Finished! Validate meeeeee.
Some encouragement for anyone else considering this project:
♡ I queued my various progress posts, and it actually only took me about one long weekend of work, not counting last minute trips to the local quilt shop and hand-finishing my binding.
♡ Apart from the lining, this is about 75% made from one jelly roll, with some support from existing scraps and maybe 1, 1 1/2 yards of additional fabric. (The jelly roll is the celestial batik from Missouri Star.) Now, I'm fat, this pattern has lapels, and this is cut to a Seamwork size 26. If you're a smaller person and/or using a simpler pattern, you can maybe get away with a jelly roll plus lining.
♡ My patch pockets are orphan blocks from the exterior and from a 2016 baby quilt. If you have orphan blocks lying around, this might be a fun way to use them!
♡ New quilting cotton has no drape to speak of. I expect this coat to soften and drape much better after a few washes.
♡ ETA: THIS HAS NO BATTING OR ACTUAL QUILTING. Tbh that would take much longer and be more difficult, and you'd have to bind all of your seams instead of just the hems. I live in Florida and this is about as much jacket as I ever need, but if I wanted to make something warmer I'd probably do a flannel interlining or something instead of true quilting. I'm still debating some hand stitched quilting around the cuffs and collars though, to keep everything stable.
Some additional notes, in case anyone else wants to do something similar with the Seamwork Quince:
♡ I used the Seamwork Quince body and the Seamwork Baz collar. It came out pretty well, but I had some trouble with my shoulder seam coming up short at first. I had to piece on extra fabric at the shoulder and sleeve, which was fine with a scrappy mixed pattern project like this.
♡ OK, you see the blue and yellow half-square triangle midway down the sleeve? I expected that to fall at my upper arm. It's at my elbow. And that *is* the top of the sleeve pattern piece. Now I do have narrow shoulders, but the shoulder on this is *very* dropped.
♡ Another sleeve issue: the cuff piece is meant to be folded over, ie halved in length down the arm. I decided to combine the sleeve piece and the cuff and didn't account for that, so my sleeves are hilariously long and have to be cuffed back, like, 6 inches.
Overall, if I decide to make another one... I'll use the Helen's Closet Pona Jacket pattern, which has everything I want in a quilt coat pattern without any hacking. But this was the pattern I had already in my profession and printed, and it worked out well.
My First Island Batik Box Opening 2022
Many of you have been following me for awhile now, so you know all about Island Batik Ambassadors and the boxes of goodies we receive twice a year.
And if you’re not following me, why not give it a try? You’ll find the ways to follow in my sidebar, just under my photo.
Now back to those boxes! Twice a year—in January and July—Island Batik Ambassadors receive several boxes of batiks and other materials we then use to meet our monthly quilting challenges. To celebrate this giddy event, each Ambassador makes a box opening video.
So celebrate with us as we each share an exclusive preview of upcoming Island Batik collections and the latest tools from our program partners.
Since each Ambassador’s boxes are unique, you won’t want to miss a thing! Be sure to catch the full schedule of box openings at the end of this post.
This time I received two large boxes filled to the brim with gorgeous Island Batiks, most of which are just now arriving in stores. Be sure to look for them at your local quilt shop!
The boxes were also filled with awesomeness from our program partners—the perfect tools and accessories to help us complete our monthly challenges.
As usual, to shoot my video I enlisted the help of my daughter. Together, we gathered quilts and pinned them to my design wall, set up the studio lights and the boom mic, and readied the camera. Then I arranged the items in the boxes and prepared what I’m going to say as I presented them one by one during the video.
This time though, I had to edit the video myself with a little help from my daughter. I hope you like it!
My Box Opening Video
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Now wasn’t that exciting seeing all those lovely batiks? The generosity and support I’ve received over the years from Island Batik and the program sponsors is overwhelming. I’m always so very grateful to see what I’m going to be working with for the next few months and to share that experience with you!
Let’s take a closer look at what I got
Hobbs is a program partner, and they always send a selection of high quality battings for us to use in our challenge quilts. I truly love using Hobbs and so receiving a box of their batts is like a dream come true1
Hobbs included one Queen-size Heirloom Premium 80/20 Cotton Poly Blend batting, one Queen-sized Heirloom Premium 80/20 Bleached Cotton Poly Blend batting (I made a mistake on the video and thought this was all cotton), one set of 2-1/2” Heirloom Premium 80/20 Fusible cotton/Poly Batting Strips, one Queen-size Heirloom Premium 100% Wool batting, and one Queen-size Poly-Down Premium Polyester batting.
Each batting has it’s own particular use. The 80/20 batts (the Heirloom Premium 80/20 Cotton Poly Blend batting and the Heirloom Premium 80/20 Bleached Cotton Poly Blend batting) are my go to since they blend cotton with polyester for a soft, drapable, easily quiltable quilt. Love, love, love this batting—bleached (for quilts with light fabrics) or non-bleached (for quilts with deeper colors).
The fusible batting strips are perfect for making jelly roll rugs, placemats, purses, and bowls. Since they are the same size as a jelly roll and fusible, you can simply iron to your strips and start making!
The wool batt is my go-to when I want a light weight breathable quilt that’s perfect no matter what the temperature. And oh the softness and lovely drape! By superwashing the wool, the shrinkage is reduced and the fibers are smoothed, resulting in sheer perfection.
Poly-Down is new to me, but similar to other polyester battings in that it’s perfect for hand quilting. I don’t hand quilt, but I do like the extra loft polyester has because it shows off my machine quilting. It says this feels like down and wouldn’t that be lovely in a handmade quilt? I can’t wait to try it out!
Thanks Hobbs for the awesome batts! I can’t wait to use them in my quilts.
New this year are the Gradations collections. Island Batik has reimagined their Basics, creating lovely sets of batiks that range from dark to light. I think on the video I said the Gradations collection contains Basics and Blenders, but it’s just the Basics—batiks that are a single color—and now with the introduction of the Gradations collections, there are more Basics than ever before! I received a set of fat quarters from the Playful Purples collection and I’m currently working on a quilt that will show off their beauty.
The Gradations collections also include Ravishing Reds, Precious Pinks, Tantalizing Teals, Bodacious Blacks, Opulent Oranges, Brilliant Blues, Glorious Greens, Breathtaking Browns, Naturally Neutrals, and Marvelous Multis. I have to say that I’m in love with this concept! To put all those lovely purples (or teals, reds, pinks, etc.) in one grouping not only makes sense but opens the door to such creativity! Look for yardage in your local quilt store and make up a set of your favorite Gradations!
Fall 2021 Collection Precut
Island Batik always includes a precut from a collection just arriving in stores now, plus two coordinating fabrics. I love these precuts because I get to use them whenever I want, in whatever project I want and because they are precut, they help me to create a quilt fast!
This time I got a precut from the Chantilly collection designed by Kathy Engle for The Quilt Rambler. What can I say? It’s a gorgeous blend of purples, blues and greens and I simply love it! Such rich, deep colors. Yum!
Featured Fall 2021Collection
My featured Fall collection is Vintage Lace by Kathy Engle. I’ll be designing a quilt for the February blog hop using this gorgeous collection.
Normally, I’m attracted to deeply saturated colors, but there’s something so lovely about this soft blend of yellows, greens, and purples with a hint of blue-grey that is simply irresistible. And there’s some deep dark colors in there for me too!
I was sent a half-yard of each of the fabrics in the collection and two coordinates. I’ve got a design humming in my brain and I can’t wait to get started on it right after I finish this month’s challenge quilt. Look for the finished quilt in February during the blog hop!
Foundations - Basics, Blenders, neutrals and Solids
Island Batik typically sends a grouping of half-yard coordinates for each of the collections included in our boxes. These coordinates are pulled from the Basics, Blenders, Neutrals, and Solids collections. Batiks in these collections are the perfect staple in your stash because they go with so many of the designer batik collections.
Island Batik sent the following Basics: Dove, Mahogany, and Seaweed. They also sent Custard from the Neutrals collection. I think these batiks compliment the Vintage Lace collection really well.
Island Batik also sent a set of Blenders: Cappuccino, Ivy, Sand, and Plum. Again, I think they compliment Vintage Lace well, and the purples are perfect for the Chantilly collection too!
Island Batik solids are to die for! I love how rich and fully saturated they are. If you love solids, you need to try these—they are lovely to work with and best of all, no see-through!
First, Island Batik sent a half-yard of these Solids: Dark Grey, Pink, Lime Green, and Fuchsia.
Island Batik also included 4-yards of several neutrals from the Solids collection: Black, White, and Grey. I love using these in my quilts, much more than regular quilting solids.
Island Batik always sends along a lovely Neutral batik that I can use as a background in my quilt designs. This time they sent Moo Milk—a lovely light and creamy beige.
Island Batik included two Stash Builders in my box. Stash Builders make it easy to build your stash of batiks and they are perfect for creating scrappy quilts—my fav! Each Stash Builder contains a mix of batiks in a particular color, such as green and blue.
A Stash Builder roll includes four 5” x WOF strips; there are 5 rolls in each pack giving you almost 3 yards of batiks!
Want a chance to win a few Stash Builder rolls? Be sure to enter my giveaway at the end of this post.
Aurifil is a program partner and they sent a box of coordinating threads for me to use however I want. They will also be sending a box of thread for a thread challenge in March. The box they sent this time is from their 2021 Color Builders program, which was inspired by endangered animals. If you love thread like I do, I highly recommend subscribing to Color Builders. This year, the inspiration is flowers!
The box they will be sending soon is from the 2020 Color Builders program, which was inspired by cities in Italy, the home of Aurifil thread. Watch for an update here when I receive my new thread set!
I love the quality of Aurifil—how little lint it produces, how strong a stitch it makes and how precise it makes your piecing.
Thanks Aurifil for your lovely thread!
THE SURPRISE BUNDLE
Now we come to the Surprise Bundle, which I can’t tell you anything about except that it’s from a Winter 2021 collection. I’ll be using my collection to design a quilt for the May blog hop.
Like my Fall 2021 collection, Island Batik sent me a half-yard of each of the fabrics in my Winter 2021 collection plus two coordinates. I think you’ll agree that gives me plenty to choose from when making a quilt for the hop.
My collection by the way, is perfect for me and I can’t wait to share it with you in May! The Winter 2021 collections will be arriving in stores late April/early May, just in time for the blog hop!
The Unboxing Schedule
The Island Batik Ambassador unboxing videos are scheduled so you won’t miss a thing! The fun begins today (January 20th) with the first three Ambassadors sharing their boxes (including me!) Here’s the rest of the schedule.
Every Ambassador receives a different collection of batiks in their box, so be sure to visit each Ambassador in turn to watch their videos. You won’t believe the beauties you’ll see!
Note: The videos each day are released throughout the day, so the link may not work at first. Each day a video is released at 8 AM PST, 12 PM PST and 3 PM PST. I’m in the Eastern time zone so my video will be released at 3 PM PST or 6 PM EST.
Also I’ve been told that there may be some last-minute changes to the schedule so I’ll be updating the links as needed each day.
Thursday, January 20th
Brenda Alburl @ Songbird Designs
Megan Best @ Best Quilter
Jennifer Fulton @ Inquiring Quilter (that’s me!)
Friday, January 21st
Preeti Harris @ Sew Preeti Quilts
Jane Hauprich @ Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting
Reed Johnson @ Blue Bear Quilts
Saturday, January 22nd
Connie Kauffman @ Kauffman Designs
Emily Leachman @ Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney @ For the Love of Geese
Monday, January 25th
Leah Malasky @ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe @ Mary Mack Made Mine
Lisa Pickering @ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Tuesday, January 26th
Claudia Porter @ Create with Claudia
Gail Renna @ Quilt Haven Threads
Brianna Roberts @ Sew Cute and Quirky
Wednesday, January 27th
Andi Stanfield @ True Blue Quilts
Sandra Starley @ Textle Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas @ Curlicue Creations
thursday, January 28th
Pamela Boatright @ PamelaQuilts
Suzy Webster @ Webster Quilt
Elizabeth DeCroos @ Epida Studio
Friday, January 29th
Mania Hatziioannidi @ Mania for Quilts
Anorina Morris @ Samelia’s Mum
Michelle Roberts @ Creative Blonde
Monday, January 31st
Gail Sheppard @ Quilting Gail
Every month, the Island Batik Ambassadors are challenged to design and make a quilted project. The January challenge is to make gradation quilt. Mine is underway and will appear here soon.
Don’t miss any of the other monthly challenges and the goings on here at Inquiring Quilter! You’ll find ways to follow me at the top of my sidebar.
Be Sure to Enter My Giveaway!
For a chance to win two Stash Builder rolls like these use the Rafflecopter below.
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Disclaimer: No purchase necessary to win. Giveaway is open to legal residents in the contiguous US only that are 18+ years of age and not a current Island Batik Ambassador. Giveaway starts at midnight EST January 20th and ends at midnight EST on January 31st. One winner will receive two Island Batik Stash Builder rolls with a total value of approximately $12. Odds of winning determined by number of eligible entries received. How to enter: Complete the Rafflecopter above. Winner will be chosen by random.org on February 1st, 2021 from all eligible entries and notified by email. If winner can not be reached via email or prize is unclaimed after three days, a new winner will be chosen by random.org. Winner is responsible for paying any taxes related to the prize. By entering this giveaway, you release Inquiring Quilter from any liability whatsoever. Void where prohibited by law.
Like batiks? Like to share your wips and finishes?
Each Ambassador answers the monthly challenges in unique ways—be sure to follow my fellow Ambassadors too! You’ll find them all listed on my Island Batik Ambassador page.
In the meantime, thank you so much for stopping by! Be sure to click over to my Wednesday Wait Loss linkup to share your current quilty projects!
Disclosure: The products featured here were provided to me free of charge by Island Batik, Aurifil, and Hobbs.
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