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WIP Wednesday (11th Jan 2012)

by Clare Mansell
WIP Wednesday (11th Jan 2012)

First WIP Wednesday of the year and I’m going to use this one to kickstart my quilting after a month long break, and also to talk about my love of Kona solids…

Kona colour chart

Last month I bought myself a Christmas present of a Kona colour chart. I’d been put off buying one because they are (1) Really hard to find in the UK and (2) Quite pricey. However when it arrived I realised exactly why they charge what they do for them! It’s huge (each fold-out side is A4) and all those colours are not printed on to the card, but are actual fabric swatches!

It’s been a revelation and I am so glad I bought it. I do most of my fabric shopping online and matching fabrics as been nigh on impossible, but now I can do it precisely. First job with the colour card was to match the fabric at the centre of my triple dresden to a Kona solid, which I did exactly, it’s Kona Raisin!

Triple dresden on Kona raisin

So, I’ll be getting on with this later in the week…

Then I was able to turn my attention to a new quilt. My parents have two quilts on their sofa and want a third (it’s a BIG sofa!) Using the colour card I matched colours from both quilts and their curtains and I’m going to use them to make Oh Fransson’s New Wave quilt. This is what I have so far…

Kona solids for new wave quilt

For any Kona solids fanatics out there, that’s School Bus, Sage, Blue & Pond. The orange does look a little random in that pile, but I also have Paprika and Lemon on order… It’ll all make sense in the end… I hope!

And one last thing, another quilting purchase. Have you seen the Gypsy Grippers that you can buy to hold your ruler steady? I thought they were great, but (certainly round our way) kind of pricey, until my brilliant dad pointed out that a double dent puller would do the same thing! It was a FIFTH of the price! You could also use a bath support handle which are slightly smaller and less industrial looking…

As always I’m linking up today with other quilters via Freshly Pieced…

WIP Wednesday at Freshly Pieced

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Little Island Quilting January 11, 2012 - 7:05 pm

Brilliant piece of advice about double dent puller…never heard of one of those before.

Isisjem January 11, 2012 - 7:37 pm

As Alison has commented Double Dent Puller = Brilliant idea. I live in fear of one of those slips with a rotary cutter and was thinking of getting myself a handle, but the prices put me off!

Jeanette January 11, 2012 - 7:50 pm

That color card does look very handy. The raisin is beautiful with those other bright fabrics. I’m loving my Pfaff btw, now just to try out the blanket stitch feature someday…. Thank you for the advice on the sewing machine!

Something Wilde January 11, 2012 - 8:10 pm

LOVE the double dent puller idea – fantastic! Good luck with your projects!!

Pippa Parsons January 11, 2012 - 8:20 pm

lol, my dh said thats what they looked like too,never bothered with one, might give it a try hes got a few in the garage

Teje January 11, 2012 - 8:23 pm

Hi! That Kona card is surely fantastic and your quilt you are going to make with those colours you told, sounds wonderful! Thank you for a great tip! x Teje

beaquilter January 11, 2012 - 8:30 pm

wow, how much was the kona caard? I have a quilt idea, where I’d use all solids, may be an investment I’d NEED to get eventually 🙂

two hippos January 11, 2012 - 11:03 pm

The triple dresden plate is beautiful!

Jill Chapman January 12, 2012 - 12:46 am

I love the pop of orange with those cool colours. I have been eyeing those colour cards for ages. I don’t buy many solids I just think they’re gorgeous to look at.

diane January 12, 2012 - 2:23 am

love my Kona Color card. Nice Dresden you have going there.

Archie the wonder dog January 12, 2012 - 5:19 pm

Love the ruler steady! And the Dresden is fabulous!

Annie Walsh January 12, 2012 - 7:31 pm

I love your Dresden the fabrics are tremendous. I just finished the wave quilt I think you will love it.


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