Last November I saw an exhibit of quilts by Island Batik Ambassadors from around the world at the Connections Quilt Show in Nashua, NH. I’m so glad that I stayed for the talk that Linda Pearl shared about each quilt. I loved that although each piece was made with batik fabrics, they were so individual in design and finishing.
In December Linda Pearl shared with her Facebook friends, the opportunity to apply to be an Island Batik Ambassador i n 2017. I thought it was a long shot, but a shot none the less, so I applied.
In February I got an amazing offer to join the very talented Island Batik Ambassadors! YIPPIE! If I could still do a back flip, I would, but those days are over. I can dream of doing several though!
As I wait for a box of gold….I mean Island Batik fabric and Aurifil thread to arrive, let me share with you a little bit about Island Batik, the company. Island Batik has been a leader in the batik industry for over 14 years! They are located in Carlsbad, CA, and pride themselves on quality and outstanding customer service. Their bread and butter product is cotton batik that is mainly used in the quilting industry, however they also have a rayon line. I’ve been thinking of making some scarves and maybe tops for the summer…
Island Batik fabrics are designed by lead designer, Kathy Engle along with additional fabric artists and designers, and are handmade in Bali, Indonesia by skilled artisans. Every yard of fabric is created using a wax resist method, a process of using wax and dye, to create patterns and give the fabric outstanding depth and range of color. Once made, the fabrics are laid out in the sun to dry and allow the colors to set.
Island Batik launches new seasonal line two times a year, each launch corresponding to International Quilt Markets that occur in May and October. The fabric arrives in stores in July/August and January/February.
I will share with you what I create from the box of goodies on Facebook and this Blog. Please share it with your friends!
My box is due to arrive tomorrow or Thursday. I will take photos and share the excitement with you. In the meantime, I want to share some charity work that Island Batik is doing. There is a need for 12″ x 18″ kennel quilts. Ambassadors are asked to make some kennel quilts and share them with a local shelter in need or send them to a shelter in need such as:
Bark and Roll Rescue Companions
3105 Shadows Lake Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
We adopted our dog, Rocky 8 years ago. Rob and I were not “dog” people, but our daughter talked us into this deal. He’s one of the best additions to our family! Here’s Rocky in Vermont, looking at our mountain view…
Rocky keeps me company in my quilting studio too! He helps me to stay fit by taking walks every day, in all types of weather. I’m not sure who rescued whom. We are both very happy!
I made some kennel quilts and shared them on a previous post. Please join me and Island Batik and make some kennel quilts for treasured members of our community! Remember to wash all the fabrics and use only cotton, because dogs and cats can have allergies too!