We are excited to welcome you to the Paper-Pieced Celebrations Blog Hop, our second of the year! The challenge is to create a paper-pieced quilt that captures the essence of a holiday close to the hearts of our talented Ambassadors. It’s all about infusing those stitches with the spirit of celebration!

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We are thrilled to kick off the eleventh season of the Island Batik Ambassador Program with the Log Cabin Blog Hop! It’s a delightful challenge inspired by an enduring favorite in the quilting world. The versatility of the Log Cabin block offers endless creative possibilities. Will our Ambassadors opt for the graceful curves, geometric precision of triangles, whimsical wonky designs, celestial star motifs, innovative twists, or stick with the timeless classic? With boundless imagination and skill, our Ambassadors are poised to showcase a diverse array of interpretations. The sky truly is the limit as we start on this captivating adventure!

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We are happy to announce the beginning of the 11th year of the Island Batik Brand Ambassador Program! Please, say hello to our 2024 Island Batik Brand Ambassadors! This group of 26 talented individuals will bring you quilty tips, tricks, tutorials, and lots of inspiration in the coming year. For blog links, please see the full list below the image!

From left to right:

Row 1:

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs

Renee Atkinson ~ Pink Tulip Quilting

Megan Best ~ BestQuilter

Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts

Susan Deshensky ~ Lady Blue Quilts Studio

Brittany Fisher ~ Bobbin with Brittany

Row 2:

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts

Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts

Jane Hauprich ~ Stitch by Stitch Custom Quilting

Kim Jamieson-Hirst ~ Chatterbox Quilts

Victoria Johnson ~ Forever Quilting for You

Row 3:

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs

Connie Kresin Campbell ~ Freemotion by the River

Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood

Denise Looney ~ A Quiltery

Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights

Row 4:

Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine

Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion

Sarah Pitcher ~ Pitcher’s Boutique

Lana Russel ~ Lana Quilts

Julia Schweri ~ Inflorescence Designs

Row 5:

Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail

Carol Stanek ~ Stitch with Color

Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels

Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations

Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt

Make sure to follow Island Batik on Facebook and Instagram, so that you always stay updated on the beautiful quilts and home decor items from the talented Island Batik Ambassadors and Designers:

Facebook: Island Batik

Instagram: @island_batik

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Are you following Randi Jones at Randi’s Roost? Formerly a math teacher, she is a true ByAnnie.com pattern enthusiast, running the ByAnnie Bag Makers group on Facebook. Randi also is the “head sloth” of the Slow-Alongs, where makers slow down and enjoy the process of creating ByAnnie.com projects. She loves making quilts, and especially enjoys tiny paper piecing. When she’s not crafting or momming, she enjoys learning (about everything, but archaeology is her favorite at the moment), trying different kinds of beer and pickles, and visiting the farm animals that live near her house in Holland, New Jersey.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

Susan and her award-winning quilts at the Northern Star Quilt Guild Show.

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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.

Pamela in her studio, wearing the Nanette’s Fractured Bargello Jacket she made for the Try It! Island Batik Ambassador challenge, June 2019. For more information about the jacket, please click here.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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!

From left to right:

Brenda Alburl ~ Songbird Designs
Renee Atkinson ~ Pink Tulip Quilting
Pamela Boatright ~ PamelaQuilts
Susan Deshensky ~ Lady Blue Quilts
Brittany Fisher ~ Bobbin with Brittany

Preeti Harris ~ Sew Preeti Quilts
Mania Hatziioannidi ~ Mania for quilts
Reed Johnson ~ Blue Bear Quilts
Victoria Johnson ~ Forever Quilting for You
Randi Jones ~ Randi’s Roost

Connie Kauffman ~ Kauffman Designs
Emily Leachman ~ The Darling Dogwood
Denise Looney ~ Quiltery – For The Love Of Geese
Leah Malasky ~ Quilted Delights
Maryellen McAuliffe ~ Mary Mack Made Mine

Anorina Morris ~ sameliasmum.com
Lisa Pickering ~ Lisa’s Quilting Passion
Sarah Pitcher ~ Pitcher’s Boutique
Claudia Porter ~ Create with Claudia
Lana Russel ~ Lana Quilts

Elita Sharpe ~ Busy Needle
Gail Sheppard ~ Quilting Gail
Sandra Starley ~ Textile Time Travels
Jennifer Thomas ~ Curlicue Creations
Suzy Webster ~ Websterquilt

Make sure to follow Island Batik on Facebook and Instagram, so that you always stay updated on the beautiful quilts and home decor items from the talented Island Batik Ambassadors and Designers:

Facebook: Island Batik

Instagram: @island_batik

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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When we asked our followers, what quilt was on the top of their bucket lists, New York Beauty was one of the most popular answers. This comes as no surprise, because a perfectly pieced NYB quilt is always certain to become a striking showstopper and a cherished heirloom. This month, we decided to encourage you to give this timeless block a try and spark your imagination with a parade of spectacular New York Beauty quilts, created by the talented team of Island Batik Ambassadors!

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Another week of Row by Row Blog Hop is over and we love each and every quilt featured in the last five days! Which ones are your favorites? Be sure to leave a comment below and let us know if a row by row quilt is going to be your next project!

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Thank you for following along during Week Two of Row by Row 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 speak to you the most!

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Row, row, row your quilt… Yes, it’s the theme of the new Island Batik Ambassador Blog Hop! This month is all about Row by Row quilts, boasting fun rows of quilt blocks or components, each distinct from the others. We are excited to see how the Ambassadors create these rows in their own unique ways, with different themes and different Island Batik fabric collections. hat variety is really the best part of our Blog Hops!

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Thank you for following along during Week Two of Storm at Sea Blog Hop! We are awed by the Ambassadors’ level of creativity – each quilt is nothing short of stunning! Be sure to leave a comment below and tell us which projects speak to you the most!

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Ahoy and thank you for following along during Week One of Storm at Sea Blog Hop! We hope that seeing all the amazing ways our Ambassadors have been using new Island Batik collections and products from our industry sponsors in their fabulous quilts inspires you to check this gorgeous pattern off your bucket list!

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Another fun week of Try a Tool Blog Hop is over! It’s been exciting to see our Ambassadors explore their new tools from Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design and use new Island Batik collections in their fabulous quilts. If you’re new to Studio 180 Design’s tools, we hope you feel inspired to try them in your next project – you are sure to become a Tucker fan once and forever!

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Thank you for following along during Week Two of Try a Tool Blog Hop! We hope you loved all the amazing ways our Ambassadors have been using the new Island Batik collections and tools from Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design in their fabulous quilts!

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Thank you for following along during the short Week One of Try a Tool Blog Hop! We hope that seeing all the amazing ways our Ambassadors have been using the tools from our friends at Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design, new Island Batik collections and products from our industry sponsors in their fabulous quilts inspires you to create something great! If there’s a tool that caught your attention the most, click here to purchase it and see what blocks it allows you to make.

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August brings a new Island Batik Blog Hop! This time we teamed up with our friends from Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design. They are renowned for their quilt tools, patterns and companion products that make quilting easier and more fun. Deb Tucker’s tools add accuracy and precision for the best results in all your quilting projects! During the next four weeks, our Ambassadors will be stitching with a tool that is new to them. Stay tuned as we share their quilts and make sure to visit each Ambassador’s blog for step-by-step process and gorgeous detail shots!

Our Ambassadors will be making their quilts with fabric from the latest Island Batik collections that will start shipping to your favorite quilt shops very soon! They will also be using products from our sponsors – Aurifil, Hobbs Batting and Schmetz Needles. We hope that you will follow along to see their amazing creations and get inspired to dive into what fun blocks these fantastic tools can create!

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Another fun week of Quilt Modern Blog Hop is over! It’s amazing to see all the beautiful ways our Ambassadors are using new Island Batik collection in their fabulous quilts and read about their creative process.

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