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Welcome to the Globetrotter Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Globetrotter Blog Hop with the collection designer, Tamarinins, and friends!

Let’s jump right in and take a look at this fun batik collection, perfect for the world travelers among us!

As you see in the video above, Tammy brought this collection to life in some fresh new projects, the highlight being To the Point (60″ x 70″), a guided improv piece with a mid century modern flair. The runner (20″ x 40″) and placemats made with the Pointed Comments pattern use the same guided improv technique. If you’ve been itching to give improv piecing a try but would like a little help, these projects are for you!

Flock (52″ x 69″) plays up the browns found in Globetrotter and makes great use of negative space.

The large blocks in Directionally Challenged (46″ x 62″) show of the large, graphic prints from the Globetrotter collection!

Swan of Swan Amity Studios used the Globetrotter fabrics in two very different ways – a small candle mat, Petals on Point (27″ x 27″), and in whimsical, wonky stars in her quilt, Wish (48″ x 48″)!

You won’t want to miss Seams Like a Dream‘s quick quilt, Split Strip (66″ x 78″) and runner! The large strip piecing means the project goes together fast and shows off your favorite Globetrotter fabrics!

We have one last project to share with you today (but don’t worry, this isn’t the last Globetrotter project you’ll be seeing this week)! It’s a very fitting project indeed – the Round Trip Duffle (12″ x 19.5″ x 7.5″) from ByAnnie!

You’ll be seeing LOTS more Globetrotter goodness throughout the week. Come back each day to see something new. The full schedule for the hop is posted below!

Blog Hop Schedule

Monday, October 22
Island Batik (You are here!)

Tuesday, October 23

Wednesday October 24
Seams Like a Dream

Thursday, October 25
Fat Quarter Gypsy
Morning Glory Designs

Friday, October 26
Patchwork Posse
Swam Amity

Saturday, October 27
Cranberry Pie Designs

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Welcome to the Just In Time Blog Hop!

Welcome to the Just In Time Blog Hop! We’ve got lots of eye candy for your this week, but first, let us tell you what we’re here!

We’ve teamed up with some pretty awesome folks to create a different kind of program for our customers, your local quilt shops! Together with Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works, Deb Tucker of Studio 180 Design, Aurifil, and New York Times Best Selling Author Marie Bostwick, we offered a program that ties together two things our group loves – quilting and reading!

A bit of backstory: As long time friends, Deb has been creating companion patterns for each of Marie’s books (find the full library here). The ladies have invited us to play, too, and the result is one terrific quilt – New Beginnings!

Before we talk quilts, let’s take a peek at the book that started it all – Just In Time.

In her most powerful novel yet, New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick weaves the uplifting story of three grief support group dropouts—women united in loss and rescued through friendship.

Fifteen years ago, Grace Saunders vowed to take her beloved husband for better or worse. Now she’s coming to terms with difficult choices as she crafts a memory quilt from scraps of their life together—a life torn to shreds by an accident that has left him in a coma. Enduring months of limbo, Grace is at least not alone.

Nan has been widowed for twenty years, but now, with her children grown, her home feels painfully empty. Even the company of her golden retriever, Blixen, and a series of other rescue dogs, can’t fill the void. Then there’s Monica, a feisty woman with a biting wit who’s reeling following her husband’s death—and the revelation of his infidelity.

As for Grace, a chance evening with a man she barely knows brings a glimmer of joy she hasn’t felt since the tragedy—along with feelings of turmoil and guilt. But her struggle to cope will force all three women to face their fears, share their deepest secrets—and lean on one another as they move from grief and isolation to hope, and a second chance at happiness . . .

Inspired by the characters and themes in the book, Deb created the New Beginnings quilt with our All A Flutter fabrics, which were designed by Kathy Engle for Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt works. The quilt’s pink, blue, and purple fabrics pop against a crisp background and the design radiates outward creating wonderful movement. The ruler required to make this quilt, the Tucker Trimmer III, makes this exciting design perfect for quilters of all levels, even beginners!

What’s a great quilt without some great coordinating Aurifil threads?! Jackie worked with the fine folks at Aurifil to select some perfect thread pairings for the All A Flutter collection and of course, the New Beginnings Quilt! Don’t these look so yummy together?

The quilty fun doesn’t stop there. Jackie has stitched up a number of gorgeous projects that also feature the All A Flutter fabrics. As a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor, of course she had to make at least one Quiltworx design! Let us introduce this lovely Autumn Pines quilt!

Her other new quilts all have patterns available – Floral Delight, Mountains and Plains, Brick by Brick, Slice of Pie, and Suncatcher.

Don’t miss the All A Flutter Tuffet from Tuffet Source! Wouldn’t this make a fabulous addition to your sewing space?! 😍

So how do all of these things tie together? Select shops are offering the full Just In Time Experience! Join them for themed events around the book and the New Beginnings quilt. Get together and read and stitch and enjoy the company of your fellow quilters! The shops below have joined in on the fun. Be sure to call for more information, as events, schedules, and project availability vary. The starred shops have ALSO won a live chat for their customers with the author herself, Marie Bostwick!

Annie’s Quilt Shoppe – Shelton, WA
** Country Traditions – Fremont, NE
** Holly’s Quilt Cabin – Centennial, CO
Quilting Fairy – Puyallup, WA
Quilt with Passion – Oswego, OR
** Quilt Basket – Wappingers Falls, NY
** Sew In Stitches – Pocatello, ID
The Finishing Stitch – Dover, PA
** Wish Upon a Quilt – Raleigh, NC

But wait, there is more! The fun is not over! We have more posts and goodies to share throughout the week. Here’s the full hop schedule. We’ll see you tomorrow at Studio 180 Design!


October 8
Island Batik (you are here!)

October 9
Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design

October 10
Jackie Kunkel, Canton Village Quilt Works

October 11


The Great Outdoors Blog Hop

Aaaah the great outdoors. We’re seeing more and more research that says spending time outside is good for your mental health. It’s a lot like quilting, in that way! 😉 So, on those days when it’s just too hot to fire up the iron and sewing machine, we stay get outside and have fun walking, tending to your garden, or just basking in the glorious (hot) sun!

The great outdoors are what inspired the this hop’s theme. Throughout the month of August, our Ambassadors will be featuring Island Batik’s newest fabrics, appearing on shop shelves NOW! See something you like? Ask for it at your local quilt shop, or request it if you don’t yet see it.

Find the hop schedule below! And, what’s a hop without a great giveaway?! 😉 Find giveaway details at the end of this post. Thanks for joining us for The Great Outdoors Blog Hop!


Monday, August 6 – All A Flutter
Yellow Cat Quilts, Creative Blonde

Tuesday, August 7 – Birds N’ Bees
Ark Angel Creations, Patterns by Jen

Wednesday, August 8 – Canterbury Manor
Sally Manke, Powered by Quilting

Thursday, August 9 – Eclectic Garden
Desert Bloom Quilting, Sew Karen-ly Created

Friday, August 10 – Vintage Morris
MooseStash Quilting, Devoted Quilter


Monday, August 13 – Safari
Sew Incredibly Crazy, SweetGrass Designs

Tuesday, August 14 – Spring Blossoms
Mary Mack Made Mine, If These Threads Could Talk

Wednesday, August 15 – Victoria and Albert
Bejeweled Quilts, Clever Chameleon

Thursday, August 16 – Wild Things
Freemotion by the River, Kauffman Designs

Friday, August 17 – Petting Zoo
Den Syende Himmel, Sarah Goer Quilts


Monday, August 20 – Ocean Odyssey
Toby Lischko, Karen Overton

Tuesday, August 21 – British Rose
Busy Hands Quilts, Mania for Quilts

Wednesday, August 22 – Dear William
The Inquiring Quilter, MMM Quilts, Living Water Quilter

Thursday, August 23 – Dragonfly Dreams
Inchworm Fabrics, BeaQuilter

Friday, August 24 – Fur-ocious Friends
Quilting Affection Designs, Dizzy Quilter


Monday, August 27 – Globetrotter
Pamela Quilts, Curliecue Creations

Tuesday, August 28 – Jungle Cruise
Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting, Little Bunny Quilts

Wednesday, August 29 – Lavendula
Carole Lyles Shaw, Masterpiece Quilting

Thursday, August 30 – London Calling
Quilt in a Not-Shell, Lizard Creek Quilting

Friday, August 31 – Spirit Rhythm
Steph Jacobson, Whispers of Yore


Monday, September 3 – Sweet Tweets
Kathleen McMusing, Adventurous Appliqué and Quilting

Tuesday, September 4 – Whatnot
heARTS Creations, Slice of Pi Quilts

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Northern Woods

Welcome, welcome, welcome, to the Northern Woods Blog Hop! We can’t wait to share the delicious Northern Woods fabrics and projects with you this week! This collection was designed by Kathy Engle for Nan Baker of Purrfect Spots Designs.

Imagine a sweet momma bear preparing for the winter in the pretty Northern Woods. She tidys up her space, and before she cozies up to hibernate for the season, she bakes up her sweetest treats to share with her woodland friends! The imaginative Nan dreamed up this charming back story as she designed quilts for her Signature Collection!

This earthy fabric collection features natural browns, greens and creams in outdoorsy designs such as trees, pine sprigs, and leaves. Pops of Baja, Bermuda, Celery and Copper add just the right amount of color.

Nan featured these fabrics in quite a few delicious projects! With names like “Blueberry Cheesecake”, “Chocolate Caramel Swirl” and “Butterscotch Ripple”, they are nearly impossible to resist! The best part, you can indulge in each and every one guilt free – they are all zero calorie treats! 😉 You can find all of the Northern Woods Purrfect Spots Designs patterns here on the Purrfect Spots website.

Blueberry Cheesecake (66″ x 66″) features yummy swirls of cheesecake-y creams, graham cracker crust browns, and a pop of teal-blue! Look for kits of this quilt at Quarry Quilts and Yarns (MN), Pieces of Love Quilt Shop (CA), and Hancock’s of Paducah (KY)!

Chocolate Caramel Swirl (54″ x 66″) is a wonderfully approachable design, and would make a fantastic first set-on-point piece! Look for quilt kits of this design at Hancock’s of Paducah (KY)!

Butterscotch Ripple (54″ x 66″) takes the earthy Northern Woods palette and makes it ultra-modern with tons of negative space to show off some stunning quilting.

Fruit Salad (66″ x 78″) looks like it could be set on point, but it’s not! This design offers lots of movement with its friendly blocks – squares in squares and half-square triangles! Look for kits of this quilt at Quilter’s Haven (IL)!

Morels & More (56″ x 69″) offers a tasty appliqué treat for fungi-loving woodland creatures (and quilters)! 😉

Nan worked with past and present Island Batik Ambassadors and fellow designers The Quilt Rambler and Maria Michaels Designs and long-time industry friend Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design to create additional yummy pieces to feature her Signature Collection!

Mint Chocolate Chip by The Quilt Rambler (48″ x 58″) shows the Northern Woods collection in a whole new way! This project can be cut with the help of the AccuQuilt #55070 GO! Drunkard’s Path 3 1/2″ Finished and #55034 GO! Drunkard’s Path 7″ Finished dies.

Prisms by Maria Michaels Designs (32″ x 32″) is a project for the foundation paper piecers among us and a great size for your wall or table.

Yorkshire Pudding Table Linens by Eye of the Beholder Quilt Designs (Runner 14″ x 32″, Placemats 10″ x 15″, Napkins [not pictured] 18″ x 19″) feature Margaret’s signature style in reverse appliqué blocks.

Nan built a recommended thread palette of Aurifil threads that you can pick up and use with your Northern Woods fabrics. Hop on over to the Aurifil blog to read more about the threads she selected!

Look for Northern Woods precuts in your local quilt shop!

We just HAD to have some Funky Friends made up in the Northern Woods collection! Aren’t Ollie Owl and Slowpoke the Sloth just too cute?! Look for Ollie kits at Stitchers Quest (FL) and Slowpoke kits at Downtown Sewing Machine Co. (NV)!

Don’t miss even more Northern Woods goodness throughout the week! You’ll find fresh new posts at each of the blogs below!

April 16 • Island Batik and Purrfect Spots Designs
April 17 • Eye of the Beholder Quilt Design
April 18 • Maria Michaels Designs
April 19 • The Quilt Rambler
April 20 • Quilting Affection Design
April 21 • MooseStash Quilting

Phew!! That was a LOT of Northern Woods love! And now, a treat for you! Enter to win a Northern Woods Fat Eighth bundle via the Rafflecopter widget below! Don’t miss our Facebook page and Instagram too – both will have additional Northern Woods giveaways happening this week. Be sure you “Follow” both so you don’t miss your chances to win!

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City Culture 2

Introducing Bella Nonna Design Studio‘s newest batik collection, City Culture 2!

This colorful collection was inspired the unique cultures found in different spots, often found within a single city! Four color groupings speak to these places: Marketplace is full of floral peachs, pinks, plums and greens, Waterfront shimmers with blues and teals, Uptown‘s sophisticated palette consists of plum and purple with a touch of blue, and Industrial District features steel greys, blacks, and neutrals. Combined, these fabric offer the perfect palette for your next project!

Speaking of projects, there are some wonderful designer pieces highlighting these fabrics from the fabric designers, Jayme Crow and Megan Cook, the Mother-Daughter team behind Bella Nonna. See them below!

The Hostas Block of the Month (73″ x 87″) was inspired by one of Jayme’s favorite plants, which can be found blooming all over her back yard! The 6 month program features raw edge fusible appliqué and lots of gorgeous green and plum colors. Look for this quilt kit or the BOM program at Lori’s Country Cottage (Canada), Sew What Fabrics/Batiks Etc. (VA), Sew With Me (MN), and Hancock’s of Paducah (KY).

Don’t be intimidated by Square Peg, Round Hole (71″ x 90″)! That’s not curved piecing you see, it’s actually fusible appliqué! Look for this quilt at Sew With Me (MN), The Sewing Studio (FL), A Quilted Heart (CA), Calico Creations (WA), Wrapped in Love Quilting (TX), and Hancock’s of Paducah (KY).

Need a sweet, summery table topper? Bloomers (18″ x 60″) is for you! A fusible appliqué project, these blocks can be made into a wall hanging, runner, or individual placemats. Look for kits for this project at Sew What Fabrics/Batiks Etc. (VA), Ann Arbor Sewing Center (MI), The Sewing Studio (FL), and Quilter’s Destination (IL).

The 42 Fat Quarter Quilt (80″ x 86″) uses every single SKU in the City Culture 2 collection! The braided border adds the perfect finishing touch.

These happy pillow duets, Haute Dog and Happy Camper, are a great way to use some of your scraps from the other City Culture 2 projects you’ll be making! 😉 Use them on your bed, sofa, or on a bench under a covered porch.

What would a Bella Nonna pattern release be without some must-have bags?! The Saturday Satchel bag (left) unzips down the center, giving you an extra five inches for market veggies and fresh baked goodies! The sleek Ashlynn Bag features an accent zipper and leather and metal details.

Don’t miss the City Culture 2 tuffet by Tuffet Source which uses a City Culture 2 Strip Pack, and five fabulous Funky Friends made by Island Batik Ambassador, Joan Kawano of MooseStashQuilting! Aren’t they the sweetest?

Check your local quilt shop for these fabrics!

You can find the complete City Culture 2 collection at these shops, too:

Julie’s Sewing Center (WI)
Always in Stitches (IN)
Sew with Me (MN)
Thimble Towne (CA)
Charlotte’s Sew Natural (KS)

Be sure to check our Facebook page throughout the week as we will be sharing additional projects that showcase these fabrics!


Southern Blooms

There couldn’t be a more perfect collection to feature as we officially welcome SPRING this week! Anyone else ready for sunny days, warmer weather, and ALL THE FLOWERS?!

Say hello to Southern Blooms, a Signature Collection by Kathy Engle for Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios! 😍

Ebony transformed these colorful floral fabrics into an inspired Block of the Month with five supporting projects! Take a peek at them below!

A Garden for All Seasons Block of the Month (76″ x 76″) is a treat for your eyes! This 8 month program features large blocks accented with fun checkerboard sashing. Look for this program at the following shops: Fox City Quilt Co. (WI), Susan’s Quilt Paradise (CA), My Girlfriend’s Quilt Shoppe (UT), New Beginnings Quilt Shop (NC), Fabrics Etcetera (TX), and Hancock’s of Paducah (KY).

The Alabama Spiral Pillows (24″ x 24″) are the perfect home decor accent, a unique design suitable for any room in the house!

Bonnie Blue (30″ x 120″ Runner, 90″ x 90″ Quilt) began as a runner, but quilters needed MORE of it! Thankfully, Ebony was OK with that! 😉 This pattern includes instructions for both a runner and a quilt! Look for quilt kits for Bonnie Blue at Fabric Art Shop (FL) and Hancock’s of Paducah (KY).

The Sweet Jessamine Throw (63″ x 63″) really is as sweet as can be, with soft pinks, yellow and greens, paired with approachable flying geese, quarter-square triangles, and X blocks. It reminds us of sipping lemonade on the front porch on a warm summer night! Look for kits of this quilt at Hancock’s of Paducah (KY).

The Tennessee Waltz Table Runner (26″ x 58″) features the cooler colors in the Southern Blooms collection in it’s three pieced blocks and unifying borders.

Georgiazalea (65″ x 77.5″) is a modern quilt where “missing” blocks help to create a fantastic secondary pattern!

Ebony worked with Aurifil to curate a perfectly coordinating thread collection of 100% Cotton Mako, 50wt threads! Aren’t they a beautiful bouquet of color? We’ll take two boxes, please! 😉

Be sure to look for these fabrics, threads, and all of the LoveBug Studios patterns in your local quilt shop! If you don’t see them, ask about them! 🙂

Don’t miss these adorable Funky Friends Factory animals – the Easter Bunny Buddies and Hanna Hedgehog!


Sunflower Serenade

This week we are showcasing the warm pinks and yellows, cool purples, and POPS of teal in the Sunflower Serenade collection by Kathy Engle!

Five colorful designer projects feature these bright, bold nature-inspired fabrics.

Autumnal Equinox (54″ x 62″) by Jerry Stube Designs uses every fabric in the Sunflower Serenade collection, which glow when paired with black accents! You’ll soon be able to find kits for this quilt at Always in Stitches (IN), Sew With Me (MN) and Hancock’s of Paducah (KY).

Butterfly Peace Garden (24″ x 24″) by Woolin Rouge Designs is a sweet, three-dimensional wall hanging that incorporates wool felt accents! Wool accents available from Woolin Rouge Designs.

You’ll find a summery mix of peachy-pink, teal, and yellow in the sunny Diamond Maze (40″ x 48″) quilt by Freemotion by the River! This quilt is ready for a trip to the beach!

Dreamcatcher (60″ x 72″) by Marlous Designs features log cabin blocks like you’ve never seen before! This modern, a-symmetrical design gives you both fresh blocks and ample negative space to showcase your quilting skills! Find kits for this quilt soon at Quintessential Quilts (WI), Paradise Sewing (CA), and Hancock’s of Paducah.

You’ll find simple strips with lots of movement in Loft Living (65″ x 64″) by FunThreads Designs! Fusible appliqué circles add anchors to the piece and draw in your eyes. Look for kits of this quilt at Hancock’s of Paducah.

Don’t miss the ADORABLE Funky Friends Factory Gertie Gecko!
Want to make your own Gertie, just like this one? Check out That’s Sew Debbie (CT) for kits!

Special thanks to our photographer Jerry Khiev for all of these quilt images!

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Pumpkin Patch

The best part of Autumn? Definitely the pumpkins! 😉 If you, like us, can’t get enough of those gorgeous orange gourds, then the Pumpkin Patch collection is for YOU!

Don’t the blues and peaches add a bit of magic to this traditionally fall-colored collection?

Let’s talk about designer projects featuring this collection!

Image Courtesy of Freemotion by the River

Arrowhead (49″ x 65″) by Freemotion by the River makes terrific use of the pumpkin design in a colorful border that ties in each of the hues used in the blocks, which seem to form a ribbon around and around the quilt!

Image Courtesy of KISSed Quilts

Fall Festival (47″ x 47″) by KISSed Quilts is a quintessential fall quilt featuring falling leaves and of course, pumpkins!! This design can be made as a block or row of the month. You will be able to find Fall Festival kits at All About Quilting (NC) soon!

Photography by Jerry Khiev

In the Pumpkin Patch (46″ x 46″) by Yellow Cat Quilt Designs brings the pumpkin patch to you, with sweet pieced pumpkins surrounded by swirling vines. Check out The Quilter’s Faire (CA), White Flower Quilt Shop (MO) and Birdhouse Quilts (GA) soon for In the Pumpkin Patch Kits.

Image Courtesy of Christine Quilts

Mountain Peaks (45″ x 66″) by Christine Quilts sings “fall” with a modern spin. Stacked flying geese paired with abundant negative space gives you the chance to show off some fabulous custom quilting, like the pumpkins and vines stitched into this piece! You’ll be able to find kits for this quilt at Quintessential Quilts (WI) soon!

Photography by Jerry Khiev

The We Give Thanks Table Runner (18″ x 68″) from Fabric Confetti is perfect for an autumnal tablescape, featuring Fabric Confetti’s signature Elemenopea letters and machine embroidered applique. Check out Quintessential Quilts (WI), Cupcake Quilts (TX), and Fabrics Etcetera (TX) for kits soon!

You will be able to find the complete Pumpkin Patch collection at Sew Yeah in Las Vegas soon!

Don’t miss our Pumpkin Patch precuts! Stacks (10″ Squares) and Strips (2.5″ Strips) available!


Autumn’s Grace

We may be (finally!) starting to see the first signs of Spring but we’re secretly still dreaming of autumn! This week, we’re featuring the warm and spicy Autumn’s Grace collection by Kathy Engle!

These fabrics have been featured in designer quilts we know you’ll want to curl up with! Just add a cup of tea and a good book!

Bird Watching (60″ x 60″) by Beaquilter is a one block quilt with so much movement! Golden accents add just the right amount of sparkle.

Colour Me Autumn Table Runner (16″ x 40″) by Bill Locke Designs features three classic Churn Dash blocks in essential fall colors.

Entangled Paths (64″ x 76″) by Quilting Affection Designs is a delicious mix of curved and straight piecing paired with crisp cool colors and a dash of dark salmon. The Drunkard’s Path blocks can be cut with the optional Bloc_Loc Drunkard’s Path system. You can find this kit at Hancock’s of Paducah (KY).

Tangled Twigs (42″ x 56″) by Lizard Creek Quilting is the perfect quilt to snuggle up under after a crisp walk in the woods! Spice colors pop when paired with green. You will be able to find this kit at Wrapped in Love Quilting (Kingwood, TX), Batiks Etcetera & Sew What Fabrics (VA), and Hancock’s of Paducah (KY).

Ravenwoods (54″ x 70″) by Stitches from Heaven showcases the Autumn’s Grace collection beautifully with simple framed blocks and raw-edge appliqué trees and bird silhouettes. This pattern includes bonus patterns for a runner and place mats – how perfect for your next fall table!

You can find RavenWoods quilt kits at That’s Sew Debbie! (CT), Birdhouse Quilts (GA), Quilter’s Store Sedona (AZ), Julie’s Sewing Center (WI), Fabric Chicks (NV), Lori’s Country Cottage (Canada), Sew Much Fun (GA), Millcreek Sewing and Fabric (PA), Batiks Etcetera & Sew What Fabrics (VA), and Sew With Me (MN).

Last but not least, William Whale by Funky Friends Factory couldn’t be more perfect in Autumn’s Grace fabrics! This sweet stuffed animal was stitched by 2017 Island Batik Ambassador, Carol Steely.

You will be able to find the complete Autumn’s Grace collection soon at Ann Arbor Sewing Center (MI), Sew With Me (MN), Thimble Towne (CA), and Fabric.com.