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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Thank you for following along during Week One of Quilt Modern Blog Hop! We hope you loved all the amazing ways our Ambassadors have been using the new Island Batik collections and products from our industry sponsors in their fabulous quilts!

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May brings a new Blog Hop! This month is all about Modern quilts, inspired by modern art and boasting bold colors and prints, high contrast and graphic areas of solid color. During the next three weeks of the Blog Hop, our Ambassadors will be exploring the world of Modern Quilting, tryin improvisational piecing, designing minimalistic blocks and using expansive negative space.

Our Ambassadors will be making their fabulous modern quilts with new Island Batik collections and products from our sponsors – Aurifil, Hobbs Batting, Schmetz Needles and AccuQuilt. We hope that you will follow along to see their amazing creations and get inspired to dive into Modern Quilting!

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Another fun week of Create for a Cause 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 wonderful organizations they picked.

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Thank you for following along during Week One of Create for a Cause Blog Hop! We hope you loved all the amazing ways our Ambassadors have been using the new Island Batik collections and products from our industry sponsors in their fabulous quilts!

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As long as there have been quilters, quilters have answered the call. Quilters are there, doing what they can with their craft to aid the situation. From Quilts of Valor to quilts for seniors to natural disasters quilters rise to the call in times of need and tragedy. During Create for a Cause Blog Hop, we have given our team of Island Batik Ambassadors the opportunity to choose a charitable cause and make a project for donation.

During the next three weeks of the Create for a Cause Blog Hop, our amazing team of twenty-four Ambassadors will be sharing their fabulous projects made with new Island Batik collections and products from our sponsors that they received in their first Island Batik Ambassador box of 2021. We hope that you will follow along to see their amazing quilts and let us know how much you love them!

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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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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 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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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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