Box 2 Island Batik Ambassador

I’m so excited to share with you the goodies I received in Box 2, as part of the 2019 Island Batik Ambassador program. We receive 2 boxes a year, you can watch my first ever video at the link below…

https://creativeblondeblog.wordpress.com/2019/02/01/my-first-video/

There were a few collections from Island Batik I had fallen in love with, and was really excited to find out if they were in my box – (the boxes are kept a secret until we receive them)

 

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My head is buzzing with ideas for these beautiful fabrics, threads and batting. The Accuquilt die is just out-of-this-world – so excited to play.

My son wrote the song and music for the video  -I’m one proud mummy!

Thanks for reading and sharing this journey with me

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‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle

Artsy Fartsy…

Welcome to the Island batik July challenge , the fabric and threads used in this project were given to me as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program 2019

Artsy Fartsy Challenge

Artsy Fartsy using three different Aurifil thread weights.

I’ve used thread weights 28,12 and floss.

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The larger the number, the finer the thread.

I’ve used the Aurifil floss to hand embroider the letters in the center, 12 weight cotton thread for bold decorative machine stitches, and the 28 weight threads was used to machine applique my fabrics in place, using free motion embroidery

I had such fun fussy cutting lots of bright and bold flowers, butterflies and dragonflies from my gorgeous Island batik fabrics, which i fused to Vlieseline Bondaweb.

After I fused all my gorgeous fabrics into a 10″ circle, and used free motion quilting and thread weight 28 (slightly thicker then my everyday thread, I wanted it to be a little bolder) to secure my applique.

Before starting this project I fused the 16″ square piece of main fabric to Vlieseline Interfacing, this gave it extra strength, so I was ready to hand embroider the letters using floss and a darning needle. I chose a simple back stitch. I love the reverse of this piece too

To finish this piece, I used thread weight 12 (make sure you change your bobbin thread to match your top thread weight). I wanted to create a strong bold decorative stitch that would stand out

I framed my finished piece in a 12″ embroidery hoop. I’ve never made ‘Artsy Fartsy’ before, but I’ve had such fun – love a good challenge!

Thanks for reading, be sure to head over to the Island Batik Facebook page to see what the other ambassadors are making this month, and throughout the year…

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‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle

May is Make Modern…

Make It Modern with Hobbs… I have been sooooo excited to use the Tuscany Silk Batting By Hobbs since I received it in box 1 as part of the Island Batik Ambassador Program, so this was the perfect opportunity

Here is a little info about the Batting 

“Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting is soft and supple, quilts magnificently by hand or machine, and drapes like no other batting. The luxurious feel and lightweight nature of this batting is ideal for both quilts and garments.

Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting breathes naturally, making it an excellent choice for airy, lightweight quilts and coverlets, and while it’s a ‘cool’ quilt, it can also provide excellent warmth.

Hobbs Tuscany Silk Batting is a blend of 90% very fine imported silk filaments and 10% fine polyester, ingredients which are carded and bonded to help retard bearding and fiber migration. And, unlike other silk batting, this batting doesn’t need to be handled with gloves or encased in cheesecloth”

So what is a modern quilt?

As defined by the Modern Quilt Guild “the use of bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color, improvisational piecing, minimalism, expansive negative space, alternate grid work”

Make It Modern

I woke up on Saturday with this idea in my head, of a 3D effect box, with butterflies being set free.  I called on hubby to help me design the 3D look of the box – thanks hubby  – he knows all about those important ‘vanishing points’

Once the box was designed, and drawn out, i just had to work out how to create it from fabric…

The butterflies were cut from the gorgeous bright, bold fabrics from Island batik, a collection called ‘Caribbean Breeze’, which I backed against the black batik to really make the colours sing

I laid the butterflies out in so many different arrangements, I think I must of taken over 30 photos, until I finally decided on the layout I was happy with…

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I’m thrilled with the flowers I quilted all over the quilt, it gave the impression of the butterflies flying free in a meadow full of flowers, this batting was a dream to quilt.

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Thanks for reading, be sure to head over to the Island Batik Facebook page to see what the other ambassadors are making this month, and throughout the year…

Follow me here on my blog, and you can also find me on Instagram and Facebook

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle @creativeblonde66

Island Batik April Challenge…

This month is all about the AccuQuilt cutting machine, this A-mazing piece of equipment was given to us by Accuquilt as part of the Island Batik Ambassador program 2019.

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AccuQuilt Ready. Set. GO! Challenge Baby Quilt  – Make a 40″ to 48″ square baby quilt using AccuQuilt dies

Baby Quilt

So how long would it take you cut out 625 Half Square Triangles ? With the Accuquilt Go  Cube, you can Mix and Match to create over 72 block designs, I chose the following die cuts, and it took me under an hour to cut all my pieces out  – That’s Crazy right? and not a dog ear in sight!!! – Happy days!!

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I create my design on the EQ8 software.

This quilt was made using Island Batik fabrics given to me by Island Batik, as part of the Island Batik Ambassador Program

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The pile of HST looked so pretty all stacked up, don’t you think?

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It took me almost 7 hours to sew these 625 pieces together, but I love the end result…

Thanks for reading, be sure to head over to the Island Batik Facebook page to see what the other ambassadors are making this month, and throughout the year…

Follow me here on my blog, and you can also find me on Instagram and Facebook

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Happy Sewing

Michelle @creativeblonde66

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My First Video…

Hey,

Thanks for coming along with me on this journey… last year when i became an island batik Ambassador, I was asked to make an un-boxing video “WHAT?” I said, with my first initial thoughts being how do I get out of this…

Big confession alert!!!

I didn’t do one, instead I watched in ore at all the other ambassadors doing there un-boxing videos, they all did such a fabulous job.

This year when I received the news that I was a 2019 Island Batik Ambassador, my husband took control, he said there was no getting out of it this year, and he began coming up with ideas on how to edit my video, I will admit his ideas were a little crazy, and I was keen to shy away from making the video, but i DID it, and here it is…

Please note I’m extremely shy, and nervous in this video, my cat is there for moral support.

 

This AccuQuilt cutting machine is AMAZING, I’ve really enjoyed playing it so far. Follow me on my journey this year, to see what i create with it.

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Look at all this beautiful fabric…

And the most amazing batting from Hobbs, and threads from Aurifil

‘Do what makes your heart smile’

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x

Island Batik Blog Hop…

Welcome to Day 2 of the Island batik Blog hop – Getaway (destination, travel themed).

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The new collection I’ve been very fortunate to of been given by island Batik, as part of the Ambassador program was called  ‘DITTY‘ – and I LOVE it!! what a stunning collection!!

I’m not going to lie, this quilt alone took me on a journey of its very own… With Christmas and New Year celebrations done and dusted, I knew i was one of the first on the blog hop list, so time wasn’t on my side… my thoughts immediately went to beach huts, but after much designing, i realized it was not going to work with no blue fabric in the collection… so i pulled out my laptop and loaded up EQ8…

Kaleidoscope Pattern… Ta Da!! ‘What?’ I hear you ask, ‘how does this fit the theme?’,

Well let me explain…  when looking through the patterns, I came across the Kaleidoscope Pattern, my 8 year old son said to me, whats a Kaleidoscope? so i asked my eldest son, who immediately reached for his Iphone to google it! he then replied with, ‘it must be one of those 80’s kids toys’…

Can you still buy them?

Anyway, as i tried to explain how it worked, i realized that when you look into a Kaleidoscope it takes you on a special journey all of it own, creating patterns and stories of what the patterns look like, its definitely part of my childhood journey, and one i was able to share with my children… I’m not sure it will ever beat an Iphone or Xbox, but I loved my Kaleidoscope

I wanted to keep the inner layer quite neutral, with the addition a few colours, so i could leave the outer edge for the oranges and yellows. ‘y’ seams are not my friend, but i was determined not to be beaten

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With the inner layer complete, I started to play around with the fabrics till I happy with the outer layer

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I’m so happy with the way this turned out, I definitely want to make another version in the near future, if only to concur my fear of ‘y’ seams…

I will be writing a tutorial for this quilt, so be sure to follow me here on my blog, so I can keep you updated.

Also I just recieved the most amazing news, Im going to be a 2019 Island Batik Ambassador, so I will be sharing lots more beautiful batik makes.

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You can also find me on Facebook and Instagram @creativeblonde66

I quilted it with stars and inside is Hobbs 100% wool batting – this was a dream to work with

Sewn together using Aurifil threads and strips of ‘Ditty’ fabric to bind

 

Thanks so much for stopping by, be sure to check out all the other amazing Island Batik Ambassadors show casing all the new collections

Getaway Blog Hop Schedule

WEEK 1

Monday, January 7 – Crystal Ball

MaryEllen @ Mary Mack’s Blog

Sandra @ mmm! quilts

 

Tuesday, January 8  – Ditty

Stephanie @ Steph Jacobson Designs

Michelle @ Creative Blonde

 

Wednesday, January 9 – Elk Lodge

Connie @ Free Motion by the River

Anna @ Ark Angel Creations

 

Thursday, January 10 – Feline Fine

Bea @ BeaQuilter

Sharon @ Yellow Cat Designs

 

Friday, January 11 – Flea Market

Geraldine @ Living Water Quilter

Jessica @ Desert Bloom Quilting

 

WEEK 2

Monday, January 14 – Fortune Teller

Sarah @ Sarah Goer Quilts

Sherry @ Powered by Quilting

Jennifer @ The Inquiring Quilter

 

Tuesday, January 15  – Gypsy Rose

Jen @ Dizzy Quilter

Janet @ Whispers of Yore

 

Wednesday, January 16 – Paisley Park

Dione @ Clever Chameleon

Nancy @ Masterpiece Quilting

 

Thursday, January 17 – Soul Song

Carole @ Carol Lyles Shaw

Toby @ Gateway Quilts & Stuff

 

Friday, January 18 – Twilight Chic

Jackie @ If These Threads Could Talk

Tina @ Quilting Affection

 

WEEK 3

Monday, January 21 – Winter Park

Jennifer @ Curlicue Creations

Anita @ Quilt In a Not Shell

 

Tuesday, January 22  – Bazaar

Karen @ The Quilt Rambler

Alison @ Little Bunny Quilts

Turid @ Den syende himmel

 

Wednesday, January 23 – Blossom

Karen @ Sew Karen-ly Created

Leanne @ Devoted Quilter

 

Thursday, January 24 – Boho

Laura @ Slice of Pi Quilts

Suzy @ Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts

 

Friday, January 25 – Brookview

Vicki @ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Amy @ Sew Incredibly Crazy

 

WEEK 4

Monday, January 28 – French Blue

Pamela @ PamelaQuilts

Joyce @ Hearts Creations

 

Tuesday, January 29  – Midsummer Night

Kathleen @ Kathleen McMusing

Connie @ Kauffman Designs

 

Wednesday, January 30 – Oh Deer

Jen @ Patterns by Jen

Jeanette @ Inchworm Fabrics

 

Thursday, January 31 – Snow Berry

Sally @ Sally Manke Fiber Artist

Joan @ Moosestash Quilting

 

Friday, February 1 –

Icicle

Terri @ Meanderings along Lizard Creek

Anne @ Sweetgrass Creative Designs


Candy Cane Lane

Mania @ Mania For Quilts

Barbara @ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Needle, Paper, Scissors

This month challenge was to complete a paper pieced project (Foundation or English) I knew straight away which project i wanted to try, its been on my ‘to-do’ list for a while…

The fabrics i chose to use in this project were given to me from island batik, as part of my island Batik Ambassador program. The threads are from Aurifil and the batting is from Hobbs.

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Meet Gidget, Cricket and Pepper, these beautiful paper piecing butterfly charm block patterns are by @lillyellasworld.  Here is my version, i love how the colours glow on the dark fabric.

 

I decided to mount the butterflies with a hand sewn quote i found, written by Helen Keller, using an embroidery Aurifil thread. To keep my fabric taught whilst sewing the words, i backed the fabric with Vlieseline Stitch ‘n’ tear – and it worked fab. I simply printed off the words, reversed them onto paper, using Sulky transfer pen, and then ironed this onto the chosen fabric. The great thing i found about stitch ‘n’ tear is that it doesn’t need bonding to the fabric, and simply tears away when you’re finished sewing.

 

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See my progress photos below…

***Top Tip***

Island Batik fabrics are great for paper piecing, not only because they are beautiful fabrics, but the fabrics are reversible, so you can never get them the wrong way up.

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Many thanks for reading, have a lovely week ahead, until next time… happy sewing

Check out my Instagram and Facebook page @creativeblonde66

~Michelle~

x creativeblonde x