I hope you have been keeping up with the Island Batik Ambassador Four Seasons Blog Hop this month. Personally, I have enjoyed the parade of new fabrics that are arriving in our local quilt shops this month as well as the creativity of the ambassadors!
Technically this blog hop ends the 2017 Island Batik Ambassador program. It’s been a wonderful journey! Seems like yesterday I was waiting on my first ambassador box! So many adventures, so many blessings. Thank you, Island Batik for the opportunity! And thank you for the gift of the fabrics to be able to participate in this program!
Ah! But this rambler is just getting started! It’s not about farewells, it’s about endless summer – as this is the week of “summer” for the hop! So let’s hop right to it!
Presenting City Cultures 2
I received two boxes from Island Batik this year, the first one in February and the second one in July/August Each of my boxes had an abundance of fabrics and threads for our monthly challenges. Included was a bundle of “secret fabric” – fabrics that would preview at the Fall Market in Houston and be our focus for this blog hop.
My fabric bundle included 20 fat quarters from the line City Cultures 2.
I have to add that these are just 20 out of 40 in the line. While at Fall Market I picked up the catalog and a brochure to learn that the line is divided into four divisions, sorta like a city (duh) and my collection included the waterfront and industrial district. I thought it was sorta interesting as in my local area I am both close to the waterfront of the Houston Ship Channel, Galveston Bay, and of course the Gulf Coast itself, not to mention many oil refineries – this is Texas after all! Who knew fabric could so represent your life!
While at Fall Market I was able to meet Jaynne Crow, of Bella Nonna Design Studio, who is the signature collection designer for City Culture 2.
Planning for My City Culture 2 Quilt
Moving right along…I had this plan…and then I changed my mind…women are entitled to that don’t you know! Just a few weeks ago I decided I needed a pattern that was a little more modern and I chose Love Links from Studio 180 Design.
I actually met the gals of Running With Scissors at Fall Market who designed this quilt pattern – they are also fellow Studio 180 Design Certified Instructors! After making this quilt I am eager to try more of their designs. And yes, they are as fun as this photo reflects!
City Culture 2 in Progress
And sew it began…deciding which 10 fabrics I wanted to use for the pattern. I love that there are several sizes included from a mini 13″ x 14″ up to a kingsize. I chose the 39″ x 42″ and quickly pulled out my Wing Clipper tool to make the flying geese.
As I was trimming the units I realized that there would be duplicate “links” in the pattern and that’s when I had an inspiration – why use 10 fabrics when you can use all twenty! It was a stretch as Island Batik had provided a limited amount of background fabric and I’d already cut up and used most of it. Ah, but it was meant to be! (More in a moment about the “extra” units).
I don’t know what I enjoy most, the picking out of the fabric, the hum of the sewing machine, the quilting process or the peacefulness of hand binding…it’s all good! Just enjoying the process – all of it!
What About Those Extra Units?
Glad you asked! As an ambassador, I made a commitment to use the fabrics provided to me for monthly challenge projects. Well, we all know, sometimes life gets in the way and the home office is very good to understand a few delays every now and then…that said, and without much ado, I’d like to introduce to you Miss October, my belated Creative Borders and Binding quilt made from the leftover parts and pieces from this month’s challenge. I guess you could say “two for one” with this bundle of fat quarters!
I really had a lot of fun putting this one together – who knew you could get so many different looks from combining flying geese units! I think I’m going to call this City Geese or Geese in the City…I don’t know. Maybe I just call it finished is good!
That’s Not All Folks!
Did I neglect to mention that there are multiple giveaways with this blog hop? If you haven’t done so already you need to visit each ambassador for their individual giveaway (links below) as well as the grand prize from Island Batik.
Not to be outdone I will be giving away the pattern Love Links (goodness, not my copy – I want to make a big one!) as well as a 5″ stamp precuts of Island Batik fabrics. Keep reading to find the entry form. Good things come to those who wait!
In the meantime, I thought I’d share a few more photos of City Culture 2 “in the wild” – can you tell by the settings that I am truly wishing it was summer!
Oh! and I almost forgot! Yours truly is so excited to be joining the ranks of the 2018 Island Batik Ambassadors and I’m eagerly awaiting my new box of fabrics! It’s going to be another fabulous year so you will want to be sure to subscribe to The Quilt Rambler blog if you haven’t already done so!
I’m giving away a 5″ Island Stamps in the Caribbean Splash fabric to remind you of endless summer plus the pattern Love Links. Due to postage, I regret that only US residents can register for my giveaway. Multiple ways to enter including a fun question….you can’t win if you don’t play!
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This is Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, celebrating Endless Summer with the beautiful fabrics from Island Batik
Be sure and visit the other ambassadors and leave a comment through the rafflecopter to be eligible to win my giveaway!