black and white and colorful quilt by Jackie Kunkel, pattern in book, "splash of color"
Quilting Interest, Recommended Reading

Recommended Reading: Splash of Color!

black and white and colorful quilt by Jackie Kunkel, pattern in book, "splash of color"

There is a new quilt pattern book for quilters now available, and it is different than everything we have seen recently. Splash of Color was written by Jackie Kunkel (owner of shop Canton Village Quilt Works) and offers a feast of fun patterns for quilters of all styles. (keep reading, you have a chance to win an E-copy of the book!)

The concept of Splash of Color is combining black and white fabrics as “neutrals” with brightly colored prints. You won’t find a quilt in this book made from a single designer collection, no trendy stuff…just classic-style quilts perfect for using your favorite scraps and stash (or you favorite designer collection, too)!

black and white and colorful quilt by Jackie Kunkel, pattern in book, "splash of color"

What stands out to me about these patterns and the black/white/bright color scheme is that it is perfect for people who don’t feel confident about choosing colors/prints or using bright colors in their quilts. Here is the secret: this scheme is 100% goof proof! Push your color boundaries and take the “anything goes” leap of faith, and your quilt will look fabulous if you follow Jackie’s suggestions.

Many of the quilt patterns also come with an image for an alternate look, so you can get an idea how the quilt might look in different colors, fabrics, or a more subdued palette.

I think that making a quilt like this is such a great exercise for anyone feeling “in a rut”. The black and white plus bright quilts are so refreshing and fun to make (and make a dent in your stash), they look great finished…and the process will free your mind to try other new design/color/print projects. If you aren’t crazy about black, try replacing the black and white prints with “low volume” prints, the brighter fabrics will still stand out.

black and white and colorful quilt by Jackie Kunkel, pattern in book, "splash of color"

It is hard to choose a favorite, but I think I have to say “lava lamps”, above, is my favorite quilt in the book. Impressive, right?

Splash of Color is available from Canton Village Quilt Works, Amazon, and, most likely, your local book and craft stores.

You can win a digital copy of the at each stop, too. To enter here, leave a comment on this post: tell me, what is your favorite color combination in quilts?

Be a Colorful Quilter! Check out the other bloggers who are writing about Splash of Color:

Jackie Kunkel – Canton Village Quilt Works

Kate Colleran – Seams Like a Dream

Pat Sloan – Pat Sloan Blog
Thursday, September 24
Sherri McConnell – A Quilting Life
Shelly Pagliai – Prairie Moon Quilts
Margaret Solomon Gunn – Quilts Of Love
Friday, September 25
Faith Jones – Fresh Lemons Quilts
Jenny Wilding Cardon – Martingale
Saturday, September 26
Vicki Welsh – Field Trips In Fiber
Pam Viera- McGinnis – Pam Kitty Morning
Sunday, September 27
Pat Wys – Silver Thimble Quilt Co.
Sharon McConnell – Color Girl Quilts (you are here!)
Monday, September 28
Julie Sefton – Me and My Quilts – Exploring the Possibilities
Victoria Findlay Wolfe – Bumblebeans/Victoria Findlay Wolfe Quilts
Tuesday, September 29
Caroline Critchfield – Sew Can She
Amy Ellis – Amy’s Creative Side


96 thoughts on “Recommended Reading: Splash of Color!

  1. Michele says:

    Who knew B+W quilts could be so versatile. Love them all.

  2. Michele T says:

    Wow!! I really need a splash of colour in my quilting… Absolutely gorgeous designs!!! I’m having a hard time to pick a favourite!

  3. Donna Bruno says:

    Can’t wait to create my own version of black, white and color!

  4. Nanna says:

    I actually don’t have a favorite color combo in quilts because I try to do something different each time I make one. But I’ve noticed that somehow orange manages to sneak in most of the time. This black/white with color combo is something I’ve never made before and the quilts look lovely. Definitely something I will want to try in the future.

  5. Rosalind Gutierrez says:

    My favorite quilt combination features red so that would be great in one of Jackie’s quilts from “Splash of Color.”

  6. Sharon says:

    I don’t really have a favorite color combo as I’ve been making quilts mostly for babies. I think I use a little too much color sometimes so it would be nice to have this book to lend some balance.

  7. Nancy says:

    I love blue, so would have to say that light blue, navy, and lime green was a hit for me!!

  8. Quilting Tangent says:

    Orange/yellow and purple.

  9. carolyn montgomery says:

    i love aqua, bright pink,and red in quilts. thanks for the chance to win.

  10. LeAnne L says:

    Purple and green seem to be my go-to colors right now. Purple or blue end up in most of my quilts.

  11. Ashley says:

    I love blue and yellow!

  12. Kim L. says:

    I love all of these quilts- hard to pick which one to make first. Thank you for the giveaway!

  13. Colette says:

    I am a red and white girl. Love the red and white, but then scrappy is a very close second.

  14. Jennie says:

    I like multiple bright colors for my quilts

  15. jane d says:

    I love using blues!

  16. Kathie L says:

    I love blues with greens. Thanks for the review and the giveaway.

  17. Clara Chandler says:

    Given the seasonal sewing here, I’d choose shades of orange to add to the black and whites as illustrated in Splash of Color. Thanks for the chance in the giveaway.

  18. Dawn Jones says:

    Black and Teal are my favorite.

  19. KathyCummings says:

    I like blue with cream and maybe lime green. These look amazing! I want to try the black and white…I never have.
    Thank you.

  20. NancyB from Many LA says:

    My favorite combo is purples and greens too!

  21. Lori Morton says:

    I love Blues & Greens together! But looove Color!! Would not have added black & white to such a degree…but this Hop is sure changing my mind! this Book is AWESOME! Thank you for chance to win your Drawing! 🙂

  22. Mom C says:

    I swear my favorite color combination changes with each quilt I make but as long as it has blue somewhere, I love it. I’m making a black, green and cream quilt right now. I really like it except it doesn’t have any blue. Thanks.

  23. Delaine says:

    It used to be blue and cream, but after seeing these quilts, it is black, white and any other color/colors! Thanks!

  24. Anita says:

    Black/white and color will be my favorite color combination from now on!

  25. DebraKay Neiman says:

    I love black and white with red. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

  26. Debby E says:

    It depends on my mood at to my favorite color combinations! Right now I’m in a Christmas mood so it seems I’m choosing a lot of reds and greens! Thanks so much for the chance to win a copy of this fabulous book 🙂
    Debby E
    samtaylorcjsmimi at yahoo dot com

  27. Janet T says:

    It really depends on the pattern I am using. Some are delicate and I would use a light shade of maybe blue and white. Or if it is a big pattern, maybe dark red and white or black. Something bold.

  28. Carol says:

    My favourite colours in quilts are blue and green. Love the black and white plus colour though in the quilts you’ve shown. Thanks for the chance to win

  29. Rochelle says:

    Thank you for showing more of Jackie’s awesome quilts. I’ve always been a fan of red, white and black! Oh, and bright colors against black (partly because it doesn’t get dirty).

  30. teri says:

    My favorite color combination right now is navy , aqua and purple.

  31. Cindy Dahlgren says:

    Lately I seem to be using the combinations of red and teal with some pink thrown in. cdahlgren at live dot com

  32. Wanda says:

    I love all colors and use many different color combinations. A lot of the time the quilts are multicolor.

  33. Carla S says:

    My favorite color combination is either rainbow or dark teal ,light teal ,medium teal ,and cream.

  34. Gill says:

    I love rainbow colours!!

  35. Elizabethdee says:

    I love yellow and blue. But I’m timid when choosing color schemes, so I’ll take your advice and look out for this book.

  36. Lindak21 says:

    It’s very hard to pick favorites because I change my mind with the seasons. That being said, I like the teal and tan or teal and peach combos…guess the beachy colors sound great right now!

  37. Charlotta Norby says:

    I can’t have just ONE favorite. That would be too tedious, purple and green, with an orange accent is right up there. I love black and white. I also love black and white accents in almost any saturated colors. Red and orange.

  38. Sandra Aiken says:

    I would to make one with black, white and shades of teal.

  39. Cindy Wendt says:

    Thank you for the chance to win a copy
    My Fave would be purple and green. Followed closely by blue and white.
    Cheers, Cindy. 🙂

  40. Lisa Marie says:

    My favorite color combination changes all the time! One favorite that I used recently is blue, green, and orange — scrappy and very bright but with a neutral background to add a bit of calm.

  41. Susan Brehm says:

    I NEED this book!
    My fav color combo at the moment is a gray neutral with orange, yellow, and fuschia.

  42. Rebecca says:

    I’m loving these black and white and bright quilts! Just beautiful!

  43. Paula says:

    for me , anything aqua goes. Aqua/red, aqua/linen, aqua/orange….Sigh… Lots of eye-candy in this book! x

  44. Susan the Farm Quilter says:

    Black and brights – especially hot pink – is my go-to color combo when I want to make something to make myself happy!!

  45. Karen A says:

    I’m partial to any shade of blue. It would be fun to try multiple shades of blue with the black/white prints in Jackie’s quilts.

  46. Abby says:

    I love red and white together.

  47. Pam S says:

    Your blog is wonderful! Thanks for the inspiration. My favorite color combination is purple and green.

  48. Laura P in NH says:

    I love shades of blue/green with pinks and white.

  49. Diana Salmon says:

    I like blue, green, and white.

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