Island Batik July 2023

It's the 25th, which means it's a Happy Christmas in July. It certainly felt like Christmas when I received my July boxes from Island Batik, filled with goodies to use through the end of the year.

I created a video and shared in on YouTube. I'd love it if you'd go over and watch the video. It's only a couple of minutes and I feel very clever having created it on iMovie without any help from teenagers. 

Island Batik are very generous in supplying beautiful fabrics to ambassadors and I feel very lucky to be an ambassador for this company. Along with Island Batik fabrics, in this July shipment, we also received supplies from industry partners including Aurifil, Hobbs Batting, AccuQuilt and Patterns ByAnnie.

For my August challenge, I'll be using this 2.5" strip set of Blushing Garden.  It's a fun project which I saw Jenny Doan make on YouTube from a pattern by Tara Faughnan. I'll be sharing a picture of my project through the coming month. 

This GORGEOUS half yard bundle is called English Lavender and is designed by Kathy Engle. Don't you just love these colours! This will be used in my September challenge. I haven't decided on a project just yet, but better hop to it as it's quite a slow technique when we're tasked with using. Any clues?

We also received Gradations (Foundations Basics) precuts - I got a 2.5" strip set of 'Glorious Green' and a 10" stack of "Ravishing Red". I don't have a plan for these yet... but I'm certainly getting Christmas vibes from these two.

A dozen half yard cuts of basics, blenders and solids. I love all of these colours together. 

We also receive a surprise 1/2 yard bundle along with co-ordinating yardage of light and dark fabrics. I'll be able to share more of this fabric later in the year. I admit that I've snuck (or sneaked) a peak and it's probably my favourite bundle of all. Gorgeous colour-way that's smile inducing!

Industry partners are also very generous in supplying product for us to use.

Hobbs Batting always supply a beautiful assortment of batting options for us to use. I received Hobbs Premium Cotton, Wool Batting, Tuscany Collection Cotton/Wool Blend (which is lovely with beautiful drape) and Thermore which is a lightweight polyester batting.

Aurifil supplied an assortment of thread for us to sample. I received a monofilament (great for applique), cotton floss (6 strand), 80 weight cotton (excellent for applique or EPP) and two spools of 12 weight thread (my favourite for big stitch quilting).

In November, we have our By Annie challenge and we've received all of the bits and pieces to make the bag of our choice. I decided on the 'Flipping Out' pouch. As well as the pattern and all of the bits and pieces, the pattern includes a free video on YouTube, by Annie herself. I'll certainly be watching this to get all of her tips and tricks in assembling this pouch.

Once again, we'll be participating in an AccuQuilt challenge. We all received the North Carolina Star die. It's a Block on Board (BOB) die which means that you cut all of the pieces to make this 12" block in one swoop. I've never made this block so I look forward to this challenge too.

That's one thing I love about being an Island Batik ambassador - the challenges. They're different and often times, new to me techniques or blocks or things which I've always wanted to make, but have put off for fear or difficulty level. 

We are expecting another parcel soon with black/white/grey solid as well as the stash builder packs. These packs are always a joy and I'm going to have a giveaway soon.

I'm looking forward to the upcoming months with these challenges and I hope you enjoy coming along for the ride with me :)


  1. Oh my goodness!! that is a lot of happy stitching there!!! And congrats on the video with no help from kids!! that is quite a feat!! haha

  2. that North Carolina Star pattern looks really nice and so much pretty fabric to use and batting included too - so nice!

  3. Fun and creative video, Anorina! I too received the English Lavender collection for the blog hop. I can't wait to see what you make. Have a fabulous day!

  4. You've received some beautiful fabrics! I look forward to seeing what you make with them, happy stitching!

  5. Another amazing collection. I'm sure you will have fun and rise to the challenges.

  6. What an amazing amount of gorgeous fabric! Such fun you are going to have. Looking forward to seeing how the pouch works out. xx

  7. Rosemary b here, I can not always sign into my google acct, oh well
    You have a lot of new wonderful fabrics and I am very excited to see your latest creations.
    The pickle dish is a sweet block! your quilt will be striking

  8. So much fun for you to be receiving all these gifts of fabric, thread, batting, and the like. I can't imagine coming up with ways to use everything, but it sure seems like you're up for the challenges! Can't begin to guess what you'll be making with English Lavender, but knowing you, It will be great. How wonderful that you get to play this way!

  9. Great video, Anorina! Congrats on using iMovie! I still haven't tried that one. It turned out great!

  10. what a fabulous bundle of fabrics to work with............

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  12. wow....what a haul...i agree english garden is the most beautiful...i am sure tempted to sign up for this...


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