Friday, October 14, 2011

Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge


Last night was the big reveal for the Robert Kaufman Kona Solids Challenge at the Minneapolis Modern Quilt Guild.  There were so many amazing projects!  Each participant received a Bright Kona charm pack and was allowed to add one additional solid to the project.   Locally, we also added that you must use half square triangles. 

I decided to make pillows for my challenge since I'll be donating them to a local food allergy advocacy group for a silent auction.  I am hoping the pillows might appeal to a greater audience?

The brighter pillow is a star from Katy's Constellation Quilt which is in issue #5 of Fat Quarterly magazine.  I absolutely love this star. I did have a small border around my block to get to the 24" sized pillow, but next time I think I'd make the star smaller and the border larger to see the star a bit better.

 


The second pillow was inspired by this block I saw on flickr.  If there is a name for it, I loved to know?  I was nervous the center star wouldn't be obvious while piecing this, but once I started quilting it the design became much more apparent.


To see more of the Kona Challenge, check out the flickr group and also our Minneapolis guild flickr group



And to more Friday Finishes, check out Amanda's new Finish it Up Friday Linky Party and  Amy Lou Who's Sew-n-Tell .

15 comments:

notes of sincerity said...





I love your pillows!! :o)
I received 2 of those charm packs (one in darker tones and one in brights) at the Sewing Summit and have stared at them, wondering what to do. :o)

Shawn said...





Your pillows are wonderful, I love them!!!

Poppyprint said...





Oh, well done!!! I am sure that your pillows will be a great success at the auction!

beth said...





Lovely pillows!!!

Heather said...





Stunning! This is the second "all-solid" project I've seen today. You guys have me wanting to start another quilt! lol I'm sure these will do great at the auction... ;o)

Rosa said...





Your pillows are absolutely beautiful.I love.

Kelli said...





I love both pillows and how you used the dark gray with them! They really pop. Great job!

Kristen said...





These are outstanding cushions!! I think they definitely would work in most homes. Solids always have quite an impact and are so modern looking!

Chelsea said...





Your cushions are just gorgeous! I want an entire quilt made from the center star block.

Alli said...





Both of your pillows are gorgeous and I want them! :D

I have issue 5 of Fat Quarterly, but didn't even notice the constellation pattern... you made it look fantastic!

poppyinpink said...





These pillows have kindled a little fire that I have a feeling will turn into a roaring fire of enthusiasm for solids in me. It's like the light went on! Thanks for sharing.

Miranda said...





The pillows are beautiful! I love them.

amandajean said...





oh my goodness, i love these!!! you did a fantastic job on the challenge. i love the use of the HST rule that your guild added. did i mention that you did a GREAT job?!?!?!

thanks for linking up to finish it up Friday! :)

Julie said...





There is a name for that block!! It's called Love in the Mist (http://modifytradition.blogspot.com/2010/04/love-in-mist.html). I know because I've made one too :) Yours is gorgeous!

Brenda said...





The pillows are great. I am getting into solids and this inspiresme even more.