I can’t believe it is the end of June already! This year is whizzing by! For this months Island Batik Ambassador challenge we had no brief to follow, It was a free theme and we could do whatever we wanted.
I wanted to make a scrappy quilt and I had some of the lovely Smooch (designed by Kathy Engle) Fabric left from last months project that I wanted to use along with some other scrap pieces I had from previous projects. I used these pieces for the stars and a selection of low volume and solid prints for the background.
For my stars I used 3 1/2″ finished half square triangles keeping the same background for each quarter of the block, to create 6″ uniform squares in the background.
Todays blog post is all about Ice dying, its something ive wanted to try for ages, I have admired for such a long time the beautiful pieces of fabric people create with this technique and I’m super excited to give it go myself!
So lets get started… Supplies:
Fabric Dye – I used Dylon handwash dyes, theses were £3 each and i picked mine up from Dunelm and The Range.
Soda Ash – this I couldn’t find in any stores but Amazon had it! (Amazon has everything!)
Something to dye your fabric in, You will need a bucket and something like a colinder or a bath rack, anything with holes in really so the excess water from the ice melting can drip through the fabric and into the bucket. These are the things i had to hand…
And finally some Ice – you could make your own, I was feeling lazy and bought a bag from co-op 🙂
Step 1, Prewash your fabric, this step is important as there may be a coating of some kind on the fabric from the manufacturing stage and could affect how the dye applies.
Step 2, Prepare the Soda Ash by mixing 1 cup with 1 gallon of water and soak your fabric submerged in the solution for around half hour. Ideally you want to put this in a container with a lid as it can be kept and re-used until it’s gone. (I’ve dyed around 10 mtrs of fabric so far and there is still some left so this stuff does go a long way!)
Step 3, Squeeze the excess liquid from the fabric, arrange the fabric into the dying rack and cover with ice. Now the fun part! start sprinkling the fabric dye over the ice and watch the magic happen!
As the ice melts you will start to see all the wonderful colours and parts of the fabric where colours have mixed together.
Step 4, Once the ice has fully melted you need to rinse the fabric until the water runs clear and wash twice in the washing machine with a few colour catchers each time and walah! you have beautiful new one of a kind fabric!
The green and blue were so vibrant when dying as you can see in the pics above but came out super muted once washed… still very pretty though.
The pink, orange and purple dyes on the other hand stayed pretty vibrant!…
I have to say I have absolutely loved this whole process, The end results are beautiful and I’m totally addicted, It really is quite easy and I cant wait to do some more maybe with different types of cotton next time like poplin, seer sucker and double gauze. Now all that’s left to do is to make some pretties with these! watch this space xx
Thankyou so much for reading, I hope you will give this a go too!
Today is my stop on the Island Batik Ultimate Home décor Blog Hop and I’m sharing a brand new fabric collection with you called Smooch! This gorgeous collection by Kathy Engle is shipping to stores this month! I absolutely love how all these colours mix together, they give me real spring vibes!
I recieved a half yard bundle of the whole collection and two 2 yard cuts of a light and dark from the collection also, for this challenge we had to create a Home Décor item featuring as many prints from the collection as possible, I ended up using all of them in this project and a little white and grey from the solids line too. I used a new pattern I’m working on called Tangled which is a foundation paper pieced pattern and will come in two sizes, i used the smaller templates for this project to make my cushion. Each block is made up of 4 templates and i used 4 blocks to fit my 18″ cushion pad.
As always i pieced and quilted using Aurifil 50wt thread, colour 2410 from the Sardina Pink colour builder box which is a lovely pale pink, I also used Hobbs 100% cotton batting and Schmets microtex chrome neddles in 80/12.
The back of pillow is constructed in a simple envelope design with a binded edge.
I had so much fun working with this collection, i think it was my favourite from the whole first box!
Island Batik are running giveaways throughout this whole blog hop over on their blog. For your chance to win some of these gorgeous new collections click here.
And be sure to check out my fellow Ambassador’s projects, There has been so many gorgeous makes already and still more to come!
April brings a new Island Batik ambassador challenge and this month is all about creative borders and binding. For this project, we had to create a quilt 36″ x 36″ or larger and be as creative as we can with borders/binding. The fabrics I used were:
Almond – Neutrals range (for the background)
Fern leaves – Basics range
Carnation – Mini Flower
Mustard – Basics range
Dot – Dreamsical (one of my favourite prints)
Lemonade – Circles
Thistle Bloom – Wildflower (for the backing)
White – Solids range
I wanted to do foundation paper piecing for this challenge (as i always want to do foundation paper piecing!) I started out with my Unicorn pattern for the centre piece which i enlarged to be 17″, and created a simple modern border to go around to tie in the the modern feel of the quilt block.
For the outer 3D border i used solid white 5″ squares folded corner to corner twice to create the prairie points and 4 1/2″ cirlcles cut in half to create the half moon shapes. I then basted them evenly around the quilt and sandwiched them imbetween the layers and topstitched around the edge to finish.
Thankyou Island Batik and industry partners, its been another super fun challenge as always, Stay tuned for next month where all Ambassadors will be sharing brand new fabric lines! x
Its that time again when I get to complete a new monthly challenge as an Island Batik Ambassador. This month we had to use the BOB (Block on board) die from Accuquilt we received in our January box. I got Hatties Choice.
The brief this month was to create a quilt using the primary block design, I decided to go quite uniform with my fabrics and just adding a few pops of colour to add a little more interest, the fabrics I used are Grey, White and Black from the solids line, Mustard, Bluebird, Fern Leaves and Lemonade from the basics line.
The Accuquilt Go cutter is great for making a quilt with a continuous pattern, you are able to cut all the pieces in no time at all! and each piece is always perfectly cut, I find my self using it more and more.
The die board is clearly labelled and is so simple to use! it even gives you instructions on what size to cut your fabric.
For this project, i also used Hobbs Batting Premium Cotton batting. I pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50Wt 2024 and Shmetz Microtex Chrome 80/12 needles.
As always, its been another super fun make, thankyou so much Island batik, Accuquilt, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil and Schmetz for supplying all the awesome tools to work with.
Thankyou so much for reading guys! I hope you are all staying safe! xx
Today is my stop on the Island Batik Log Cabin Blog Hop. I’m sharing the gorgeous Bloomers collection designed by Kathy Engle. Its a lovely selection of pinks and purples with a couple of blues and low volumes added into the mix. This super pretty collection is shipping to stores this month
So the brief this month was to make a quilt using a log cabin design using as many prints from the collection as possible, I managed to use all of them 🙂 I also used white and grey solids.
Log cabins are my favourite! There are so many different ways to make a quilt using this technique, and I LOVE all of them! I was going to go for the pineapple block but for this project I wanted to go for a more modern design.
I used Lemonade from the basics range for the centre of each block which is a gorgeous vibrant yellow and I thought it went well with the colours in this collection.
By changing the colour placement on each block from light to dark gives the illusion of different sized squares and gives the quilt a cool modern look.
For this project I also used Hobbs Heirloom Natural 100% cotton batting, one of my favourites
I used Schmetz Chrome Microtex 80/12 needles for the piecing and quilting. The microtex needles are great for tightly woven fabrics like Island Batiks as they have a super sharp point and pierce the fabric so easily. I also used Aurifil 50wt in colour 2410 which is a light pink colour and part of the Sardina Colour Builder box. I quilted wavy lines all over using my walking foot.
I love how my quilt turned out, I had so much fun sewing with this lovely new fabric and I cant wait to see what the other Ambassadors make 😉 Head over to Island batiks website here to have a look at all the new collections and for all the Ambassador links.
Island Batik are also giving away a 10″ stack and a 2 1/2″ strip pack of another new collection called Ancient Etchings designed by Jackie Kunkel, so check out this link here to enter for your chance to win! Good Luck! x
Its the first Island batik Ambassador challenge of the year and this month is “Lets get scrappy!” the brief is:
Scrappy sewing is one of my favourite kinds of sewing to do, I keep all my scraps, even the tiny pieces! I find it so relaxing and the end result always turns out different to the next/last! I got rummaging through my box of fabric and found lots of scraps from last years shenanigans.
Something I actually need and have been meaning to make is a drawstring bag, big enough to hold my nail varnish collection so that’s what I decided on.
I started by cutting a piece of solid grey fabric and batting a little bigger than I needed (around 13″/14″ square), from there I would keep adding scraps of fabric on top sewing around each piece to secure it until the whole piece was covered. I find that adding the batting underneath gives it a bit more stability and makes it easier to sew, I used Hobbs 100% cotton.
Once all my fabric was sewn on I quilted using my favourite technique, matchstick, this way of quilting is honestly so forgiving, you really don’t need to be precise its still looks great at the end. It also gives your project extra stiffness so is great for bags and things like that. I used Aurifil 2425 50wt from the Sardina colour builder box. I made 5 panels in total and trimmed each one down to 12.5″ square.
I constructed my bag the same way you would a cube and repeated with the lining. For the lining I used Amethyst Petal from the Wildflower collection.
For the drawstring channels I cut a selection of 4 pieces measuring 10″ x 3″ which I put at the centre top of each square and I found some peach coloured rope from my stash that worked beautifully with the colours on the bag.
It turned out a really great size and I even have room for more nail varnish now! 🙂
I’m super excited to share with you, I have been selected to be an Island batik Ambassador again this year! Island Batik are such a wonderful company to work with, the Ambassador program is really great and I had so much fun making with them last year! The program this year looks even better so I cant wait to get started!
My first box arrived a couple of weeks ago and here’s what I recieved:
A whopping 6 yards of a neutral fabric, this one is called Almond, I love dots on fabric and this one is covered in them!
Next up we have a bundle of 12 foundations and I’m super excited about some of these as they are from the new solids range and the colours are so vibrant! I have Pink, Fuschia, Green and Yellow.
The remaining 8 foundations are:
Ivy – Basics
Foulard – Grass
Cat Scratch – Smore
Navy – Basics
Dandelion – Wisteria
Pumpkin – Basics
Geranium – Basics
Mini Flower – Carnation
I received half yard cuts from the Bloomers Collection designed by Kathy Engle which is a lovely selection of pinks and purples and 2 yards each of a light and dark co-ordinating fabric to go with them called Wildflower – Thistle bloom and Tossed Feather – Grape Juice. This gorgeous collection will be shipping to stores in February.
Next we have a rainbow pack of 10″ squares from the Kismet collection designed by Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis, again with co-ordinating 2 yard cuts each of a light and a dark called Bubbles – Salmon and Mardigras – Basics. This collection also ships to stores in February.
Next is the Sundance collection designed by Kathy Engle. I recieved a pack of 2 1/2 strips with 2 yard cuts of co-ordinating fabric called Mustard – Basics and Large netting – Brownie. This ones a bit out of my comfort zone, I’m not used to sewing with these colours so hopefully I can do them justice. This collection is part of winter 2019 and ships to stores in May.
I’m always so happy to receive these stash builders! they come in so handy, adding a little extra to your project when needed, here we have 2 packs with 5 rolls in each pack, each piece is 5″ wide x WOF and you get 4 pieces in each roll.
Next I received 2 yards of a Rayon, this one is called Floral Petals and each year all ambassadors recieve a rayon scarf, this year I got this pretty blue one xx
And finally on the fabric front, I received 2 surprise packages that I can’t share with you just yet, this is a new collection not yet released but stay tuned for the reveal in May!
Now onto the Industry Partners…… Schmetz Needles are new on board this year which is very exciting, Ive used Schmetz needles for as long as I can remember but I have never tried any of the selection we received. Also included in the package is a super handy pocket guide explaining which needles are best for each technique. Also a sturdy plastic colour code chart which shows which needle you have in your machine which is so great! I’m always forgetting which one I have in mine!
Hobbs batting are partners again this year, I love them! and we got 2 kings sized 100% cotton battings in this box.
Accuquilt are a returning partner again, I had a great time last year cutting fabric with their Go cutter and this year I received the Hatties Choice (BOB) block on board die, I love this pattern and cant wait to use it!
Aurifil are back on board with us, and this year we get to try their new colour builder boxes, I couldn’t be happier with the 2 chosen for me, I got Verona Mauve and Sardina Pink and each one has 3 large spools of 50wt thread.
And that’s a wrap on my first box! So much goodness to play with! Thankyou so much Island batik, Schmetz Needles, Hobbs Batting and Aurifil Thread xx
I would also love to introduce you to my fellow Ambassadors, head on over to see them and see what they received in their boxes xx
Thankyou so much for reading guys, I hope you will follow along with with me to see what I make this year xx
Its the final Island batik Ambassador challenge of the year and December’s brief is:
Bring 3D into your project by any method of your choice
I thought about this one for a while and scrolled the internet for inspiration for ages before finally deciding on a stuffed bear. I downloaded the pattern from www.mybearstory.tedsby.com who can also be found on Instagram here. Ludmila, the designer/creator makes the most beautiful bears, if you haven’t already checked her out, you totally should! She offers a free template to make this bear which can be found on the link attached to her Instagram handle. I enlarged the templates to 200% to make mine.
The fabric I chose for this project is the gorgeous Spots -Sun-Tweet.
I stitched her together with Aurifil 50wt 2024 and added some handstitched details with 12wt 2530 which is a salmon pink colour. I used a DMC perle cotton N08 in black, colour 310 to add the face details
I stuffed using a mixture of bean bag fill and these plastic pellets I picked up from Amazon, which also gave it a little weight.
For size reference, I managed to get my fur baby to stand by it for 2 seconds and she is about half the size of an average cat!
Its been such a great year with Island batik, The Ambassador program is really great! A big thankyou to them for having me on board, its been so fun! x
Thankyou so much for reading guys
Happy New Year to you all and here’s to a fab 2020!
Its Island Batik time again and November’s challenge is “Tool Time”.
Lap size or larger.
Use special quilting tool like speciality rulers, templates, dies etc.
For this challenge I decided to use the awesome Accuquilt Go cutting machine i received as part of this ambassador program, (any excuse to play with it some more!) I used the 2.5″ strip cutter die and the 2.5″ square die for this quilt.
I love how this machine cuts up your fabric so quickly, its so easy to use and each shape is always perfectly cut! I had a few leftover jelly roll strips from the Mermaid cove collection I received and then used the dies to cut the rest of my fabric.
I pieced each block using 3 different fabrics, 2 for the checker board centre and 1 for the outside square. I made 25 blocks in total for this quilt.
Me and boys were lucky enough to visit America this month (Yosemite and Colorado) we had the best time and of course I had to bring this quilt along with me for photos!) These photos were taken on our hike to North Catamount Reservoir which was so so beautiful!.
As always, I had so much fun making this quilt and using all the gorgeous Island batik Fabrics. I’m going to gift this one to best friend for Christmas! I hope she loves it! xx