Island Batik Ambassadors - Celebration

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The final challenge of the year is called Celebration. The Island Batik Ambassadors were given the challenge to make any project that represents a holiday.

While it was tempting to choose Christmas, I decided to go down a different route. 

Recently, we lost my husband's grandpa, or Taid Fawr, as he was known in our family. Taid Fawr (say "tide VOW-er") means "Great-Grandpa" in Welsh. 

Taid Fawr with my younger daughter, who bears a striking resemblance to him

Somehow, even though he was 99 years and 2 days old, it seemed too soon for him to go. He was an awesome guy, and one of those people who friends and family wish could live forever.

Taid Fawr speaking at our wedding in 2013

Having just lost Nain Fawr (Great Grandma- say "nine VOW-er") not too long ago, it was especially difficult for all who loved them. They were married for 77 years!

Taid Fawr and Nain Fawr holding my older daughter, at their 70th anniversary party in 2015

The Fawrs were very dedicated to preserving and celebrating the family's Welsh heritage, so instead of Christmas, I decided to celebrate St. David's Day, which is a Welsh holiday. I'm also celebrating Grandparents' Day.

What better way to celebrate these holidays than by making a Welsh flag?

I used a myriad of Island Batik scraps from many different collections, as well as Aurifil thread and Schmetz microtex needles to create this collage quilt. It's 16.5" x 21" and will hang on the wall in our living room.

This is my final project as an Island Batik Ambassador, as I have chosen not to re-apply for next year. I want to thank all of the generous sponsors one more time. I also thank Island Batik for the opportunity to participate in this program, and all of you for reading about my projects. ☮️❤️


  1. Wonderful way to celebrate the year, and I'll miss you! Best wishes for the next chapter.

  2. Love your project - such a great tribute to your dear family - thanks for sharing a bit of their story! Will miss you as an Ambassador, but looking forward to keeping up with your future endeavors!

  3. Great project, Randi. We will miss you next year.

  4. This is a beautiful quilt: so many little pieces, and lots of thread! I spent two wonderful years as an Island Batik Ambassador and I still miss being part of that team. Best of luck for your next adventure.


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