Batiks Go Retro Blog Hop

Hello and welcome to the fabulous Batiks Go Retro Blog Hop!! Hop into our flying car and buzz around some great blogs with us over the next two weeks, each featuring the retro-chic Batiks Go Retro collection by Tamarinis!

Tammy Silvers, the quilter and designer behind Tamarinis, has been designing patterns with Island Batik fabrics for years and we’re thrilled to be releasing her debut fabric collection! The vintage color palette of aquas, oranges, purples and blues mixed with retro hashtags, boomerangs, sunbursts, and whimsical television shapes are a match made in mid-century heaven.

Tammy carried the retro theme through to her quilts. With Jangle and Wedge-O-Matic, Tammy took classic blocks and gave them a vintage spin. Atomic Bombshell is perfect for those who love foundation paper piecing. And Dutch Windmills features a faux curved piecing technique that anyone can use!

48″ x 60″

46″ x 48″

Atomic Bombshell
45″ x 68″

Dutch Windmills
62″ x 75″
Pattern can be made in different sizes with 10″ Squares or 5″ Squares!

Last but not least – an apron that features an enlarged television! How perfect would this be for your robot maid?! 😉

You’ll also spot the Batiks Go Retro collection in the September/October 2017 issue of McCall’s Quilting in Tammy’s exclusive Sprockets quilt. Pick up an issue at your local quilt shop to get the pattern, or buy the whole kit here.

Photo courtesy of McCall’s Quilting

We know you can’t wait to see all of the fantastic projects these bloggers have created using this new collection. Check out the schedule below to see where we’ll be each day of the hop!


September 11 – Island Batik + Aurifil Thread (a two-for-one post deal! 😉 )
September 12Swirly Girls Designs
September 13Quiltoni
September 14Purple Moose Designs
September 15Poor House Quilt Design
September 16Tamarinis
September 17Libby Williamson
September 18Sandra Johnson Designs
September 19One Quilting Circle
September 20Seams Like a Dream
September 21Fat Quarter Gypsy


At the end of the hop, we’ll be giving away an awesome Fat Quarter bundle of the complete Batiks Go Retro collection AND a Coastal Mist thread collection that perfectly coordinates with the fabrics, provided by our friends at Aurifil! Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below. 🙂

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Summer is winding down and the kids are headed back to school. That means Fall is right around the corner (YAY)! It’s an exciting time. And even though Autumn marks the end of a year, it’s somehow full of new beginnings.

What’s your favorite back to school memory? Shopping for new school supplies? The smell of a fresh stack of books at your new desk? Making new friends, or even meeting your BFF? It’s simply a great time of year, and we’re going to celebrate it (even if it’s been a few years since a first day of school 😉 ) with a blog hop!

Throughout the hop, our Ambassadors will be featuring Island Batik’s newest fabrics, appearing on shop shelves as we speak! See something you like? Ask for it at your local quilt shop, or request it if you don’t yet see it. We have the most delicious collections to share with you, along with our favorite back to school memories.

If you haven’t joined us for a hop before, or aren’t familiar with our Ambassadors, we’re excited to introduce you to fellow quilters and bloggers who make up the team, too. This group has been stitching up a storm with our fabrics since February, and when you visit their blogs, you’ll find lots more Island Batik projects among their posts. Get ready to have some fun!

Here’s the schedule for the hop, beginning September 4th. Reference this post any time, or follow us on Facebook for links to the post (or posts) of the day throughout the hop!


Monday, September 4 – Beaujolais
Quilting Affection DesignsFunThreads Designs

Tuesday, September 5 – Country Dozen
Cheryl Lynch QuiltsInspired Layers

Wednesday, September 6 – Bonsai
Little Bunny Quilts

Thursday, September 7 – Sakura
Masterpiece Quilting

Friday, September 8 – Empress Garden
Dessert Bloom QuiltingSlice of Pi Quilts


Monday, September 11 – Fresh Pick’ins
KISSed Quilts

Tuesday, September 12 – Lotus Blooms
Kathys Kwilts and More

Wednesday, September 13 – Olivera
Moose Stash QuiltingVicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Thursday, September 14 – Rise & Shine
Den Syende HimmelSally’s Quilting Corner

Friday, September 15 – Diner Days
Ark Angel CreationsThe Quilt Rambler


Monday, September 18 – Seas the Day
KISSed QuiltsWhispers of YoreNeedle & Foot

Tuesday, September 19 – Vineyard
The Inquiring QuilterInchworm Fabrics

Wednesday, September 20 – Abalone
PamelaQuiltsYellow Cat Quilts

Thursday, September 21 – Batiks Go Retro
Adventures in Applique and Quilting

Friday, September 22 – Captain’s Anchor
Purrfect Spots DesignsBeaquilter


Monday, September 25 – Cherry Berry
Freemotion by the RiverMary Mack Made Mine

Wednesday, September 27 – Solstice
Bejeweled QuiltsheARTs Creations

Thursday, September 28 – Sour Apple
Seams Like a DreamKauffman Designs

Friday, September 29 – Zen
Lizard Creek QuiltingQuilt’n Party


We will be giving away three gorgeous fat quarter bundles at the end of the hop! Three different winners will be randomly selected to win bundles from the Captain’s Anchor, Batiks Go Retro, and Abalone collections. Enter by using the Rafflecopter widget below. There are many ways to enter!

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Island Batik + Aurifil Week ~ Sakura

Happy Friday! It’s the last day of our Island Batik Week celebration with Aurifil. While we’re sad that the event is over, we’ve had a blast – thanks for joining us!

Our last feature is the gorgeous Sakura collection by Kathy Engle for Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios. Sakura is the Japanese word for “cherry blossom”, and blossoms abound in this fabric collection! The floral designs are paired with parasols, lotus blossoms, and lots of great textures in brilliant pinks, purples, teals, and aquas. A touch of gold and rust add depth to the collection.

Ebony designed and created so many lovely quilts with these fabrics! Each design stems from the nine month Block of the Month quilt, Hanami (“flower viewing”), which is a bold take on a traditional sampler. Ebony has taken each block from the BOM and created a whole new quilt to help you master each block and technique. The quilts are named after the regions of Japan, in order of when the cherry blossoms bloom.

Hanami Block of the Month
58″ x 58″

48″ x 60″

30″ x 102″

72″ x 72″

48″ x 60″

16″ x 51″

21″ x 21″

42″ x 42″

54″ x 54″

Ebony curated a fantastic box of coordinating 50wt Aurifil threads. Just look at them in their neat little row! Major heart eyes!

Speaking of thread, don’t miss today’s Aurifil blog post also featuring Sakura! There you will find an interview with Ebony Love and all the giveaway details for how you can enter to win a Sakura fat quarter bundle, thread collection, and goodies from LoveBug Studios!


Island Batik + Aurifil Week ~ Zen

Today is day four of Island Batik Week with Aurifil! If you’re just joining us, be sure to check out our other posts this week featuring Fresh Pick’ins, Batiks Go Retro, and Captain’s Anchor.

We’re featuring the Zen batik collection today and highlighting Purrfect Spots Designs, one of the designers who released a new pattern using these fabrics at Spring Market!

The Zen collection by Kathy Engle features organic shapes in calming shades of blue. Pops of forest green and lime give the serene grouping an energetic twist! Nan made these fabrics sway to life in her quilt, Sea of Tranquility (53″ x 71″).

And of course, Nan used none other than Aurifil threads to make this quilt! She recommends the following colors to coordinate with the Zen collection: 5006, 2720, 2784, 1231, 2810 and 2730. Perfection!

Hop over to the Aurifil blog to read an interview with Nan and for the details on how you can win a Zen Stack (10″ Squares) and the hand-picked threads to match! And don’t miss Nan’s post on the Purrfect Spots Designs blog with a behind the scenes look at the creation of Sea of Tranquility!


Anchors aweigh! Come set sail with us as we explore the Captain’s Anchor collection for day three of Island Batik Week with Aurifil!

Captain’s Anchor is a classic nautical collection featuring bubbles, waves, rope, and (of course!) anchors in navy blues, creams and gold. If you look hard, you’ll find a little red lobster, too! The collection was designed by Kathy Engle for Cheri Good Quilt Design, and boy oh b(u)oy did Cheri and Audrey create the perfect quilts for these fabrics! Cruise through them below!

Sailing, Sailing
59″ x 85″

By the Sea
39″ x 50″

62″ x 90″

Captain’s Anchor Squares and Stripes
68″ x 86″ • Made with Stacks (10″ Squares)!

Captain’s Mate Apron and Kitchen Mittens

Cheri and Audrey put together some great thread recommendations based on the threads they used for these quilts and projects. They landed on 50wt for piecing and quilting, and the 80wt for applique. Take a look! Colors are (L to R): 2783, 2930, 2140, 2372, 2026, 2785.

Now, before our maritime journey comes to an end, we must ship you over to AuriBuzz, the Aurifil Blog, for more Captain’s Anchor goodness, an interview with Cheri Good Quilt Design, and yet another great giveaway! Land, ho!!


Island Batik + Aurifil Week ~ Batiks Go Retro

Day Two of our celebration is all about Tamarini‘s debut collection, Batiks Go Retro! Fabulous retro shapes dance across the fabrics in this palette perfectly suited to the atomic age.

Tammy, a longtime Aurifil fan, used these scrumptious threads for her Batiks Go Retro quilts. She also used 4093 12wt for applique edge stitching on a retro chic apron that features a large scale version of her atomic TV design (see it below)!

Now how about those quilts?! With Jangle and Wedge-O-Matic, Tammy took classic blocks and gave them a vintage spin. Atomic Bombshell is perfect for the foundation paper piecers among us. And Dutch Windmills features a faux curved piecing technique that anyone can use!

48″ x 60″

46″ x 48″

Atomic Bombshell
45″ x 68″

Dutch Windmills
62″ x 75″
Pattern can be made in different sizes with 10″ Squares or 5″ Squares!

And how cute is this apron?!

Can’t get enough of these fabrics? Join Tammy and fellow bloggers for the Batiks Go Retro Blog Hop in September! Check out the Tamarinis blog in the upcoming weeks for details.

And don’t worry – we didn’t forget about today’s giveaway! Visit the Aurifil blog for more eye candy, an interview with Tammy, and the giveaway details. There is a Batiks Go Retro Stack (10″ Squares) up for grabs, along with six large 50wt Aurifil spools (the ones you see above!), and three patterns from Tammy!


It’s Island Batik + Aurifil Week! Throughout the week, we’ll be featuring gorgeous fabric collections with delicious threads to match!

We’re kicking things off with the Fresh Pick’ins Signature Collection by Kathy Engle for Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works. This bright, cheerful collection features fruity, citrus designs in yellows, pinks, oranges, and greens. A bright blue adds a dash of fun!

Pattern designer, author, and Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor Jackie Kunkel brought this collection to life with delightful quilts! Two quilts, Clamshell and Tarnished Windmill, she made from some of her favorite Quiltworx patterns. The rest are original quilts of her own design. Check them out below!

60″ x 74″ • Pattern by Quiltworx • Sample made by Jackie Kunkel

Tarnished Windmill
60″ x 60″ • Pattern by Quiltworx • Sample made by Jackie Kunkel

Springtime Desert
61″ x 61″ • Canton Village Quilt Works

Squared Up Bed Runner
94″ x 34.5″ • Canton Village Quilt Works

Desert Nights
69.5″ x 69″ • Canton Village Quilt Works

65″ x 65″ • Canton Village Quilt Works

46″ x 46″ • Canton Village Quilt Works

Jackie curated a coordinating Aurifil thread box with equally peppy colors. The 100% cotton mako 50wt threads are the perfect complement to the fantastic Fresh Pick’ins fabric collection!

SO FUN, right?! Do you know what’s even better than all of the things we just talked about? WINNING all of the things we just talked about! Hop on over to the Aurifil blog to enter to win an awesome prize package that includes a Fresh Pick’ins thread collection, a Fresh Pick’ins Fat Quarter bundle, and the Canton Village Quilt Works pattern pack shown below!

Read more from Jackie on the Canton Village Quilt Works blog. Keep your eyes peeled for Fresh Pick’ins fabrics, threads, and patterns in your local quilt shop next month!


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!

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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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