Saturday, October 1, 2022

Island Batik Ambassador and ByAnnie Challenge

For the month of October, the Island Batik Ambassadors were challenged to sew a ByAnnie bag.  I made the Ultimate Travel Bag 2.0.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this project were given to me by Island Batik and Industry Partners.

Here's the pattern.  You can find this pattern, plus a helpful add-on video on the website.  This is the third ByAnnie pattern I've sewn, and my favorite so far.  The step-by-step directions are written clearly and each step has a little box to check off, which keeps me on track and feeling accomplished.

I chose to use the Midnight Glow fabric collection from Island Batik.  As I've mentioned many times recently, this is my new favorite fabric line.  It's so dramatically gorgeous.  You can sink right into it.

One of the first steps to sewing a ByAnnie bag is the cutting and prep.  A sheet is included in the pattern that you can copy and use to label each piece as you cut and prep.  I chose to print my labels on some light sticker paper so they are super easy to use and remove.  No pins needed.

The outer shell of the bag is made from a main fabric, a lining fabric, and ByAnnie's Soft and Stable.  Here I am quilting the layers together with matching Aurifil thread. 

Zippers are prepped as well.  This bag has three zippers, one for the main closure, and two pocket zippers.

I cut bias binding strips from this gorgeous coordinating fabric.  The bias binding makes it easy to sew around the curvy elements of the bag.

In this step, I am prepping the bag straps.  I did all of my pressing on my Prairie Spirit Alpacas pressing mat.  It's wonderful.  I love it more with every project.

One of the features of the ByAnnie bags that I love is the beautiful and sturdy coordinating hardware.  

Here's the bag front pocket, prepped and ready for bag construction.

After all the bag parts are prepped and sewn, the bag itself is sewn together.  The inside seams are covered with bias binding for a beautiful finished effect.  I used Quilters Perfect Klips to hold the binding in place.  Sewing this part can be tricky.  I used a stiletto to help feed the layers under the presser foot evenly and also switched my needle to a Schmetz leather needle.  A jeans needle would probably work well for sewing through all the layers, too.

This is actually the inside zipper pocket of the bag.  This is showing the lovely finished seam binding.  At this point my bag is ready to be turned right side out!  Exciting!!!

And here it is!  The Ultimate Travel Bag 2.0.  This is the front side of the bag, with a pretty zipper pocket.

The back of the bag also has a pocket, and a trolley sleeve.  Notice the padded, adjustable carrying strap.

There is a nice poochy pocket on each side of the bag.  This will be just perfect for carrying a water bottle and a small snack, or anything else you need quick access to.

Inside view.  This is a roomy bag!

Inside three section, elastic edged pocket.

Inside large zipper pocket.

Inside the large inner zipper pocket.

Ultimate Travel Bag 2.0

Bag Stats:
Size:  13-3/4" x 18-1/2" x 8" (at bottom)
Pattern:  Ultimate Travel Bag 2.0
Fabric:  Midnight Glow by Island Batik
Thread:  Aurifil
Needles:  Schmetz

All the Island Batik Ambassadors are making bags this month!  Visit their blogs throughout October to see what they made.  Here's a list:

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Megan Best ~ Bestquilter
Pamela Boatright ~ Pamelaquilts
Elizabeth DeCroos ~ Epida Studio
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch By Stitch Custom Quilting
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine
Anorina Morris –

Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna ~ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts ~ Sew Cute And Quirky
Michelle Roberts ~ Creative Blonde

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Andi Stanfield ~ True Blue Quilts
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt


Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today.

Jennifer Thomas

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Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Island Batik Ambassador Studio 180 Blog Hop featuring Beeswax

Hello!  Welcome to day two of the Island Batik Ambassador Studio 180 blog hop.  This is my quilt, Beeswax.

Disclaimer:  The products used to make this quilt were given to me by Island Batik and industry partners.
This month's challenge was to make a quilt using the ruler we were given in the second Ambassador shipment, paired with a new Island Batik fabric collection that also came in the second shipment.  

I received the Beehive Buzz fabric collection by Kathy Engle.  Isn't it fabulous?  These fabrics are sweet as honey!  This project is the second quilt I made with this collection.  I've also sewn a catalog quilt.  I'll share that with you in a week or two.  The Beehive Buzz fabric collection should be hitting the local quilt shops now.

The Studio 180 ruler I received was the Four Patch Square Up.  When I opened up this ruler I thought, "I don't need a ruler to make four patch units.  I've made so many in the past.  I'm an expert."  Haha!  Boy was I wrong.  My past four patches were acceptable, but the four patches I made with Deb Tucker's ruler were nearly perfect!!!  It's an outstanding tool, I'm not much of a ruler girl, so that is saying a lot.

To make the four patches, you cut your fabric into strips, pair them together with opposite sides facing and then sub cut into strip set pairs.  So easy!

After sewing the strip sets together, you use the ruler to trim them down to the correct size.  Look at the points on this four patch!  Plus all four squares will come out perfectly equal (as long as you are cutting correctly).  The ruler makes it easy.  It was quick, too.  I used a spinning rotary mat to easily trim all four sides of the units.

I made a lot of four patch units.

I also used the Wing Clipper ruler by Studio 180, which I already had in my collection for this project.

The Wing Clipper makes Flying Geese units.

I put together the Four Patch units and the Flying Geese units to make 12 Beeswax blocks, pieced with my favorite Schmetz needles, of course.

I used my Prairie Spirit Alpaca pressing mat to press all those seams super flat before sewing the top together.

Then for the quilting, I used the Hobbs Tuscany Collection Cotton Wool Blend.  This makes a super light and super warm quilt at the same time.  Just right for the upcoming Autumn front porch sitting sunset watching time of the year.  

I used gorgeously matching yellow Aurifil thread for the quilting.

Quilting, quilting, quilting.

Here it is, all quilted with a loopy meander.

I used a two yard cut of this beautiful fabric also from the Beehive Buzz collection, for the backing.

I made the binding from a light black dotty fabric.  I love the dots.

Beeswax folds.


Quilt Stats:
Finished Quilt Size:  40" x 52"
Block Size:  12" x 12"
Fabric:  Beehive Buzz by Island Batik
Batting:  Tuscany Wool Cotton Blend by Hobbs
Thread:  Aurifil
Needles:  Schmetz
Designed in EQ8

Giveaway time!  Visit Island Batik's blog to enter their weekly giveaway during the blog hop.  This week they're giving away bundles of Bee Kind and Baroque.  Click here to visit the Island Batik blog.

I'm having a giveaway, too!  I've cut some 5" charms from my remaining pieces of Beehive Buzz. To win, leave me a comment below (scroll all the way to the end of this post), and to make it fun, comment your favorite flower.  What do you like to see the bees pollinating?  Giveaway open to USA residents only.  Please make sure I have a way to contact you, should you be the lucky winner.  The winner will be determined by random drawing at the end of the blog hop.

It's only the second day of the Island Batik Ambassador Studio 180 Blog hop.  Here's the complete list so you don't miss a thing!

September 6

Gail Renna, Quilt Haven Threads

Michelle Roberts, Creative Blonde Gifts

September 7

Sandra Starley, Textile Time Travels

Jennifer Thomas, Curlicue Creations

September 8

Brenda Alburl, Songbird Designs

Jennifer Fulton, Inquiring Quilter

September 9

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 1 and Giveaway


September 12

Lisa Pickering, Lisa’s Quilting Passion

Suzy Webster, Websterquilt

September 13

Denise Looney, For the Love of Geese

Gail Sheppard, Quilting Gail

September 14

Preeti Harris, Sew Preeti Quilts

Connie Kauffman, Kauffman Designs

September 15

Megan Best, Bestquilter

Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine

September 16

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway


September 19

Elizabeth DeCroos, Epida Studio

Jane Hauprich, Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting

September 20

Emily Leachman, The Darling Dogwood

Andi Stanfield, True Blue Quilts

September 21

Leah Malasky, Quilted Delights

Claudia Porter, Create with Claudia

September 22

Mania Hatziioannidi, Mania for Quilts

Reed Johnson, Blue Bear Quilts

September 23

Blog Hop Week 3 Round Up + giveaway


September 26

Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts

September 27

Anorina Morris, Samelia’s Mum

Brianna Roberts, Sew Cute and Quirky

Be Creative ~ Sew Something Beautiful Today!

Jennifer Thomas
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