Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Kona Cotton 30th Anniversary - And Giveaway!

I use a lot of solids in my quilting and choosing a color palette might be my favorite part of designing so of course I'm a huge fan of Robert Kaufman's Kona Cottons. Did you know they're up to 303 different colors now? That's pretty tough to beat.

I was so honored when I was asked if my Wakefield quilt design (PDF now available in my shop!) could be part of the Kona 30th anniversary celebration. Robert Kaufman put together a look book called 30 Quilts for 30 Years which features beautiful designs from 30 incredible quilters. You can check out all of the other amazing quilts in the look book here. The Wakefield quilt is a perfect match for Konas. It's simple and graphic and a great way to highlight a bold color palette.

This pattern was originally created when I needed two quilts for the soon-to-be-born twin daughters of a good friend. She had jokingly referred to her babies as Jessica and Elizabeth, the Wakefield twins from the Sweet Valley High book series. The pattern could only be named after the twins and Wakefield was a perfect fit.

All of the other quilts in the look book are fabulous but if I had to pick a fave it would have to be the beauty by my pal and fellow LAMQGer Latifah Saafir.

Isn't it wonderful? Latifah always uses color in such unexpected ways.

Now, who's up for a giveaway? Leave a comment on this post in the next 24 hours and you could win a copy of my Wakefield pattern and a charm pack of the new 2014 Kona colors! If you haven't seen them in person let me tell you, not only are they gorgeous colors but they also look incredible together! (International entries are a-ok!)

For more chances to win and to see LOTS more eye candy, check out all of the other stops on the blog hop!

Week 1:
Saturday, November 1st: Johanna Masko
Sunday, November 2nd: Alyssa of Aria Lane
Monday, November 3rd: Dorie of Tumblingblocks
Tuesday, November 4th: Megan of Canoe Ridge Creations
Wednesday, November 5th: Daniela of Cozy Quilt Designs
Thursday, November 6th: Faith of Fresh Lemons Quilts
Friday, November 7th: Anita Grossman Solomon
Saturday, November 8th: Debbie of Esch House Quilts

Week 2:
Sunday, November 9th: Alex of Teaginny
Monday, November 10th: Darlene Zimmerman
Tuesday, November 11th: Nichole Ramirez
Wednesday, November 12th: Rita Hodge of Red Pepper Quilts
Thursday, November 13th: Lee of Freshly Pieced
Friday, November 14th: Julie of Jaybird Quilts
Saturday, November 15th: Latifah of The Quilt Engineer

Week 3:
Sunday. November 16th: Elizabeth Hartman
Monday, November 17th: Erica of Kitchen Table Quilting
Tuesday, November 18th: Karrie of Freckled Whimsy
Wednesday, November 19th: Valori Wells
Thursday, November 20th: Marilyn of Quilt Moments
Friday, November 21st: Cortney Heimerl
Saturday, November 22nd: Shayla and Kristy of Sassafras Lane Designs

Week 4:
Sunday, November 23rd: Shea of Empty Bobbin Sewing
Monday, November 24th: Carrie Strine
Tuesday, November 25th: Rachel of Stitched in Color
Wednesday, November 26th: Liz of Lady Harvatine
Saturday, November 29th: Carolyn Friedlander

Week 5:
Sunday, November 30th: Elizabeth of Don’t Call Me Betsy
Monday, December 1st: Emily of Carolina Patchworks
Tuesday, December 2nd: Ken Kaufman
Wednesday, December 3rd: Grand Finale!

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Anna Lap Quilt - New Pattern!

Like every nine year old girl in the US (and possibly the world), I have been digging the movie Frozen, ever since we took Ginny to see it last fall.  I love the music, I love the animation and man, do I love the costumes!  The dress that Anna wears to the coronation seemed ripe for transforming into a quilt.  Ta-da!  The Anna Lap Quilt.

This quilt is made with Robert Kaufman Kona cottons and it's my first paper pieced pattern.  The pattern includes a list of all the Kona colors I used.  If you've never paper pieced before don't be scared off!  It's an easy way to do more intricate piecing and as you're sewing directly on printed paper foundations being precise is a cinch.  I've included basic paper piecing instructions in the pattern.

The pdf pattern is now available in my shop!