2018 Island Batik Week: Jackie Kunkel

Welcome to our 4th Island Batik Week!! We particularly love showcasing these gorgeous fabrics in the colder months because the rich and vibrant colors are a breath of fresh air in mid-Winter! We absolutely adore working with this wonderful company 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.

February 19 – Jackie Kunkel (Jackie’s postIsland Batik’s post)
February 20 – Nan Baker (Nan’s postIsland Batik’s post)
February 21 – Tammy Silvers (Tammy’s BlogIsland Batik’s post)
February 22 – Ebony Love (Ebony’s BlogIsland Batik’s post)
February 23 – Kari Nichols (Kari’s Website)

Blue Moon is one of our new favorite Signature Collections from Island Batik. Designed by Kathy Engle for Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works, Blue Moon is a rich collection of cool blues and purples with earthy elements like trees, bark, pinecones and pine sprigs. There are even some fanciful snowflakes and dots to add a touch of sparkle!

Jackie curated a gorgeous collection of 12 Large spools of 50wt thread — the box is a stunning array of purples and blues, both perfect for working with the Blue Moon fabrics, but also a fine bit of eye candy to add some lovely new colors to your stash.

The collection was absolutely perfect for a fabulous new collaboration with best-selling author, Marie Bostwick. You can read more about that partnership here.

Blue Moon
12 Large Spools, 50wt (1422yds/spool), 100% Aurifil Cotton
2021 – 3840 – 3770 – 4669 – 2520 – 2560
2545 – 2540 – 1320 – 2710 – 2740 – 2725

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

How did you first connect with Island Batik?

Actually that is interesting, I first connected with them I think it was 2011.  I made a quilt for Quilt Magazine called Paradise Island.  It was made from all Island Batik fabrics and was featured at Quilt market.  Then I made another for Quilt Magazine that was featured on the cover of the June, 2012 which was also Island Batik.  Fast Forward to 2015, Island Batik came to me and asked me to design a quilt for one of their lines, which I did, then afterwards they asked to meet with me at Market.  That sealed the deal.  They have been fabulous to work with and for… and I hope to continue for more years of collaborative creativity!

What do you love most about working with batik fabrics?
Ah, now that is a trick question!  What is NOT to love about batiks?  The colors, the texture, the timelessness… everything about them is something to love.  They add something special to every project that you make.  Mix them with prints or not… but they are a fabulous fabric to work with.  You can purchase a batik now and 15 years from now, it has the ability to be placed in any project just like you purchased the batik yesterday.

Lattice by Jackie Kunkel, Canton Village Quilt Works

Can you tell us a bit more about this collection and what it means to you?
The Blue Moon Collection designed by Kathy Engle for me… It spoke to me!  Typically I am not someone who is drawn to blues, but there were those deep dark cobalt blues, deep purples and lavenders, and light versions of the saturated tones.  I looked at this and said it was just beautiful.  And it was somewhat of a challenge for me since I don’t normally work with these colors, but I loved it and love this collection.

Twisted by Jackie Kunkel for Canton Village Quilt Works

Do you have a favorite project or projects made with this collection?
Hmmmm…. I think my two most favorite patterns that I designed are my Pansy Garden which is filled with curves and plays with light and dark to form “Pansies”.  Then I also designed Twisted, that quilt is a great one to showcase your stripes.  This collection is filled with stripes and really highlights them.  I use a 120 degree triangle ruler that simplifies how you will construct this quilt.  I just love the finished result.

Pansy Garden by Jackie Kunkel, Canton Village Quilt Works

When did you first discover Aurifil threads and what do you love most about working with them?
Lovely Aurifil… I don’t remember the exact date but it had to be at least 6 or more years ago.  I love the colors that are offered, the varying weights and the fact they don’t break.  But my absolute, hands down favorite weight is 50wt.  I love piecing with it and it is my go to for piecing, traditional or paper pieced.  I love color 2600 for piecing.  From my thread collections, I love using them for quilting and embellishment of any project.  They make the project sing!

Caribbean Starfish by Judy Niemeyer Quilting, Colored and Created by Jackie Kunkel, Certified Instructor

Do you have any tips for using Aurifil 100% Cotton Threads with Island Batik Cotton fabrics?
My best tip is to use them!  They complement Island Batik fabrics and vice versa.  Don’t shy away from the thread colors, use color with the batiks!  Have fun!

Winter Solstice by Jackie Kunkel, Canton Village Quilt Works

What is coming up next for you, where can we find you this year?
Well, I am traveling all over the country teaching and you can check out my schedule on my site to see if I am in a place near you.  I will be at Spring Market with Island Batik and my next collection, then again at Fall Market with my Debut Fabric Collection! That I am super excited about.  That collection is mine from concept, to design, to coloration, to fabric and I love it!! So stay tuned.  I hope to see you all.


To enter-to-win 1 Large Blue Moon Thread Collection, one Fat Quarter Bundle of Blue Moon fabrics from Island Batik, and one set of Blue Moon Patterns by Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works, 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!


Jackie has been a quilter since 1993 and has owned her own business, Canton Village Quilt Works since 2000. Beginning her business as a long arm quilter and then in 2009 adding an online quilt fabric shop. She has also been a quilt designer for magazines and fabric companies since 2009, a quilting Podcaster – Jackie’s Quilting Chronicles, and a Certified Quiltworx.com (Judy Niemeyer) Instructor and Shop. Jackie travels throughout the country to lecture, do workshops and trunk shows. Jackie’s first book was published in September, 2015 by Martingale & Co titled Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black and White Quilts. Jackie is also a Craftsy Instructor with two online classes.  Jackie has her own line of published patterns, currently 30 and counting! Many of the quilts that Jackie designs have been done in EQ7 or EQ8.  In 2016 Jackie began designing fabric for Island Batik. The first line of fabric was launched at Quilt Market October 2016 and currently has fabric coming out with Island Batik through the fall of 2019. She is also an Aurifil thread designer too. Jackie’s newest ventures are her partnership with Viking/Husquavarna as a Brand Ambassador and also with Quiltster, where you can color Jackie’s patterns with your own fabric. Follow Jackie for her weekly Episodes of Watch Me Wednesday on her Canton Village Quilt Works Facebook page for tips, techniques, tutorials, quilt alongs and giveaways!

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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 Jackie Kunkel **


  1. I think the first thing I would make would be a new tote bag for the instant gratification, then I would probably make Winter Solstice. I love working with batiks and Aurifil threads. Thanks for this great giveaway.

  2. Beautiful quilts made with wonderful fabrics and thread. I’d love to make the Winter Solstice quilt.

  3. These are gorgeous colors. I really want to make the Stormy Stars quilt, the one for Marie Bostwick’s book.

  4. That Blue Moon collection is beautiful! Jackie has a pattern called Air Traffic Control, and I would love to make that quilt.

  5. Beautiful fabrics and threads. Awesome patterns. I want to make a lap quilt and a tote! So cool. Enjoy your day!! angielovesgary2 atgmail dotcom

  6. If I didn’t make a Snowflakes Runner (probably as a bed runner) I think I’d make a Disappearing 4 Patch with these great fabrics.

  7. These colors are absolutely gorgeous! I’d have to make a throw or wall hanging so I could see them all the time!! Thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  8. I’m confused. The dates listed are for last August and the collections highlighted are Fall/Winter 2017. Think someone goofed.

  9. I love batiks & the colors in this collection do not disappoint! Wonderful! The Lattice quilt is my favorite & would be my choice to make! Thank you, Susan

  10. I think these fabrics would look great in a jacket, a purse or a quilt. Can’t decide which I would do. Thank you for the opportunity to win. Love the fabric collection.

  11. A quilt, wall hanging, throw…what wouldn’t I love to make with this collection! Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  12. Blue Moon is a beautiful collection of fabrics. I love purple, so I’d make a nice big lap quilt to snuggle under while watching TV!

  13. Blue Moon is one of my favorite Island Batik collections…the blues and purples are so dreamy! I would love to make the tuffet stool with these fabrics. It’s a perfect way to show off the colors!

  14. I love these fabrics and threads. I would love to make some of the Funky Friends Factory animals. My Grandkids would love them.

  15. I love these gorgeous moody & soothing colors! The Pansy pattern is lovely. I’d So like to make one for myself!

  16. Oooh love “Blue Moon”!!! Would make several quilts, and love the Tuffet too!! & definitely a great Tote for me!! giggle..
    Thank you for chance to win your Give-a-way! 😀

  17. These colors are so ‘me’, I might just want to pet them. On the other hand, I would love to pet my own quilt made from these beautiful batiks.

  18. I love Blue Moon. My favorite colors and I am just starting to collect fabric for a blue floral double wedding ring. Perfect.! Thank you for the chance to win my basic fabric for the quilt.

  19. I would love make a tuffet! I’ve been wanting to make one and the picture above is just beautiful!

  20. This is one of my all-time favorite fabric lines – I love the versatility in using this collection in the different patterns – my favorite of Jackie’s is Pansy Garden and Deb Tucker’s Stormy Stars using this collection. I can’t wait to get my hands on the fabric!

  21. Love the blues and purple I would love to make something nit sure what for the new house I just made an offer on

  22. I am a quilt person so would definitely make a quilt with this collection……absolutely love the colors !!!

  23. I would make a quilt with the fabric collection and I am sure one of my family members would snatch it up. The fabric collection and coordinating thread are beautiful.

  24. Love these fabrics–& that Tuffet–oh my! I have been intrigued with tuffets for quite some time!

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