Sunday, August 2, 2020

Island Batik Ambassador Box Two Photos

 Did you see my Unboxing Video, previously posted on June 23rd?  It was fun to show what I received in the Island Batik Ambassador boxes for the second half of 2020.  So much fun that I decided to do a second post, showing photos of everything, in case you missed anything, or wanted a closer look.

Disclaimer:  These items were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.
 It's so exciting when these boxes arrive on the doorstep.

 I'm using this blue-ti-ful stack of Prairie Skies by Kathy Engle for my August Project.  This fabric is available in local quilt shops right now.

 This 10" square stack is Lemon Grass by Kathy Engle for Chris Hoover of Whirligig Designs.  It came with a couple of coordinating fabrics in yellow and green.  So gorgeous!  The precuts should be in local shops now, with yardage to follow in September/October.

 Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Corner Pop tool.  I'm using this right now for my August project.  It's fun to use.  I'll be sharing that on the blog as soon as I finish it up.  The quilt top is done, I just need to get to the quilting part.

 I received two packages of these 5" x width of fabric rolls in blues and blacks.  

 A nice little rainbow of Aurifil thread.  Six spools bursting with color.  

 A By Annie bag kit for one of our upcoming challenges.  We were able to select the bag we wanted to make. The kit was sent with everything needed, even the Island Batik fabrics.  I'm making a backpack.

 Blenders, Basics, and Solids to coordinate with Spring Fabrics.

 Blenders, Basics, and Solids to coordinate with Summer Fabrics.

 A large cut of neutral fabric.

 Large cuts of solid gray, white, and black fabrics.

 Hobbs  Batting sent this package of 2-1/4" fusible strips.  I'll likely use this to make a rug.  I've been wanting to sew another one.

 Silk Blend batting - Oooooh!  Fancy!

 Black batting 80/20.  Great for quilts with a lot of dark fabrics.

 Fusible Cotton Batting.  I've never tried this, but I'm excited to see how it works.

Accuquilt sent the Go Me for the Christmas in July project.  It was fun to make a small table topper and gift this to my son and his girlfriend.  If you missed it, you can read my post about that here:  Christmas in July with Accuquilt.

I also received a few "Surprise" packages of Island Batik fabric for some of the upcoming challenges.  I can't show those right now...but I've peeked myself.  They are amazing!  My brain is bursting with ideas for upcoming projects.  I can't wait to show you what I'm dreaming up.  Stay tuned.

Be sure to visit my fellow Island Batik Ambassadors to see what they're cooking up too!
Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Megan Best ~ Best Quilter
PamelaBoatright ~ PamelaQuilts
JenniferFulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts
Mania Hatziioannidi~ Mania for Quilts
CarlaHenton ~ Create in the Sticks
ConnieKauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
EmilyLeachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
DeniseLooney ~For the Love of Geese
LeahMalasky~Quilted Delights
SallyManke ~Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~Mary Mack's Blog
Kathleen McCormick~Kathleen McMusing
CarolMoellers ~Carol Moellers Designs
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Sharon Riley ~ Sew Riley Designs
MichelleRoberts ~Creative Blonde
Gail Sheppard ~Quilting Gail
Jennifer Strauser~Dizzy Quilter
JenniferThomas ~Curlicue Creations
AlisonVermilya ~Little Bunny Quilts
SandraWalker ~mmm! quilts

JanetYamamoto ~Whispers of Yore

Be creative ~ Sew something beautiful today.

Jennifer Thomas

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Saturday, July 25, 2020

Crocker Baby Quilt Finish

 Here's the finished Crocker Baby Quilt enjoying a little sunshine on a hot July afternoon.

Note:  Some of the items used to make this project were given to me by Quilty Box at no cost to me.
 I finished it up with a label and a photo session.

 I quilted every one of the 36 squares on this quilt with a different design.  Here's a few of them.

 Curvy square in a square.

 Swirls and pebbles.  I wish this photo had come out better.  It's such a cute design.

 Skinny vertical lines.

 The center of the quilt.

 Chunky ribbon candy, divided with horizontal lines.

 Here's the quilt relaxing on the front porch with a pillow.

 A little peek at the vintage blue floral fabric I used for the backing.

 I used a gold floral print for the binding.  Some of this fabric was also used for the quilt top.

 Pretty folds.

I gifted this quilt to my Dad for his 79th birthday to use as a lap quilt.  Happy Birthday Dad!

Be creative ~ Sew something beautiful today.

Jennifer Thomas


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Thursday, July 23, 2020

Island Batik Ambassador Box Two Unboxing


Hello everyone.  Welcome to my Island Batik Ambassador Unboxing Video for box two.  I hope you enjoy watching it.

Note:  These items were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners at no cost to me.

Here's a list of all the Island Batik Ambassadors so you can visit their blogs for maximum quilting inspiration!

Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Megan Best ~ Best Quilter
PamelaBoatright ~ PamelaQuilts
JenniferFulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts
Joanne Hart ~ Unicorn Harts
Mania Hatziioannidi~ Mania for Quilts
CarlaHenton ~ Create in the Sticks
ConnieKauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
EmilyLeachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
DeniseLooney ~For the Love of Geese
LeahMalasky~Quilted Delights
SallyManke ~Sally Manke
Maryellen McAuliffe ~Mary Mack's Blog
Kathleen McCormick~Kathleen McMusing
CarolMoellers ~Carol Moellers Designs
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Sharon Riley ~ Sew Riley Designs
MichelleRoberts ~Creative Blonde
Gail Sheppard ~Quilting Gail
Jennifer Strauser~Dizzy Quilter
JenniferThomas ~Curlicue Creations
AlisonVermilya ~Little Bunny Quilts
SandraWalker ~mmm! quilts

JanetYamamoto ~Whispers of Yore

Be creative ~ Sew something beautiful today.

Jennifer Thomas

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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Christmas in July with Island Batik and Accuquilt

 This is my son, Gavin and the table topper I made for him and his girlfriend Mariah.  They just moved into their first apartment in May ~ how exciting!  They have the cutest dinette set.  This was the perfect cheery accent for their table.  I was so happy to bring them some Christmas in July.

Christmas in July is the Island Batik Ambassador theme for this month.  This month's challenge includes industry partner Accuquilt.  It was so much fun to do.  Each one of the ambassadors was given a new Accuquilt Go Me to create a small quilted gift for a new sewist.  Then both the quilt and the Go Me cutter were given to the recipient.  My son expressed interest, so I chose him and his girlfriend.  Because they are just starting out, I also included a small sewing machine, fabric, and a box of sewing necessities.  

 Here's the Go Me.  It's absolutely adorable!  It comes with a carry bag, a pattern and idea book, a cutting mat, and two dies.  One die cuts half square triangles and the other die cuts quarter square triangles.  Of course you can buy additional dies, too.  The possibilities are truly endless.

 For my project, I designed the topper with EQ8 design software on my computer.  

 Next I chose these gorgeous Island Batik fabrics.  The first three fabrics are from Whispering Feathers by Kathy Engle (I love this collection sooo much!)  The first green is a blender, and the last two fabrics are Island Batik solids.

 Here's the Accuquilt Go Me open are ready to cut.  I'm thinking this would be great to take to retreats or if you enjoy travelling.  It's such a nice compact size.

 If you've never used an Accuquilt cutter before, the pattern and idea book includes everything you need to know and some great ideas to get you started.

 Fabric before cutting.

 Fabric after cutting.  So easy!  And accurate, too.  Notice how the triangles are cut with the corners already trimmed.  This makes it easy to stitch them together with everything matching up flawlessly.
I wish they had these way back when I started quilting!

Here's a final look at Gavin and Mariah's table topper.  I quilted it simply with diagonal parallel lines stitched out from the center.  I used my favorite Aurifil thread, Hobbs batting, and Schmetz needles for beautiful results.  I can't wait to see what the kids make with their new Accuquilt Go Me.

Be creative ~ Sew something beautiful today.

Jennifer Thomas


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