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!
Then I ventured outside… It was “Feels like -11º” 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.
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″.
I know I posted a couple weeks ago that the Kona Color Card Patterns were updated – but I updated them again! Two reasons: One, because I found Robert Kaufman’s charm packs to total all 365 colors and easily put it all together – I even have a PDF now with how they are sorted through the charm packs, top down. All you need to do is print the labels, label the fabrics and start sewing. Plus this makes the finished size even bigger and snugglier – I know that is what I am after, when we all try to share the quilt on the sofa for movie night!
And two: I moved one square of the Color Burst layout as I was sewing it together. And when one square moves, they all move. But this is it – no more moves, and it is almost halfway sewn together. I will have a Color Burst Quilt Top completed photo for you soon.
For now, below is my final floor layout and a photo of the bottom row sewn together. I am excited about it all coming together and what that will look like – definitely different than the computer version – but I had to start with something!
Find the Kona Color Card Pattern Set (x4) and the Color Burst Pattern here on Etsy. If you want to make one or more of these with the precut Robert Kaufman Kona charm packs, order one of each (per quilt): CHS-692-85, CHS-693-85, CHS-694-85, CHS-695-85, CHS-851-42. And 5 sheets of Avery 8167 labels. This Color Burst shown below will be just over 6′ square when finished.
As you may have heard, Robert Kaufman just released 25 new Kona Colors – yay! So I needed to update the Color Card Quilt patterns. I rewrote and reconfigured Color Card Versions 1 and 2, Color Order and Color Slide. I kept Version 3 as is, Color Shift because I like that version. And I created a new Version 4 Color Refraction – along the same lines as Version 3, but uses almost all of the Kona Colors. Plus I added a new embroidered label for Versions 1 and 2.
And then I created a blank slate and started again from scratch, square by square, to create a completely new version, the Color Burst. I have been wanting to create a version like this for a while, and with 365 colors now, I thought this was the perfect time. This version uses all of the Kona Colors and a few neutrals, and builds from the center out, darkness to light. I will be making this version with 5″ cuts for a finished size of just over 6′ square. I am excited about this one! I saw a Kona Charm Pack last night and immediately added it to my cart, and then thought about it and realized it was only the new colors, not all the colors I need – back to the cutting table.
See the previews below. I will start working on the samples and get the quilt top previews posted as soon as possible. You can find the Kona Color Cards Pattern here, and the Color Burst Pattern here. Thanks for visiting – I hope you are having a wonderful weekend and getting into the Thanksgiving spirit. Happy Fall Y’all!
It is September! I am searching for the cool crisp autumn days and just not finding them. For the past few days it has said “Feels like 95” for my area, one time all the way up to 97! I have a feeling I will be wishing for these days again in a few months, but for now the humidity is killing me.
I just wanted to share some new things I created recently. I finally took the plunge and tried out lace designs with some new embroidery thread and I’m so glad I did! It might be a new obsession.
First I tried this Nevermore Bookmark. This is the Battenburg Lace technique which required a thicker thread and is cotton instead of the rayon polyester standard Madeira thread that I use. There were a few quirks that I figured out along the way, and when I had a request to make a second one it was much smoother.
After the Nevermore Bookmark, I wanted to try the Autumn Leaves I have been eyeing, along with the butterflies, dragonflies, etc. So I made my first Autumn Maple Leaf: Large. And then a Medium. And then a Small. And I love them!
And Birch Leaves:
Saturday morning I decided to make some coasters with these Autumn Leaves patterns. I think I might need to make us a set too:
And I finished some Hoop Art, including the next 4 months of Monthly Girls, and just look at this Painted Lion!
And I recently finished two Halloween quilts and posted them on Etsy. I made my son the Too Cute to Spook quilt and I loved it so much I made another one. And the jelly roll Monster Bash has matching fabric for the Backing and Binding. The Too Cute to Spook White/Purple quilt has matching Binding, but a Black Sparkle Fleece for the back – nice and soft! Here are a couple photos of the quilts: Child not included.
You can click on the images above – or find my Etsy shop here. Thanks for visiting!
I entered my first Fair! I saw an Instagram post that the Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild posted about quilts being entered into the local County Fair. I had a couple days to decide, and I decided I would be able to finish one in time, and I had three I wanted to submit. I filled out the form, finished hand sewing the binding on the largest one, and dropped them off a week ago. I haven’t entered a quilt show or Fair or anything else before, so I was a little nervous about leaving them behind – they took so long to make and so much went into them – in the way of fabric, and time and trial and error and skill learning, and custom quilting! Judging was to be done the next day before the Fair opened.
Fast forward to Saturday and we went to the Fair, with Demolition Derby tickets for that night. We wanted to arrive a few hours early to look around the Fair at the activities and see some events, and go check on my quilts that I dropped off. We finally made it over to the room where the quilts were displayed and I saw Minecraft right away – with a tag with my name on it! I turned around to see my Gravity quilt, larger than life and bold in color – and I excitedly said “that’s mine!”. I took a photo of Minecraft on display, one with my son in front of Minecraft (it is his quilt…) and I waited for Gravity to be clear.
I walked over to my Gravity quilt and saw the white tag with my name on it again – and under the white tag was a red ribbon – 2nd Place for the Bed Size Quilts Class! I’m not exactly sure how the ribbons work with the Class being Bed Quilts and having 12 subclasses, but I was so surprised – and happy – to see a ribbon attached!
I was talking with the Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild Rep that was there about how excited I was to have a ribbon, and my husband took my photo – I asked if I could hold up the ribbon while he took the photo – she allowed it only because it was my quilt. You are not allowed to touch the quilts! I didn’t touch any but my own. And then I said I had one more entered that I hadn’t found yet. I turned to the next section and I found my third quilt entry – the Small Quilts Class – and I entered it into the Embroidery category. Under the name tag on this quilt was a blue ribbon! I couldn’t believe it – two ribbons and one of them was blue! I received a First Place Blue Ribbon! I was hoping Gravity would get me some positive feedback, as I worked really hard on that one and I thought my piecing was pretty good, and the quilting is beautiful (Thank you Teresa Silva: Quilting Is My Bliss). I was not expecting a blue ribbon for the Embroidery Panel quilt – but I am so happy I received it!
We talked about how they had a National judge come in who gave some really specific feedback (looking forward to and a little scared of that). And we talked about the Lincoln Modern Quilt Guild – my husband basically signed me up on the spot.
For now, I’m just very excited that my first quilt entry was a success. I did not expect to receive 2 ribbons but I am very happy. I am looking forward to having the quilts back home. And the ribbons.