Posted on February 18th, by Amy in Inspiration. 51 comments

I love color!  I’ve drooled over solids from time to time, admiring the variety of tones within one color group.   I convinced myself decided to purchase a color card for the Kona Cottons, after spending far too long deliberating the “perfect” color. 

Faster decisions for me!  I’ve enjoyed admiring the board, imagining what I will do next.   

Have you made a solid quilt? 

It’s on my list :)

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51 thoughts on “Color!

  1. 1
    Susan says:

    I made the Hooters! quilt using about 90% kona solids, just used a little owl print in the center of each block, and honestly? It's my favorite quilt, all those bright, hot colors!

    Wish I had a kona card, though! One of these days…..

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    Jackie says:

    The color card is a must have for all quilters who love these solids. That is how I place my orders to stock my shop. You need to get the right colors for sure.

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    Vicki says:

    it's so pretty! I haven't made a quilt with all solids, yet. :)

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    silversmith says:

    i've made quilts with all batiks before. i do have all the kona solids purchased and waiting patiently for a QOV. all dark blue and various yellow/golds and i think it'll be stunning when put together.

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    Cindy says:

    No, I've never made a solid color quilt. Interesting thought though. I've often thought of a ONE PIECE quilt but a printed piece of fabric, not a solid one… you have me thinking again…and that's bad…LOL

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    Nichole says:

    I bought one of those cards when Kathy first stocked them at Pink Chalk Fabrics. Best decision ever! I love it!

    I have not made an all solids quilt yet, however, it is on the ever growing list. Whenever I look at that card I think of all of the fun color combination I could make. Have fun!

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    Happy Cottage Quilter says:

    I have never made a solid colored quilt, but I do so love Kona Cottons. They are so great to use in most any quilt.

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    Natalia says:

    I love those things! I bought Moda's bella solids color card and it's so much fun to look at! I'm not brave enough to make a solid color quilt yet! :) BTW I got two quilts done yesterday and I can breathe today! :)

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    Miss Nancy says:

    Love your color card. Quite a rainbow of color. I do like Kona Cottons. They are wonderful. I use the the white for Redwork. But a quilt of all solids I am not so sure about. I should try it sometime. Thank you for sharing.

    Have a great day.

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    Heather says:

    oops, I bought the fabric and the pattern over 7 years ago and still haven't made it, i think I am afraid of the amount of hand quilting.

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    Emily {Creative Chicks} says:

    I just finished up a "Plain Spoken" Quilt. It turned out even better than I could've imagined. Who knew solids would be so beautiful! I will definitely be making another "all solids" quilt.

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    Jackie Russell says:

    I have a solid color quilt on my list of things to do too.

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    Mrs Moen says:

    Yes, I have made a few all solids quilts (one of them was the one I entered into your Quilt Show), and I will make more. I think working with solids gives another perspective on colour and design.
    I have a stash of Kona Cottons in every shade, tint and tone imaginable (present from husband running late with his birthday shopping) and I love them all.

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    live a colorful life says:

    I bought the color card, quite a few solid half-yard cuts, and then I found a great source of whole bolts, so I bought Kona white, snow, and ash. Now I need to start sewing!

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    Lisa says:

    I've made a wall hanging of solids out of the Kaffe Shot Cottons that I love.

    I really would like to make something bigger with them. It's also on my list! I love your Kona board. Great inspiration.

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    Sherri says:

    I have the Moda Bella color card…and just ordered the Kona one…can't wait to get it!

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    Kim says:

    I just ordered my Kona color card from Kathy over the weekend. I have wanted it for a while and finally ordered it. I want to make a solid quilt for my son, probably one from The Modern Quilt Workshop book. I just can't find solids anywhere locally! So now I can pick my favorites and order from Kathy.

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    KQuiltyBee says:

    Not quite, although my last swap mini was 2 solids and 1 print. I love the intensity of some of the solids. I'd like to try some shot cottons for some subtlety.

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    ktquilts says:

    Begged my mother for a Kona card for Christmas. Have used it twice to order solids, and they were just as I needed. I seem to like solids in every quilt, but I haven't done an all solids quilt…yet!

  20. 20
    Amy says:

    Hey Amy — I have one of these color cards, and it definitely helps with the decision making. At least I can narrow down which colors to order. ;) I have made several solid quilts — 3 as samples for my new business that I haven't posted on the web, but also the McCoy quilt and the Zen mini quilt I just completed. I really love the solid colors and I think you can really do a lot with them. But all those lovely designer patterns are still so very tempting!!

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    ~Michelle~ says:

    I'm having one of my VQBs do solid blocks for me – I think it will throw a lot of them out of their comfort zones, they're all very traditional quilters who doesn't seem to use solids much.

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    chq says:

    A girl after my own heart! I've lost count of my solid quilts now, everyone should make one (or 20!).

    Thanks for the RT about my book.


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    Meg says:

    I have not yet made a quilt using just solids, but it is definitely on my "list of things to do". I invested in a Kona Solids color card last year, and I have to say, it has certainly encouraged me to push the envelope a bit with my color combinations. So useful. And so pretty!

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    zarina says:

    I have! using my own hand dyed fabrics. There is one lap quilt waiting to be binded which was initially destined for a friend who reads this blog but since she's tall, i will reassign the quilt to another close 'short' friend.

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    Blue Is Bleu says:

    I got one of those cards a while ago and I love it! Definitely saves time in deciding what solids to use! I have a solid quilt planned but have yet to find the time for it hehe

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    Tracey J says:

    I bought that color card and LOVE it!

    I think I want to join this group one of my bloggy friends told me about… and make a solids quilt.

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    lristaneo says:

    I'm a bad person, I got the color card….LOVE IT!! Actually, I loved seeing all the colors so much, I got charm packs of all the colors, so now I have small samples and 5" square samples to stare at!!

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    Lesly says:

    I have a colour card – it's awesome!

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    Andrea says:

    I'm sure you've read about my year long goal/project to use all 200+ Kona Solids in solids quilts this year. I have the card and love it. LOVE. But you know what's worse Amy? The growing stash of Konas folded up neatly in a pile….solids are so pretty.

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    9patchnurse says:

    It's on my list too and I've just started a wall quilt of shot cottons. I need to win your Canton Village giveaway for the kona greens. hint hint

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    Crystal Hendrix says:

    I really like that. I haven't made a solid color quilt before but it is tempting with so many pretty colors! I know that over at Franseen, she is doing a paintbox quilt along using just solids. That was tempting!

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    Valerie says:

    I'm making…currently. Following the "Framed Rectangles" pattern posted by Mary of Mary Quilts. Lime, turquoise, white, and green — all Kona, but I don't recall the bolt colors off-hand. It's pretty…bright! The backing is a cute "Happy Monsters" print — they remind me of little flourescent Frankensteins with sweet zig-zag smiles. It's for my nephew's birthday; he turns 2 in November!

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    WoolenSails says:

    That is a nice idea, sometimes I hate having to try and find things in stores. Would be nice to match colors up first.


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    Sara says:

    Didn't know I could get those…

    I've been wanting to make a solid color quilt…I'm thinking the turquoise line…

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    Trudi says:

    Yes done a couple of traditional Durham wholecloths (technically all solids!) But I do have some wonky logs on the go in solids too!

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    DeeRoo says:

    Never made a totally solid quilt but that's sounds like fun…just need more solids!:)

    Me thinks I need to ask for a Kona card for my birthday!:)

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    Urban Crunch says:

    I love my Kona color card! When it came in the mail I just stared at it. I tried to pick my favorite color but it's too hard!
    Have fun,

  38. 38
    Candied Fabrics says:

    We'll get you dyeing fabric yet! Come over to the dark side…(note: it also is MUCH less expensive – one of the main reasons I started dyeing my own)

    Speaking of dyeing – did you ever do those curtains?

    ooh! Stream of consciousness thinking…One of the things I'm noticing about people that read my blog is that some of the SIMPLEST things I take for granted are BRAND NEW to many people. How fun would it be for you and I to have long distance fabric dyeing lessons, via blogging??? A great way to show beginners how to dye!

  39. 39
    Mary says:

    This is so great – like paint chips, only better!

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    Debbie aka Marblesbestfriend says:

    I don't have the Kona color card. What I do have is a stack of unidentified Kona solids. Learned my lesson though and now write down info from the bolt when buying. Hope to become such a prolific quilter that I need a color card. And yes, I would love to make an all solid quilt…maybe my second or third year quilting.

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    Quilts on Bastings says:

    I love solid quilts, particularly the way the quilting stands out on the plain fabric. I have made a solid zig-zag quilt – here it is

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    fsdzhhhhhh says:

    I have never heard of such a thing! How cool. i didnt know they even made all those colors so how do you find them all?

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    wishes, true and kind says:

    I'm just starting my first solid quilt. Oops! I'm supposed to be cutting fabric right now!

  44. 44
    2miracles/Tove says:

    fsdzhhhhh is Me! Grrr Want a teenager. Curtis used the computer and didnt sign out of google. I didn't notice till. i posted sorry Amy.

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    ArtGirl/California/United States says:

    oooh thats so cool! what endless inspiration. i wonder what you'll do with it in the long run – hang it on the wall?

  46. 46
    ArtGirl/California/United States says:

    oooh thats so cool! what endless inspiration. i wonder what you'll do with it in the long run – hang it on the wall?

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    Calico Road says:

    Amy, this is so weird that you posted about solids today. I was JUST thinking of what to do with a bunch of 1/4 yd solids I recently acquired. In the past I haven't like solids, but now I'm trying to find a pattern I'd like to use. any suggestions? I'm leaning toward Plain Spoken.

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    Amy - Park City Girl says:

    Sandra! Try Kathy at she's got a great inventory :)

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    jaybird says:

    nice! i have the moda bella solids card… so helpful!

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