Kona Cotton-A Quilter’s Treat!

Kona Cotton New Summer Colors Collection

BETTER THAN CANDY

I know quilters love flowers and they love chocolate, but if you really want to give a quilter a treat–add  gorgeous fabric in stunning colors to her stash!

ARE THERE MORE THAN ONE “KONA COTTONS”???

I recently contacted Kaufman Fabrics about their Kona cotton.

I LOOOVE the colors and love how free motion quilting looks on Kona cotton– but, I was a little confused…

  • I have purchased Kona cotton labeled Robert Kaufman at my local quilt shop...
  • But I also find “Kona” cotton–not labeled as Kaufman fabrics--at JoAnn Fabrics...

Is there a difference???

Kona Cotton New Summer Colors Collection

THERE IS ONLY ONE KONA COTTON

Here’s the response I received from Teresa Coates at Robert Kaufman Fabrics:

Kona Cotton Solids are sold at both independent fabric retailers and Joann Fabrics and Craft stores. We sell the exact same quality of product to both and while there has been lots of talk online about different quality standards, that isn’t true. Any inconsistencies are not from our end since we only produce one Kona cotton, but in 271 colors!

Kona Cotton New Summer Colors Collection

So there you have it folks!  There’s only one Kona cotton and it doesn’t matter from whom you buy it!

TREAT YOURSELF

If you are looking for a real treat–buy yourself a Kona Fat Quarter Bundle.  Free Motion quilting looks fabulous on Kona cottons.  The colors are beautifully rich!

Kona Cotton New Summer Colors Collection

Fat Quarters are the perfect size to practice Free Motion Quilting and for making small vase quilts!  (See yesterday’s Turtle Quilt and the Turtle Tutorial earlier this week…)

Happy Stitching!

Lori

PS…All images, tutorials and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to Pin, Blog, and Tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@ hotmail.com.  Thanks!

Behold the Turtle

Turtle Free Motion Quilting

 “Take a walk with a turtle and behold the world in pause.” 

Turtle Free Motion Quilting

 

Turtle Free Motion Quilting

“Behold the Turtle.  He makes progress only when he sticks his neck out.”

Turtle Free Motion Quilting

Turtle Free Motion Quilting

“Try to be like the turtle-at ease in your own shell.”

Wishing you a slow-paced and enjoyable day!

Lori

MATERIALS

Tommy the Turtle Tutorial available HERE.

Stitched on  RJKaufman Kona cotton from the New Summer collection using Robison-Anton Rayon  thread on top and Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin using a Schmetz 90 Topstitch needle on my Bernina 820 without a stitch regulator.

PS…All images, tutorials and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to Pin, Blog, Tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other uses, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thank you….

Tommy the Turtle – A Free Motion Quilt Tutorial

Tommy the Turtle, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

Did you ever have one of those SLOW days?   Days that you don’t even want to get out of your pajamas?  Tommy the Turtle has them all the time–but he knows the secret….

Slow and Steady Wins the Race!

In honor of Tommy – and embracing his motto–let’s stitch a new motif!

TOMMY the TURTLE –THE TUTORIAL –Say that three times fast!

It is helpful when learning any new pattern to use some guidelines.  This helps keep a motif in proportion.  If you are sewing a quilt with squares–no need to draw lines-use the seamlines.

Begin by drawing any size square.  In the sample below, the squares are 3- 1/2 by 3-1/2 inches.

Next, draw a circle in the middle of the square.  I used this ruler – found at an office supply store and drew a 2 -1/4 inch circle.  You could use a cup or a small plate…

Tommy the Turtle, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

Begin by stitching around the circle (Start where you want the neck to be positioned.)  Then stitch the neck and head into one of the corners of the square.

Tommy the Turtle, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

Next, travel around the circle and stitch a rounded leg.  Stitch around the circle and close to the previous line of stitching.

Tommy the Turtle, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

At the opposite corner, stitch a leg, a curved tail, and another leg before proceeding around “the shell” again.

Tommy the Turtle, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

Stitch the last “leg” and then cross into the circle.

Tommy the Turtle, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

Spiral into the center of the shell and stop.

Tommy the Turtle, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

Next, spiral out – but add a scallop as you go…(this is actually Tammy the Turtle…?)

Tommy the Turtle, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

For a boy turtle–simply spiral out and back toward the neck.   Knot off at the base of the neck somewhere.

NOTE--I was unable to find a nice looking way to transition to another turtle–so I knotted off between each turtle.  (For more on knots see HERE and HERE.)

Tommy the Turtle, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

Make a pair of turtles…

and maybe a baby…

Tommy the Turtle, Free Motion Quilting, Tutorial

Or line them all up in a row…

Tommy the Turtle, Free Motion Quilting, TutorialThe turtle’s shell is an opportunity for creativity.  Add any embellishment here…Give your turtles personality!

Tommy the Turtle would look darling on any border and in the center of any quilt square.  Or–make a pillow or a pin cushion with a single turtle!

TOMORROW–

Check in tomorrow to see a little quilt I made with Tommy the Turtle.  I think I’m going to have it framed!

Lori

MATERIALS

This turtle looks great on Kona cotton from RJKaufman’s New Summer Collection…Stitched with Sulky Rayon thread on top and Aurifil cotton 50 wt in the bobbin on my Bernina 820 without a stitch regulator…

PS… All tutorials, images and information are the property of Lori Kennedy at The Inbox Jaunt and are intended for personal use only.  Feel free to Pin, Blog, Tweet with attribution to The Inbox Jaunt.  For all other purposes, please contact me at lckennedy@hotmail.com.  Thanks!