Thursday, September 24, 2015

Blog Hop Tour for Jackie Kunkel - Splash of Color

Hi there everyone!  

This is a special day...It is Day #2 on Jackie Kunkel's Book Blog Hop tour.  I am delighted to be here showing off her first book.  I am even more proud to have been asked to quilt five...yes 5 quilts in this book.  Jackie is a great lady, a fellow longarmer, and she has a fun book of quilts suited for all abilities which showcase fantastic black & white fabrics, coupled with bold colors.  Who doesn't love those, I ask you?!

She asked me to choose one of the quilts from the book and show my readers a few pictures.  While I love many of them, Proud Mary is the one I chose.  OK, I am partial to this quilt because I did quilt it, but it is also the only one of the 5 I quilted which is in solid fabrics.  All of the custom quilting is not hiding in the print.  Print is a double-edged sword...It is SO gorgeous and textural, but as a quilter it is challenging because we really want our quilted patterns to show.  So, when it comes my time to make a few of the designs in Jackie's book, you know I will be pulling a few bold prints, but mostly the solids!

Here is the full quilt...
This is a 60" lap quilt, but you could easily extend (or reduce) the size by making more of the 6" blocks.  As an experienced piecer, I will say this for the benefit of those who see a curved seam and cringe.  Curved seams at this size are a piece of cake - you can do it!
The pops of color are cottons and batiks.  I love the use of batiks with the black solids because the batiks just glow with color -- kind of like a piece of stained glass.  My photos here show you what I did with the quilting.  I used a single layer of wool batting.  It has more loft, and especially with the prints, it helps the loft of the quilting to show through.  I quilted this using a few shades of Glide 40wt polyester and YLI polished poly thread.  These threads have a slight sheen, and give the surface of the quilt another dimension.
Each quadrant of the circle received some more modern straight-line work, as well as hook feathers, which are not as traditional looking as the plain variety.  Additionally, I chose an aqua thread for the black circles.  White circles had plain old white thread.  The quilting just shows that much more easily on the white.
The background filler on the black is stitched in a deep plum thread.  It shows best on one of the last photos.  It is subtle, but pretty.
Within each colored crossing is a simple design intended to give the space texture and movement, and to break up the linearness of the cross.  These are stitched in a multitude of matching colors.
The white background moves like the wind with that swirly filler!  I can just envision Proud Mary's skirt blowing in the wind as she's hanging out the wash.  Ok...no more dreamtime for me (for the fear all of my readers will know I am nuts!!)
I will be doing a drawing on October 1st.  If you are interested in winning an e-copy  of Jackie's book, leave me a message.  Tell me what fabrics you'd choose for the Proud Mary quilt.   Jackie and I can't wait to give this copy of her book to one lucky winner.  Alternatively, you can go to her website and order your own copy of the book!  She also sells a wicked-fine assortment of the black & white prints, as well as the solids and batiks! NOTE: you must also leave an email address in the comment!!

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Here is the schedule for other bloggers who are participating in this Book Blog Hop.  Be sure to go and visit each one!  You are bound to get a good view at the quilts in this book (and they are all having give-aways too)!
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Wednesday, September 23,
Jackie Kunkel - Canton Village Quilt Works - http://cvquiltworks.com/blogs/blog

Thursday, September 24
Sherri McConnell - http://www.aquiltinglife.com
Margaret Solomon Gunn -  http://quiltsoflove.blogspot.com

Friday, September 25
Jenny Wilding Cardon - http://blog.shopmartingale.com

Saturday, September 26
Pam Viera- McGinnis - http://pamkittymorning.blogspot.com

Sunday, September 27
Sharon McConnell - http://colorgirlquilts.com/blog

Monday, September 28
Victoria Findlay Wolfe -   http://bumblebeansinc.blogspot.com

Tuesday, September 29
Caroline Critchfield - http://www.sewcanshe.com


95 comments:

Anita said...

The quilt is gorgeous! I would make it in similar colors, solid black and white for background, and tone-in-tone colored "pinwheels" inside the balls.

Julie in GA said...

I love the combination of black and white with brights. Jackie's designs look great!

Renea said...

Love the contrast of white and black in this quilt. Also, the quilting is amazing.

Nancy Lewis said...

OMG!! To be able to quilt like you is a dream of mine!! Awesome!! I would copy your quilt, (sorry!!). I love the colors you have chosen.

Theresa F said...

The quilting is amazing! I would use a rainbow of some hand dyes I made a few years ago that have been waiting for this book.

Theresa F said...

I would use a rainbow of hand dyes that I made a few years ago that have been waiting for this book. Your quilting is amazing

Gene Black said...

I love the black and white backgrounds and I am sure I would raid my batiks for the colors. Although it might be fun to invert them.

grendelskin said...

That's my quilt! I will never be able to express how amazed I am at how your quilting transformed this top; it's a wonderful piece of work and when it comes home from touring it will have a place of honor in my home. Thank you so, so much for working on it!

The pattern is easy and fun. Don't enter me in the contest - I've already arranged for a signed print edition of the book - but I wanted to express my gratitude again for your gorgeous work and share with your other readers how much fun every pattern I've tried has been. I've made three of the quilts in the book to date and have no plans to stop there!

Dawn said...

II love the quilting in your quilt. Picking colors is overwhelming to me, but maybe black, teal and yellow. I'm new to quilting and picking colors scares me the most. dawnm1993(at)gmail(dot)com

Quilting Tangent said...

I lke the rainbow theme you have. 24Tangent@gmail.com

Exuberantcolor/Wanda S Hanson said...

That quilt was definitely a playground for someone who loves quilting!!!

Lynette said...

I think this one is my favorite! I love the stark contrast, so I'd keep with the white and black solids with colorful prints. I have plenty batik scraps around, but I'd think this would be neat in wild Kaffe Fassets as well for the color pops.

janice said...

Your quilting is gorgeous as always. I have never made a quilt with just batiks, do I think I would use batiks.

Jean MN said...

After seeing your awesome quilting up close and personal, I am in love with your work. It is beautiful. Loved seeing it hanging at the show.

Afquilt said...

If I could quilt like that I'd use solids too... but more likely prints for me :) I need the forgiveness!

lou said...

These quilts and their bright colors are so special. The quilting on them definitely puts them to the top. I want to look through my stash and make one of Jackie's quilts.

Beverly C. Stigge said...

Your quilt is AWESOME! As a follower of Jackie, I saw you quilt on her blog...but your description is fantastic and added a complete dimension of understanding, as well as the pictures. Still a hand quilter - I admire your expertise and finished product of the long arm!!!!

Thank you for the notes on the thread and fabric choices (hmm mixing batiks and cottons). As a "newbie" to quilting those are hard facts to pull together on your own...thank you for the expert advice!

cjmont said...

love this quilt, your quilting is gorgeous.

tac73 said...

I think this is my favorite quilt from the book so far! I might use green and beige for background with fall colors for all the accents.

Donna W said...

Love this quilt and your quilting is gorgeous. I think I would like to make it in beautiful fall colors.

Barb Bunz said...

Beautiful quilt and the quilting just makes it sing. I have a bunch of Moda Marbles that would be perfect for this quilt!!! What fun.

Barb Bunz said...

What an amazing quilt and the quilting makes it sing. I have a bunch of Moda Marbles that would be perfect for this quilt. What fun....

Barb Bunz said...

I would love to use up my Moda Marbles for one of these great quilts. Perfect with my much coveted black and whites.

jrrescuepa said...

The Proud Mary is one of my favorite patterns in this book. I think I would pick wild and bright batiks and a solid black and white/light gray. Thank you for the giveaway.

Nancy said...

I'd have to use some purples and greens!

Kathryn said...

I'd like to use dark blue as a replacement for black. It also goes with just about any color.

Lisa Marie said...

I'd like to make this quilt in green, orange, royal blue and white. Lots of different fabrics in each color and all bright and saturated.

legato1958 said...

This is a gorgeous quilt!
I have a lot of stash black and white fabric, and an assortment of Pearl Bracelet fabrics that I'd use for the colors!
Susie

Linda said...

Hi, maybe some purple! Thanks for sharing!
msstitcher1214@gmail.com

Gill said...

Fabulous - I'd use rainbow colours too!

katiedidit said...

The black and white with the color accents looks great. I think I might try patterned lights and darks and add in primary color solids. What fun! Thanks for the chance to win a copy of this book. odgbk at aol dot com

PK Sews said...

I'd make this with an assortment of low volume gray and text prints for the background and bright textured solids for the pinwheel parts. Your quilt, and your quilting, is gorgeous!

Susan L. said...

I think I would use bright batiks with solid black & white. I love the way Jackie's looks! Thank you for the giveaway! susan430(at)cox(dot)net

Jean said...

The black and whites with words are the best

Lisa S_CT said...

I have seen the quilt, and really enjoyed hearing what your vision was in doing the quilting for this wonderful quilt. Thanks for sharing!

OhioLori said...

Love your Quilt! I have some bright scraps I would maybe use.. If not...definitely blues & greens...

Thanks for chance to win your Give-a-way too! :)

bearpaws9(at)copper(dot)net

lauraluvsloons said...

I have lots of jewel tone scraps in my stash that would be nice in the circles. I love your quilting too. lauraluvsloonsatymaildotcom

lauraluvsloons said...

I have some nice jewel tone scraps in my stash that would be nice to use. lauraluvsloonsatymaildotcom

Dar Welch said...

Beautiful quilting! I would make it in the colors shown, but I might make a few test blocks in navy and cheddar with red scrap centers just to play with. crafty5292@aol.com

Linda Olson said...

I can see this done in Michael Miller's Couture Cotton line. Love the spaces for freemotion quilting. Linda Olson lindaoquilts@gmail.com

Linda Olson said...

I can see this done in Michael Miller's Couture Cotton line. Love the spaces for freemotion quilting. Linda Olson lindaoquilts@gmail.com

Judy Forkner said...

Love that quilt & the way you quilted it! I would be tempted to use the solids with the pops of bright colors just as it's shown!

K Yee said...

I am a big fan of black and white quilts with pops of colour. I would use black and white solids with batiks and hand dyed fabrics for the pops. keybby123(at)gmail(dot)com

Marti M said...

I love batiks so that is what I would use.

Marti M said...

Forgot to put my email in the last mssg Marti(dot)k(dot)meadows(at)gmail(dot)com

Claire Sutherland said...

This is stunning, I love the black and white the pop of colours . I would use similar colours x
Iain.ross30 at gmail dot com

Deb Berkebile said...

Love your quilting on this quilt! It's all fabulous! I would use my batiks and the black and white fabrics for a quilt like this!

Charlotte said...

I have a collection of bright polka dots that would be great for this quilt:)

Meg in Tennessee said...

I'd use wild batiks in the quilt, and maybe reverse the blacks and whites, or just use two different shades of black, circles from cherrywood and a black, black for the rest.

Debbie -- Sheltered Stitches said...

I'd have to go with pastels of yellow & blue.. but the curves.. I'm not sure about them.. yours are so perfect!! debbie at shelteredstitches dot com

Debbie -- Sheltered Stitches said...

(it doesnt look like my comment posted) I's have to go with yellow & blue pastels.. all those curves make me nervous though :) Yours are so perfect! debbie at shelteredstitches dot com

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Beautiful quilt! The quilting is amazing. I love using teal and brown.

Susan ACEVEDO said...

Just love both the use of color...and the quilting is awesome
Sue ....kukana31@yahoo.com

Joy said...

I liked seeing your quilting on such a modern quilt. It's quite different from the traditional quilts which you do so well. I think you have done a wonderful job on this one. I think I would use cream and coffee for the background, with muted jewel tones as accents in modern prints.

April said...

Your quilting is just beautiful! I need to practice more.

labfish said...

I like your idea of using batiks then the brighter colors are toned down just a bit.

rrjane011749 said...

This is a beautiful pattern, it would be pretty with various shades of purple!
rrjane011749@yahoo.com

Cathy Wilson said...

Jackie's designs are amazing and your quilting is gorgeous!

Farm Quilter said...

I am partial to using a rainbow of colors with black and white, so Jackie's quilt fits me to a T!! I would also like to make a red, white and blue quilt using this pattern with the red replacing all the batiks in this quilt - perfect for honoring a veteran!!

Rochelle aka Bella Quilts said...

All those little pops of color....I can't stand to throw away ANY of my trimmings and I think I could get them out of my stash. And my collection of black and white prints is large (and I keep my eyes open for new catchy prints). Thank you for the chance. rmgsummers at yahoo dot com

Mom C said...

That is a pretty stunning quilt. I love the colors and the quilting is amazing. I don't know what colors I would choose but they would have to have that sharp contrast. Thanks for the great closeups of the quilting. I love to see all the patterns and how they fit together. Love the changes in threads too. Thanks.

Terri Hauge said...

I have a lovely stash of batiks that would work great with some black & charcoals. Proud Mary is an eye catcher.

Cecilia said...

Great quilt and beautiful quilting! I would love to make this quilt using jewel tones and white with black.
ceciliayoung at gmx.com

Rosalind Gutierrez said...

I would use an assortment of polka dot fabric with the black & white background for a colorful quilt.

Laverne said...

Might be interesting as a red-white-blue patriotic quilt. beautiful!

Karen said...

I'd like to try this quilt with dark gray and some muted solids

KatieB said...

Love this book for the ideas on using black and white fabrics. I'd combine with batiks - must use up some of the ridiculously large stash!

DebraKay Neiman said...

I would have to break out my batiks and black and white Kona cottons. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Lisa E said...

Since I'm so partial to rainbows, I would use that color scheme. I have some confetti prints that would work well!

Laura said...

Your quilting is amazing. Thanks for the close up pictures. Think I'd try grey as the neutral and blue tones (to the turquoise) for the rest.

Karen in Breezy Point said...

Very fun! I could see it done in black, white and red too, but I love it just the way it is here.

Michele said...

I have a growing collection of black and white prints. Can't decide which quilt I'd make first....

Siouxzq64@gmail.com said...

I agree your quilting is amazing. I would love to use a gradation of colors like blues or reds, with blacks, and whites. Siouxzq64@gmail.com

Michele T said...

Your quilting is stunning!! Wow! It must be amazing in person, I simply cannot imagine!!

kathy slaughter cummings said...

I love yours... I would try to replicate the same, I have collected lots of solids !
Thank you.
kcummings71@gmail.com

Cindy Dahlgren said...

I have been collecting black, white, and grey fat quarters, and along with those I would use batiks, brightly colored ones. cdahlgren at live dot com

Rebecca said...

Not being a long-arm quilter (nor proficient quilter in any way), I would probably stick with the prints for the black and white, and I do love the batiks for the plus signs!

Diane said...

This quilt is gorgeous. I would use a similar color theme with solids. Thanks!

Béa said...

Gorgeous quilt & amazing quilting XXX

Nicole said...

I like what she chose, even though I'm not much for following patterns. This time I would! Lovely quilting too.

Linda Big D said...

Love your quilting. I think I would try a deep cobalt blue and white as the circles/background, and then all the other brights. Thanks for the chance.
linda newman
pagenew at sbcglobal.net

Sue said...

Beautiful quilting Margaret! I wonder what the quilt would look like with brightly colored, solid, silk balls?!

Christy said...

Gorgeous quilting and a gorgeous quilt!!!
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Karen said...

It would either be green and purple or pink and brown.
Kareylouw at gmail dot com
Thanks for sharing.

Walter said...

Beautiful quilting! I would try it with indigo, aqua and grey. pjrquilter at msn dot com

Marianne said...

The quilting is beautiful! I'd love to see this quilt using batiks rather than solids.

Alice Ronne said...

Love this quilt! I would have to audition my stash and see what I'm in the mood for. Thanks! akronne17(at)gmail.com

Susan P said...

I would do Proud Mary in prints. I don't have a lot of solids. This by the way is my favorite quilt from the book.

MoeWest said...

I would solid black with white blenders and batiks. Your quilting is gorgeous!

babiesdoc said...

I like you quilt but, the quilting is truly amazing!!

Cathy J said...

I love the bright rainbow colors, but I'd be interested to see how it would turn out with pastels... maybe use greys instead of blacks for that. So fun!
pokeyhokey_2003@hotmail.com

Tonya's Territory said...

I love the black and white with all the colors of the rainbow. Beautiful! The quilting is phenomenal! Thanks for sharing!
Tonya Flores
froggytonya at yahoo dot com

Deal.licious Real Food Debby said...

WOW. The quilting on this is just amazing. Love the plum thread on the black. It really is subtle, but lovely.

determineddebby at gmail dot com

Wanda H said...

Your quilting really enhances Proud Mary and you inspire me to tackle the curves (maybe!!) I would consider using batiks with the black & whites to make my version of this beauty.

Tu-Na Quilts said...

I should have no trouble finding some really bright modern fabric in my stash but then again winning a book might be reason to celebrate by buying some more. Thanks for the chance. I'm really liking these pops of color on the black and white quilts. kthurn@bektel.com