Friday, July 17, 2015

Stash Fabrics Kona Cottons Blog Hop

Happy Friday and welcome to the Stash Modern Fabrics Kona Blog Hop! I have absolutely fallen in love with solids and I was over the moon when I learned that Stash was going to be carrying ALL 303 colors of Kona Cotton in their shop. It is beyond convenient to be able to order everything I need from ONE place. Stash has always had super fast turn around and free shipping on orders over $50 so I shop there anyway but the fast that I can get every single Kona from them makes me way happier than it probably should. I just love the color range and consistency of Kona Cotton and I'm using them so so many projects lately, including my 52 Weeks of Color Project.

So when Beth contacted me a few months ago with the invitation to create my own custom bundle and be part of the Kona Blog Hop I was thrilled! My colors are an updated take on the classic summery red, white and blue palette. I added a range of cool blues and blue green with pops co citron and red orange and I am so in love with these colors. If you've been following me here or on Instagram you probably already know how much I love string quilts too, so it just seems natural to combine the two in a new quilt design.

How ridiculously perfect is this backing I found at Hancock's?! So summery and the exact right colors! So let me share what fabric you'll need and the process I used to make this quilt! And this really is more of process than a pattern - there are a lot of little ways to change things up and make it your own. Lets pretend that I took photos of my process as I was making the quilt and didn't whip through it in a frenzy of color delight and realize AFTER the whole thing was quilted that I'd taken not. one. photo. DOH. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask and I'll be sure to help!

Fabric I used:

15 FQ's of Kona solids from Stash Fabrics
1/3 yard Kona White

2 yards bleached white muslin for the string foundation blocks
1 1/2 yards Kona Solid for the center square and binding

4 yards backing fabric

I cut all my FQ's into strips the same way as shown in the photo above - you can 3 strips EACH measuring 1.5"x22, 2"x22 and 2.5"x22". If your FQ's aren't perfectly straight and you end up with a strip that a different width at the end don't worry, as long as they've been trimmed straight they'll work and just add a little variety.

Sub cut Kona White into FOUR 2.5"xWOF strips - you'll use these for the center strings on all four diagonal blocks.

Sub cut muslin into TWELVE 15.5" squares.

Center solid square will be 30.5" and you'll need SEVEN 2.5"xWOF strips for binding.

String Blocks: You'll need TWELVE total - 4 diagonal, 4 straight and 4 straight with improv strips.
If you've never made a string block I have a tutorial here that shows the whole process. I made my diagonal blocks first.

SAVE all the little end bits after your trim your blocks!

Next I made my four straight blocks - I started with a white strip that was off center and lined it up with the lines on my cutting mat to keep them straight-ish.

For the last four blocks: I joined all little bits and pieces into long strips and then added them for some visual interest. I think it adds a nice little pop with overwhelming the design that already has a lot going on!

Straight block with improv strips - my strips hung off on all four sides (just like the diagonal blocks) and needed to be trimmed before assembling.

You'll sew this quilt together in row - I did the four blocks on the top and bottom together into long strips. Then I joined the two blocks on each side first to each other and then to each side of my large solid square. Finally I joined all three strips together and Voila! A finished Quilt top!  This measures 60"x60" when done and seems like the perfect picnic in the park quilt. Or picnic on the beach. Or at the mountains. get the idea ;-)

Stash Fabrics Kona Blog Hop Schedule

July 17 – Darcy @ Modern Cozy
July 23 – Jacey  @ Jacey Craft
July 27 - Kelly @ Kelby Sews
July 30 – Nancy @ Owen’s Olivia
August 6th – Jodi @ Tales of Cloth
August 10th – Megan @ City Stitches
August 12th – Rita @ Red Pepper Quilts
August 17th – Elizabeth @ Andpins Handmade
August 19th – Tara @ Rad and Happy
August 21st – Sharon @ Color Girl Quilts
August 24th – Allison @ Allison Sews
August 27th – Kristi @ Schnitzel and Boo
August 31st – Jessee @ Art School Dropout

I feel so lucky to be included in this amazingly talented group of makers - be sure to check out all the stops and see what these guys create because it's going to be GOOD. You can find all the blogger bundles right here at Stash Fabrics. Beth generously provided me with a bundle to wrk with for this project but all opinions about her shop are my own! You can also join in the Stash Fabrics Kona of the Month club that's starting in September and if you sign up before 9/1/15 and stay in for a year you'll also be getting a Kona Color Card with your 12th shipment - score!

I'm also linking up with Crazy Mom Quilts for Finish It Up Friday.

Thanks so much for stopping by and if you try my pattern I'd LOVE to see it!


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  2. Darcy! Wow! Thank you so much for all of your hard work on this and for going above and beyond by providing a tutorial for your beautiful quilt! You are super talented! And you are 100% right...that is the PERFECT backing! :)

  3. Fun pattern and great color combo! I also love working with solids.

  4. It's so awesome, Darcy. I love your palette, and the finished quilt is just lovely!

  5. So beautiful! Your palette is gorgeous, and I love the movement in your quilt.

  6. It's stunning and so wonderfully summery, it makes me think of a beautiful deep blue swimming pool!

  7. Nicely done, Darcy! Your palette is inspired - very modern and fun!


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