GRAND FINALE!

WOW! We can't believe our 30 Quilts for 30 Years blog hop has come to an end. We've had so much fun celebrating our Kona Cotton Solids with each and every one of you. We want to say a million thank yous to all our designers, as well as the others who helped to make their quilts come to life.

If you haven't seen all of them, make sure to check out the 30 quilts in our Kona 30th lookbook, here.

Now for the grand finale giveaway you've all been waiting for!!

Enter to win:

A fat quarter bundle of the 32 New 2014 Colors

3 designer palette Skinny Strips packs (Emily Cier, Elizabeth Hartman, Rita Hodge)

30 small Aurifil spools, color matched to 30 of our 32 new Kona colors

A roll of Make it Simpler Fusible Interfacing

A Kona 30th Anniversary tote

The Kona 30th Anniversary designer quilt patterns

Thank you to all the contributors for donating such wonderful goodies for our grand prize.

To enter, simply follow the instructions below! The winner will be chosen randomly. The giveaway will run from today (Wednesday, December 3rd) at 10AM P.S.T. to Friday, December 5th at 10AM P.S.T. It is open internationally. Keep spreading the Kona Cotton love with our hashtags- #konacotton #omg303 #mykonaquilt

Good luck to everyone!!!

Thanks for participating!

30 Quilts for 30 Years- "Flip This House" by CEO Ken Kaufman

A few words from our CEO, Ken Kaufman:

"I can’t believe it has been 30 years and I can’t believe we’ve made it to 303 colors! I remember the time, as a younger version of myself, that we had just 12 colors to tote around. 

Kona did grow, but not because of some master plan; rather, it grew due to the ongoing request of quilters. "More, more, more" was the mantra, and we only chose to dance along to it.

The beauty of this 30 years, 30 quilts celebration is that it makes such a strong statement about solids. Whether you are drawn to traditional, contemporary, or art quilting, solids provide an amazing platform for personal creativity. So, though it took some prodding from the marketing department, I actually was quite excited to design my first quilt as part of the celebration. Now, many folks here at Robert Kaufman Co. know my educational background is in Fine Art, but few have seen anything except my meeting notes doodles.  So I thought I would share a few images of my work; an 8’x8’ woodblock print and a smaller acrylic painting on wood; note the black and white, two of my favorite Kona colors and the two most popular colors in the whole line.

Woodblock

Woodblock

Acrylic painting on wood

Acrylic painting on wood

The quilt I ultimately designed, Flip This House, features black and white. The original idea was sketched out on graph paper. I was trying to create a quilt where a shape would shift as it repeated across the quilt. I soon realized that the shape resembled a house, so I went with it! I really love the way this quilt came together.

I must give special thanks to Janice Ryan (Better Off Thread) for figuring out how to piece it, and Angela Walters for understanding my quilting thoughts and bringing her special touches to finish it out.

Now, I guess it’s time to learn to sew!"

Get the free pattern here!


Today's giveaway will be a Kona Classic charm pack!

To enter, simply follow the directions below! :)

Remember to stop by tomorrow for our GRAND FINALE giveaway. Believe us-- you won't want to miss this!

Thank you all SO much for participating in our 30 Quilts for 30 Years blog hop!



Quiltmaker's 100 Blocks Blog Tour Day 3!

Quiltmaker is celebrating it's 10th volume of the 100 Blocks magazine! That means 1,000 blocks! Wow! (Can you believe it?)

We were lucky enough to be asked to participate in this wonderful Blog Tour, which is showcasing many fabulous designers' block and quilt creations, and featuring a number of giveaways!

Here are just a few projects featuring our own Robert Kaufman fabric:

Kaleidoscope of Stars by Cynthia Sliker, featuring Artisan Batiks

Kaleidoscope of Stars by Cynthia Sliker, featuring Artisan Batiks

Well Suited by Sarah Price, featuring Botanics and Kona Cotton Solids

Well Suited by Sarah Price, featuring Botanics and Kona Cotton Solids

Woven Ribbons by Lerlene Nevaril, featuring Fusions

Woven Ribbons by Lerlene Nevaril, featuring Fusions

Spike Ball by Denniele Bohanon, featuring Kona Cotton Solids

Spike Ball by Denniele Bohanon, featuring Kona Cotton Solids

Aren't they WONDERFUL?! So wonderful, in fact, that you probably want to know how to make them, along with all the other blocks featured in this volume!?

For more information on the specific blocks/quilt, you can head over to the Quiltmaker website for the most recent Blog Tour posts, which will link you to designer pages! The folks at Quiltmaker are also hosting a FANTASTIC giveaway that includes some Robert Kaufman fabric bundles!! Don't miss it!

AND, finally, for a chance to WIN AN ISSUE OF QUILTMAKER'S 100 BLOCKS VOLUME 10:

All you have to do is log in below, click the "Get inspired!" button, and follow the instructions! This giveaway will run from 12AM P.S.T. on Nov 19th- 12AM P.S.T. on Nov 20th!

Don't forget to follow along with the Blog Tour through November 21st!

 

"30 Quilts for 30 Years"-Joseph's Coat by Darlene Zimmerman

The 10th stop on the 30 Quilts for 30 Years Blog Hop is Darlene Zimmerman's "Joseph's Coat" quilt! Here are some words from Darlene Zimmerman (or the 'Feedsack Lady').

"People are always surprised to see red, dark blue and dark green added to my 30s color palette. Don't be afraid to mix those deeper colors in with the 30s pastels. Without the stronger colors, the quilt can look too washed out. The darker colors add a bit of spice to the quilt.

While this pattern may look challenging, it is really quite easy to put together. Using my Joseph's Coat template set (EZ Quilting #882503), the shapes can be rotary cut and machine pieced. Bonus-- the melon or colored shape can be cut from a jelly roll! The original pattern has shapes that all meet in the center of the 'flower', but since that means too many seam allowances coming together, I trimmed off the ends of the templates leaving a small hole in the center of the 'flower', which is neatly covered by an appliqued circle.

Sewing these shapes together is surprisingly easy.  NO PINNING required! Match up the ends of the triangle shape and the melon, and sew with the triangle shape on the top, keeping the raw edges together just in front of the needle and easing the curves together. This pattern is fun to sew, and goes together quickly.  The appliqued circles should be added as you complete each flower, section or row.

I have many questions about what I use as a background fabric in my '30s quilts. You will always find a white print with a sprinkle of color in each of my collections, but you can also use my 'vintage white' or Kona Snow for a traditional not-quite-white background. It's the perfect shade of white-- not too white, not too creamy or brown, just a nice soft mellow white.

Don't forget to add Kona solids to your next shopping list. You'll find them invaluable in your next quilting project. Use solids whenever an accent is needed in a group of prints, or use solids alone to make a strong (and modern) statement."

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We love this pattern! If you love it too, click here for a free pattern download from the Robert Kaufman website! You can find pattern and kitting information, including the specific Kona Cotton colors chosen by Darlene, there. For more from Darlene, head to her website!

And if you haven't yet--check out our look book for all the 30th Anniversary quilts! It is simply stunning!

Giveaway!

**THE WINNER IS: SUSAN SNOOKS!**

For this stop's giveaway, we're giving away a New Pastel Palette charm pack!

Mmmm mm!

To enter:  Comment on this post with your number one go-to Kona Cotton color! (To comment, scroll to the bottom of this post and click on the "# comments" link. Once the new page reloads there will be a place for you to enter your text/comment.)

This giveaway is open internationally, and will run til Tuesday at 10AM P.S.T.

Check out the full blog hop schedule below:

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 with Aurifil
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!

Thanks for participating!

Fall '14 Quilt Market Recap!

Many of you may have visited our booth at Fall '14 Quilt Market in Houston, but for those who could not, we wanted to provide a virtual tour! This time around, we were so excited to start celebrating Kona Cotton Solids' 30th Anniversary. We displayed 30 Kona quilts by 30 all-star designers in our booth and some other participating booths (tune into our blog hop that's going on right now, more information here), had a Kona 30th scavenger hunt challenge with a $1400 prize package, a Kona IQ activity, a Kona prize wheel, Kona goodies (totes, pins, freebies), and much more. In addition, we had booths for designers Carolyn Friedlander, Jennifer Sampou, and Valori Wells (who won a first place booth award!). We also had booths for our new Vincent Van Gogh collection, Fusions Bloom and Fusions Garden, and a fabulous Artisan Batiks by Lunn Studios section including Splendid 3, Prisma Dyes, Color Source 5, and Grove 2. Our Precut Pop-Up Shop was a hit as well, selling through almost all of our wonderful products!!

Look through the following image maps for a look at our Robert Kaufman booths. See a quilt you like, or a designer you're interested in? Just click directly on the image for more information!


First up, Carolyn Friedlander's booth! This Quilt Market, Carolyn debuted her new collection, Doe, with a schoolhouse session, fabulous quilts, bags and even a quilted couch! The endearing nature of this collection made it an instant hit with the crowd!

(Click the quilts and projects for more information)

Catenary Quilt Outhouse Quilt Carolyn Friedlander Doe: Additional Projects & Information Nest Egg Tote Emphasis Aerial Grove Quilts from left to right: Emphasis, Aerial Grove, Catenary, and Outhouse by Carolyn Friedlander
Nest Egg tote by Carolyn Friedlander
Check out Carolyn's 30th Anniversary Quilt, Bartow!

Check out Carolyn's 30th Anniversary Quilt, Bartow!


Valori Wells showed off her new Ashton Road collection with a schoolhouse session along with a bright, playful and colorful booth that included an adorable treehouse! She showcased her flannel and flat Playtime quilts, as well as her Kona 30th Anniversary Quilt (Colored Happy).

(Click through the quilts for more information!)

Valori Wells Playtime Flannel Playtime Colored Happy Ashton Road: Additional Information & Projects

Her booth was so lovely, in fact, that it won a 1st place booth award!! We're so very proud of her!

(Here's the image we took to share the news on Instagram!)


Jennifer Sampou's new collection, Black & White, debuted with a bang. In her schoolhouse session, as well as through her quilts and projects, Jennifer displayed that the familiar black and white duo can be so much more! Her collection shows a wide range of tones, colors, and effects as the fabrics fade from black to white.

Click the quilts for more info!

Black & White Jennifer Sampou Storm at Sea Quilt Elephant and I Grand LeMoyne Star Quilts from left to right:
Braque Quilt by Revolutionary Nest
Grand LeMoyne Star
Storm at Sea designed by Better Off Thread and made by Angela Walters
Elephant and I designed by Jennifer Sampou and quilted by Jocelyn Marzan
Kahakai by Beyond the Reef
Cinema Dress designed by Liesl + Co. and made by Knitty Bitties


Our Fusions Garden and Fusions Bloom booth was bursting with color! With flowers made of our wonderful fusions fabric, mini quilts and quilts, this booth really showed off the colorful variety of projects that can be made using these fabrics.

Click the quilts you like and find out more about them!

Garden Path Quilt Fusions Garden Fusions Bloom Wavelength Quilt Mini Delight Mini Lotus Mini Tiny Dancer Ten Squares: Fusions Garden Mini Delight, Mini Lotus, and Mini Tiny Dancer designed by Jaybird Quilts and made by Kristi Ryan
Garden Path quilt designed by Robert Kaufman, made by Free Range Quilter
Wavelength quilt by Freshly Pieced

Our Vincent Van Gogh booth was a work of art. As Robert Kaufman has recently become the official licensee of the Vincent Van Gogh Museum, we have created fabrics that highlight the artist's classic brush strokes, as well as some beautiful landscape and floral panels. Click through for more information on these projects!

Arles Down the River or Road Gallery Vincent Van Gogh Blenders From left to right:
Arles, designed by Robert Kaufman and made by Kristi Ryan
Down the River or Road designed by Kathie Alyce and made by Ramona Rose
Gallery, designed by Robert Kaufman and made by Kitchen Table Quilting

Our Artisan Batiks by Lunn Studios showed their colors beautifully in four sections with four collections!

Artisan Batiks:Splendid Euclid Ave. by Sassafras Lane Designs Euclid Ave. designed by Sassafras Lane Designs and quilted by Kristi Ryan
Shivaun Place by Sassafras Lane Designs Shivaun Place designed by Sassafras Lane Designs, quilted by Angela Walters

If Taylored Stars looks familiar, it's because you've seen it in some of our print ads! The vibrant reds are stunning and make a lasting impression. It was the perfect compliment to our Color Source 5 booth!

Taylored Stars by Antler Quilt Design Artisan Batiks: Color Source 5 Taylored Stars, designed by Antler Quilt Design and made by Kristi Ryan
Artisan Batiks: Prisma Dyes Tasty Runner by Jaybird Quilts Striped Starburst Striped Starburst Tasty Table Runner designed by Jaybird Quilts and made by Karen Fisher
Striped Starburst designed by Robert Kaufman and made by Karen Fisher

This year, our marketing booth was filled to the brim with Kona 30th Anniversary Quilts and some new Geo Pop Canvas by Emmie K projects! Click the quilts/projects for more information and patterns.

Smithereens by Carolina Patchworks Floating Prisms by Teaginny Spectrum by Fresh Lemons Quilts Red Star by Cortney Heimerl Triangulate by The Quilt Engineer Bucket Hat Simple Quilted Blanket Cooper Backpack Geo Pop Canvas by Emmie K Square Floor Pillow Kona 30th Anniversary Quilts left to right:
Smithereens by Carolina Patchworks, quilted by Angela Walters
Floating Prisms by Teaginny
Spectrum by Fresh Lemons Quilts
Red Star by Cortney Heimerl
Triangulate, designed by The Quilt Engineer and made by Kristi Ryan

We decided to celebrate our Kona Cotton 30th Anniversary with a Kona IQ game to test contestants' Kona knowledge! If you missed it at market, make sure you come by Road to California or Quilt Con for your chance to race against the clock (and your friends) for the highest Kona IQ!

(Click through this image for more info!)

Paint Drip by Kitchen Table Quilting Starshine by Canoe Ridge Creations Paint Drip by Kitchen Table Quilting
Starshine by Canoe Ridge Creations, quilted by Crinkle Love

Here are some Kona IQ clips that we posted on our Instagram. Everyone had such a blast!

Ken and Harvey Kaufman even tested their IQs! Who do you think won?


With their bright colors and beautiful patterns, our Kona 30th Anniversary Quilts made a huge statement. Check them out below, and click on them for more pattern information!

Dear Gunta by Carrie Strine Picnic Plaid by Freshly Pieced Cosmic Delight by Freckled Whimsy Raceway by Aria Lane Patchwork City Sampler by Elizabeth Hartman Cascade by Stitched in Color Kona 30th Anniversary
Left to right:
Dear Gunta by Carrie Strine
Picnic Plaid by Freshly Pieced
Cosmic Delight by Freckled Whimsy
Raceway by Aria Lane, quilted by Crinkle Love
Patchwork City Sampler by Elizabeth Hartman
Cascade by Stitched in Color
The Make It Simpler Two-Color Pineapple Quilt by Anita Grossman Solomon Print Party: Solids Soiree by Johanna Masko Kona 30th Anniversary
The Make it Simpler Two-Color Pineapple Quilt by Anita Grossman Solomon
Print Party: Solids Soiree by Johanna Masko
Rock Jetties by Tumblingblocks Twister Shimmer by Quilt Moments Wakefield by Lady Harvatine
Rock Jetties by Tumblingblocks, quilted by Angela Walters
Twister Shimmer by Quilt Moments, quilted by Angela Walters
Wakefield by Lady Harvatine
Flip This House by Ken Kaufman Parallels by Empty Bobbin Studios
Flip This House designed by Ken Kaufman, pieced by Better Off Thread and quilted by Angela Walters
Parallels by Empty Bobbin

Though our Kona anniversary quilts took up a large part of our booth, they also spread far and wide throughout the convention center! Check out these pictures of Kona quilts in our Booth Hop partners' booths!

Overall, our show was a huge success. We had a great time speaking with everyone who came by the booth to visit. We hope you enjoyed this virtual tour! Thank you to all the designers, quilters, participating booths for our Booth Hop, and the Robert Kaufman crew for a successful show! We hope to see you next time!

30 QUILTS FOR 30 YEARS BLOG HOP!!!

Get EXCITED!

Kona Cotton is continuing the celebration of its 30th anniversary with a huge BLOG HOP! Each day, one of our lovely 30th anniversary quilt designers will talk about his/her Kona quilt and host a Kona-filled giveaway!

Here's the schedule for the hop. Be sure to follow along!

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 with Aurifil
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!

When you spread the Kona love this month, make sure to use hashtags: #konacotton #omg303 and #mykonaquilt (for your all-kona creations!).

 

Spot On Pearl

You know and love our wonderful Spot On collection, but this November we're delivering some Spot On fabrics with an added twist. The Spot On Pearl fabrics have a gentle shimmer and shine reminiscent of a beautiful pearl. Take a look at the fabric collection below, which includes 24 different fabrics. It will be available in stores starting at the end of November!

We also offer a free quilt pattern, called 'Ice Cream Social' that coordinates with this collection!

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The pattern will be available for free download at the end of November once this fabric ships to stores.

Let's get color:FULL!

Jennifer Sampou's collection, color:FULL, will be making its way into stores at the end of this month! Make sure you get your hands on some of these beautiful prints. There are 21 unique fabrics in this collection:

These color:FULL fabrics make a beautiful appearance in the "Rocket 88" quilt by Latifah of The Quilt Engineer:

This pattern is FREE to download on our Robert Kaufman website!

The beautiful "Delight" quilt by Jaybird Quilts, is ten-square friendly and showcases the color:FULL collection as well with two wonderful color stories to inspire (Bright and Multi)! Make your way to Jaybird Quilts for pattern information!

We can't wait to see what you create!