October 2017 Quilty Box with Leah Day

Are you a Quilty Box subscriber? If you are, your October box should be arriving any day now and it’s packed with goodies curated by free motion quilting expert, Leah Day!

We may be a little biased, but the highlight of the box are the two heart medallion fabric panels designed by Leah, with the free motion quilter in mind. They are Island Batik fabrics, of course! 😉

Leah shares the contents of the October box in her video below, which include Isacord threads, Clover Self-Threading Needles, a Tutu Mason Jar Caddy, a SOAK Single, and more! But that’s not all – she also shares a tutorial on how to cut and stitch the heart medallion fabrics to create your own checkerboard quilt!

Visit Leah’s blog to read more about this month’s box, and be sure to check back throughout the rest of the month to see more tutorials using the items in your newest box!

If you aren’t currently a Quilty Box subscriber, you can sign up right here!


Diner Days

Isn’t this foodie-inspired collection just fabulous?! At Market, people came into the booth to get a closer look, thinking it was a vintage reproduction collection! The pastel fabrics in Diner Days feature kitchen utensils, apple and citrus shapes, eggs, and fun dots and swirls, and are featured in projects by Christine Quilts, Sew Many Creations, and It’s Sew Emma. Check them out below!

Tail Feathers (60.5″ x 72.5″) from It’s Sew Emma features one pieced block, rotated to create wonderful movement. With the great shapes in these fabrics, the piece is almost transformed into an “I Spy” quilt!

Square Peg (67″ x 70″) from Sew Many Creations features, you guessed it, lots and lots of squares! Rows of square blocks separated by vertical sashing strips really show off the Diner Days fabrics!

The Fab Folders (9.5″ x 12.5″ folded) by Christine Quilts are just perfect for meal planning and prep, and organizing your recipes and grocery list for the week! Of course, they make for great cases for any notebook, built with a pocket and place to slip in a legal pad.

Doesn’t this collection make you want to stitch up an apron and spend the day baking away? It is pie season, after all! 😉


Country Dozen

This farm fresh collection features rich browns, sweet creams, black accents, and a wonderful range of navy and light blues. Throughout the collection, you’ll find homestead essentials – utensils, kitchen tools, eggs and rosters! These rustic fabrics are featured in the following designer quilts from PamelaQuilts, Studio 180 Design, and Whirligig Designs.

Allouette (46″ x 46″) by PamelaQuilts pairs Half Square Triangles and triangles with great contrast with a dash of applique and two dotted borders.

Barnyard Blitz (60″ x 84″) by Sarah Furrer of Studio 180 Design features classic star and Irish chain blocks for a quilt with a vintage feel. This quilt was made with the pattern “Cross Fire” by Studio 180 Design and requires the Large Square Squared tool, also from Studio 180 Design.

Up North (72″ x 92″) by Whirligig Designs is full of movement, with pieced X blocks paired with flying geese sashing and pieced cornerstones that mimic the look of pineapple blocks.

Which of these gorgeous quilts would you most like to make?!

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The Bonsai fabrics have been used to create these fun quilts!

Fall Frolic (34″ x 34″) by Yellow Cat Quilt Designs uses simple yet impactful double pinwheel and square-within-a-square blocks and a thick outer border that shows off the lovely multicolor zinnia batik.

Neapolitan Delight (54″ x 72″) by Marlous Designs shows off the variety of green, purple, and orange hues and tones offered in the Bonsai collection with nested quatrefoil shapes.

Octagon Gems (56″ x 56″) by Quilting Affection Designs uses repeating blocks with creative color placement and pieced borders to create wonderful movement! The designer used the Bloc_Loc’s 2″ x 4″ Finished Flying Geese, Half-Rectangle Triangle, and 2.5″ HST Square up Rulers to make the quilt, all are optional.

Which of these lovely quilts is your favorite?



The gorgeous Beaujolais batiks have been brought to life in these rich quilts!

Down to Earth (32″ x 26″) by Woolin Rouge Designs features a nature scene with wool applique leaf accents and a border that sparkles!

Race to Paris (56″ x 56″) by Paradise Quilt Designs takes an enlarged classic feathered star block with an intricate center and balances it with a thick border and detailed corner stones.

The Rank and File Mini (18″ x 22″) by Desert Bloom Quilting is a perfect project for our 5″ square Stamps.

Speaking of precuts, the Shatterproof quilt (65″ x 77″) by Sager Creek Quilts utilizes the Island Batik 10″ square Stacks. Simple half square triangles made with Beaujolais fabrics paired with our neutral Doughnut creates wonderful movement. The designer used the Tucker Trimmer 1 by Studio 180 Design to make this quilt.

The foundation paper pieced Spot On runner (14″ x 46″) by Cindi McCracken Designs would make a great addition to any dinner table. Throwing Stars (58″ x 58″), also by Cindi McCracken Designs, is another foundation paper pieced project that highlights the strongest colors in the Beaujolais collection.


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!!