Thursday, December 29, 2022

2022 Island Batik Ambassador Quilts

Did you think the Lone Star blog hop was awesome?  I sure did!  So many gorgeous quilts, and I am glad that my quilt was so well received.  Congratulations to Dawn F for winning my scrap bundle!  I really enjoyed making my quilt, and it sounds like she is going to enjoy my leftover fabric, too.  

I thought it would be fun to recap the past year of Island Batik Ambassador projects!  I have been an Ambassador for the past 8 years, and really enjoyed each and every one.  This year, I feel like I've made some really special quilts, in fact I am cuddled under one of them right now while I am writing this post!  Island Batik has been so generous with the beautiful fabric, and all the sponsored products that come with the fabric have been amazing.  The Ambassador group itself is a great bunch of designers and friends that give each other support and encouragement, plus the great folks at Island Batik are always helpful with any questions or needs that we have.  Totally a wonderful community.  So - here are the quilts!

January:  Step by Step Challenge

In January we did an unboxing video and made Gradation Quilts from their basics.  Mine ended up as a gift for my nephew, which he absolutely loved!  It made me feel so good!  Green isn't my first pick for a color to work with, but it was really fun to figure out how to use these together to make a quilt.

February: Row by Row Challenge

A Row by Row Blog Hop was our assignment for the February Blog hop.  I adored the fabric line I got for this one (Back Country) - and my quilt is the one I am snuggling under right now!  The Hobbs wool batting in this one is so soft and cuddly.  The moment I get it out, my cat is on my lap every time, even if he has to lay on my legs while I use my laptop!  I knew this would be a quilt for me the moment I saw these fabrics.  

I also finished a UFO using Island Batik fabric in February - my June Mini Madness 2021 quilt!  I also used wool batting in this one, and I try to use it a as a decoy quilt for the cat, but he still likes mine better!  These are different blue scraps from past years as an Ambassador.

March:  Italian Color Builder Challenge

We were challenged to make a small quilt featuring the Aurifil Color Builder collection we received.  Mine was Como Blue.  This was a fun little challenge, and I really like how it came together.  I experimented with Hobbs fusible batting with this one!  I love the Como Blue collection, in fact, I have purchased a couple of them because they are the perfect shades of blue!  I added some nice golds for the thread painting in the city and to make the reflection in the water.  

April:  Funky Friends Challenge

It's always fun to make a Funky Friends pattern!  For this one, I chose Slowpoke Sloth and made her in pink for my granddaughter!  I'd like to make a couple more of these - they really are super cute!

May:  Tricky Triangles Challenge

This was a fun one!  I used the beautiful Constellations Stack to make a small lap or baby quilt using a super size Lady of the Lake block!  I've collected the rest of the blocks I made into a larger lap quilt, just need to finish quilting it (guess that needs to get on the 2023 UFO list!)

June:  New York Beauty Challenge

Santorini Cats was my favorite quilt of the year!  Definitely challenging to make the New York Beauty blocks, but I love how my cats came out!  These fabrics are definitely out of my comfort zone, but I ended up loving them so much.  I had so much fun putting different combinations together, and the results were so satisfying!  This is my top blog post for the year, so I know I'm not alone in loving the results of this challenge!

July:  Christmas in July with Accuquilt

July came with a new box of supplies, including a fun Tree of Life die from AccuQuilt!  I made this quilt as a gift for a Secret Sister exchange. I want to play with this die some more, it makes a nice big block, and cuts out all those pieces in a flash!  One of the perks of being an Ambassador was getting the GO! cutter and a new die every year!  I used various scraps and pieces from the Stash Builder Rolls I received to make this quilt.

I also published a new pattern in July!  I used a Stack (10 inch squares to make a sample for my Fast Lane Pattern.  I love it so much I want to make another one just for the fun of it!

August:  Marvelous Mini Challenge

It was the perfect timing to have a mini challenge for August because my husband and I took a huge road trip!  I finished my quilt in advance and was excited to have the chance to photograph it at the National Quilt Museum in Paducah, KY!  The Bee Kind Collection was used for this quilt, and I am hoarding the rest of my strips to make something fun - this is a beauty of a collection for sure!  I love making mini quilts, this one is super cute!

September:  Tool Talk with Studio 180 designs

September saw us still on the road, giving me the great opportunity to take some pictures of my quilt at the Painted Dessert in Arizona!  Absolutely breathtaking! The Sunset Plains collection looked right at home there!  I'm also using this collection to make my blocks for the Sewcialites2 sew along.  I received the Corner Pop II ruler from Studio 180 designs for this project - there are so many creative ways to use this ruler!  I'm sure to be using this again!  I purchased a beautiful variegated from Aurifil to use on this quilt, it was just perfect!

October:  It's In the Bag Challenge

It was super nice to get home and back to my sewing room in October!  I loved making my challenge for this month - the A Place for Everything 2 bag.  This is a great mini suitcase with tons of pockets on two pages to store all the sewing essentials you need for taking your project on the go!  I used the Paisley Got Mod collection for this one, another fun and bright collection!  By Annie patterns are really the bomb, so detailed, and the results are always fabulous!

November:  Creative Christmas Challenge

We had a fun challenge for November - making stockings!  Non traditional colors were encouraged so I made mine in blue and white, from some fabric scraps from a previous ambassador year.  They were cut into triangles using the Accuqulilt GO! cutter and a 2 1/2 inch triangle die.  Then I sewed them together, quilted the panels and made fun stockings!  They look so pretty in my front room, and I'll be sure to use them every year now.  

December:  Lone Star Challenge!

What can I say - I am thrilled with this beauty of a quilt!  The Modern Opulence line was a delight to work with, and with Hobbs batting inside, it will be wonderful to put on my bed!  It was a great way to wrap up an awesome year with Island Batik!

Aurifil Thread, and Schmetz Needles were used in all of my projects.  Hobbs batting was used in all but the Funky Friends and By Annie challenges.  AccuQuilt is used as often as I can!  I appreciate all the products provided to help me make these projects!  And of course, the beautiful fabrics from Island Batik!

It's been a wonderful year as an Island Batik Ambassador for 2022!

1 comment:

Kathleen said...

Such a wonderful year as an ambassador, Pam! Congrats on your wonderful 2022a nd here's to a fabulous 2023.