Posted on Thursday, April 5, 2012 | By Jackie Kunkel | 13 Comments

It’s A Breeze

When designing a quilt for Quilt Magazine, it sometimes is planned for a while and sometimes on the spur of the moment.  My most recent design for Quilt Magazine, I had  made quite a while ago and couldn’t wait to get started.  The design went with us to Quilt Market Fall 2011 and Deb Hearn and her fabulous team met with Island Batik and they picked up my design.

Batik fabrics were chosen, then I needed to provide them with yardage amounts.  The yardage amounts were sent to Island Batik and the fabrics were sent onto me.  Let the fun begin!!!

This was one design that I could not wait to see growing and coming together.  So, wait no longer… with a nice sharp rotary blade in hand, I made that first cut into the fabrics!  Oh, did that feel good.  Then came the first stitches, that felt even better!  Everything kept coming together and my excitement was peaking.  The geese were made the quarter square triangles, the sashing… everything was laying out so nicely.

Now to join all the segments… oh what fun I had.  The quilt top was now together and just so nice and bright and shiny new.  Backing was pieced and ready to throw onto the long arm.  I knew I would use a variegated thread that would play so nicely with these fabulous batiks.  A little custom quilting will do the trick. I was right, the thread really complimented the batiks to a “T” and made the custom motifs just shine… looooooving it!

Now to bind it.  I just knew it had to be HOT pink for the binding. One of the geese fabrics were brought out to the binding and framed it up just right.  The final quilt, so aptly named by the Quilt Magazine team, Island Breeze.  I boxed it up and sent it off to Deb and they took my quilt on the best photo shoot ever!  To the beach… oh to have been there with it, a girl can dream can’t she??

I was in shock and soooo honored when I was told the quilt made the cover!  Do you believe it????…. my quilt!  Wow, that was the best day ever.  I was happy dancing all around the house, my family was tickled too.  Then a week later it arrived… the actual magazine, in the flesh… so to speak!  What a sight… the cover, just gorgeous!  I can’t thank the team at Quilt Magazine enough for allowing me to contribute this very special design (to me) to your publication.  Thank you, thank you!!

Not only did it make the cover, but they also have a line drawing available on their site that you can download as a PDF to fill in your own colors.  How cool is that?  Also, you can purchase the kit to make this fabulous quilt in my online shop, Canton Village Quilt Works.

Thank you for allowing me to drone on and on, but I just can’t contain my excitement!  Now, if you haven’t seen the quilt, enjoy the following photos.  Tell me your thoughts on Island Breeze… Are you as excited as I am??

Jackie Kunkel

Canton Village Quilt Works

cvquiltworks.com

About the Author: Jackie Kunkel

I am very passionate about my quilting. I have been quilting as a hobby now for close to 18 years. My husband didn't know what was in store when, I turned it into a business in the year 2000, when I purchased my first Gammill quilting machine and began to quilt customers quilt tops. Since then, I have also been designing quilts and recently took to the lecture circuit. Now, I also own my own online Quilt shop and sell top quality quilting fabric!! I am also an active quilting blogger and publish Quilting Podcasts to iTunes on a monthly basis.  I am usually doing something that is quilt related daily.

13 Comments

  • Buttonmad says:

    Posted April 5, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    So interesting…so enjoyed reading about your quilting adventure …and what a fabulous quilt …no wonder it made the cover of the magazine…warm wishes from south africa

  • Nancy says:

    Posted April 5, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Love the colors. It reminds me of a mexican sunset, sitting on the beach with a margarita.

  • Linda says:

    Posted April 6, 2012 at 8:38 am

    I think it is absolutely gorgeous! And you, a cover girl!

  • Helen Beall says:

    Posted April 6, 2012 at 10:27 am

    Island Breeze is just the happiest! All the colors are so beachy and the design is such a playful use of traditional motifs. Almost looks like a game board….Beach Blanket Bingo, perhaps? I’m on my way to get my copy before they sell out.

  • Evelyn says:

    Posted April 6, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Congratulations on your new status as “Cover Girl” It is well deserved. As always you do the best work and really have a eye for color.

  • LizA. says:

    Posted April 6, 2012 at 11:32 am

    Congrats on making the cover–what an honor. I just love the bright, cheery colors in this quilt. The name really suits it and both the quilt and the name bring memories of my visit to Hawaii to mind.

  • LeeAnn says:

    Posted April 6, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    What can I say? An absolutely stunning quilt! Your design, choice of colors and finish really knock me out. I expect to see these quilts all over the beaches this summer. I’ll be looking for them here on the West Coast!

  • Amy, a redeemed sheep says:

    Posted April 6, 2012 at 7:28 pm

    It’s beautiful! Your quilt is deserving of a cover. Congratulations!!

  • Heather L says:

    Posted April 7, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    Way to go, COVER GIRL!! Thrilled for you and loving the island feel of this yummy colorlicious quilt. Perfect name for a beautiful design.
    Aloha!

  • Mary on Lake Pulaski says:

    Posted April 7, 2012 at 9:10 pm

    It is just beautiful Jackie! What wonderful work you do!

  • Tami Knox says:

    Posted April 9, 2012 at 10:38 am

    Yes, Jackie, I’m as excited as you are. I can just see you doing the happy dance about the happy quilt. Congratulations, Cover Girl! Tami

  • Carol Skinner says:

    Posted April 9, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    Congratulations Jackie!! What a wonderful quilt and beautiful quilting – love the quilting patterns you chose. What a thrill it must have been to see your quilt in all it’s glory on the COVER. I hope you sell a gazillion kits.

  • Jackie says:

    Posted April 11, 2012 at 7:18 pm

    Thank you all for such kind compliments!!

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