Monday, February 6, 2017

I am one of the newest Ambassadors for Island Batik Fabrics.

Yes. You read the title of this post right. I am an ambassador for Island Batik fabrics. In a few days I should be getting a box full of beautiful fabrics from them. I am so excited for this adventure. One of the best things for my readers is I will be doing some fun giveaways with the fabrics. You will also get to see some new designs from myself as well as other ambassadors.

So, how did this happen?  I am glad you asked.  Back in December, someone who was an ambassador posted a link that they were accepting applications for new ambassadors.  I thought, "I have nothing to lose, why not try?" So I did.  I was so excited the day I got the email.  I really am looking forward to this journey.  As I have read through the plans for the year, I realize this is going to be a challenge at times, but a good one as it will help me grow.  A lot of the quilts that are done with the batiks seem to be more modern.  I learned to quilt 40 ish years ago, and I am more of the traditional quilter and usually go for more of the florals and calicos.  But, hey, it is good to grow and take on new challenges right?

One of the challenges this month is actually to make some Kennel quilts.  These quilts finish at 12" x 18" and fit in portable kennel cages. These are for animals that are rescued by shelters.  I am working on designs right now for some fun ones and would like to make as many as I can.  If you want to help, please let me know, and I can pass along the information.

This is a little about the Kennel Quilts program: In 2016, Island Batik joined forces with an existing group of industry partners and supporters of the Petfinder Foundation to create the Piece for Shelter Pets (PFSP) initiative. The initiative supports the Petfinder Foundation, a “public charity that works to end the euthanasia of adoptable pets by assisting animal shelters and rescue groups across North America”, through financial contributions made possible by the sale of fabric, thread, and other quilting related products. PFSP sponsors include The Quilt Pattern Magazine, Island Batik, Aurifil Threads, QuiltyBox, Benartex, and Hancock’s of Paducah.

You can donate to your own shelter, or there is this one that is in need:
Bark and Roll Rescue Companions
3105 Shadows Lake Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA  70816

If you don't sew or quilt and want to donate, please contact me at

Thanks for sharing in this new challenge with me, and please stay tuned to this blog, because I will be doing some fun giveaways.



  1. So excited for you Kathy!!! You will be a great addition to their team. :)

  2. Thank you Mary. I am really looking forward to this.

  3. I'm an Ambassador too and I agree it will be so much fun! It may be a challenge as you say, but it'll be fun to push ourselves to design great quilts for these beautiful batiks!

    1. Jennifer,

      Thank you. I am sure it will be fun. I am so looking forward to this. The first two months of this have been crazy, but hopefully I can get better organized and get some things posted.

  4. Congratulations on becoming an Ambassador. I have never done kennel quilts, but about 90 percent of what I do make I donate to various charities. Good luck on your endeavor of being an Ambassador.

    1. Hi Goofin' Off,

      Love that name. Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I meant to reply sooner, but life got a little bit crazy. I love donating quilt to charities. Especially when you know they are appreciated. Thanks for the good luck. I will be sharing some fun things soon.

  5. What fun! Can't wait to see what being an ambassador is all about. Would love to do something like that.

  6. Kathleen,

    Thank you. I have some challenges that I need to get finished and posted. I have had a crazy couple of months with my mother in law going into the hospital and then passing away, overtime, a new grandbaby and then a grandson being in the hospital and still not knowing what is wrong. I will be getting some things posted soon.