Kona Color of the Year Quilt Exhibit
Tuesday, November 8, 2016
A few months ago, the kind folks over at Robert Kaufman asked me to participate in a group quilt exhibit for Quilt Market/Festival centered around their Kona Color of the Year. This year that color is Highlight, a bright neon "highlighter" yellow. The exhibit featured mini quilts from 60 quilters, who were each sent a bundle of solids including Highlight. We were asked to make a 20" square mini quilt, using only those fabrics. We could use as many or as few was we liked, but we had to use Highlight.
It was an honor to be asked to make something for this special exhibit! I've had quilts hung at Quilt Market before, but never in the quilt exhibit area, or at Fesitval. Jacey was kind enough to take a photo of my quilt hanging up at the show. So cool!
The colors in my bundle were a full rainbow of bright pastel solids. I chose to use two purples from my bundle in addition to white and Highlight. I struggled for a while to decide on what design I wanted to make. The instructions were to make something that reflected our individual style. That made things a bit easier, I knew I had to use half-square triangles.
Photo is © 2016 Robert Kaufman Fabrics.
I ended up making a block from the Convergence quilt in my book, Patchwork Essentials: The Half-Square Triangle. Pick up a copy of the book here.
For the quilting, I extended the lines created by the seams of the half-square triangles and stitched 1/4" on either side of those lines. It ended up creating an interesting cross-hatch effect.
After seeing all of the quilts in the exhibit (you can see them on Robert Kaufman's Instagram, here), I wish I had thought a little more outside the box with my design. The quilts are all so different, and while I thought I was adding interest to mine in the quilting and scale, I feel like it fell a little flat. I've been thinking that I've been in a bit of a rut lately in terms of design, it's time to figure out how to get myself out of it. A plan of attack is forthcoming.
Regardless, it was a fun project to work on. It was wonderful to be included with so many talented quilters. The exhibit will be traveling, so keep an eye out!