Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Wake Up to Kona Blog Hop

Welcome to my stop on the Wake Up To Kona blog hop!  This is my first blog hop and I am so excited to be taking part in it.  Many thanks to Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt and Carol at Just Let Me Quilt for organizing this blog hop.  Be sure to check out all of the other Kona creations from the other blogs, they are spectacular.

I have a Kona color card from 2012 so when Kona introduced the 28 new 2013 colors I figured that instead of buying a new color card, I would buy a charm pack of the colors and make my own color card addition.  Because I only needed a little square of each color, I decided that for this blog hop I would make something with the rest of the charm pack.

Combining all of the colors including a burnt orange with a bright pink with a sea blue were definitely outside my comfort zone, but I figured that was the point of the blog hop...to stretch me out of my comfort zone and make something that I would not normally make.

My idea was to make a mini-quilt using a simple hourglass block (blocks are 3.5" finished) so that all of the colors were in small pieces and crowded next to each other.  I was very pleased once the quilt top was put together.  Each 4 color block was a interesting color combination and my children had fun picking out their favorite combos.

I decided to quilt in vertical lines a little less than 1/4" apart using a light gray Aurifil 50wt thread.  I love the look this dense quilting gave to the quilt and I finished the quilt with a binding of Kona coal.


Here are some pictures of the finished mini quilt I am calling Kona Colors 2013.  I have decided that it is going to live in my sewing room to add some color to the wall.



Thank you so much stopping by my blog for this wonderful blog hop, make sure that you visit the other blogs hosting the hop today.


 
I hope you enjoyed my stop on the blog hop and will decide to follow my blog and my quilting and pattern drafting adventures!

I am linking up to Link a Finish Friday, Whoop Whoop Friday, Thank Goodness Its Finished Friday, and Finish It Up Friday.









104 comments:

  1. Oooo, so pretty and I love the quilting! Nice job! Thanks for hopping with us. :O)

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  2. I just love the way the quilting works on this quilt. Great idea to use the Kona 2013 colors in a wall hanging. This will definitely be a great addition to your sewing room. Such great color. Great job on your first hop. Welcome!

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  3. Going outside your comfort zone suits you to a tee! Love the modern feel of this mini. It will look great hanging in your sewing room! The quilting is perfect. What stitch length do you use?

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  4. LOVE!!!!!! What a FABULOUS quilt...and your quilting...perfect!!!! I think you just made me REALLY fall in love with 'solids'!

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  5. Your quilt is sew beautiful and the colors really pop! Thank you for sharing and hope to see you in another hop.

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  6. I love your design. The quilting goes really well

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  7. Beautiful! Love the match stick quilting, it's such an effective technique!

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  8. Hi Cheryl! Your quilt is so awesome! The color combos are great and I bet your kids really had fun matching them up!! I love the tight quilting! Keep up on your wall and admire your work! You should feel very proud of yourself! I can relate to your profile as well.

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  9. This is so great! Love the colors!

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  10. Das sieht schön aus, die Formen gefallen mir auch in den Farben.
    Gruß Sylvia

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  11. That is beautiful and the quilting really looks stunning. Thanks for sharing your talent here today.

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  12. Ha...love this idea. Looks fabulous!

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  13. Oh, this is just scrumptious! Love tiny piecing and the straight line quilting just makes this one standout - beautifully done, too.

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  14. Good Day…..and I am pretty sure you will think that when you see…welllll you will see.
    Now your quilt is very what is the word I am looking for…."structured" yes that will do….it is perfectly structured…and I LOVE IT

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  15. So pretty - thanks for sharing.

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  16. Your quilt is so bright and happy with an awesome quilting.

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  17. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous! And the quilting is perfect for it.

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  18. So cute and colorful! Great job.

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  19. Very cool, I love the straight line quilting. The quilt is fabulous!

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  20. The straight line quilting is super with this simple design. And isn't it amazing how different colors will look depending on how they're combined?

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  21. How beautiful! I love the quilting you did on it, too!

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  22. This is gorgeous and I LOVE the quilting! I might have to borrow this.. :)

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  23. Lovely quilt. The quilting is fabulous too.

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  24. What a creative idea to make your own color chart. You could just take it off the wall and bring it with you when shopping for fabric! svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

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  25. What a great idea- making your own color chart! This is a great quilt

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  26. WOW, congratulations on being in top 2 today. Your quilt is spectacular.

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  27. I ADORE this wall quilt. I have been so impressed on every step of this blog hop but this idea is my favorite so far. You did such a wonderful job balancing the colors. I never would have thought of such dense quilting and with GREY thread to tone down the glare! Perfect binding choice, too. I love this. I want to do one for myself!

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  28. Great mini quilt to brighten any wall. The design and quilting showcases the fabrics beautifully. I used the same charm pack plus a jelly roll for my blog hop project and selectively chose the colors. The scrap quilt I am making now will have the extras. It is good to see that all these colors can play nicely together in the same quilt. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

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  29. Your quilt is beautiful & I especially love the straight line quilting!

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  30. This will be brilliant on your wall. It's gorgeous and I really like the straight line quilting. It's perfect :)

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  31. I really love your quilt - so pretty! I recently finished a modern cat quilt using all straight-line quilting on my little Bernina. It takes a long time, but the end result is pretty fab!

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  32. Great job! Congrats on being one of the top 2!

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  33. Wow, you picked the perfect way to quilt this beauty to make it a masterpiece! Gorgeous!

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  34. Oh my, you did a fantastic job. The colors put together this way really give a bit of warmth and inspiration. Thanks for sharing and for inspiring us all to bring color into our lives

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  35. Nicely made quilt--quilting is wonderful

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  36. Gorgeous! Love the design, the colours and that matchstick quilting, Cheryl. Just beautiful!

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  37. What a great idea - I love it!

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  38. So pretty, love it! Thanks for sharing it. vickise at gmail dot com

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  39. That will certainly brighten up any room. It is really pretty. Love the dense quilting.
    xo jan

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  40. What a beautiful quilt! I love it. The quilting is perfect. Thank you for sharing.

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  41. Isn't it funny how we shine when taken out of our comfort zone? Some of my best programs at work happened when we hated the theme or thought "no Way" this isn't something I can do! You sure are shining today!

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  42. That is so pretty, so bright and cheerful. You did a great job I hope to see you in more hops now.

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  43. Love your mini quilt…great color choice and quilting! Thanks for sharing :)

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  44. Beautiful and wonderful quilting too.

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  45. What a beautiful quilt for your sewing room. Love the quilting.

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  46. Oh, I forgot to do these last night - maybe I actually went to bed at a decent hour! LOL I love your quilt. It's so colorful, yet the contrasting grays keep it from being overwhelming. Thanks for doing the hop and making this great piece.

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  47. The simplicity of your quilt stitching makes this Kona solids quilt stunning. What a wonderful addition to your space. Thank you sew much for hopping...

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  48. Love, love, love your quilt. What a great idea to make your own color chart and then have it to brighten up your quilting studio. The quilting is spectacular!

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  49. Beautiful quilt! You are very talented!

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  50. This is really beautiful. What a great combination of colours and the quilting adds such a beautiful pattern and texture to the overall look.

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  51. Wonderful placement of color. Its very very pretty. Well done.
    cheers
    maggie

    maggiemine42@gmail.com

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  52. Love your quilt. It looks like your quilting was done: stitched in sections working from outside back toward finished section ... is that right and do you only stitch in one direction? I am new to quilting on my home machine. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

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  53. Look at all those precise corners! Good job!

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  54. Oh wow! I love what you have done! Very pretty indeed!

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  55. What a great way to do a color "card", and the different grays mixed in add a lot of interest to your design. A cheery addition to your sewing room, thanks for sharing. K

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  56. Love the simplicity of the design and the way the charcoal binding and straight line quilting set it off. Beautiful job!

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  57. What a fun way to use a charm pack; I especially think I like how the gray quilting ties everything together and also helps keep any one color from standing out too much from the others (well, that and your good eye for arranging the colors).

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  58. It's beautiful and you're right -- I would never have chosen those colors, but I love the way it turned out! :)

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  59. Thanks for sharing your idea about adding the new Kona colors to your chart,I am going to borrow it. You may have been outside of your comfort zone,but the mini quilt turned out beautifully!

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  60. Beautiful colors. Beautiful quilting. Loved seeing what you did with small patches of the Konas.

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  61. This is a beautiful quilt, and the quilting really sets it off without distracting from the quilt blocks. The blocks make all kinds of secondary patterns which makes it a real jewel. I love this quilt. Excellent work!

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  62. A very striking quilt, love it.thanks for sharing your beautiful work with us.

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  63. Wow. Great use of color and incredible stitching.

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  64. I looove looove looooove this lil' quilt!! AWESOME!! Your Sewing Room wall is gonna be so happy!! :)

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  65. Wonderful, wonderful. I like your quilt so much I'm adding the picture to Pinterest. The pattern with each block being made with 4 colors and the straight line quilting are a perfect combination. Thanks for sharing your creation with me/us on this blog hop. I'm a new follower now.

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  66. That straight line quilting is beautiful as is the quilt. Thanks for sharing

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  67. This is a cute, colourful quilt. The dense straight line quilting is perfect. I also like your binding. It balances all the bright colours. Thanks for sharing.

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  68. love the kona '13 quilt! marvelously precise work makes a stunning wall hanging!

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  69. That's such a better way to see all the new colors than a color card! Great idea and a wonderful little quilt. Your straight line quilting is so....straight! :)

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  70. Fantastic way to highlight all the lovely kona colors

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  71. I have to agree with everyone, the quilting is perfect for this quilt...great job!!

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  72. It is a beautiful and the straight line quilting just adds to its appeal.

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  73. Lovely! The colors are wonderful and the vertical quilting is very effective! Something new to try out, stretch my machine quilting skills! The solid colors are turning out to be more fun then I would have thought. Thank you for sharing your mini quilt.

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  74. I adore straight line quilting. It's perfect for your lovely project!! Nicely done!

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  75. Very nice and how neat to think of using this years colors to make your own color chart additions to the color card you already had. Great idea!

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  76. What a great mini! I need to update my card too - thanks for the tip! I wish my lines were as perfect as your spot on!

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  77. Thanks for sharing this lovely quilt :-) Great work!

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  78. Oh my - what a great quilt this turned out to be. And the quilting was a perfect choice! I've not tried straight line quilting like that but now I know I want to! blessings, marlene

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  79. That is gorgeous! I would love that on my sewing room wall. The quilting is so perfect.

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  80. Precision quilting! I love how colourful it is.

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  81. Oh my, what a fantastic quilt. The quilting is outstanding!

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  82. What a beautiful quilt. I adore your quilting, too. The hour glass block is perfect for the quilt. What a great idea to update your Kona card for yourself. I love your idea of involving your children. It's never too early to get children involved. My son is now 36 and he remembers using my button box to learn his math facts back in first grade. I think that is a wonderful memory for him. We used to sit in the living room floor and use the buttons as manipulatives when doing his math facts. I was a math major so I certainly understand your love of quilty math. I've had breast cancer and undergone both chemo and radiation. I also have fibromyalgia. All that impacts my cognitive abilities. I had purchased an applique pattern and thought I would just make more blocks to make a queen size quilt. Well, it wasn't that simple. So, I emailed my brother who was also a math major and explained a tad about my blight. With about ten minutes of my email, my phone rang and he asked a couple of questions. All I had to do was enlarge my pattern. Problem solved. He is a wood worker and has made me a wonderful seam ripper from wood from his wife's dad's property which was across the road from the one room school which he and I attended. He has used all the wood from our home property. He has made me a pen and pencil set from the high school which our father, he, our older brother, his wife, our other sister-in-law, I, attended and at which our mother taught and from which she retired. I just became a follower of your blog.

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  83. I love the colors! Going outside of your comfort zone was definitely a risk worth taking.

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  84. I really love this one - the quilting really make the quilt!

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  85. I just LOVE this! It turned out so great! When I saw it on the TGIFF linky I knew I just had to come get a closer look. Great finish! Thanks for sharing and for linking up with TGIFF! I did the Kona blog hop too - It's been so fun checking out what everyone made.

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  86. The quilting is lovely. It add so much texture to a great quilt.

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  87. I really love the straight line quilting. It's beautiful!!

    -Soma

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  88. Wow, it turned out fantastic! Great job!

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  89. I love this quilt, the clear quilting, the colours, just beautiful!

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  90. I love your mini Kona Colors 2013! Wow! It just makes me happy. Thank you for sharing.

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  91. I love this mini quilt so much! Now I want one!! :)

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  92. L.O.V.E. your mini quilt! Period. :o)

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  93. Cheryl,
    This is such a great little quilt! Isn't it amazing how all those colors just blend together and look great when there are some in there that you know you would never normally use? :) Thank you so much for linking to Sew Solid Sunday!

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  94. Great use of the charm pack! I'd love to see a photo of it hanging in your sewing room. :)

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  95. Love the colours, love the quilting, love how it all came together. Bold and beautiful.

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