Wednesday, October 23, 2013

always more Kona

BIG Stripes

Solids have this awesome ability to increase contrast.   Their intensity can magnify a design, making me feel energized, alive.  I'm excited to be piecing together this quilt top today, not that there's much to that job.  The Love circle made BIG blocks a la my go Anywhere Stripe tutorial.  The result is pretty dynamic, yes?  And I even have blocks leftover for the back!

I do love working with solids - in blocks, as sashing, as backing, as binding.  I use Kona cotton solids by Robert Kaufman, because they have the biggest selection of colors and are most widely available.  Since I bought a color card, I've been able to order from home with confidence.   Always more Kona.

some new Kona colors

So, when Kona releases new colors, I tend to try a few.  This time it was super ironic that they released Kona Wasabi so soon after I'd lamented that Kona had no "citron" yellow.  Here's Kona Citrus (a warm bright yellow) with Kona Wasabi.  The Wasabi has a tinge of green.  I really like Wasabi with shades of blue right now. 

Kona gray solids

I'm always curious about new neutrals too.  I'm not such a liberal user of Kona Coal and Ash as some folks, and I think that's because they're not really "me".  But I'm feeling pretty drawn to this new Kona Pewter.  It's darker than Kona Iron (which has a blue tinge) and more brown too.  Really, it is pewter-ish and I don't feel its color displays really well in my photos.

Kale & Wasabi

I also bought Kona Kale, looking for a true "jade" green.  (Remember that jade + peach color story?  Kona had no "jade" at that time.)  I think Kona Kale is pretty much what I wanted.  Happy to add that to my paint box!

Canton Village Quilt Works has all the new 2013 Konas and all the old Konas too at $6.25 per yard!  If you need a solid fix, take a look.  Oh, and I've been meaning to tell you about some of these collections on sale at Marmalade fabrics:

She has Anna Maria Horner's Sketchbook and Social Climber prints in both colors on sale.  Psst... Marmalade also stocks Kona cottons!  Yep, I'm being an enabler.


  1. I love prints, but I am becoming a fan of solids - specifically Kona solids (this quilt here helped... )
    I've had a Kona Color Card on my wish list for quite some time. I am currently working VERY hard to lose weight, and decided that for every 10 lbs I lose, I get to reward myself with something from my list. I'm 1/2 lb away from losing my first 10 lbs and my reward will be that color card!! :-)
    That quilt is looking fabulous ~ great job!
    ~ Tracy

    1. What a wonderful idea Tracy! Good for you... I just may have to copy you. I think this idea will help me stay focused, too. Thanks!!

  2. that Kale color is beautiful... but I'm not sure I'd eat any real kale that had that coloring :p

  3. I ordered the backing to my Penny Patch Quilt last night from Marmalade. I bought the lady like black tea. I wonder if that Kona Kale would be just the right color for the binding???? P.S. I posted a new pic on flickr of my updated choices. Thanks so much for the advice!

  4. I can't tell you how much I love your blog and appreciate your eye for color!

  5. I treated myself to a charm pack of the new Konas and they have really outdone themselves this season, I agree. I love the new greys in particular. (I'm fond of Silver but I will give Pewter another look too!)

    Your Do Good quilt. Oh, my. Can't wait to see this come together.

  6. The quilt is gorgeous. I hope to try this block sometime soon.

  7. Hi Rachel. Great pictures. This year I am a part of the Simply Solids Bee. When I started I had NO solids in my stash. I am continuing to enjoy using them and maybe oneday have a Kona colorcard too.

  8. Wow those new colors are gorgeous. I love the Kale and the Pewter.

  9. Oh wow those blocks are beautiful! I need to use up some of my solids so I have room to put some new ones, there are some great new colors!

  10. Oh dear, how you tempt me so with your talk of sales and pretty colors...

    I'm to a point where I really have too many things in progress and I can't with a clear conscience buy any more fabric. Alas, a girl can make a shopping cart to save for later, though!


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