Houston Market – Here I come.

Houston Market – Here I come.

Tomorrow at Houston Market will be an exciting day. I have been bursting at the seams to share this news. I have 2 patterns that will premier at Island Batik’s Schoolhouse session tomorrow morning. The patterns were designed using Caludia’s Phiel’s new fabric collection “Cascadia” for Island Batik. The collection is fantastic to say the least. Make it a point to stop by and check out Claudia’s new fabric collection and the new patterns we will be offering. Below is a little sneak peak from the Island Batik Fall/Winter 2019 Catalog. Coral Gems and Seychelles Sunset will be available as…

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Harvest Rose – October “Top It Off” Island Batik Challenge

Harvest Rose – October “Top It Off” Island Batik Challenge

Autumn is my favorite time of year. The crisp, cool mornings with the golden glow of fall leaves filling the countryside. I thought I would bring the colors of Autumn from the outside into our home. Let me introduce you to “Harvest Rose”, a fast and easy table topper project using Island Batik fabrics, fusible webbing, and the Accuquilt GO! dies.

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Pawing Around with BOB – September Island Batik Challenge

Pawing Around with BOB – September Island Batik Challenge

As a child I have fond memories of playing around with blocks. It was so fun to take these simple shapes and create all kinds of structures and unique designs. This month’s Island Batik Challenge we were to let the child inside come out and play again. The Child’s Play Challenge brought back this wonderful memories. My challenge was to use the AccuQuilt Bear Paw BOB (Block on Board) and create a fun quilt for a child. I did some “pawing” around with the shapes on the AccuQuilt Bear Paw BOB and design a modern, graphic, design. Meet “Pawing Around”.

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Beating the Heat under “Fiesta Stars” – August Island Batik Blog Hop

Beating the Heat under “Fiesta Stars” – August Island Batik Blog Hop

Summer is a time for vacations, picnics, state fairs, car shows, concerts, and outdoor celebrations. Living in Iowa we beat the heat enjoying a number of summertime activities. It is always fun to attend a concert under the stars, a car show with vintage automobiles brought back to life, or a stroll through a beautiful garden. “Fiesta Stars” was inspired by the bright colors of carnival rides, the vibrant paint on classic cars, and the beautiful hues of a summertime garden in full bloom.

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Try It! – Cathedral Windows Table Topper by Machine

Try It! – Cathedral Windows Table Topper by Machine

Have you ever thought about making a Cathedral Window quilt but were afraid to. Well join the club. I had always admired these timeless quilts but was not crazy about the handwork involved in making one. Then I discovered a Cathedral Window can be made by machine. I wanted to try this new way of making one and share how I did it.

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Oh Baby, Let’s GO! – April 2019 Island Batik Challenge –

Oh Baby, Let’s GO! – April 2019 Island Batik Challenge –

I want to share with you a wonderful tool, the AccuQuilt GO! cutting system. I used AccuQuilt GO! for my April Island Batik Baby Quilt Challenge. I cut all the fabrics need for this quilt in about 90 minutes. I did not have to fret about getting the angles in the Magic Triangle block perfect. The GO! cutting dies cut everything with accuracy and ease.

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Come join in Sew Sewcial with Custom Batiks Fabrics by Island Batik available in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Come join in Sew Sewcial with Custom Batiks Fabrics by Island Batik available in Cedar Rapids, Iowa

One of the fun things I get to do as an Island Batik Ambassador is tell you about fun events. Here is one you will not want to miss. It is called Sew Sewcial. Come join the Sewing Sewcial event at our very own Iowa store, Inspired to Sew in Cedar Rapids, Iowa and the other 11 participating shops. Perfect custom Island Batik fabrics were created for this shop hop. These fabrics are exclusive and only available at the 12 participating shops and Inspired to Sew in Cedar Rapids, Iowa is one of the participating shops for this event. All…

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March 2019 Island Batik Challenge – Vintage Reimagined

March 2019 Island Batik Challenge – Vintage Reimagined

A step back in time to the 1700’s, that is when the pattern we know today as the mariner’s compass was first designed. This design was also referred to as Chips and Whetstones, Explosion, and sun related names like Sunburst and Rising Sun. It is a stunning pattern and complex in design. I am fascinated looking back at the tools available to be able to make this stunning design. In the 1700’s they did not have software to aid in designing a complex pattern like this, or the quality fabrics and threads we have today. They simply used their design…

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“La Bamba” – Hobbs Make It Modern Challenge

“La Bamba” – Hobbs Make It Modern Challenge

I am doing a little happy dance with this month’s Island Batik Challenge. One of the favorite things I like to do is take something traditional and shake up the colors and create something modern. Meet “La Bamba”. I have “shaken” up a traditional 54-40 or Fight block and created a more modern overall appearance using an unusual placement of fabric colors. What’s inside the quilt matters One of our Island Batik Ambassador sponsors, Hobbs Bonded Fibers provided us with the batting for this challenge. Selecting the right batting for our quilts is one of the most important decisions we…

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February 2019 Island Batik Challenge – Magnificent Minis

This is my first challenge post as a new Island Batik Ambassador.  The February Challenge was Magnificent Minis.  I choose to make my mini using the “Stash Builders”. “Stash Builders” are wonderful to use for a scrappy project like this mini.  They contain lots of variety in an array of Island Batik fabrics.  The strips are pre-cut to 5″ wide and one package contains almost 3 yards of fabric. This is my Magnificent Mini – Aomidori, which means Blue/Green in Japanese.  Let me share with you how I made this cute 24″ x 24″ little quilt. I selected 2 packages…

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