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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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