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 Inspired by Nature Blog Hop

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,

Today is my stop on the Island Batik Ambassador “Inspired by nature” Blog hop. Today im sharing with you a brand new collection called “Love and Kisses” designed by Sherry Shish. A lovely selection of blues, pinks and purples mostly with hearts incorporated in the deisgns. These will be shipping to stores in December. (Check out the website images here)

My Inspiration for this project was the night sky, were seeing alot of it this time of year and its so pretty looking up at it, seeing all the stars shining. I used the blues of the collection for the background and then used this lovely Simple Star pattern by Irina of Zephyrskies to create some pink and purple stars. This pattern is a great beginner project for any newbie to FPP, it comes with 2 different sized stars, 6″ and 12″ and consists of 3 templates with just 3 sections in each and is a free download too! you can get your hands on this pattern here in Irina’s Payhip store.

I pieced and quilted using Hobbs 100% cotton batting, Aurifil 2024 50wt thread and Schmetz microtex needles 80/20.

Island batik Ambassadors are sharing lots of lovely new fabric collections during this blog Hop and island batik are also doing weekly giveaways over on their blog, For your chance to win one of these bundles click here and please do check out my fellow Ambassadors to see what lovelies they have been making too

November 9:

Jennifer Fulton

Carla Henton

November 10:

Denise Looney

Carolina Asmussen

November 11:

Alison Vermilya

Janet Yamamoto

November 12:

Megan Best

Jennifer Strauser

November 16:

Joanne Hart

Maryellen McAuliffe

Jennifer Thomas

November 17:

Gail Sheppard

Mania Hatziioannidi

November 18:

Sharon Riley

Sandra Walker

November 19:

Carol Moellers

Emily Leachman

November 23:

Connie Kauffman

Suzy Webster

November 24:

Pamela Boatright

Michelle Roberts

November 25:

Vasudha Govindan

Leah Malasky

November 26:

Sally Manke

Gail Renna

Thankyou so much for reading

Until next time….

Happy Sewing! x

Jo x

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

Island Batik August Challenge

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

Hey Guys,

Its that time again when I get to share with you my latest make as an Island Batik ambassador, This month was all about trying a new tool and that tool being a Studio 180 Design ruler by the fab Deb Tucker.

The Ruler I received is called Diamond Rects and as you can see from the pic it is transparent so perfect if you want to incorporate fussy cutting into your block. You can also make 5 different sized diamonds. The ruler is very well labelled and comes with a very helpful information insert showing you fabric requirements and step by step instructions to cut every piece you need for the block easily.

One of the things I love about this ruler is each time you construct the block, its always slightly bigger than you need so you can trim every one perfectly to the correct size, I find with most rulers they pretty much cut to the exact size and there isn’t much wriggle room to trim, that’s not the case with this one and its fab!

For the the centre diamonds on this quilt I used a 10″ stack of Island Batik “Sweet Hearts” collection, I found the 10″ squares were perfect for cutting out the second largest size of block for this ruler. I also used a selection of blues from my stash, I’ve been wanting to make a blue quilt for a while now, and all the rainbow colours are so fun and really pop against the darker background! I pieced and quilted using Hobbs Batting 100% cotton, Aurifil 50wt in colour 2615 and Schmetz needles

This quilt has acquired the name “Beach blanket for one” and was claimed by my son on our holiday this year 🙂

Its been another awesome challenge and I’ve enjoyed every minute of it! big thanks to Island Batik and Industry partners, Deb Tucker for the brilliant ruler! I can definitely see more diamond quilts in my future, Hobbs Batting, Aurifil Thread and Schmetz needles.

Thankyou so much for reading

Until next time…

Happy Sewing! xx

Jo x

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 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