Meet Tina Hilton of Turtle Hand Batik


Meet Tina Hilton of Turtle Hand Batik…

Falling in love makes us do crazy things. For Tina Hilton, the object of her affection was batik, Malaysian batik in particular. From 1997 -2000, Tina lived in Malaysia. She was smitten with the traditional batik used for traditional Malaysian clothing and collected a vast quantity. Strangely, Tina did not sew and had a deep seated loathing of sewing rooted in a junior high Home EC class taught by a domestic arts tyrant!  Luckily, a fellow expat introduced her to quilting. She used Malaysian batik to make all the fantastic creations. Once back in the US, Tina embarked on a series of weekly beginner quilt classes spanning over three years. A marriage made in heaven – batik and quilting!

Serendipity relocated Tina and her husband back to Malaysia in 2010 and the passion was rekindled. This time with a determination to seek out the best and most unique batik to share with quilters in the US and around the world. Turtle Hand Batik was born in 2012 and has been sharing the beauty of Malaysian small batch batik ever since.

Tina travels extensively to quilt shows all over the country and on her days off you’ll find her tending to her wooded acre homestead in Texas.

2019 has kept Tina on the road and will participate in 20 events!

The Fabrics…

Check out our new Rinkle colors & fresh batch of Linetropic! Turtle Hand will launch some exciting new products in Fall of 2019 including “Blonde Marble”, Malaysian Shibori, plus new designs and sizes of one of a kind art panels.

All Turtle Hand artisan crafted fabrics are available at participating quilt shows, an exclusive group of quilt shops, and online at You can also shop at

Ethically traded and made in home based workshops, Turtle Hand Batik is made in limited edition batches and one of a kind pieces.

Colorfast 100% pure cotton can be machine washed and dried. Suitable for clothing and washable quilt projects.

At QuiltWeek…

Drop by the booth and let us custom curate your starter Turtle Hand Batik collection or enable your desire to augment your THB stash. We love to create custom kits and help you bring your next project to life.

AQS Quilt Week events are full of super creative and innovative quilters and sewists who inspire us with their amazing quilts showcased in the show and contagious creative spirit. When I can sneak away from my booth, I always visit the SAQA special exhibits to enjoy the art quilt masterpieces. AQS creates a fulfilling and friendly atmosphere conducive to fun and honing creative skills.

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R Newton

The real colors/prints are hard to really see on the internet but I love Batik’s and these appear to be georgous! So many different designs..hope there will be a booth at the Charleston AQS show!

Yes! Turtle Hand Batik will be at the Charleston show.
Can’t wait to see you there!