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!
I finished up the first new set of Halloween Art this weekend: Supernatural Wit Halloween Hoops. Each piece is brightly colored on a dark background with a sassy phrase – what better way to get you prepared and in the proper mood for October?
I may have a plan to bring in a set of these to my day job and hang one outside of everyone’s door. I don’t know what will be left for me and my door, but I have an idea of where “Resting Witch Face” and “Watch Out I Bite” will end up. LOL – there is a lot of love in our office, and we all love the holidays. Looking forward to the First Day of Fall and all things festive through the end of the year!
Which reminds me: A couple of years ago I was driving through town and looking for my destination and I turned the corner, saw a sign, and started laughing so hard. I told my husband to take a picture for me but he was too slow. The sign in question was an Auto Shop. The sign: “THEY’RE BACK! PUMPKIN SPICE OIL CHANGES!” Best Pumpkin Spice Sign Ever. I still love it.
Each image is clickable so you can get more information. Thanks for visiting and have a great First Week of Fall! #PumpkinSpiceEverything
I found this States collection awhile ago, and I downloaded it a couple months ago with a goal of making each state. It is a big goal as there are 50 states and so far with the five states I have completed, the smallest number of color changes is about 25, and the largest is 55! Even with my 10-needle machine, that is still 6 full thread color changes. Plus the embroidery alone takes about 3 hours, so babysitting the machine for three hours and all of the color changes, and then I need to finalize the hoop into the wall art as seen below, another hour or so. My goal is one or two per week.
I created my first test state using Washington, my home state, and figured out what NOT to do for the next time. So I made Washington again and I think it turned out much better than the first time!
My biggest hurdle right now is converting the called for Floriani colors into the Madeira thread that I have. Initially I was trying to convert color for color, have a different Madeira thread for each Floriani thread. That would be logical right? Turns out, it doesn’t work that way. Floriani has a focus on different colors than Madeira does, plus there is a sheen with Floriani that is hard to match up to Madeira and make sure you are getting the correct color! So now I am making a list of my Madeira selection for the Floriani conversion – in that moment in time. Knowing full well that in the future, that may not be my Madeira color of choice for the project, but it worked the best the day I chose it, against the Floriani color card. More on that later.
I decided to start with the West Coast (best coast) and work my way east. Here are Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii and California. I will finish up my Floriani conversion and start on the next 5 states, which will begin with Idaho and Montana. In time I will have the color conversions for all 50 states and have them all made up in hoop art as shown here.
I have big plans for this weekend while the boys are camping. Hopefully I’ll have something new to share next week. Have a great weekend everyone, and thanks for visiting!
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!