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 was so excited when my friend Bernie asked me to create a Blogger Bundle from her shop. As a quilt blogger there's been a tiny voice in the back of my head whenever I've seen other blogger bundles that it would be so much fun to put one together.

I set out to shop for my fabrics in Bernie's lovely fabric shop, Needle & Foot, Fine Fabrics. There are a lot of great prints to choose from like these adorable frogs and this fun rainbow confetti. And my daughter would love these sassy cats. In the end I decided on a more versatile palette and stuck true to my fabric preferences with a bundle of blenders!

I changed up one of my favorite palettes to include a beautiful, sunny yellow.

I love the geometric lines of the navy combined with the circular patterns on the other fabrics. Left to right, they are Dots in Grey, Sashiko Florette in Teal, Terra Firma in Sunlit, Bubble Dot in Teal/Aqua, and Atomic Web in Blue.

I paired the bundle with Kona Pewter and designed this block. This is the first of four 16" blocks to turn my bundle into a baby quilt. Stay tuned for more!


GIVEAWAY HAS ENDED. Bernie has provided me with a bundle just for one of you! For your chance to win this fat quarter bundle of five fabrics, please leave any comment below. 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, January 12 and is open internationally. I will email the randomly selected winner and they will have 48 hours to reply with their shipping address or I will select a new winner. Good luck! EDIT: Suzette Harris is our winner! :-)






I recently shared my daughter's fabric stash, and today I'm sharing my son's stash. G is nearly 7 1/2, and January will be three years since he started quilted. He just finished his fifth quilt.

He's been quilting longer, so he's grown a slightly larger stash than my daughter. He's also picked out fabrics at quilt shops with me, but in addition to that he's shopped our guild sale table when he has come to meetings with me. He's been generous to share with friends, his sister, and me.

G loves animals, especially big cats. Some of these fabrics have been gifts. A few of them were made into napkins which he uses for school lunch placemats, and the dinosaur print was made into a pillow. He used those turtles on the purple background in his House on a Hill mini. My favorite are those adorable frogs! And note the sushi cat in the bottom right corner. Of course, both kids had to get some!

Many of these prints came from my stash. The top right two (lavender and mint) along with the butterfly prints above were from a bundle he won. The yellow brick fabric is leftover from my Wizard of Oz baby quilt.

G's stash has lots of random prints. He likes sports fabrics. Maybe he'll make a sports pillow  to coordinate with the sports quilt he just finished.

And last, but not least, G chose this yard of beautiful green at our guild quilt show. He initially intended to use it for his round robin quilt, but it didn't end up going it.