Kona Challenge Quilt

Monday, October 24, 2011

Kona Challenge Quilt by jenib320
Kona Challenge Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
As a part of the Madison Modern Quilt Guild, I was able to participate in the Kona Challenge. We were each given a charm pack (I think this one is the classic palette), and told to only use solids to create something. Naturally I wanted to make a quilt but that charm pack sat around for a while before I decided on a pattern. Lucky for me, I received another charm pack in the same palette in my Sewing Summit swag bag. I originally planned on using both packs to make tons of half-square triangles and go from there.

Well, once I was through one charm pack, I did not want to make any more half-square triangles! So, I decided on some variation of the traditional Bear Claw quilt for my project since it uses 4 HSTs and a large square. I used this method to create my HSTs! I played around with a lot of layouts but liked this one the best! It rounds out at about 33"x47" :)

Kona Challenge Quilt by jenib320
Kona Challenge Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I was really tempted to pick up some yardage of a single color for the backing, but decided instead to just use what I had on hand. So, I just pieced a bit of rainbow together!

Kona Challenge Quilt by jenib320
Kona Challenge Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I first quilted it on the diagonal, but didn't feel like it was enough once I was finished. So, I went back and quilted on either side of the major seams. I like the effect, it's especially noticeable on the back!

Kona Challenge Quilt by jenib320
Kona Challenge Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
I machine bound the quilt in Kona stone, despite my strong urge to add a print! I behaved! :)

Kona Challenge Quilt by jenib320
Kona Challenge Quilt, a photo by jenib320 on Flickr.
This was a fun quilt to put together and a good exercise for me, since I rarely use a lot of solids. I'm not sure if I'll do anything with all solids again soon, picking out the prints is my favorite part of the process! However, I'm happy with the result and happy that I played along! Plus, Michael likes it well enough for me to hang it in our hallway, so, YAY!

Happy Quilting!

34 comments :

Q @ JAQS said...

That is gorgeous! I love how you arrange the colors and the theme so reminds me of my favorite season: autumn.

-Q

Kaye Prince said...

Totally rockin' Jeni! I love it!

Jan Maree said...

Mmmm yummy quilt!I really like it and i find I am liking solids more and more.

Unknown said...

Looks very nice!

Debbie said...

It's darling! I like it alot!

Jolene said...

Absolutely LOVE the colors on the back. I'm pinning that back to my color inspiration board!

Allison said...

bravo! what a lovely finish. bear paw is such a fun pattern :)

Impera Magna said...

Beautiful quilt... I'm glad you're going to display it in your home! So bright and cheerful...

Twinfibers said...

It's wonderful! I'd hang it my hallway, too. :)

Lynne said...

Lovely! Bright, colourful and a little bit unusual - everything I love in a quilt!

Elizabeth Dackson said...

Oooh, that will look lovely in your hallway!!! I agree, solids can be hard to stick to since prints are so fun, but I love how the solids really make your blocks pop in this quilt :) Awesome work, as always!!

Longvacation said...

Very lovely, they actually remind me of leaves and fall.

Jessica said...

awesome job jeni! i love it! :)

Lesley said...

Your quilt is gorgeous! Love the colors and the way you turned the leaves and the rainbow backing is so creative!

Michael Wurm Jr said...

wow! i just adore the front of that quilt! everything you do is solid gold!! love it!

Red Pepper Quilts - Rita Hodge said...

Love this Jeni! So boldly colorful.

Solids are awesome.

Anonymous said...

If you squint, the paws wave...or is that just me ready for bed? I love your handiwork and the stone border holds up nicely..great going!!

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

I think it's beautiful!!!

Katie B said...

This is really beautiful, Jeni,

Victoria Paige @ Boutique Uniquely said...

It's beautiful and I really love the backing. Perfect.

Naturally Carol said...

I think that Michael would be spoilt for choice in your household..everything you make is gold!

Eva said...

I love this! The bear claw is one of my favourite classic blocks and the colours and layout are really great! I think you really showcased both the fabric and the pattern really well! I understand that it was hard to work without prints! I yet have to make an all-solid project, but this is really inspiring me to try!

Anorina @SameliasMum said...

It's bold and striking. Like it, a lot!

Michele said...

I likely, I likey. But then again practically anything with a rainbow color scheme catches my eye. Nice job.

Jenn said...

I love it (I even pinned it to my quilt inspiration board, hope you don't mind)!! You are so talented! I think the Kona Solids Challenge has been my favorite to watch progress.

aneela said...

Love your challenge quilt!! So bright and cherry for autumn!

Natalie said...

I LOVE it! I'd hang it in my hallway, too :)

Christina Lane | The Sometimes Crafter said...

It turned out great! I REALLY like the quilting on it!

Jacey said...

The colors are beautifully arranged! It's really great, and I especially love the back!

Anonymous said...

I love it, Jeni! I like the way you quilted it too!

quirky granola girl said...

your leaf quilt is fantastic. i like how you made it more modern by removing the stem part of the block. great job!

Rachel at Stitched in Color said...

Men seem to really have a thing for solids. Funny boys!

Bruna said...

Hi Jenny! Your quilt is amazing! I love how beautiful it is front and back!
It makes me want to start one right now :)

mybricole said...

I love this quilt. Andy loves this quilt. It is awesome!!