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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!

A Walk in the Woods - Cover Spinning Wheels - Cover

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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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Don’t Miss the Fun with Our Seaside Summer Blog Hop

Welcome to our Ambassador blog hop featuring projects our Island Batik Ambassadors! During the hop, our Ambassadors will be featuring one of their fabulously fun summer time themed projects using Island Batik fabrics.

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The blog hop will showcase lots of cheerful projects, and we’re more than a little excited to share with you what they look like in our newest batiks!

You can find the schedule for the hop below. Make sure you stop by each day and enter for a chance to win a wonderful bundle of Island Batik fabric! Each Ambassador has a copy to give away.

Seaside Summer Blog Hop Schedule

Monday Aug 15 – Rain Forest

Kissed Quilts

Tuesday Aug 16 – Red Tide

Free Motion by the River

Mary Mack Made Mine

Wednesday Aug 17 – Sand Dune

Purrfect Spots

KnitBug 2

Thursday Aug 18 – Seashore

Tammy Silvers

Pamela Quilts

Maria Michael Designs

Friday Aug 19 – Surf Squirt

Quilting Affection

Archipelago Quilting

Monday Aug 22 – Tradewinds

Arkangel Creations

Bejeweled Quilts

Tuesday Aug 23 – Equinox

Kauffman Designs

Adele Mogavero * Del~Lillian’s

Wednesday Aug 24 – Sea Canyon

Lemon Tree Snippets

Bea Quilter

Thursday Aug 25 – Sea Foam

Stone Cottage Quilts

Sew Supportive

Friday Aug 26 – Spoolin’ Around

Sallys Quilting Corner

Toolontilkkupaja

Monday Aug 29 – Tide Pools

Inchworm Fabrics

MooseStashQuilting

Tuesday Aug 30 – Wind and Sea

For Quilts Sake

Patchwork Breeze

Wednesday Aug 31 – Spring Zing

Desert Bloom Quilting

Adventurous Applique and Quilting

Thursday Sep 1 – Splash

Kissed Quilts

The Patchwork Pearl

Friday Sept 2 – Landscapes

For Quilts Sake

But wait, there’s more (I never tire of saying that)! Comment below to enter to win one of three batik bundles! Which batiks, you ask? It’s a surprise! Winners will be randomly chosen and announced on Wednesday, September 7th, 2015. Winners will be notified by email and must reply within three days with a mailing address. If no address is provided, a new winner will be chosen.

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Thanks so much for joining us! Make sure you follow us on Facebook for links to posts on each day of the hop.

 

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Make A Splash with our Spring Collection!

Check out what you can do with these gorgeous fabrics from the Splash collection by Kathy Engle! Several of our designers have created beautiful projects you can bring to life yourself with these fabrics. There is such a variety that you will surely fall in love with more than one hue of green, pink and blue!

Get shopping on our online store HERE!

You can make the biggest  SPLASH this season with this fun collection!

 Bloom by Christine Quilts

64″ x 80″

 Bloom 2

River Swirls by Freemotion by the River

56″ x 56″

River Swirls

Splish Splash by The Feathered Nest

57″ x 73″

Splish Splash

And dont forget Pre-cuts! These are wonderful additions to any project or personal stash. We have the Splash Strip packs featured below. Click on the picture to be taken to our Pre-cut selection:

Splash

 Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

 Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)


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