Home Sewn By Us, and I thought I'd try to join in here and there throughout the year. I always have a to-do list for each week in my planner, so this is just an extra step.
The second to-do meaning is 'it's a big deal'.
om coasters, but this is my official announcement post, and it's a big to-do: I was chosen to be an Island Batik Ambassador again for 2020! I'm very honoured; they cut the ambassadors down to half the numbers, so I'm also very proud to have been selected, but also I want to send accolades to Island Batik for being inclusive. So many fabric companies are 'US only' whether it's ambassadors, prizes or free shipping with x amount of dollars spent, but not so Island Batik. We have ambassadors from mainly the US, but also from Canada, the UK and Greece!
Here are all 25 of us:
So back to the To-Do List for a moment. This is for the week of January 16.
1. Write my Ambassador 2020 post (you're reading it!)
2. Finish my January Challenge quilt (see where it's at in the photo below)
3. Write my Q1FAL Post
Should be do-able. You've been perhaps seeing a couple of sneak peeks of my candles quilts on Instagram?
|Not the final layout, just a way to keep track of colours, shapes and backgrounds|
Just as with the ambassadors, some regular sponsors are back, and some are new. Click the graphic below to check out the each site.
Accuquilt has once again supplied us with a die for a future challenge project. Mine is a block I've wanted to do for, like, EVER! Storm at Sea!
Aurifil is with us again this year, and has sent a couple of gorgeous collections of thread, one of which I'm using in my current challenge quilt.
Hobbs Batting once again has sent us some lovely batting to work with.
Schmetz Needles is new to sponsorship, but definitely NOT new to me. I have used their needles exclusively since I bought my first Elna in 1979. I just ADORE them, even took a fancy threads and needles course about 10 years ago where we used some specialty needles like a double one.
New this year is Studio 180 Design. My RSC project from 20... um 2017(egad) Migrating Geese, is one of Deb's designs. We will be working with her rulers.
And another new sponsor is By Annie, where you can find ALL things related to bag making! I love making quilted bags, small ones, medium and large; one can never have too many IMHO!
We have some new jobs this year, one of which is four blog hops! The first one is coming up in February. We'll be showcasing collections releasing in February. Mine is all kinds of wonderful. We also have to make a video showing our unboxing, which I have made, but you won't get to see it until January 31, which is my day to 'go live'. We can do our videos on FaceBook or YouTube, and you'll see mine on YouTube. If you're interested to see other ambassadors' videos, be sure to head to either Island Batik's blog or their FaceBook page.
I just adore Island Batik's fabrics. Take a closer look at my scrappy candles, poor night time lighting and all, and be WOWED, as my friends I sew with at the library once a month were, by the incredible depth, the different 'chops' (they aren't called prints), the variation within a 4.5 x 6.5" rectangle!
Speaking of the library, I was asked to be the artist of the month once again. I popped in earlier this week to see what kind of display they did with the quilts I took. It struck me how many are Island Batik ones I made in 2019:
Bear Paw Dance, The Kelpie's Star, and Cheerio. Beneath Cheerio is Moody Blues.
Even the shells table runner that they pinned to the bottom of The Kelpie's Star is all batiks, though this was from several years ago, and collected in a few quilt shops, so I'm not sure on whose they are. What's clear is my love for batiks goes deep! I must say it's quite a rush to see one's work on display. Every one but the shells runner is an original design. Even the quilt whose back is shown (ouch), the front is my own design. Sewing for Island Batik, and working through the challenges each month has been such a rewarding activity; it has pushed my creativity, pushed me out of my comfort colours and comfort zone, pushed my designing love.
That's it for my Island Batik post; I'm off to get my second project for the scrappy quilt challenge done!