The products featured in this post were given to me by Island Batik, including products from Aurifil and Hobbs.

On a whim last Fall, I decided to apply to be an Island Batik Ambassador for 2018. I was excited at how the monthly challenges would push me as a designer and I loved the bold, saturated colors in many of their lines. Scroll through their Basics and Blenders for a glimpse of some fabulous color! On January 3, I was notified that I was selected to be one of 45 Island Batik Ambassadors for 2018. This means that from now through January 2019 I will be sharing monthly projects featuring Island Batik fabrics. And to do so, they sent me a giant box of fabrics and supplies. Once I had tracking info I knew it was 22 pounds... that's a big box.

My box arrived on Wednesday and it took a while to open it up and pet all the fabric. Now I have the full show and tell of pictures to share with you. I'd love to hear what catches your eye from my box. Here's my view when I first cracked open the box.


Super Secret "Surprise" Spring/Summer fabric

No pics yet, cause it's super secret, but oh my gosh, I love it! This package contains a half yard bundle of a not-yet-released line, plus coordinating yardage. It'll be so fun to use in a few months. :-)


Foundations Bundle

The Island Batik Foundations program is made up of their Basics, Blenders, and Neutrals collections. This half yard bundle is a variety of those prints.


Mountain's Majesty

I haven't opened up this pack to fully appreciate all the different prints, but I love that one on the far left, Pinecone in Spinach. What a fabulous green! The Stack contains 42 10" squares, plus the yardage of the light and dark greens from the same collection.


Morning Sunshine

Such a bright and happy collection of fabric! This pile included 18 fat eighths and some coordinating yardage. I've already selected five of these for my first Island Batik project, which I plan to somehow finish by Sunday morning.


Stash Builders

These adorable little rolls are a variety of fabrics. Each contains four 5" strips. I love that these are mostly cool colors. My favorites!


Valentine's Bundle

Pretty pinks and red. I'll be whipping up a little project with these in the next few days. I love that top fabric in the second photo.


Aurifil Thread and Neutral Yardage

Oh my thread! What an exciting bundle of Aurifil. I'm already a big fan! I piece and quilt exclusively with Aurifil 50wt. I'm excited to try out 40wt. And other than the white, these may all be colors I don't have. Speaking of the white thread... that cone has 6452 yards of thread on it! That equates to over 4 1/2 large spools. Also included were a pile of Aurifil thread brochures which share details about each type of thread Aurifil makes. The fabric is yardage of Almond, from the Foundations line of neutrals. Love it!


Hobbs Batting

This year I'll be trying out Hobbs batting. My box included a Queen size Ultra-Thin Thermore Polyester batting and a Twin size 80/20 Heirloom Premium batting. I also received a Hobbs brochure with all the different batting samples attached.


Rayon Fabric

I'm envisioning a top for myself from this lovely yardage and I look forward to wearing the scarf.


Honestly, I'm a little overwhelmed by this giant pile of fabric. There are over 35 yards of quilting fabric. It took a little while to pull my first palette for the Mini Love event this month. I went with a selection from Morning Sunshine. I'm a planner so I'm already trying to mentally plan for which fabrics I'll use for the next few projects. What are you most excited to see me use?



I'm thrilled to be here for the Wonderlust Blog Hop with Benartex. Paula Nadelstern's intricate prints and beautiful colors are a joy to work with! Her line is centered around four detailed prints in three different color ways – a kaleidoscope of colors. I chose to feature the Marbella prints, the blenders from her series. Check out the entire line of the collection.

I chose to use my Ombre HST pattern for my quilt top. It's based on creating an ombre effect through different values of a color palette and was designed with monochromatic solids in mind. I decided to mix things up and create my Ombre HST pattern with a rainbow of colors since the Marbella prints were not only beautiful color, but a variety of values. I arranged the ten Marbella prints in order of value, light to dark, and omitted two colors since my tutorial is based on using eight fabrics. In order of value, 1= lightest and 8 = darkest, I used the following Marbella prints:

1 - Tangerine
2 - Olive
3 - Turquoise
4 - Orange
5 - Red
6 - Green
7 - Navy
8 - Purple


I auditioned a pile of different thread colors for my all over meandering quilt motif. Laying the thread over the different colored fabrics gave me an idea of how the thread would look once quilted. This was round two, and the Spring Green (Aurifil #1231 50 wt) won.

The Spring Green thread blended nicely with the light fabrics and had a good amount of contrast to the darker fabrics.

I love how it sparkles with the majority of lighter values in the upper portion of the quilt. Below is the same photo in black and white to see the values of the fabrics. [Tip: Take a black and white photo of your fabrics to determine their relative values.] My quilt finished at 32" x 40".

Be sure to check out my full tutorial for my Ombre HST Quilt. The tutorial includes a calculator for determining the size quilt which can be created based on starting square size. And my Craftsy shop has a coloring page for sale to help plan your project.

My quilt is bound in solid black using my machine binding technique.

The quilt back is Tapestry in Multi, a perfect complement to the rainbow of color on the front! I love how happy this quilt is.



For your chance to win a fat quarter bundle with a selection of 8-10 Wonderlust fabrics, leave any comment below (NOTE: If you've viewing on Bloglovin' be sure to click through to my blog to comment.). Newsletter subscribers can leave a second comment for a bonus entry. (Not a subscriber yet? Subscribe in the purple bar at the top of my blog, click to confirm your subscription in the email that comes to you, and leave a comment on this post telling me you're a new subscriber.) Entry deadline is 11:59pm EST on Friday, February 2. I will email the randomly selected winner and they will have 48 hours to reply with their (US) shipping address or I will select a new winner. EDIT: Teresa Knittingdancer is our winner!

Be sure to visit the other stops on the Wonderlust Hop:

Wonderlust Blog Hop Introduction @ Sew in Love with Fabric
Wednesday: Sandra at mmm! quilts
Thursday: Alison at Little Bunny Quilts
Friday: Stephanie at Stitched Together Studios

Thank you for visiting!





It's week two for Project QUILTING. Voting is now open. This week's theme of Triangulation has so many possibilities. So many that I think the options are a little overwhelming. Last challenge I made a list of about a dozen options and picked one. This week I just kept thinking about more (and bigger) possibilities. And too bad I didn't make this one this week!

I've set myself some goals for my design work, and I'm trying to keep those goals and my plan to work small for these one-week challenges in mind when choosing my project for the week. I also happen to have another deadline this week. So, I had to keep dissuading myself from ideas that would be a bit too much work. I landed on some pieced equilateral triangles and decided to use them to make a small gift for a lovely friend who I was seeing today for her birthday. My plan was set by Monday night, and I finished my project with some late night sewing Tuesday evening.


I decided to make the Noodlehead Open Wide Zippered Pouch. I've made it numerous times and it's a great tutorial and a fast make. For this challenge I decided I'd work in the triangles with piecing on the front of the bag. But then I got a little bit paralyzed with indecision with regards to the fabric choices. I decided this would be an excellent opportunity to make a small dent in my box of mini charm squares and chose this pack of ColorWorks microchips from Northcott, a giveaway I received at QuiltCon.

I cut the biggest equilateral triangles I could from these 2 1/2" squares using the 60 degree angle on my ruler. They were about 2 1/4" on each side. Once I decided to use the solid rainbow for my triangles, I easily decided on a couple black and white prints to pair them with.

I arranged my fifteen triangles in rainbow order and pieced them in a row, adding my black on white print to the ends of the row so the strip would reach the full width of my panel.

This is the largest size from the tutorial, and I like to line these big ones with fusible fleece, Pellon 987F (affiliate link), so they stand up nicely on their own. I chose a light print from my stash to line the bag. The finished pouch is about 8 1/2" tall and has a 14" zipper.


Voting is open. Check out what everyone made and vote for your ten favorites! Mine is #16. Made in San Jose, California.