The blues and purples of Blue Moon had us immediately smitten. This Island Batik Signature Collection was designed by Kathy Engle for Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works. It was released at last year’s Fall Quilt Market in Houston, partnered with a perfectly coordinated collection of 50wt Aurifil threads.
The fabric is just now shipping to stores and the thread collection is available at your favorite local quilt shop. We’re so excited to hear more about Jackie’s inspirations for these collections and to take a closer look at the stunning quilt patterns that bring them to life. Stay tuned for Island Batik Week in just a few short weeks, right here on Auribuzz!
“What made me love this collection was the rich deep cobalt blues, and the deep dark purples that are paired with those cool colors. They just make all the fabrics sing in this collection.” — Jackie Kunkel
We just love working with Jackie — she brings so much energy to every project and has the most gorgeous patterns to offer her adoring fans. This project in particular has been an absolute blast. We had the unique opportunity to partner not only with Jackie & Island Batik, but also with Best-Selling author Marie Bostwick and Deb Tucker of Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design.
Marie has a lifelong love of quilting and loves finding ways to connect that love with her passion for writing and story-telling. She joined forces with Deb Tucker to take it all to the next level. For each of Marie’s new books, Deb designs a companion pattern that picks up on a character or theme from the book. For The Promise Girls, Deb designed and created the Stormy Stars Quilt Pattern (27″ x 27″). She also created an expanded version of this design, using the Blue Moon collection and her Square Squared and Diamond Rects tools. Both designs are inspired by one of the book’s main characters, Avery Promise, a mermaid at heart.
We were lucky to have Marie, Deb, and Jackie as special guests at our booth at Quilt Festival in Houston just a few short months ago. The trio of talented women met with attendees, talked about the book, the quilt that it inspired, and the fabrics and threads that brought that quilt to life. They also talked about the Quilt Shop Party Kit, a super fab program available to shops as a way to engage quilters and create a fun social circle centered around The Promise Girls book and the Stormy Stars pattern. It’s truly a fabulous program that combines quilting, reading, and enjoying time with your local quilty community. If you’re interested, make sure to check in with your local quilt shop!
To celebrate the release of Blue Moon and this ongoing partnership, we’re excited to offer 1 Blue Moon Thread Collection & 1 set of 5 patterns by Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works to one lucky winner. To enter-to-win, simply click here or on the image above and follow the Rafflecopter instructions. Giveaway is open through 11:59pm on Friday, February 9. Winner will be selected and announced here on Monday, February 12. This giveaway is open to all of our friends worldwide!
Want another chance to win? Check out the blog hop Grand Prize Giveaway, right here!!
Good luck, happy stitching, and don’t forget to follow along with the rest of the blog hop this week!
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