‘Tis the Season – with Island Batik

We Island Batik Ambassadors are very privileged! We have the joy of working with their beautiful fabrics and also the pleasure of getting to know and keep in touch with all the wonderful and talented Ambassadors.

This year, as you Dear Readers have realized, we’ve been given a new assignment every month. This month’s is truly appropriate for this special time of year. It’s about the spirit of giving and it truly ‘Tis the Season!

In the past, I have mostly quilted for family and friends and knitted warm winter hats for Street Kids. However, thanks to The Quilt Pattern Magazine’s Kennel Quilt Program, I have also made and donated some Kennel Quilts and have a few dozen tops ready to layer, pin baste, quilt, and finish in the New  Year.

At this time of  year, many quilt groups make placemats for Meals on Wheels to distribute at Christmas time. Having a friend who is a volunteer for Meals on Wheels serving the Jewish community, I was happy to make and donate some Chanukah placemats for the past 2 years.

Thanks to Island Batiks December assignment, I began searching for a cause with the plan of continuing with it throughout the coming yeear. There are so many worthy places and people in need that it can be a difficult decision. After looking through them all, I chose the Canadian branch of Project Linus. (For those of you in the U.S. there is, of course, a Project Linus for you, too.) For those in the Oakville and surrounding area of Southern Ontario, contact Margaret Martingano for more information. Phone: 905-829-2819  Email: mmartingano@cl-na.com

There are many reasons why I like Project Linus, just a few of which are:

  1. It is run entirely by volunteers.
  2. Volunteers are known as blanketeers. They donate new, handmade, washable blankets which are given as gifts to seriously ill and traumatized children from newborns and preemies through the age of 17.
  3. Not only quilters can create and donate. Those who knit and crochet can, too.
  4. Quilters can make quilts for them in a variety of sizes. Examples are:
  • 15 to 20 inch squares for newborns and preemies.
  • 20 to 24 inch squares for babies from newborn to 6 months.
  • 24 inch and up to 35 inch squares for babies from 6 months to 1 year.
  • 35 x 45 inches or approximate sizes like 40 x 50 inches for toddlers
  • 40 x 50 inches or approximate sizes for ages 5 to 9.
  • 40 x 60 inches for Tweens or approximate sizes.
  • 40 x 65 to 70 inches for teens in the 14 to 17 year-old category, or approximate sizes.

The smaller sizes are quickly and easily done. The larger ones are very easily doable sizes as well, so be sure to click on the links above to learn more about Project Linus, to find your closest chaper, and to start quilting and giving (or knitting and crocheting – or if, like me, you also knit and crochet, why not do all three!)

Because December is such a busy month, I started small by making a quilt for a baby boy and another for a baby girl in the 20-inch-square sizes for preemies and newborns. Before working with Island Batik fabrics, I had never used a precut. It was great fun to start using them now!
I chose some for each quilt and finally got to use a pattern I’d seen and long wanted to try.
Here they are.

I also made the toddler size in another pattern I’ve seen, liked, and have wanted to try. It’s not finished. It is spread over an armchair because you see, I wasn’t fast enough. My husband started Christmas decorating right after I took the first two photos, so now there is no place to hang the quilts for photos. He has “dibs” on all the walls! – This next quilt and the one below it are just quilt tops at the moment. I’ll finish them as quickly as possible, then donate, them.
Aren’t the Island Batik Charm Packs delightful? The ones I used are all 42 pieces from the Seashore Collection. Finished, it will be the 35 x 35 inch size for babies from 6 months to 1 year of age.

This quilt top is in the teen size. I used a variety of strips from Island Batik’s Strip Sets.
One of them was the French Roasted line. The large squares with sea and fish are from the Island Batik Gone Fishin’ Line. Be sure to click on the link above and view all of the luscious precuts! If your local quilt shop doesn’t have them, ask them to order for you. Of course,  you can also shop for them at your favourite online shops, too.

Do you quilt, knit, or crochet for charitable purposes? Tell us about what you do and for whom, along with your stories about them. Provide links if you can. I’ll choose 3 winners. After the winners are announced, they can tell me whichever of my patterns in my Craftsy Pattern Store they would like, after which I’ll email the patterns to them. Winners will be chosen on December 30th, so be sure to tune in then!


  1. I head up SoCal Quilts of Valor, out of Long Beach, CA, making quilts for our Veterans, young and old. So far my group has made over 3,932 quilts. This year alone we have presented 648, and still have two to present next week, Check out our quilts and the recipients at http://www.socalqov.org.
    We also donate pillowcases to Ronald McDonald House and the LBVA for Christmas.

    • Thank you very much for sharing this with us, Barbara. I hope all of our readers click on the link you provided. Visiting it is inspirational! Hopefully it will result in more quilters joining you or their area’s Quilts of Valor! – What is the “LBVA”? (Sorry, my brain isn’t clicking in for that.) – Thanks too for all that you do!

  2. Yes I do a lot of donation quilts throughout the year. Project Linus, local neonatal, Bundles of Love, and Ronald McDonald are the recipients. I also crochet booties for Bundles of Love, sometimes I knit hats and scarves for Christmas Anonymous. It’s very rewarding helping others. Merry Christmas!

    • That’s wonderful, Vicki! I agree about how rewarding it is. Thank you for listing more places for our readers to consider and donate to. I hadn’t heard of some of them and will check them out. Thank you!

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