Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Yes, THAT Jackie

This world of quilt blogging has been filled with opportunities.
When I first started writing, one of the first people to leave me a comment was Jackie Kunkel of Canton Village Quilt Works.
Yes, THAT Jackie, who we all know to be a very talented and accomplished lady.
Even though she lives in Connecticut, and I live out west, our friendship has grown over the years.

That is why I was thrilled when the opportunity arose where we both were in Phoenix on the same day.
We met for lunch, and of course yabbered non stop about our love of quilting.

I was especially curious to learn how Jackie manages to be involved in so many areas of the business.
She is happily married, with two teenage children still at home, and yet accomplishes so much.
Not only does Jackie run her online Quilt Shop and Website (with nearly 1,000 products), but she also does Long Arm work.
In fact, Jackie said that her long arm work has been the main focus of her business.
She often collaborates with other talented designers, and is frequently published.
Make sure to look for her in the latest Quilts and More edition.
Where she did the long arm work for designer Vickie Eapen of Spun Sugar Quilts.

And she publishes Jackie's Quilting Chronicles, pod casts where she interviews leaders in the industry, and talks about quilting tips.
And she spends countless hours working on her own quilts that she often gives away to family and friends.
The lady must have endless energy!
Jackie also made me this cute little bag as a gift.
Thank you Jackie! I love it! I will think fondly of you every time I use it.
Now we are counting the weeks until we can meet up again, hopefully at Spring Quilt Market which will be held in Salt Lake City this year.


Sherri said...

I think it's so fun when bloggers get to meet! I'm looking forward to seeing you both at Spring Quilt Market, too!

Lois Evensen said...

What great fun to be able to meet in person! And, what a wonderful friendship that has been made possible by the Internet.

Karen - Quilts...etc. said...

Small world - although I have never met Jackie I have been chatting with her through e mails for several years. She is so talented. Would love a chance to some day meet up with so many of you quilters out there.

em's scrapbag said...

How fun for both of you. Jackie is amazing with all she accomplishes. As are you!

Anonymous said...

How do I find out about the spring quilt market in Salt Lake? I live here in Utah and would love to attend.


Peggy H.

amy smart said...

That is so fun! Jackie always leaves the nicest comments - I feel like she's an old, encouraging friend, even though I've never met her. That is so great that you got together. I'm looking forward to seeing you both in SLC in May!

Cathy @ CabbageQuilts said...

How wonderful that you two could meet. Thanks for sharing it with us, you are both so talented. xo

Unknown said...

It was so fun to finally meet you too, Nedra!! It was like we have known each other for years. Well, we have!! I wish we would have had more time, but we will at Market and hopefully again in Phoenix too. I will always make sure that when I am there, you get an e-mail from me before I go!! By the way, thank you for such kind words, you are truly a sweetheart and remarkable woman yourself!!

Material Mary said...

I think that is so fun to meet up with your blogging buddy and what talent...

Janet said...

How wonderful to meet Jackie, she really is very talented and I'm impressed by how she does so much. Now you're real friends, not just cyber friends.

Nanette Merrill said...

Jackie is wonderful. She's so multi-talented. I adore her. And you. Wish I could have been there. I hope to see both of you in May.

Victoria Findlay Wolfe said...

how fun to meet up! Jackie's is my dear friend... glad you guys had a good time!

Sparky said...

Both pretty ladies...and both accomplished if you ask me...

Calamity Jane's Cottage, Bonnie said...

Nedra, that is so great you and Jackie got to meet up. I know I enjoyed meeting you, it's something special when you can put a face with the blog. Love the bag and she sure is a busy lady.

Micki said...

What fun that the two of you met and Jackie is such a talented lady, as you are .