Blog hop! Rainbow stash? Add black and white (+ giveaway)

Today’s our stop on the blog hop for the new book Splash of Color. If you’re visiting Martingale’s blog for the first time, welcome—be sure to subscribe to our posts so we don’t lose touch!
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Splash of Color blog hop

Does your fabric stash resemble a rainbow? Then it’s a perfect match for A Splash of Color. You’ll learn to pair bright, vivid fabrics with black-and-white prints for instant color pops, great graphic appeal, and downright dramatic quilts.
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Star Bright quilt
“Star Bright” quilt
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Star Bright quilt - alternate colorway
“Star Bright,” alternate colorway
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Best of all? You’ll never struggle when choosing colors for these black-and-white beauties—bold contrasts make fabric selection a cinch. Thirteen projects show you how to easily make color the star of the show—it’s all here in black and white.

Ready to sew a color-splashed quilt all your own? Meet designer and online quilt-shop owner Jackie Kunkel—she’s the author of Splash of Color and our guest writer today!
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Details of quilts from Splash of Color
Details of quilts from Splash of Color

Jackie KunkelMy name is Jackie Kunkel and I’m the author of Splash of Color: A Rainbow of Brilliant Black-and-White Quilts. This book was such a joy for me to create. I LOVE black and white fabrics and everything bright, bold, and rainbow-like.

My love for mixing pops of color with black and white fabrics goes way back. In 2008, I began The Black and White Quilt Challenge Project for quilters who shared that love. You’ll find lots of inspiration there, as we had 100 contributors!

My love for these fabric combos continued to grow. That led me to draft a proposal for a book with the same focus, and that led to Splash of Color!
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Proud Mary quilt
“Proud Mary” quilt and alternate colorway
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I’ve collected black and white fabrics over many years and they are plentiful in my stash. When you pair bright fabrics with black and white they really POP! In Splash of Color I talk about which kinds of prints and colors work well together, which don’t, and why.
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Examples of black and white fabrics
Examples of white on black, black on white, and multicolor prints on black or white.
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The first quilt I made for Splash of Color was “Lava Lamps.” This is probably my favorite quilt, as there are so many design possibilities within just two simple shapes.
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Lava Lamps quilt
“Lava Lamps” quilt
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If you look closely, you’ll see a variety of multicolor prints on black and white. Because of the distinct black and white backgrounds, it’s easy to create a fantastic design.

One vision I had for Splash of Color was to have my quilting friends participate. I asked each one which pattern she’d like to make and then gave each of them guidelines for making an alternate version. For “Seeing Spots,” I gave my friend Fran the template and asked her to create a black, white, and rainbow quilt.
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Jackie's Seeing Spots quilt
Jackie’s “Seeing Spots” quilt

She did. But instead of simply following my original layout, she came up with an incredible new design using the same colors and shapes! She simply changed the value placement to turn a hexagon quilt into a strippy diamond design.
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Fran's Seeing Spots quilt
Fran’s “Seeing Spots” quilt

There’s a lot to see and learn in Splash of Color, and a lot of fun quiltmaking to be had. Enjoy, and happy quilting!

Bold, brilliant, bright: see more in black and white >

Splash of ColorThanks for sharing your new book with us, Jackie!

What’s your stash heavy on: black prints, white prints, or a  rainbow of colors? Tell us in the comments and you could win a copy of the Splash of Color eBook! We’ll choose a random winner one week from today and let you know by email if you win.

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Thanks to all who entered the drawing! The winner is Pam, who says:

“I have a lot of rainbow colors. I’ll need to stock up on the black and white prints to make these gorgeous quilts. Thanks for the giveaway!

Pam, we’ll email you about your prize. Congratulations!

Follow the Splash of Color blog hop for more fun, and for more chances to win the book!

Wednesday, September 23
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
Martingale (that’s us!) – Stitch This! blog

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

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


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