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.
Megan made her first quilt when she was 17: “I was working at a TG&Y store in the fabric department and made a turquoise and yellow gingham quilt. It had a double ruffle around the edge.” Over 4,000 quilts later, she still love to create! Her career in the fabric industry includes experience in fabric stores, retail management, quilt shop ownership, and as a professional longarm quilter. She excels in computerized as well as stand-up and sit-down free-motion quilting, winning many ribbons at local and national shows.
Quilt, made for the 2020 January Island Batik Ambassador challenge, Let’s Get Scrappy. Megan used Island Batik Stash Builders, a needle by Schmetz Needles, Aurifil thread and batting by Hobbs. To learn more about the quilt, please visit: https://www.bestquilter.com/post/lets-get-scrappy.
Megan’s teaching career includes experience as a college instructor, a quilting teacher for local guilds and retail shops, and an instructor at national and international machine quilting shows. She teaches longarm quilting all over the US and internationally for Handi Quilter and works at shows big and small.
Beach Balls quilt, made for the 2020 Island Batik Log Cabin Blog Hop. Megan used the fabric from Island Batik Kismet line by Tamarinis, AccuQuilt cutter, a needle by Schmetz Needles, Aurifil thread and batting by Hobbs. To learn more about the quilt, please visit: https://www.bestquilter.com/post/log-cabin-island-batik-beach-balls.
Megan enjoys modern and “slightly traditional” quilting with a whole lot of color. That is why batiks are her favorite! She likes using a bright color palette in her quilts, and her favorite techniques include strip piecing, paper piecing, unusual quilts and thread intense projects. She likes to try a lot of different things without being tied to any one style!
Quilt, made for the 2020 March Island Batik Ambassador challenge, One Die Wonder with AccuQuilt. Megan used Island Batik fabric, AccuQuilt cutter, a needle by Schmetz Needles, Aurifil thread and batting by Hobbs. To learn more about the quilt, please visit: https://www.bestquilter.com/post/march-one-die-wonder-challenge.
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2020 Island Batik Ambassadors: https://islandbatik.com/2020-ambassadors