Check out two new Island Batik projects featured in the McCall’s Quilting September/October 2017 issue, on newsstands now!

Fall Stars by Jo Moury features the Equinox fabric collection by Fourth and Sixth Designs and wool felt applique leaves. If you’re ready to say good bye to this summer heat and HELLO! to cooler weather and changing leaves, this quilt is for you. Read more about it here.

Sprockets by Tammy Silvers features Tammy’s debut Island Batik collection, Batiks Go Retro! The Sprockets quilt is just as retro chic as the fabrics themselves. The atomic shapes and classic vintage palette are perfectly paired in this quilt. Read more about it here.

Find this issue at your local quilt shop or purchase and download a digital copy at QuiltandSewShop.com!

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Fiesta de Azucar

Do you love sugar skulls? They are part of the Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead, November 1st and 2nd) holiday that is held to remember loved ones who have passed away. Traditionally, sugar skulls (yes, made of actual sugar!) are decorated with bright colors and shapes and symbols that would have been significant to the deceased family member, then placed upon his or her grave. According to National Geographic, “Although most strongly identified with Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated throughout Latin America and everywhere with a Latino population, including Los Angeles, California…” Read more about the holiday here!

In recent years, the sugar skull motif has become mainstream, appearing in everything from Halloween candies to home goods to garments! Because of their colorful designs and rich history and cultural significance, it’s no wonder quilters have fallen in love with them!

Nine awesome quilters have teamed up to present the Fiesta de Azucar (“Sugar Party”) blog event! Each quilter has designed one block and collectively they have designed two border options that can go together to make a wall hanging (or pillows or table runners)! And of course, there will be prizes for quilters who participate in the event, too!

Here’s how the event works: Once a week from July 1 through August 26th, 2017 one of the 9 designers will release her skull design. On September 2nd and September 9th, two border designs will be released. The schedule is as follows:

July 1st – Block 1 – Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs
July 8th – Block 2 – Joanne Hillestad, Fat Quarter Gypsy
July 15th – Block 3 – Vicki Hansen, Cranberry Pie Designs
July 22nd – Block 4 – Cheryl Sleboda, Muppin
July 29th – Block 5 – Penni Domikis, Cabin In The Woods Quilters
August 5th – Block 6 – Tammy Silvers, Tamarinis
August 12th – Block 7 – Kate Colleran, Seams Like A Dream Quilt Designs
August 19th – Block 8 – Susan Emory, Swirly Girls Design
August 26th – Block 9 – Trish Frankland, Persimon Dreams
September 2nd – Border Option #1 – Tammy Silvers, Tamarinis
September 9th – Border Option #2 – Terri Sontra, Purple Moose Designs
October 30th – Prize Winner Announcements!

The Blocks: Each block will be a 9″ X 12″ (9.5″ X 12.5″ unfinished) design with a sugar skull motif. Traditionally sugar skulls are made to honor a loved one who has passed and incorporate things relevant to that person. Some of the designers have chosen to do that, others just made cool skulls. You’ll be able to read each designer’s story about her skull during her week. Some are already giving sneak peaks on their blogs! Each block and border will be available for download on the specified day. There will be a nominal fee of $3.00 for each download.

The Sponsors: Each designer was provided with a palette of fabrics from the Island Batik Basics collection to make her block and was also given a whole lot of 12wt spools from Aurifil to use for embellishing! The bloggers have extras too! That’s your first clue about prizes…

Prizes: Did someone say prizes? Yup! Simply complete a project using at least one of the sugar skull designs and post a photo on the Facebook group page for a chance to win some great prizes. So far the designers have a gorgeous collection of 12wt Aurifil spools and a stack of fabulous fat quarters from Island Batik. The bloggers will be posting more prizes as they get them lined up and will draw for prizes on October 30, 2017, the day before Dia De Los Muertos begins.

Intrigued? Questions? Head on over to the Fiesta de Azucar Facebook group and join in on the fun. You can ask any questions you may have or just check out what everyone else has been working on. We’ll see you there!

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Glowing Embers

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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
DelLillians
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting
PamelaQuilts
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
Beaquilter

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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Fresh Catch + Giveaway

We’re kicking the year off with the freshest of fabric collections – Fresh Catch! This new Signature Collection by Kathy Engle for Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works is bright and bold with oranges and greens that make a statement! The collection features fun fish, underwater plants, and lots of swirls and dots.

Fresh-Catch

Fresh Catch Fabric Collection

Jackie has brought the collection to life in fabulous new designer patterns that were front and center at the International Quilt Market in October. Here’s a look at Jackie’s new designs!

A Walk in the Woods
A Walk in the Wood

Asterisk
Asterisk

Fractal (A Fat Quarter Friendly Project!)
Fractal

Link ’em Up
Link 'em up

Scattered
scattered

Spinning Wheels
Spinning Wheels

This collection isn’t complete without it’s Aurifil 50wt coordinating thread collection with the same name!

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Do you EQ? The January 2017 Fabric of the Month is Fresh Catch! Hop over to the EQ website to grab the download.

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But wait, there is more (of course)! A GIVEAWAY! And not just any ole’ giveaway – we’re giving away TWO prize bundles, each with a Fat Quarter Pack of Fresh Catch fabrics and two patterns from Jackie, A Walk in the Woods and Spinning Wheels, both designed in EQ! And these are all on top of the freebie Fabric of the Month Download from EQ, which is available to everyone. Enter to with the Fresh Catch Prize bundles below!

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2017 Ambassador Applications

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$300 Prize Package GIVEAWAY!

We love a good giveaway! We also love getting feedback from quilters. So we’ve joined forces with Aurifil and we’re posting a survey and giving away TWO fabulous prize packages (worth $300 each) to two winners! To enter, simply fill out the questions below. Winners will be chosen on Wednesday, December 21, 2016!

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Fall 2016 Quilt Market Review

It’s hard to believe that yet another Market has come and gone. Time sure does fly when you’re having FUN! We had a blast catching up with our customers – thank you to everyone who attended our Schoolhouse sessions or stopped by our booth! 

Our designers rocked their Schoolhouse sessions – we’re talking standing room only! Nan Baker of Purrfect Spots Designs and the person leading the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt team joined Elizabeth of Island Batik, Erin of Aurifil, and other program sponsors to talk about the Piece for Shelter Pets initiative. Leah Day spoke on how quilt shops can teach Free Motion Quilting to their customers in one session, and gave another talk on publishing a book in the quilting industry with Christa Watson and Stephanie Palmer.

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Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis held two great sessions, one about her Boho Bliss BOM and getting the most out of the program and another on how to cater to the beginner quilter. Jackie Kunkel’s Schoolhouse session focused on her Fresh Catch Signature Collection fabrics, new designer patterns, and coordinating Aurifil thread collection.

Didn’t make it to Market? You can still [virtually] visit our booth! Check out this booth tour from our industry partner, Aurifil. Elizabeth will walk you though each new Island Batik collection and a number of our new designer projects.

We loved giving lots of goodies away to those that entered and won during our #islandbatikmarket promo. Here are a few of our winners with their fabric bundles!

Hashtag Winners

We’re already gearing up for Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis, Missouri – will we see you there?

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Folk Art Quilted Traditions Book Release

We’re so excited for the recent release of the new book, “Folk Art Quilted Traditions” by our very own Ambassador, Suzy Webster!

Folk Art Quilted Traditions

The book, a “beautiful homage to [Suzy’s] Hungarian heritage is a must-have for quilters. Includes an entire chapter on the process of choosing fabric for appliqué. Suzy has several original appliqué block patterns based on Hungarian Folk Art. Detailed step-by-step process of doing machine appliqué to make everyone successful. Projects vary in size to appeal to a wide range of readers.” – American Quilter’s Society

Fellow Ambassadors and friends kicked off the release of the book with a blog hop. Each blogger showcased a project from the book. Find a recap of the event here on Suzy’s blog. And don’t miss a sneak peek at a number of projects inside the book here on the AQS website!

You can pick up your own copy here on the American Quilter’s Society website! Happy stitching!

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Piece for Shelter Pets

October is national Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month and some quilt industry professionals are partnering with the Petfinder Foundation to create awareness of Shelter Dogs (and Cats) that need “ furrever” homes. It is an unusual combination but one that is working beautifully to help our furry friends!

These quilt industry professionals are animal lovers and have partnered together to help shelter animals in ways that are new and unique. Join us in the Piece for Shelter Pets Blog Hop and see how we are helping and how you can help, too! Be sure to enter the hop giveaway before you leave – we’ve got lots of goodies up for grabs!

Sponsors

The Quilt Pattern Magazine (TQPM) – an international online only publication – partnered with the Petfinder Foundation to form the TQPM Small Kennel Quilt Team after Hurricane Sandy. The two organizations help animal shelters affected by disasters by sending Kennel Quilts for the displaced animals.

Kennel Quilts

Sewing essentials are needed for Kennel Quilts and Aurifil Threads, Bernina USA, Island Batik Fabrics, Quilty Box and Benartex Fabrics have joined the TQPM Kennel Quilt effort to help the Petfinder Foundation.

Aurifil Threads created a Small Kennel Quilt Thread Kit last year and will be introducing two more Thread Collections, Happy Hounds and Fifi and Fido, at the International Quilt Market in Houston this month. A portion of sales goes to the Petfinder Foundation.

Small Kennel Quilt Thread Collection

Happy Hounds Threads

Fifi and Fido Threads

Bernina of America created a special edition Best Friends sewing machine this year featuring paw prints. They donated $30,000 to the Petfinder Foundation from the sales of the machine.

Best Friends

Island Batik is introducing two new animal fabric collections at International Quilt Market – Fifi and Fido and Happy Hounds! These collections are dedicated to the shelter pets adopted by members of the Island Batik family. Meet just a few of them below! A portion of sales goes to the Petfinder Foundation.

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Pups

Quilty Box will offer special TQPM Kennel Quilt boxes and the Petfinder Foundation will be the recipient of a portion of their sales.

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Benartex will introduce new fabrics at International Quilt Market which will benefit the Petfinder Foundation.

Joey

Island Batik and all of the other sponsors came together to join a larger effort to help our animal friends in times of need by doing what we love. We are reaching out to our quilting friends to ask for support and help for our furry friends.

There are so many shelter animals that want a home. This is a great time to check with your local shelter for your “furrever” friend or you can check out Petfinder. However if you can’t adopt at this time, there are numerous other ways to help and that will be shared on all our blogs. Please join us in this effort and Remember to Adopt –don’t shop!

Holly’s Adoption Story

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“This is Holly, a four year old bloodhound. Holly came to us at 15 months old from a kill shelter in Alabama. Her back leg had been broken and mended without treatment so she walks kinda funny. She has had a skull fracture above her left eye so her eye is a bit wonky. She was completely emaciated and almost hairless from skin infection and mange. She has gained 50 pounds since and is doing very well. We think she’s absolutely beautiful! She is now our big, happy, 95 pound baby!” — Elizabeth Phillips, Island Batik

Blog Hop Schedule


10/5 – The Quilt Pattern Magazine/Nan Baker of Purrfect Spots
10/7 – Aurifil
10/12 – Island Batik (you are here!)
10/14 – Quilty Box (Instagram)
10/19 – Benartex
10/21 – Petfinder Foundation

Petfinder 20th Anniversary Celebration

For the past 20 years, Petfinder has helped 25 million pets find their families through adoption. They wanted to use this moment to celebrate their incredible legacy with their shelter and rescue members while inspiring a new generation of pet lovers, just like you. They created a video and pledged to donate $200,000 to the Petfinder Foundation if the video reached 1 million views by October 24, 2016. Thanks to dedication and inspired help of the masses, they have already reached their goal! The donated funds will reward 20 shelter and rescue members with $10,000 grants, allowing them to keep doing the amazing work that they do!

Giveaways!


The Piece for Shelter Pets sponsors have put together two awesome prize packages for you to win! Check them out and enter below!

PieceforShelterPets-FifiFido
PieceforShelterPets-HappyHounds

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