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Saturday, August 20, 2011

Robert Kaufman - Kona Charm Pack Challenge

The Modern Quilt Guilds across the US were given a challenge by Robert Kaufman fabrics to create a solids only quilt made from a Kona fabric charm pack given from Robert Kaufman fabrics! Who doesn't like free fabric?!
So for this challenge, the charm pack was given 44 different 5x5" fabrics. Our guild decided we needed to use at least 30 of those charms. I was able to pull out the pinks, reds, and purples and have exactly 30 left to make this a 'boy-ish' themed quilt. I initally was going to take my almost-2-year-old out of his crib and put him into a toddler bed, and this quilt would be perfect for a toddler or twin bed top spread. Silly me, why would I take my baby toddler out of his crib, when he is just fine in there still. He doesn't even climb out yet. I think I was just anxious to have this on the toddler bed. ;)
So the quilt now has become a nice lap body length quilt for laying on the couch in the living room.

And here is my progress:
Started with taking each charm square and sewing it to a random strip of Kona Coal grey..
Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge
I did this for all 30 charms. Then sewn two charms side to side, with the grey on the outside. Sewn all 15 rows together. Then trimmed off the excess on the grey strips. And added two long grey pieces, to add more grey to the sides..


This was my first time using spray adhesive for sandwiching the backing, batting, and top of the quilt together. It was really quite easy and will probably do it from now on!
I did just a simple wavy pattern for the quilting with my walking foot..
Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge
And here it is with all the stitching done on it, with detail pic too..
Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge
Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge

I had some Kona that I bought from JoAnns a few months ago, don't remember the color name, but I used that for the binding, as it was one of the colors in my palate...
Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge
I pressed it in half and sewn it on..
Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge

I really wanted to do a hidden stitch, but was short on time. I literally made this quilt within 24 hours of our meeting! And we had 2 MONTHS to do this challenge. What?! I didn't tell you that detail in the beginning?! :0
So I put in a large stitch that would be easy to go back and take out, when if I found time to do the blind stitching.
Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge
Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge

And here it is just after completing it in my sewing room space, in my basement..
Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge

Of course I had to take it outside after its first wash and dry..
Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge
Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge
The back was just a solid Ash Grey.. no time for a pieced back..
Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge
Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge

Thanks for reading my Kona Solids Challenge process! You can check out the other quilts done by my other guild members at Ann Arbor Modern Quilt Guild HERE!

3 comments:

  1. I love how you quilted it! Totally inspired me for a quilt I am working on now!

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  2. Such a great fun, fast quilt! Love the quilting too.

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  3. Super cute! I wish I could do that!

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