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Five Questions with Jackie Kunkel

Recently, Quilt talked to Jackie Kunkel, who designed “Island Breeze,” the cover quilt for the June-July issue of Quilt magazine.

QUILT: How did you come up with this pattern?

JK: I have a love for piecing flying geese, so I knew I wanted to make a quilt with lots of them.   I just started playing and when I had a block that I liked, I went with it.  I also knew that I had to set it on point.  It just wouldn’t be the same with a straight set.  This quilt definitely said to me “no border”  and I think that works well in this case!

QUILT: How did you decide the color palette for this quilt?

JK: I also knew that I wanted to use colors of the summer.  All these colors scream fresh fruit to me and I love that!  Fresh blueberries, watermelon, and sunshine, it just doesn’t get better than that, except being on the beach of course!

QUILT: Did you design/make this quilt with anyone particular in mind?

JK: Funny, I didn’t really.  I guess I just went with what I really liked and it felt right.  When I first designed it, I showed it to a friend and she said…. “Ooooo, quick write it up, I have to make that one!”  That just confirmed that the choices I made were good.   I love it and it just makes my heart sing.

QUILT: How was the machine quilting chosen for this quilt?

JK: When I quilt a quilt, I look at them individually.  I knew I wanted to quilt this one special as I was in love with this quilt through the whole process.  Therefore, I chose to use special motifs in the blocks and geese, as well as the sashing.  I used a variegated thread that had a very pretty sheen to it.  The sheen really added another element to the quilt.

QUILT: Anything else you want to tell our readers about this quilt?

JK: If you have never worked with batiks, this is a great one to begin with, batiks are fabulous.  They hold a crease so well, they have fabulous saturated and varied color.  In this quilt they just seem to glow.

Deb Hearn, Editor-in-Chief

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  • Vicki says:

    Posted April 11, 2012 at 6:54 am

    Beautiful quilt!

  • Nancy says:

    Posted April 11, 2012 at 8:57 am

    Great article! Jackie also runs a wonderful online store with great customer service.

  • Renee says:

    Posted April 11, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    Love, love, the quilt. The colors are ooohhh so yummy!

  • Lori Allison says:

    Posted April 11, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    Love, love, love this quilt. You can tell that Jackie enjoys what she’s doing and that she is very meticulous about her product. The quilt photo and staging is exceptional as well. You can almost feel the sea breeze. 😉

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