Welcome to the Just In Time Blog Hop! We’ve got lots of eye candy for your this week, but first, let us tell you what we’re here!
We’ve teamed up with some pretty awesome folks to create a different kind of program for our customers, your local quilt shops! Together with Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works, Deb Tucker of Studio 180 Design, Aurifil, and New York Times Best Selling Author Marie Bostwick, we offered a program that ties together two things our group loves – quilting and reading!
A bit of backstory: As long time friends, Deb has been creating companion patterns for each of Marie’s books (find the full library here). The ladies have invited us to play, too, and the result is one terrific quilt – New Beginnings!
Before we talk quilts, let’s take a peek at the book that started it all – Just In Time.
In her most powerful novel yet, New York Times bestselling author Marie Bostwick weaves the uplifting story of three grief support group dropouts—women united in loss and rescued through friendship.
Fifteen years ago, Grace Saunders vowed to take her beloved husband for better or worse. Now she’s coming to terms with difficult choices as she crafts a memory quilt from scraps of their life together—a life torn to shreds by an accident that has left him in a coma. Enduring months of limbo, Grace is at least not alone.
Nan has been widowed for twenty years, but now, with her children grown, her home feels painfully empty. Even the company of her golden retriever, Blixen, and a series of other rescue dogs, can’t fill the void. Then there’s Monica, a feisty woman with a biting wit who’s reeling following her husband’s death—and the revelation of his infidelity.
As for Grace, a chance evening with a man she barely knows brings a glimmer of joy she hasn’t felt since the tragedy—along with feelings of turmoil and guilt. But her struggle to cope will force all three women to face their fears, share their deepest secrets—and lean on one another as they move from grief and isolation to hope, and a second chance at happiness . . .
Inspired by the characters and themes in the book, Deb created the New Beginnings quilt with our All A Flutter fabrics, which were designed by Kathy Engle for Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt works. The quilt’s pink, blue, and purple fabrics pop against a crisp background and the design radiates outward creating wonderful movement. The ruler required to make this quilt, the Tucker Trimmer III, makes this exciting design perfect for quilters of all levels, even beginners!
What’s a great quilt without some great coordinating Aurifil threads?! Jackie worked with the fine folks at Aurifil to select some perfect thread pairings for the All A Flutter collection and of course, the New Beginnings Quilt! Don’t these look so yummy together?
The quilty fun doesn’t stop there. Jackie has stitched up a number of gorgeous projects that also feature the All A Flutter fabrics. As a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor, of course she had to make at least one Quiltworx design! Let us introduce this lovely Autumn Pines quilt!
Don’t miss the All A Flutter Tuffet from Tuffet Source! Wouldn’t this make a fabulous addition to your sewing space?! 😍
So how do all of these things tie together? Select shops are offering the full Just In Time Experience! Join them for themed events around the book and the New Beginnings quilt. Get together and read and stitch and enjoy the company of your fellow quilters! The shops below have joined in on the fun. Be sure to call for more information, as events, schedules, and project availability vary. The starred shops have ALSO won a live chat for their customers with the author herself, Marie Bostwick!
Annie’s Quilt Shoppe – Shelton, WA
** Country Traditions – Fremont, NE
** Holly’s Quilt Cabin – Centennial, CO
Quilting Fairy – Puyallup, WA
Quilt with Passion – Oswego, OR
** Quilt Basket – Wappingers Falls, NY
** Sew In Stitches – Pocatello, ID
The Finishing Stitch – Dover, PA
** Wish Upon a Quilt – Raleigh, NC
But wait, there is more! The fun is not over! We have more posts and goodies to share throughout the week. Here’s the full hop schedule. We’ll see you tomorrow at Studio 180 Design!
Island Batik (you are here!)
Deb Tucker’s Studio 180 Design
Jackie Kunkel, Canton Village Quilt Works