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Hello Everyone,

Yesterday I had a fantastic day. I took a class from Louisa Smith. She has several books out, here most popular being Strips and Curves. She was also on Simply Quilts and now has also been seen on The Quilt Show

I found her to be an excellent teacher. I learned a lot about color and composition and the way they can affect the quilt. It was a wonderful learning experience and if you ever have the chance to take a class with her, you should.

Anyway, now for the out of my box portion. I normally don't work with the colors in the following pictures, but for the benefit of my hubby, I did. He doesn't seem to like brights or 30's. Even though I don't work with these colors normally, I do like how it is turning out. So onto the pictures.

 I had to do pre-class work. I had to make more strata. They had to go from darks to lights. I chose batiks. Here are some of the darks.


A little punch of color, also dark.


The lights.


Here is a picture of one repeat of the strata. This is all completely sewn.  We had to make it at least 54" wide.


Here is the strata with two repeats and it is about 60" wide.


After laboriously cutting, designing, redesigning, etc., this is what I had ended up with at the end of the day. 


It is still on the design wall, all rolled up. I think it will need a little more tweaking. I know it definitely needs more lights at the bottom.  I am one of those people who has to live with it on the design wall for a while before I sew it together. I have to love it.

Anyway, I have also been busy with customer quilts and have added some to my gallery. Go check them out, you can find the most recent in the right sidebar (recent additions). My newsletter, should be out this week as well. Then we are hoping to be off to some warmer weather. Cross your fingers!

Until next time,


Jackie Kunkel
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Jackie Kunkel

I am a quilter, online quilt shop owner, Nationally Certified Judy Niemeyer Instructor and Certified Shop, designer, author, podcaster, mother, and wife. I have been quilting since 1993 years and in business since August, 2000. I love networking and having fun doing anything quilty! Learn More…

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