Island Batik July Challenge

The items used to make this post were supplied to me by Island batik as part of their Ambassador 2020 program.

Hey Guys,

Im back with another Island Batik challenge and this month is a really lovely one! The challenge is “Christmas in July” with Accuquilt. We got given an Accuquilt GO! Me fabric cutter starter set and with this we had to make a gift for a special person and also gift them the GO! Me cutter too! This set consists of the cutting machine, 2 dies to cut 2 different sized HST’s and a cutting mat. It really is a great starter set for a newbie quilter especially if you havent managed to get your hands on all the fancy tools yet.

I knew straight away i wanted to gift mine to my niece Katie, she has recently gotten into sewing and got her first sewing machine last year, and this cutter set will set her well on her way to making her first quilt and more!

So for the gift i decided to make her a wall hanging for her bedroom, Purple is her favourite colour and amazingly i recieved a bundle of stash builder rolls in guess what colour?…. Yes purple!

I made the wall hanging in the style of a banner with a heart in the middle, the Go! cutter made quick work of the cutting out and i had it whipped up in no time! For this project I also used Hobbs 80/20 batting, Aurifil 50wt thread and Schmetz needles.

Now all that was left for me to do was to get gifting! We met up in our local park on Sunday were we had a lovely family walk and i was able to suprise her with this fab gift, I think she was pleased and I cant wait to see what she makes 🙂 xx

Thankyou so much Island batik and Accuquilt for this absolutely lovely and thoughtful challenge, It was so fun to make and even better to gift!xx

Thankyou so much for reading!

Untill next time..

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo x

Island Batik Ambassador Box No2

The items featured in this post were gifted to me by Island Batik as part of their ambassador 2020 program.

Hey Guys,

Its that time again when I recieve very happy mail from Island Batik in the form of 2 giant boxes filled with goodies. This is the second and final shipment of the year filled to the brim with new fabric and awsome products from industry partners and will see me through the rest of the years challenges. Here’s a little peak at what i got…….

A super fun and bright fat quarter bundle of a collection called Color Pop designed by Kathy Engle.

A gorgeous (and i think my favourite from this this box) 2.5″ strip pack of Mandala Magic designed by Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works.

A selection of basics to tie in with the fabric collections we have received. A total of 6 yards.

4 yards each of black, white and grey solids and 4 yards of Almond from the neutrals range.

2 packs of these stash builder rolls, each strip is 5″ wide x WOF, you get 4 pieces in each roll and 5 rolls in each pack. These come in super handy!

And finally on the fabric front, I recieved these 2 suprise packages that I can not share with you just yet, but do stay tuned for the reveal later on in the year. Now onto industry partners…….

6 spools of Aurifil Thread 50wt in colours 2600, 2625, 2692, 4026, 1133 and 2134.

A selection of Hobbs Batting, Fusible cotton, 80/20 Black, Silk blend and Fusible batting strips, I haven’t tried any of the fusibles yet so I’m super excited for that!

A new industry partner this year is By Annie, I got to choose one of her patterns and received the full bag making kit, I’m looking forward to making this one.

Another new industry partner this year is Studio 180 Design ltd, I received Deb Tucker’s Diamond Rects ruler and will be using this one very soon in our next challenge.

And last but definately not least, I recieved the Accuquilt Go Me fabric cutter starter set. The challenge for this one is so lovely and I cant wait to share it with you, I’m working on it right now x

So thats everything I recieved in my second box, i’m once again blown away by all the stuff I recieved! Thankyou so much Island batik and industry partners Hobbs Batting, Accuquilt, Studio 180 design Ltd, By Annie and Aurifil thread! Im excited for the scond half of the year and I hope you will follow along with me to see what I make.

Thankyou so much reading xx

Stay Safe and happy Sewing! x

Jo xx

Island Batik June Challenge

The items used to make this quilt were given to me by Island Batik as part of their Ambassador 2020 program.

Hey Guys,

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.

I pieced and quilted using Hobbs 100% Heirloom Cotton Batting, Aurifil 50Wt in white 2024 and Schmetz microtex chrome needles in 80/12.

I quilted using my favourite matchstick technique that takes forever to do and uses up oh so much thread, but I do love the finish and its well worth it in the end.

Its been another great challenge, and I love how my quilt turned out! thankyou so much to Island Batik and industry partners for giving us the awesome supplies to work with!

Thankyou so much for reading!

Stay Safe all!

Until next time….

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo xx

Ice Dying fabric at home

Hey Guys,

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…


100% cotton fabric – The wonderful folk at Craft Cotton Co sent me 3 mtrs of their Homespun plain cotton in white and I cut it apart into 6 half metres for the dying.

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!

Until next time..

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo xx


Island Batik Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop

The items used in the post were given to me by Island Batik as part of their Ambassador 2020 program.

Hey Guys,

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!

May 4:

Janet Yamamoto

Carol Moellers      

May 5:

Carolina Asmussen

Suzy Webster   

May 6:

Megan Best     

Emily Leachman     

May 7:

Connie Kauffman 

Denise Looney   

May 11:

Pamela Boatright         

Michelle Roberts 

May 12:

Leah Malasky   

Sandra Walker  

May 13:

Gail Sheppard  

Maryellen McAuliffe

May 14:

Vasudha Govindan               

Carla Henton                   

May 18:

Jennifer Thomas               

Joanne Hart                   

May 19:

Mania Hatziioannidi               

Sally Manke                   

May 20:

Jennifer Fulton  

Jennifer Strauser  

May 21:

Alison Vermilya  

Sharon Riley               

May 25:

Gail Renna    

Thanks so much for ready guys!

Stay Safe! x

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo x

Island Batik April Challenge

The items used to make the quilt in this post were given to me by Island batik as part of the 2020 ambassador program

Hey Guys,

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 all the piecing and quilting on this project, i used Hobbs Heirloom Premium cotton batting, Aurifil 50wt white thread, colour 2024 and Schmetz microtex chrome needles in 80/12

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

Thanks for reading guys! Stay Safe!

Untill next time..

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo xx

Island Batik March Challenge

The items used in this post were given to me by Island Batik as part of the 2020 Ambassador program.

Hey guys,

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

Until next time…

Happy Sewing!

Jo xx

Island Batik Log Cabin Blog Hop

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Hey Guys,

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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Thankyou so much for reading xx

Until next time

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo xx

Island Batik January Challenge

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Its the first Island batik Ambassador challenge of the year and this month is “Lets get scrappy!” the brief is:

  • Ambassadors choice
  • Any size
  • Any technique

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. undefined

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.undefined

It turned out a really great size and I even have room for more nail varnish now! 🙂

Thankyou so much for reading guys

Until next time..

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo xx

Island Batik Ambassador 2020 Box No 1

The items in this post were given to me by Island Batik as part of their 2020 Ambassador program.

Hey Guys,

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

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo xx