It’s been so hard keeping this secret over the last year! I’ve been working with Island Batik to introduce a fabric collection, and at Quilt Market last month, I got my wish!
Now, this isn’t fabric that I designed, not yet anyway. It’s what’s known as a Signature Collection, which means that their in-house designer Kathy Engle did all the heavy lifting in terms of design & color, and my role was to interpret the collection into a fabulous array of quilts. I had about 15 different collections to choose from, and I picked the one that I thought represented my aesthetic most.
Sakura – which means Cherry Blossom – is a collection of 20 different batik prints in pink, purple, aqua, green, and gold. As soon as I saw the lovely colors in this collection, I knew that this was the one I wanted to play with most.
I have been a lover of Asian-inspired art for as long as I can remember, and batiks are especially lovely to work with. I’ve never been to Japan myself, though I’d love to go, and so I came up with a concept where we could all go on an adventure together to explore the country and a bit of its culture while we learn some techniques and make some great quilts.
This little adventure starts with a block-of-the-month quilt called Hanami, which means “cherry blossom viewing.”
There’s also a cute little 28-page passport booklet to go along with the quilt, and you get a chance to have your passport “stamped” as you go.
The BOM quilt finishes at 58″ x 58″ and is presented in a 9-month program that is available and open to quilt shops everywhere. I’ll be running this BOM in my public studio later this fall, as well as doing it as an auto-ship program here on the website. Stay tuned for more information on how you can participate!
There are also 8 additional quilt patterns that I’ll be introducing you to over the coming weeks, just to give you a little more detail.
The other exciting thing that happened is that I was selected to introduce a thread box with Aurifil based on this collection. I am in love with the threads that I chose for this collection. Even if you don’t have the fabrics, this assortment of threads is just stunning. You can pre-order a thread box from me here.
Would you like to win a fat quarter collection of Sakura? Just leave a comment below and tell me what you would make from my collection! You can enter until June 15th at 11:59pm CST.
And the winner of the fat quarter collection is:
Brian Foster! Congratulations, you lucky duck!