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.
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
Fractal (A Fat Quarter Friendly Project!)
Link ’em Up
This collection isn’t complete without it’s Aurifil 50wt coordinating thread collection with the same name!
Do you EQ? The January 2017 Fabric of the Month is Fresh Catch! Hop over to the EQ website to grab the download.
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!
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!
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.
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!
We’re already gearing up for Spring Quilt Market in St. Louis, Missouri – will we see you there?
We’re so excited for the recent release of the new book, “Folk Art Quilted Traditions” by our very own Ambassador, Suzy Webster!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Quilty Box will offer special TQPM Kennel Quilt boxes and the Petfinder Foundation will be the recipient of a portion of their sales.
Benartex will introduce new fabrics at International Quilt Market which will benefit the Petfinder Foundation.
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
“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
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!
The Piece for Shelter Pets sponsors have put together two awesome prize packages for you to win! Check them out and enter below!
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.
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.
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.
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!
The Seashore Collection is the inspiring collaboration between our lead designer & upcoming Tammy Silvers from Tamarinis. We asked Kathy what it was like working with Tammy on this collection:
“Working with up and coming designers is such a pleasure for me. I have worked with Tammy on several other collections and with this one we moved her from her comfort zone of bright brights to a more balanced palette of lights, mediums and darks. Tammy has taken the fabrics and created a host of beautiful patterns that really highlight the richly saturated batik. The Seashore collection is full of wonderful surprises.”
You will surely find this fabric to be a hit on your shelves in the upcoming seasons with patterns & colors for all customers. It has the color variety to use in any project and a pattern assortment to incorporate in any pre-existing project.
Here is just a few projects featuring the Seashore Collection:
Melon Blossom by Tamarinis
71″ x 92″
Rondure by KISSed Quilts
73″ x 73″
Sea Glass by Tamarinis
52″ x 65″
Whale of a Tale by McKay Manor Musers
48″ x 60″
And check out the Pre-cuts that accompany this collection HERE on our site!
Feel free to contact your representative or give us a call to place any orders: 760-602-0607.
The Electric Quilt Company is turning 25 years old this year! The company is celebrating all year long with promotions and giveaways, and this month we’re kicking the celebration up a notch with a joint giveaway! Read on for details.
Electric Quilt is a quilt design software package that quilt designers, new and experienced, use to help to design and build their works of art! EQ7, the latest version of the software package, allows users to work with existing blocks or create original blocks, experiment with layouts, work with fabrics from leading manufacturers or their own stashes, print yardage requirements and much, much more!
Many of our designers and Ambassadors use EQ7 for their own projects. Here’s what a few of these EQ Artists have to say about using the program!
“I love being able to truly conceptualize a concept before cutting any fabric!” – Marlene Oddie, KISSed Quilts
“I like being able to play with blocks, trying different fabrics and not wasting fabric is a huge plus. My favorite tool is the fussy cut tool as you can see just what your finished quilt will look like! It is “purrfect”! Nan Baker, Purrfect Spots Designs
“I love to use EQ to draw my paper piecing designs! It allows me to print them to any scale with nice thin lines to sew on.” – Suzy Webster, Adventurous Applique and Quilting
“Designing patterns is much easier, faster and accurate using EQ!” – Anna Branch, Archangel Creations
“I love the fact that I can print out rotary cutting instructions for my blocks, as well as the fabric requirements for the quilts I design. I also love being able to export images that I can use in writing a pattern.” – Pamela Boatright, Pamela Quilts
“What’s not to love? I love playing with it, designing quilts and turning them into quilts and patterns that I publish. I do bi weekly tutorials on my blog (have been for a few years now). I LOVE EQ!!” – Bea Lee, Beaquilter
“Sometimes I just use it to change borders on a published pattern, and figure out the yardage for what I want to do. I can play, making sure the yardage fits my stash. Or I make the published pattern larger, and can determine the new yardage. I also design stuff to work with my stash, or to work with GO dies that I have. It’s so easy to just play and see what you can create. You can choose alternate layouts, play with secondary designs, and use the actual colors, so you can really see if your design “works” and creates the quilt you want. It’s a great tool, and you can learn more as you create and try new things.” – Maryellen McAuliffe, Mary Mack Made Mine
“EQ7 is easy to use, has wonderful tutorials included in it and there is also great support and help online for the program. I enjoy working the way you can create applique designs in the program, change your fabrics, blocks……it is limitless in what you can create. The accuracy of the amount of fabrics needed for a quilt is wonderful. I use EQ7 for all of my patterns and designs.” – Connie Campbell, Freemotion by the River
Now, let’s talk about that GIVEAWAY! There are actually two awesome opportunities to win. Here on the Island Batik blog, you have the chance to win your own copy of EQ7 – a $190.00 value! You’ll have another chance to win on Behind the Mouse, EQ’s blog. They’ll be giving away some delicious Island Batik fabrics! Hop over to the enter the fabric giveaway by clicking here.
How do you enter to win the EQ7 software package? Using the Rafflecopter widget below, sign in and enter by visiting the Island Batik and EQ Facebook pages and leaving a comment here on this blog post (yes, that’s three chances to win)!
The giveaway officially closes on Monday, July 25th at 9am Eastern. Our winner will be chosen and announced the same day by noon. The winner will be contacted via email so that we may obtain his or her mailing address. The software package will ship directly from The Electric Quilt Company.
If you want to pick up a copy of EQ7 right away, you can purchase one here on the EQ website! 🙂
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