by Kathleen Barkley

SPLASH OF COLOby Jackie Kunkel

Martingale Publishing, Bothell, Washington

The projects in Splash of Color partner black-and-white prints with brightly saturated colors.  The author covers projects that include paper foundation piecing, curved piecing, strip piecing, and appliqué.  Jackie emphasizes the importance of scale of your black-and-white fabric to the design. The different scales of prints in her quilts showcase how crucial print scale is in rendering visual appeal in your quilt. Most of the quilts featured in this book have vibrant colors, however, Jackie suggests using low-volume, less saturated colors if you want a more subdued effect.  For a more modern look, use solid fabrics. Jackie recommends using white prints and staying away from prints with cream backgrounds as they can give your project a yellow cast.  Also, avoid gray prints as gray tends to dull the intensity of the other colors in a quilt.  

Splash of Color has twelve patterns and all of them have precise, easy to follow instructions.  Jackie also has video tutorials on her YouTube channel.  The link is available on her website:

Jackie is a quilting Podcaster.  Check out “Jackie’s Quilting Chronicles”.  In addition to her own quilt shop; Canton Village Quilt Works, Jackie has an online quilt shop, and a long-arm quilting business.  She also is a Craftsy Instructor with online classes and designs quilts for magazines and fabric companies. In 2016 Jackie started designing fabric for Island Batiks as well as patterns to complement the fabric line. Jackie is a Judy Niemeyer Certified Instructor and her quilt shop is a Judy Niemeyer Certified Shop in Mesa, Arizona.  Jackie travels around the country doing workshops, lecturing, and trunk shows.

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