We are pleased to introduce our talented Ambassador from the UK 🇬🇧, Michelle Roberts! This is the third season for Michelle, and we are so happy to have her continue sharing her passion of quilting as a member of the 2020 Island Batik Ambassador team!
Mom to four beautiful boys, Michelle started sewing a few years back when her beloved nan sadly passed away. She left Michelle her sewing machine and that was when she fell in love with quilting! She began by making blankets for her sons and then went onto making quilts for friends and family. Michelle has recently started teaching students from home, after completing a City and Guilds diploma in Patchwork & Quilting.
Table runner, made for the 2020 January Island Batik Ambassador challenge, Let’s Get Scrappy. Michelle used Island Batik, batting by Hobbs and a needle by Schmetz Needles. To learn more about the table runner, please visit: https://creativeblondeblog.wordpress.com/2020/01/25/island-batik-january-challenge.
Quilting started as a hobby for Michelle, but today it’s now something she does as a business. She enjoys finding new fabric collections, creating her own designs, and seeing them in print in UK magazines: her patterns and quilts can be found in such publications as Quilt Now, Patchwork & Quilting and Love Sewing. Michelle has also been fortunate to get her quilts published in Australian and American magazines!
Quilt, made for the 2019 February Island Batik Ambassador challenge, Magnificent Minis. Michelle used Island Batik fabric and batting by Hobbs. To read more about the quilt, please visit:
Michelle works closely with a few charities, including Siblings Together Quilt Group, where she makes quilts for siblings who have been separated through foster care and Pyjama Fairies, making hospital pj’s and gowns for children going into hospitals throughout England for treatment.
Quilt, made for the 2020 April Island Batik Ambassador challenge, Creative Borders and Binding. Michelle used Island Batik Ancient Etchings fabric by Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works, Aurifil thread, batting by Hobbs and a needle by Schmetz Needles. To read more about the quilt, please visit: https://creativeblondeblog.wordpress.com/2020/04/30/borders-and-binding-challenge.
Michelle enjoys working with all sorts of colors, especially bold and bright fabrics. She also loves to add solid whites, greys and blacks to her designs.
Pillow, made for the 2020 Island Batik Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop. Michelle used Island Batik Northern Lights fabric by Kathy Engle, Aurifil thread and a needle by Schmetz Needles. To read more about the pillow, please visit: https://creativeblondeblog.wordpress.com/2020/05/11/island-batik-may-blog-hop-plus-giveaway.
Hand binding is Michelle’s favourite part of quilting: “I can sit, relax in my garden and listen to the birds. It helps clear my head and it’s also where I come up with new ideas for future quilts”.
Quilt, made for the 2020 March Island Batik Ambassador challenge, One Die Wonder. Michelle used Island Batik Kaleidoscope fabric by Kathy Engle, AccuQuilt cutter and die, Aurifil thread, batting by Hobbs and a needle by Schmetz Needles. To read more about the quilt, please visit: https://creativeblondeblog.wordpress.com/2020/04/05/island-batik-one-die-wonder-challenge.
Make sure to follow Michelle on social media and subscribe to her blog for great quilting ideas and inspiration:
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2020 Island Batik Ambassadors: https://islandbatik.com/2020-ambassadors