Have you met Anorina Morris at Samelia’s Mum? A designer, teacher, quilt maker and Aurifil Artisan, Anorina lives near Sydney in Australia. A wife, mum of two humans and 3 fur babies, she makes time each day to play with fabric, needle and thread. You can see her patterns published in such magazines as Homespun magazine, Quilters Companion, Make Modern, Handmade, Patchwork and Stitching. When not in her sewing room, you can find Anorina hand stitching, while waiting for her children at their after school activities.
Have you met Claudia Porter? She is a self-taught quilter of 30 years, who turned her part-time hobby into a full-time business called Create with Claudia. Her blog and YouTube channel focus on quilting projects, patterns, fabric crafts and other tips. She sells a number of her designs in her Etsy shop. In October of 2020 she was named YouTube’s Creator of the Day and in March of 2022 she was named one of YouTube’s Women Creators on the Rise celebrating International Women’s Day. Today, you can find Claudia’s patterns in such quilting magazines as Make Modern and Quiltmaker.
Welcome to the final stretch of the Island Batik Ambassador It’s in the Bag Blog Hop! As we wrap up this exciting journey, enjoy a delightful recap of all the amazing projects made with the patterns and supplies, so generously provided by our friends at ByAnnie.com. As we say farewell to the hop, we hope these beautiful bags inspire your next quilting adventure!
Let’s revisit the highlights of the third week of the Island Batik Ambassador It’s in the Bag Blog Hop! Take a journey through the distinctive projects created by the Ambassadors with patterns and hardware, generously provided by our friends at ByAnnie.com, and hopefully their work ignites a spark of inspiration within you!
It’s recap time! We loved seeing all of the beautiful projects created during Week 2 of Island Batik Ambassador It’s in the Bag Blog Hop. From stylish to practical, these bags showcase the endless possibilities of quilting. As you explore the unique creations of each participating Ambassador, we hope their work sparks inspiration in you. Whether you’re a seasoned artisan or a beginner, our Blog Hop aims to fuel your creativity and encourage you to explore all the amazing patterns created by ByAnnie.com!
Please, say hello to Leah Malasky at Quilted Delights! Leah started quilting about 25 years ago when her children were very young. She taught herself through books, online tutorials/videos, and through lots of trial and error. What started as a hobby has turned into a passion! She loves all things quilt-related and enjoys sharing her passion with others. A few years ago she started a beginner quilt class in her area hoping to help others find their quilting passion. Today she has patterns published in such magazines as McCall’s Quilting and Fons & Porter Love of Quilting and continues to share valuable quilting tips and inspiring the community!
The first week of It’s in the Bag Blog Hop was short, but nonetheless great. Let’s see the beautiful bags showcased in the last 3 days!
This little bag I hope will prove
To be not vainly made—
For, if you should a needle want
It will afford you aid.
And as we are about to part
T’will serve another end,
For when you look upon the Bag
You’ll recollect your friend.
– Jane Austen
Everybody is on the hunt for that ideal bag, and Annie Unrein, the creative mind behind ByAnnie.com, offers a wide range of options. Whether you’re in need of a practical zippered handbag, a durable duffle, a stylish backpack, a reliable laptop carrier, a well-organized sewing supplies holder, or an elegant travel bag, ByAnnie.com has you covered!
Over the next four weeks of the It’s In The Bag Blog Hop, the exceptional team of Island Batik Ambassadors will be unveiling their incredible projects crafted using patterns from ByAnnie.com and the latest collections from Island Batik, which they’ve received in their second Ambassador box.
We invite you to join us on this exciting journey, as you follow along to discover their remarkable creations and find inspiration to create your own stunning bag for your next adventure, no matter how big or small it may be!
Are you following our Greek Ambassador, Mania Hatziioannidi from Mania for Quilts? Mania started dealing with crafts at the age of 6-7. In the beginning, it was cross stitch, embroidery, crochet, and knitting. She moved on by attending classes and got the opportunity to extend her knowledge to more advanced techniques. Mania speaks four languages beyond Greek, which helped her communicate online with many teachers and crafters from around the world and follow many blogs and sites. At the same time, she was dealing with every craft, extending her knowledge to candle making, sewing, furniture remake, mosaic, micro-weaving, felting, and she entered the magic world of quilting. Her previous professional experience and her willingness to transfer her knowledge drove her to be a quilting teacher.
Please welcome another member of the Island Batik Ambassador family! Susan Deshensky of Lady Blue Quilt Studio is an award winning quilter and designer with patterns, published in numerous magazines including Quiltmaker, Fons and Porter Love of Quilting, Quick & Easy Quilts and McCall’s Quilting. A Certified Instructor for Quiltworx Judy Niemeyer Quilting, Susan is also a life member of the American Needlepoint Guild and Embroiderers’ Guild of America. Susan loves to teach and is available for in person or Zoom classes/lectures. She resides in the metropolitan New York City area with her husband and dog.
Give a warm welcome to Pamela Boatright at PamelaQuilts! As a self-taught quilter, she takes great pleasure in motivating fellow quilting enthusiasts on their creative journeys, generously imparting practical advice along the way. Right from the beginning, Pamela has relished the art of quilt design, finding immense satisfaction and excitement in the fusion of traditional blocks and techniques to craft fresh and captivating designs. Beyond her larger projects, Pamela also finds joy in the intricacies of miniature quilting, embracing quick and efficient methods like strip piecing, all while expanding her repertoire of tools to enhance her precision and speed.
Hello, fellow quilting aficionados! Our amazing adventure through the world of paper-pieced quilts has reached its conclusion. We were truly impressed by the extraordinary designs brought to life by Island Batik Ambassadors – every quilt was a remarkable display of individuality and excellence! As we say farewell to Pieced to Perfection blog hop, we trust that our dedicated followers are now brimming with newfound inspiration.
Welcome back, fellow quilting enthusiasts!
Another incredibly enjoyable week of Island Batik Ambassador Pieced to Perfection Blog Hop has concluded! Whether you’ve been following along from the beginning or are just joining us now, we invite you to take another look at the stunning quilts we’ve shared over the past five days. And if you’re new to the world of paper-piecing, we sincerely hope that seeing these projects will inspire some of you to give this technique a try, realizing that it’s more approachable than you may have imagined!
If a particular collection featured during the Pieced to Perfection Blog Hop has captured your heart, why not pay a visit to your local quilt store next month? To discover which quilt shops in your area carry Island Batik fabrics, simply use our store locator and enter your zip code.
Hey there, fellow quilting enthusiasts!
We’ve wrapped up the first week of Island Batik Ambassador Pieced to Perfection Blog Hop, and it’s been sew much fun! Whether you’ve been following along or just joining in, we want you to have a second look at all of the amazing quilts we’ve shared this week. Get ready for some paper-piecing magic!
If a specific collection, featured during Pieced to Perfection Blog Hop is calling your name, check your local quilt shops this month – they might already have it in stock! To see what quilt shops carry Island Batik in your area, please visit our store locator and type in your zip code.
September brings a new Island Batik Blog Hop! Imagine this: 25 amazing Ambassadors, each assigned with a latest Island Batik collection, and a single mission – to create an intricate paper pieced quilt. Can you feel the gentle anticipation in every stitch? Paper Piecing is a technique that offers endless design possibilities, so we’re all gathered here eagerly awaiting all the imaginative ideas and stunning quilts the participants of the Hop will bring to life! So, settle in with a comforting cup of tea, nestle into your coziest chair, and let’s embark on this quilting journey together.
It’s time to introduce another wonderful member of the Island Batik Ambassador family! Brenda Alburl, the creative mind behind Songbird Designs, has been quilting and sewing most of her life. She discovered quilting and sewing as a child, being taught by her grandmother to enjoy needlework. She would watch and help her grandmother draft patterns on cardboard boxes from her grandparents’ country store and stitch up quilts using feed sack fabrics from livestock feed! When her daughter was young, Brenda took a “real” quilting class and was hooked again! She continues to try new techniques to hone her quilting skills and enjoys designing her own quilts using the Electric Quilt software.
Have you met Suzy Webster at Websterquilt? She’s been an Island Batik Ambassador for 7 and a half years and we’ve seen lots of amazing quilts she has created in that role! Suzy has been quilting since age eight when she arranged some scrap triangles and told her mother, “You should sew it like this.” One of the things Suzy loves about quilting is that the design possibilities and fabric choices are endless. She has been entering competitions since college and has many quilt show ribbons to her credit including Road to California, Machine Quilter’s Exposition, The American Quilter’s Society Shows, and International Quilt Festival. Suzy loves to piece, appliqué, and free-motion machine quilt, design mystery quilts and patterns, as well as teach and give trunk shows of her quilts.
Have you met Denise? She’s been with us since 2019 and we love all of the gorgeous projects she has created in her role as an Island Batik Ambassador ever since! Denise has spent more than half of her life trying to recreate the feeling she felt the first time sleeping under a quilt her grandmother made. “That quilt, along with everything around me inspires my creativity, though the finish rarely resembles the inspiration.“ She is a self taught quilter behind Quiltery-For the Love of Geese and a pattern designer who revels on pushing the boundaries of her ability and creativity. Her patterns have been published in Annie’s Catalog as well as Island Batik fabric catalogs. She and her husband of 31 years enjoy the solitude of living high above the Mississippi River in Grafton, Il.
Hey quilting enthusiasts! Our epic blog hop journey featuring incredible quilts made with Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design tools has come to an end. We were blown away by the one-of-a-kind creations from Island Batik Ambassadors – each quilt was a pure burst of uniqueness and fabulousness! As we bid adieu to the hop, we hope our awesome followers feel that spark of inspiration igniting within them. It’s time to dive into your own projects and unleash the magic of Studio 180 Design tools!
Hello, fellow quilters!
We’ve come to the end of another exciting week of the Island Batik Tool Craze Blog Hop, and it was truly remarkable! Our skilled Ambassadors had a great time exploring the creative possibilities with tools from Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design. They impressed us once again with their stunning quilts, each one more inventive and vibrant than the previous. Sadly, the Blog Hop is ending next week, but we still look forward to the striking creations it will bring! So, get your fabric, thread, and sewing machines ready!
If a specific collection, featured during the Tool Craze Blog Hop is calling your name, check your local quilt shops this month – they might already have it in stock! To see what quilt shops carry Island Batik in your area, please visit our store locator and type in your zip code.
Join us for a recap of this week’s Tool Craze Blog Hop quilts! Our talented Ambassadors have truly impressed us with their magnificent creations, featuring the versatile tools from Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design and the latest Island Batik fabric collections.
We are grateful for all the positive feedback we’ve received and hope that you’re feeling inspired to grab your needle and thread and start stitching with Studio 180 Design tools!
We’re thrilled to announce the start of the Tool Craze Blog Hop, a month-long event that celebrates the love of quilting and the use of tools to create beautiful, unique designs. We’ve teamed up with our friends at Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design, who have generously provided the 25 participating Island Batik Ambassadors with their tools. The challenge is to incorporate these tools and any coordinating Studio 180 Design‘s Technique Sheets into their quilts, using the new Island Batik collections. We can’t wait to see the amazing and creative designs that come out of this project!
Not only will the Tool Craze Blog Hop be a feast for the eyes, but there will also be three giveaways and six prizes up for grabs! These include bundles of new Island Batik collections, which will be featured during the hop.
We hope you’ll join us in celebrating the Tool Craze Blog Hop and the joy of quilting! We encourage everyone to follow along with the Blog Hop and discover Studio 180 Design tools, new techniques, tips, and inspiration for your own quilting projects. Stay tuned for updates and exciting developments throughout the month-long event. Let’s get sewing!
Say “hello” to Emily Leachman at The Darling Dogwood! Emily joined the Island Batik Ambassador family in 2019 and we’ve been swooning over all the stunning quilts she’s whipped up during her time with us. She been quilting for more than 20 years after starting during her college years. Emily enjoys a wide variety of quilting techniques and is always willing to try something new with fabric. She is active in the online quilting community and a member of the Charlotte chapter of the Modern Quilt Guild. When not quilting, Emily is also a librarian!
Please meet our new Ambassador Brittany Fisher at Bobbin with Brittany! She lives in Ashland, Ohio with her husband, Rob, and son, Benji. A data analyst by day, Brittany translates her skills into a passion for designs and fabric coordination. Her first quilt publication was released 2023, which is also when her longarm services took off! Brittany loves to teach others tips and tricks because she fully believes sewing is for everyone, and the world needs more beautiful creations that are waiting to be unlocked!
Say “Hello” to Jennifer Thomas at Curlicue Creations! She is a quilt designer with a love of color, spending her days sewing in an old vintage farmhouse in the rolling countryside of North Carolina with her children, cats, and nature all around. The sky enchants Jennifer: its ever-changing colors and moods give her daily inspiration. Jennifer’s patterns have been published in dozens of quilting magazines including Quiltmaker, Modern Quilts, Love of Quilting, Modern Patchwork, American Quilter, McCall’s Quilting, and so many more!
The first 2023 Island Batik Ambassador challenge – the All Puffed Up Blog Hop – has officially come to a close, and we’re feeling all the emotions! Sadness, because we’ve had so much fun following along with our amazing Ambassadors, many of them having tried their hand at making a Puff quilt for the very first time. Joy, because we’ve been blown away by the creativity and talent on display with each and every quilt that was showcased. And perhaps most of all, a sense of inspiration, because we’re hoping that our followers have been inspired to try their hand at creating their own Puff quilt after seeing the incredible work of our Ambassadors.
Ah, another week of All Puffed Up Blog Hop has come and gone. It’s amazing how time flies when you’re surrounded by squishy, fluffy, and oh-so-cozy quilts! Yet again, we’ve seen some incredible creations from Island Batik Ambassadors that are sure to inspire even the most novice of quilters.
Greetings, fellow quilters!
Another week of the Island Batik All Puffed Up Blog Hop has come to an end, and what a week it was! Our talented Ambassadors yet again wowed us with their amazing puff quilts, each one more creative and colorful than the last. Next week’s hop is going to be just as wonderful, so, get your fabric, thread and your sewing machines ready!
Gather ’round for the grand finale of this week’s Puff quilt extravaganza! We’ve been blown away (pun intended) by the magnificent creations of our talented Ambassadors, showing off the fabric from the new Island Batik collections in so many different ways! We are grateful for all the wonderful comments we’ve received, and hoping that your fingers are itching for a needle and thread to start making your own Puff quilt soon!
Say hello to our new Ambassador Renee Atkinson at Pink Tulip Quilting!
Renee is a batik believer! Her collection of batiks assists in the design of unique art quilts, fabric collages, and other quilted creations including her Gnumerous Gnome collection! Experienced sewist and designer, Renee loves collaborating with clients and other quilters!Continue Reading…
Exciting news, quilters! The Island Batik Ambassador All Puffed Up Blog Hop is officially underway!
Puff quilts, oh how we adore thee 😍 Squishy and cozy, a Puff quilt is perfect for snuggling up for a movie night or just lounging with a good book: it’s the ultimate comfort companion!
Each of our 25 talented Ambassadors has been tasked with creating a stunning Puff quilt using their assigned Island Batik collection that is shipping to your local quilt shops this month! We can hardly contain our excitement to see the unique design solutions and color choices that each quilter will bring to the table. Follow along with us as we watch this incredible quilting journey unfold!
Connie Kauffman is a quilt designer, author, teacher with 6 books and numerous patterns published in many books and magazines including, most recently, Love of Quilting, American Quilter, Quiltmaker, McCall’s Quilting and more. Connie has been an Island Batik Ambassador for 9 years since the program began! She finds the Island Batik’s rich colors and intricate designs a constant source of inspiration and joy.
Preeti at Sew Preeti Quilts has been selected to be an Island Batik Ambassador for the third year in a row! She grew up in India and came to the USA about 20 years ago as a student. Living in the Washington DC metro area, she works as a transportation planner. Preeti made her first quilt in 2013 and 200+ quilts later, she can firmly say that she is addicted to all things quilting! Her patterns have been published in numerous magazines including Make Modern, Quilter’s World and Quiltmaker. She loves bright fabrics and enjoys improvisational piecing.
Elita Sharpe (Busy Needle Quilting) is one of our new members this year! Elita is a longarm quilter and educator, currently dividing her time between Lawrenceburg, Indiana (US) and Geneva, Switzerland. She has been quilting for over 20 years, longarm quilting on an APQS Millennium for most of that time. Elita gives classes in the cosy setting of her home studio, on a variety of techniques, including longarm rentals, and hosts patchwork retreats in the French Alps. She also services sewing machines, both domestic and longarm!
Maryellen (Mary Mack Made Mine) has been sewing since she was young, and loves quilting and designing quilts the most. She has published a number of patterns, loves to teach, and does longarm quilting for others. This is her 10th year as an Island Batik Ambassador, and she hopes to share her love of quilting and fabric with everyone!
This month, we’ll be giving you an inside look at the talented individuals who represent the 2023 Island Batik Ambassador team! Get to know them, their unique stories and the creative process behind their work. Get ready to be inspired!
Please say hello to Reed Johnson of Blue Bear Quilts! Reed is an award winning quilt pattern designer who has worked with Accuquilt and numerous fabric companies. His quilt designs have been published in a variety of magazines including American Quilter, Love of Quilting, McCall’s Quilting, Quiltmaker, Fons and Porter Quick and Easy Quilts. Reed creates bold designs that are a modern take on the classics. In 2016, he won the Fan Favorite in the Accuquilt Block Design Challenge and in 2017, he was the Grand Champion of the same contest.
We are happy to announce the beginning of the 10th year of the Island Batik Brand Ambassador Program! Please, say hello to our 2023 Island Batik Brand Ambassadors! This group of 25 talented creatives will bring you inspiration, tutorials, and humor in the coming year. For blog links, please see the full list below the image!
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The end of Lone Star Blog Hop marks the end of a wonderful year-long quilt journey and we hope that seeing the Island Batik Ambassadors’ projects over the past 12 months has inspired you to keep creating and exploring new techniques and patterns! We want to thank the Island Batik Ambassador team, who once again amazed us with their talent, for their participation in this Blog Hop and all the previous challenges, and we look forward to seeing more of their beautiful work in the future!
Additionally, we want to thank our amazing industry partners, Aurifil, Hobbs, AccuQuilt, Schmetz Needles, Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design, ByAnnie.com and Prairie Spirit Alpacas for their support of the 2022 Island Batik Ambassador Program. Your top quality products make the sewing process a breeze!
And last but not least, thank YOU for following along and leaving your wonderful comments!
With a certain sadness, we are saying goodbye to some of the 2022 Ambassadors and wishing them the best of luck with their business! Stay tuned as we welcome the new 2023 team in two weeks!
But for now, let’s enjoy the striking Lone Star Blog Hop quilts one more time! Let us know in the comments below if you’re ready to try this block and which quilts from the ones below inspire you the most!
Another week of striking Lone Star quilts is over and it’s time to revisit them all!
As always, there is a direct link to each post for you to learn more about the designer’s process and see if there’s bonus giveaway that you can enter.
We loved this week’s parade of seven dazzling Lone Star quilts! We hope it inspires you to pull your favorite fabric and give this striking pattern a go!
In case you missed any of this week’s quilts, we put them all together in a recap. There is a direct link to each post for you to learn more about the designer’s process. Also, some of the Ambassadors are doing bonus giveaways, check them all out! Besides the gorgeous quilt images, there’s a new giveaway, so make sure to get to the end of this post!
The final challenge of this year’s Island Batik Ambassador season is here! This month, the Ambassadors will be using fabrics from our newest collections to create striking quilts for the Lone Star Blog Hop. One of the oldest and most popular patterns, Lone Star offers endless design and color possibilities and we can’t wait to see what they make!
We are excited to announce that we are now accepting the applications for the 2023 Island Batik Brand Ambassador Program! If you are a passionate quilter with a strong social media presence and love Island Batik fabrics, this Program is a great opportunity for you to grow as a quilter, increase your social media audience, make professional connections that may help you to achieve your quilty goals, and make some friends along the way!
Please, click [here] to read the 2023 Program description and see if you are a good fit to be an Ambassador! To apply, please answer each survey question and make sure to click “Submit” when your Application is complete!
Applications will be accepted until November 15, 2022. The 2023 Brand Ambassador year will begin in January 2023 and run through December. Accepted applicants will be notified via email in December 2022.
If you have any questions, leave your message in the comments below.
As September comes to a close, so must our Tool Talk Blog Hop! This beautiful hop wouldn’t be possible without the support of our friends at Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design, whose amazing tools and technique sheets make quilting as enjoyable as it gets. We want to thank our parade of Ambassadors for this fabulous journey filled with their gorgeous quilts! Each and every one of them brought something unique to the table, all using various Island Batik collections and Studio 180 Design tools so differently.
Another week of the amazing Tool Talk Blog Hop quilt parade is over and we love each and every quilt we’ve seen! Which ones are your favorites? Be sure to leave a comment below!
Thank you for following along during Week Two of the Island Batik Ambassador Tool Talk Blog Hop! We are impressed by all the stunning quilts created in the last five days and can’t wait to see more. Be sure to leave a comment below and tell us which tools by Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design you want to try in your next quilt!
Wow, this week went by fast! We loved seeing the Ambassadors use the new Island Batik collections and tools from Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design in their gorgeous quilts!
In case you missed any of this week’s quilts, we put them all together in a recap! There is a direct link to each post for you to learn more about the designer’s process. Also, some of the Ambassadors are doing bonus giveaways, so make sure to check them out! Besides the parade of gorgeous quilts, there’s a new giveaway, so make sure to get to the end of this post!
Attention quilters! We have some exciting news for you! For the second time, we are joined by our friends from Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design for the Tool Talk Blog Hop! During the next four weeks, our Ambassadors will be stitching with a tool that is new to them. The tools are designed to make a specific unit in many different sizes, so you can work with small units to make a miniature or large units to make a large quilt. We can’t wait to see what they make!
We are a little sad to announce that the Island Batik Ambassador New York Beauty Blog Hop has come to an end! We want to thank each of the participating creatives for this fabulous parade of gorgeous, striking NYB quilts, many of them being the Ambassadors’ first attempts but ALL unique in their design and color placement.
Additionally, we want to thank our amazing industry partners, Aurifil, Hobbs, AccuQuilt and Schmetz Needles for their support of the Island Batik Ambassador Program. Your top quality products make the sewing process a breeze!
And last but not least, thank YOU for following along and leaving your wonderful comments! We hope the creativity of our Ambassadors inspires you to take the New York Beauty block off your bucket list!
One last time, let’s see the round-up of ALL the spectacular quilts, featured during the New York Beauty Blog Hop! Let us know in the comments below which ones are your favorite!Continue Reading…
Another week of the dazzling New York Beauty Blog Hop quilt parade is over and we love each and every project featured in the last five days! Which ones are your favorites? Be sure to leave a comment below and let us know if you’re ready to check the NYB block off your bucket list!
Thank you for following along during Week Two of the Island Batik Ambassador New York Beauty Blog Hop! We are impressed by all the stunning quilts created in the last five days and can’t wait to see more. Be sure to leave a comment below and tell us which projects inspire you the most!