Who would have thought that when I made a quilt with Island Batik Fabrics for Spring Market last January, it would be shared by Island Batik and Aurifil Threads the week of the Solar Eclipse? Who would have thought that both of their collections spoke to me in a way that spread across the universe to the moon. Just goes to show you that even a blind pig finds an acorn! (One of my husband's favorite sayings.)
And yes this week has been all about the Moon and the Solar Eclipse. If you didn't see it personally, you probably watched it on TV. It was interesting to say the least and a once in a lifetime event for many.
My quilt was made using the Zen Collection from Island Batik. Don't you just love all the beautiful blues with a nice pop of green?
Since the fabric collection was called Zen, I wanted to name the quilt something that made me think of peace. While working on it, I was drawing a blank. However, once I looked at the finished project, I knew immediately what the name had to be. Working with the star fish fabric, the sand dollars, the ripples in the water, and the name of the collection, I chose "Sea of Tranquility" which spoke quiet, stillness and peace to me. Do you agree?
Sea of Tranquility - 53" x 71"
And if you didn't know the Sea of Tranquility is on the moon and that is where the first astronauts landed in July of 1969.
No one has been back to the Sea of Tranquility site where the Apollo 11 lunar module (LM) deposited Armstrong and fellow NASA astronaut Buzz Aldrin in July of 1969.
Now to make this quilt, I had to have thread and for me the "Purrfect" thread was Aurifil.
I love working with Island Batik Fabrics and Aurifil Threads.They blend beautifully together. Stitching the batiks with these threads is magic like a match made in heaven.
So to get you in a "tranquil" mood where you can "Zen" out - check out these gorgeous fabrics and threads. Aren't they just out of this world?
See the "Starfish" and the "Sand dollars" and the ripples in the water. They are all involved with the sea.
Island Batik Zen Collection with coordinating Aurifil Threads
Which is your favorite color thread?
Is it this lovely Royal Blue - 2730
or this lovely turquoise - 2810
or this fun lime green - 1231
or this rich royal navy - 2784
It is really hard to choose a favorite as they are all beautiful. I am so pleased that I got to share my "Zen" or "Moon Walk" experience with you.
Please leave a comment and tell me which is your favorite color thread and whether you ever wanted to travel in space. I will be choosing a winner through Random.org and giving away three Sea of Tranquility patterns to some future moon quilt explorers.
Be sure to blast over to the Island Batik Blog where you will learn more about their Zen Fabric Collection.
Then fly over to Auribuzz, the Aurifil blog for an out of the world experience as there is a great giveaway that will send you to the moon and back.
Before I close, I do have to share that these two wonderful companies have hearts as big as the universe. They support the "Piece for Shelter Pets" project which works with The Quilt Pattern Magazine and the Petfinder Foundation by helping with TQPM Kennel Quilts for shelter pets. Thanks and kudos to them!
Until next time,