Monday, September 14, 2020

Island Batik Update

I hope you've been as wowed as I have with the bags on display last week! I have to say that the quality of the instructions, accompanying videos, techniques and bag parts is outstanding. I am steadily, albeit slowly, working away on mine.

This made me super-excited last night. Don't worry; the flap is not crooked, no clue why it appears that way. I was looking for the little dooma-hickey you use to pop out your SIM card, and came across the little wooden Handsewn tag that I believe I received from Sew Me A Song in with an order a while back. Or it could have been in with a Pile o' Fabric order... In any event, I knew immediately I'd put it on the flap!

I am working with a few pieces from the Nouveau Soul line, a line I just love. All the fabrics we are using are from the Spring 2020 collections, which are going to be available very soon in your LQS.

All right let's take a look at this week's lineup.

Remember to check out the post at Island Batik blog for each week's giveaways, and they ship worldwide, something I've always appreciated. There are giveaways at I think all or most of, the ambassadors' posts too!

September 14:

September 15:

September 16:

September 17:

September 18:

Blog Hop Round-Up Week 2 and Giveaway

One other thing I thought I'd mention today is washing a quilt made entirely of Island Batik fabrics. I've never had a problem with them running, and I think it's because they boil the fabric to get rid of the wax  used in the printing process, and this stabilizes the dies.

The quilt on the left, A Positive Spin, has been washed once. I put it in cold water, dried it in the dryer for not even 10 minutes on low and then laid it flat to finish drying. The one on the left, The Kelpie's Star, has not been washed. Both were quilted with Aurifil 50 wt. A Positive Spin used a bright lime green would you believe, which sunk in beautifully but is still visible in a pleasant way. The Kelpie's Star was white, with dusty mauve in the pieced star. So not to worry about washing up these vibrant fabrics on white backgrounds!

I posted this on Instagram this morning, but LOOK what appeared on our front step this morning!!
It's a QUILT! And a black cat under it! My first cat, Raffi, was pure black, even her pads, and well, everyone knows black cats are the best😻 but don't tell Bella. I have to say I grinned a big goofy grin and was excited as my little 2-year-old neighbour JP when he spied a rock by his tree that time... I know it will probably get moved😢 but these are to share, so I will enjoy the time it perches here, and just hope hope hope that it doesn't disappear. 


  1. The bag is looking good & I admire you taking part in all these challenges & always so busy. That little rock is just so cute & hope it stays close to bring smiles to all who pass by. Take care & hugs.

  2. That stone is amazing, I hope you get to keep it for awhile! Your bag is looking good.

  3. What an amazing rock! And such a good choice for one to be left at your house! So fun!

  4. Hi Sandra! How apropos that you would have a quilt with a black cat shared with you. How fun and I can only imagine the excitement JP had! Great to know about iB fabrics. I wondered why the color didn't run when using them. Thanks for the info! ~smile~ Roseanne

  5. Hi Sandra. Those 2 quilts make me smile every time I see them! Your bag is going to be stunning. The fabrics are incredible. How awesome that you had the perfect for you rock show up at your home. A rock fairy must have been reading your posts about them and how thrilled JP was when a rock found its way to his place 😉

  6. The bag is going to be wonderful Those quilts are to dies for. Great colors.

  7. you've done awfully well with your bag making. Looks really good. I look forward to visiting some of the other blog stops

  8. Hi Sandra! Wowee. What a nice size for a backpack. Not too big so when you load it up you topple backwards yet roomy enough for all the important stuff. I just LOVE the pockets - especially ones for cell phones and credit card slots. Love the fabric, too! I saw your picture on IG of your initials but couldn't see them but can in the same picture here on your blog. And of course, I appreciate the nice closeup shots of your quilting! I think the swirls are the perfect choice. Happy Monday to you. ~smile~ Roseanne