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