Welcome to our final day of Island Batik Week!! We’ve had such fun sharing these gorgeous fabrics and threads with you this week. As a reminder, we featured one designer every day this week and each post offered a fabric + thread giveaway (and some patterns!) All giveaways are open until March 2, so if you’re just joining us, be sure to check out posts from earlier this week for your chance to win!
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)
This earthy collection was inspired by the landscape in Colorado, where Signature Collection designer Kari Nichols of Mountainpeek Creations resides! This collection, designed by Kathy Engle for Kari, offers two color palettes – one with organic browns and greens and the other with majestic purples, greens and aquas.
While Kari does not have a coordinating Aurifil Thread collection, she loves using Aurifil threads in her projects and has a few favorites that coordinate well with this line!
2710 – 2310 – 2520 – 1148 – 4012 – 2745
How did you first connect with Island Batik?
As Manager of Holly’s Quilt Cabin and part of an active shop hop, I had the chance to work with Island Batik creating exclusive shop hop fabrics. That lead to creating exclusive Holly’s Quilt Cabin and Mountainpeek Creations fabrics. They are so wonderful to work with, it is a true pleasure to have Kathy Brett Engle to create and Caleb Willis to see it through to completion, along with the rest of the wonderful staff!
What do you love most about working with batik fabrics?
Batik fabric is so crisp! I love that the Island Batik fabrics have such a firm hand. They make sewing a perfectly flat quilt top entirely possible!
I also love the color blends. To be able to bring so many colors in beginning with just one fabric is amazing.
Can you tell us a bit more about this collection and what it means to you?
This is truly Colorado fabric. From the Columbines to the mountains and the Dragonflies to the Aspen leaves, it is truly representative of my beautiful state. The Ravens that hang out around my house make me smile and then I get to see them in fabric too!
Do you have a favorite project or projects made with this collection?
I think the Shadowbox quilt is beautiful. It’s one of my favorite patterns and shows off so many of the beautiful prints. Escalate brings in lots of different colors in small pieces. Slice of life has the gorgeous winter colors. So many choices!!!
When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about working with them?
We chose to bring Aurifil threads into the store many years ago as one of our employees had all good things to say about them. After using them, I have to agree. The lack of lint, beautiful colors and consistency are all top notch. They are the only threads I piece with!
Do you have any tips for using Aurifil 100% Cotton Threads with Island Batik Cotton fabrics?
I only use 100% cotton thread with 100% cotton fabric. The Aurifil colors work well with all the Island Batik colors and make up beautifully.
What is coming up next for you, where can we find you this year?
I’m hoping to begin working on an original fabric line in the future. There is so much to learn and I’ve just scratched the surface. I’m sure you’ll be able to find me at Holly’s Quilt Cabin or behind my sewing machine unless I’m at market sharing booth space with Island Batik!
To enter-to-win 1 Fat Eighth Bundle of Mountain’s Majesty fabrics from Island Batik and 6 LG coordinating spools of 50wt thread, click here to head to the Rafflecopter entry page. 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!
Kari Nichols is manager of Holly’s Quilt Cabin, a large quilting store in the Denver Metro area. Being a native Coloradoan, and from a family of seamstresses, Kari grew up enjoying many quilts. The love of color and design was first shown in stained glass. Her stained glass pieces received awards and can be found in many homes. When a favorite piece was broken, re-creating it in fabric was the logical choice. This choice led to a career change and joining the Quilt Cabin family. Mountainpeek Creations, the quilt pattern design company, was born in 2001. Mountainpeek patterns are sold internationally and give quilters unique and contemporary designs for any skill level. Kari’s patterns have been featured in multiple publications and are available on the Mountainpeek Creations website along with her 2 books.
When Kari is not quilting, you will find her enjoying her grandchildren and travelling!
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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 Kari Nichols **