Monday, January 20, 2014

Wake up to Kona blog hop

 
Today's the day to tell you all about my project made from solids. But don't forget to visit the other participants too:


 
For the last year I have participated in the Simply Solids Bee as part of the UK Amaranth group. I provided the red centres for the plus and grey for the backgrounds. Everyone else provided the other colours from their stash. Bees are always a learning experience. I didn't think I'd have to say not to use red in the X part of the block so a few came back with reds which lose the contrast.
 
 
I was so please with myself that having sorted my plain scraps into one bag, I was able to cut all of the binding apart from one piece from the scraps. Score. However a scrappy binding meant about eight different colours of thread were used when I hand sewed the binding down.
 
 
I was also economical with the backing and used four fat quarters I'd sewn together for an abandoned project and then added the grey patterned fabric which was laying on the floor, a spare block and yardage of grey to piece the backing. I had fanciful intentions of quilting the blocks individually, but I'm pleased with how the interlocking feather design looks in a variegated grey thread.
 
 
 
For more solids inspiration take a look at the blog hop or visit the Simply Solids Flickr group. Also Amanda Murphy has written a book all about solids called "Color Essentials"


 

88 comments:

Vickie said...

What a pretty quilt Sue, it's quilted perfectly.

Wendi said...

Great solid quilt. I have been so inspired by this blog hop

Vroomans' Quilts said...

I think this turned out wonderfully - even with the 'red' mis-hap. And your back is just too sweet - gotta love using up odds and ends and scraps.

Judy B said...

Beautiful colorful quilt! Love the back. Thank you for sharing.

Amy said...

It is quite striking! Love the back, also. Beautiful work!

Carla said...

So colorful and happy your quilt is. I absolutely agree that the quilting worked perfectly.

DebraKay Neiman said...

Your quilt is just beautiful. I am having so much fun on this hop. crystalbluern at onlineok dot com

Anita said...

Bright and scrappy, that's what I like!

Terry@ a quilting blog said...

Very pretty quilt..love the quilting! Thanks for sharing

Teatime Creations said...

Very pretty. Love the patterned back.

Kylie Lloyd said...

It's a very lovely quilt. Bright and colorful

the running hare said...

It's worked out beautifully Sue. I'm probably one of the guilty ones, I know one of my blocks had a hot pink in it but not red! (although I did a class once with an artist who classified pinks in with the reds and called them all red just different colour values)

Diane-crewe said...

it came out well x

Britt-Inger said...

Your quilt is very lovely with all the red crosses. Thanks for sharing your creativity.

charlotte said...

Sew very beautiful! Wonderful job.

StitchinByTheLake said...

So bright and colorful - just adorable! blessings, marlene

Shari said...

Beautiful quilt...love the colour combinations!

Suze said...

This is a great quilt. I love the red crosses. If you hadn't pointed out the use of additional reds, I would not have noticed that. I adore how you utilized your scraps. I hadn't thought about all the thread changes on the binding, too. YUK! Too bad you couldn't use a neutral, eh? The quilting is perfect for the quilt. Thanks for participating and sharing a wonderful quilt. Hope to see you in more hops.

JoyceLM said...

Very pretty - thanks for sharing.

Elizabeth Coughlin said...

Really beautiful, including the back!

Dorian said...

A fun quilt! Lots of nice color.

Mdm Samm said...

Sue, quilted lovely!

Purl Buttons said...

I like the binding and appreciate that you changed thread for each color change. I, too, would have been disappointed to see blocks with red in them if I had told the participants I was making central red blocks but I really LIKE the way those reds cause the eye to move in unexpected ways around the quilt. It could have been a little choppy but the reds here and there bring us along on a pretty exciting journey.

Lorna McMahon said...

I adore those x and + blocks, Sue! And to see them in solids is a real treat! Your quilt looks fantastic. Love that scrappy binding!

Marjorie's Busy Corner said...

Very nice quilt!! I love the quilting Sue

Leah said...

Lovely quilt! Love the scrappiness of it.

DeborahGun said...

absolutely gorgeous. I love the scrappy binding especially!

Sherry Von Fumetti said...

Great idea for a solids quilt. Love the binding too. svonfumetti at yahoo dot com

Agnes B. Bullock said...

This is wonderful- the red centers make the quilt blocks truly stand out!

KaHolly said...

Very cheery!! Great jon!

Linda said...

I LOVE your colorful quilt! It's so cheerful! Wow!

Gene Black said...

Very nice! I love a quilt with lots of solids.

Robin said...

Great job on the quilt. It looks beautiful!!

StitchinByTheLake said...

Very, very pretty! blessings, marlene

sew.darn.quilt said...

Another gorgeous addition to this hop! Your quilt is beautiful :)

quilter said...

beautiful

Mary said...

Great job! I like how that pattern turned out. Thank you for sharing.

Carol said...

It turned out beautiful with all those colors and your back is pretty amazing, too...I love the design! Nice job using up some of your scraps on the binding. Thanks for hopping with us. :O)

Needled Mom said...

That looks beautiful.

Scrapatches said...

I love this pattern in solids. Great idea, beautifully done. Thanks for sharing ... :) Pat

JanesQuilting said...

Ah such a pretty quilt. I had a lot of problems figuring our what to make with plain fabrics. I always used some prints to balance it out. I am no longer afraid thanks to this hop.

Judy Cooper Textile Images said...

Lovely quilt!

LJ said...

I've not done many bees. Lesson learned: you need to be specific, right? It is still a great quilt and I am so fond of the scrappy binding. Never thought that you'd need a different colored thread for each section! Certainly worth it though.

thequiltedcat said...

Very striking quilt!

jan said...

I love your quilt. And the quilting really does look great! Thanks for sharing.
xo jan

Lori said...

wow this is really lovely. the extra reds adds a modern them to it all. I love your binding with all the different colors and your FMQ is a wonderful addition. thanks for shairng

One English Teacher said...

It's so fun to see a bee quilt come together.And, I'm impressed by changing colors that many times on the binding. I'll change thread colors while quilting, but once I start binding, I just want to go without stopping.

Amy, a redeemed sheep said...

I am really crushing on gray, so this quilt really makes me say "Wow!!!" Great job!

Nini said...

Great quilt! Thanks for sharing!

Kathy H said...

Beautiful quilt and i like the back you made too. Love all those colors and never thought i would like quilts in just solids but i have been proven wrong. Love them.

Kathy MacKie said...

Liked the looks of your quilt and what a great idea for the backing.

OhioLori said...

What a beautiful quilt! Loooove it! You did super job!!

Katherine said...

Beautiful! Such wonderful colours - it's a feast for the eyes and I love your idea for piecing the back. Thanks so much for sharing this beauty with us!

Judy said...

perfect quilt, so bright, so unique! well done!

Apple Avenue Quilts said...

Very nice quilt. I love the way you mixed the colors. A very happy feeling quilt!

Gill said...

One of my favourite blocks - I've never seen a solid version!!
I love it!

VickiT said...

Very pretty combination of colors in your quilt.

Heidi [Banks of Frog Creek] said...

Very pretty and perfectly colorful!!

gpc said...

Beautiful! That color makes me happy on this winter day! :)

Mara said...

Very interesting, bees are learning experiences :)

madebymeinred said...

You did it. You put together a beautiful quilt with solids. I like it.

tink's mom said...

Great quilt love the use of your solids.Thanks for sharing.

ritainalaska said...

love those kona colors and your quilt story. great srcappy quilt; your quilting works perfectly.

vicki said...

Very cool! Thanks for sharing. vickise at gmail dot com

Margaret said...

What a beautiful bright and cheery quilt. Thanks for sharing

Jackie said...

Love the colours and the backing is so cool.

Createology said...

Your quilt is stunning using Kona solids. I really like the back and how you added one colored block to the beautiful grays. Thank you sew much for hopping...

Kathy Pfaltzgraff said...

Thanks for your colorful "from the scrap bag", ha, quilt or the bindings. Very nice and enjoyed seeing your other projects also. Keep up the good work. K

CeLynn said...

Your quit turned out beautifully,the not so red crosses just add character! Love how you pieced the back,thanks for sharing.

Amanda Murphy said...

Beautiful quilt and I love the scrappy binding. It was worth it!

Patty D from NC said...

beautiful quilt!

maggie said...

That is such a fun quilt Sue. So cheery! Love the back as well.
Thanks for sharing.
cheers
maggie

maggiemine42@gmail.com

lauraluvsloons said...

That's a beautiful quilt - I love all the color.

Paula Hughes said...

Gorgeous! and I love the back too. I am so lazy with the backing. They look so much cooler pieced. Love it:)

Textile Recycler said...

I really like the vintage look using new Kona solids....
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Cathy's Chatter said...

Just lovely! The quilting is beautiful! Thanks for sharing

Sandy W said...

fun quilt

Cindy said...

Ooo...first time I've seen that pattern done in solids and I like it. Nicely done.

JessicaK said...

Very fun pattern, no mishap seen whatsoever :D

Audrey said...

A very cheery quilt. I really like your back. This is a reversible quilt. Thanks for sharing.

WhoMom said...

Lovely quilt! It is so impressive to see so many beautiful quilts made with solids. I love your binding, even if you did have to change thread colors so many time, it turned out well.

Kristen King said...

What a beautiful quilt! :)

nerospost said...

Hi! I love your quilt! so beautiful pattern and perfect for those happy bright solids! x Teje

Theresa said...

Wonderful quilt, lots of color. Love it!

Emma Jones said...

I love quilts made with solids, I just made one myself after always using prints.

Indianna said...

I like that some of the red crosses have extra red, it makes for more interest.

Nat at Made in Home said...

What a great entry for le challenge! Thanks for linking up!

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