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

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 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

Island Batik November Challenge

The items used to make the quilt in this post were given to me by Island Batik.

Its Island Batik time again and November’s challenge is “Tool Time”.

The Brief:

  • 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.

I used Hobbs Batting 100% cotton and pieced and quilted with Aurifil 50wt thread in colour 2600.

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

Thanks for reading guys! Until next time…….

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo x

Island Batik Beat the Heat Blog Hop

The items used in this post were given to me by Island Batik as part of the 2019 Island batik Ambassador program.

Hey Guys,

Welcome to my stop on the Island batik Beat the Heat Blog Hop, I am so pleased I can finally share with the secret package I received in my first ambassador box back in January! This is one of the newest fabric collections called “Petal Pushers” and will be available very soon! You can also see the full collection here

I received a half yard cut of every single fabric in the collection and 2 yard cuts of 2 of the prints aswell! And here they are all together…… Those strawberries look good enough to eat! don’t you think? and oh my gosh! don’t get me started on the mushrooms!

I was trying to think of a quilt pattern I could use that would allow me to incorporate all of the prints together and remembered a quilt I have wanted to make for a while which is the “Pecking Order” quilt by Missouri Star Quilt Company, I have been watching the lovely Jenny Doan on Youtube for as long as I can remember, she is a fabulous teacher! and she shows you how to make this actual quilt on YouTube which can be found here.

I deviated a little from the pattern, instead of using white as the background, I used the white for the little star points and used the prints as the background. I think this showcases the fabric a little more and I love the scrappy look it gives to the quilt. There are a lot of little half square triangles left over that I must make something with! watch this space! 🙂

The finished quilt top…

I mostly use a single fabric for the backing of my quilts, but for this one I decided to piece together 12.5″ squares, I think it makes a quilt more fun and also a great way to use up those smaller cuts of fabric, here’s the back…..

For the batting I was really excited to use the Hobbs Tuscany Collection Silk blend, I haven’t used this batting before and I loved it! it’s so nice to quilt with and it gives a wonderful drape to the finish too. I think this one would be great for wall hangings aswell! its definitely a new favourite of mine and I cant wait to use it again!

I used Aurifil 50wt 2615 to piece and 50wt 2024 to quilt. My finished quilt measures 56″ x 60″ I love how it turned out and its already on the sofa waiting for a good film and a snuggle!

Head over to the Island Batik website here to see the full list of participants in this tour and all their fabulous makes! and also to check out all the gorgeous new fabric collections that will be hitting quilt shops very soon!

Thankyou so much for reading guys!

Until next time

Happy sewing! xx

Jo x

Island Batik July Challenge

The items used in this post were given to me by Island batik.

Its Island Batik time, and July’s challenge is Artsy Fartsy with Auriful thread.

The Brief:

  • Use any fabric art/non traditional quilting/sewing/thread painting technique using 3 Aurifil thread weights.
  • Any size

For this challenge, I didn’t really have a plan and just went with the flow. I started by piecing the background in a log cabin kind of way, adding pieces of fabric as I went, this was great as I got to use up some of my scraps from previous projects. For this part I used a white Aurifil 50wt thread in colour 2024.

I used one of my favourite battings by Hobbs, the 100% Cotton and quilted straight lines in a cross hatch design using a deep purple 28wt Aurifil thread in colour 2568, Not only is this my first time using 28wt but its also my first time using a thicker weight thread in my sewing machine, I used the same 50wt white thread in the bobbin that I used in the previous step and a 90/14 needle. It worked a treat!

I then cut strips of fabric around 1″ wide and sewed them down randomly for form another kind of grid pattern, I stitched these down along the centre of each strip using a 12wt pink Aurifil thread in colour 2479 again using my sewing machine with the 50wt in my bobbin. I love 12wt thread, its definitely my favourite to use.

To finish the front I added some hand stitches in a bright orange 12wt Aurifil thread in colour 1104. This colour is so vibrant, I love it!

The fabrics I used:

  • Custard from the basics collection
  • Grey from the solids collection
  • Plum from the dandelion collection
  • Aubergine from the basics collection
  • Raspberry from the bubbles collection
  • Carnation from the bubbles collection
  • Chameleon from the basics collection
  • For the backing I used French Blue from the Berry Vine collection
  • For the binding I used Chambray icicles from the pine leaf collection

I used my favourite binding technique by Victoria Gertenbach, its called the Non-binding binding technique and you can find the tutorial here. You cant see it at all from the front and gives a lovely border to back.

my quilt finishes at 29″ x 22″

Its been another super fun challenge! thankyou so much Island Batik, Aurifil thread and Hobbs Batting.

Thanks for reading guys, next month ill be sharing that surprise bundle with you I received in Box number 1

Until next time

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo x

Island Batik May Challenge

the items used in this post were given to me by Island Batik

Its Island Batik challenge time and May is ” Make it Modern” with Hobbs Batting

The brief:

  • Crib size or larger
  • Any fabrics
  • Must incorporate one of the characteristics of modern quilts as defined by the Modern Quilt Guild (the use of bold colours and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid colour, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, alternate grid work)

For this challenge I decided to go back to my favourite technique, Foundation Paper Piecing. I designed this simple block with the intention of just using 2 colours. I have wanted to make a black and white quilt for the longest time and thought this was my perfect opportunity.

I printed out 39 of the templates and 3 squares all measuring 7.5″ each. Once all the blocks were complete, I laid them out in the order I wanted them, flipping each square to make them look uneven then sewed them together in 7 rows of 6.

For this quilt, I used the 3 solid prints we received in our first box, Black, White and Grey, the black and white for the front of the quilt and the grey for the backing. I also added a little bit of Bubble Carnation from the SS19 Petal Pushers collection to add a little extra colour. I Used Hobbs Hierloom 80/20 bleached Batting , This is my favourite for lighter coloured quilts, it helps so much to keep that crisp white colour and its also lovely to quilt with.

I had quite a few scraps left over, as I always do with Foundation paper Piecing so I made a super fun improv cushion cover to go with my new black and white quilt.

I used Gutermann Cotton Thread for both projects, piecing and quilting. for the quilt I did matchstick quilting, I love the texture it gives and I think it looks great with a modern design.

This Challenge has been super fun, and definitely more into my comfort zone, especially improv piecing, its so nice to not follow a pattern sometimes and the end result is always one of kind.

Thankyou so much for reading guys, next month I will be trying something new!

Happy Sewing!

Jo xx