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!
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.