 1η αποστολή για την ακρίβεια , μια και ήρθαν 2 κουτιά με διαφορά το ένα από το άλλο και μεγάλη καθυστέρηση αφού το δεύτερο ταξίδεψε ...

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February 1, 2021
Island Batik Create for a Cause BlogHop + Giveaway from Sew Preeti Quilts

Welcome to Day One of the Island Batiks February 2021 Blog Hop - Create for a Cause. 


I used the Autumn Sunset half yard bundle designed by Kathy Engle and it is shipping to stores in February 2021.


Autumn Sunset includes 20 fabrics from the lightest beige, to lemon yellow, through orange, to dark brown.


As soon as I opened the fabric bundle I decided I would recreate Paulitiks in fall colors (with one whimsical design twist) and send it to Bernie for Mercyful Quilts. It was so simple :-) 

This was going to be so easy.  I felt confident.  I went ...

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January 21, 2021
Island Batik - The Unboxing from Sew Preeti Quilts

There is a first time for everything, right?  This is my first attempt at making a video. 

I hope that what I lack in production quality and overall appeal is balanced (somewhat) by my genuine excitement.

Well, according to Blogger, my video exceeds their size limit (yes even after cropping and reducing file size). Insert raspberry here. 

You may view it on my Facebook page here.  Here are a few highlights from the Box.


Full of goodies




This gorgeous bundle contains 20 fabrics, 1/2 yard of each, which I am using in the February Blog Hop challenge. The post ...

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January 17, 2021
Island Batik January Challenge - Placemats from Sew Preeti Quilts

The Island Batik January challenge is Placemats. 




The Island Batik box included a pack of 10" squares of "Blinded by Science" designed by Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quiltworks.  The solid gray yardage was also provided by Island Batiks.




I used the 70/10 Microtex Sharp Needle by Schmetz Needles that was part of the Island Batik Box. 

Schmetz needles 


The four placemats finish at about 12" by 18" each. And I tried appliqué for the first time. 


Placemats 


Well that was the executive summary. The story follows:

Paul: What are you making?
Me (smiling): I am making eggs.

Applique ...

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January 14, 2021
Island Batik Medallion Quilt - Holiday in the Woods from Quilted Delights

 

When I first read the theme for the December Island Batik Ambassador Challenge,  I knew I wanted to make a a huge Christmas quilt.  I got started on it right away because I wanted to have time to finish it before December ended.  



I was doing great,  I had the pattern created in the first couple days, started making all the blocks and had the top ready to go a week before Christmas.  


I started quilting it with the intention to show it off on Christmas Day and then Corona hit.  Bleh. I was down for the count for 15 ...

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January 9, 2021
New Beginnings from Sew Preeti Quilts

Me: I hope this year is a new beginning
Paul: All beginnings are new, by definition
Me: Unless it is old wine in a new bottle
Paul: Wine does not get old
Me: It becomes vintage?
Paul: Absolutely
Me: I am going to add some wine to the beef stew
Paul (with anticipation): You are making beef stew?
Me: After I finish writing this blogpost
Paul (naughtily): I can help you finish.
Me: BRAT.  Just help me take pictures of this big quilt top, will you?


When Via (not her real name) a dear friend/co-worker shared that she was ...

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