Inspired by Nature Blog Hop is over, and what a hop it has been! We are thankful to our team of Ambassadors for their spectacle of breathtaking quilts, each of them unique in their design and style. It has been amazing to see each participating quilter draw inspiration from their local landscapes or moments from the past, so dear to their hearts. Moreover, seeing featured Island Batik collections represented in so many different ways is always fascinating!

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 smooth and fun!

And last but not least, thank YOU for following along and leaving your wonderful comments! We hope the creativity of our Ambassadors inspired you to take a closer look around you and make something amazing with new Island Batik collections and Batik Foundations.

Let’s see the round-up of all the gorgeous quilts, featured during the three weeks of Inspired by Nature Blog Hop! 

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Thank you for following along during Week One of Inspired by Nature Blog Hop! We hope you loved all the amazing ways the Island Batik Ambassadors have been using the new Island Batik collections in their fabulous quilts!

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Poets and artists have been influenced by nature’s powerful beauty for centuries. This month, we challenged our team of Island Batik Ambassadors to take a closer look at this endless source of inspiration and create a quilt project.

During the next three weeks of the Inspired by Nature Blog Hop, our amazing team of twenty-five Ambassadors will be sharing their fabulous projects made with new Island Batik collections they received in their second Island Batik Ambassador box! We hope that you will follow along to see their amazing quilts, reminiscent of the elements of nature that move them the most!

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We are excited to announce that we are now accepting the applications for the 2021 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!

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It’s in the Bag Blog Hop is over, and we can’t thank the amazing team of Island Batik Ambassadors enough for their incredible talent and the plethora of beautiful and versatile bags we have been enjoying over the last three weeks! This challenge wouldn’t have been possible without our sponsor ByAnnie.com, who generously provided each Ambassador with patterns, hardware and everything else necessary to create their fabulous bags.

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 enjoyable and fun!

And last, but not least, we thank YOU for following along and leaving wonderful comments! We hope that all the eye candy showcased during this Blog Hop inspires you to purchase a pattern (or a few!) from ByAnnie.com and make a beautiful backpack, tool organizer or travel bag for yourself or someone special in your life!

Let’s see the round-up of all the awesome bags, featured during the three weeks of It’s in the Bag Blog Hop! 

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Another week of It’s in the Bag Blog Hop is over and we have only two projects left to show you – please check our Facebook and Instagram pages on Monday as we reveal them! Meanwhile, we put together a recap of everything you have seen in the last five days of this fun hop! We want to thank our team of Ambassadors for working hard on their awesome bags, our amazing sponsor ByAnnie.com, who provided everything necessary for this Blog Hop to happen and other great industry partners whose products were also used this month – Aurifil and Schmetz Needles! Make sure to read this post till the end to see what prizes we set aside for the FINAL giveaway!

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Our Ambassadors had a blast making backpacks, bags and tool organizers for Week Two of It’s in the Bag Blog Hop! We hope you loved all their projects and feel inspired to make something for yourself or someone special in your life! Our friends at ByAnnie.com have a pattern for everyone, and our Ambassadors are here to prove it!

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Thank you for following along during this short Week One of It’s in the Bag Blog Hop! We hope you loved all the inspiring ways the Island Batik Ambassadors have been using the new Island Batik collections and patterns and hardware from our friends at ByAnnie.com in their beautiful bags, supplies organizers and more!

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Take, if you must, this little bag of dreams,

Unloose the cord, and they will wrap you round.

-William Butler Yeats

Everyone searches for that perfect bag. Annie Unrein of ByAnnie.com has something for everyone – from handy zippered handbags, duffles and backpacks to laptop carriers, sewing supplies organizers and classy travel bags! During the next four weeks of It’s In The Bag Blog Hop, our amazing team of twenty-five Ambassadors will be sharing their fabulous projects made with the patterns from ByAnnie.com and new Island Batik collections they received in their second Island Batik Ambassador box! We hope that you will follow along to see their amazing creations and get inspired to make a beautiful bag for your next adventure, big or small!

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Please, welcome a new member of Island Batik Ambassador family – Sharon Riley, who also happens to be a Certified Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design Instructor! Sharon made her first quilt about 10 years ago and got hooked. Over time, she began spreading her love of quilting with others and creating her own patterns, which you might have seen in such publications as Love of Quilting, Easy Quilts, Quilty, Quilting Quickly, Winter Festival of Quilts, and Quilting Quickly! In 2019, she formed her business, Sew Riley Designs, and continues to share her passion of quilting with her followers!

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Say hello to the talented Janet Yamamoto from Hamilton, Missouri! Janet has been an Island Batik Ambassador for three and a half years, and we have enjoyed seeing all the beautiful quilts and home decor items she has created with our fabric and products from our generous industry partners, Aurifil, AccuQuilt, Hobbs and Schmetz Needles.

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The Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop is over, and we can’t thank the amazing team of Island Batik Ambassadors enough for their incredible talent and the plethora of fabulous and versatile home decor items we have been enjoying over the last three weeks!

Additionally, we want to thank our amazing industry partners, Aurifil, Hobbs, AccuQuilt and Schmetz Needles for their support of the Island Batik Ambassador Program! This Blog Hop would not be possible without your top quality products!

And last, but not least, we thank YOU for following along and leaving wonderful comments! We hope that all the eye candy showcased during this Blog Hop inspires you to freshen up your home and give it a brand new look!

Let’s see the round-up of all the fantastic home decor projects, featured during The Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop! 

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The third week of Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop is over and we loved seeing the parade of dazzling runners, placemats, rugs, tree skirts, cushions, wall hangings and curtains made by our great Ambassadors with the new Island Batik collections and products from our generous industry partners, Hobbs, AccuQuilt, Schmetz Needles and Aurifil. Thank you for following along and leaving us amazing comments!

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Another week of The Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop is over and we loved seeing all the versatile and inspiring projects made by our great Ambassadors with the new Island Batik collections and products from our generous industry partners, Hobbs, AccuQuilt, Schmetz Needles and Aurifil. Thank you for hopping along and leaving wonderful comments!

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We are happy to be sponsoring a fabulous online Sew in Your Jammies 2020 retreat, hosted by our great friend and Island Batik Designer Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios! Ebony’s retreat will bring quilters and sewists together in the most fun and interactive experience they can have at a sewing retreat without needing to leave their houses! To help her, there will be a dream team of amazing instructors and Island Batik Designers you all know and love – Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works, Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis, Kate Colleran of Seams Like A Dream Quilt Designs and Joanne Hillestad of Fat Quarter Gypsy & Swirly Girls Design.

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Thank you for following along during Week One of The Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop! We hope you enjoyed seeing all the inspiring ways the Island Batik Ambassadors have been using the new Island Batik collections and products from our amazing industry partners, Hobbs, AccuQuilt, Schmetz Needles and Aurifil, in their beautiful table sets, pillows and wall hangings!

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“Spring is nature’s way of saying let’s party.” – Robin Williams

Let your party include ideas to give your home a fresh new look! One of the easiest ways to freshen up your living space is to play around with the accessories… or whip up new ones. To give you some great ideas, we are inviting you to join the Island Batik Ultimate Home Decor Blog Hop! During the next four weeks, our amazing team of Ambassadors will be sharing their fabulous placemats, wall hangings, table runners and pillows, made with the new Island Batik collections and other fantastic goodies from their first Island Batik Ambassador box! We hope that you will follow along to see their beautiful projects and get inspired to make something special for your home!

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Please, say hello to the talented Carla Henton from Dodge City, Kansas! Carla has been lucky to be surrounded by talented women all of her life, starting with her mom and grandmother who taught her to sew, and now with the fun online sewing and crafting community. She designs sewing and quilting patterns along with tutorials and has organized blog hops and designed Blocks of the Month. You can find Carla at Creatin’ in the Sticks!

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Please, welcome a new member of Island Batik Ambassador family – Megan Best from Ferndale, Washington! Megan is a quilting addict who loves to spread joy through quilting every day. Her motto is “do what brings you joy”, and for her that is every part of quilting! Megan made her first quilt while in high school and continued to foster this love throughout her education, achieving degrees in Apparel Design and Merchandising/Textiles.

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We are happy to introduce the talented Sally Manke, whose mission is to delight others with textile art that exemplifies her passion for joyful, creative expression through color and texture. Sally enjoys crafting traditional quilts, coiled rope baskets and all forms of fiber art, but her passion is art quilts.

Sally and her Dandy and Dejavu art quilt, made for 2019 July Island Batik Ambassador challenge. To learn about Sally’s process of creating the quilt, please visit: https://www.sallymanke.com/blog/2019/7/6/dandy-and-dejavu-art-quilt.

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Please, meet Jennifer Thomas of Curlicue Creations, who has been with the Island Batik Ambassador program since 2018! Jennifer is a quilt pattern designer in love with color. Her patterns can be found in numerous quilt magazines and books including Quiltmaker, Modern Quilts, Love of Quilting, Modern Patchwork, American Quilter, McCall’s Quilting and many others! She spends her days quilting in a vintage farmhouse in the rolling countryside of North Carolina with children, cats, and nature all around.

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We are very excited to introduce to you a talented quilter from Ontario, Canada, Sandra Walker of mmm! quilts! It is Sandra’s third year in the Island Batik Ambassador program and we love all the gorgeous projects she has created so far! The majority of those beautiful quilts and home décor items are Sandra’s original designs – her patterns have been published in such magazines as Modern Patchwork, McCall’s Quilting and Modern by the Yard eZine.

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Carol Moellers joined the Island Batik Ambassador program in 2019 and we were incredibly happy when she applied for the 2020 season! Not only is Carol a talented quilter and pattern designer, but she also teaches piecing, machine appliqué, binding, and design classes. Her patterns have been featured in such publications, as McCall’s Quilting, Quilter’s Newsletter, Sew Iowa, and IQA Festival Newsletter.

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We are happy to introduce another talented member of the 2020 Island Batik Brand Ambassador team! Please, welcome Jennifer Fulton, a quilter who is passionate about color, fabrics, and design! Jennifer loves to share what she learns with other quilters, which is why she named her blog The Inquiring Quilter.

Jennifer made her first quilt when she was 36: ” I’d taken a class to make a sampler quilt but hadn’t finished it when I got pregnant. I immediately got the urge to make a baby quilt and selected a rather complicated pattern without knowing how hard it would be to make even with a class! As a result I didn’t finish it until she was 5. I consider it my first quilt even though in those five years I did make other quilts (simpler ones) to learn the craft. The baby quilt sample was quite scrappy, so before the class I spent several hours selecting scraps for the baby quilt from a scrap barrel at my lqs. We were taught to cut our scraps using a template we were provided so the process was tedious. The quilt was basically HSTs and square in square blocks, so it didn’t take me long to discover that there was an easier way to make the blocks. But I learned over time how to piece properly and to square up my blocks and eventually I finished the top and even quilted it myself using straight line quilting. Although the result is not perfect, it’s a lovely quilt all the same and my daughter loves it.”

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Please, welcome Connie Kauffman of Kauffman Designs! She is a talented quilt designer, whose patterns have been published in numerous popular books and magazines, including McCall’s Quilting, Love of Quilting, Quiltmaker, American Patchwork & Quilting and many more. Connie has been an Island Batik Ambassador since the program started back in 2014, and we are very happy to have her in the 2020 team!

Connie has been quilting for almost 39 years. She made her first “real” quilt when her son went from the baby bed to a twin bed. Guess what Connie used to make it? Blue jeans!

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Island Batik Log Cabin Blog Hop is over, and we can’t thank our team of Ambassadors enough for their incredible talent and all the fabulous versatile quilts we have been enjoying over the last three weeks! They showed us that there are SO many ways of playing with this traditional block and even a slight change can make a huge difference!

Additionally, we want to thank our amazing industry partners, Aurifil, Hobbs, AccuQuilt and Schmetz Needles for their support of the Island Batik Ambassador Program! This Blog Hop would not be possible without your top quality products!

And last, but not least, we thank YOU for following along and leaving wonderful comments! We hope that all the eye candy showcased during this Blog Hop inspires you to experiment with fabric colors and play around with the log cabin block!

Let’s see the round-up of the fantastic quilts, featured during the final Week Three of the Hop! 

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It is always a one of a kind experience to see what inspiring projects Island Batik Ambassadors create with new fabric and goodies from our fantastic industry partners, Aurifil, AccuQuilt, Hobbs and Schmetz Needles! The last two weeks have been so much fun celebrating the Fall 2019 Island Batik collections by hopping across 16 fun blogs and enjoying the beautiful log cabin quilts! Thank you for joining in on the fun!

Here’s a recap of all of the gorgeous projects we have shared this week, in case you missed any of them. As usual, besides the stunning makes there’s a new giveaway at the end of this post! Be sure to follow the Rafflecopter prompts to enter today!

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Please, meet Alison Vermilya, who has been creating for the Island Batik Ambassador Program since 2016! A chemist-by-day and quilter-by-night, Alison has been quilting for over 15 years.

 

Alison made her first quilt when she was 15. She is co-owner of Honey, Bunny, and Doll Quilt Designs, established in 2013, and has been sharing about her quilting adventures on her blog, Little Bunny Quilts, since 2011. She lives in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania with her husband, Daniel, and two rabbits, Clara and Frankie.

 

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The first week of Log Cabin Blog Hop is over, and it is time for a recap of all the stunning quilts, created by Island Batik Ambassadors and a new giveaway! It’s been a blast to see Island Batik fabrics and products, provided by our amazing industry partners, AccuQuilt, Aurifil, Hobbs and Schmetz Needles, used in so many different and creative ways. This week’s quilts featured the following Island Batik collections:

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This year, three new members joined the Island Batik Ambassador team. One of them is the talented long arm quilter, teacher, designer, Certified Studio 180 Design Instructor and owner of Quilt Haven Threads, Gail Renna!

Gail was only 25 when she made her first ever quilt. It was right after she got married when she thought of making a quilt for their bed, so she took a Beginning Quilting class, and brought in a queen size Dresden Plate quilt kit to make! Two ladies were teaching this class and just smiled and taught her how to do it one square at a time, hand quilting it as she went.

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Please, say hi to the talented Mania Hatziioannidi from Athens, Greece, who has been an Island Batik Brand Ambassador for 2 years. Mania isn’t just a beautiful Greek name, it also says a lot about her passion for quilting!

Mania started quilting when she was 49, and it was love at first sight! Although she never liked sewing, she has been enjoying knitting and crocheting from the age of 6.  When she saw a bag made with hexagons, she was so amazed that she said to herself, “This is what I want to do for the rest of my life!” Funnily enough, Mania doesn’t like hexagons now!

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We are happy to introduce the 2020 Island Batik Ambassador from Coos Bay, Oregon – Pamela Boatright, who has been in the program since 2015! Pamela owns PamelaQuilts and has been seriously addicted to quilting for 33 years.

Pamela in her cozy studio, working on a quilt for the 2020 Willamette Valley Quilt Fest. The quilt is a smaller version of Pamela’s May Roses pattern, featured in the Spring/Summer 2019 Island Batik catalog, and uses the fabrics from Island Batik Sunny Side Up line, designed by Kathy Engle.

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We are excited to introduce our 2020 Island Batik Brand Ambassador Gail Sheppard!

Owner of Quilting Gail, Gail hails from Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada and is a lover of everything scrappy!  She was 17 when she made her first quilt and has been sewing on and off since 1983. In 2005, she bought a “good” sewing machine and has been making several quilts a year since then!

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We are beyond excited to announce the beginning of the 7th year of the Island Batik Brand Ambassador Program and the new members for the 2020 season! This group of 25 talented creatives will bring you inspiration, tutorials, and humor in the coming year.

Before we welcome the new Ambassadors, we want to thank the 2019 team for an incredible year of inspiration, talent, support, hard work and dedication! Not only did they excel at their monthly challenges, but created works of art that will not soon be forgotten.

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This is the last week of A Piece of Blog Hop and we want to finish it by saying a huge thank you to all the talented Island Batik Ambassadors, whose fabulous quilts we have been enjoying over the last three weeks! We thank you for following along and leaving wonderful comments!

Let’s see the round-up of the fantastic quilts, created by our talented Ambassadors during the final Week Three of the Blog Hop!

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Week two of A Piece of Blog Hop is over, and we are back with another weekly recap of the stunning quilts, created by Island Batik Ambassadors! It’s been a blast to see Island Batik fabrics and products, provided by our amazing industry partners, AccuQuilt, Aurifil and Hobbs, used in so many different and creative ways!

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Thank you for following along during week one of A Piece of Blog Hop! It is so exciting to see all the creative ways the Island Batik Ambassadors have been using the Summer 2019 collections in their beautiful quilts! 

Every Friday we will be having a recap of the quilts, created by our talented Ambassadors, to make sure you do not miss anything! There will be a direct link to each post with the quilt for you to learn more about the designer’s process and try your luck in their bonus giveaways!

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It is time for a new Island Batik Ambassador Blog Hop!

What do you think of when you hear “A piece of…”? A piece of a puzzle? A piece of pie? A piece of mind? Opportunities are endless! We cannot wait to see Island Batik Ambassadors share their interpretations of the theme and unveil their wonderful creations during A Piece Of Blog Hop!

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