Color Burst: Kona Quilt Top Finished

The Holidays were so busy and I was focused on so many other projects that my Kona Color Burst quilt top was in “half done” status for awhile. This weekend I powered through and did 2 blocks on Saturday and the final 6 blocks Sunday morning and sewed them all together. Finally done with the quilt top!

Color Burst Kona Color Card

Then I ventured outside… It was “Feels like -11ยบ” and very windy. I tried to get a shot of the quilt top on a serene white background – but instead you see my bootprints. You should have heard me yelling at the wind. These were the best shots I could get for now. I can’t wait until it is finished and I can try to get some better shots – and it might be warmer.

The pattern for the Color Burst Kona Color Card is made up of one square each of 289 Kona Solids.

I cleared the board and started from scratch, with one colorful square at a time. I have been wanting to make this pattern for awhile, and with 365 colors to play with, it seemed like the right time. I took all the colors and a few neutrals, and built from the center out. 

To make this easy, order one of each of the following charm packs, precut by Robert Kaufman Fabrics:
Kona Cotton Pastel Colorstory CHS-692-85
Kona Cotton Bright Colorstory CHS-693-85
Kona Cotton Dark Colorstory CHS-694-85
Kona Cotton Neutral Colorstory CHS-695-85
Kona Cotton New Colors 2019 CHS-851-42

This pattern uses the majority of the colors, but just one of each. You will also receive a Bonus PDF on how I create my blocks, and my method for keeping them organized and sewing them together with the least amount of seams. And a new PDF with the charm pack color order and labels to print.

I made this with 5″ squares, for a finished size of 76 1/2″ x 76 1/2″.

Pattern available on Etsy.

Color Burst Kona Color Card

Kona Color of the Day: January 16 – January 20

Halfway through the month and still going strong. Trying to stay a step ahead and figure out the designs for the upcoming colors. Some are really easy, some are much harder than they should be. Not that I had a theme, but this set of 5 days is all about “statement”. Enjoy!

Kona Wisteria
January 16: Wisteria
Kona Orchid Ice
January 17: Orchid Ice
Kona Thistle
January 18: Thistle
Kona Eggplant
January 19: Eggplant
Kona Dark Violet
January 20: Dark Violet

Kona Color of the Day: January 11 – January 15

Hello! I am back with the next 5 days of the Kona Color of the Day Project. The next 5 are still in the purple range, but some are deep and rich colors and some are lighter. I had fun with this set and their designs and color palettes! Be sure to follow me on Instagram if you would like to see daily updates!

Kona Princess
January 11: Princess
Kona Hibiscus
January 12: Hibiscus
Kona Mulberry
January 13: Mulberry
Kona Crocus
January 14: Crocus
Kona Dahlia
January 15: Dahlia

Kona Color of the Day: January 1 – January 5

Have you been following along on Instagram? Here is a recap of the first 5 days of the Kona Color of the Day Project. I am working my way through the Kona Calendar, and some colors are a challenge, but sometimes that is the good part – trying to think outside of the standard background box. Just 361 days to go! (Ignore the tiny snowflakes in the photos below – it was trying to snow when I was taking photos.)

Kona Velvet
January 1: Velvet
Kona Bright Periwinkle
January 2: Bright Periwinkle
Kona Lavender
January 3: Lavender
Kona Lilac
January 4: Lilac
Kona Midnight
January 5: Midnight

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful New Year’s Eve and are waking up this morning inspired for the New Year.

Today marks the start of my new project idea: The Kona Color of the Day Project. When I heard about the new Kona Colors being released last Fall, I did the math and realized there were 365 total colors (not counting special “of the year” colors) – one for each day of the year. Plus a bonus color as there are 366 days this year. I started to put my plan into motion.

Then, I saw that Robert Kaufman had their own idea, and made their own Kona Calendar for the year.

I had started to identify January and February days for color schemes, but threw those out when I saw the Robert Kaufman Calendar – and aligned with their plan.

So then I started on my plan – a design for each Kona Color. The challenge is trying to find the right design with the right Kona Color for the right month or season or holiday during the year. And I’ve gotten stuck along the way, but I am still chugging along – doing my best Dory impression, I keep swimming.

I will be posting the Kona Color of the Day Project on Instagram each day. Then maybe every 5-10 days I will post here for those days that have occurred recently, plus a possible monthly wrap up. Some of it I am still figuring out. But today I have the first day for you. They will also all be listed on Etsy so you can click the link for more information.

Follow me on Instagram for daily updates and the Kona Color of the Day, or follow me here for a periodic recap. As I go through the days and designs and Kona Colors, I get more ideas and it keeps changing – I am excited to see where it goes!

Kona Velvet

New Punny Patch Designs

I am slowly learning my software! I didn’t realize just how complicated this software would be, but I am picking it up. It would help if the tutorials I was following and all the information I receive about it were in Mac, which I use, and not the Windows that everyone writes about, and the version they teach. Mac and Windows are quite different it seems. But I am learning!

I had some new designs and I thought they would be good for some new patch options. So I took the existing large patch size, deleted the center, and added a new center. The designs were much more complicated than this, and did not want to be stitched in the first version (a Small patch version). So I went back to the computer, imported the large patch version, modified the designs down to a simpler version, and came up with these.

I can modify the color scheme, I just like how these colors play together. Available individually or as a complete set – currently only available in the Large patch 3.31″ size right now.

Click on any image to be taken to the Patches section on Etsy.

Thanks for visiting – I hope you have a Happy Last 2 Days of 2019!

Holy Scrap Patch
I Don't Give A Rip Patch
I Sweat Glitter Patch
I'm At My Knits End Patch
On Pins & Needles Patch
Pro-Craft-inator Patch
Sew Hard Or Go Ho
Sew What's
Well I'l
You Rip What Y
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Floriani to Madeira Thread Conversion Chart

I just finished something I have been working on for a while now – my Floriani to Madeira thread conversion chart. I have several designs that call for Floriani thread, which I don’t have. I use Madeira Classic Rayon #40 and a few of their other lines. I have all 7 boxes of the Classic Rayon #40, plus one box of the PolyNeon #40 – meaning I used as great a range as possible with Madeira for the best conversions.

When working on designs with up to 40 different thread colors, such as a State design, it took a long time to try and convert the called for Floriani thread color, match it up to the Floriani Color Card that I have, and convert that to Madeira – each time. One reason why I have only finished 5 states so far!

So I decided to start from scratch, go column by column for the Floriani Thread Chart, and convert it to Madeira the best I could. This is not a decisive list, more of a suggested starting point. You will notice that some of the Madeira thread colors are duplicated because I couldn’t get a different Madeira thread color for each different Floriani thread color. And as I have with the States, this is a starting point and the final Madeira colors used will likely change when you pull all the colors and see how they work together.

Not all are a perfect match, but I matched as close as I could. I kept searching for a good Floriani to Madeira thread color chart but couldn’t find one! My Floriani Thread Chart isn’t labeled with a version or a date, but has 24 columns of solid colors. I did not attempt to convert the variegated or metallic colors – just the solid color columns.

I hope this is useful to someone – as I kept searching for this and couldn’t find a helpful tool, I thought I would share my conversion chart as it could be helpful to someone else.

Floriani to Madeira Thread Conversion

Miss of the Month

I finally finished, photographed and listed all the Miss girls of the Month. Miss January, Miss February, etc. They are all done on a White background with White ribbon, since each one has a different theme and color palette. I have been displaying the Miss of the Month on my office door at work so it’s a little festive. Halloween was really fun, because I made other Office art to go with it! See all 12 here. If this link doesn’t work for you, just type “Miss” into the search box for my shop and all 12 will be displayed.

Miss January
Miss January
Miss February
Miss February
Miss March
Miss March
Miss April
Miss April
Miss May
Miss May
Miss June
Miss June
Miss July
Miss July
Miss August
Miss August
Miss September
Miss September
Miss October
Miss October
Miss November
Miss November
Miss December
Miss December