Island Batik Week: Surf and Sand by Fourth and Sixth Designs


We’ve arrived at day four of Island Batik week! We’re feeling inspired and we’ve got batiks on the mind! 🙂 We love seeing all of the projects and can’t get enough of seeing our threads involved in such beautiful works of art, but we also love learning about the designers. It’s fascinating to hear their back stories and to learn about what inspired the collections.

We’ll be featuring one Island Batik designer each day this week to showcase new fabric & coordinating Aurifil collections. Each post will offer a fabric + thread giveaway so make sure to come back daily to learn more about our talented designers to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!

1/10 – Coastal Mist by Tammy Silvers 
1/11 – Glowing Embers by Cheri Good Designs
1/12 – Dotalicious by Claudia Pfeil
1/13 – Surf and Sand by Fourth and Sixth Designs (YOU ARE HERE!)
1/14 – Fresh Catch by Jackie Kunkel

To learn about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Fall/Winter 2016 releases, in-stores now, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog. To check in on Island Batik’s news, please visit their blog.


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The blues, greens and purples of Surf and Sand by Fourth and Sixth Designs provided the perfect palette for some gorgeous works of art. Mr. T is an underwater masterpiece. The way that the batiks combine with the quilting to create movement in the water is absolutely perfect. Barbara and Mary have outdone themselves with this collection! The coordinating threads come in 12 large spools of 40wt, perfect for piecing and quilting.

Surf and Sand
12 Large Spools, 40wt (1094yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
1125 – 1147 – 1243 – 2312 – 2370 – 2525
2783 – 2886 – 2890 – 4644 – 5005 – 5012


To view this info on our website, click the images above. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.

What inspired the Surf and Sand collection and what did you like most about putting it together? 
As the collection came together it reminded us of growing up and enjoying time at the Jersey Shore. The calm, tranquility and colors of the beach are all represented in this collection.

What is your favorite project made with the fabric and threads from this collection and why? 
We made two very different projects for this collection so it is hard to pick a favorite. In both projects the fabrics did the heavy lifting and helped us create two beautiful quilts but the thread collection really came into play on Mr T. The thread colors coordinated perfectly with the fabric and makes the edge coloring appliqué shine.

Mr T by Fourth and Sixth Designs
Mr T by Fourth and Sixth Designs

How did you go about selecting the threads for your collection? 
We choose the colors based on the appliqué project. When you can get the correct color match then the appliqué looks great even if you are a beginner.

This collection includes our 40wt threads — where would you recommend using 40wt over 50wt in your quilting designs? 
We use the 40wt for a number of reasons. First, it is our choice when doing our edge coloring appliqué technique because the thread covers the edges quickly and does not have too much bulk. We also use the thread for machine piecing and longarm quilting. So we find this weight perfect for all of our needs. We do find the 50wt to be our preferred choice when doing a very dense quilting fill. When you are quilting this closely you do not want the thread to build up and the fine 50wt thread does a beautiful job.

Strips, Stacks and Stones by Fourth and Sixth Designs
Strips, Stacks and Stones by Fourth and Sixth Designs

Do you have a favorite color from this collection?
Our designs have always been inspired by the fabrics, colors, and textures we are using and the bigger the collection the better, this makes it difficult for us to choose a favorite.  On any given day our favorite will change.  We love them all.


To learn more about Barbara and Mary, how they got started in this business and how they came to start their business, please visit our post for 2016 release, Equinox.



To enter-to-win 1 Large Surf and Sand Thread Collection and one Fat Quarter Bundle of Surf and Sand fabrics from Island Batik,  click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page, or simply click on the image above. You do not have to complete all the options to be entered but the more options you choose, the more entries you have!  Entries will be accepted from now through 11:59pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, January 18! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Thursday, January 19. Good luck!

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Barbara_Mary1-300x199Barbara and Mary are award winning quilt artists and their quilts have been published in many quilting magazines and have been featured in Keepsake Quilting and Clotilde. They were born the fourth and sixth children in a close knit family in south Jersey. Their mother taught these Jersey girls garment sewing at the young age of ten. Skilled in all areas of sewing, Barbara began quilting in 1983 during the long New England winters while her husband attended the University of New Hampshire. She moved to Pennsylvania in 1990 and continued quilting as a hobby. In 2000 she left the corporate world to start her long arm quilting business, Quilted Heirlooms. Mary began quilting in 1992 when she moved to upstate New York. As a stay at home mom, she needed a creative outlet and immediately knew quilting was the answer she was looking for. She began teaching quilting classes in 1993 and eventually opened a quilt shop in 1999. Despite living 300 miles apart, Barbara and Mary began collaborating shortly after the start of their own businesses. This collaboration quickly became a partnership which has grown into the pattern and design company, Fourth & Sixth Designs. In 2008, C&T Publishing released their first book, StrataVarious Quilts. And in 2013 became fabric designers for Island Batik.

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Island Batik is a manufacturer, importer and distributor of cotton batik, rayon batik and hand-printed cotton from Indonesia. Originally established in 1997, Island Batik’s mission is to share the ancient cultural art of batik and hand-dyed fabric with our many valued customers around the world.


  1. I have always wanted to create a quilt with a sea tortoise. The new batiks would be perfect.

  2. I think those fabrics would make a wonderful ocean waves quilt or a storm at sea. My favorite color palette.

  3. I love this color grouping. My granddaughters are all surf rats. This would make an awesome quilt for one of them. I just finished two batik quilts and love working with batik fabrics.

  4. The fabric is so gorgeous I’d have a hard time cutting it, so a large wallhanging or lap quilt that has a modern feel, big blocks so the fabric is highlighted. Then have loads of fun freemotion quilting with all the different Aurifil colors!

  5. These colors are so beautiful. I would love to make a wall hanging from this line. I love wearing these colors, so I would also make a top with trim and pockets in contrasting colors.

  6. I love love love these colors! They would make a perfect summer quilt for my home away from home at the Jersey Shore! Thanks so much for the chance to win 🙂
    Great job girls! – Loved having you at Love Apple Quilters last year!!

  7. I would make a table runner for my kitchen table and some accessories to go around the table. This is beautiful fabric. Great for when spring arrives! ( can you tell i am OVER winter). Or, I may make a quilt for MY husbands home office to go over to big chair in the corner where he often falls asleep. These are his favorite colors.

  8. Beautiful Threads+Fabrics! I think I’d create a sofa throw from these beautiful colors.Thank You for sharing!

  9. I so want to do some landscape quilts and work on my FMQ so need to have some small projects. Love these colors – even the pop of purple.

  10. What a wonderful collection of batiks! And the thread colors are just fabulous. I would make a wall hanging of the turtle for my son.

  11. GORGEOUS colors!!! My favorite colors!! I would make us a Throw…would look nice on our couch!!

    Thank you soooo much for chance to win them!! 😀

  12. Oh my, how gorgeous
    this fabric and thread
    are! I’d like to make
    some bags with it.
    Carla from Utah

  13. I love the designs showcased so I’m thinking that it’s time for me to venture in batons and applique. Those blues and green take your mind to a cruise!

  14. Love the colors of the Surf and Sand collection. Would definitely like to make Mr T — super swimming quilt!

  15. LOVE the fabrics in this line, the colors remind me of happy times at the beach. I would make a couch quilt to keep that feeling with me year round.

  16. These colors are a combination of my husband and I’s favorites. I’d love to make a quilt for our bed with these as the base—probably a star of somekind. Hmm thinking…..

  17. These colors are so pretty. I would make Mr. T and other under sea creatures for quilts.

  18. Well, I love Mr. T and can see a baby quilt or a wall hanging with these lovely fabrics. Love the thread collection colors and am eager to try the 40 wt for applique.

  19. I would love to make a throw from these fabrics. That way when it’s cold and I cover up with it, it will remind me of the beach and warmth!

  20. I would make a quilt and pillows for my living room. These are beautiful, thank you for the chance to win.

  21. I would like to make a wall hanging based on the drunkard’s path block, similar to “strips, stacks and stones”, but my own improvised design. If I still have fabric left I would try making an under water scene.

  22. I loveee this line, so pretty, I would make a quilt for a cancer patient, something I love to do.

  23. I live in the pacific northwest and these fabrics are asking to be turned into an ocean themed wall hanging of my own design.

  24. I have been waiting to find the perfect collection of Blues to do the 2016 Aurifil Designer BOM! This is it! Love the colors and how they blend together. Perfect for the quilt. Thanks.

  25. Love your turtle, and would love to make that quilt. I’m intrigued with animal portrait quilts, and this looks like something doable to start this with.

  26. I see some bathroom accessories like trimming out hand towels, tissue box cover, and shower curtain

  27. I absolutely love the colors from this collection. I would work on Sun, Sand, and Sea BOM. They would be the perfect thread and fabric collection for it.

  28. Something islandy related to water or something living in the sea or shoreline would work with this fabric!

  29. I’d love to make 2 wall hangings with this sand and surf fabric line using the aurifil threads. One I’d make a baby turtles scurrying for the water and the other I’d love to make my Arcadia Park memory wallhanging.

  30. Oh my goodness that turtle! I love the beach theme and would make a much simpler but fun water and boat applique wall quilt. Beautiful design thanks so much for sharing!

  31. These colours are amazing! The threads glow! They would make a fabulous tote bag for the beach, or wishing I was there.

  32. I have a pattern for sea turtle applique in my stash, and have never had the courage to tackle it. Seeing darling Mr. T and how great he looks in these batiks has inspired me! I would definitely use these fabrics to make the three turtle in my pattern: Mr. T, Mr. U, and little Ms. V 🙂

  33. I would make a baby quilt for my best friend who’s having a baby boy!! Thanks for the chance to win!

  34. This fabric collection would be perfect for a queen quilt for my son and his wife. They’ve already bought the pattern. I’d love to win it. Thank you for the generous giveaway.

  35. I love the turtle quilt!! When I saw the thread collection, I could feel the rusty wheels starting to turn! Such a beautiful collection of color. I have a Storm at Sea quilt on my list that I could definitely use the thread on, but I do love that turtle quilt….hmmm.

  36. these colors would be perfect for the grandsons quilts. They live in the pacific northwest coast so these are the perfect colors.

  37. These greens and blues are perfect for a summery, lightweight quilt for my bed. I get cool just seeing these colors.

  38. Would love to create a country river and mountins wall hanging, using the amazing range of greens and blues

  39. WOW! I love these colors. They would make a beautiful ocean themed quilt, maybe a mermaid with some starfish and a seahorse or two.

  40. I think I would try to make a bag to carry things around. This fabric is so gorgeous it should be shown off all the time!

  41. I would like to use this collection to make a block or 2 of UlasQuiltsite’s Ray of Hope 2016 BOM. It is beautiful, and these fabrics would be perfect for it. (lynnstck[at]

  42. I would like to make my husband a quilt with this fabric. He loves being on the beach. Thanks for the wonderful giveaway.

  43. These colors are gorgeous. I grew up around the ocean and now live i the desert. I miss the ocean and these colors definitely bring back wonderful memories and I have several quilt ideas that these would be perfect in!

  44. I, too, am completely smitten by Mr. T and would love to make a quilt with a gorgeous turtle like him.

  45. Love, love, love the collection. The colors are so calming to me. I’d love a quilt out of them. Thanks.

  46. I *love* blues (and greens)!!
    These are MY colors!!
    I’d love to make a quilt like Fourth and Sixth Designs’ Strips, Stacks and Stones!… Wonderful quilt!
    Pat T.

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