Sweet Nectar

The warmer temps have given us full-blown spring fever! This week we’re featuring the perfect complement to last week’s Blushing Blooms – Sweet Nectar! This collection features more pinks and purples and adds a range of greens, blue, blue-purples, and some irresistible red-oranges. The multi-colored florals and foliage make terrific focus fabrics while the tone-on-tones make for perfect blenders.

These cheerful fabrics can be found in designer projects from Little Louse Designs, Bejeweled Quilts, and Sally’s Quilting Corner.

Twilight Tango • 62″ x 74″
Little Louise Designs

Springing Forth • 22″ x 33″
Bejeweled Quilts

Playing with Jacob’s Friends • 84″ x 84″
Sally’s Quilting Corner

Don’t miss the super sweet Superior Threads Sweet Nectar thread collection that coordinate perfectly with these fabrics!

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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.

Tucker


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!

Penny


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!

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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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Drizzle

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?!

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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

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Congrats, Felicia, on another fabulous book!


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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.

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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!

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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.

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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

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Glowing Embers

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