Day 4 of our Summer 2018 Island Batik week finds us bound for the Ocean. We are so excited about the vibrant colors that we get to share today! In case you’re just joining us, we are featuring one Island Baitk designer/collection every day this week along with a wonderful series of giveaways, including fabric, thread, and more!  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 2018 releases, in-stores now, click here or on the image below to browse the catalog.

ISLAND BATIK WEEK SCHEDULE
August 20 – Island Batik Foundations
August 21 – The Just in Time Promotion!
August 22 – Snowy River Hosta, Jennifer Mellow
August 23 – Oceans Odyssey, Angie Steveson
August 24 – Babyhood & WhatNot, Barbara Persing


Ocean Odyssey is a wonderfully bright and cheerful new collection, designed by Angie Steveson of Lunch Box Quilts for Island Batik. Boasting a wide range of pinks, greens, yellows, oranges, and blues, Ocean Odyssey is an underwater rainbow, perfectly accentuated by Angie’s masterful signature machine embroidery. We’ve loved seeing this one come to life and were honored to collaborative with Angie on a coordinating thread collection featuring 12 Large Spools of 50wt thread. These colors are bright and vibrant and would be equally at home as a companion to the fabrics, an addition to a thread stash, or even as an accent to your sewing room decor;).

THREAD COLLECTION DETAILS
Ocean Odyssey

12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
4093 – 1104 – 1100 – 2810 – 6737 – 1147
2870 – 2120 – 2140 – 2730 – 2540 – 2525

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

THE INTERVIEW
What first drew you to the world of sewing and quilting?
I was always fascinated with sewing and crafting as a child. I was in 4H for a few years when I was younger. It wasn’t until the birth of my first child that I became interested in quilting. I wanted to make my son a quilt. My neighbor, at that time, and I decided to sign up for quilting classes. It was then I fell in love with quilting.

Ocean Odyssey by Angie Steveson of Lunch Box Quilts

How did you first get involved with Island Batik?
I met Caleb and Katie at a quilt show in California. I was looking in all the vendor booths at fabrics for my upcoming quilt, Cat’s Meow. They offered to send me sample fabrics to audition for the quilt. The fabrics were “purr-fect”, and Cat’s Meow continues to be one of Lunch Box Quilts top selling patterns. Later, Mixed Mutts, Wilderness Wildlife, and an updated version of Island Breeze were all designed with Island Batiks Fabrics. I was thrilled years later when Island Batik asked me to design my own fabric line for the Ocean Odyssey quilt!

What do you love most about Batik fabrics?
Batiks are great for applique because I can use fabrics that have movement and texture in them. I like the smaller prints for the appliques and larger prints for borders. The subtle color changes within the fabrics are nice to work into the applique designs.

Tell us about Ocean Odyssey.
The Ocean Odyssey applique quilt was something that had been in my design folder for some time. I had started the designs, but it was just not coming together. I put it away for a few years. When Island Batik approached me about designing a fabric line, the timing was right. I could choose all the fabric colors and designs to be just what I wanted.

Grab the Ocean Odyssey pattern right here.

When did you first discover Aurifil threads?
I first discovered Aurifil threads when it arrived at my local quilt shop. At that time, I was not embroidering yet. I was thrilled how Aurifil 50wt thread stitched for piecing quilts. Later when designing Lunch Box Quilts pattern Autumn Wind, I decided to try Aurifil 50wt cotton for Machine Embroidery. I was using a hand dyed fabric for the applique background and I didn’t want the shine of Polyester thread with this quilt design. The appliques with the cotton thread are gorgeous on the leaves.

How did you go about selecting colors for Ocean Odyssey and what excites you most about releasing the collection to the world?
I was excited when Aurifil asked me to choose thread for an Ocean Odyssey thread collection. At first, I struggled to keep the collection to 12. I like a lot of different shades of color in my designs. Eventually I narrowed it down to 12 different colors of thread that coordinated with the Ocean Odyssey fabric line.

The thing that excites me most about releasing Ocean Odyssey to the world is that after many years of this project being only a vision it is complete. I am very happy with the designs, the fabric collection and the thread collection. The project is complete! Quilters have the option of making the quilt just as it was originally designed.

THE GIVEAWAY

To enter-to-win in our Island Batik Week Giveaway, 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, August 31! We will select 5 random winners for 5 super amazing prize packs and will announce here on Tuesday, September 4. Good luck!

ABOUT ANGIE
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Angie Steveson is the founder of Lunch Box Quilts. She creates appliqué quilt patterns designed specifically for embroidery sewing machines. She has received awards for her unique quilt designs both locally and nationally. Articles and projects featuring her designs have appeared in magazines such as Creative Machine Embroideryand Quilting and Embroidery.

Angie travels nationally teaching Lunch Box Quilts workshops. Between events she lives in Scottsdale, Arizona with her husband and two grown sons.

Lunch Box Quilts applique patterns are whimsical and creative. Each pattern has an amusing theme, so there is something for everyone. Patterns include the applique designs and instructions for assembling the quilts. The quilt patterns were originally designed specifically for embroidery machines. The applique designs are multiformatted for all embroidery machines. Many of the Lunch Box Quilts patterns have been rewritten into the Lunch Box Quilts Classic Series. These patterns are for the non- embroidery machine owner to be stitched with their favorite method of applique. Have fun and ENJOY!

ABOUT 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.

** Images courtesy of Island Batik & Lunch Box Quilts **

16 Comments

  1. I love the depth of colour in batiks – that’s my favourite thing about working with them. Just looking at the Ocean Odyssey prints makes me think I could dive underwater!

  2. Batik fabrics have such patterns and colors in them that make them just beautiful. The batiks of late has such color depth and interest. I have always been drawn to batik fabrics.

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  3. Batiks are wonderful to work with and sooo beautiful! Thanks for the chance to win and for the great giveaway 🙂

  4. I love working with batiks because they can be so vibrant or subtle, depending on what effect I want. I introduced my son to batiks when he started quilting at the age of 35.

  5. I like batiks because of the way the colors blend into each other. All the pieces are different, but they all work together.

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