Book Review – Splash of Color by Jackie Kunkel

Today I’m excited to tell you about Jackie Kunkel’s brand new book, Splash of Color! Both Jackie and I chose Martingale/That Patchwork Place as our publisher (because they are the best) and our books both released at about the same time. So we thought it would be fun to tell our readers about each other’s books this week. (Check out her blog on Wednesday for her review of my book.)

splashofcolor_coverSplash of Color by Jackie Kunkel, Hip to Be Square on the Cover

First a quick background if you haven’t met Jackie yet. She runs the super awesome online store Canton Village Quilt Works, is a certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor, and she’s also a pilot. Isn’t that cool?

jackieJackie Kunkel standing in front of Lava Lamps – such an awesome quilt!

Jackie’s Book, Splash of Color really hits home with me because of its graphic combinations of black and white prints with color. In fact, I love the book’s subtitle: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black and White Quilts. I love high contrast, geometric quilts and this book is just full of them. To see what I mean, check out these gorgeous images (photography by Brent Kane):

01-80_B1319_Finals.inddSeeing Spots

My favorite quote from Jackie is in the introduction to this book: “When I combine black and white with bright fabrics, something magical happens. My heart begins to sing. It’s like eating candy – I want more. I hope the projects in this book will affect you the same way.”

Yes, Jackie, they do affect me in the same way. I couldn’t have said it better myself!

01-80_B1319_Finals.inddJumpin’ Jax

In her book, Jackie successfully teaches you how to combine a splash of color with black and white prints without it all looking jumbled up or too busy. She also includes several techniques that are a must have for every quilter: paper foundation piecing, curved piecing, strip piecing, and applique.


The book includes a total of 12 fantastic quilt patterns and most of them include alternate versions for inspiration, so you can really see how versatile Jackie’s designs are.  I think the alternate version of Proud Mary, shown below is my favorite quilt from the book, but really they are all fantastic!

proudmary_altProud Mary

I also like that Jackie mentions it took time to collect her large stash of blacks, whites and brights. I love it when designs are versatile enough to use any prints so you can recreate them even if you don’t have the same exact fabrics.


Be sure to add Splash of Color to your book library, you’ll be glad you did. And now I want to know – have you ever made a black and white quilt?

18 thoughts on “Book Review – Splash of Color by Jackie Kunkel

  1. Janet says:

    No. But I made a quilt called Not Everything is Black and White. The quilt is very colourful, but the backing is black and white. I thought I was quite clever. 🙂 Jackie has some gorgeous quilts in her book.

  2. Karen Seitz says:

    Yes, I made a black, white, and gray quilt for my brother’s 50th birthday last October. No additional colors at all, not even on the back. It turned out very cool!

  3. Beth B says:

    I have never made a black and white quilt but after seeing the ones from the book, I think I have just added another item to my to do list.

  4. Diane says:

    Thanks for sharing! It’s funny , I have all the ingredients I need to make a black and white
    Quilt. I was just looking for the right pattern. I ‘m so glad you have pointed me in the right direction.

  5. Sue Laufer says:

    Yes, I made a black & white cal- King that is on our bed. It’s a favorite of mine. I had only been quilting about a year and a half when I made it.

  6. Lynette says:

    I love both of your books. 🙂 Yes, I have! One of the very first quilts I made was in our second year of marriage, as a large-scale Log Cabin quilt-in-a-day retreat several of us lonely young wives made at the military medical school. It was the early 90s, and while most quilts that day were made in country pinks, blues, and greens, I wanted something striking and different. So my fabrics were whites and blacks with the gradations for the log cabin coming from the prints thereon in subtle plays of purple and gray. It’s a tired, worn, and faded quilt now, but still one of the favorites that I’ve made.

  7. Jennie says:

    I’ve planned a black and white quilt, but haven’t found a pattern I like. I bet there I’d one I’ll love in this book.

  8. Barbara says:

    I made a black & white & red quilt, a few years ago, and loved it. I donated it to our local library, as it had newspaper fabric on the back, which is read, (also red).

  9. Diana @ Red Delicious Life says:

    I’ve never made a black and white quilt before but man, now I want to! I love the seeing spots one. It’s just stunning. I’ve made a triangle quilt before but I love the 3 dimensional feel of that one with the bright pops of color.

  10. Anita says:

    Yes, I have made a black@white wall hanging in a blog hop one year ago. Well, not completely B&W, I added a little bit of red for interest: a sun, red legs on a cow and a braided white and red cows tail!

  11. Charlotta Norby says:

    I’ve made one black and white quilt. It has only a very thin chartreuse border, otherwise the top is all black and white. The back is also primarily black and white, but there are additional colored fabrics added. And I have quite a collection of black and white fabrics, so I feel like it’s about time for the next black and white quilt.

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