It’s hard to believe we’re already at the final day of Island Batik Week! In this final month of Summer, we are celebrating the vibrant colors of Island Batik’s Spring/Summer releases. We absolutely adore working with this wonderful company and have so much respect for its designers. We’ll be featuring one designer every day this week and each post will offer a fabric + thread giveaway, so make sure to come back daily to learn more and to enter-to-win some gorgeous prizes!
To learn about Island Batik and the batik process, please visit their website. For a peek at the full range of Spring/Summer 2017 releases, in-stores now, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.
ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE
August 21 – Jackie Kunkel on Auribuzz (Jackie’s Post — Island Batik’s Post)
August 22 – Tammy Silvers on Auribuzz (Island Batik’s Post)
August 23 – Cheri Good Designs on Auribuzz (Island Batik’s Post)
August 24 – Nan Baker on Auribuzz (Nan’s Post — Island Batik’s Post)
August 25 – Ebony Love (Ebony’s Post — Island Batik’s Post)
Sakura is a gorgeous burst of color… a new collection by Kathy Engle for Ebony Love of LoveBug Studios. Sakura, which means Cherry Blossom, is a collection of 20 different batik prints in pink, purple, aqua, green, and gold. The colors serve both to enhance the stunning florals and to take center stage, an explosion of brightness and beauty. We love this line and it’s been a delight to see all that Ebony has done with it. Her coordinating thread collection pulls from all of the major colors in the line — it is vibrant and versatile, 12 Large spools of 50wt thread.
THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
2437 – 2440 – 2535 – 2545 – 2845 – 2860
4093 – 4182 – 2320 – 2390 – 5022 – 4020
To view this info on our website, click the image above. For purchasing, please contact your local Aurifil Dealer.
What first drew you to to the world of sewing and quilting?
I feel like I’ve been sewing for as long as I can remember. For quilting specifically, I remember coming to the point where my friends started having babies – and I just have this idea that all babies should have a quilt to welcome them into the world. It’s idealistic for sure; these days, some of my friend’s babies are headed off to college still waiting for their welcome quilts!
Who or what has been your greatest creative inspiration?
This is going to sound strange, but I think I find creative inspiration in mathematics. Symmetry, geometry, grids, numbers… it all just fascinates me. I think I’m obsessed with squares and square roots. Four-patch, nine-patch, sixteen-patch; the infinite combinations of blocks; the way you can divide a block into equal sections and figure out the foundation on which it is based.
How did you first connect with Island Batik and what do you love most about working with them?
I just remember attending a Quilt Market, and someone introduced me to Katie Laughridge, and we hit it off right away. It actually took a couple of years for the stars to align and I got to work on a project with them. It started off with editorial work, getting quilts published in magazines, and eventually expanded to include a Signature Collection. Sakura is my first, but we have many others in the works!
Tell us about Sakura. What inspired the designs?
When I design quilts, I try to wrap a story around them. It’s the stories that hold the quilts together. I know that cherry blossoms hold an important place in Japanese culture, but I wanted to know more about that and be culturally sensitive without trying to be imitative. I think that’s what prompted the idea of approaching Japan through tourism, and centering the story of the quilts around cherry blossom season.
What is your favorite thing about working with batik fabrics?
I love that batiks are full-penetration prints; I can get the full saturation of color found in commercial prints, and a minimal difference between the right and wrong sides of the fabric like a solid. Honestly it’s like having the best of both worlds!
Can you tell us a little more about the passport you created for Sakura?
This was probably my favorite part of this collection! You can’t travel to Japan without a passport in real life, so I designed a passport to guide you through the tour of the quilts in the collection as we work on a block of the month project. Participants can get a passport through their local shop, and every time they complete a block in the BOM or one of the quilts they get a passport stamp. It’s so much fun!
Do you have a favorite project or projects make with the collection?
My two favorite projects are Chugoku and Hokkaido. I love the bold pink X (yes, that pink is so bold it looks red!) that crosses through the quilt – it just makes such a powerful visual statement. And Hokkaido is a favorite because of the surprises it delivers. Every time I look at it, a new pattern emerges, and I think that makes it an interesting quilt to look at.
When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about them?
I honestly don’t remember where I got my very first spool of Aurifil – I’m pretty sure it was a gift from someone or appeared in a goodie bag. But I do remember that after trying that first spool, I felt more like a serious professional and now I refuse to piece my quilts with anything else. I love having a 100% cotton thread that runs beautifully in all my machines and gives off very little lint.
How did you go about selecting colors for Sakura and what excites you most about releasing them to the world?
My happy little secret is that I gifted myself a full collection 200m 50wt thread suitcase last year, so when I found out that I’d been chosen for my very own thread collection, it took me about ten minutes to pick it out. I started with the dominant colors in Sakura, but any fabric you work with, you’ll find a thread in this box to go with it. This was on my bucket list to do, though I never knew it would happen!
EBONY TALKS THREADS
Ebony has been showcasing threads from her collection over on her Instagram account. We’ve loved following along — it’s like watching a delightful parade of thread! At the time of writing, Ebony has shared 7 of her 12 selected threads. Make sure to keep an eye on her IG account for more!
- 2845 is a refreshing minty green with a hint of blue. It blends in for quilting and creates a nice contrast for topstitching on many of the fabrics.
- 4093 is a relaxing teal green. It blends in for quilting and creates a nice contrast for topstitching on many of the fabrics.
- 2860 is a verdant green that definitely has hints of blue underneath. It matches several of the prints nearly dead on and creates a nice contrast for topstitching on many of the fabrics.
- 5022 is a greenish gold that seems to shimmer on the fabric.
- 2320 is a peachy pink that perfectly compliments the lighter values in this line. It almost glitters!
- 2390 is a rust/orange combo that picks up some of the more subtle colors in the fabric.
- 2437 is a blushing pink that sweetly compliments and highlights the lighter tones in the collection.
To enter-to-win 1 Large Sakura Thread Collection, one Fat Quarter Bundle of Sakura fabrics from Island Batik, the Chugoku Quilt Pattern by Ebony Love and a Hamani BOM Passport, 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 Thursday, August 31! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Friday, September 1. Good luck!
UPDATE: This giveaway is now closed. Congratulations to our winner, Amorette! (Winner has been emailed 🙂 )
Award-winning author and quilter Ebony Love is fond of blindingly-bright prints and takes a contemporary approach to traditional designs. She’s recognized as one of the leading experts in fabric die-cutting techniques, and picked up long arm quilting to get unburied from all the quilt tops she was finishing as a result.
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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.
** Images courtesy of Island Batik and Ebony Love **