Island Batik is Going for the Gold!

Island Batik is exceptionally proud to sponsor Triathlon Gold and their associated athletes. We will be cheering them on as they strive for the sport’s top accomplishment – a spot on the USA Olympic team.

As some of you may know, Island Batik President and CEO, Caleb Willis, is a long time sports enthusiast. His love of sports started at a young age, playing soccer and lacrosse competitively growing up. More recently he has competed in over 60 triathlons, including 3 Ironman races.

Caleb’s love of the sport and appreciation for the dedication of these athletes is the motivation to sponsor Triathlon Gold. We know you will be as excited as we are to support these athletes as they work towards the pinnacle of the sport!

Australian born elite triathlon coach, Jarrod Evans career spans more than 20years and focus’s heavily in professional athlete development. Currently, Jarrod is a National Squad Coach for USA Triathlon and Head Coach for the hugely-successful USA Triathlon Collegiate Recruitment Program, a position he’s held since early 2014. This landmark program has produced numerous professional athletes including Kirsten Kasper, Renee Tomlin and Taylor Spivey, plus a current squad of rising stars including Sophie Chase, Mary Alex England, Clayton Hutchins and Annie Kelly.

Please follow along with Jarrod and the Triathlon Gold team by visiting:

Meet Jessica Rocheleau, a hometown girl from Jacksonville, Florida. She attended Nova Southeastern University. When she is not training, Jessica enjoys active pursuits including stand up paddling, surfing, and hiking. For calmer, more serene activities she finds pleasure in yoga and writing.

You can find out more about Jessica by visiting her through her online presence:

Clayton Hutchins is from San Anselmo, California. He attended the California Polytechnic State University. He was a member of the Cal Poly Mustangs Cross-Country and Track and Field teams and loves to cook in his downtime.

Follow Clayton on:

Alicia Slade is from North Vancouver, British Columbia (Canada). She attended the University of British Columbia where she was a varsity member of the cross country running team. She was also a Canadian Junior National level swimmer, and loves spending time with her partner Michael, family and friends when she is not training.

Find out more about Alicia online by visiting:

Mary Alex England is from Cary, North Carolina. She attended the University of Mississippi. A longtime swimmer turned runner in high school, she sought a new athletic challenge after graduation: triathlon. Mary Alex enjoys cooking, coloring, and playing board games in her spare time.

Discover more about Mary by visiting her online:

Sarah Alexander is from Shaker Heights, Ohio. This athlete has had a life-long love of spots starting at the age of 5. Sarah attended Dartmouth College and earned her MBA from the University of Chicago. She loves a quiet movie date with her husband when her training schedule permits.

To follow Sarah’s adventures online:

Sophie Chase hails from Burke, Virginia. In high school, she took up running to stay in shape for swimming, she found success and loved it. Sophie attended Stanford University on a scholarship to run track and cross country. In her downtime, Sophie enjoys time with family and friends.

Keep up with Sophie online by visiting:

Anne Kelly is a Georgia girl, born in Atlanta, and hails from a very athletic family. Her mother was a professional triathlete and later became a professional marathon runner qualifying for the Olympic Trials. Her father was an ultra-marathoner and professional cyclist and also competed in the rodeo. Kelly attended both the University of Colorado Boulder and the University of Mississippi. Her goals include pursuing a career in professional running. When not in training, Anne enjoys singing and volunteering with Habitat for Humanity.

Online, Anne can be found on:

Megan Foley is from Portland, Oregon. Megan’s mom was a professional athlete, so Megan was exposed to sports at a young age. She attended the University of Denver earning her BS in Biology and furthered her education at the University of Utah completing her Master’s Degree in Nutrition. Her future plans include working in the health and nutrition industry. Megan is a coffee achiever who also loves to cook. When she is not training, you can usually find her in the kitchen trying out new recipes.

Follow Megan online by visiting:

Walter Schafer was born in Denver, Colorado and currently resides in South Bend, Indiana. He attended Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business, majoring in Marketing. In his off-training time he enjoys rock climbing and wakesurfing.

Find out more about Walter by visiting:

Kurt MacDonald was born in Victoria, Australia and currently lives in Geelong. He studies science and business management at Deakin University. Besides being a professional triathlete, Kurt has his own luxury lifestyle apparel brand. Kurt also models for the company.

Find out more about Kurt by visiting:

To be an elite athlete takes many things including commitment, dedication, tenacity, and something that is not solely from the athlete themselves: support. Please be a part of the Island Batik team as we support these amazing athletes on their journey to reach gold! It is not only about race day but everyday!


2019 Island Batik Brand Ambassadors

We are so excited to announce the Island Batik Brand Ambassadors and Industry Partners for 2019!


Before we meet the new Ambassadors, we want to thank all of the 2018 Ambassadors for an incredible year of meeting the monthly challenges for a different project each month. They not only met those challenges, but created works of art that will not soon be forgotten.

The Island Batik Brand Ambassador Program is starting its 4th year! When the call went out for 2019 Ambassadors, we were overwhelmed with all of the wonderful applications we received. It was not easy to keep it to 50! After making the final list and checking it twice, we had our group!

Say hello to our 2019 Island Batik Brand Ambassadors! This group of 50 talented creatives will bring you inspiration, tutorials, and humor. They are a great community that also offer Block of the Month programs, new patterns and service projects for you!From left to right:

Alison Vermilya ~ Little Bunny Quilts
Anita Skjellanger ~ Quilt in a not-Shell
Anja Clyke ~ Anja Quilts
Anne Wiens~ Sweetgrass Creative Designs
Barb Gaddy ~ Bejeweled Quilts by Barb
Bea Lea ~ BeaQuilter
Becca Fenstermaker ~Pretty Piney
Bill Locke ~ Studio Bill Locke
Carla Henton ~ Creatin’ the Sticks

Carol Moellers ~ Carol Moellers Designs
Carolina Asmussen ~Carolina Asmussen
Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Connie Kreskin- Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River
Denise Looney ~ For the Love of Geese
Dione Gardner-Stephen ~ Clever Chameleon

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Gene Black ~ Gene Black

Geraldine Wilkins ~ Living Water Quilter
Jackie O’Brien ~ If These Threads Could Talk
Janet Yamamoto ~ Whispers of Yore

Jen Strauser ~ Dizzy Quilter
Jennifer Fulton ~ Inquiring Quilter
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations

Joan Kawano ~ Moosestash Quilting
Joanne Hart ~ Unicornhearts
Karen Neary ~ Sew Karen-ly Created

Kathleen McCormick ~ Kathleen McMusing
Kim Lapacek ~ Persimon Dreams
Laura Piland ~ Slice of Pi Quilts

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Leanne Parsons ~ Devoted Quilter
Lisa Nielsen ~ Lisa Lisa and the Quilt Jam

Lori Haase ~ Dakota City Quilter II
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for Quilts
MaryEllen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack’s Blog

Michelle Roberts~ Creative Blonde
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Sally Manke ~ Sally Manke

Sarah Goer ~ Sarah Goer Quilts
Sherry Shish ~ Powered by Quilting
Stephanie Jacobson ~ Steph Jacobson Designs

Suzy Webster ~ Adventerous Applique and Quilting
Terri Vanden Bosch ~ Lizard Creek Quilts
Tina Dillard ~ Quilting Affection Designs
Tish Stimple~ Tish’s Adventures in Wonderland
Toby Lischko ~ Gateway Quilts & Stuff
Vasudha Govindan ~ Storied Quilts

Vicki Schlimmer ~ Vicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Not pictured:
Sandra Walker mmm! quilts

Each of our Brand Ambassadors receives two boxes a year filled with everything they need to meet all of the challenges and sometimes have some left over for other projects. Our team hand selects what each Ambassador receives in their boxes. We also have very generous industry partners that supply batting and thread. This year we have a new partner to bump the creativity factor up a notch!

Our partners this year are Aurifil, Hobbs Batting and AccuQuilt for partnering with us for this fun year! We appreciate them so very much!

Aurifil is the top choice for quilters! The 50wt thread provides strength to seams and melts into quilting with less lint to keep your sewing machine happier! Happy sewing machine means a happier quilter!


Hobbs Quilt Batting offers the best in batting from cotton to polyester; they have it all!


Accuquilt Ready Set GO! has everything quilters need to make cutting simpler! To see this collection, please watch the AccuQuilt Ready. Set. GO! Ultimate Fabric Cutting System video.

The Ambassadors will be posting their unboxing images and videos, sharing what they received. Be sure to visit their blogs to see what is inside!

Did you miss the call to apply? The Island Ambassador call for submissions is open every year in November. Make sure to follow us on all of our social media to keep tuned in to our giveaways, special events, and new releases. There will be so much going on this year for you to get to know us better, have fun and win some of The Best from Bali for your stash!



Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop

Are ready for a carefree adventure? Your itinerary is ready!

Island Batik is geared up to take you on color filled excursions! Buckle your seatbelts for the most incredible month of projects during our Getaway Blog Hop!

Your tour guides are our Island Batik Ambassadors galavanting for a full month. Get caught up in our international whirlwind of fabric, thread, and more for the Island Batik Getaway Blog Hop.

The 2018 Island Batik Ambassadors have done an outstanding job of meeting each monthly challenge and frequently taking it to the next peak. They are all seasoned sewing travelers and will be amazing guides for the Getaway journey.

We appreciate all of the time and talent they have put into everything they made throughout the year.





If you see Island Batik collections you need in your sewing life, be sure to ask your local quilt shop if they are stocking one or, better yet, all of these incredible collections.

Island Batik collections are curated to fit perfectly together. Some collections include themed fabrics for seasonal projects or personal preferences.

All of the collections work beautifully with our Island Batik Foundations fabrics. You can find out more about our Foundations that include Basics, Blenders, and Neutrals by visiting Island Batik Foundations.

Be sure to visit all of the incredible Island Batik Ambassadors sites to see all of their inspirational creations.

Secure your tray table, and please put your seat in the upright position as we are ready to take off!



Monday, January 7

Maryellen McAuliffeMary Mack’s Blog

Sandra Walkermmm! quilts


Tuesday, January 8

Stephanie JacobsonSteph Jacobson Designs

Michelle RobertsCreative Blonde



Wednesday, January 9

Connie CampbellFree Motion by the River

Anna BranchArk Angel Creations



Thursday, January 10

Bea LeeBea Quilter

Sharon ParcelYellow Cat Designs


Friday, January 11

Geraldine WilkinsLiving Water Quilter

Jessica CaldwellDesert Bloom Quilting




Monday, January 14

Sarah GoerSarah Goer Quilts

Sherry ShishPowered by Quilting

Jennifer Fulton- The Inquiring Quilter


Tuesday, January 15

Jen StrauserDizzy Quilter

Janet YamamotoWhispers of Yore


Wednesday, January 16

Dione Gardner-StephenClever Chameleon

Nancy ScottMasterpiece Quilting


Thursday, January 17

Carole Lyles ShawCarol Lyles Shaw

Toby LischkoGateway Quilts & Stuff


Friday, January 18

Jackie OBrienIf These Threads Could Talk

Tina DillardQuilting Affection



Monday, January 21

Jennifer ThomasCurlicue Creations

Anita SkjellangerQuilt In a Not Shell


Tuesday, January 22

Karen OvertonThe Quilt Rambler

Alison VermilyaLittle Bunny Quilts

Turid BakkenDen syende himmel


Wednesday, January

Karen NearySew Karen-ly Created

Leanne ParsonsDevoted Quilter


Thursday, January 24

Laura PilandSlice of Pi Quilts

Suzy WebsterAdventurous Applique and Quilting

Myra BarnesBusy Hands Quilts


Friday, January 25

Vicki SchlimmerVicki’s Crafts and Quilting

Amy WarnerSew Incredibly Crazy



Monday, January 28

Pamela BoatrightPamelaQuilts

Joyce MullisHearts Creations


Tuesday, January 29

Kathleen McCormickKathleen McMusing

Connie KauffmanKauffman Designs


Wednesday, January 30

Jen ShafferPatterns by Jen

Jeanette JonesInchworm Fabrics


Thursday, January 31


Sally MannkeSally Manke Fiber Artist

Joan KawanoMoosestash Quilting


Friday, February 1


Mania Hatziioannidi Candy Cane Lane- Mania For Quilts

Barbara Gaddy – Candy Cane Lane  –Bejeweled Quilts by Barb


Friday, February

Terri Vanden Bosch Icicle – Meanderings along Lizard Creek

Anne Wiens- Icicle – Sweetgrass Creative Designs 



This getaway comes complete with souvenirs!

For this Blog Hop, we are giving away not one but two Island Batik 20 piece fat quarter bundles!  Two lucky travelers will have an Island Batik Basics rainbow to remind them of all of the fun they had on this trip!

The giveaway will be open until 02 Feb at 11:59 pm. The two random winners will be chosen and contacted by 05 Feb.


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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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What’s a blog hop without a little giveaway?! We have a yummy bundle of Globetrotter fabrics for one lucky winner! Enter to win via the widget below.

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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!