Furry Friday!

This week’s Furry Friday post can be found right here on the Island Batik blog! Thanks so much for joining us!

Together with our fellow Piece for Shelter Pets sponsors, we’re featuring two furry friends each week for six weeks (we’re on week 3 right now), in hopes that we can bring attention to shelter pets in need of loving homes, and maybe even get a few of them adopted! This week’s adoptable pets are Tucker and Penny.


Nine-week-old fluffball Tucker might not hear perfectly, and his head tilts to the side on occasion, but we think that only makes him cuter. This happy, cuddly guy is available at Wine Country Animal Lovers in Calistoga, CA. Read more about Tucker, and see more adorable pictures here!


At 25 lbs., there’s lots to love about Penny — literally! This sweet tabby girl has peacefully coexisted with both cats and dogs, and now she’s waiting for her very own human diet buddy at Animal Haven in New York City. Read more about Penny, and see just how much there is to love, here!

The Piece for Shelter Pets (PFSP) initiative grew from the relationship started in 2012 between The Quilt Pattern Magazine and the Petfinder Foundation after Hurricane Sandy. The goal: to help animal shelters affected by the hurricane by making Kennel Quilts! Much like quilts are to us humans, Kennel Quilts offered rescued or displaced pets a warm, soft place to nap. They were such a big hit that The TQPM Kennel Quilt Team was officially started and since its beginning, has seen over 10,200 Kennel Quilts made and distributed to shelters across the United States and Canada! WOW!

Aurifil Threads has since joined the fun with multiple thread collections, with a portion of proceeds benefiting the Petfinder Foundation. Two of those collections, Fifi and Fido and Happy Hounds were curated to match Island Batik Fifi and Fido and Happy Hounds fabric collections. A portion of proceeds from the sale of these fabrics are also donated to the Petfinder Foundation!

Through the efforts of some dedicated folks (we’re especially looking at you, Nan from Purrfect Spots Designs, who just so happens to be one of the Island Batik pattern designers!), the initiative has grown by leaps and bounds. We were thrilled to support the program with fellow sponsors Quilty Box, Benartex Fabrics, and Hancock’s of Paducah! Quilty Box has released a limited edition Kennel Quilty Box, with 100% (!!) of proceeds going to the Petfinder Foundation. Benartex has designed and released a print line, “The Joey Collection”, in honor of a rescue dog near and dear to their hearts. Hancock’s of Paducah is supporting the initiative by helping us all increase awareness of the program and the furry friends the program aims to support. THANK YOU to all of our sponsors, the Island Batik Ambassadors and everyone who has made and donated Kennel Quilts to local shelters and shelters in need.

How can YOU get involved and help a furry friend? ADOPT! Adopt from a shelter pet near you. OR, get to stithin’ and whip up your own Kennel Quilt or two (or 10 – once you start, it’s hard to stop)! If you’re making Kennel Quilts and sharing them online, make sure to tag your posts with the hashtags #kennelquilts and #tqpmkennelquilts. And of course, you can make a direct donation to the PetFinder Foundation or an indirect donation by purchasing any of the products mentioned above.

Thank you so much for joining us today! Stop by the Aurifil Blog next week for the next Furry Friday post!


Blushing Blooms

Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping – Spring is officially here! Celebrate the changing seasons with the Blushing Blooms collection by Kathy Engle. It’s full of saturated pinks and purples with pops of yellow, orange, and green. The dots and florals couldn’t be more perfect for this time of year.

These fabrics spring to life in four sweet designer projects from Quilting Affection Designs, Cindi McCracken Designs, Studio 180 Design, and Stitches from Heaven. Check them out below!

Flower Bloom • 46″ x 46″
Quilting Affection
Optional Rulers: Bloc_Loc Flying Geese 3″ x 6″ and Half Square Triangle 3.5″

Crossed Stars • 57″ x 69″
Cindi McCracken Designs

Filigree • 54″ x 70″
Studio 180 Design
Required Rulers: Studio 180 Corner Beam and Large Square Squared

Porter-Bella • 50″ x 60″
Stitches from Heaven

Don’t miss the perfectly coordinated Superior Threads Blushing Blooms thread collection! With names like Giggles, Orange You Glad, and Cha Cha, you’re certain to have fun with it!

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River’s Edge

The nature-inspired River’s Edge collection by Kathy Engle features a terrific range of value in blacks, browns, blues and tans. It’s perfect for quilts (of course) and other home dec projects for any room, especially that man cave! Fabric designs include dots, swirls, trees, a few sophisticated florals and fish. The double tjap fabrics add just a dash of whimsey!

Shop the collection on our website! Shops, remember to log in to view pricing.

River’s Edge was released with three supporting designer projects from FunThreads Designs, Purrfect Spots Designs, and Beaquilter. See them below!

Nighttime by the River • 69″ x 81″ • Beaquilter

Diamond in the Rough • 51″ x 51″ • FunThreads Designs

Rocks in the Water • 50″ x 74″ • Purrfect Spots Designs

Superior Threads released a coordinating designer thread collection that coordinates perfectly with these fabrics! Check out the gorgeous variegated collection here!

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We sure had one wacky February! Some areas of the country had unusually large amounts of snow while others had torrential downpours. And living up to its reputation, the midwest had expectedly unexpected weather with freezing temperatures one day and sunny skies and 72 degree weather the next!

What better collection to feature this week, then, than Drizzle. The stormy purples, clear-sky blues, and cheerful greens come together in a collection that’s lovely to sew with no matter what’s happening outside!

See these fabrics in three distinct designer quilts below from Quilting Affection, Desert Bloom Quilting, and Whirligig Designs.

A-Mazed • 59″ x 59″
Quilting Affection

Frequency • 60″ x 84″
Desert Bloom Quilting

River’s Edge • 75″ x 95″
Whirligig Designs

These fabrics have been perfectly paired with the Drizzle thread collection from Superior Threads. How great are those names?!


The Quiltmaker’s Butterfly Forest

Congrats to Felicia Brenoe of Felicia’s World on the release of her newest book, The Quiltmaker’s Butterfly Forest!

We’re one of the last stops on the blog hop celebrating the release of the book. If you’re just now joining us, you can find the full hop schedule below. You won’t want to miss any of the posts – there are some great giveaways happening!

This colorful book is full of inspired projects, all featuring Felicia’s fanciful butterflies. Tiputini, the cover quilt and first project you’ll find in the book, is an applique quilt that features butterflies (of course!) floating among floral wreaths. The checkerboard sashing helps to make each block pop! It’s a quilt you can get lost in for ages! It’s all made in, you guessed it, Island Batik fabrics! 😉

Tiputini is just one of many butterfly themed projects you’ll find in this book. There are even a couple of smaller projects, too – placemats and a pillow – to get you started. 🙂 Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Need something more to help your butterfly projects take flight? We’re giving away one copy of The Quiltmaker’s Butterfly Forest (thanks, C&T Publishing!) and two butterfly wreath kits, each containing fusible laser cut applique shapes for one of the Tiputini blocks!

GIVEAWAY DETAILS: Enter to win via the Rafflecopter widget at the end of the post. You have two ways to enter! A winner will be chosen Monday, February 27 and notified via email. Non-US winners will receive e-books instead of printed copies.

Can’t wait to see if you’ve won your own copy of the book? Ask your local quilt shop to bring in one for you, or purchase one on the C&T website.

The Quiltmaker’s Butterfly Forest Blog Tour Schedule
Friday February 10th – C&T Publishing
Monday February 13th – Generation Q Magazine
Tuesday February 14th – Michael Miller Fabrics
Wednesday February 15th – Butterfly Threads Quilting
Thursday February 16th – Janome
Friday February 17th – Live Originally
Sunday February 19th – Island Batik (You’re here!)
Monday February 20th – Pat Sloan
Tuesday February 21st – Felicia’s World

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Congrats, Felicia, on another fabulous book!


Island Batik + Aurifil Week – Dotalicious

This week we’re excited to highlight our newest fabric collections with coordinating Aurifil thread collections! Each thread collection has been curated by the collection designer, the threads picked to complement the fabrics and the designer projects made with them perfectly.


Claudia Pfeil worked her magic with this Signature Collection by Kathy Engle curated just for her! The impressive, colorful fabric collection has an equally spectacular coordinating Aurifil thread collection, made up of 48 50wt spools in a handy carrying case. Claudia used both fabric and thread to create her two newest designs, Satellite and Woven Connection, and fabulous new handbags. Pure color eye candy!

Check out AuriBUZZ, the Aurifil Blog for more information, eye candy, and a giveaway!


Island Batik + Aurifil Week – Glowing Embers

This week we’re excited to highlight our newest fabric collections with coordinating Aurifil thread collections! Each thread collection has been curated by the collection designer, the threads picked to complement the fabrics and the designer projects made with them perfectly.


Today we’re featuring the Glowing Embers fabric and thread collections!

Selected by the Signature Collection designers, Audrey Good and Cheri Maniz of Cheri Good Quilt Design, the 50 wt collection highlights the warm, rich colors in the coordinating Glowing Embers fabric collection. The ladies have created a number of projects from both collections that speak to their classic-with-a-twist signature style. See these designer projects here on our blog!

Check out AuriBUZZ, the Aurifil blog, for more details!

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Island Batik + Aurifil Week – Coastal Mist

This week we’re excited to highlight our newest fabric collections with coordinating Aurifil thread collections! Each thread collection has been curated by the collection designer, the threads picked to complement the fabrics and the designer projects made with them perfectly.


Today we’re featuring the Coastal Mist fabric and thread collections! Selected by the Signature Collection designer, Tamarinis, the 50 wt threads add sparkle to the Boho Bliss Block of the Month which features both pieced and applique bohemian inspired blocks in jewel tones.

The companion collection of Aurifloss is also available for hand stitching and embellishments.

Check out AuriBUZZ, the Aurifil blog, for more details! And be sure to follow along on the Coastal Mist Blog Hop (check out the Tamarinis blog for more details) beginning January 23rd to see more gorgeous projects made from this fabric collection!


Glowing Embers


Let’s gather ’round and cozy up to this Signature Collection by Kathy Engle for Cheri Good Quilt Design! Glowing Embers features hot oranges and yellows, with sparks of purple and green.


Audrey and Cheri of Cheri Good Quilt Design lit up this collection with new projects in their classic-with-a-twist style. Snuggle up with these great designs!

Mad for Plaid
Mad for Plaid

Breaking Away
Breaking Away

Diamond Point
Diamond Point

Braided Bed Runner (Bonus Accent Pillow!)
Braided Bed Runner

Bonus Accent Pillow

The designers curated a rich Aurifil 50wt designer thread collection to complement the Glowing Embers fabrics!

Glowing Embers Aurifil Thread Collection


New Beginnings Blog Hop

Welcome to the New Beginnings Blog Hop with the Island Batik Ambassadors! This group of quilters has put together gorgeous projects to showcase our newest fabrics (released at Fall Market in Houston, TX) for your viewing pleasure!

New Beginnings Blog Hop

Join us throughout January as our Ambassadors share their projects and host giveaways! Find the schedule below, and don’t miss the Island Batik giveaway of two batik bundles – enter via the Rafflecopter widget under the schedule! Winners will be selected at the end of the hop.

Friday, January 6 – Hop Introduction!
Island Batik (you’re here)!

Monday, January 9 – Coastal Mist
Stone Cottage Quilts

Tuesday, January 10 – Dotalicious
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
Inchworm Fabrics

Wednesday, January 11 – Drizzle
Webster Quilt

Thursday, January 12 – Fifi and Fido + Happy Hounds
Mary Mack Made Mine
Quilting Affection

Friday, January 13 – Fresh Catch
Bejeweled Quilts by Barb

Monday, January 16 – Glowing Embers
Purrfect Spots Designs

Tuesday, January 17 – Lake Life
Freemotion by the River

Wednesday, January 18 – River’s Edge
Ark Angle Creations
Jennifer Sewing

Friday, January 20 – Blushing Blooms
Desert Bloom Quilting

Monday, January 23 – Gone Fishin’
Maria Michaels Designs

Wednesday, January 25 – Surf and Sand
The Patchwork Pearl

Thursday, January 26 – Twilight Blush
KISSed Quilts

Friday, January 27 – Happy Harvest
For Quilts Sake

Monday, January 30 – Jolly Holly
Kauffman Designs

Tuesday, January 31 – Frost
MooseStash Quilting

Wednesday, February 1 – Merry and Bright
Patchwork Breeze
Sally’s Quilting Corner

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