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oh Kona, my Kona

10 May 2010 34,200 views 11 Comments

Do you ever get hit with inspiration and you have to start a project RIGHT NOW? And finish it, RIGHT NOW? Of course you do. That’s what startitis is. I was hit with a crazy bout of this type of quilting madness last weekend. It was as though I hadn’t sewn anything in weeks and the ideas were just pouring out of my fingers. Being that I sew for a living, when the mood strikes to stay at the sewing machine on the weekend, I know I’m on to something.

While digging through the Quilts and Quilting group on flickr last week, I came across a really simple quilt of sample squares with a dark sashing. My mind started turning and something tickled the back of my brain. With a loud clunk, the brain wheels started turning and I remembered that I had a set of Kona samples that I’d bought in 2005.

When I bought the so-called sample card of Kona squares, I thought they’d be mounted on a card. You know, so that a person could easily refer to the colour numbers with the swatches right there. Sample card. What I received though, was a stack of squares and a piece of paper rubber banded around it. I suppose they were in the right order, but to be of any use I would have had to label them all or make my own card. Pfft. Not likely. Into the stash they went.

Once I remembered the squares, I pulled a chunk of Kona Charcoal out of the stash and started tossing the sample squares on top.

testing the layout

Within about 10 minutes I had a layout I liked and I started chain piecing them together. 3 hours later, the quilt top was finished. Unfortunately, so was the weekend.

Thursday afternoon post-shop update, I pieced the backing.

follow the yellow brick road

Friday night I basted and quilted. Saturday I parked in front of the tube and handstitched the binding to The Music Man and a couple zillion episodes of Brak.

binding half applied

A quick trip through the washing machine and by Sunday morning she was finished and photographed.


kona sample squares quilt

straight on, finished

A week start to finish. Sure beats my last quilt that took 3 years.

It’s not very big, only 36″ by 36″. I think it’s just the right size for a stroller quilt or a blankie to chuck on the floor and plop the baby on.


It will be packaged up this week and mailed up to an old roommate in Whistler. I hope your first born will like it Malcolm! And if not, dude, don’t tell me, I’d prefer to stay in the dark. I might even make another one of these quilts to keep me company while I’m there.

kona solids quilt


  • Vanessa said:

    That is a beautiful quilt and a lucky new kid!
    you are such a talent Caro!

  • grumperina said:

    It’s awesome! I love the way you chose to quilt it! So when you quilt something like this, do you alternate from which direction you’re sewing the straight lines? (right edge to left, then left edge to right, etc.) Or are they all in the same direction?

  • Silverilix said:

    Wow that looks great! You make it look so easy.

  • sam said:

    I love it! It’s gorgeous!

  • k said:

    the simplicity highlights the beautiful colours so well. nice work!

  • Maritza said:

    This is so beautiful! So crisp and modern – I love it!

  • nova said:

    It’s beyond spectacular.

  • Joanna said:

    Caro! I finally found your blog and it is AMAZING!!! I am Joanna, and we had a good chat at the first Modern Quilt Guild meeting. I’m the one with the funny accent 😉 I am in love with this quilt. The perfect way to use up those sample squares! And the quilting is marvelous too!

  • Maria said:

    Beautiful quilt, and beautiful photos!!

  • Jeni said:

    I really love this quilt, it’s beautiful! I am totally intimidated by quilts that are made only of solids! They can be so lovely! I’m going to have to try one out someday!

  • Kim said:

    I am now so inspired! Great little quilt. I am getting ready to make my first quilt. It will also be a small baby quilt. Thanks for sharing.

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