It’s here! And I’ve finally opened it. I waited an extra TWO DAYS to open my box. The first day I was in the city all day, and then just too tired to make a video. Then, it was the day my mom was coming to visit, and I thought it would be more fun to open it together. She declined to be on camera with me, but I swear, she was here.
First, I would like to say I am just blown away by the generosity of Island Batik. They sent me a huge box with 22 pounds of goodies that I get to play with this year. 22 pounds is a lot of fabric. And, it is my all time favorite kind of fabric, so I’m thrilled.
You can watch my silly video here. I didn’t script anything or do any editing, so those are my sincere reactions to each item. And, that is the end of my pointing out my errors.
Here are photos and more details of what was in my box.
1 Cone of 50 wt Cotton Mako – white
4 large spools of 50 wt Cotton Mako – teal, purple, cream, and sage
2 large spools of 40 wt Cotton Mako – red and variegated peach/gree/yellow/brown
Several brochures for sharing
1 Heirloom Cotton batting, twin – I usually use 80/20, so I’m happy they sent me my favorite.
1 Thermore batting, queen – Thermore is a polyester batting guaranteed not to beard or migrate. Designed for clothing and miniatures. Hmm. I’m interested to see how it performs.
1 Hobbs sample card – this is very cool. I’m a collector of color cards – I didn’t even know there was such a thing for batting.
Okay. Now for the REALLY exciting stuff. These photos are huge – so you can see all of the details. I managed to get decent lighting for a fairly accurate representation of the colors.
The first one I will be working with is this sweet Galentine’s Day fat quarter bundle. I have a plan, and a mug rug and pattern will be forthcoming, on Tuesday.
This is a batik foundations bundle. I’ve got eight 1/2 yard cuts of some gorgeous batiks. The top one in the photo is a light blue, the second is a light green apple. The other colors are pretty close to the photo.
This is a fat eighth bundle of Alpine Ice, along with 1.5 yards of one of the fabrics. I’ve never worked with fat eighths before – I can’t wait to see what direction my design goes in. I was just thinking about a quilt pattern based on nordic knitting designs, and this shows up. Could it be more perfect?
Mountains Majesty is amazing. Look at these deep greens and purples. I can’t wait to cut into this stuff. I love pre-cuts, and have plenty of ideas of what to do with this size cut. I had a quilty friend yesterday tell me she doesn’t like precuts, and I think I may have gotten a twitch in my eye. I guess I’m a scrappy quilter, and also lazy. Give me every fabric in the line, and do some of the cutting for me? Yes, please! Every day. It came with two different 1.5 yard cuts of coordinating fabrics. The brown one with the trees will be showing up in many projects this year. I’m smitten, and I don’t usually get excited about brown.
These are stash builder bundles. Each roll has four different 5″ x width of fabric strips. So much more flexible than the 2 1/2″ strips, and I bet they are more affordable, too.
There are 3 yards of this lovely neutral. It is going to work so well with the rest of the fabrics in my box.
There are 2 yards of this stunning red rayon. I’ve never quilted with rayon before – I’m definitely up for something new. I also just learned that a bunch of my quilting friends are also garment makers. It’s so nice to have people I can hit up for help if I need it.
And last, but certainly not least, is this amazing rayon scarf. Finally, I have a reason to figure out how to wear a scarf outside of winter.
There is one more bundle, but I can’t reveal the surprise just yet. It is gorgeous, though, and I can’t wait to find out what I’m supposed to make with it.
This has been a really long post – sorry. I’m just so pleased to be a part of this program. And now, I have to get going, because I have quilts to make!
Thank you so much to Island Batik, Aurifil, and Hobbs! This is going to be a great year.