2018 Island Batik Ambassadors
TURID BAKKEN, Ulsteinvik, Norway
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I'm from northern Norway (North Cape), but live at the west coast. I've been quilting for many years, and love both hand and machine piecing and quilting. I love being a part of the international community of quilters, and having lots of quilting friends around the world!








Myra Barnes, Busy Hands Quilter

MYRA BARNES, Bellingham, Washington
Busy Hands Quilter
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Myra @ Busy Hands Quilts became a proficient quilter 10 minutes at a time while homeschooling her children when large chunks of free time were rare.  Now that her homeschooling days are past, she spends her days designing patterns for her own pattern line as well as for Craftsy. She loves all fabrics, especially rainbows, and is delighted to be an Island Batik Ambassador this year.  Her patterns include up to 7 sizes from wall hanging to king, and the instructions include traditional piecing as well as strip piecing to speed up the process. Myra hosts Finished or Not Friday on her blog each Friday, where you are invited to link up the projects you’ve been working on, Finished or Not!










PAMELA BOATRIGHT, Coos Bay, Oregon
Pamela Quilts
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Pamela Boatright has had a love of sewing since she was a young girl learning to sew garments from her mother. Years later, as a young mother herself, she discovered the creative world of quilting and has enthusiastically been creating original designs and many quilts since then.  Pamela learned to quilt in the traditional manner, and has enjoyed growing as the quilting world has progressed – rotary cutting, machine quilting and foundation piecing are techniques that she embraces as they enable today’s quilters to complete projects with more precision and speed.  At the same time, she enjoys working on an occasional hand quilted project – usually finishing a vintage top.  Scrap quilts are a favorite, and she loves using a wide variety of fabrics in her projects.


After starting to work at the local quilt shop she needed an outlet for the dozens of sample quilts and personal quilts she had made through the previous years. In 2006, Pamela started her shop on Etsy and named it PamelaQuilts.  Shortly after, she started designing and writing patterns for her original designs, finding this to be as creative and challenging as the actual quilts!  A mostly self-taught quilter, Pamela has experience the trials of trying to understand complicated instructions and strives to create patterns that are easy to follow, and teach basic skills at the same time.   She loves to blog and stays in touch with other quilters on her facebook page as well.
Anna Branch ANNA BRANCH, Burk's Falls, Ontario, Canada
ArkAangel Creations
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I have been a quilting addict for nearly 50 years.  In addition to making quilts, I design many of my own patterns and write about my experiences for a ezine and a Canadian quilt magazine.  I live in a very rural part of Ontario with my understanding husband, westiepoo dog and a flock of chickens. Being surrounded by natural beauty and stillness gives me inspiration for many of my projects.














JESSICA CALDWELL, Mesa, Arizona
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Jessica is a quilt designer, pattern writer, teacher, and Commander in Chief of her very own minion army. As a part of the Oregon Trail Generation, she has one foot in the past and one in the future, which is reflected in her design style. With a lifetime of sewing, and 17 years of quilt making under her belt, Jessica prefers to add a modern twist to traditional piecing with bright colors and high contrast.

Since she began quilting she has always found the time and a place to quilt, even when limited by space or situation. She loves learning new skills and passing that knowledge along to other quilters. After getting out of the Marine Corps she worked and taught in a quilt store where she was inspired to start creating her own designs.

Her blog, Desert Bloom Quilting, was created in April of 2015 in order to share one of her designs in the form of a Mystery Quilt Along. She is now in the process of self-publishing her designs. Jessica sees quilting as a wonderful way to connect with people all over the world and share the joy and excitement of creation through any quilting medium.
Connie Campbell CONNIE CAMPBELL, Muscatine, IA
Freemotion by the River
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"I'm Connie Kresin Campbell and I love to create and share quilt tutorials and patterns. I am a ambassador for Island Batik so you'll see lots of projects made with beautiful batiks. I also do a guest post every month on AccuQuilt's blog and share tutorials for using the GO! cutting machine and dies. I hope you will enjoy your visit at Freemotion by the River and find inspiration and goodies."
SHARON DENNEY PARCEL
Yellow Cat Quilts
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Best job ever, being retired and I am a 2018 Island Batik Ambassador again! Quilting and art journaling are are my passion. My husband and I love to travel, and are considered Winter Texans for 3 months of the year.  I love being a Gramma, we love to have Camp Gramma as often as possible when school is out. At our church I have a Project Linus group that is very prolific making quilts for the hospitals. This has been a blessing to both the recipients and the makers.

TINA DILLARD, Waldorf, Maryland
Quilting Affection
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Tina is Pattern Designer, Quilting Teacher and Owner of Quilting Affection Designs in Waldorf, Maryland.  She has quilted for over twenty-five years and has worked fulltime quilting for almost six years. Tina devotes most of my time designing and writing original pattern designs that represent fabric collections such as Island Batik Fabrics that can be enjoyed by quilters of all skill levels. She is honored that this will be her 3rd year as an Island Batik Ambassador.

JENNIFER FULTON, Indianapolis, IN
Inquiring Quilters
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Jennifer is a curious person, so she asks a lot of questions! (Maybe too many <grin>) Jennifer is also a technical writer, quilter, cooking explorer, blossoming photographer and quilt pattern designer. Through her blog, Inquiring Quilter, Jennifer explores all aspects of quilting—asking questions, finding solutions, and exploring creative opportunities (mistakes <grin>).


BARB GADDYAtlanta, TX
Bejeweled Quilts
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DIONE GARDNER-STEPHEN, Marion, Australia
Clever Chameleon
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Hi, I'm Dione, the mad keen quilter, color lover and blogger behind Clever Chameleon Quilting! I have always been a maker and creator, but specifically got hooked on quilting in late 2011. I love exploring new techniques, changing things up and designing my own projects. I am currently expanding my horizons into tutorial and pattern writing, and hope to publish lots more fun in 2018 and beyond!

SARAH GOER
Sarah Goer Quilts
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Sarah Goer is a quilt designer and teacher. She enjoys bold color and geometric design in both traditional and improv quilts. Sarah lives in San Jose, California with her husband and two quilter kids.
MANIA HATZIIONNIDI
Mania for Quilts
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I have been into the crafts since the age of 6. However, and since quilting was not very well known in Greece at that time, I only learned quilting back in 2009. It was love at first sight! Ι stopped everything else, even my day job and started focusing only on quilting.

I became a quilting teacher in 2013 and I wrote the first and only quilting book originating in Greece in 2015. I have been writing patterns in Greek to help quilters who cannot read English.

Before starting my quilting journey, I worked for the National Bank of Greece, a large press company, and the Athens Concert Hall. I have a degree in French Litterature and an MBA.

I am passionate about what I am doing and I am thrilled to be part of the Island Batik Ambassadors!

STEPHANIE JACOBSON
Steph Jacobson
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I am a self-taught quilter and part-time community pharmacist living in Omaha, Nebraska with my supportive husband and adorable son. I made my first quilt for an expectant friend in 2000 and although I knew how to sew, I had no idea how to make a quilt. Apparently you really can learn how to do anything from the internet and books, and I now consider myself an accomplished quilter. I am passionate about quilting and will share my quilting adventures and ideas with anyone that will listen. I am a fervent believer that small things matter and am driven by the idea of community quilting and quilting for others. 2018 will be my second year as Co-President of the Omaha Modern Quilt Guild, and I am a certified AccuQuilt Educator. When I'm not in my sewing room longarm quilting on my APQS Lucey, you can find me posting on Instagram (@stephkucera) and blogging (stephjacobson.blogspot.com).
JEANETTE JONES, Thornton, Washington
Inchworm Fabrics
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I am an accountant and work full time at Washington State University. I also own an online fabric store, InchwormFabrics. I come from a long line of quilters and have quilted since I was 12.

 

CONNIE KAUFFMAN, Nappanee, IN
Kauffman Designs
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Connie Kauffman is a quilt designer/author.  She has published 6 quilting books and has many patterns in other books and magazines.  She has a love of color and design and loves creating with Island Batik.







JOAN KAWANO, Northglenn, CO
MooseStash Quilting
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Joan has a decades long passion for quilting and pattern testing. Oh, and a bit of a Moose fetish, you might say! ;-)  Her goal is to inspire and entertain you down this "crazy" quilting road (we all "seam" to love to travel). She shares all the trials and tribulations she encounters along the way on her blog, with a good dose of humor.

BEA LEE, Pittsboro, NC
Beaquilter
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Bea was introduced to quilting in 2004 at a church class, but it took a few years for her to get hooked. Her passion took hold when she started making charity quilts and entering quilt shows. In 2009, Bea's husband bought her a longarm machine, and she began taking custom orders. She, her husband, and their three children live in a small town in North Carolina. Bea has won numerous ribbons at county fairs, quilt shows, and guild shows, and she is also an avid blogger at www.beaquilter.com and has had work published in numerous magazines!
TOBY LISCHKO
Gateway Quilts & Stuff
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Toby has been quilting since 1985 and teaching quilting workshops since 1995. She considers herself a traditional quilter who loves working with traditional quilt blocks, but likes to add her own special flair. She has won many national awards for her quilts, has her own line of patterns and templates under the name of Gateway Quilts &Stuff, and has written two books; St. Louis Stars and Kaleidostars. She has been published in most of the national quilt magazines since 1998 and enjoys traveling and teaching classes based on her patterns and books.





CAROLE LYLES SHAW
Carole Lyles Shaw
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Carole is passionate about quilting and believes that it should always be fun! And she loves creating modern quilts with batiks. Carole conducts workshops and retreats on modern quilt
design for traditional and modern quilt guilds. Carole blogs at www.CaroleLylesShaw.com and her patterns are available for purchase at www.CaroleLylesShaw.com and at your local quilt shop. You can find more modern patterns in her books, Patriotic Modern Quilts and Madly Modern Quilts wherever quilt books are sold. Her work has been featured in several books and magazines and exhibited in galleries and museums in the US and internationally. She is co-founder and past president of the Sarasota Modern Quilt Guild and served on the Board of Directors of The Modern Quilt Guild [2015-2017].

SALLY MANKE
Sally Manke
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My background as a home economics and art educator combined with an enthusiasm for outdoors, lead to my interest in art quilts. From my home in Arcadia, Michigan, I visit beaches, trails and farmlands during all four seasons for inspiration to create fiber art quilts. I teach art quilting at guilds and shows across the country as well as exhibit my work at national shows.




MARYELLEN MCAULIFFE, Tobyhanna, PA
Mary Mack Made Mine
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An Island Batik Ambassador since 2014, and designer, I'm thrilled to participate again.  I've been sewing since I was 4, making everything from dresses, wedding gowns, school play costumes, and home decor, but quilting is my passion.  I love working with gorgeous fabrics, Aurifil thread, and creating things that provide beauty and warmth to others. #IslandBatikAmbassador #AurifilArtisan






KATHLEEN McCORMICK
Kathleen McMusing
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I live in Massachusetts and Maine with my husband and dog and some visits from our grown son. Quilting has been my passion for many years and I love it - hand or machine, piecing or quilting, or appliqué - I have done it all.  I am challenged by learning new techniques and then passing them on to others.





JOYCE MULLIS, Mooresvilla, NC
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Quilter, designer, and teacher who has a passion for making and donating quilts for Hospice patients. I especially love teaching new quilters.  I facilitate two quilting retreats a year in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina where quilters come together to have fun and quantity sewing time.







 
KAREN NEARY
Sew Karen-ly Created
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Karen Neary's life is all about quilts. From her Nova Scotia home, she has worked as a professional designer under the name “Sew Karen-ly Created” since 1989 and her work has been featured in numerous books and magazines, and exhibited around the world. Karen's particular love is New York Beauty quilts - especially those with odd shapes – which you can see in her AQS book, “Quilting Beauties Come In All Shapes & Sizes”. She enjoys teaching workshops and helping her husband with his honeybees. Karen's proudest accomplishment is making a quilt which was presented to Sir Paul McCartney to commemorate his visit to Nova Scotia.

 



JACKIE OBRIEN
If These Threads Could Talk
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I have been in love with fabric for over 40 years, and have been quilting for almost 15 years.  I became a Certified Instructor for Studio 180 Design in 2013. My Quilt “Waves of Joy” is included in Deb Tucker’s Newest book “Royal Treasures”.   This Quilt Ninja also loves One Block Wonders (OBW) and has made 62 of them. Two of my OBW’s were included in Maxine Rosentha’ls latest book “One Block Wonders of the World”.





KAREN OVERTON, Bacliff, TX
The Quilt Rambler
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Karen Overton, The Quilt Rambler, loves to make and design quilts. Karen is a certified instructor with Deb Tucker's Studio 180 Design, and as a returning Island Batik Ambassador, she plans to combine these tools and techniques with the beautiful Island Batik fabrics. Karen is looking forward to the new year's challenges. Follow The Quilt Rambler on social media and "let's talk quilts!"






LEANNE PARSONS
Devoted Quilter
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A quilter for over 20 years, Leanne is happiest when surrounded by fabric and her family. She lives with her husband and 3 boys in Newfoundland, Canada, where she loves to hike, run, snowshoe and read.





LAURA PILAND, Mountain Grove, MO
Slice of Pi
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Laura is a quilter, pattern designer, and homeschooling mom of two young boys. She's also an ex-math teacher, so with a last name like Piland, there's a strong love of pi in her house!

 






MICHELLE ROBERTS
Creative Blonde
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Michelle enjoys writing step by step tutorials on her blog, CreativeBlonde.co.uk when she’s not writing for CraftCotton! Her articles have also appeared on the Higgs & Higgs, HoneyBeeCloths, and Minerva blogs. She is thrilled to have a number of her original pieces at the CHSI show in Birmingham and to be co-hosting her first QAL with HoneyBeeCloths this year!


VICKI SCHLIMMER, Rochester, Minnesota
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Vicki’s mom taught her to sew, crochet, and hand knit when she was 7 years old. Vicki has always loved making things.  She began sewing her own clothes in Junior High, and later made her two children their clothes for several years. As a stay at home mom, she began sewing doll clothes to sell at craft shows. Soon she began to make quilts, table runners, and wall hangings using all colors and patterns from traditional to modern. In 2003 she bought a longarm and began making more and more quilts and table runners which she sells at local craft shows. She also quilts for others on a small scale. She also owns several knitting machines and sells children’s sweaters, hats, and mittens. Donating quilts to different organizations is also  very rewarding for her.

After much encouragement from friends she decided to write a couple of table runner patterns. Since she loves snowmen so much, it was an easy decision to design table runners with appliquéd snowmen. They are for sale in her Craftsy store, Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting.  She also has an Etsy shop.

NANCY SCOTT
Masterpiece Quilting
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I’m Nancy Scott and I own Masterpiece Quilting LLC. I’m an author, designer, teacher and online video class instructor who loves being crafty. I use the inspiration of vintage quilts to design and create their modern soul mates.

 





JEN SHAFFER
Patterns by Jen
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Jen is a quilt pattern designer from SW Minnesota. While keeping her designs beginner friendly, she leans towards traditional piecing with a bit of a modern flare. Her true passion lies in enjoying each step of the quilting process and she is always excited to help new quilters find that same love and enjoyment in the craft.






SHERRY SHISH
Powered by Quilting
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Sherry is a quilter, blogger, and pattern designer. She has been a crafter her entire life starting with hand sewing when she was younger, then expanding to crocheting, knitting, needle felting, paper crafts, and finally quilting for the last 2 years.  She fell in love with the variety of quilting! Sherry is an engineer by schooling and day job, but quilting definitely energizes and motivates her the most in life. Her blog, Powered by Quilting, documents her quilting adventures and provides inspiration to others.


ANITA SKJELLANGER
Quilt in a not-Shell
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I love to create and make beautiful quilts, and have been quilting since 2012. I have fallen in love with foundation paper piecing, and also try to improve my improvisational skills. On a pretty regular schedule I make charity quilts for the children's ward at my local hospital.





JENNIFER STRAUSER
Dizzy Quilter
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I am a married mother with two sons - one adult and one teen.  I spend my time longarm quilting for clients, designing quilts, and playing with my quilting buddies from my local guilds.  I have been quilting since 1999 and I fall more in love with the art every day.





JENNIFER THOMAS
Curlicue Creations
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Jennifer enjoys designing and making quilts for magazines, her online shop, and her blog.  She is the mother of three boys, a self-professed crazy cat lady, and a vintage sewing collector.  She spends her days sewing in a an old farmhouse in the Carolina countryside.





TERRI VANDEN BOSCH
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My name is Terri Vanden Bosch. Owner of Lizard Creek Quilting. I have been a quilter, long arm business owner and pattern designer for over 25 years. Being creative is part of my DNA--I have 6 generations of creative women in my life--not all were quilters--but all were and are creative!! When I am not quilting, I am helping my husband of 30 years on the farm with all aspects in raising a quality pork product. You can follow along with my creative journey on my blog at http://www.meanderingsalonglizardcreek.blogspot.com./ Thanks and hope to see you there!!




ALISON VERMILYA
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Alison Vermilya has been quilting for over 15 years and blogs at Little Bunny Quilts. She co-owns Honey, Bunny, and Doll Quiltswith her mother and sister, focusing on using traditional quilt blocks in creative settings and this is Alison's second year as an Island Batik Ambassador. Alison lives in Maryland with her husband, Daniel, and two rabbits, Clara and Frankie.

 




SANDRA WALKER
MMM Quilts
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I have knitted since the age of 6, then started sewing shortly thereafter, so I've had the need to create my entire life. I started quilting around 1995, not exactly by choice, but I made a block for my LQS block draw of the month, and won, so I had to take a class or two and learn how to put them all together...and I was hooked! Dressmaking fell by the wayside. I love colour, playing with design and value, and rising to a challenge to push my creativity, so I look forward to a fun and exciting year with Island Batik!


AMY WARNER
Sew Increadibly Crazy
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Hi, my name is Amy Warner.  I am a quilter, designer, wife, and a mother of two.  You can usually find me at my blog, Sew Incredibly Crazy, working on all types of fabric projects.  Designing and sewing applique are my favorite ways to be creative with fabric.





SUZY WEBSTER, Apply Valley, Minnesota
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Suzy Webster has been a quilter since age eight and has been entering competitions since college winning ribbons at Road to California, Machine Quilter’s Exposition, The Quiltweek Shows, and International Quilt Festival.  Suzy is the author of two books and loves applique, free motion machine quilting, and paper piecing. Suzy believes that colors can never be too bright and a quilt can never have too many quilted feathers.






ANNE WIENS
Sweetgrass Designs
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GERALDINE WILKINS
Living Water Quilter
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Geraldine Wilkins is a Westalee Design Accredited Teacher and a Juki America Home Sewing Educator. She also shares her love of quilting on her blog www.livingwaterquilter.com and social media outlets. Her quilts have exhibited in local and regional quilt shows, national touring events, and for the second time at a curated exhibit at the Virginia Quilt Museum beginning February 2018.



JANET YAMAMOTO, Hamilton, MO
Whispers of Yore
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I have been quilting for about 50 years. That really sounds like I'm a lot older than I feel, but I haven't slowed down yet and I don't intend to! I started at a young age. ;)

I had a sewing studio in Arizona for five years until I came to manage the sewing team at Missouri Star Quilt Co. about a year ago. I love all aspects of quilting and I love the freedom to create my own designs when I have the opportunity!