Ok, first, I have a confession to make. Back in the old days, everyone at my house knew that the “S-word” meant solids. I was, frankly, not a fan of solids (for about my first 27 years of quilting.) Then, I began seeing all these lovely modern quilts and some “s-word” whites and reds crept into my piecing. Black solids weren’t far behind but they were still rare in my work. So, why did a formerly solids-disliking quilter sign up for an all-Kona blog hop? Well, to challenge myself, of course! During the course of planning (and re-planning, and re-planning again), I hit a few bumps in my personal road so, I finally decided on this for my Kona piece…
a piece of advice I needed to give myself and I very much needed to follow!
I improved the letters a la WordPlay and then played with the geese and stars until I liked how they looked. The striped star centers are made from my leftover bits of the letters sewn together and then cut into squares on the bias (and then oh-so-carefully pieced so as not to stretch them.)
I have to say a huge thanks to Madam Samm and Carol from Just Let Me Quilt for all their hard work in putting all this together. And, of course, the wonderful sponsors…Amanda Murphy, Robert Kaufman, and Aurifil who helped make all this possible.
Now, as I mentioned, I have not one but two giveaways. First, just leave a comment on this post (perhaps with a good piece of advice you’ve given or received over the years) and you’ll be entered to win these four Kona fat quarters…
I’ll have Mr. Random draw after the 22nd of January and, yes, I’ll ship internationally. Also, I’ve been given a Craftsy class to give away and you can find out how to enter here.
Thanks for hopping by to see me and please be sure to visit all the talented quilters showing today. Even if you used to be “anti-solid”, you’ll find yourself being inspired and awed by all the wonderful color you can achieve with these rich, vibrant solids. I have to admit, I’m pretty well converted now and I imagine you’ll be seeing more solids in my future work! Here’s a list of the rest of today’s bloggers.