|Opening the Box|
In early January, I heard that I was going to be an Island Batik Ambassador for 2018. The neatest thing about this gig happens 2 times in 2018 - a huge box of Island Batik Fabrics and some items from their affiliates, Aurifil and Hobbs Batting. All the items that are featured in this post, were given to me by Island Batik and their affiliates - Hobbs and Aurifil.
Let the fun begin!
|Surprise Bundle - Fabric Not Yet In Stores|
|Aurifil Thread and Catalog|
I love Aurifil thread and this grouping is terrific. That spool of white will easily get whittled down as the year goes on! The 50 wt threads are the ones with the orange spool - used for piecing or quilting. The green ones, are 40 wt - used mostly for machine quilting or embroidery where you want the stitches to go. They really go with some of the fabrics in the bundle. Also included were some catalogs which further explain their lines of thread and their uses. Let me know if you'd like one, happy to share the wealth!
|Hobbs Heirloom Cotton Batting, Thermore and Catalog|
The next couple of items are from Hobbs - a company that makes a whole lot of batting. I have used the thermore for a quilt and will post something about that when I use it. It is helpful in projects where you want less bulk - clothing, folded quilting, etc. You'll see what I mean soon! I am anxious to use the Cotton blend (80 cotton/20 poly) as it has been some time since I have used this brand of batting.
|A sh*tload of fabric!!|
|5" WOF Stash builders in a variety of pallettes|
|The gorgeous Alpine Ice Collection|
The Alpine Ice collection is a great set of winter blues and creams and greys. Can't wait to get into this bundle of fat eighths - it really is one of my favorite colorways. It also has 1.5 yards of a coordinating fabric to help you along.
|Mountain Majesty Jelly Roll and Coordinating Yardage|
|Rayon scarf and fabric!|
|All the loot!!!|
I am so grateful to Island Batiks - for the opportunity, the great fabric, and the commradery of a group of quilters who will have fun rising to the monthly challenge. Island Batik is a great company, founded in 1997 with an important philosophy - being a part of the community. Here is an excerpt from their blog on what they try to do:
The philosophy of Island Batik has always been to ensure the success, enrichment and development of the community to which it belongs. This is accomplished is by offering computer skills training, donating to neighborhood functions and village ceremonies as well as sponsoring the Island Batik community volleyball team. These efforts result in a constant uplifting of the people who partner with Island Batik in production. Because of the large group of artisans and workers employment many people have been able to buy land build new homes, send children to school and college as well as improve the community environment for the benefit of all.Please visit their website and find out more about them and their wonderful fabrics.
Sewing time this week: Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. Wish me luck and if all goes well, you will see something on Tuesday!!!