The first week of the New York Beauty Blog Hop is over and we are loving all the quilts we’ve seen so far SEW much! For many Ambassadors, it was their very first time making the iconic NYB block, which means that YOU can check it off your quilty bucket list, too, and we hope this Blog Hop sparks your inspiration!

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Welcome to Island Batik Ambassador Storm at Sea Blog Hop!

A quilt made with the Storm at Sea block vividly depicts the rolling waves of a stormy sea. It is a slightly complex pattern that results in a wavy, secondary pattern in a quilt, even though there is no curved piecing. “Storm at sea” is a biblical block, one of several used first by quilters in America.

For this month’s Blog Hop we challenged the Ambassadors to play around with this old scriptual-based pattern and try different ways of changing the color palette to emphasize different elements within the design and create stunning stars or wavy lines. There are a number of ways of putting the blocks together, whether in rows of squares and rectangles that are then joined, or perhaps in block sections followed by a final thin row at the side and bottom. We’re excited to see what they come up with!

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!

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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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