We are on day 3 of this season’s Island Batik Week!! We hope you’ve been enjoying these showcases:). We absolutely adore working with Island Batik 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
February 19 – Jackie Kunkel (Jackie’s post — Island Batik’s post)
February 20 – Nan Baker (Nan’s post — Island Batik’s post)
February 21 – Tammy Silvers (Tammy’s Blog – Island Batik’s post)
February 22 – Ebony Love (Ebony’s Blog – Island Batik’s post)
February 23 – Kari Nichols (Kari’s Website)
Elementz is a gorgeously bright and vivid range of modern Batiks. The collection was designed by Tammy Silvers of Tamarinis for Island Batik, and is her second solo collection. We absolutely love the two distinct colorways and have been blown away by the stunning things that Tammy has created with this line.
While Tammy doesn’t have a collection to match this particular collection, she quickly noticed that some of the colors work particularly well with her Florida Oranges collection, which was released a few years ago. <3
How did you first connect with Island Batik?
Oh my gosh – Island Batik and I go waaaayyyy back! Some of my earliest patterns were designed with and for Island Batik fabrics. And I’ve never looked back!
What do you love most about working with batik fabrics?
What is NOT to love about batiks? I know many folks have a single impression of batiks – they are solid, they are pastel, or they are bright. But batiks offer as much range and option as print fabrics. And the intensity – the depth of color – well, it just can’t be beat. Plus there is the bonus of no wrong side – how awesome is that?
Can you tell us a bit more about this collection and what it means to you?
Elementz is my second collection with Island Batik and it represents two areas for me – my love of nature and my love of bright, saturated color. The motifs in Elementz are graphic representations of the elements of the earth – earth, wind, rain, ice. And the bright colors have been a go-to palate for me as long as I’ve been quilting. Getting to combine the two was a special treat!
Do you have a favorite project or projects made with this collection?
Yes – although it seems traitorous to the other projects to admit it! I am so crushing on my Elementz Block of the Month. The paper pieced blocks look far more intricate than they are, and are super fun to stitch up in the bright fabrics from the Elementz line.
But my other favorite (yes, I can have two!) has to be Sound Waves. Not only does it showcase the range of fabrics in the Elementz line, but it also introduces my guided improv technique, with lovely sharp points in 40” diamonds with absolutely no templates or paper piecing. Super fun and very forgiving.
When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about working with them?
I probably discovered Aurifil at a quilt market – but I don’t remember. I do know that once I found Aurifil thread and tried it, I never looked back! I love that the thread is made from a long staple cotton, with very little lint, and of course my machine loves it too. And I have to keep temperamental Bertha happy!
Do you have any tips for using Aurifil 100% Cotton Threads with Island Batik Cotton fabrics?
Go bold and explore! It is uncanny how well Aurifil thread matches to the entire Island Batik offering. But don’t stick to matching – showcase your stitching and embellishment with strong contrast and play with different weights. For hand embellishment, I adore the floss – so smooth and rich in color. And for machine embellishment, I use the wool (what an awesome texture!) and the 12 weight adds an awesomely amazing presence to my fused applique.
What is coming up next for you, where can we find you this year?
The love affair with Island Batik continues! I’ll be introducing my next line, Globetrotter, at Spring Market. And of course there will be fun new projects showcasing the new line, and exploring a technique I first introduced at Fall Market with my Sound Waves quilt. So stay tuned!
To enter-to-win 1 Fat Eighth Bundle of Elementz fabrics from Island Batik and one large Florida Oranges collection by Tammy Silvers for Aurifil, 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 Friday, March 2! Winner will be randomly selected and announced here on Monday, March 5. Good luck!
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Tammy Silvers is the designer behind the brand Tamarinis. She’s been designing quilts for 10 years, and prides herself on offering bold, fresh new patterns for quilters of all levels. She enjoys working with almost any fabric, but her favorites (the one that makes her drool and blow a carefully constructed budget) are batiks, bold prints, and chicken prints. Having a background in art and literature, another of her guilty quilty pleasures is finding ways to use “words” in her work, be it in the fabric itself or by adding them to the piece.
Tammy is a Georgia native and currently lives in Acworth with her husband, children (when they come to visit!), dog, and her favorite fat cats.
Under the label Tamarinis, her designs are regularly published in a variety of quilt magazines, including Quilt, McCall’s Quilting, American Patchwork and Quilting, Stitch, Fons and Porter’s Love of Quilting, Quilty, Quilt It…Today, Sew It…Today, Stitch and Create and Decorate. She also works with some of the major fabric manufacturers designing projects to showcase and promote their fabric lines, including Island Batik (of course!), Northcott Fabrics, Blend, Camelot and Fabri-Quilt.
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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.
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Great designs and colors!
I was thinking of making a Disappearing 4 Patch with these pretty colors, but your Infuse Joy quilt is so vibrant I may move that to the top of my list!
i think a bargello quilt would be beautiful.
I thank Some one for my granddaughter
I love the depth of color. Perfect for a modern double wedding ring quilt.
I would like to make the christmas cactus pattern
I love the graphic nature of Elementz. I would make a “modern” quilt with these beauties, perhaps choosing a solid fabric as the background. I think a solid would really make these prints pop.
Those bright colors are amazing! I’d love to make something with a stained glass look.
Tammy has so many fresh, creative designs!!!
Tammy, your quilts are wonderful & I especially like the Elements BOM – paper-piecing is so funto do! I love the way all these colors came together in this quilt! Thank you, Susan
Very pretty quilts! I’m enjoying the showcases alot. I’d make a really cute lap quilt if I won. Love the fabrics and threads. Very beautiful! Have a great evening! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom
Not sure but I love the colors!!
I think I would make a large tote for the beach in these bright bold colors and fabrics.
Two of my favorite things to quilt with…Batiks and Aurifil thread!!! Tammy’s line and her projects are amazing!!!
I would love to make a pretty new table runner for my table for Spring. I’m sooo ready for spring, and so very over winter. Batiks are my very favorite. I love the beautiful colors of the lovely quilts!
I would make a new bed runner for my daughters bed love the colors
I love the colors of fabrics and threads — beautiful!
I would love to make a scrappy log cabin wall hanging with Elementz. Beautiful colours!
Aside from that fun snake, I’d love to make a quilt for my sister with this bold collection.
Fun. I need to make a baby quilt, and these colors would work. Thanks.
I LOVE the Elements BOM quilt! I would love to make it someday soon.
I would love to use these fabrics in a table runner, placemats or wallhanging….maybe all three. Thanks for the opportunity.
Pillows would be a nice accent to any room with these bright colors.
I would love to make a quilt to snuggle under with those gorgeous colors! Thanks for the chance to win.
I would love to brighten up my bedroom, and these would be perfect.
A great depth of colour in these batiks . Very modern and vibrant
I love the bold vibrant colors. These would make great bags.
NEAT COLLECTION! I’D LIKE TO MAKE A TABLE CENTERPIECE+PLACEMATS ! THANKS FOR SHARING!
Neat colors and lovely projects. I would make a quilt. Thanks!
OMGosh! I LOVE these colors – both sets! I’d probably make some large pillows for summer time! So bright and cheerful. Thanks for sharing and for the chance to win 🙂
I think they would make a great rainbow quilt of stars!
I would love to use these fabrics for a quilt!
I would make Triple Play in those gorgeous oranges and aquas. Thanks for this great giveaway. I love Aurifil thread and Island batiks.
Sound waves is amazing!
A wide wall hanging above my closet!!
I love Tammy’s choice of colors for this collection. I’d make a twin quilt… cause I need one!
I would like to make some placemats or runners with a dark background to make these vivid colours pop!
I’d make an ultra modern improv quilted piece for my home and keep it on display 24/7!! It’s gorgeous!
I would love to make some beautiful bright colors for the patio furniture.
I love the bright happy colors!! They’re perfect for a child quilt – or any quilt!
the granddaughters would all love these… so something for them would bloom…
I think I would make a Quilt for Grandgirlie…loooove the Bright & Happy colors!! Radiate Fun & Sparkle! Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way too! 🙂
Those batiks are bright & beautiful with a great & unusual geometric twist! And the thread colors just POP!
I love the bright clear colors. I think they would lend themselves well to an applique project, like fruit in a kitchen wallhanging.
loved Tammy’s video re eliminating seam bulk and selecting fabrics. I’d like to use these fabrics in some improve curves.
I wrote improv (which kept getting corrected to improve.)
I have a couple AURIfil collections and that “Florida Oranges” collection looks amazing – how vibrant! Enjoyed the quilts and fabrics in this post also!
I would like to make a quilt for one of our granddaughters.
I would make an improv wall hanging for my foyer!!
What would you love to make with Elementz? It is such a vibrant and versatile collection I think anything anyone makes with it would be stunning. But it speaks to me to make a weekender bag or a cheerful lap quilt.
I love the pink and orange. It would make a beautiful wall hanging with the grey mixed in.
I think some bags would be fun to make with this fabulous fabric and thread
I love the color so definitely going in a quilt. Love the ones shown. Maybe a modern Dresden Plate.
I would love to make a quilt for my daughter with these!
These saturated colors are amazing! They’re normally a bit outside my comfort zone, but I have a few people in mind who would just love something made from this line.
Really bright triple play table runner, after I’ve made the pussy cat of course
Your collection is gorgeous! I love brights so much.
Love all the bright colors! The Elementz Block of the Month is WAY COOL.
Love the beautiful colors. These would make great New York Beauties. Thanks for the giveaway.
Love the colors! I’m on an EPP craze right now, they would be a great addition to my Lucy Boston blocks and la passacaglia, which is in the planning process
Wow, I love these rich colors. Your Elementz Block of the Month quilt is my favorite.
This would make a lovely table runner!
Sound waves is very tempting !!! Thanks for the chance.
Just love the colors she has used. Her designs are beautiful also! the fabrics would be beautiful in anything!
To me the fabric calls out to be made into improvisational leaves with skinny contrasting strips through the centers. What gorgeous bold colors.
I really like those stuffed animals shown. I would love to make those for Christmas gifts. Thanks!
I would make a quilt with these colorful fabrics.
Bright colors have always been welcome in my stash.
I love those oranges – would like to make a wall hanging with them.
I just fell in love with Triple Play. Love those pinks and blacks! Tamarinis is awesome! And I want the Aurifil, too…I have a fetish for it!
I would love to make a wall hanging with Elements. The colors are beautiful.
I love the greens in your batiks. My favorite color.
It would make an awesome quilt.
A quilt with a black background to make the bright batiks pop!!
I would make a wall hanging or table runner with the beautiful fabric!
Hand bag or tote.
I love your elements quilt! It sings to me.
I love so many of your designs! Hard to pick a favorite, but maybe Tennessee Waltz Table Runner.
I would love to make some bright, fun bags with these fabrics.
I’m thinking some bright appliquéd flowers would be perfect with Elementz.
I would like to make a quilt and arrange the blocks in rainbow order.
I would love to make a summer throw featuring citrus slices.
One quilt for me, I love the colours.
I would make a throw quilt to enjoy in our family room.
Something rainbowish, love this collection!!
Love the colors – would make a fun quilt!
Beautiful! I would love to make some pillows!
I would most likely make a quilt for one of my grandchildren since the colors are so bright and cheery.
Great colors! I would love to make a cute purse! Thanks!
Outstanding colors! I’d like to make a quilt with the pattern Sound Waves!
I love the pink colorway! So fun!
These bright colors are incredible!
Love the luscious vibrant colours. These would be perfect for spring and summer bags and totes. Maybe a whole wardrobe? 🙂
I would love to make a summer tote bag with this beautiful fabric!
I would make pouches or totes….for gifting! Beautiful colors!
I love this color spectrum and those threads – wow, I’m thinking appliqué in flowers and baskets, birds, fun things. How exciting it would be to have those bright colors.
I think these fun colors would make a great children’s quilt.