Island Batik July Challenge

The fabric, thread and batting used to make this stocking were given to me by Island Batik as part of their Ambassador 2021 program.

Hey Guys,

Welcome to my Island Batik July post, This months challenge is “Never too Early” For this project we had to make something Christmas, I chose a oversized stocking, you cant tell how big this is in these photo’s, i must get another shot holding them when the rain stops!

I used a selection of pink fabrics and my Accuquilt Go 2 1/2″ strip cutter along with the Go Cube to cut my strips and squares, it makes the cutting out so much quicker!

I added a little applique tree detail to each side which i fused onto Heat N Bond lite and then onto the stocking and straight stitched down 1/8″ from the edge (so once washed a couple of times, the edges will fray).

Fot the piecing and quilting i used Hobbs 80/20 Batting, Schmetz Microtex Chrome needles and Aurifil 50wt thread in colour 2024

I bound the top edge and added a little pom pom trim.

Its been another really fun make! i think im going to put this away and gift it to mom with her presents inside on christmas day xx

Thankyou so much for reading

Until next time…

Happy Sewing! x

Jo xx

Island Batik June Challenge

The items used to make this quilt were supplied to me by Island Batik as part of their Ambassador 2021 program.

Hey Guys!

Welcome to my June Island Batik Ambassador challenge! This month we got to try out a new BOB die from Accuquilt. The one i recieved was the Arkansas Traveller, its a really pretty block that finished at 12″ square. The BOB die boards are great, you can cut all the fabric you need for each block in one hit! They are really easy to use and they even cut off the little dog ears too which makes them super easy to line up for more accurate sewing.

The brief this month was to create a quilt using the new die we recieved but to also include another die aswell. The other block i used was the Ohio Star block. I used a selection of low volume and solids for the background and a selections of pinks with a few tiny pops of yellow and green to create a modern looking, fun, girly quilt.

For the piecing and quiting, i used my go to Aurifil 50wt thread in colour 2024 and Schmetz Microtex Chrome Needles.

For the batting i used Hobbs 80/20 Bleached, a great choice for lighter coloured quilted.

The name of this challenge is called “Spread Love and Joy” with Accuquilt and one of the requirements was to gift our finished quilt. Im gifting this one to my Mom, She kinda already claimed it whilst it was in construction and has been super excited to see the finished article. It will take pride of place on her sofa and will be a snuggle quilt xx

Thankyou so much for reading x

Until Next time…

Happy Sewing!

Jo x

Island Batik Quilt Modern Blog Hop

The items used to make the quilt in this post were given to me by Island Batik as part of their 2021 Ambassador program.

Hey Guys,

Welcome to my stop on the Island Batik Quilt Modern Blog Hop! For this challenge our brief was to make a modern quilt using a brand new fabric collection! The fabric i recieved is called Forecast designed by Ebony Love of Lovebug Studios, a super fun collection of weather inspired prints in colour and low volume including suns, rain, thunder and clouds. The fab collection is shipping to stores this month.

I absolutely love modern quilts so this was a super fun challenge for me! i decided to start with improv crosses, making one cross in each of the fabrics from the collection, with the idea of adding negative space with the low volume prints of the line.

Once i was happy with my placement and design i stitched each block together into 8 rows of 5, and finished with matchstick quilting which i think looks so great on a modern quilt. For the stitching and quilting i used Aurifil 50wt thread in colour 2024 and Schmetz micro tex chrome needles, For the batting i used Hobbs 100% Hierloom Cotton and backed the quilt with Forecast – Ligntning Teal.

Its been aother super fun challenge with a super fun fabric collection! and i cannot wait to see what my fellow Ambassadors make, please see the schedule below to see who is posting on what days and be sure to enter each weekly giveaway here.

Week 1:

May 3:

Preeti Harris Farm Fresh

Denise Looney Farm Fresh

Brianna Roberts Farm Fresh

May 4:

Joanne Hart Forecast

Leah Malasky Forecast

May 5:

Pamela Boatright Glacier Bay

Jane Hauprich Glacier Bay

May 6:

Andi Stanfield Harvest Blue

Suzy Webster Harvest Blue

Week 2:

May 10:

Jennifer Thomas Holly Holiday

Claudia Porter Holly Holiday

May 11:

Megan Best Jewel Quest

Maryellen McAuliffe Jewel Quest

Jennifer Eubank Jewel Quest

May 12:

Gail Sheppard Napa Valley

Emily Leachman Napa Valley

May 13:

Gail Renna Plum Pudding

Michelle Roberts Plum Pudding

Week 3:

May 17:

Sally Manke Poetic License

Elizabeth DeCroos Poetic License

May 18:

Connie Kauffman Pumpkin Delight

Jennifer Fulton Pumpkin Delight

May 19:

Janet Yamamoto Smokey Mountain

Mania Hatziioannidi Smokey Mountain

Thankyou so much for reading! Until next time…

Happy Sewing!

Jo xx

Island Batik April Challenge

The items used to make this cushion were given to me by Island Batik as part of their Ambassador 2021 program.

Hey Guys

Welcome to my April Island Batik Ambassador challenge. This month was all up to us, we had no brief to follow and could make anything we wanted. I decided to make a cushion using my “Pick me please” flower Foundation paperpiecing pattern, I am loving sewing this pattern at the moment, its goes together so quickly and its super cute too! The hardest part was choosing the fabric to use!

For the majority of this cushion, I used the Painted Blossoms collection by Kathy Engle, I had some left over from my project in February and i absolutely love it. The colours are right up my street! so soft and girly. For the background i used Almond from the neutrals collection and for the back i used Coconut also from the neutrals collection.

The patterns itself finishes at 10″ x 14″ so i added borders to the sides and top to fit an 18″ cushion pad, I then added and extra 2.5″ border all around for the flanged edge. Adding the border made it so easy to sew, stitching in the ditch all the way around with no need to mark and measure. This is my very first flanged edge cushion and i love how it looks, I think this is going to happen to lots of my cushions going forward.

Also used to make this cushion were Hobbs Fusible cotton batting, Aurifil 50wt Thread and Schmetz Micro Tex needles, Some of the wonderful industry partners supporting this program.

Thankyou so much for reading, Have a lovely weekend!

Until next time….

Happy Sewing! x

Jo x

Island Batik March Challenge

The items used to make the quilt in this post were supplied to me by Island Batik as part of their 2021 Ambassador program.

Hi Guys,

Welcome to my Island Batik Ambassador March Post. This month was all about sewing with scraps, one of my favourite ways to sew! i like to keep most of my scraps and only throw away the tiniest of pieces, i literally keep anything 1.5″ or bigger. I sew with pink alot as its my favourite colour to sew so i had quite a few scraps and also a huge bag of white scraps too.

I decided to sew improv, its a great way to use odd bits/shapes of fabrics and it always looks cool! I kept sewing the pieces together until they made a 10″ square, i repeated this until i had 28 squares in total, using a mixture of pinks and whites.

Once i had all my squares sewn together i pin basted my layers. For the batting i used Hobbs 100% cotton.

I quilted using the matchstick method with Schmetz microtex chrome needles and Aurifil 50wt 2024. This thread was also used for the piecing.

My finished quilt measures 38″ x 66″ and its a beach blanket for one (for me) This is my second beach blanket to date and i plan to make one each for the whole family (hopefully before a next holiday).

I really enjoyed this challenge and im so happy with my new blanket!

Thankyou so much reading!

Until next time….

Happy Sewing!

Jo xx

Island Batik February 2021 Challenge

The items used to make the quilt in this post were given to me by Island Batik as part of their 2021 Ambassador program.

Hey Guys,

Welcome to my Island Batik Ambassador February challenge blog post! This month is “Create for a Cause” We had to make a quilt for a charity using a brand new fabric collection, The fabric i used is Painted blossoms, designed by Kathy Engle for Seams like a dream quilt designs, its shipping to stores this month! Its such a gorgeous collection, and it makes me think of Spring and Romance, so many beautiful things could be made with this collection x

One of the items we have received each year is a pack of Hobbs Batting in the 80/20 black, i still havent used it yet as most of the quilts i make have a light background and i thought the black would really pop against all these gorgeous colours and because i really really wanted to try it out! verdict… i love it!

So i decided to create a big star using the fabric from this collection with a black background, I also added an applique heart into the centre.

I pieced the quilt together using Aurifil 50wt in colour 2630 which is a dark grey and quilted using Aurifil 50wt in colour 2425 which is a lovely soft pink, again i wanted this pop against the black of the quilt. For all the sewing i used Schmetz microtex chrome quilting needles.

Heres the finished quilt….

The charity i have chosen to give my quilt to is Linus UK.

“Project Linus UK is a volunteer organisation. We aim to provide a sense of security and comfort to sick and traumatised babies, children and teenagers through the provision of new home made patchwork quilts and knitted blankets, and give volunteers across the UK the opportunity to contribute to their local community.

Our volunteer Area Co-ordinators and their Assistants deliver around 3,500 quilts and blankets to sick, disabled or disadvantaged children across the UK each month. We cannot reach out to every distressed child but we can help to provide them with tangible evidence that someone cares, along with the physical reassurance that comes with being snuggled up in a quilt.”

Do also check out my fellow ambassadors to see what gorgeous new collections they have used and which charities they have chosen, you can find them here with links to their blogs and social media. Also Island Batik are running weekly giveaways all though this blog hop, you can enter here for a chance to win this weeks prize.

Thankyou so much for reading

Until next time..

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo x

Island Batik January 2021 Challenge

Hey guys!

A new year brings a new Island Batik Ambassador challenge. This month we had to create a set of placemats using any technique and any fabrics. I chose to make Union Jack placemats or should i say Union Jack inspired placemats, yep, i got the design wrong and didnt realise until i looked at the finished photos! does this ever happen to you? ah well, i still love how they look.

I pulled out a selection of blues, reds, pinks and whites to create my place mats and added a different fabric in each section apart for the red center cross. Its given them a real vintage look and i love how the island batik fabric has given them so much texture.

I used Foundation paper piecing to put all my flags together, its my favourite technique and a great way to get a super crisp finish!

I also used Hobbs premium cotton batting, pieced and quilted using Aurifil 50wt thread in colour 2024 and Schmetz microtex chrome needles to create this project.

Please do also check out Island Batik’s Instagram page, they post all the Ambassador monthly makes and so many beautiful ones have been made already.

Thankyou so much for reading

until next time..

Happy sewing!

Jo xx

Island Batik Ambassador 2021!

Hey Guys!

Im super excited to share with you, I have been selected to be an Island Batik Ambassdor for the year of 2021, This will be my third year, I have loved being a part of this amazing group and cannot wait for the year ahead. I recieved my first 2 boxes a couple days ago and heres what i recieved…….

4 yards each of White, Grey and Black Solids and 6 yards of a neutral fabric, this one is called Coconut.

2 Yards of this beautiful Rayon, a lovely mid blue called Iris Paisley.

A pack of precut 10″ squares from the gorgeous collection “Painted Blossoms” designed by Kathy Engle for Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs. This pack also came with 2 yards each of a dark and light coordinating fabric. This collection will be shipping to stores in Feb.

Another Precut pack, this time 2 1/2″ strips from the collection “Farm Fresh” designed by Kathy Engle, again with a light and a dark coordinating fabric, 2 yard cuts of each. This collection will be shipping to stores in May.

This gorgeous Half yard bundle of “Painted Blossoms” designed by Kathy Engle for Kate Colleran of Seams Like a Dream Quilt Designs with 2 yards each of light and dark coordinating fabric.

A selection of foundations in half yard cuts, 12 pieces in total consiting of solids and prints.

2 packs of Stash builder rolls, each pack consists of 5 rolls with 4 pieces of 5″ x WOF in each roll, I love recieving these in our boxes and they are super handy to have around.

And finally on the fabric front is a suprise, its a new collection that i cant share with you just yet. Stay tuned for the reveal in May, i have had a quick peak and its gorgeous!

Now onto Industry Partners……

Hobbs Batting always send us a great selection of batting to use in our projects and this year is no different! We have 4 packs of queen size batting, each one measuring 90″ x 108″, Natutal cotton with scrim binder, Premium Cotton, 80/20 Black and Premium Polyester which i am yet to try. Thankyou so much Hobbs Batting.

Aurifil thread sent us 7 large spools of their 40wt and 50wt 100% cotton threads, One is a varigated thread which i love! Im looking forward to using these! Thankyou Aurifil.

Accuquilt sent us all a new die, I recieved the Arkansas Traveler, this will be used in one of our challenges. Thankyou Accuquilt.

Schmetz sent us some new needles to use, i’ve really enjoyed using the chrome range, they are super sharp, we also recieved a pocket guide, colour chart, note pad and cleaning cloth. Thankyou Schmetz.

Thats my first 2 boxes complete, Thankyou so much to Island Batik for all the wonderful goodies and for having me on the team again, Its going to be another fun year of making! The challenges look great and i hope you follow along with me to see what i make.

Take care and Happy Sewing! x

Jo x

PS please do check out my fellow Ambassodors here, they have also shared what they recieved in their boxes via youtube, blog and facebook xx

Island Batik December Challenge

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

Hey Guys!

Happy New Year! Welcome to my final post of the year as an Island Batik Ambassador 2020! For this months challenge we had to create a Medallion quilt, any size and using any fabrics from the 2 packages we recieved throughout this year.

Of course i pulled out all my favourite colours but wanted to add a few dashes of random colours too, which i did with blue and green. For this project i didnt follow a pattern, instead i used my favourite technique… Improv and just made it up as i went along, starting with my centre block which conisists of a large cross with a heart appliqued over it.

I added some more crosses, half square triangles, plain border strips and finished with a stripey border which i love!

This was my first time using Hobbs Fusible cotton batting which i really enjoyed, i didnt have to pin baste, just ran the iron over once i had it all sandwiched, the fusible held up really well, I recommend and will definately be using this again. I pieced and quilted using Aurifil 50wt thread in colour 2024 and Schmetz Microtex chrome needles

My quilt turned out pretty big, and will be a great snuggle blanket for these colder months especially as my quilting is not as dense as normal, its soft a squishy x

Thankyou so much for following along with me this year and thankyou so much to Island batik and industry partners for supplying the amazing materials to work with x

Until next time…

Happy Sewing! x

Jo xx

Island Batik October Challenge

Most of the items used in post were given to me by Island batik as part of their Ambassador 2020 program

Hey Guys,

Welcome to my October Ambassador challenge. Meet my latest make ” Happy Mess” This Month was all about showcasing Aurifil thread. I decided to do some fun improv applique using Island Batik solids. I love working with solids, they always make a project look more modern, and having been an ambassador for the last 2 years, ive gotton quite a good little collection going. The colours are beautiful! so vibrant and fun!

I literally had no plan with this one at all, I started by piecing some scraps together of the white and grey solids. I added a few decorative stitches using my Janome Horizon and then started cutting shapes out the the coloured solids, I arranged them onto the background again randomly and stitched them down using blanket and straight stiches with 50wt thread. Where i straight stitched i fringed the edges to add more texture.

Once i had all my shapes stitched down i started to decorate some more by hand using colours from my Aurifil 12wt collection, this is my favourite of the thread weights and my go to for hand quilting.

I used 4 different thread weights in total, 50wt, 12wt, 28wt and floss which i used to hand tie the layers at the end.

I also used Hobbs 100% cotton batting and Shmetz microtex needles for this project. Its been a really fun make and quite exciting not knowing how it would turn out, I hope you like like my happy mess too 🙂

Thankyou so much for reading xx

Until next time..

Happy Sewing! x

Jo xx